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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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VARIETÉ: Presented with live music score and performance by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra — SOLD OUT

| 1925 | 72 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Ewald André Dupont

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Silent film giant Emil Jannings stars in this wrenching tale of love and lust, set in a circus, with trapeze artists and murder. Known as Jealousy when released in America 90 years ago, Varieté will be shown at the MV Film Center in its complete, unexpurgated form for the very first time, in a gorgeous new…

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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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WGBH’s NOVA: OPERATION LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE — Free Admission

| 2016 | 53 minutes | |

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LIMIT OF TWO TICKETS PER PERSON. On the picturesque bluffs at the very tip of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, disaster looms. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island cliffs. Built in 1856, the more than 400-ton structure soars…

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Nature as Inspiration: LOVE THY NATURE

| 2016 | 76 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sylvie Rokab

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Director, SYLVIE ROKAB will join us via Skype for our post screening Q&A An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy…

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Nature as Inspiration: SEASONS

| 2016 | 97 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud

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Post Screening Q&A with DAVID FOSTER, Ph.D. of Harvard Forest From French co-directors,Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, the Oscar®-nominated creators of Winged Migration and Oceans, comesA poetic chronicle of Europe over the past 15,000 years, filmed through the eyes of animals. A history of Europe is told through the paws, claws, and…

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Nature as Inspiration: BIKES vs CARS

| 2015 | 90 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Fredrik Gertten

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POST SCREENING Q&A GUESTS: Fredrik Gertten – Director  Ed Begley, Jr – Environmentalist/Actor Dave Whitmon – MV Joint Transportation Committee The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a…

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Nature as Inspiration: ICE AND THE SKY

| 2015 | 89 minutes | | , ,
Luc Jacquet

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An inspiring story about the life of 82 year old glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking discoveries sounded the alarm for global warming. In 1955, scientist Claude set off with two fellow travelers for a one-year wintering journey in the Antarctic, with no possible return or support. On such unexplored lands, the young…

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Nature as Inspiration: HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD

| 2016 | 125 minutes | | ,
Directed by Josh Fox

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Director JOSH FOX joins us after the screening via Skype for an exciting Q&A from the road on while tour. In HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD, Oscar nominated director, Josh Fox, maker of the film, GASLAND, continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our…

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Nature as Inspiration: SONIC SEA

| 2016 | 56 mins | | , , ,
Daniel Hinerfeld, Michelle Dougherty

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Opening Reception to Festival in MV Film Center lobby begins at 6:30 PM Post screening Q&A with: Laela Sayigh (WHOI), Patrick Ramage (IFAW), Joel Reynolds (NRDC) A documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. The film explores the critical role of sound in…

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NATURE AS INSPIRATION: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 ALL ACCESS PASS

| 2016 | | , , , ,

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Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29, 2016 For four days, we combine environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit by MVRHS students that will adorn the walls of the Feldman Family Art Space in the Film Center. A Q&A follows each film with experts, community members, and special guests. All-Access pass…

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Special Event: THE MESSENGER in collaboration with Felix Neck

2015 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Su Rynard

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Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings…

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THE NAVIGATORS with special guest anthropologist/filmmaker Sam Low

| 1983 | 59 minutes | |
Directed by Boyd Estus

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Refreshments to following Q&A with Sam Low in the lobby provided by SAIL MV. Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of…

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ROOTED IN PEACE (FREE MEMBER SCREENING FOR EARTH DAY)

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Directed by Greg Reitman

ROOTED IN PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman (SUNDANCE Audience Award 2008 for FUEL) invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world…

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OPERA IN CINEMA: LA DAMNATION DE FAUST

| 2015 | 140 minutes | |
Directed by Alvis Hermanis. Conducted by Philippe Jordan.

