OPENING NIGHT!
THURSDAY, March 16

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director David Alvarado

Chances are, you’ve already got the theme song stuck in your head. With intimate and exclusive access, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy” as he inspires millennials to participate in STEAM, a curriculum based on five specific disciplines—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Tickets & Info


friday, March 18

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
5:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

James Baldwin’s final manuscript was to be a revolutionary and personal look at race in America, but he died with only 30 pages written. Master filmmaker Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) envisions the book Baldwin never finished, in this incisive and gripping look at black history from the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. This  scorching  and  unforgettable  Oscar-nominated  film challenges the very definition of what America stands for.  Tickets & Info

 

ADVENTURE SHORTS
6:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School


Bold undertakings, often risky and without any assurance of outcome, have long captured the hearts and minds of individuals and societies as a whole. From a pop-up skate park on the Norwegian coast, to a quiet Santa Barbara surf session, to the most intimate journeys into the self, join a new class of thrill seekers capturing the true spirit of exploration.  Tickets & Info

DOLORES
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with film subject Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012—a recognition many thought overdue. Though often courting controversy, she became, and has continued to be, one of the most effective civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history. This is her story. Tickets & Info

OBIT. 
8:45 p.m. at the Chilmark School


How do you put a life into 500 words? This is the daunting task that the small staff of obituary writers at the New York Times faces everyday. Not nearly as morbid as it might seem, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life and our impact on other people. Tickets & Info

 

DEAN
9:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center


Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline joins comedian, actor, writer, and director Demetri Martin in this hilarious father and son romp about coming to terms with loss. Martin’s signature cartoons provide observational commentary throughout the story, creating an incredibly original take on the coming-of-age romantic comedy genre.  Tickets & Info


SATURDAY, March 18

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS -- FREE!
9:00 a.m. at Pathways Gathering Space
Discussion to follow with director Lynn Tomlinson
All Ages


Experience animated shorts from all over the world. Witness unlikely animal friends, magical guests under your sink, and aliens. Explore your universe this Saturday!  Tickets & Info

 

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY
9:15 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director David Alvarado

Chances are, you’ve already got the theme song stuck in your head. With intimate and exclusive access, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy” as he inspires millennials to participate in STEAM, a curriculum based on five specific disciplines—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Tickets & Info

 

 

ISLAND EARTH
9:30 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with the director Cyrus Sutton

Beyond the beautiful surf and lushness of Hawaii exists a complicated relationship—between growing food sufficient  for  an  expanding  population,  and  the  use  of GMO  crops. Cyrus Sutton shows us what decades of mostly unfettered agricultural and chemical experimentation has done to the land and people of Hawaii. Tickets & Info

 

 

WORKSHOP - TELL ME YOUR STORY --FREE!
11:00 a.m. at Pathways Gathering Space
All ages
In this unique workshop adults and children will work together as partners on a single project. Learn something new about your children, your parents, your neighbors! Inspired by StoryCorps. Limited to 24 students (12 adult/child pairs)
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STRAD STYLE
11:30 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director Stefan Avalos and film subject Danny Houck

A backwoods dreamer from Ohio, Danny Houck is obsessed with Stradivari, Guarneri, and all things violin. Like the great luthiers of centuries ago, he experiments with different ways of making violins. Fighting the clock, poverty, and most of all himself, Danny puts everything on the line for one shot at glory. Tickets & Info

 

 

TAKE MY NOSE...PLEASE!
12:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Joan Kron and
film subject Emily Askin


Nobody delivers the truth like comedians. And so, who better to draw back the curtain on the often hush-hush subject of plastic surgery? Taking a comedic and insightful route, this film seeks to better understand how women are pressured to adhere to society’s arbitrary and often absurd standards of beauty. Tickets & Info

 

FILMMAKING WORKSHOP - TOP SECRET! --FREE!
1:00 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space

Limited to 35 students. KIDS ONLY
Come make a movie! Learn filmmaking   techniques,   and create  a  film  that  the grownups won’t know about until it’s too late. Mwahahaha! 
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CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY
2:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director Phillip Baribeau and film subjects Eduardo Garcia and Jennifer Jane

This extremely personal film recounts the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, who was jolted by 2,400 volts of electricity in Montana’s backcountry. With the help of loved ones and friends like Jennifer Jane, he was able to leave the shell of the man he was on the forest floor and transform into the man he is today. Tickets & Info

 

LOST IN PARIS
2:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School


Fiona (director Gordon), a small-town Canadian librarian, receives a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (the great Emmanuelle Riva, in one of her last roles). She hops on the first plane available and arrives, wide-eyed, on her beloved aunt’s doorstep in Paris, only to find she has mysteriously disappeared. Tickets & Info

 

CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY
4:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Matt Tyrnauer

Vanity Fair writer and MVFF alumnus Matt Tyrnauer deftly directs this timely and inspirational documentary chronicling the life of legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs and her crusade to save New York City neighborhoods from draconian redevelopment. She went toe to toe with Robert Moses, one of the most powerful urban planners in American history. Her playbook for defeating him, and her ideas for community-based development, have never been more relevant. Tickets & Info

 

CITY OF GHOSTS
4:45 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Matthew Heineman

Matthew Heineman, the director (and Vineyard summer resident) who brought us the the jaw-dropping film Cartel Land (MVFF 2015) and Escape Fire(MVFF 2012) now turns his camera and mic on the group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently—an organization of anonymous, ordinary Syrian citizens-turned-activists who banded together. Tickets & Info

 

 

PHANTOM BOY
5:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Ages 10+
A mysterious illness has given Leo the power to invisibly soar around New York City. He befriends a cop who is confined to a wheelchair. Together they must use phantom powers and detective work to save the city. This heart-thumping noir adventure features the voices of Fred Armisen and Vincent D’Onofrio. 
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INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
6:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School - SPECIAL PRICING!

