Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
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.
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.
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)!
Directed by Melissa Finell
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!
Directed by Alice Waddington
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