OPENING NIGHT!
THURSDAY, March 17

 

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
IMPORTANT TIME AND VENUE CHANGE!
7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs - FREE SCREENING!

Discussion to follow with Producer Lise King, addiction specialist Dr. Alexander Walley, psychiatrist Dr. Charles Silberstein, Senator Dan Wolf, and Lt. Pat Glynn

This unvarnished look into the epidemic of young people hooked on affordable, easily acquired heroin, focuses on eight young addicts, all in their early twenties and living in the Falmouth area. Reserve your seats here!


friday, March 18

 

FREE Family Films from Brazil
5:00 p.m. at the Pathways Gathering Space


When his "Bá" (from “Bachan,” grandma in Japanese) is brought to live in his house, little Bruno's life is turned upside down.


Boy and the World
In this visually stunning Oscar-nominated tale, an adventurous boy embarks on a quest to find his father. Reserve your seats here!

 

 

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
5:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

We depend on the internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of German film director Werner Herzog comes this playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives. Tickets & Info

 

Resilience 
6:45 p.m. at the Chilmark School

Discussion to follow with producer Karen Pritzker and Don Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services **FREE for educators**

In 1998, Drs. Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti published a study showing that traumatic stress experienced in childhood (especially sexual, emotional, or physical abuse but also parental neglect) usually leads to a whole host of illnesses and self-destructive behaviors later in life. Tickets & Info

 

The Wolfpack
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Discussion to follow with film subjects Susanne Reisenbichler and Govinda, Mukunda, Narayana, and Eddie Angulo

Locked away from society, in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the six Angulo brothers’ only means of learning about the outside world is through the movies they watch. This has been their world for years—but when one of the brothers escapes, everything changes. Tickets & Info

 

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

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Dheepan follows a Sri Lankan man who flees civil war, taking two strangers, a woman and an orphaned girl, with him. After moving from one temporary home to the next, they settle in a housing block in the suburbs of Paris. Audiard (Oscar-nominated director of A Prophet) takes us on a searing and suspenseful ride into the heart of the refugee experience. Tickets & Info

 

Morris from America
9:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Taking home two awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, this heartwarming coming-of-age comedy follows Morris, a slightly overweight 13-year-old, and his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson of The Office). Their relationship takes Morris on a journey of self-discovery that ultimately brings him back to his father. Tickets & Info

 


SATURDAY, March 19

 

Works in PROGRESS!
9:00 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center - FREE SCREENING!
Discussion to follow with the directors Ben Kalina, Kiley Kraskouskas, Michael Blain, Julia MacNelly, and Tom Ellis, moderated by Brian Newman, former CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, board chair of Rooftop Films, and founder of Sub-Genre

Meet several up-and-comers brave enough to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our times—from the refugee camps in Serbia, to the climate talks in Paris, to the labor uprising at Walmart. Tickets & Info

 

Driving with Selvi
9:00 a.m. at the Chilmark School - Special Pricing
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with film subject Selvi

When we first meet Selvi at a girls’ shelter, she is 18, timid, soft-spoken, a fresh runaway from a difficult life. Like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, Selvi had been forced by her family to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on an intimate journey of healing, overcoming obstacles, and fulfilling dreams. Tickets & Info

 

FREE Family Shorts: Hurdles
11:00 a.m. at the Pathways Gathering Space

The new girl in class won't take off her bunny mask, a Scottish man is pants-less, a crab can't find the right shell to call home, and your big brother is an actual giant! Join us for a selection of fun and unusual short films from around the world. Reserve your seats here!

