Film Archives

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

2018 | 135 minutes | | , , , ,
Directed by Ron Howard

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: THE TRUE COST Sponsored by Lauren Morgan Co.

| 2015 | 92 minutes | |
Directed by Andrew Morgan

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary…

2018 MV Environmental Film Festival: THE GARDENER in Collaboration with Polly Hill Arboretum

2018 | 87 minutes | |
Directed by Sébastien Chabot

Join Tim Boland of Polly Hill Arboretum and the MV Film Society in presenting this amazing film about one of the greatest gardens in the world.  The Gardener is a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age…

LEAN ON PETE

| 2018 | 121 minutes | | ,
Directed by Andrew Haigh

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for…

TULLY

| 2018 | 96 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jason Reitman

A new comedy from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo (Academy Award (R) winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first,…

MY MAN GODFREY – Jonathan Revere Remembered – Free Event

| 1936 | 95 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Gregory La Cava

FRIENDS OF JONATHAN REVERE CELEBRATION — FREE OF CHARGE. In tribute to the late Jonathan Revere of West Tisbury who was a big fan of classic Hollywood cinema.  Co-sponsored by the West Tisbury Library. Reception in lobby beginning at 6:45PM with film at 7:30PM. A scatterbrained socialite hires Godfrey, a vagrant, as a family…

RBG: RUTH BADER GINSBURG — Last Showing!

| 2018 | 96 minutes | |
Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West

As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of a rock star and the title “Notorious RBG.” What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic, trailblazing role in defining the…

Fair Game: A 1960 Georgia Lynching Story with Director Clennon L. King and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan.

| 2018 | 65 mins | |
Directed by Clennon King

Introduction by filmmaker Clennon L. King Joining King for a post-screening discussion and Q&A will be Dr. Louis W. Sullivan andAtty. Chevene B. King, Jr. Dr. Sullivan is an active health policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. He served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during President George H….

ITZHAK

| 2018 | 83 minutes | | ,
Directed by Alison Chernick

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…

THE LAST MOVIE STAR

| 2017 | 94 minutes | |
Directed by Adam Rifkin

An aging movie star (Burt Reynolds) accepts an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival, but the ceremonies are far from the glamour he anticipated. The former star reflects on his life while accompanied by a brash millennial chauffeur (Ariel Winter) in this dramedy written and directed by…

SPECTRUM FILM FESTIVAL 2018: ALL-ACCESS PASS

| 2018 | 4 days/nights | |

*IMPORTANT*  If you purchase an All-Access Pass, please be sure to email Garri Saganenko at garri@mvfilmsociety with the choices of the films/events you intend to attend (even if you intend to come to every event) so we can reserve a seat/ticket for you.   An All-Access Pass Allows Admission to Every Spectrum…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: TRANSMILITARY with co-director Fiona Dawson for Q&A via Skype

| 2018 | 92 minutes | | ,
Directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson

  NOTE: All U.S. military members (past or present) will receive FREE admission. The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: A MILLION HAPPY NOWS w/ Lead Actor and Producer Chrystal Chappell

| 2017 | 80 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Albert Alarr

Post-screening Skype Q&A with star/producer Chrystal Chappell Lainey Allen decides to retire from a soap opera she has starred in for twenty years. Along with her publicist and partner, Eva Morales, she moves to a beach house by the Central California coast. When Lainey starts to forget things more and more, they…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: BELIEVER w/ Director Don Argott

| 2018 | 101 minutes | | ,
Directed by Don Argott

Director Don Argott will join us via Skype after the film for a Q&A/Discussion Imagine Dragons’ Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: BECKS w/ Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon Performing During the Post-Show Reception Sponsored by WMVY

| 2018 | 90 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh & Daniel Powell

Post-show: Local musicians Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon play their original music during a post-screening beer-and-wine reception sponsored exclusively by MVY Radio. Inspired by the real life of singer/songwriter Alyssa Robbins, BECKS follows a musician (Hall) who moves back to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing breakup with her…

DISOBEDIENCE – our last showing!

, , | 2018 | 114 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sebastián Lelio

From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: ANGELS IN AMERICA

| 2018 | 210 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Marianne Elliott

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and considered to be one of the most important plays of the last hundred years, Tony…

Fundraiser for the Production of the Opera “1854”

| 2016 | 66 minutes | |
Directed by Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson

You are cordially invited to 1854’s Spring Gala at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on April 19th at 6:30 pm. You’ll be hearing more about this project in coming months, but for now here’s a brief introduction. When he died in 2015, the late Jack Schimmelman, a great fan of the spirituals…

FOUR GAMES IN FALL: The Deflategate Documentary, Post-Screening Q&A with Director Julie Marron and Executive Producer Kurt Redfield

| 2018 | 95 minutes | |
Directed by Julie Marron

This award-winning documentary from Lemon Martini Productions tackles the highly topical issues of media manipulation, science for hire, and perversion of the legal system, all through the lens of the Deflategate scandal. Through interviews with attorneys, journalists, professors, and fans, the film examines how accusations of deflated footballs became a national obsession….

ISLE OF DOGS – Last Showing!

2018 | 101 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Wes Anderson

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been…

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE – Last showing!

| 2017 | 100 minutes | | ,
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Man Without a Past), a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife…

THE LAST PIG (Free Admission)

2017 | 54 minutes | |
Directed by Allison Argo

Award Winning Director Allison Argo will be present to discuss the making of the film and answer your questions! Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs,…

THE MIGHTY QUINN, a fund-raiser for WYOB radio (MVRHS student run station)

1989 | 120 minutes | | , , , , ,
Directed by Carl Schenkel

On Saturday, March 31 at 6:30PM 105.5 FM, WYOB (MVRHS student-run station) and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society collaborate with the showing of “The Mighty Quinn”, a thriller filmed in Jamaica starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Reviews say, “The Mighty Quinn is smart, pleasant entertainment offering an early…

THE PARTY

| 2017 | 71 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sally Potter

In Sally Potter’s new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic…

A FANTASTIC WOMAN, 2018 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film — Last Show!

| 2017 | 104 minutes | | ,
Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away…

Film Noir Classics: RIFIFI

| 1955 | 118 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jules Dassin

Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony (Jean Servais) turns down a quick job his friend Jo (Carl Mohner) offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret) has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici) during Tony’s…

Film Noir Classics with Paul Karasik: HIGH AND LOW

| 1963 | 143 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a ruthless kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa’s exemplary film noir. Based on Ed McBain’s detective novel “King’s Ransom,” “High and Low” is both a riveting thriller and a brilliant commentary on contemporary Japanese society. Paul…

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL – Last Showing!

, | 2017 | 105 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Paul McGuigan

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award (R)-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner…

IN THE FADE (Final Showing)

| 2017 | 106 minutes | | ,
Directed by Fatih Akin

Winner of 2017 GOLDEN GLOBE for Best Foreign Language Picture. Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for her role in this Fatih Akin drama.  Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack….

THE DEATH OF STALIN

| 2017 | 106 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Armando Iannucci

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the…