Martha's Vineyard Film Center

Home of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, operating year-round as an arthouse cinema and educational center

ITZHAK

| 2018 | 83 minutes | | ,
Directed by Alison Chernick

Wednesday June 20, 2018, 7:30pm Sunday June 24, 2018, 1:00pm (FILMUSIC Festival) BUY TICKETS

Director Alison Chernick will join us for Q&A afterward on June 15 for two showings at 4 and 7:30 PM.  From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel…

RBG: RUTH BADER GINSBURG

| 2018 | 96 minutes | |
Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West

Wednesday June 20, 2018, 4:00pm
Thursday June 28, 2018 7:30pm
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As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of a rock star and the title “Notorious RBG.” What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic, trailblazing role in defining the…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928) with Live Musical Score performed by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1928 | 110 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Paul Leni

Thursday June 21, 2018, 7:30pm
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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to welcome back for the fifth year, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) to perform their new, original score to Universal Pictures’  THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928).  Universal itself has commissioned Berklee to create the original score recording for their brand-new 4K restoration of the film, the…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES

| 2017 | 123 minutes | |
Directed by Chris Perkel

Friday June 22, 2018, 7:30pm
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In The Soundtrack of My Life, music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, the Grateful…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: CONCERT FOR GEORGE

2003 | 166 minutes | | ,
Directed by David Leland

Friday June 22, 2018, 4:00pm
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On November 29, 2002, one year after George Harrison’s death, an all-star cast of friends gather at London’s Royal Albert Hall for an emotional tribute. The concert features a piece composed in Harrison’s honor by his sitar mentor, Ravi Shankar, and a set of songs by Monty Python with special guest Tom…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS

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Friday June 22, 2018
Saturday June 23, 2018
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2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS Music and film flow naturally together. Our 6th Annual FILMUSIC Festival will bring you closer to the music you love, or introduce you to some you’ve never known, with great films and live music! The FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS includes every film/event except the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Performance…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: HEARTS BEAT LOUD

2018 | 97 mnutes | | ,
Directed by Brett Haley

Saturday June 23, 2018, 7:30pm
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Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to attend college in California. When a song of theirs finds success online, it complicates Frank’s attempts to let go of his dreams of stardom and allow his daughter to find her own…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY

2017 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Brett Berns and Bob Sarles

Saturday June 23, 2018, 1:00pm
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You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he’s written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love – Berns’ career IS Rock and Roll. Berns sessions…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET: THE LEROY JONES STORY

| 2017 | 90 minutes | | ,
Directed by Cameron Washington

Saturday June 23, 2018, 4:00pm
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Director Cameron Washington will join us for Q&A afterward. In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician with a sound like no other. Jones came up playing on the streets of the 7th ward and French Quarter, quickly establishing himself as…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: LONG STRANGE TRIP: GRATEFUL DEAD

| 2017 | 239 minutes | |
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev

Sunday June 24, 2018, 6:30pm

The 30-year odyssey of the Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock ‘n’ roll history. Famously averse to publicity and seemingly incapable of recording radio-friendly hits, they flouted music-industry convention by giving their live music away to a global network of tape traders and becoming the highest-grossing concert act…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: FIDDLIN’ with Director Julie Simone and Creative Producer Vicki Vlasic

2018 | 96 minutes | | ,
Directed by Julie Simone

Sunday June 24, 2018, 4:00pm
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Fiddlin’ is an uplifting Old Time and Bluegrass music documentary that takes place at the world’s oldest Fiddler’s Convention in the Appalachian Mountains. Wayne Henderson, a world-renowned luthier known as the “guitar god,” is both a master craftsman and master storyteller. His friendship with 11-year old guitar prodigy Presley Barker shows just…

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, with Academy Award Winning Director Morgan Neville for both screenings

| 2018 | 130 minutes | | ,
Directed by Morgan Neville

Tuesday June 26, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday June 27, 2018 7:30pm
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Director Morgan Neville will join us for Q&A afterwards on both June 26 and 27th at the Film Center. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all…

AN ORDINARY MAN

| 2018 | 90 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Brad Silberling

An infamous war criminal and former general (Ben Kingsley) spending his life on the run from international authorities is suddenly moved to a new hideout, where he develops a relationship with the maid that looks after him. But when he discovers that she is actually an agent hired to protect him, he…

