Documentary

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56 Up

| 2012 | 139 min. | |

“Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams…

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Searching for Sugar Man

| 2012 | 85 min. | |

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as…

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The Gatekeepers

| 2012 | 97 min. | |

Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions….

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Samsara

2011 | 102 min. | |
A film by Ron Fricke

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers…

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Chasing Ice

| 2012 | 75 min. | |

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into…

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Buddha’s Birthday Bash – Two Films, Poetry, Music, and Birthday Cake

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To celebrate Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha birthday this year on May 17th, the Film Center is collaborating with a number of individuals and organizations to present two films that deal with the teachings of Buddhism in the West. Our program will begin at 4:00 pm with the screening of CRAZY WISDOM: Crazy Wisdom…

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WAGNER & ME

| 2010 | 89 mins | |

CLASSIC MUSIC AT THE FILM CENTER The newest addition to the popular new Martha’s Vineyard Film Society theater in Vineyard Haven, a dazzling white grand piano, will be put to the test on Friday, May 24, when MVCMS Artistic Director, pianist Delores Stevens, and violist Lila Brown will present a 30 minute…

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World Oceans Day: PLANET OCEAN

| | 90 mins | |
Yann-Arthus Bertrand and Michael Pitiot

PLANET OCEAN, a global view of compelling, splendorous ocean life filmed across the world in both stunning underwater and aerial footage. Documenting the extent of ocean damages, the film equally if not primarily presents ocean miracles: from plankton to whales to sea vegetable farming, and the necessity of our more carefully stewarding our…

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World Oceans Day: HOT TUNA

| 2012 | 53 mins. | |

HOT TUNA’s second cameraman Eric Savetsky of Nantucket, [Executive Director of the Nantucket Land Bank] and pilot/aerial photographer Wayne Davis will speak and answer questions after the film. Hot Tuna, a film by marine biologist/filmmaker Rick Rosenthal, plumbing the secrets of the legendary bluefin tuna, on a quest for the last refuge…

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Chimpanzee Movie – In collaboration with Featherstone Center for Arts — Miss Lani’s Roots & Shoots Youth Group

| 2012 | 78 min. | |

In collaboration with Featherstone Center for Arts — Miss Lani’s Roots & Shoots Youth Group From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans and African Cats, comes Chimpanzee – a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp…

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“The Mighty Uke” and a performance by the Featherstone Uke Jam

| 2010 | 76 min. | |

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Pre-show performance by the Featherstone Uke Jam The ukulele is often regarded as a punch line more than a musical instrument; the diminutive four-stringed relative of the guitar rose to popularity when Hawaiian music became a fad in the early 20th Century, but it fell out of popularity with the rise of rock…

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Good Ol’ Freda with introduction by Ray Whitaker, mvyradio’s “Just Four Guys”

| 2013 | 86 min. | | ,
Directed by Ryan White

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Special introduction by Ray Whitaker, mvyradio’s “Just Four Guys”. ‘Good Ol’ Freda’ tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles’ fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits…

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Sound City

| 2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Dave Grohl

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Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all…

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Downloaded

| 2013 | 106 min. | |
A Film by Alex Winter

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DOWNLOADED focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music…

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Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

2012 | 121 min.
A Film by Laura Archibald

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Q&A afterwards with filmmaker Laura Archibald GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION is a feature-length documentary about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes. For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village reflect on how they collectively became…

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Crossfire Hurricane, discussion with Producer Victoria Pearman

| 2012 | 111 min. | |
Brett Morgen

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Discussion with  Producer Victoria Pearman afterwards. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as rare interviews with Brian Jones. Period interviews, extensive live performance…

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Stories We Tell

2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Sarah Polley

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In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet…

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Deceptive Practice –
The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

2012 | 88 min. | |

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Special Guest: Introduction and Live Magic prior to movie with “out of retirement” – The Reluctant Magician Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) — and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the…

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John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge

