Martha's Vineyard Film Center

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



| 2010 | 112 min | | , , ,
Directed by Edgar Wright


Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Oni Press comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the eponymous slacker rocker on his colorful quest to defeat his dream girl’s seven evil ex-boyfriends. Twenty-two-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) may not have a job, but rocking the bass for his band,…



| 2015 | 90 minutes | | ,
Directed by Maya Forbes
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Monday August 03, 2015, 9:00PM (Capawock) Thursday August 06, 2015, 6:30PM (Capawock) BUY TICKETS

Maya Forbes autobiographically inflected Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife…


Documentary Week MV: THE WOLFPACK

| 2015 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Crystal Moselle

Monday August 03, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on…


Documentary Week MV: THE DIPLOMAT, Skype Q&A with Executive Producer Marshall Sonenshine

| 2015 | 104 min | |
Directed by David Holbrooke

Tuesday August 04, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is…


Documentary Week MV: BEST OF ENEMIES with co-Director Robert Gordon

| | 87 min | |
Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon

Wednesday August 05, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore…


Documentary Week MV: UNBRANDED w/ Executive Producer Cindy Meehl

| 2015 | 105 minutes | | ,
Directed by Phillip Baribeau

Thursday August 06, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

UNBRANDED the Film is more than a documentary. It’s an adventure, a message, and a wakeup call for better land and wild horse management. Follow along as Ben Masters, Ben Thamer, Jonny Fitzsimons, and Thomas Glover travel 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the deepest backcountry in the American West on wild…


Documentary Week MV: THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR with Directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine

2014 | 120 minutes | |
Directed by Dayne Goldfine and Daniel Geller

Friday August 07, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after…


LIVE STAND-UP COMEDY w/ Tom Hayes and Will Noonan

| 2015 | |
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 8:00pm (Strand)

Get ready for endless laughs and…well…possibly a few split sides, as the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society continues its diverse summer program with stand-up comedians Tom Hayes and Will Noonan of the Headliners Comedy Club. Many of the Headliners Comedy Club comedians have appeared on a national stage, including Comedy Central and XM…


The 9:49 Show – THE BIG LEBOWSKI

| 1998 | 117 min | | ,
Directed by The Coen Brothers

Thursday August 13, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

THE BIG LEBOWSKI is a 1998 crime comedy film with neo-noir elements, written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. After he becomes the victim in a case of mistaken identity, The Dude finds a millionaire also named Jeffrey…

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| 2015 | 98 minutes | | ,
Director Matthew Heineman

In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine…


VINEYARD VOICES FILMS in collaboration with the MV MUSEUM

| Various | 87 minutes | |

Tuesday August 18, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

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 MV…


New York Film Critics Premiere: DIGGING FOR FIRE

2015 | 85 minutes | |
Directed by Joe Swanberg

Wednesday August 19, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

Young married couple Tim and Lee have planted the seeds of a family in their East L.A. duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing…


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM followed by Q&A with Director Julie Taymor & Robert Brustein

| 2015 | 250 minutes
Directed by Julie Taymor

Thursday August 20, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)

The play presents love in all its glory, warts and all: Love at first sight, innocent love, love twisted by the mind, by drugs, by lust, by jealousy, by a marriage on the rocks and even violence. Once a year, there is a day of midsummer madness, that Shakespeare was riffing off…


The 9:49 Show – DO THE RIGHT THING

| 1989 | 120 min | |
Directed by Spike Lee

Thursday August 20, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a smooth-talkin’ deejay (Samuel L. Jackson) spins the platters that matter; a convenience…

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| 2015 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Brett Haley

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool…


WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? with Director Liz Garbus

| 2015 | 102 minutes
Directed by Liz Garbus

Tuesday August 25, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)

A documentary using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” tells the story behind the life and legend of Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”

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ROSENWALD with Director Aviva Kempner

| | 100 min
Directed by Aviva Kempner

Wednesday August 26, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)
Thursday August 27, 2015 7:00pm (Strand Theater)

Aviva Kempner’s ROSENWALD is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during…


The 9:49 Show — ELECTION

| 1999 | 103 min | | ,
Directed by Alexander Payne

Thursday August 27, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska, but lately he’s been unhappy in both his personal and professional life, and…

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WILD & PRECIOUS (Live Performance)


Monday August 31, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)

WILD & PRECIOUS is docudrama/theatrical memoir celebrating our 50 Years of Social Change:  Gay Liberation/ integration through one man’s story.  From the moment the curtain goes up until the final bow the audience is riveted by Steve Cadwell’s tale: you’ll cherish the little boy playing with dolls; identify with the adolescent challenges…


The 9:49 Show — WILD THINGS

| 1998 | 108 min | | , ,
Directed by John McNaughton

Thursday September 03, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

When teen debutante Kelly (Denise Richards) fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam (Matt Dillon), she cries rape, igniting a scandal that results in his arrest. Sam appeals to Ken (Bill Murray), a hack personal-injury lawyer who has never handled a case that couldn’t be helped by a…

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2015 All-Access International Film Festival Pass

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Tuesday September 08, 2015
Wednesday September 09, 2015
Thursday September 10, 2015 Friday September 11, 2015 Saturday September 12, 2015 Sunday September 13, 2015 BUY TICKETS

All-Access pass gives you access to the Opening Night reception and film, Closing Night film and festival wrap party, as well as selecting to attend any festival film we screen throughout the duration of the festival. It also includes access to any special filmmaker receptions and pre-festval events.  There are other benefits…