Film Archives

SOLD OUT — PLAYING GOD with Attorney Ken Feinberg

| 2017 | 95 mins | |
Directed by Karin Jurschick

Ken Feinberg will join us for a Q&A afterward. Why is the life of a firefighter who died a hero in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth a million dollars less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should oil giant BP pay the countless fishermen…

SONGS FROM CINEMA with Siren Mayhew and Friends on stage at the Film Center

| 2018 | 90 mins | |

Siren Mayhew and her cohorts perform live music from beloved films that span the decades. Join us for a night of nostalgia that will include musical numbers from the likes of The Lion King, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and many more. Siren and Friends —…

THE BEATLES: YELLOW SUBMARINE SING-A-LONG

| 1968 | 85 minutes | | ,
Directed by George Dunning

A joyful, phantasmagoric blend of colorful animation and the music of the Beatles, Yellow Submarine is delightful (and occasionally melancholy) family fare.  The Beatles’ 1968 classic animated feature film (fully re-stored in 4K, Surround sound), Yellow Submarine, you can have the first ever Beatles’ Sing-A-Long version! Audiences of all ages will be able to “come together” and sing…

UPGRADE

| 2018 | 95 minutes | |
Directed and Written by Leigh Whannel

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, PROMETHEUS) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond…

WHITNEY

| 2018 | 120 minutes | | ,
Directed by Kevin Macdonald

Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles. She also starred in several blockbuster movies before her brilliant career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals and…

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

| 2018 | 118 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Peyton Reed

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance…

ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD

| 2018 | 99 Mins. | |
Directed by Steve and Todd Jones

Andy Irons: Kissed by God is a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily. Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.”…

GENERATION WEALTH

| 2018 | 106 minutes | |
Directed by Lauren Greenfield

Lauren Greenfield will join us for a Q&A on July 25th and 26th. For the past 25 years, acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money) has travelled the world, documenting with ethnographic precision and an artist’s sensitivity a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after…

MET OPERA LIVE ENCORE: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

| 2017 | 133 mins. | |
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon

Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production enhances Puccini’s drama of doomed love. Soprano Kristine Opolais rings all of her passionate commitment to her portrayal of Cio-Cio-San, the teenage geisha who gives up everything for Lt.  Pinkerton. Tenor Roberto Alagna is the American naval officer who does not understand the depth of Cio-Cio-San’s love…

MET OPERA LIVE ENCORE: TURANDOT

| Transmitted live on January 30, 2016 | 139 mins | |
Conducted by Paolo Carignani

Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production stars the great dramatic soprano Nina Stemme as Turandot, the icy Chinese princess who has renounced all men.Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the unknown prince who solves Turandot’s riddles and wins her love. Soprano Anita Hartig sings Liù, the faithful slave girl who gives her life to save…

MET OPERA LIVE ENCORE: EUGENE ONEGIN

| Transmitted live on April 2, 2016 | 172 mins | |
Conducted by Valery Gergiev

The pain of unrequited love is portrayed unforgettably by two of opera’s greatest stars. Soprano Renée Fleming is musically and dramatically radiant as the shy Tatiana, who falls in love with the worldly Eugene Onegin, played with devastating charisma by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Their mesmerizing vocalism and chemistry explode in one of opera’s…

MET OPERA LIVE ENCORE: IL TROVATORE

| Transmitted live on October 3, 2015 | 162 mins | |
Conducted by Marco Armiliato

Soprano Anna Netrebko is Leonora, the young noblewoman in love with the troubadour of the title—tenor Yonghoon Lee—but also pursued by Count di Luna, sung by the great baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick completes the quartet of principals in her signature role of Azucena, the mysterious gypsy woman who sets the dramatic events…

SOLD OUT! FAIR GAME (Director’s Cut) with Valerie Plame, former covert CIA ops officer, and Director/Producer Doug Liman in person for Q&A

| 2010 | 130 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Doug Liman

Valerie Plame, former covert CIA ops officer, and Director/Producer Doug Liman in person for Q&A As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat JOE WILSON (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate…

TRIUMPH: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PERRY WALLACE with Director Rich Gentile

| 2018 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Rich Gentile

Director Rich Gentile will join us for a Q&A afterward. Imagine the deep south, SEC Basketball, the 1960’s. Now imagine being the first African American to play in that setting. And now, imagine no university or coaching support between you and the noisy, venomous crowds, waving confederate flags and spewing racial epithets—demonstrating…

KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT with Directors and Vineyard Residents Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth

| 2018 | 65 minutes | |
Directed by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth

Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the Western tip of Martha’s Vineyard island, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America’s most famous beacons.  From whaling days to electrification, “Keepers of the Light” tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation…

ADRIFT

2018 | 96 minutes | | ,
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur

Starring Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent films) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games films), ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two sailors who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego. Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate…

OCEAN’S 8

| 2018 | 110 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Gary Ross

Upon her release from prison, Debbie, the estranged sister of legendary conman Danny Ocean, puts together a team of unstoppable crooks to pull of the heist of the century. Their goal is New York City’s annual Met Gala, and a necklace worth in excess of 150 million dollars.

OUT OF MY HEAD with Director Susanna Styron

| 2018 | 77 minutes | |
Directed by Susanna Styron

A filmmaker sets out to investigate the devastating migraine attacks that have her daughter in their grip. As mother and daughter seek understanding and ever-elusive treatment, we follow them into a bizarre and fascinating world populated by doctors, neuroscientists, other migraineurs, and such unexpected characters as Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, and Joan…

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM – Last Showing!

2018 | 129 Minutes | | , , , ,
Directed by J.A. Bayona

It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard)…

2018 DOC WEEK: 306 HOLLYWOOD with Co-director Jonathan Bogarin

2018 | 82 minutes | |
Co-directed by Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin

Co-director Jonathan Bogarin will join us for a Q&A afterward.  306 Hollywood is a magical realist documentary of two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. They embark on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what…

SOLD OUT — 2018 DOC WEEK: SAY HER NAME with Co-Director/Co-Producer Kate Davis (Film Society Board Member) and David Heilbroner

| 2018 | |
Directed, produced and edited by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Joining us after the screening — directed, produced and edited by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, Sandra Bland’s mom: Geneva Reed Veal and sisters: Shante Needham and Sharon Cooper, all national spokespeople for Sandra Bland and activists to eliminate police brutality, and Cannon Lambert, lead attorney from Chicago. The Vineyard screening will be…

2018 DOC WEEK: BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY with Steve Young (Subject of the Film) and director Dava Whisenant

| 2018 | 87 mins | |
Directed by Dava Whisenant

WINNER! 2018 Nantucket Film Festival: Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature   WINNER! 2018 Tribeca Film Festival: Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director   When he started as a comedy writer for the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while…

2018 DOC WEEK: LOVE, GILDA with Director Lisa D’Apolito — SOLD OUT

2018 | 88 minutes | |
Directed by Lisa D'Apolito

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Melissa…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: A MAN AND HIS TRUMPET: THE LEROY JONES STORY

| 2017 | 90 minutes | | ,
Directed by Cameron Washington

Director Cameron Washington will join us for Q&A afterward. 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…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY

2017 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Brett Berns and Bob Sarles

You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he’s written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love – Berns’ career IS Rock and Roll. Berns sessions…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES

| 2017 | 123 minutes | |
Directed by Chris Perkel

In The Soundtrack of My Life, music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, the Grateful…

2018 DOC WEEK: ALL ACCESS PASS– No Longer For Sale

| 2018 | |

In recognition of the rising importance of documentaries to public dialogue, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to announce its 4th Annual Documentary Week from July 30th through August 4th, 2018 (excluding August 1, sold separately*). To see the entire line-up of films click here. PASS HOLDERS, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL with your selected…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS

| 2018 | | , , ,

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS Music and film flow naturally together. Our 6th 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! The FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS includes every film/event except the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Performance…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: CONCERT FOR GEORGE

2003 | 166 minutes | | ,
Directed by David Leland

On November 29, 2002, one year after George Harrison’s death, an all-star cast of friends gather at London’s Royal Albert Hall for an emotional tribute. The concert features a piece composed in Harrison’s honor by his sitar mentor, Ravi Shankar, and a set of songs by Monty Python with special guest Tom…

2018 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: FIDDLIN’ with Director Julie Simone and Creative Producer Vicki Vlasic

2018 | 96 minutes | | ,
Directed by Julie Simone

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…