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A Benefit for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Film followed by discussion with Judy Belushi Pisano & friends. Catered event. For more information please contact: ncoogan@mvcommunityservices.com   John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge Sweet and wild…raw and explosive… John Belushi didn’t just act, he set off sparks. On his thirtieth birthday, he was…

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Hava Nagila

| 2012 | 75 min. | |
A Film by Roberta Grossman

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ENCORE SHOWING Sold out  July 7th, Brought Back July 23! “Hava Nagila” is to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning. This award-winning film from director Roberta…

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Hey Bartender

| 2013 | 92 min. | |
A Film by Douglas Tirola

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Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar…

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Genetic Roulette, presented with Slow Foods MV

| 2012 | 85 min. | |

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Slow Food MV and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center are holding another joint fundraiser! Genetic Roulette is about the science of genetically modified foods and the impact on our food system and us. It provides provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a…

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THIN, presented with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

| 2006 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Lauren Greenfield

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Join us after the screening for a Q&A with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. The HBO Documentary film Thin takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women (ages 15 – 30) who have spent their lives starving themselves;…

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The Queen of Versailles,
presented with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

| 2012 | 100 min. | |
A Film by Lauren Greenfield

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The filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, will be conducting a Q&A after the screening. Don’t forget to come to her photography workshop on August 1 and a screening of her other film, Thin, on August 2. David Siegel grew his enormous wealth in the time-share business.  He felt he was doing much more than selling…

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Jimmy Tingle Live on Stage and Screen

| 2013 | 120 min. | | ,

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Jimmy Tingle Live on Stage! A unique theatrical event featuring a film screening of Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, followed by a Q & A and a Live Jimmy Tingle Stand Up Comedy Performance. From 60 Minutes II, The Tonight Show, HBO, NPR, Comedy Central, and PBS The New York Times writes: He has…

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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World,
presented with filmmaker Ric Burns

| 2010 | ~120 min. | |

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Post screening discussion with filmmaker Ric Burns. A film chronicling the American whaling industry from its origins in New England in the 17th century, through the golden age of deep-sea whaling, up to its decline following the Civil War. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film binds the story of American capitalism on…

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VETERANS OF COLOR — Documentary

| 2012 | 55 mins | |
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The Martha’s Vineyard branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is sponsoring a showing of Veterans of Color— Courage Adversity and Triumph. Veterans of Color is based on interviews with 31 African American women and men who served in America’s Military. Serving their country even…

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A Place at the Table

| 2012 | 84 min. | |

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A discussion will follow, led by Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and long-time seasonal West Chop resident Dr. Mariana Chilton, PhD, both of whom are featured in the film.  Representative McGovern and Dr. Chilton will be joined by the film’s co-director Lori Silverbush and by Dr. Donald Berwick, MD, who has helped implement…

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The Act of Killing

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A Film by Joshua Oppenheimer

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan,…

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Raw Herring

| 2013 | 90 min. | |
A Film by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich and Leonard Retel Helmrich

Fished for over a thousand years, the Hollandse Nieuwe (Dutch New Herring) is a phenomenon that has become a national cultural icon. More recently, the Dutch herring fleet has lost a great deal of its importance as only two vessels are now fishing for herring under the Dutch flag. Internationally known for…

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Herblock: The Black and the White – introduced by Ward Just

| 2013 | 95 min. | |

Herbert Block’s career at The Washington Post spanned fifty-five years and thirteen presidents, a timeframe in which he claimed three Pulitzer Prizes, the Medal of Freedom and a significant role in President Nixon’s resignation. Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Jules Feiffer, Ted Koppel and Jon Stewart are among the…

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Flying Paper with co-director Nitin Sawhney

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A Film by Roger Hill and Nitin Sawhney

Flying Paper tells the uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. Presented in collaboration with Festival Sponsor KinderUSA, hosted by Dalell Mohmed, Executive Director The film opens in the small village of Seifa in the northern…

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Lagerfeld Confidential
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2007 | 89 mins | |

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Lagerfeld Confidential takes you behind the sunglass-clad facade and into the everyday world of fashion’s most iconic designer, the master of re-invention, Karl Lagerfeld. Award-winning French director Roldolphe Marconi’s unique and unobtrusive style of portraiture, exposes Lagerfeld’s trademark: an all-consuming creative restlessness and insatiable curiosity about the world of art, history, politics,…

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2012 | 86 min. | |

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During Diana Vreeland’s fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint…

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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2013 | 94 mins | |

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It’s the most mythic of all American emporiums – and the scene of many an ultimate fashion fantasy. Now audiences get a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic history in Matthew Miele’s Scatter…

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20 Feet From Stardom

| 2013 | 91 min. | |

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Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure,…

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The Other Side of the Ice
with Q&A afterwards with Sprague Theobald

| 2013 | 75 min. | |
A Film by Sprague Theobald

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In 2009, Sprague Theobald and his family set sail for the infamous Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Since 1906 a staggering number have died trying. From Newport, RI, through the Arctic and down to Seattle, it would be a five month, 8500 mile trek…

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2013 Manhattan Short Film Festival
hosted by the MV Film Society

| 2013 | 105 mins, , , ,

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MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ONE WORLD – ONE WEEK – ONE FESTIVAL The World’s First Global Film Festival FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 520 ENTRIES – FROM 49 COUNTRIES – 10 FINALISTS Film Lovers in Martha’s Vineyard can unite with an audience of over 100,000 Film Buffs in over 250 cities across 6 Continents during…

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Letters To Jackie:
Remembering President Kennedy
special screening and discussion

| 2013 | 88 min. | |
A Film by Bill Couturié

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Where were you on November 22, 1963? It’s a question that anyone alive on that day can answer with vivid clarity. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the world came to a crashing halt as the nation grieved for its leader whose promise of a brighter future was cut…

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Children of the Wind with special intro. by Nevin Sayre, Five-time U.S. Boardsailing Champion

| 2013 | 95 min. | |
A Film by Daphne Schmon

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Children of the Wind tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native kids, who under the remarkable mentorship of Elvis Martinus, founder of the Bonaire Aquaspeed windsurfing club, overcame insuperable odds to not only dominate an inherently elitist sport but to revolutionize it. The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty…

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SPINNING PLATES

| 2012 | 90 mins | |
Director JOSEPH LEVY

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Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. A world-renowned chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago (Alinea), while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the…

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Wood Sails Dreams with filmmaker John Stanton providing a Q&A afterwards

| 2012 | 60 mins | |
John Stanton

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The act of building and sailing boats made out of trees and powered by the wind is a small moment of grace in the face of a digitally enhanced world and throwaway culture. But forty years ago the rise of fiberglass boats nearly pushed wooden sailboats, and the trade of building them,…

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THE FRUIT HUNTERS in collaboration with Polly Hill Arboretum

| 2013 | 92 min. | |
Directed by Yung Chang

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Join us for a discussion afterwards with Tom Clark, Polly Hill curator and Ian Jochems, Polly Hill arborist. You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters, the subjects of the dizzying new film from acclaimed…

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THIS IS OUR ISLAND, rare 1971 telling of Vineyard history

| 1971 | 75 min. | |
Produced by Nancy Hamilton and Katharine Cornell
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Author Tom Dunlop will introduce the documentary and give a background on its history. This wonderful documentary was narrated by Broadway star and Vineyard resident Katharine Cornell.  In its scenes filmmaker Nancy Hamilton captures the history, charm, and spirit of the Vineyard. Using Ms. Hamilton created a cultural treasure that is still relevant…

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CUTIE AND THE BOXER

| 2013 | 82 mins | |
Zachary Heinzerling

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Once a rising star in the ’70′s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER…

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SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY in collaboration with the Vineyard Haven Public Library (FREE SCREENING)

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The Vineyard Haven Public Library will kick off its six-week long film and lecture series “America’s Music: A History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” with a free screening of the documentary “Say Amen, Somebody” The series will feature showings of six award-winning documentary films about uniquely American…

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F FOR FAKE (the final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime)

| 1974 | 85 mins | |
Orson Welles

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The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other sources, most notably an unfinished documentary by Francois Reichenbach on the…

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THE SQUARE

, | 2013 | 95 mins | |
Jehane Noujaim

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The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three…

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TIM’S VERMEER

| 2014 | 80 mins | | ,
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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison…

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ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

| 2013 | 80 mins | |
Chiemi Karasawa

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Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John…

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LOVE FREE OR DIE

| 2012 | 82 mins | |
Macky Alston

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Discussion with director Macky Alston following the film. Co-presented with the Open and Affirming Committee of the First Congregational Church of  West Tisbury THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT Love Free or Die is the true story about gay Bishop Gene Robinson whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for…

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PARTICLE FEVER

| 2014 | 99 minutes | | ,
Mark Levinson
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Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the…

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THE ART OF CONSERVATION: An Art Competition Focused on Island Conservation (FREE COMMUNITY EVENT)

| 2012 | 40 minutes | | , , ,
Sean Fine, Andrea Nix

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Join us at 3:30 pm for a pre-show reception and art viewing in the Feldman Family Artspace at the MV Film Center. Program and movie to follow at 4:30 pm. FREE ADMISSION. Come see the wonderful art that reflects our concerns of nature and ecology. “VCS celebrates its 50th year in 2015,”…

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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

| 2014 | 83 mins | |
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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FREEDOM SUMMER with special guest director/writer Stanley Nelson (FREE ADMISSION, Sponsored by WGBH/WCAI)

| 2014 | 113 minutes | |
Directed by Stanley Nelson

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Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), FREEDOM SUMMER highlights an overlooked but essential element of the Civil Rights Movement: the patient and long-term efforts by both outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters…

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SEDUCED AND ABANDONED

| 2013 | 93 Mins | | ,
Directed by James Toback

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Actor Alec Baldwin and filmmaker James Toback explore the culture of cinema by canvassing the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for financial backing for their update of “Last Tango in Paris” set in Iraq in the 21st century, pitching their idea to industry big shots such as Mark Damon and Avi Lerner, and…

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Across Sound Connections: World Oceans Day

| 2006 | 89 mins | | ,
Rob Stewart

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June 8 ~ Across Sound Connections celebrates oceans screening ocean films @ 7:30 pm SAVING THE OCEAN with Carl Safina  ~ written, produced and directed by John Angier two – 30 min. films with hopeful news on conservation efforts to restore oceans in peril. Cod Comeback ~ Carl Safina goes fishing to…

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THE CHARLES W. MORGAN with special guests writer/producer/director Bailey Pryor and Matthew Stackpole, Mystic Seaport

| 2014 | 60 mins | |
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In collaboration with Mystic Seaport and SAIL MV the Film Center presents THE CHARLES W MORGAN. A one-hour documentary film, directed by five-time Emmy winner Bailey Pryor which will be aired by PBS affiliate stations across the nation, telling the extraordinary story of America’s last wooden whaleship and the incredible saga of…

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Music and Film Festival: LIVING STARS with dance contest to follow

| 2014 | 63 minutes | | , ,
Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat

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An all-ages dance party through the kitchens, backyards and living rooms of Buenos Aires, Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat‘s Living Stars sets its camera on dozens of everyday Portenos and lets each do his or her thing for the duration of a single dance track. The setup is straightforward: Fixed camera, mic on the floor to catch ambient…

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Music and Film Festival: FINDING FELA

| 2013 | 119 Mins | |
Alex Gibney

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No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s—and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism—than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native Nigeria by storm, the pioneering musician’s confrontational Afrobeat sound soon spread throughout the continent and beyond, even as it made determined enemies of the repressive Nigerian military regime….