Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, 2019

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present our first annual Women In Film Festival (WIFF). WIFF is a celebration of women as filmmakers: in front of and behind the camera. This festival will feature stories that have not been told from a woman’s perspective.

Although women make up over half the country’s population, only 7 percent of film directors are female. Women make up a minority of film producers, composers, editors, and writers. WIFF will shed light on the females who have been under-represented to showcase their work as filmmakers.

On the big screen, WIFF will feature six films with powerful women who break the mold of traditional female characters in as many genres as possible. Please note, women are brilliant storytellers of the male narrative too!

WIFF seeks to empower moviegoers through screenings and authentic panels that will turn the spotlight onto females in the industry. The festival will include a diverse selection of films (comedy, documentary, drama, horror, sci-fi, etc.)  in an effort to bring visibility and bring an opportunity for indie female filmmakers to showcase their art.


FILM PROGRAM:

I AM NOT A WITCH

Directed by Rungano Nyoni 
93 Minutes
Screening Time: Friday 10/25/2019 at 4 pm at the Film Center

SYNOPSIS

In her BAFTA award-winning debut feature, Rungano Nyoni crafts a satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. When 9-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt and inept government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, Shula is told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape. As the only child witch, Shula quickly becomes a local star and the adults around her exploit her supposed powers for financial gain. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom. A hit at over 50 international festivals, I AM NOT A WITCH is a must-see for anyone interested in new African Cinema and contemporary female filmmakers.

 

BE NATURAL

Directed by Pamela B. Green

1 hour 43 Minutes
Screening Time: Friday 10/25/2019 at 7:30 pm at the Film Center
Come enjoy a wine toast at 6:30 pm before unlocking the hidden secret of the first filmmaker, the legacy of Guy-Blaché.

SYNOPSIS

Come unlocked the hidden secret of the first filmmaker, the Legacy of Alice Guy-Blaché.

“When Pamela Green first talked to me about Alice Guy Blaché I thought, ‘how is it possible that I’ve never heard of her?’ One of the great pioneers of our industry who created films alongside the Lumière Brothers, Léon Gaumont, Georges Méliès… As fas as we know, she is the first female film director, possibly one of the first narrative filmmakers EVER. A writer, producer, studio head, with a 1000 films under her belt…The facts in this documentary blew my mind. It’s an honor to voice this story. May Alice’s story finally set the record straight and restore her place in cinema history.”
– Jodie Foster, Actress, Director, Producer

Please join us for a celebratory glass of wine starting at 6:30 PM before the screening of BE NATURAL and then post-screening please stay for a live Q&A with Pamela B. Green (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor of Be Natural)!

SENSITIVITY TRAINING

Directed by Melissa Finell

 1 hr 27 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday 10/26/2019 at 6 pm at the Film Center

SYNOPSIS

Rude, crude and unapologetic, microbiologist Dr. Serena Wolfe didn’t get to where she is by playing nice. When a colleague’s untimely demise is attributed to Dr. Wolfe’s ferocious abrasiveness, she’s ordered to undergo an attitude adjustment courtesy of perpetually chipper sensitivity coach Caroline. With Caroline shadowing Serena’s every move, they develop an unexpected bond, each challenging the other’s defenses. Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Production Grant and Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, this hilarious debut feature from writer/director Melissa Finell is a fresh and welcome spin on the classic buddy comedy. Featuring an unforgettable comic turn by Anna Lise Phillips, this is a smart, tender film for anyone who has needed a little help being their “better self.”

Join WIFVNE (Women In Film New England) President Alecia Orsini for a discussion after the film!

Alecia Orsini is an award winning multi-media professional with 12+ years experience working in the film industry and is the CEO of video agency Good Natured Dog Productions. She is a prominent voice in the region’s film community as President of Women in Film and Video of New England. She also uses her voice, marketing and development skills working for NPR station WCAI, local public radio for the Cape, the Coast and the Islands.
Alecia also devotes time to Save MA Film Jobs, working behind the scenes for the grassroots organization. In 2012 she was named one of the Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 for her volunteer work & entrepreneurship and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

PARADISE HILLS

Directed by Alice Waddington

 95 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday 10/26/2019 at 8:15 pm at the Film Center

SYNOPSIS

In this futuristic fairy tale, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves—run by the mysterious Duchess (Milla Jovovich). The outspoken Uma finds solace in friendship with other Paradise Hills residents: Chloe (Danielle McDonald, Dumplin’; Pattycakes), Yu (Awkwafina), and Mexican popstar Amarna (Eiza González). Uma soon realizes that a sinister secret lurks behind all this beauty. With exquisite sets and costumes and a bounty of strong actresses, Paradise Hills is a fantasy confection with a dark horror center.

 

A FINE LINE

Directed by Joanna James

 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Screening Time: Sunday 10/27/2019 at 4 pm at the Film Center
Join the conversation afterward with Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch to discuss the film’s themes. 

SYNOPSIS

A Fine Line provides behind the scenes look of restaurant culture with women at the helm. The documentary explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women hearing insight from world-renowned chefs and a small-town restaurateur who says its how it is and won’t accept no for an answer.An uplifting story of perseverance, food, and making it in the restaurant industry against all odds, join us for a screening of the award-winning film.

ATLANTICS

Directed by Mati Diop

 1 Hour 44 Minutes
Screening Time: Sunday 10/27/2019 at 7:30 pm at the Film Center

SYNOPSIS

Marginalized young lovers in Senegal desperately seek a better life by any means necessary, in this highly anticipated, Cannes Grand Prix–winning feature debut from Mati Diop. In Senegal’s bustling capital, Dakar, two young lovers sneak private moments with the urgency of youthful desire. Their gravitational pull towards each other is also based on knowing their time is limited, as Ada (newcomer Mama Sané) is soon to be wed to a wealthy but frivolous man. Meanwhile, Souleiman (first-time actor Ibrahima Traoré) hasn’t been paid for weeks and is forced to leave land for the sea in hopes of finding a better life. When he sets off, Ada is haunted by his memory and, then, perhaps more.

 

 

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DONORS AND SPONSORS


The MV Film Society would like to recognize these incredible women who sponsored the first annual Women In Film Festival.

Jennifer Blum

Ellen Harley

Parthenia Kierstead

Lily Bingham

The MV Film Society would like to recognize our outstanding corporate sponsors for their   contributions in making the first annual Women In Film Festival possible.