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Special Event: JON WILSON- THE RESTORER’S JOURNEY

2017 | 68 minutes | |

Wednesday May 03, 2017, 7:30pm
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Double feature: Cape Horn Passage in Schooner WanderBird followed by the main event, The Restorer’s Journey. Q+A with filmmaker Oleg Harencar & Jon Wilson. With special guest Nat Benjamin.   JON WILSON – THE RESTORER’S JOURNEY This new documentary produced by Life on the Water is a cinematic portrait of Jon Wilson, the…

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Special Benefit: MARLEY presented with WYOB-FM (MVRHS student station)

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Directed by Kevin Macdonald

Saturday April 01, 2017, 6:30PM reception, 7:30PM film
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WYOB-FM and the MV Film Society have teamed up to host a fundraiser for WYOB (MVRHS student run radio station) in honor of Jimmy Cliff’s April 1st birthday. Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive…

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO — Our Last Showing!

, | 2017 | 93 minutes | |
Directed by Raoul Peck

Wednesday March 29, 2017, 7:30pm
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In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s…

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THE POWDER & THE GLORY

2015 | 90 minutes | | ,
Directed by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman

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In anticipation of the opening of War Paint on Broadway this April at the Nederlander Theatre. War Paint is a new musical inspired by this documentary film. Special guest speaker co-director Arnie Reisman THE POWDER & THE GLORY tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs in America, Elizabeth…

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YARN

| 2016 | 76 minutes | | ,
Directed by Una Lorenzen, Thordur Jonsson, Heather Millard

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Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative…

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KEDI

, , | 2017 | 79 minutes | |
Directed by Ceyda Torun

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KEDi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. KEDi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways…

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THE LAST OCEAN — FREE ADMISSION for members!

| 2012 | 88 minutes | |
Directed by Peter Young

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SCIENCE ON SCREEN, An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. FREE ADMISSION FOR MEMBERS OF THE MV FILM SOCIETY. Special Guests: Warren M. Doty I have been a selectman in the Town of Chilmark for 18 years. During all of those years a major…

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2017 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY

| 2016 | 154 Minutes | | ,

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Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 89th Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 26, 2017! And the winners are?… Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action, Animated, and Documentary Short Films that received…

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A PLASTIC OCEAN presented in collaboration with the Vineyard Conservation Society and Norton Point

| 2016 | 102 minutes | |
Directed by Craig Leeson

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This screening is sponsored by Norton Point, with a portion of proceeds going to the Vineyard Conservation Society. A PLASTIC OCEAN is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to…

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

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Directed by Otto Bell

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse…

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Warren Miller’s 67th Ski film, HERE, THERE, & EVERYWHERE

| 2016 | 120 mins | | , , ,

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Included with each ticket  Movie Ticket – National Premier Tour of Warren Miller’s 67th movie Sugarbush Lift Ticket (weekday) FREE with each movie ticket Free weekday lift ticket to Steamboat in Colorado National WME Tour Sweepstakes for Ski trips and more! Visit Audi Norwell, test drive, and get a chance to win…

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SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY

| 2016 | 94 minutes | | ,
Directed by Taggart Siegel , Jon Betz

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Special guest speaker afterwards — Carol Koury, Sow True Seed Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties…

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THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK– THE TOURING YEARS

, | 2016 | 137 mins (107 min feature + 30 min The Beatles Live at Shea Stadium 1965) | |
Directed by Ron Howard

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We all know the moment, February 9, 1964 at 8:12 PM EST – after a brief commercial break, four young men from Liverpool step onto the Ed Sullivan stage, changing culture forever. Seventy-three million people watched The Beatles perform that night – the largest audience to date in television history. It was…

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HARRY AND SNOWMAN

| 2016 | 84 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Ron Davis

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Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years,…

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COMMAND AND CONTROL

| 2016 | 92 minutes | |
Directed by Robert Kenner

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Post-screening Q&A with Producer Mark Samels. In collaboration with WGBH – Boston From Robert Kenner, director of the groundbreaking film FOOD. INC., and Mark Samels, executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, comes COMMAND AND CONTROL, the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex…