Walk the gritty streets of Venezuela, spend a night in a hotel room in Poland, watch a falcon take flight. This year’s selection of international short films brings the audience on a wild ride across the social, cultural, and geographical landscapes that separate us all. Or do they? These shorts make a strong argument for our commonality—that we are more alike than current political forces might suggest. Tickets & Info

 

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with executive producer Tim Johnson, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River

From Delta blues great Charley Patton to Jimi Hendrix (who was part Cherokee), to The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Rumble celebrates the influence of Native Americans on rock and roll. Tickets & Info

 

I, DANIEL BLAKE
8:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School


Ken  Loach,  the  now  80-year-old  British  filmmaker,  once again speaks up for the beleaguered lower classes. He has powerfully composed a hopeful tale amid the hopelessness of bureaucracy. Daniel Blake must seek help from the state after he is forced out of work because of a heart attack. Tickets & Info


SUNDAY, March 20

 

FILMMAKING WORKSHOP - STOP MOTION --FREE!
9:00 a.m. at the Pathways Gathering Space

Ages 8+ | Limited to 20 students
Amazing  filmmaker  and  teacher Lynn Tomlinson will teach stop-motion animation techniques that can easily be used at home as  well.  Her  beautiful  film The Ballad of Holland Island House is part of our Saturday  Morning Cartoons program, and she is excited to share her experience and teaching expertise with our community. Tickets & Info

 

SPETTACOLO
9:15 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Discussion to follow with director Jeff Malmberg

This is the true story of a tiny Tuscan town that confronts its issues by turning them into a play. Filming entirely in Italy, MVFF alumnus Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol) weaves present-day verite footage with 46 years of archival film and photographs. As in a novel, every chapter functions as a puzzle piece, filling in the details of each  character,  illuminating  hidden  facets,  and  finally telling a story about the importance of culture, community, and everything we leave behind as we move forward. Tickets & Info

 

DOLORES
9:30 a.m. at the Chilmark School

Discussion to follow with film subject Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012—a recognition many thought overdue. Though often courting controversy, she became, and has continued to be, one of the most effective civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history. This is her story.
Tickets & Info

 

 

DISTURBING THE PEACE
12:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Discussion to follow with director Stephen Apkon and producer Marcina Hale, moderated by Rabbi Brian Walt

In a place where hope of coexistence has been abandoned, communities born into discord begin to challenge that fate. Former enemies—Israeli soldiers from elite  units,  and  Palestinian  fighters—throw  social  norms aside in the name of a shared goal: peace.  Tickets & Info

 

 

LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY
12:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

As seen through the mind’s eye of farmer, writer, and teacher Wendell Berry, this is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture. This visually stunning ode explores the graceful intersection between art, life, and the natural world. Tickets & Info

 

SHORTS FOR ALL AGES --FREE!
1:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with the directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
Be transported by captivating films from around the world. Experience a summer camp where marshmallows sing and horses become unicorns. Laugh at a sausage that risks all  to be with his true love, a loaf of bread. See the ordinary become extraordinary—magic is everywhere! Tickets & Info

 
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WORKSHOP - GREEN SCREEN --FREE!
2:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School

All ages
Create your own world! Discover how to transport yourself to anywhere, without leaving Martha’s Vineyard. Students of all ages will work in groups to learn basic green screen technology, then use it to create and record a scene
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TRIBAL JUSTICE
2:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Center
Discussion to follow with director Anne Makepeace and film subject Chief Judge Claudette White

Claudette White, of the Quechan in the southern Mojave, and Abby Abinanti, of the Yurok on the north coast of California, are two judges who are forces to be reckoned with, both in and out of the courtroom. Rather than relying on conventional jail sentencing with little or no support or rehabilitation, they forge a path for recovery and help to end the cycle of incarceration. Tickets & Info

 
photo by: joshua robinson-white

photo by: joshua robinson-white

YOUTH FILMMAKER SHOWCASE --FREE!
4:00 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space
All ages
See student work—a short documentary of this weekend’s happenings—and watch the process, the fun, and some shots from behind the scenes. Find out what the top secret film is all about!
Tickets & Info

 

VINEYARD SHORTS
4:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with the directors and writers

Celebrate Vineyard filmmakers! Chris Fischer and Conor Hagen present a day in the life of Menemsha’s Hershel West. After visiting refugee camps in Serbia last year, Julia MacNelly and Tom Ellis turned their footage into a powerful short  film.  Nancy  Aronie  joins  MVFF  staff  in  a  narrative by Reece Robinson. Be among the first to see some of Georgia and Len Morris’s newest project, in India. Tickets & Info

 

YOUNG ADULT SHORTS
4:30 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space


Magic, love, family, and some silliness. How does one girl get 627,000 followers on Instagram? Meet a young woman who can change the world with her sketches. Watch some stunning and innovative animations that will change your perspective! Tickets & Info

 

THE LAST WORD
5:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine shines as Harriet, the lovable curmudgeon who needs to control everything about her life...everything! She even takes it upon herself to make sure that her obituary will be up to her standards, by having it written while she’s still alive.  Tickets & Info

 

RAM DASS, GOING HOME
Preceded by stories about Ram Dass, from Nancy Aronieand Ronni and Peter Simon. A discussion with director Derek Peck will follow the screening

This beautiful portrait is a cross between a biopic and a guided meditation by one of the preeminent spiritual teachers of the last half century. We are granted rare access to the home of Ram Dass, the Harvard psychologist turned Buddhist and author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now
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