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BEING MORTAL presented in collaboration with Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

| 2014 | 55 mins. | |

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Proceeds from this screening will benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. Post-screening discussion. BEING MORTAL delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he…

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2016 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL hosted by MV Film Society

| 2016 | 130 mins | | ,

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Film Lovers of 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 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. MANHATTAN SHORT announced the Final 10 for its 19th Annual Short Film…

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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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2016 MVIFF – THE TENTH MAN

| 2016 | 82 minutes | | , , ,
Daniel Burman

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The romantic comedy, THE TENTH MAN, is a kind-hearted story about a son re-entering the world of his father, the world he left long ago.In the process of trying to meet his father and getting entangled in his charitable commitments, Ariel meets Eva. Her independent spirit motivates Ariel to come to grips…

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2016 MVIFF — THE WEEKEND SAILOR

, | 2016 | 70 minutes | | , , , ,
Directed by Bernardo Arsuaga

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With almost no experience, Mexican captain Ramon Carlin raced against the superstars of sailing in a 9 month deadly trip ’round the world, his regatta winning the overall prize. In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world, inviting expert crews from Europe and other…

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2016 MVIFF – COURT

| 2015 | 116 mins | | ,
CHAITANYA TAMHANE

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Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker…

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2016 MVIFF – THE WONDERS

| 2014 | 110 mins | |
ALICE ROHRWACHER

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A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family. Rohrwacher’s richly textured feature centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. The dynamic…

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2016 MVIFF — International Short Films Juried Competition– SOLD OUT!

| 2016 | | , , , , ,

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This screening is SOLD OUT!     From over 300+ entries our festival selection committee has chosen 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.   TO PURCHASE AN ALL-ACCESS…

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2016 MVIFF – ICAROS: A VISION with co-Director Matteo Norzi

| 2016 | 85 mins | |
LEONOR CARABALLO and MATTEO NORZI

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Her medical options exhausted, an American woman travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her ‘susto’: the disease of fear.Centered on the nightly ceremonies that are the main feature of shamanic retreats, Icaros revels in darkness,…

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2016 MVIFF – RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN

| 2015 | 121 mins | |

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A film director falls for a young painter – twice. Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows…

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2016 MVIFF – AFERIM!

| 2015 | 108 mins | | , , ,
RADU JUDE

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Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife. Together with his son, they set out in search for the gypsy slave. While the unflappable Costandin comments on…

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2016 MVIFF – CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR

| 2015 | 122 mins | |
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.They are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier…

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2016 MVIFF – FATIMA– SOLD OUT!

| 2016 | 79mins | | ,
PHILIPPE FAUCON

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This screening is SOLD OUT! The waitlist is full.    PRIOR TO THE SCREENING OF THIS FILM, THE MV FILM SOCIETY WILL BE PRESENTING ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST SHARON STONE WITH THE MV FILM SOCIETY GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD FOR HER CHARITABLE WORK AND PHILANTHROPY ACROSS THE GLOBE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHARON’S CHARITABLE WORK…

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2016 ALL-ACCESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PASS

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ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS Click here for festival information and details $225 per person $185 per person, discounted for film society members First Choice Admission to any film during festival (however pass holder must pre-select movie tickets at box office, and arrive 10 minutes before start time to guarantee a seat for themselves)…

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NEWTOWN with producer Maria Cuomo Cole, director Kim Snyder, and Sandy Hook Promise Mark Barden

| 2016 | 85 minutes | |
Directed by Kim Snyder

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Producer Maria Cuomo Cole, filmmaker Kim Snyder, and Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise Mark Barden will join us for a post-screening discussion. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the…

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Special Event: NORTH SHORE ACAPPELLA

| 2016 | 90 mins | |

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A FILM SOCIETY EVENT — WE ARE RENTING THE THEATER.   Pre-Show Champagne & Chocolate Reception at 6:30PM for DELUXE and PREMIUM ticket holders. Presented and Emceed by Flash Wiley. For Over 30 Years North Shore Acappella has excited audiences throughout New England adding an experienced…

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Special Event: PAPER LANTERNS

| 2016 | 60 minutes | | ,
Directed by Barry Frechette

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Post-screening Q&A with director Barry Frechette, composer Chad Cannon, and cinemoatographer/ editor Max Esposito. Mr. and Mrs. Suzuki from Hiroshima will also be participating in the discussion. In the summer of 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. On August 6th, “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima, and three…

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AGENTS OF CHANGE– One Time Screening

| 2014 | 66 minutes | |
Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg

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Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, and acclaimed director Stanley Nelson. AGENTS OF CHANGE is an award-winning film about the black-led student protest movement of the late 1960’s which helped bring about Black and Ethnic Studies programs across the country. Through the stories of the young men and women who…

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THE BAD KIDS with filmmaker Keith Fulton

| 2016 | 101 minutes | |

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A documentary that follows a group of Mojave Desert teachers as they try to improve the lives of their impoverished students. A documentary that follows a group of Mojave Desert teachers as they try to improve the lives of their impoverished students. At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that, more…

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HISTORIC MOVIES OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD

| 2016 | 90 minutes | |

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Discussion throughout the short film segments with Tom Dunlop & John Wilson. We are excited to collaborate with the MV Museum and 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…

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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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2016 Doc Week: BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS

| 2016 | 1 hr. 12 min. | |
directed by DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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POST-SCREENING Q&A WITH DIRECTOR DOUGLAS MCGRATH via SKYPE, plus special guests in attendance, Vineyarders and friends of Mike Nichols, ROSE STYRON and JAMES LAPINE to discuss Nichols’ love of the theater, and of the Vineyard. Just four months before he died, in a set of final, historic interviews, director Mike Nichols opened…

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2016 DOC WEEK: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

| 2016 | 1 hr. 32 min. | | , ,
directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing

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FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH VISITING DIRECTOR RACHEL GRADY Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons,…

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DOC WEEK 2016 ALL-ACCESS PASS

| 2016 | | ,

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Documentary films have become the conscience of the nation, providing a deeper study of contemporary, and often unnoticed, social issues. By using the unique medium of film, documentarians are able to cultivate more compelling and fruitful discussion by mixing strongly-drive narratives with vivid imagery. In lieu of the rise of the documentary, the…

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World Premiere: VISIONS OF HOME: THE WORK OF HEATHER NEILL

| 2016 | 58 minutes | |
Directed by David Fokos, Barbarella Fokos

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Directors David Fokos, Barbarella Fokos, and Artist Heather Neill will attend. Free admission (Limit to 2 tickets per a person) There is beauty to be found in the pattern on a porcelain teacup, or the “patina of a working boat at rest.” In her nostalgic, lifelike, and sometimes whimsical paintings, artist Heather Neill pays…

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NT LIVE: ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS

| 2015 | 180 minutes | |
Nicholas Hytner, Cal McCrystal

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For a limited time only, National Theatre Live’s Encore Series brings a selection of award-winning British theatre productions to your local cinema. Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London’s West End…

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THE SAME HEART

, | 2016 | 67 minutes | |
Directed by Len Morris & Georgia Morris

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Why do half of the world’s children live in grinding poverty? The Same Heart features a growing number of global economists and moral leaders who agree that an extremely small financial transactions tax, the “Robin Hood Tax,” could place the needs of all children at the heart of the global financial system for the first time. Suggesting…

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Film Club: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

| 1962 | 130 minutes | | ,
Directed by Robert Mulligan

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts…

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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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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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, , , | 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…