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BEING MORTAL presented in collaboration with Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

| 2014 | 55 mins. | |

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Proceeds from this screening will benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. Post-screening discussion. BEING MORTAL delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he…

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2016 MVIFF — THE WEEKEND SAILOR

, | 2016 | 70 minutes | | , , , ,
Directed by Bernardo Arsuaga

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With almost no experience, Mexican captain Ramon Carlin raced against the superstars of sailing in a 9 month deadly trip ’round the world, his regatta winning the overall prize. In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world, inviting expert crews from Europe and other…

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2016 MVIFF — International Short Films Juried Competition– SOLD OUT!

| 2016 | | , , , , ,

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This screening is SOLD OUT!     From over 300+ entries our festival selection committee has chosen 10 finalists. We will screen each finalist short film and our jury will choose Best Over-all Short at the conclusion of the program.  Program notes to be added very very soon.   TO PURCHASE AN ALL-ACCESS…

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2016 ALL-ACCESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PASS

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ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS Click here for festival information and details $225 per person $185 per person, discounted for film society members First Choice Admission to any film during festival (however pass holder must pre-select movie tickets at box office, and arrive 10 minutes before start time to guarantee a seat for themselves)…

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NEWTOWN with producer Maria Cuomo Cole, director Kim Snyder, and Sandy Hook Promise Mark Barden

| 2016 | 85 minutes | |
Directed by Kim Snyder

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Producer Maria Cuomo Cole, filmmaker Kim Snyder, and Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise Mark Barden will join us for a post-screening discussion. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the…

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LIFE, ANIMATED

, | 2016 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Roger Ross Williams

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The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes…

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Special Event: PAPER LANTERNS

| 2016 | 60 minutes | | ,
Directed by Barry Frechette

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Post-screening Q&A with director Barry Frechette, composer Chad Cannon, and cinemoatographer/ editor Max Esposito. Mr. and Mrs. Suzuki from Hiroshima will also be participating in the discussion. In the summer of 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. On August 6th, “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima, and three…

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AGENTS OF CHANGE– One Time Screening

| 2014 | 66 minutes | |
Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg

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Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, and acclaimed director Stanley Nelson. AGENTS OF CHANGE is an award-winning film about the black-led student protest movement of the late 1960’s which helped bring about Black and Ethnic Studies programs across the country. Through the stories of the young men and women who…

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THE BAD KIDS with filmmaker Keith Fulton

| 2016 | 101 minutes | |

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A documentary that follows a group of Mojave Desert teachers as they try to improve the lives of their impoverished students. A documentary that follows a group of Mojave Desert teachers as they try to improve the lives of their impoverished students. At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that, more…

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2016 Doc Week: CITY OF GOLD

| 2016 | 1 hr. 31 min. | | ,
directed by Laura Gabbert

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Introduction by Joan Nathan, an award-winning American cookbook author, and a skype Q&A with director Laura Gabbert.  CITY OF GOLD chronicles Pulitzer prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food culture of the city, Los Angeles. Gold has been known for his robust writing about the hidden culinary…

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2016 Doc Week: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE — SOLD OUT

, | 2016 | 1 hr. 36 min. | | , , ,
Directed by MORGAN NEVILLE

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Morgan Neville, Academy Award Winner (2015 Best Documentary) will join us for a Q&A afterwards. From the director of the Oscar – winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary…

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2016 Doc Week: BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS

| 2016 | 1 hr. 12 min. | |
directed by DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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POST-SCREENING Q&A WITH DIRECTOR DOUGLAS MCGRATH via SKYPE, plus special guests in attendance, Vineyarders and friends of Mike Nichols, ROSE STYRON and JAMES LAPINE to discuss Nichols’ love of the theater, and of the Vineyard. Just four months before he died, in a set of final, historic interviews, director Mike Nichols opened…

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2016 DOC WEEK: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

| 2016 | 1 hr. 32 min. | | , ,
directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing

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FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH VISITING DIRECTOR RACHEL GRADY Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons,…

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2016 Doc Week: MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES

| 2016 | 1 hr. 20 min. | | , ,
Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey

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FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH VISITING DIRECTOR RANDY BARBATO                 The only thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs was his life. He was obsessed with magic and in particular, with what he saw as the magic of photography and the magic of sex. He…

