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Music and Film Festival: DANCING IN JAFFA

| 2013 | 90 minutes | | ,
Hilla Medalia
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Although set in Israel, our film is ultimately about one man’s hopeful endeavor to shift the paradigm and stop the hate. More than anything, we hope that Dancing in Jaffa can help transcend geographic and cultural boundaries by raising awareness of the challenges involved in dealing with hatred, while also proving that change is always…

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Music and Film Festival: MATEO

| 2014 | 88 Mins | | ,
Aaron Naar

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Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as “Mateo,” America’s first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women…

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Music and Film Festival: BRASSLANDS

| 2013 | 84 Mins | | ,
Meerkat Media Collective

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An eccentric New York brass band, a virtuosic group of struggling Roma Gypsies, and reigning Serbian champions converge with half a million fans and transcend political and ethnic borders at the world’s l!argest trumpet festival in Guča, Serbia.! A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than…

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Music and Film Festival: ALIVE INSIDE + Bonus Short MARVIN AND SARALEE

| 2014 | 74 minutes | |
Michael Rossato-Bennett

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Please join us following the feature film ALIVE INSIDE for a short panel discussion with Leslie Clapp, Executive Director of MV Center For Living and Marvin Rosenkrantz, film subject about the MV Center For Living’s music and memory program. As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music…

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FED UP

| 2014 | 92 mins | | , ,
Stephanie Soechtig

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Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you…

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Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

| 2014 | 120 mins | |
Joe Berlinger

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From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and…

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Summer Institute Film Series: E-Team

| 2014 | 88 mins | |
Co-directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman

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SPECIAL GUEST: Fred (Cronig) Abrahams, one of the E-Team members, whose testimony against Slobodan Milosevic is detailed in the film, and co-director Ross Kauffman will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Using a cinema verite approach, filmmakers Ross Kauffman (Born into Brothels) and Katy Chevigny (Election Day, Deadline) follow four members…

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AN HONEST LIAR

| 2014 | 90 minutes | | ,
Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein

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AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the…

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SUPERMENSCH: The Legend of Shep Gordon

| 2014 | 85 minutes | |
Mike Myers

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In 1991, music manager Shep Gordon held Mike Myers over a barrel a few weeks before shooting “Wayne’s World” regarding an Alice Cooper song Myers wanted to use in the film. They have been close friends ever since. 22 years later, the story of Gordon’s legendary life in the uber-fast lane is…

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NEWBURGH STING with filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

2014 | 87 minutes | |
Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

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Through an absorbing, insider look at the case of the “Newburgh Four,” ‘The Newburgh Sting‘ reveals the FBI’s role in targeting Muslim communities in poor neighborhoods and luring believers into committing acts of terrorism. Husband & wife team David Heilbroner & Kate Davis’ (Southern Comfort) shocking and galvanizing exposé dissects the story of the four…

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Special screening of Academy Award winning short documentary THOTH and feature doc MARJOE, Q&A with filmmaker Sarah Kernochan

| | 128 minutes | |
Sarah Kernochan

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Sarah Kernochan has won two Academy Awards for her documentaries Marjoe and Thoth. As a screenwriter, she has written many films, among them Nine and ½ Weeks, Impromptu, and What Lies Beneath; she both wrote and directed the film All I Wanna Do as well. Her latest script Learning to Drive recently finished filming in New York. In addition to her film work, Kernochan…

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PUCKER UP with filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner and live whistling performance by 3 times World Champion Geert Chatrou

| 2005 | 76 minutes | |
Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

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The world is divided into two types of people…those who whistle, and those who have tried. Pucker Up takes a look at the little-known world of championship caliber whistling. The movie offers a wealth of footage from the International Whistling Convention and Competition, giving a history of whistling as well as profiling six…

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DETROPIA with filmmaker Heidi Ewing

| 2012 | 90 minutes | |
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

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Detroit’s story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and…

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THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST with panel discussion afterwards featuring Professor Alan Dershowitz, Judge Mark Wolf, and Dr. James Gilligan. Filmmaker Gabriel London will also be joining us.

| 2014 | 92 minutes | | ,
Gabriel London

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Filmmaker Gabriel London will also be joining us. The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest is a hybrid of documentary film and animation. The filmed chronicle Mark’s life – from his childhood through a modern day parole story – while the animation reveal the hyperactive world of his mind – from planning…

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SOLD OUT! LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM with filmmaker Rory Kennedy

| 2014 | 98 minutes | |
Rory Kennedy

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For many American supporters of the war in Vietnam, the symbolic defeat embodied in the Paris Peace Accords of 1973 and subsequent cease-fire were not the worst blows to their hopes for a productive resolution to the Vietnam War. Far worse was the disorderly and ignominious evacuation of Saigon as it fell…

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ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR — In collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation — reception at 6:30pm

| 2008 | 98 minutes | |
Curt Worden

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In collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation to benefit the library.   Join us for a reception beginning at 6:30 pm in the film center lobby with pot-luck contributions from members of the Library Foundation. In addition to the film, there will be a special live readings from Kerouac’s book Big Sur by radio…

