Education and Youth Programs Offered by the Film Society 2019-2020


FILM TALK: a series of film classes

hosted by Bob Dutton

Class 3: BackStory – Click Here

Class 2: Status – Click Here

Class 1: Sympathy – Click Here


Past Events




The Polar Express – An interactive movie script and experience!

November 10th at 1 pm at the MV Film Center










Momentum Generation- A Free Screening for 18-30 year-olds at the MV Film Center presented by Oyster MV. Join us for Pizzas, Mock-tails,  & Surf Music!

Doors at 6:00 PM / Film at 7:00 PM











Last Year’s Events:













Tuesday 12/18 at 6:30

Film Class: Deconstructing Mary Poppins

Analysis and appreciation of the original MARY POPPINS film starring Julie Andrews. Bob Dutton delves into the plot, characters, songs and themes of the Disney music while scenes are played and detailed, connecting to metaphors that explain what “Feed the Birds” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” really mean! This is NOT an uninterrupted screening of the film, but a classroom lesson in filmmaking with a concentration on the character of Mr. Banks.


First Tuesday, Cult Classic Film Series for Young Adults

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society announces a new film initiative in collaboration with Oyster MV,  a community-based resource for young adults. Oyster MV seeks to partner with Island organizations in order to host free or discounted events for Young Adults (18-30) and is committed to bringing fun, collaborative and affordable events to the Island community, with a focus on healthy living, skill sharing and the arts. The Film Society will use a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation to offer these screenings at no cost to all attendees over the age of 18, with a special emphasis placed on creating an atmosphere welcoming to those between the ages of 18 and 30.

The Film Society and Oyster will host four screenings of ‘cult classic’ films on the first Tuesday of every month with a screening of Wes Anderson’s THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, February 6th. The rest of the schedule is currently as follows  with the films subject to change: CADDYSHACK on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30pm,  CLUELESS on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7pm, and POINT BREAK (1991) on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30pm. These screenings are limited to anyone aged 18 years or older.

At each respective screening, Oyster MV intends to offer additional entertainment through collaboration with Chicken Alley Thrift Shop as well as other Island businesses and vendors. Light refreshments and beverages (non-alcoholic) will be provided.

This film series is one of several initiatives coordinated by the Film Society in the past year that have sought to expand its youth and educational programs, which includes the Science on Screen Program, Youth Screenings for MV Public Schools, and the Film Society’s Summer Filmmaking Camp for Youth, which is held in partnership with MVTV.


Danielle Mulcahy (right) Won our Complimentary Film Ticket Raffle. Here she Enjoys some Freshly Popped Popcorn (A rarity at the Film Center). Photo Credit: Joshua Robinson-White


Guests at our first Cult Classic Screening Chatted before the Screening of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. Photo Credit: Joshua Robinson-White

Film Talk, a Series of Film Analysis Classes Free to Film Society Members

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society introduces “Film Talk,” a series of free film analysis classes/discussions for society members, to its weekly schedule. Starting Monday, February 19th these four classes will help film-goers think and converse about film.

MV Film Society manager Robert Dutton will lead each class with a thirty-minute class followed by a full-length film, followed by a guided post-show discussion.

Films will be chosen to emphasis each weekly lesson (titles to be announced two weeks before each class).
Class 1: CONFLICT —  Monday, February 19 @ 6:30pm (Film: WHAT’S UP, DOC?)
Class 2: PLOT —  Monday, February 26 @ 6:30pm (Film: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND)
Class 3: THEME —  Monday, March 5 @ 6:30pm (Film: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)
Class 4: CHARACTER —  Monday, March 12 @ 6:30pm (Film: ELECTION)
No advance registration needed.

Host Robert Dutton has a degree in Directing for the Theatre from Emerson College, worked as a professional actor for five years and, for thirteen years, was an English and Drama teacher in Orlando (where he was named “Best Teacher in Central Florida” by Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine in 2011). He started the Island Entertainment video store in Vineyard Haven and is currently the Theatre Manager for the MV Film Society.






HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, An Interactive Movie Experience in Collaboration with the West Tisbury Free Public Library

The West Tisbury Free Public Library and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society announce a free, interactive screening of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 2. Doors will open at 12:30 PM with an Interactive Script, Goodie Bags, and a Sorting Hat to help young witches and wizards choose a Hogwart House all provided.  This is a one-time only event. Tickets can be reserved (for free) at or at the Film Center Box Office.

This event marks the second recent collaboration between the West Tisbury Free Public Library and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, the first being  a free public screening of the documentary EX LIBRIS and fundraiser for the Island Food Pantry in December. The event also marks a continuation of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society efforts to expand their youth programming, which includes the Young Adult Film Series in Collaboration with OysterMV, the Science on Screen Film Series, and a youth filmmaking camp in the summer with MVTV.












A hand-drawn thank you note from French language students at MVRHS for our free screening of “La Grande Vadrouille” (1966) at the MV Film Center.