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MVIFF 2017: THE LEARS with Actress Ivy Matheson and Producer Irwin Olian–SOLD OUT

| 2017 | 99 mins. | | ,
Directed by Carl Bessai

Actress Ivy Matheson and Producer Irwin Olian will be joining us after the screening for a discussion.  World-renowned, cutting edge architect Davenport Lear (Bruce Dern), nearing retirement, summons his dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat in one of his architectural creations, a magnificent Malibu Estate. When they learn that he has decided to…

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UNREST

| 2017 | 90 mins | | ,
Directed by Jennifer Brea


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Director Jennifer Brea and Professor Omar Wasow will join us after the screening for a discussion led by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After spiking a 105 degree fever shortly after being accepted to a Ph.D. program at Harvard, Brea manifested…

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I KNOW A MAN… ASHLEY BRYAN

| 2016 | 73 mins. | | , ,
Directed by Richard Kane


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Join Jessica Harris and Adrienne L. Childs after the film for a Q&A I KNOW A MAN … ASHLEY BRYAN is a story about this 94 year old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet of 50+ children’s books, maker…

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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER – special event hosted by the Granary Gallery

| 2014 | 83 minutes | |
John Maloof, Charlie Siskel


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A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. An…

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The AfroDixieRemixes: A Martha’s Vineyard Listening Session

| 2017 | 120 Minutes | |
Directed by John Sims


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Multi-media artist and producer John Sims will be coming to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center to present The AfroDixieRemixes: Martha’s Vineyard Session, August 21, 2017, at 7:30 PM.  This listening session presents the song Dixie – the de-facto anthem of the Confederacy, as you have never heard it before- by way of…

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SOLD OUT – TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

| 2017 | 85 mins. | |
Directed by Stanley Nelson


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Join filmmaker Stanley Nelson after the film for a Q&A.  Sponsored by Firelight Media.  A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more…

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HISTORIC MOVIES OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD

| 2017 | 90 minutes | |


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Discussion throughout the short film segments with Tom Dunlop & John Wilson. We are excited to collaborate with the Vineyard Gazette to offer this historic program to you.  The Historic Movies of Martha’s Vineyard project, a pioneering and award-winning effort of the Vineyard Gazette, presents films shot on the Vineyard dating back almost one…

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AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US

| 2017 | 47 mins | |
Directed by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider


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Director Abby Ginzberg will join us after the screening for a discussion of the film. Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei (of Star Trek) and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea…

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PASSAGE AT ST. AUGUSTINE: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America

| 2017 | 60 Minutes | |
Directed by Clennon L. King


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Civil Rights icon and long-time PBS and NPR correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault will host the screening, introduce Roxbury-based filmmaker Clennon L. King before the film, and afterwards moderate a post-screening discussion on race and history. In addition to King, joining Hunter-Gault for the conversation and Q&A will be St. Augustine (Fla.) Civil Rights…

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An Evening India Arie, Charles D. King & Suzanne de Passe

| 2017 | | ,


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India Arie, Grammy Award Winning Artist Charles D. King, Founder and CEO MARCO Suzanne de Passe, Legendary Film and Music Producer James Blue, PBS News Hour, Moderator Doors open at 7:00 PM 7:30 PM Conversation and musical tribute with reception immediately after 9:00 PM After Glow Concert with India Arie *All proceeds…

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SOLD OUT Special Event: James Lapine’s FALSETTOS

| 2016-2017 | | , , , ,
Directed by James Lapine


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BOTH SHOWS OF FALSETTOS ARE SOLD OUT! We are very excited to host James Lapine and his musical FALSETTOS captured live from Lincoln Center with special commentary afterwards by its creator, James Lapine. Join us in our lobby starting at 6:45PM for a reception and live music.  Mr. Lapine is generously allowing us to…

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2017 DOC WEEK: DATELINE-SAIGON

| 2016 | 95 mins. | | , ,
Directed by Thomas D. Herman


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Special Guest: Director Thomas D. Herman will join us for a discussion of the film. DATELINE-SAIGON profiles five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists — The New York Times’s David Halberstam; The Associated Press’s Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, and the legendary photojournalist Horst Faas; and United Press International’s Neil Sheehan. With all the high-stakes drama…

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2017 DOC WEEK: TICKLING GIANTS

, | 2016 | 111 mins. | |
Directed by Sara Taksler


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Director Sara Taksler will be joining us via Skype after the film for an interview led by Kate Davis TICKLING GIANTS tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart”, who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how…

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2017 DOC WEEK: I AM ANOTHER YOU

, | 2017 | 80 mins. | |
Directed by Nanfu Wang


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Director Nanfu Wang will join us after the film with Producer Marcia Rock for a Q&A discussion. When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she…

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SOLD OUT — 2017 DOC WEEK: I AM JANE DOE

| 2017 | 99 mins. | |
Directed by Mary Mazzio


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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT — PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE THEATER FOR A WAITLIST OR TICKETS. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US FOR ANOTHER FILM DURING OUR DOC WEEK.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.   The film will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring director Mary Mazzio, Yiota Souras, and more….

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2017 DOC WEEK: ALL ACCESS PASS

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In recognition of the rising importance of documentaries to public dialogue, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to announce its third annual Documentary Week from July 31st through August 4th, 2017. To see the entire line-up of films click here. PASS HOLDERS, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL with your selected festival movie and event selections…