AMERICAN ANIMALS

2018 | 120 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Bart Layton

Friday July 13, 2018, 7:30pm

The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on…

THE SEAGULL

2018 | 98 minutes | |
Directed by Michael Mayer (VI)
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One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen…

HISTORIC MOVIES OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD

| 2018 | 90 minutes | |

Wednesday July 18, 2018, 7:30pm

Discussion throughout the short film segments with Tom Dunlop & John Wilson. We are excited to collaborate with the Vineyard Gazette to offer this historic program to you.  The Historic Movies of Martha’s Vineyard project, a pioneering and award-winning effort of the Vineyard Gazette, presents films shot on the Vineyard dating back almost one…

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

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

Monday July 30, 2018, 7:30pm
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In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Melissa…

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

2018
Directed by Dava Whisenant

Tuesday July 31, 2018, 7:30pm
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A Late Show comedy writer stumbles on a hidden world of bizarre corporate entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, and more.  

2018 DOC WEEK: A PAINTER WHO FARMS: Allen Whiting – Island Painter and Farmer, a Benefit for the MV Museum and the MV Film Society

2018 | 50 minutes | | ,
Directed by David Fokos and Barbarella Fokos

Wednesday August 01, 2018, 7:30pm
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Special guests, filmmakers David Fokos and Barbarella Fokos with subject Allen Whiting will attend for Q&A afterward. Benefits the MV Museum and MV Film Society jointly.  Financial support from the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury. Allen Whiting is a farmer who has been living off the land as his family has for 12 generations….

2018 DOC WEEK: 306 HOLLYWOOD with Directors Elan and Johnathan Bogarin

2018 | 82 minutes | |
Directed by Elan Bogarin, Johnathan Bogarin

Thursday August 02, 2018, 7:30pm
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306 Hollywood is a magical realist documentary of two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. They embark on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.  

2018 DOC WEEK: SAY HER NAME with Director and Film Society Board Member Kate Davis

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Directed by Kate Davis

Friday August 03, 2018, 7:30 pm
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Joining us after the screening are director Kate Davis, producer David Heilbroner, Sandra Bland’s sisters: Shante Needham and Sharon Cooper, both national spokespeople for Sandra Bland, and Cannon Lambert, lead attorney from Chicago In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago was arrested for a traffic violation in…

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

| 2018 | 133 minutes | |
Directed by Susan Lacy

Saturday August 04, 2018, 7:30pm
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Director Susan Lacy and Producer Jessica Levin will join us for Q&A on August 4th at the Film Center. Girl next door, sex kitten, activist, fitness tycoon: Oscar-winner Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation, and she’s done it all in the public eye. Directed and produced by…

2018 YOUTH FILMMAKERS CAMP with MVTV and Polly Hill Arboretum


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Monday August 06, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00pm
Tuesday August 07, 2018 1:00 to 5:00pm
Wednesday August 08, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00pm Thursday August 09, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00pm Friday August 10, 2018, 1:00 to 5:00pm BUY TICKETS

August 6-10, 2018, 1-5pm at Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury and MVTV HQ in Oak Bluffs Campers will learn various video techniques such as video camera use, interviewing skills, musical video, creating public service announcements, and editing of video content.  The camp will meet each day at Polly Hill’s grounds and…

KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT with Directors and Vineyard Residents Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth

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Directed by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth
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Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the Western tip of Martha’s Vineyard island, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America’s most famous beacons.  From whaling days to electrification, “Keepers of the Light” tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation…

OUT OF MY HEAD with Director Susanna Styron and Producer Jacki Ochs

2018 | 77 minutes | |
Directed by Susanna Styron

Wednesday August 08, 2018, 7:30pm
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The filmmaker sets out to investigate the devastating migraine attacks that have her daughter in their grip, and decides to make a film about it. As mother and daughter seek understanding and ever-elusive treatment, we follow them into a bizarre and fascinating world populated by doctors, neuroscientists, other migraineurs, and such unexpected…

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR: LIFE IS GOOD, A Benefit for the Vineyard House

| 2017 | 68 minutes | | ,
Directed by Tracey Anarella

Wednesday August 22, 2018, 7:30pm
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Director Tracey Anarella and Livingston Taylor will join us for a Q&A afterward.  Award Winning Director Tracey Anarella has teamed up with Livingston to create a compelling documentary about Livingston, his life, his career and his unique and amazing teachings at the Berklee College of Music! The film, “Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good” shows…