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DOC WEEK 2016 ALL-ACCESS PASS

| 2016 | | ,

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Documentary films have become the conscience of the nation, providing a deeper study of contemporary, and often unnoticed, social issues. By using the unique medium of film, documentarians are able to cultivate more compelling and fruitful discussion by mixing strongly-drive narratives with vivid imagery. In lieu of the rise of the documentary, the…

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THE YOUNG AMERICANS multimedia and live-music performance

| 2016 | 90 mins | | , , , , , , , ,

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A unique multimedia performance with live music chronicles the race to reach the moon.  With rare archival footage and interviews with the major players, astronauts and their families, John Monsky, creator and narrator, takes us inside the capsule and the control room to trace the great rush to the lunar surface. The drama,…

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THE SAME HEART

, | 2016 | 67 minutes | |
Directed by Len Morris & Georgia Morris

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Why do half of the world’s children live in grinding poverty? The Same Heart features a growing number of global economists and moral leaders who agree that an extremely small financial transactions tax, the “Robin Hood Tax,” could place the needs of all children at the heart of the global financial system for the first time. Suggesting…

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DARK HORSE

| 2016 | 85 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Louise Osmond

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Set in a former mining village in Wales, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion,…

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WEINER

| 2016 | 96 minutes | |
Directed by Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman

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Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s catastrophic race for Mayor of New York City in 2013 is detailed in this behind-the-scenes documentary. Weiner became embroiled in his second widely publicized sexting scandal during the race, derailing his once-promising political career. Weiner is directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg and received its world…

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Filmusic Festival: THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE

| 2015 | 1 hr. 50 min. | | , ,
DIRECTED BY JEFF L. LIEBERMAN

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The Amazing Nina Simone –  directed by Jeff L. Lieberman This new documentary reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one of America’s true musical geniuses. Much beloved and often misunderstood, the story of Americaʼs most overlooked musical genius…

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Filmusic Festival: A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY

| 2016 | 1 hr. 36 min. | | , , ,
Directed by KEITH MAITLAND

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This film compiles interviews, never before seen backstage footage, pivotal bookings and memorable moments to tell the story of the iconic AUSTIN CITY LIMITS TV show from its beginning with Willie Nelson, to where it is today― hosting music legends and premiering the music legends of tomorrow. This documentary is the ultimate archive…

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Filmusic Festival: THE WINDING STREAM

| 2015 | 1 hr. 30 mins. | | , , , ,
Directed by Beth Harrington

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The Winding Stream is a 90-minute music history documentary that tells the story of the American roots music dynasty – the Carters and the Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family, the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters, the marital…

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Filmusic Festival: JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE

| 2015 | 1 hr. 46 min. | | , ,
Directed by AMY BERG

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Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time – a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her untimely and tragic death in 1970 at age 27. This in depth examination presents an intimate and…

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FILMUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 ALL-ACCESS PASS

, | 2016 | | , , , ,

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FILMUSIC FESTIVAL  Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26, 2016 The MV Film Society presents a weekend of feature films that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film with engaging films, receptions and live-music events. Music and film flow naturally together. Our third annual Filmusic Festival will bring you closer to the music…

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WGBH’s NOVA: OPERATION LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE — Free Admission

| 2016 | 53 minutes | |

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LIMIT OF TWO TICKETS PER PERSON. On the picturesque bluffs at the very tip of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, disaster looms. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island cliffs. Built in 1856, the more than 400-ton structure soars…

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Nature as Inspiration: MERCHANTS OF DOUBT

| 2015 | 96 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Robert Kenner

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Post Screening Q&A Guest: Philip B. Duffy, Ph.D. President and Executive Director of Woods Hole Research Center  The director of the acclaimed FOOD, INC brings us this provocative film, inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway.  MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride…

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Nature as Inspiration: LOVE THY NATURE

| 2016 | 76 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sylvie Rokab

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Director, SYLVIE ROKAB will join us via Skype for our post screening Q&A An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy…

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Nature as Inspiration: SEASONS

| 2016 | 97 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud

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Post Screening Q&A with DAVID FOSTER, Ph.D. of Harvard Forest From French co-directors,Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, the Oscar®-nominated creators of Winged Migration and Oceans, comesA poetic chronicle of Europe over the past 15,000 years, filmed through the eyes of animals. A history of Europe is told through the paws, claws, and…

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Nature as Inspiration: BIKES vs CARS

| 2015 | 90 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Fredrik Gertten

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POST SCREENING Q&A GUESTS: Fredrik Gertten – Director  Ed Begley, Jr – Environmentalist/Actor Dave Whitmon – MV Joint Transportation Committee The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a…

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Nature as Inspiration: ICE AND THE SKY

| 2015 | 89 minutes | | , ,
Luc Jacquet

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An inspiring story about the life of 82 year old glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking discoveries sounded the alarm for global warming. In 1955, scientist Claude set off with two fellow travelers for a one-year wintering journey in the Antarctic, with no possible return or support. On such unexplored lands, the young…

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Nature as Inspiration: HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD

| 2016 | 125 minutes | | ,
Directed by Josh Fox

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Director JOSH FOX joins us after the screening via Skype for an exciting Q&A from the road on while tour. In HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD, Oscar nominated director, Josh Fox, maker of the film, GASLAND, continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our…

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Nature as Inspiration: SONIC SEA

| 2016 | 56 mins | | , , ,
Daniel Hinerfeld, Michelle Dougherty

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Opening Reception to Festival in MV Film Center lobby begins at 6:30 PM Post screening Q&A with: Laela Sayigh (WHOI), Patrick Ramage (IFAW), Joel Reynolds (NRDC) A documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. The film explores the critical role of sound in…

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NATURE AS INSPIRATION: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 ALL ACCESS PASS

| 2016 | | , , , ,

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Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29, 2016 For four days, we combine environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit by MVRHS students that will adorn the walls of the Feldman Family Art Space in the Film Center. A Q&A follows each film with experts, community members, and special guests. All-Access pass…

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THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY

| 2016 | 90 minutes | |
Directed by Andrew Rossi

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THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collusion of high fashion and celebrity at…

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Special Event: THE MESSENGER in collaboration with Felix Neck

2015 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Su Rynard

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Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings…

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THE NAVIGATORS with special guest anthropologist/filmmaker Sam Low

| 1983 | 59 minutes | |
Directed by Boyd Estus

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Refreshments to following Q&A with Sam Low in the lobby provided by SAIL MV. Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of…

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ROOTED IN PEACE (FREE MEMBER SCREENING FOR EARTH DAY)

2015 | |
Directed by Greg Reitman

ROOTED IN PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman (SUNDANCE Audience Award 2008 for FUEL) invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world…

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WHERE TO INVADE NEXT

| 2016 | 110 minutes | |
Directed by Michael Moore

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This is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the…

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BAG IT (FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING)

| 2011 | 74 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Suzan Beraza

An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do…

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2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY

| 2015 | 163 minutes | | ,

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Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 88th Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 28, 2016! And the winners are?… Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action, Animated, and Documentary Short Films that received…

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED– Presented with the Vineyard Montessori School

| 2015 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Greg Whiteley

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Presented in collaboration with the Vineyard Montessori School.  The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools…

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HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

| 2015 | 80 mins | | ,
Directed by Kent Jones

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In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and a 30-year-old François Truffaut sequestered themselves in a windowless Hollywood office for a weeklong conversation. The result: the seminal book “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” published a half century ago, dissecting every film Hitchcock had made until then, illuminating his masterful techniques, making the case for the popular director as an…

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT

| 2015 | 97 mins | | , ,
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

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Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel” with PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT. A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the…

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VINEYARD VOICES FILMS in collaboration with the MV MUSEUM

| Various | 87 minutes | |
Linsey Lee, MV Museum

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  The Vineyard’s past comes alive in five short films that capture important issues and times in American life using seldom-seen historical images and first-person accounts from Island people. The stories include Civil Rights activities, an early African-American church, the Island’s Deaf Community, the Shearer Summer Theater, and the founding of the…

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HEART OF A DOG

, | 2015 | 75 minutes | |
Directed by Laurie Anderson

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Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. From multi-media artist Laurie Anderson, HEART OF A DOG delves into weighty themes with lyrical, haunting grace.