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2016 OSCARS VIEWING PARTY

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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

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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…

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Documentary Week MV: UNBRANDED Q&A w/ Executive Producer Cindy Meehl

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

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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…

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

| 2015 | 104 min | |
Directed by David Holbrooke

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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…

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NIGHT AT THE OPERA: L’ELISIR D’AMORE

| 2012 | 130 minutes | |
Rolando Villazón

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Presentation From the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden comes this spectacular production of Gaetano Donizetti’s wonderful L’Elisir d’Amore. Set on the movie set of a silent film Western (surprises at the end when the film is played), this is the second directorial work of Rolando Villazón (following his directorial debut in 2011 with Werther at…

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New York Film Critics Premiere: BOULEVARD

| 2015 | 88 minutes | |
Directed by Dito Montiel

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Robin Williams stars in his last film as Nolan Mack, a man who has worked at the same bank for almost 26 years in a life of monotony. He and his wife Joy (Kathy Baker) have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality. However one day, what starts as…

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PETER AND JOHN

| 2015 | |
Directed by Jay Craven

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SPECIAL GUEST: Director Jay Craven will join us for both showings for a Q&A after the movie. Guy de Maupassant’s 19th century seaside novel, Pierre et Jean, is widely credited for changing the course of narrative fiction. The book introduced intense psychological complexity into its naturalistic depiction of a family brought to…

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LANDFILL HARMONIC

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Directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley

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LANDFILL HARMONIC follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of…

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BRASIL BAM BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SONZEIRA

, , | 2014 | 75 minutes | | ,
Directed by Charlie William Inman and Benjamin Holman

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At a time when corruption and football are top of everyone’s minds, BRASIL BAM BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SONZEIRA will take you on a journey to the heart of what really made Brasil famous. From Bossa to Samba to Batucada to Baile Funk, Rio’s sounds have enchanted audiences worldwide since the 1950s….

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ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

| 2015 | 89 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jeanie Finlay

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Come ready to do your best Elvis impersonation!  The audience member who best impersonates The King (dress included) will be given complimentary tickets to a future film. ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, a film by Jeanie Finlay tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and…

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MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

, , | 2013 | 84 minutes | | ,
Directed by Viviane Blumenschein

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Spanish, Finnish, German with English subtitles. A Finnish saying goes: “Rather a man with a runny nose than a man with a hollow laugh.” Finns have a quirky sense of humour – and they are also a bit shyer than other people. They only become talkative after the third beer or so,…

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Presented with live music score and performance by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1925 | 92 mins | | , ,
Directed by Lon Chaney and Rupert Julian

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Opening wine reception (no food) at 6:30PM. Performance at 7:15PM. Lon Chaney’s iconic portrayal of a horribly disfigured composer who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. Seeking the love of a beautiful young prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. This…

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2015 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL ALL-ACCESS PASS

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All-Access pass gives you access to the Opening Night reception and film, as well as selecting to attend any festival film we screen throughout the duration of the festival. You get to select your tickets by email and we’ll reserve them for you for pick up at the Box Office. ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL…

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RESULTS

| 2015 | 105 minutes | |
Directed by Andrew Bujalski

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Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly…

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HAVANA CURVEBALL

, , | 2014 | 85 mins | |
Directed by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider

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Enjoy (2) 5-minute videos of Alan Brigish’s photography from a recent trip to Cuba, the new baseball movie HAVANA CURVEBALL, and a Q&A afterwards with Alejandro Carreño. Mica, is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age rite. An…

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I AM BIG BIRD: The Carroll Spinney Story

| 2015 | 90 minutes | |
Directed by Chad N. Walker, Dave LaMattina

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For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I AM BIG BIRD features extraordinary…

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ABOUT ELLY

| 2015 | 119 minutes | | ,
Directed by Asghar Farhadi

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From the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of former college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The…

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Special Screening & Reception: RED DOT ON THE OCEAN benefiting SAIL MV

| 2014 | 77 minutes | |
Amy Flannery and Tory Salvia

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RED DOT ON THE OCEAN is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Departing Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without fanfare, 30-year-old Rutherford braved the icebergs of the arctic and mountainous waves of Cape Horn to become the only person to ever…

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OPERA in cinema: RIGOLETTO

| 2014 | 129 minutes | |
Stefano Vizioli

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Presentation Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest accomplishments, Rigoletto continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with its tragic plot and famous arias. One of the most popular arias of all time, “La donna e’ mobile,” is so catchy that prior to Rigoletto’s premiere in Venice of 1851, Verdi swore the tenor to secrecy,…

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Classic Film Night: XALA

| 1975 | 123 minutes | |
Directed by Ousmane Sembène

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Impotence (XALA) is a Sengalese social comedy, filmed in the Wolof language. A rich, corrupt business executive marries for the third time for the express purpose of getting his name in the papers. After a disappointing wedding night, the businessman discovers that he’s impotent. As he goes through a series of “cures”…

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NY Film Critics Premiere: THE WATER DIVINER, featuring a simulcast Q&A with Russell Crowe afterwards

2014 | 111 minutes | |
Directed by: Russell Crowe

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Starring Russell Crowe and Olga Kurylenko, THE WATER DIVINER is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship…

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SUSTAINABLE VINEYARD– Short Films from Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth

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Documentary filmmakers Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham are excited to announce a special Earth Day Premiere of Sustainable Vineyard Episodes at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The films are each between 10-16 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A with people featured in each episode. Description of episodes: THE SECRET…