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Sung in French. “This marvellous book fascinated me from the very beginning. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, during meals, in the theatre, in the street, everywhere.” And so it was, following the composer’s discovery of Faust Part One in 1828 that Goethe joined Virgil and Shakespeare to…

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BAG IT (FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING)

| 2011 | 74 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Suzan Beraza

An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do…

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THE TREASURE – Last Showing!

, | 2016 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

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Two neighbors learn of a treasure buried in their shared yard and decide to dig it up in this allegorical comedy from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu

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TAXI – Last Showing!

| 2016 | 82 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jafar Panahi

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This lauded slice-of-life movie stars exiled Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi as he poses as a taxi driver in Tehran, in this series of portraits of everyday characters hiring his driving services. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi offers another round of societal commentary from a director whose entire filmography stands as a daring act of…

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2016 OSCARS VIEWING PARTY

, | 2015 | |

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Celebrate the 88th Academy Awards telecast, hosted by Chris Rock, among friends and other film lovers at the the MV Film Center. Enjoy light food, desserts, and beverages during the red carpet arrivals beginning at 7PM, get your photo taken with a real Oscar, and fill out your Oscar predictions ballot before the…

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THEEB

, , , | 2015 | 100 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Naji Abu Nowar

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1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well…

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OPERA IN CINEMA: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

| 2015 | 190 minutes | |
Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst

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Sung in Italian. Mozart and da Ponte’s very first collaboration resulted in a masterpiece –LE NOZZE DI FIGARO– that represents a highlight in the entire history of opera. In his stage play on which the opera is based, Beaumarchais broached the topic of the class struggle between the Count and his servant…

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2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION

| 2015 | 86 minutes | | ,

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Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 88th Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 28, 2016! And the winners are?… Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action, Animated, and Documentary Short Films that received…

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED– Presented with the Vineyard Montessori School

| 2015 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Greg Whiteley

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Presented in collaboration with the Vineyard Montessori School.  The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools…

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NT LIVE: JANE EYRE

| 2015 | 210 minutes | |
Directed by Sally Cookson

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Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and…

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OPERA IN CINEMA: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

| 2015 | 180 mins | |
Conductor Patrick Summers. Director David Pountney.

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Sung in German. Three enormous, 27-metre-high fire-spewing “dragon dogs”, a Queen of the Night costume to break all records, three mythical creatures for the three ladies operated by puppeteers, and dozens of stunt artists rushing around the stage: in his staging for the Bregenz Festival, David Pountney offers “a spectacle of the…

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT

| 2015 | 97 mins | | , ,
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

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Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel” with PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT. A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the…

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OPERA IN CINEMA: THE THREE TENORS CHRISTMAS CONCERT– VIENNA

| 1999 | 81 minutes | | ,

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On December 23, 1999, The Three Tenors performed their only Christmas concert together in Vienna, Austria. This concert featured a mix of sacred and popular Christmas songs with The Three Tenors singing separately, in duets, and as a trio.

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NT-LIVE: HAMLET, Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role

| 2015 | 190 mins with intermission | |

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Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms…

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VINEYARD VOICES FILMS in collaboration with the MV MUSEUM

| Various | 87 minutes | |
Linsey Lee, MV Museum

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  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…

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OPERA IN CINEMA: AIDA

| 2015 | 150 minutes | |
Conductor Zubin Mehta. Director Peter Stein.

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Sung in Italian. After two traditional productions of Aida staged by Zeffirelli in the last decade, this new production of Verdi’s magnificent opera is presented by two great masters – conductor Zubin Mehta and director Peter Stein. The acclaimed German director (and a naturalized Italian), has promised “eine ganz intime Aida”, a…

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HEART OF A DOG

, | 2015 | 75 minutes | |
Directed by Laurie Anderson

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Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. From multi-media artist Laurie Anderson, HEART OF A DOG delves into weighty themes with lyrical, haunting grace.

