FILMUSIC Festival – Exploring Music and Culture Through Film
The MV Film Society presents a weekend of feature films and musical performances that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film.
Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23, 2019
Music and film flow naturally together. Our 7th Annual FILMUSIC Festival will bring you closer to the music you love, or introduce you to some you’ve never known, with great films and live music!
Enjoy a stimulating toe-tapping weekend…
The 2019 FILMUSIC Film Festival Line Up:
Thursday, June 20
6:30 PM — Opening reception with live music in lobby
7:30 PM — THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1929) with Live Musical Score performed by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra
The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) returns to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for their fifth silent film concert on Thursday, June 20, 2019. The award-winning group will perform their original score, live-to-picture, for the groundbreaking and deeply moving silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Friday, June 21
4:00 PM — TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’
In the “Freedom Summer” of 1964, hundreds of college students went to Mississippi to join the struggle for civil rights. Three activists–James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman–would be murdered. At the same time, unbeknownst to each other, two smaller sets of friends, made up of musicians and record collectors, also headed south hoping to locate legendary blues musicians Skip James and Son House, who hadnt recorded in decades. Sam Pollard’s brilliant new film weaves together the political and cultural efforts of two groups of young people and the changes affected by their efforts. Narrated by Common with original music by Gary Clark Jr.
7:30 PM — JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film combined color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix’s unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the unrelenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.
Saturday, June 22
In August 1969 — against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War — half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself.
7:30 PM — ECHO IN THE CANYON
Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.
Sunday, June 23
4:00 PM — AMAZING GRACE
Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. Amazing performance and spiritual moment.
Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios – soon to be christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever recorded. Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions” and takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio.
Individual Tickets: $12 per movie, $9 for MV Film Society members (except when special pricing is noted).
Festival Pass $75, Member’s Festival Pass $65.
Festival Pass EXCLUDES the Berklee College Silent Film Orchestra Performance – Single ticket for this event is priced at $35 general admission or $30 for Film Society members.
For more information or ticket/passes please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 508-696-9369