Martha's Vineyard Film Center

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


, , | 2018 | 114 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Wednesday May 23, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday May 30, 2018 7:30pm
Thursday May 31, 2018, 4:00pm BUY TICKETS

From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio…


90 minutes | 2018 | | , ,
Directed by Stanley Tucci

Wednesday May 23, 2018, 4:00pm
Wednesday May 30, 2018 4:00pm

FINAL PORTRAIT is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORTS

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Thursday May 24, 2018, 4:00pm

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to add, once again, an Environmental Short Film portion to its 4th Annual MV Environmental Film Festival, which is Co-Sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society. So far we have the following films: PERMAFROST NOW, Stash Wislocki,  12 minutes Greg Fiske, Senior Geospatial Analyst and the…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival Opening Night Event: LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST

2018 | 83 minutes | | ,
Directed by Susan Kucera

Thursday May 24, 2018, 7:30pm

Jeff Bridges, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling ‘the end of nature’, into an engrossing story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth’s household. This powerful, poetic and thought-provoking feature challenges our current way of thinking and provides…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: ALL-ACCESS PASS

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Thursday May 24, 2018, 1:00pm
Friday May 25, 2018
Saturday May 26, 2018 Sunday May 27, 2018 BUY TICKETS

Presented by Martha’s Vineyard Film Society in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation Society Nature As Inspiration 4th Annual Environmental Film Festival Thursday, May 24 – Sunday, May 27, 2018 For four days, we combine environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit by MVRHS students that will adorn the walls of the Feldman Family…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: THE GARDENER in Collaboration with Polly Hill Arboretum

2018 | 87 minutes | |
Directed by Sébastien Chabot

Friday May 25, 2018, 4:00pm

Join Tim Boland of Polly Hill Arboretum and the MV Film Society in presenting this amazing film about one of the greatest gardens in the world.  The Gardener is a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: CHASING THE THUNDER with MV Fishermen’s Prev. Trust and Sail MV

| 2018 | 96 minutes | | ,

Friday May 25, 2018, 7:30pm

Chasing the Thunder is a high-seas documentary about the Sea Shepherd’s epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the “Thunder,” considered the world’s most notorious poaching vessel. Across two seas and three oceans, the marine activists hunted the fugitive fishing ship through massive ice floes, storms-tossed seas, a near collision and violent clashes until…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: JUST EAT IT with Island Grown Gleaning

2014 | 75 minutes | | ,
Directed by Grant Baldwin

Saturday May 26, 2018, 1:00pm

Representatives from Island Grown Gleaning and Island Grown Initiative will join us as co-presenter of JUST EAT IT and inform us of local initiatives and projects. We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines, and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50%…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: LOVE AND BANANAS

2018 | 77 minutes | | ,
Directed by Ashley Bell

Saturday May 26, 2018, 7:30pm

Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life-threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: THE SERENGETI RULES

2018 | 84 minutes | | ,
Directed by Nicolas Brown

Saturday May 26, 2018, 4:00pm

Nicolas Brown’s visually rich and thought-provoking documentary profiles scientists from around the globe whose parallel experiments with different ecosystems led them to similar, surprising conclusions about the relationships between predator and prey and, by extension, the balance of life on our planet. The conclusion these disparate thinkers and experiments reach speaks to…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: THE TRUE COST Sponsored by Lauren Morgan Co.

2015 | 92 minutes | |
Directed by Andrew Morgan

Sunday May 27, 2018, 4:00pm

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: THE FARTHEST with Executive Producer John Rubin

| 2017 | 121 minutes | | ,
Directed by Emer Reynolds

Sunday May 27, 2018, 7:30pm

It’s one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so. Launched in August 1977, Voyager has defied all the odds, survived countless near misses and almost…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival Youth Event: ALDABRA: ONCE UPON AN ISLAND

2015 | 73 minutes | | ,
Directed by Steve Lichtag

Sunday May 27, 2018, 1:00pm

This film and event are free for all youth aged 14 years or younger. This is the story of one of the most incredible places on our planet, Aldabra as told by the amazing creatures that inhabit it. Imagine a pristine island, untouched by man-kind, that rises from the depths of the…

RBG: RUTH BADER GINSBURG with special guest Nina Totenberg (via SKYPE)

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

Thursday May 31, 2018, 6:45pm
Friday June 01, 2018 7:30pm

Our Opening Night screening of RBG on May 31 is in collaboration with island law firm Reynolds, Rappaport, Kaplan & Hackney, LLC, who will host a wine and cheese reception at 6:45 pm in our lobby. Special guest Nina Totenberg (via SKYPE) will comment on the movie and RBG’s legal career. As the…


| 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…


2018 | 101 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Wes Anderson

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been…

ITZHAK, with Director Alison Chernick for both screenings

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

Friday June 15, 2018, 7:30pm
Saturday June 16, 2018 7:30pm

Director Alison Chernick will join us for Q&A afterwards on both June 15 and 16th at the Film Center. 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 Aviv…

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

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

Thursday June 21, 2018, 7:30pm

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to welcome back the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) for 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 restoration of the film, the first time a Hollywood studio has ever engaged…

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

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…

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

Allen Whiting is a farmer who has been living off the land as his family has for 12 generations. Allen Whiting is also a plein-air painter, whose depictions of island landscapes can be found in the collections of the rich and famous who have been visiting his home gallery since the 70s….

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

Director Susan Lacy and Producer Jessica Levin will join us for Q&A afterwards 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…


| 2017 | 81 minutes | | ,
Directed by Tracey Anarella

Wednesday August 22, 2018, 7:30pm

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 Livingston Taylor as the unique one-off that he is. Equal parts Mark…