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Summer Institute Film Series: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

| 2014 | |
William Gazeck

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SPECIAL GUESTS: The filmmakers will be on hand for questions and answers after the screening. In this documentary directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker William Gazecki, authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker explore the tumultuous early days of Sophie Tucker, the iconic vaudeville superstar who ruled the 1920s Flapper Era in the United States. Before…

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A Filmmaker’s Evening with Richard C. Skidmore

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Richard Skidmore

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A Filmmaker’s Evening with Richard C. Skidmore at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center to Benefit Gay Head Light.  Richard C.Skidmore is an Aquinnah resident and award-winning experimental filmmaker whose videos and films have been seen around the world on television and at more than 20 film festivals, including The TriBeCa Film Fest…

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ALIVE INSIDE

| 2014 | 78 mins | | , ,

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As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past…

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FINDING FELA

, | 2013 | 119 minutes | |
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….

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SOLD OUT! Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

| 2014 | 70 mins | |
Abby Ginzberg

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SPECIAL FORUM: after the film, Brian Walt moderates a conversation with filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Soft Vengeance is the story of Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. For his actions as…

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Monsieur President – with Special Guest filmmaker Victoria Campbell

| 2014 | 71 minutes | |
Victoria Campbell

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Crafted from footage taken on nearly a dozen trips to Haiti amidst the aftermath of 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Port au Prince in 2010, “Monsieur le Président,” begins with Ms. Campbell’s immersion into the reeling neighborhoods of that city, and transitions to her participation in the effort to keep the citizenry…

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT sponsored by The Center for Biological Diversity and in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation Society

| 2011 | 101 minutes | | , ,
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ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012, MOHAMED NASHEED RESIGNED THE PRESIDENCY UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE IN A COUP D’ETAT PERPETRATED BY SECURITY FORCES LOYAL TO THE FORMER DICTATOR. THIS FILM IS THE STORY OF HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a…

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GIRL RISING with special guest Azure Antoinette, Global Ambassador

| 2013 | 101 min. | |
A Film by Richard Robbins

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SPECIAL GUEST:  MV Film Society and Featherstone Center for the Arts present Girl Rising with special performance by poet and spoken word artist: Azure Antoinette. Azure will perform the poem “Superhero” which Girl Rising commissioned. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning Documentary Group, in association with Paul Allen’s…

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MVIFF: AUSTIN TO BOSTON “U.S. PREMIERE”

| 2014 | 72 minutes | | ,
Directed by James Marcus Haney

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5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars…

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ADVANCED STYLE in collaboration with MV Fashion Week (Join us for reception preceding the film beginning at 6:30 PM)

| 2014 | 72 min. | | , ,
Lina Plioplyte

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Our screening is being dedicated to Shirley Berkowitz Dworkin who passed away on September 9, 2014.  She was the younger sister of Zelda Kaplan, one of the women interviewed in this film, and the mother of Barbara Binder, an island resident. Join us for a reception preceding the film screening beginning at 6:30…

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Mademoiselle C in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2014 | 93 min. | | , ,
Fabien Constant

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  The newest film by director Fabien Constant, best known for The Vogue Paris Fashion Night Out, is Mademoiselle C,a documentary that chronicles former French Vogue editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine. The ‘C’ stands for Carine who, after acting as Tom Ford’s muse…

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Living Local MV Movie Night: OPEN SESAME (FREE ADMISSION)

| 2013 | 82 minutes | | , ,
M. Sean Kaminsky

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is pleased to present OPEN SESAME in collaboration with Living Local MV, The Farm Institute, Island Grown Schools and Martha’s Vineyard Community Seed Library.  Q&A afterwards with special guests: Food writer Doctor Jessica B. Harris, Ken Green founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library One of the world’s…

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THE HUNGRY HEART with filmmaker Bess O’Brien

| 2014 | | , ,
Bess O'Brien

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MEDIA SPONSORSHIP PROVIDED BY THE MV TIMES The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. Dr. Holmes prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction.  Much like methadone,…

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Celebrating National Fossil Day – DINOSAUR 13 with special guest speaker Dr. Henry Kriegstein

2014 | 95 minutes | | , , ,
Todd Douglas Miller

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National Fossil Day is a celebration to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.    THE TRUE TALE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST DISCOVERIES IN HISTORY! When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute…

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SOMM

| 2013 | 93 mins | |
Jason Wise

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Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you’ve NEVER heard of… SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the…

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MONK WITH A CAMERA to follow Art Reception for Alan Brigish & Susan Klein

| 2014 | 90 minutes | | ,
Tina Mascara, Guido Santi
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A QUADRAFECTA – new photo exhibit, multimedia shows, pre-release film and a reception at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Susan Klein and Alan Brigish are premiering their latest collaboration Now & Zen: A Window on Beauty. This is the first of a series of multimedia show they are developing, together with several…

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THE GREEN PRINCE

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Nadav Schirman

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Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader…