In 2019 the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and its Headquarters, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, received the “Best of the Vineyard” award in the category of “Movie Theater, Festival, or Series.” 2019 marks the seventh year in a row that the Film Center has won this prestigious award. Below you will find videos and photographs from a variety of events that helped earn the Film Center this honor in every year since its opening in 2012.  The chronological order of the gallery descends from present/recent past (Sept. 2019) to less recent past beginning in 2013.

POLAR EXPRESS Interactive at MV FilM Center — Brought to you by THE MV FILM SOCIETY, THE NEWMAN’S OWN FOUNDATION, AND THE MV LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. This was FREE community event and we were thrilled to have been almost sold out ( 4 unoccupied seats).  By the way the “snowballs” were white tube socks, which were donated to Charities afterward.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS,
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An amazing night as our audience screen the comedy, “Sensitivity Training” while Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda, President of Women In Film New England, lead a discussion post-screening about the current environment and stats of female filmmakers.
Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.
See MILES DAVIS: THE BIRTH OF COOL tonight at the #MVFILMCENTER at 7:30pm. The brilliant new film by islander Stanley Nelson.
We concluded our 14th annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival this Sunday, and last (Saturday) night, #BEING by Cathleen Dean was chosen as our festival’s winning short film of the 2019 juried competition from a strong field of shorts. The jury made it a decision after considering all 10 finalists. Congratulations Cathleen!
Last Minute surprise — at today’s screening of LUCKY GRANDMA at the #MVFilmCenter at 2:15PM we will be joined by actor Michael Tow, “Little Handsome” in the film.
Michael is an actor from Needham, MA. He has appeared as “Del Toro” in NBC’s Blindspot as well as numerous other films and TV shows including MacGyver, Royal Pains and Marvel’s Daredevil and Iron Fist.
He has two films premiering this week at the Toronto international film festival, “Sound of Metal” with Riz Ahmed and “Jungleland” with Charlie Hunnam.
Last Night’s #THEBRA sold out with director Veit Helmer (and son Temelko) traveling from Berlin to join us for a Q&A afterward. A very creative and charming story taking place in Baku, using no dialogue to convey its story.
First two nights of the MVIFF — Sell-Outs. So excited to share these international film festivals with our #MVFilmCenter audiences.
Mr. Gates showed a 20-minute segment from his PBS doc-series and then was joined in discussion with author and historian Eric Foner. Eric Foner is the author of the forthcoming The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, which offers a timely history of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation’s foundation and how those guarantees have been shaken over time. Foner’s compact, insightful history traces the arc of three pivotal constitutional amendments (the 13th, 14th, and 15th) from their dramatic origins in pre–Civil War mass meetings of African-American “colored citizens” and in Republican party politics to their virtual nullification in the late nineteenth century.
Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.
See MILES DAVIS: THE BIRTH OF COOL tonight at the #MVFILMCENTER at 7:30pm. The brilliant new film by islander Stanley Nelson.
#NBA All-star Chris Paul & Jessica Matthews, CEO
Uncharted Power with Richard Paradise at the Mosaic Genius event held at the #MVFILMCENTER Martha’s Vineyard Film Society The Martha’s Vineyard Times The Boston Globe The Vineyard Gazette
Last night we had the honor of welcoming Willie O’Ree, the first African American player in the NHL to the Film Center, along with the director (Laurence Mathieu-Léger) and producer (Bryant McBride) of the soon to be released documentary “Willie” #mvfilmsociety #willieoree #nhl #williedocumentary
Tonight meet Academy Award-nominated director Matthew Heineman — screening of his narrative film A PRIVATE WAR, about the famed war correspondent Marie Colvin (played by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike).
Matthew Heineman is an Academy Award-nominated (CARTEL LAND) and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. The Sundance Film Festival called Heineman “one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today.” Heineman received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director, making him the second filmmaker ever to be nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards.
We had a great time at Film Camp last week with MVTV! Campers learned how to shoot and edit their own videos. We even used a green screen!

“My daughter loved Film Camp. Making a project from start to finish with professional equipment, software, and the MVTV studio was an amazing experience. She particularly enjoyed film editing and had a great time producing the cooking segment in the TV kitchen. Thank you for opening up a whole new world for her.” – Jennifer Langhammer
We had a successful Pursuing The Dream: Refugee and Migrant Film Festival this past weekend! Together with The Exodus Institute we showed six films that highlighted the journey and resettlement process for refugees and migrants, as well as the future of migration in the US. Thanks to all the amazing speakers who joined us this weekend!
Last night we were thrilled to have a packed house for DOUBTING THOMAS. West Chop came out in droves! Here’s director and star Will McFadden during his riveting Q & A
The MV Film Society honored 5 graduating students of 2019 MVRHS class with scholarships as they plan to pursue degrees in the performing and visual arts at college. The scholarship is named in honor of Esta and Robert Epstein, who providing funding for the Film Society’s educational programs, including these scholarships. We thanks the Epsteins for their commitment to education and congratulate all the 2019 graduates.
L to R. Fatima Ronquillo, Raven McCormack, Meghan Delphous, Alicja Vickers, and Samantha Maciel.
A big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, volunteers, attendees, and staff for making the 13th MV International Film Festival a resounding success. See you at the MV Film Center this off-season for more independent and world cinema.
Filmmaker #SpikeLee stopped by the Strand Theater tonight to introduce his new film BLACKkKLANSMAN. Photo by Chris Mara, Strand Theater Manager. #mvfilmsociety
Diana Barrett (Film Investor) will act also act as moderator tonight, August 14th at the Film Center for a panel discussion on WOMEN IN FILM: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE.
Julia Spiro (former Warner Brothers VP) will join us this Tuesday, August 14th at the Film Center for a panel discussion on WOMEN IN FILM: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE.
Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Lion King) will join us next Tuesday, August 14th at the Film Center for a panel discussion on WOMEN IN FILM: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE.
Live Concert – SONGS FROM CINEMA with Siren Mayhew and Friends on stage at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. This Friday, July 27th at 7:30PM
Lauren Greenfield will join us for both screenings of her new documentary GENERATION WEALTH — Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday 26th at
Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) joins us tonight for a screening of his new film WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (Mister Rogers documentary)
Welcome to our neighborhood at the Film Center.
Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra returns to the Film Center on June 21st to perform a new musical score to the 1928 Universal Pictures classic THE MAN WHO LAUGHS. Pictured below are the 12 students and student composer from last year’s event.
Danny Glover (via Skype) and Joslyn Barnes joined us at the 2017 MVIFF to receive their Global Citizens Awards. Danny and Joslyn both produced the film WHITE SUN, which screened following the discussion. Richard Paradise, Executive Director of the Film Society, moderated a thoroughly-engaging discussion.
Mister G Bi-Lingual Children’s Concert at the 2017 MVIFF
The Panel from our screening of PASSAGE TO ST. AUGUSTINE answers questions regarding the film.
Filmmakers and Panel from our Screening of PASSAGE TO ST. AUGUSTINE at the Strand Movie Theatre in Oak Bluffs ( August 2017)
John Sims and Others Presented and Performed the AfroDixieRemixes at the Film Center in August of 2017. The project consisted of several remixes of “Dixie” the de facto anthem of the Confederacy.
A large crowd gathered in the Film Center lobby before a performance by Four-time Grammy Award-Winner India Arie. Charles D. King and Suzanne de Passe spoke in support for the expansion of the MOTOWN Museum in Detroit.
First-Time Filmmaker/Actress Sonja Sohn (The Wire) screened the film BALTIMORE RISING in August of 2017. The film was followed by a discussion with Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love, both subjects on the film, and was moderated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Following a sold-out screening of the documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, author, radio host, and culinary expert Jessica B. Harris joined us to read about James Baldwin from her memoir “My Soul Looks Back.” After her reading, a book signing session was held in the lobby of the Film Center.

Children’s Programming Coordinator, Minah Worley, and Summer Intern Quinn Harker, join students from our summer filmmaking camp to pose for a photo. (Summer 2017)

Prior to our free screening of Dr. Seuss’s THE LORAX, over 35 children decorated reusable canvas bags supplied by the Vineyard Conservation Society and received a copy of The Lorax’s “How to Help the Earth” to take home with them.
Following the screening of TROPHY, co-directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau joined us via Skype for a discussion of the film with the audience.
Wes Brighton, Shelley Edmundson, and Jim Athearn engaged in a Q&A with the audience after showing of RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN.
After a viewing of BEFORE THE FLOOD, students from the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School spoke to the audience about their recent climate change field trip to Alaska in a discussion lead by Lindsey Lee.
Our festival kicked off with a screening of THE BULLISH FARMER. After the film, director Ken Marsolais and John Ubaldo joined us onstage for a discussion of the film, and a Q&A session.Before the festival began, an opening reception was held that featured live jazz music by David Hannon, appetizers by Herring Run Kitchens, and a menu sourced from Mermaid Farms, MG Farms, Grey Barn, Ghost island, Blackwater Farm.
In collaboration with WGBH, a free screening of NOVA: Operation Lighthouse Rescue was screened at the Film Center on June 12th, 2016. After the screening, a panel discussion moderated by Paula Apsell, and featured Len Butler, Martha Vanderhoop, Jerry Matyiko, and Richard Skidmore.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society was proud to host the first annual SPECTRUM Film Festival from April 27th through April 30th, 2017. The SPECTRUM Film Festival is the first LGBTQ film festival held on Martha’s Vineyard. The 4-day festival featured numerous guest speakers and panel discussions on LGBTQ topics.Rev. Bill Clark, Rev. Chip Seadale and Rev. Cathlin Baker lead a conversation about the relationship between religion and the LGBTQ community, following a screening of Justin Kelly’s I AM MICHAEL.
Participants of a SPECTRUM Youth event were treated to pizza provided by Rocco’s Pizza.
Co-sponsored by Vineyard Knitworks, the Film Center hosted YARN, a film about the artists redefining the art of knit and crochet on March 8th, 2017. The front entrance to the Film Center was decorated with yarn in anticipation of the screening.
In February of 2017, Students of the Edgartown Grade School were given a special screening of Craig Leeson’s documentary A PLASTIC OCEAN
Samantha Look of the Vineyard Conservation Society spoke to the students following the screening.
Vineyard students had the opportunity for a free, special afternoon screening of QUEEN OF KATWE at the Capawock Theater on October 25th, 2016, with the support of the Rotary Club of MV.
The 11th edition of the annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival was held from September 6th through September 10th, 2016.
Actress Sharon Stone was present, displaying her Global Citizens Award to the audience.
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Peter Grilli of the Japan Society of Boston joined us at the Film Center to help introduce the film and to comment on the May 27 visit by President Obama to Hiroshima’s Peace Park (the first standing US President to visit).
Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams’ film LIFE, ANIMATED was screened for three nights at the Film Center.Following the first showing on August 18th, 2016, the Suskind family (L to R: Walter, Owen and Ron) joined director Roger Ross Williams for a post-film Q&A session.
Fredrik Gertten, Dave Whitmon, and Ed Begley Jr. participate in a Q&A following a screening of BIKES vs CARS at the 2016 Environmental Film Festival.
Dave Whitmon’s Velomobile On Display in The FIlm Center Lobby
Co-sponsored by The Martha’s Vineyard Times and the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby the newly rechartered USCG Flotilla 11-9 and its crew, joined us for a screening of THE FINEST HOURS.
After the film Capt. John Kondratowicz, Commander of Sector Southeastern New England spoke to the audience about the 1952 Coast Guard rescue of the sailors of the SS Pendleton.
Todd Wallack of SPOTLIGHT, winner of Best Picture, joined us for a special screening and Q&A
BEST OF ENEMIES co-director Robert Gordon joined us during Doc Week 2015.
Matthew Heineman, Director of CARTEL LAND and frequent visitor to the Island himself, joined us after a screening of his film. Matthew had been recently award “Best Director” at the Sundance Film Festival.
With the help of the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation and the Island Community, we re-opened the Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs after it had been closed for four years.
We celebrated the 40th Anniversary of JAWS by playing the movie at the Capawock and the Strand. What better way to pay tribute to, according to Roger Ebert, “One of the most effective thrillers ever made” than by watching it on the very Island where it was filmed?
Mike Haydn played the guitar in the opening beach scene of JAWS and we welcomed him to our 40th anniversary shows.
The Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra wowed a full house at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center with their performance of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925).
JACQUES PERRIN AND Co. Attended our First Annual Environmental Film Festival
We hosted The Arts and Culture Collaborative workshop with special guests Cathy Edwards, Executive Director of New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and E. San San Wong, Senior Program Officer at Barr Foundation. The discussion was moderated by David White, Artistic and Executive Director of The Yard.
Our 2014 Oscar Viewing Party at the Film Center. What better place to watch the Awards then the place where you watched all of the nominees?
A one-hour documentary film, directed by five-time Emmy winner Bailey Pryor which will be aired by PBS affiliate stations across the nation, telling the extraordinary story of America’s last wooden whaleship and the incredible saga of whaling, the first global industry dominated by America. Following the film, we hosted a Q&A session with panel members Bailey Pryor; writer, producer, and director of the film, Steve Jones, Executive Producer, Quentin Snediker, Director of the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, and Matthew Stackpole, Ship’s Historian for The Morgan Restoration.
Bill Plympton in Elation as he Celebrates yet another Return to the MVIFF with his Animation Crew.
Halloween Edition of our Classic Film Night. The Theme? Rocky Horror Picture Show. Recognize any familiar faces?A special screening just in time for Halloween. Members, patrons and faculty of the Film Center dressed up for the occassion!
The Opening Animation for the 9th MVIFF
Downtown Abbey Season Four Premiere Along with A Lovely Bit of Afternoon Tea
RETURN TO SUMMER OF LOVE CONCERT W/ THE DAYTRIPPERS: Doug Brush, vocals & guitars; Charlie Esposito, vocals, piano & keyboards, percussion; Shelagh Hackett, vocals and percussion; Eric Johnson, vocals, guitar & bass; Boaz Kirschenbaum, vocals, guitar & bass; Brian W Weiland, vocals, drums, and guitar. Light Show Design Stephen Zablotny and Carl Gosslin. Sound mix Anthony Esposito.
Guests Gather in the Gretchen V. Feldman Art Space during Judy Belushi Benefit with Screening of John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge. Over $13,000 was raised for Community Services. Herring Creek Caterers Provided Tasty Vittles.
Lee Daniels, Henry (Skip) Louis Gates Jr., and Danny Strong give a Q&A during a Sneak Peek screening of THE BUTLER.
Richard Paradise and Lee Daniels, the Director of THE BUTLER