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THE ASSASSIN

, , | 2015 | 120 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou

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THE ASSASSIN is a 2015 martial arts film directed by Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou. The film is set during the Tang Dynasty-period in Chinese history, in 9th century China. It centers on Nie Yinniang, a female killer appointed to slay corrupt government officals by her master, Jiaxin, a nun who raised her…

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CLASSIC FILM NIGHT: THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)

| 1963 | 172 minutes | | , ,
Directed by John Sturges

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FREE ADMISSION to Veterans. Get your tickets at the door beginning at 7PM. Imprisoned during World War II in a German POW camp, a group of Allied soldiers are intent on breaking out, not only to escape, but also to draw Nazi forces away from battle to search for fugitives. Among the…

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STORIES FOR A STARRY NIGHT– For Love of a Small Island

| 2015 | 90 mins | |

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Multi-media event. Susan Klein, Alan Brigish, and Gary Girouard will stage “STORIES FOR A STARRY NIGHT—For Love of a Small Island,” a unique collaboration of three award-winning artists. Susan’s stories about growing up in Oak Bluffs are told between the “photographic symphony” of Alan’sphotographs of the Vineyard melding on the big screen as Gary…

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CLASSIC FILM NIGHT: THE ENTERTAINER

| 1960 | 90 mins | | ,
Tony Richardson

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Laurence Olivier recreates his stage role of Archie Rice in this in-your-face film adaptation of John Osborne’s play. The son of a legendary music hall comedian (Roger Livesey), Archie is strictly a third-rater, headlining a tacky music hall revue in a seedy seaside resort town. Archie can’t admit that he’s a failure,…

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DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON

| 2015 | 98 minutes | |
Directed by Douglas Tirola

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Special Guest: Judy Belushi for October 24th showing only. Special pricing for this date. From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability – and then pushed them even…

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OPERA IN CINEMA: NORMA

| 2015 | 180 mins | |
Directed by Kevin Newbury

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“If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of”. That is what Richard Wagner said about Vincenzo Bellini’s most famous opera, which he considered the most perfect example of a musical tragedy. And rightly so, because in Norma Italian Romanticism reached its pinnacle. This production, by up-and-coming American stage…

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A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND

| 2015 | 111 minutes | | ,
Directed by Morgan Matthews

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This heart-warming and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher – whose roles are often reversed – and the unfathomable experience of first love – even when you don’t understand what love is. (C) Pinnacle Films

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A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE

| 2015 | 84 minutes | |
Directed by David Kennard

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The exploding cork. Endless tiny bubbles floating up and up in the glass. An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, isn’t it? But it’s not just bubbles in a glass that makes the wine, or the mystique. Only sparkling wine produced within the boundaries of…

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2015 Manhattan Short Film Festival hosted by MV Film Society

| 2015 | 130 mins | | ,

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Film Lovers in Martha’s Vineyard can unite with an audience of over 100,000 Film Buffs in over 250 cities across 6 Continents during this week, when the 17th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous…

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“Living Local Opening Night – Sustainable Vineyard premieres 3 new episodes from their documentary series ” with a kick off celebration by Fall for the Arts.”

| 2015 | 75 mins | |

Opening Night: Living Local kicks off with a special MV Film Center screening of “Sustainable Vineyard”, an episodic independent documentary series by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth. Special reception at 7 PM — Wine & Bits, Community gathering afterwards. Award-Winning documentary filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Film-Truth Productions are excited…

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I AM ELEVEN

| 2014 | 98 min | | , ,
Directed by Genevieve Bailey

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Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children…

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CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

| 2014 | 108 min | | ,
Directed by Rolf de Heer

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Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (David Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately,…

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THE DINNER

| 2014 | 92 min | |
Directed by Ivano de Matteo

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In this finely observed family drama (loosely based on the novel by Herman Koch), a civilized dinner between brothers Paolo (Luigi Lo Cascio) and Massimo (Alessandro Gassman) and their wives Clara (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Sofia (Barbora Bobulova) simmers with uncomfortable tension as they must face the truth of their children’s involvement with…

