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The AfroDixieRemixes: A Martha’s Vineyard Listening Session

| 2017 | 120 Minutes | |
Directed by John Sims

Monday August 21, 2017, 7:30pm

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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Special Event: James Lapine’s FALSETTOS

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

We are very excited to host James Lapine and his musical FALSETTOS captured live from Lincoln Center. James Lapine is an American stage director, filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards winning on three occasions and has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, he was…

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FILMUSIC Festival: SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY + short film WOMEN WHO SCORE

| 2017 | 93 min | | ,
Matt Schrader

Sunday June 25, 2017, 4:00pm
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Director Sara Nesson of the short film WOMEN WHO SCORE will join us for a discussion after the screening of these films to discuss the project she’s been working on in Hollywood. What makes a film score unforgettable? SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY brings Hollywood’s elite composers together to give viewers a…

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FILMUSIC Festival: SONG TO SONG

| 2017 | 129 mins | | , ,
Terrence Malick

Sunday June 25, 2017, 7:30pm
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In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples–struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman)–chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

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FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: FREE CHILDRENS EVENT

| 2017 | 60 mins. | | ,

Sunday June 25, 2017, 1:00pm

Drumming with Rick Bausman! A hands on fully participatory exploration of musical instruments from around the world Rick will lead children through a fun, exciting 1 hour drumming session, so come out and collaborate with us!

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FILMUSIC Festival: ALIVE AND KICKING

| 2017 | 88 mins | | , ,
Susan Glatzer

Saturday June 24, 2017, 9:00pm
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ALIVE AND KICKING is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. We explore the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance…

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FILMUSIC Festival: DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS BAND

| 2017 | 95 mins | | ,
Scott Freiman

Friday June 23, 2017, 4:00pm
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The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time. Rolling Stone described it as the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of…

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FILMUSIC Festival: I CALLED HIM MORGAN

| 2017 | 92 min | | , , ,
Kasper Collin

Friday June 23, 2017, 9:00pm
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Special introduction by Dave Kish of WMVY radio — All That Jazz Sunday mornings.   On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz…

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FILMUSIC Festival: BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED

| 2016 | 95 mins. | | ,
Lonny Price

Friday June 23, 2017, 7:00pm
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One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981 and closed after sixteen performances. BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of that show’s creation and tells the stories of the hopeful…

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FILMUSIC Festival: THE FRESHMAN (1925)

| 1925 | 70 min | | ,
Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor

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Special Guests – Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra performs a new original score live-to-picture of the silent film classic THE FRESHMAN staring Harold Lloyd.   Harold Lamb’s dream is to go to college and become the most popular student on campus, much like the character Speedy played by actor Lester…

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FILMUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 ALL-ACCESS PASS

, | 2017 | | , , , ,

Friday June 23, 2017
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Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25, 2017 The MV Film Society presents a long weekend of feature and short 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 fifth annual Filmusic Festival will bring you closer to…

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MV ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S EVENT – FREE

| 2012 | 86 minutes | | , , , ,
Chris Renaud

Come join The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s Environmental Film Festival’s Children’s Event on May 28th at 1pm at the film center for a FREE screening of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax! Afterwards Vineyard Conservation Society will speak about their work on how they are helping to protect our island.  All children are welcome to…

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

, | 2012 | 144 minutes | | ,
Directed by Kevin Macdonald

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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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MUMFORD & SONS Live From South Africa: DUST and THUNDER

| 2016 | 93 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Dick Carruthers

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DUST AND THUNDER chronicles the meeting of South Africa with their long-standing favourite British band, Mumford & Sons. Filmed live against the beautiful Pretorian outback, award-winning director Dick Carruthers gets to the very heart of what makes Mumford & Sons such a special act as the band performs new songs and classic…

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LJUBA DAVIS LADINO ENSEMBLE CONCERT

| 2016 | 90 mins | | ,

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Join us for an evening of Ladino music with Ljuba Davis and her Ensemble.  For those unacquainted, Ladino music is also known as Sephardic, or Judeo-Spanish, folk music.  Ljuba and her Ensemble put a unique twist on the Ladino tradition.  For this special event, the Ensemble will consist of the following musicians:…

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ROUND MIDNIGHT with Special Guest Maxine Gordon

, | 1986 | 133 minutes | | ,
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

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Maxine Gordon will be attending to comment on the film. A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon portrays Dale Turner, a fictional musician inspired by a number of famed jazz figures, including Bud Powell and…

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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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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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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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POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

| 2016 | 86 minutes | | ,
Directed by Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
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Universal Pictures’ POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants, and rivals all…

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SING STREET — LAST SHOWING!

, , | 2016 | 106 minutes | | ,
Directed by John Carney

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From director John Carney (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN), SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city…

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Special One Night Only: PURPLE RAIN (1984)

| 1984 | 111 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Albert Magnoli

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The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with singer, Apollonia. But, another musician, Morris, looks to steal…

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BORN TO BE BLUE

, , | 2016 | 97 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Robert Budreau

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Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon…

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AMY

| 2015 | 128 min | | , ,
Directed by Asif Kapadia

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From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very…

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LANDFILL HARMONIC

2015 | 84 minutes | | ,
Directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley

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LANDFILL HARMONIC follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of…

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BRASIL BAM BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SONZEIRA

, , | 2014 | 75 minutes | | ,
Directed by Charlie William Inman and Benjamin Holman

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At a time when corruption and football are top of everyone’s minds, BRASIL BAM BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SONZEIRA will take you on a journey to the heart of what really made Brasil famous. From Bossa to Samba to Batucada to Baile Funk, Rio’s sounds have enchanted audiences worldwide since the 1950s….

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ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

| 2015 | 89 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jeanie Finlay

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Come ready to do your best Elvis impersonation!  The audience member who best impersonates The King (dress included) will be given complimentary tickets to a future film. ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, a film by Jeanie Finlay tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and…

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THE WRECKING CREW

2015 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Denny Tedesco

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What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that…

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MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

, , | 2013 | 84 minutes | | ,
Directed by Viviane Blumenschein

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Spanish, Finnish, German with English subtitles. A Finnish saying goes: “Rather a man with a runny nose than a man with a hollow laugh.” Finns have a quirky sense of humour – and they are also a bit shyer than other people. They only become talkative after the third beer or so,…

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Presented with live music score and performance by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1925 | 92 mins | | , ,
Directed by Lon Chaney and Rupert Julian

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Opening wine reception (no food) at 6:30PM. Performance at 7:15PM. Lon Chaney’s iconic portrayal of a horribly disfigured composer who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. Seeking the love of a beautiful young prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. This…

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PITCH PERFECT 2

2015 | 114 minutes | | ,
Directed by Elizabeth Banks

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It’s been three years since the Barden Bellas (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson) became the first all-female group to win a national title. All seems well until a botched Lincoln Center performance for the president leads to a scandal that strips them of their performing duties, causing internal tension and strife. With the…

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WHIPLASH

| 2014 | 107 minutes | | ,
Damien Chazelle

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Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his…

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RICKI AND THE FLASH

| 2015 | 101 min | | , ,
Directed by Jonathan Demme

Three-time Academy Award (R) winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar (R)-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy RICKI AND THE FLASH. In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep…