Special Events

PURSUING THE DREAM: REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL – SOUFRA

| 2017 | 73 minutes | | ,
A Film by Thomas A. Morgan


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SOUFRA follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

PURSUING THE DREAM: REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL – NEW HOMELAND

2018 | 93 Minutes | | ,
A Film by Barbara Kopple


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Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) chronicles the experiences of five refugee children from war-torn Syria and Iraq whose families have resettled in Canada. In this sweetly observed film, Kopple follows the boys for two weeks at a summer camp in the Canadian wilderness. We watch as some boys…

PURSUING THE DREAM: REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL – THIS IS HOME

| 2018 | 1 hr 31 mins | | ,
Directed by Alexandra Shiva


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THIS IS HOME is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges,…

PURSUING THE DREAM: REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL – MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

2019 | 87 minutes | | ,
A Film by Hassan Fazili


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When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

PURSUING THE DREAM: REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL – FIRE AT SEA

| 2016 | 1 hr 54 mins | | ,
Directed by Gianfranco Rosi


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Gianfranco Rosi’s incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa–and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it–is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action. Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of…

2019 DOC WEEK: ALL ACCESS PASS

| 2019 | 5 nights | | ,


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In recognition of the rising importance of documentaries to public dialogue, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to announce its 5th Annual Documentary Week from August 5th through August 9th, 2019 To see the entire line-up of films click here. PASS HOLDERS, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL with a list of the events that you…

SOLD OUT — GIRLFRIENDS (1979) Q & A with director Claudia Weill to follow

| 1979 | 1 hr 26 mins | | ,
Q & A with director Claudia Weill to follow


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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Q & A to follow with Claudia Weill, CAROL GILLIGAN, “In a Different Voice”, “Why Patriarchy Persists”, and HONOR MOORE, poet, “The Bishop’s Daughter, a memoir” Claudia Weill’s delightful and groundbreaking indie follows aspiring New York photographer (Melanie Mayron in a stylishly subtle performance) as she navigates her way through a…

SOLD OUT — MAIDEN — Additional screening Sunday and next week

| 2019 | 1 hr 37 mins | |


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This performance is SOLD OUT — please do not come to the Film Center the night of the show for tickets. We will be joined after the film via Skype by Maiden Skipper Tracy Edwards Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of…

Pursuing the Dream: Refugee & Migrant Film Festival ALL-ACCESS PASS

| 2019 | | ,
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2019 REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FESTIVAL ALL-ACCESS PASS The current migration crisis suggests that many have forgotten the importance of immigrants to the formation and advancement of our country. In an effort to raise public awareness of the centrality of immigration to America’s history and the advancement of our democracy, the Exodus institute…

“A work in progress, sneak peek” screening of EMPERORS OF THE DEEP, plus Q & A and Book Signing with author William McKeever

, | 2019 | 1 hr 20 mins | | , ,


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“A work in progress, sneak peek” screening of EMPERORS OF THE DEEP, plus Q & A and Book Signing with author William McKeever.   Emperors of the Deep is a unique documentary that takes the viewer on a journey into the world of sharks. The writer and director, Bill McKeever, (who is also…

LOST HORIZON with special introduction and Q&A by Victoria Riskin (daughter of Robert Riskin, screenwriter)

| 1937 | 2 hrs 12 mins. | | , ,


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Based on a novel by James Hilton, this fantastical drama follows a group of plane-crash survivors who have landed in the mythical Shangri-La, a valley hidden deep within the mountains of the Himalayas. Rescued by followers of the High Llama (Sam Jaffe), the outsiders grow to love the remote paradise, but British…

HOUSE OF BONES plus Q & A with Director Victoria Campbell

| | 89 minutes | |
A Film by Victoria Campbell


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10 Year Anniversary Screening! House of Bones is a raw and personal documentary about the changes a family undergoes when they experience the loss of the matriarch and the house in which they all spent many summers.  

INVIOLABLE – THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS plus Q & A with Director Angela Andersen

| 2018 | 88 mins | |
A Film by Angela Andersen


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Vineyard Director Angela Andersen will be present for a Q & A after the film. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center will premiere the English version of Inviolable. The documentary first aired in Germany and France in December 2018,  around the 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It has been nominated for best documentary in…

SOLD OUT: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1929) with Live Musical Score performed by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1929 | 1 hr 54 mins. | | , , ,
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer


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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.   Joan has…

VAULT w/ Special Guests Director Tom DeNucci, Producer Chad A. Verdi and Editor Zared Shai

| 2019 | 1 hr 39 mins | | ,
Directed by Tom DeNucci


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Vault tells a story about a group of small time criminals in 1975 who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history; stealing over $30 million from the Mafia in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island.

ASBURY PARK: RIOT, REDEMPTION, ROCK & ROLL

| 2019 | 130 min | | ,


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“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll” tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45…