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 will be available in late May – please send us your email for updates to

Film Schedule and Events 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

6:30 pm – Opening reception in the Film Center Lobby with David Hannon, Jazz Piano 

7:30 pm – THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928)

BerkleeSFO.2016The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to welcome back for the fifth year, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) to perform their new, original score to Universal Pictures’  THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928).  Universal itself has commissioned Berklee to create the original score recording for their brand-new 4K restoration of the film, the first time a Hollywood studio has ever engaged the students of a college or university to score one of its features.

We greatly appreciate the financial support of Sam Feldman and Marilyn Meyerhoff in our staging of this performance. 


90 years after Victor Hugo’s story of human cruelty and the redemptive power of love first captivated global film audiences, Universal Pictures’ The Man Who Laughs, a melodrama embued with a penetrating darkness, returns to the screen. Roger Ebert has called the film “One of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism.”  Its shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, and the demonically misshapen “hero” — the acknowledged inspiration for DC Comics’ The Joker — made director Paul Leni’s THE MAN WHO LAUGHS something entirely new to American cinema and the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built.




Friday, June 22, 2018


On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.






A fascinating and music-filled journey through record executive and producer Clive Davis’ astonishing five-decade career as the world’s preeminent hit-maker. Featuring Simon Cowell, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler, Fred Davis, Barry Manilow, Patty Smith, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, and more.




Saturday, June 23, 2018


Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Stevie Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include Twist and Shout, Hang On Sloopy, Brown Eyed Girl, Here Comes The Night and Piece Of My Heart. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen through interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.



4:00 pm – A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET: THE LEROY JONES STORYwith Director Cameron Washington 

In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician with a sound like no other. Jones came up playing on the streets of the 7th ward and French Quarter, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA’s most sought-after trumpeters, playing with the best of the best, and touring with the Harry Connick Jr. and His Orchestra for 17 years. A decade after the storm that nearly destroyed his beloved city, Jones is navigating life as both a world-renowned musician and a citizen amidst a rapidly changing New Orleans.

6:30 pm – LIVE MUSIC IN LOBBY: Musician Eric Johnson performs with his daughter Sydney


A widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank (Nick Offerman) starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons), just before she leaves home to attend college in California. When a song of theirs finds success online, it complicates Frank’s attempts to let go of his dreams of stardom and allow his daughter to find her own path in life.  Also starring Blythe Danner, Ted Danson, and Toni Collette. 




Sunday, June 24, 2018

1:00 pm — ITZHAK

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby.



3:15 pm –  Live music from The FLYING ELBOWS in our lobby

4:00 pm – FIDDLIN with Director Julie Simone and Creative Producer Vicki Vlasic

Fiddlin’ is an uplifting Old Time and Bluegrass music documentary that takes place at the world’s oldest Fiddler’s Convention in the Appalachian Mountains. Wayne Henderson, a world-renowned luthier known as the “guitar god,” is both a master craftsman and master storyteller. His friendship with 11-year old guitar prodigy Presley Barker shows just how closely knit a community of musicians can be. The enduring relationship between mentor and prodigy is a testament to music’s power. With multi-generations jamming together, we are witness to some off-the-charts pickin’ and fiddlin’. And when the top ten finalists are announced in the ultra-competitive guitar competition, we’re in for an exciting and unexpected musical climax. Fiddlin’ is “authentic, inspiring and humbling”. With kids holding instruments instead of smartphones, it feels like we have taken a step back in tim



Unfortunately, due to the removal of this film’s screening rights from circulation, we have had to cancel this performance at this time.  We hope to be able to offer this show in the near future. Stay tuned. We will be replacing our regularly scheduled Sunday 7:30 pm show with another film outside of the festival.






Individual Tickets: $15 per movie*, $12 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 is priced at $35 general admission or $30 for Film Society members.

For more information or ticket/passes please contact or call us at 508-696-9369



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