Special Events

OUT OF MY HEAD with Director Susanna Styron

2018 | 77 minutes | |
Directed by Susanna Styron


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A filmmaker sets out to investigate the devastating migraine attacks that have her daughter in their grip. As mother and daughter seek understanding and ever-elusive treatment, we follow them into a bizarre and fascinating world populated by doctors, neuroscientists, other migraineurs, and such unexpected characters as Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, and Joan…

SOLD OUT — 2018 DOC WEEK: JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS with Director and Producer Susan Lacy and Producer Jessica Levin

| 2018 | 133 minutes | |
Directed by Susan Lacy


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Director and Producer Susan Lacy and Producer Jessica Levin will join us for Q&A on August 4th at the Film Center. In collaboration with HBO Documentary Films Girl next door, sex kitten, activist, fitness tycoon: Oscar-winner Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation, and she’s done it all…

2018 DOC WEEK: 306 HOLLYWOOD with Co-director Jonathan Bogarin

2018 | 82 minutes | |
Co-directed by Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin


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Co-director Jonathan Bogarin will join us for a Q&A afterward.  306 Hollywood is a magical realist documentary of two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. They embark on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what…

SOLD OUT — 2018 DOC WEEK: SAY HER NAME with Co-Director/Co-Producer Kate Davis (Film Society Board Member) and David Heilbroner

| 2018 | |
Directed, produced and edited by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Joining us after the screening — directed, produced and edited by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, Sandra Bland’s mom: Geneva Reed Veal and sisters: Shante Needham and Sharon Cooper, all national spokespeople for Sandra Bland and activists to eliminate police brutality, and Cannon Lambert, lead attorney from Chicago. The Vineyard screening will be…

2018 DOC WEEK: BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY with Steve Young (Subject of the Film) and director Dava Whisenant

| 2018 | 87 mins | |
Directed by Dava Whisenant


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WINNER! 2018 Nantucket Film Festival: Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature   WINNER! 2018 Tribeca Film Festival: Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director   When he started as a comedy writer for the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while…

2018 DOC WEEK: LOVE, GILDA with Director Lisa D’Apolito — SOLD OUT

2018 | 88 minutes | |
Directed by Lisa D'Apolito


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In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Melissa…

2018 DOC WEEK: ALL ACCESS PASS– No Longer For Sale

| 2018 | |

In recognition of the rising importance of documentaries to public dialogue, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to announce its 4th Annual Documentary Week from July 30th through August 4th, 2018 (excluding August 1, sold separately*). To see the entire line-up of films click here. PASS HOLDERS, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL with your selected…

SONGS FROM CINEMA with Siren Mayhew and Friends on stage at the Film Center

| 2018 | 90 mins | |


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Siren Mayhew and her cohorts perform live music from beloved films that span the decades. Join us for a night of nostalgia that will include musical numbers from the likes of The Lion King, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and many more. Siren and Friends —…

SOLD OUT! FAIR GAME (Director’s Cut) with Valerie Plame, former covert CIA ops officer, and Director/Producer Doug Liman in person for Q&A

| 2010 | 130 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Doug Liman


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Valerie Plame, former covert CIA ops officer, and Director/Producer Doug Liman in person for Q&A As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat JOE WILSON (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival Opening Night Event: LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST

2018 | 83 minutes | | ,
Directed by Susan Kucera


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Jeff Bridges, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling ‘the end of nature’, into an engrossing story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth’s household. This powerful, poetic and thought-provoking feature challenges our current way of thinking and provides…

THE MET LIVE: CENDRILLON

1895 | 167 minutes | |
Written by Jules Massenet


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“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is…

Fundraiser for the Production of the Opera “1854”

| 2016 | 66 minutes | |
Directed by Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson


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You are cordially invited to 1854’s Spring Gala at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on April 19th at 6:30 pm. You’ll be hearing more about this project in coming months, but for now here’s a brief introduction. When he died in 2015, the late Jack Schimmelman, a great fan of the spirituals…

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, A Free Interactive Screening in Collaboration with the West Tisbury Public Library

2011 | 152 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Chris Columbus


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This event is co-sponsored by the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Goodie Bags, Interactive Script, and a Sorting Hat to help young witches and wizards decide their Hogwarts House will all be provided. Doors Open at 12:30pm Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy…

THE MET LIVE: LUISA MILLER

| 1849 | 218 minutes | | ,
Written by Giuseppe Verdi


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Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met career with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Luisa Miller, which has not been seen…

THE MET LIVE: COSI FAN TUTTE

1789 | 211 minutes | |
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner…

THE MIGHTY QUINN, a fund-raiser for WYOB radio (MVRHS student run station)

1989 | 120 minutes | | , , , , ,
Directed by Carl Schenkel


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On Saturday, March 31 at 6:30PM 105.5 FM, WYOB (MVRHS student-run station) and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society collaborate with the showing of “The Mighty Quinn”, a thriller filmed in Jamaica starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Reviews say, “The Mighty Quinn is smart, pleasant entertainment offering an early…