3rd annual SPECTRUM (LGBTQ+) Film Festival-April 25-28, 2019


Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, Vineyard Haven, MA.

The 2nd Annual Spectrum (LGBTQ+) Film Festival opens Thursday, April 26th, 2018

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2nd Annual Spectrum Film Festival. Spectrum is a four-day film festival that presents a world perspective on LGBTQ+ stories, people, and issues through a variety of films and includes guest speakers, discussions,  and a special event for LGBTQ+ youth. The 2018 SPECTRUM Film Festival will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven from Thursday, April 26th, 2018 through Sunday, April 29th, 2018.

The first and only festival of its kind on the Vineyard, the SPECTRUM Film Festival adds to the Film Society’s consistent efforts to broach subject matter not usually covered by major Hollywood motion pictures. The Festival draws moviegoers from the Cape Cod & Islands as well as the greater Boston area.

Following the theme implied by the name of the festival– “Spectrum” or ‘Wide-Ranging’–  the films we show at the SPECTRUM Film Festival are wide-ranging, indeed. They originate from various countries; cover gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender story-lines; combine comedy, drama, romance, documentary genres in both short and full-length formats; and focus on a variety of topics including legal matters, aging, parent-child relationships, religion, cultural changes, illness, and suicide.

This festival is made possible through generous contributions from Event Sponsorships from Tilton Rentall and MVY Radio, with additional festival sponsorship from The Mansion House, Tea Lane Associates, and Charles & Charles.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has received grants from both The Farm Neck Foundation and The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund in support of the 2nd Annual Spectrum Film Festival.

We thank them all greatly for their support.







 The Line-Up for the 2018 Spectrum Film Festival is below. All films and events will take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center.

All Films and Tickets can be Purchased Here

With the exception of ANGELS IN AMERICA, all tickets are $12 for General Admission and $9 for Film Society Members. Admission to ANGELS IN AMERICA includes both parts and is $35 for General Admission and $25 for Film Society Members. Tickets for Youth (13-21) are FREE for every Spectrum Film Festival Event.


Thursday, April 26th


1:00 pm

with Post-Screening Q&A (Skype) with Lead Actor and 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 visit a doctor and discover that Lainey has Alzheimer’s. 



4:00 pm

with Post-Screening Q&A (Skype) withDirector Don Argott

Imagine Dragons’ Mormon frontman 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 Church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path for acceptance and change.



7:30 pm

Post Screening Q&A with Director/Producer Josh Howard

Wine & Dessert Reception to Follow Q&A


With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBTQ rights movement.


Friday, April 27th


4:00 pm

Pre-Screening Discussion about Political Engagement with U.S. Senator (MA-D) Elizabeth Warren and State Senator Julian Cyr. Ms. Warren’s Portion Will Be a Personalized Video Message Made Specifically for the Spectrum Film Festival






7:30 pm

with Post-Screening Beer/Wine Reception with Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon


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 longtime girlfriend (Kiyoko). While performing for tips at a local tavern and struggling to reconnect with her ultra-Catholic mother (Lahti), she strikes up a unique friendship with the wife (Suvari) of an old nemesis. Becks begins to discover her musical voice as she performs deeply personal songs about her ex and the loss of their relationship. Driven by an original score, the film’s musical numbers bring a unique new voice to the American musical movie.


Saturday, April, 28th


4:30 pm

Post-Screening Discussion with co-director Fiona Dawson via Skype

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 employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.



7:30 pm

Post-Screening Discussion with Rabbi Caryn Broitman and Ljuba Davis

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 and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.



Sunday, April 29th


12:30 pm

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 Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA was captured live in performance on the London stage last summer.

Starring ANDREW GARFIELD and NATHAN LANE, ANGELS IN AMERICA is a complex, symbolic look at homosexuality and AIDS in America in the 1980s. Over seven-hours long, this epic event is performed in two parts and is the same stage production that is currently selling out on Broadway. This new staging is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part One: Millennium Approaches has a running time of 3 hours and 30 minutes (including two intermissions) and begins at 12:30 pm.

There will be a 75-minute break for dinner from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm.

Part Two: Perestroika has a running time of four hours (including two intermissions) and begins at 5:15 pm, ending at 9:15 pm — in time to allow Cape patrons to take the 9:30 pm ferry from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole.


Youth Tickets (Ages 13-21) are FREE for All Films and Events

MVRHS Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) will be selling T-Shirts and Buttons in the lobby throughout the festival to raise money for students to attend the Boston Youth Pride Event in May