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Closing Night Film: GOOD FOR NOTHING (Buoni a Nulla) and Wrap Party at La Soffitta restaurant

| 2014 | 87 mins | |
Gianni di Gregorio

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The incomparable Gianni Di Gregorio follows Mid-August Lunch(Pranzo di Ferragosto) and The Salt Of Life (Gianni e le donne) with another gem, sprinkled with his sly wit and irresistible charm. Easygoing Gianni is looking forward to a life untroubled by the demands of his ex-wife and nosy neighbours. On the eve of his retirement, he is informed…

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SOLD OUT – Juried Competition — International Shorts — WINNING FILM: GROUNDED

| 2015 | 108 mins | |

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A festival selection committee whittled 2000+ entries down to 10 finalists. We will screen each finalist short film and our jury will choose Best Over-all Short at the conclusion of the program.  Program notes to be added very very soon. Our jury participants are: Diana Barrett, The Fledgling Fund;  Tim Miller – Cape Cod…

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HEUNG GONG JAI (ABERDEEN)

| 2014 | 97 min | |
Directed & Written by Ho-Cheung Pang

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The extended Cheng family, which, like Aberdeen harbor’s Chinese namesake, represents today’s “Little Hong Kong” and its myriad of contradictions between traditions and modernity; superstitions and materialism; family and individuality.

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ZERO MOTIVATION

| 2014 | 97 min | | , ,
Directed by Talya Lavie

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Set in a remote desert military base, a platoon of young women soldiers, all Israeli conscripts, serve out their time playing computer games, singing pop songs, and conspiring to get transferred to Tel Aviv — while endlessly serving coffee to the men who run the show. Here’s an Israeli film filled with…

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KRISHA

| 2015 | 83 min | |
Directed by Trey Edward Shults

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An especially fraught Thanksgiving holiday brings a woman’s troubled, booze-soaked history into blistering yet compassionate focus in KRISHA, an intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults.

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SOLD OUT – LISTEN TO ME MARLON

| 2015 | 95 min | | ,
Directed by Stevan Riley

Unbeknownst to the public, Marlon Brando – a great star who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life – created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime, often deeply confessional and completely without vanity or…

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GUEROS

| 2015 | 106 min | |
Directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios

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Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomas, Sombra’s kid…

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SOLD OUT– VANISHING SAIL with director Alexis Andrews

, | 2015 | 88 min | |
Directed by Alexis Andrews

Filmed in the Grenadines, Vanishing Sail tells the story of trading by sail in the West Indies, and follows a community of boat builders in Carriacou who struggle to maintain their tenuous grip on a dying skill.   Writer, Director, Cinematographer Alexis Andrews will be joining us. Alexis Andrews was born in…

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2015 All-Access International Film Festival Pass

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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…

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ROSENWALD

| 2015 | 96 mins | |
Directed by Aviva Kempner

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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…

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NOUS DEUX ENCORE with Maxie Leoussis followed by Music and a special Greek themed reception

, , | 2009 | 17 min | |
Directed by Heather Harlow

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NOUS DEUX ENCORE is a poignant tribute to Yiannis Leoussis; the remembrance of true love told by Maxie Leoussis. The short film takes place in Greece. In the spirit of the movie, the screening will include live Greek music and Greek food.   AVRAM PENGAS (Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals). Born in Greece, Pengas’ extraordinary…

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CARTEL LAND Q&A w/ Director Matthew Heineman

| 2015 | 98 minutes | | ,
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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…

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SMOOTH JAZZ and R&B CONCERT FEATURING VOCALIST VIVIAN MALE

| 2015 | |

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Vivian Male, a native Bostonian, is a smooth jazz and R&B vocalist. Her song renditions range in mood and tempo and demonstrate a musical versatility that appeals to audiences of all ages. Vivian was inducted into “Steppin’ Out’s” Hall of Fame with George Benson; and her CD, “Our Day Will Come” has become…

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

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

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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…