 

Sonita
10:45 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Illegally living in Tehran, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee named Sonita dreams of being a rapper. But women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran, and for now her only fans are the other girls at a shelter. Her mother has other plans for her, however—to make her a bride and sell her to a new family for the price of $9,000. Tickets & Info

 

The C Word
11:00 a.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with director Meghan O'Hara and Don Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

From executive producer Morgan Freeman comes The C Word, a bold new film that will forever change the way we view cancer. Director Meghan O’Hara and neuroscientist Dr. David Servan-Schreiber join forces to expose systemic failings in our modern lifestyle which predispose us to disease. Tickets & Info

 

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
1:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep, deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou was an icon who gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. By weaving her own words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, this film reveals the private side of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining civil rights moments. Tickets & Info

 

Being AP
1:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School

A.P. McCoy is a man addicted to winning. A legendary jockey in the world of British horse-racing, he constantly risks life and limb in his determination to leave behind an unbeatable legacy of wins and championship titles. Tickets & Info

 

Lamb
3:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School

This beautiful, quiet tale of friendship is the first Ethiopian film ever to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. It follows a young boy and his best friend—a lamb named Chuni—who are left in the care of distant relatives in a remote mountain village. As the holidays approach, there are threats that his pet will become a feast. Tickets & Info

 

Presenting Princess Shaw
3:45 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subject Samantha Montgomery, a.k.a. Princess Shaw

By day, Samantha Montgomery is a caregiver for the elderly, but by night she transforms into Princess Shaw, posting soulful performances of her songs, and intimate stories of her life, on YouTube. Across the globe, Israeli musician Kutiman creates unique arrangements by sampling bits from YouTube and assembling them into original works. When Kutiman compiles a piece around one of Princess Shaw’s songs, she becomes a viral sensation. Tickets & Info

 

Landfill Harmonic
5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Preceded by a brief awards presentation to the winners of the Vineyard Conservation Society's third annual Art of Conservation competition

Outside Paraguay’s capital are the slums of Cateura—which are on top of the city’s dump, one of South America’s largest landfills. From these circumstances, the most unlikely orchestra in the world is formed, “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Tickets & Info

 

Suited
5:45 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director Jason Benjamin and film subjects Daniel Friedman, Rae Tutera, and Derek and Joanna Matteson

Suited follows three people on a special mission to find the perfect suit: Derek, a transgender man from the Appalachian foothills, who’s getting married; Aidan, a transgender boy from Arizona whose supportive grandma has succeeded in convincing their rabbi to have a bar mitzvah (and not a bat mitzvah) for him; and Jillian, an attorney and transgender woman who needs attire for an upcoming case she’s defending. Tickets & Info

 

Bear Island
8:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

In this follow-up to North of the Sun (MVFF 2014), three Norwegian brothers leave the modern world behind and travel to the remote Bear Island (Bjørnøya) in search of perfect waves untouched by other surfers. Towing sleds that carry their climbing gear and surfboards, they explore the harsh Arctic island with cross-country skis, snowboards, and a paraglider. Tickets & Info

 

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
8:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Arguably the most influential writer and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear created a courageous primetime brand that was in sync with the times. Shaped by his personal history as well as his complex dialogue with the world, Mr. Lear proves—at age 93—that he is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Tickets & Info


SUNDAY, March 20

 

FREE Family Shorts: Adventures
9:30 a.m. at the Pathways Gathering Space

Imagine a world in which aliens look like potatoes, office paper comes alive, a penguin is afraid of the ocean, and you can travel the globe by dancing. Welcome to a world of adventures! Reserve your seats here!

 

 

We're Still Here
10:00 a.m. at the Chilmark School

Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Antonino D’Ambrosio

In 1964, the year of the landmark Civil Rights Act, Johnny Cash recorded Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. The album focused exclusively on the troubled history of this country’s first oppressed people, Native Americans. Fifty years later, a group of modern-day balladeers, including Bill Miller, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and The Milk Carton Kids, revisit and reimagine the controversial songs at a time when our country is once again gripped by racial tension and social unrest. Tickets & Info

 

Holy Hell
10:00 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Discussion to follow with director Will Allen

Just out of college, Will Allen, a young idealist filmmaker, joined a secretive spiritualist community led by a charismatic guru. With camera in hand, he documented 20 years of living inside a cult that forever changed how he would see the world. Tickets & Info

 

The Wolfpack 
12:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School - Added Screening!

Discussion to follow with film subjects Susanne Reisenbichler and Govinda, Mukunda, Narayana, and Eddie Angulo

Locked away from society, in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the six Angulo brothers’ only means of learning about the outside world is through the movies they watch. This has been their world for years—but when one of the brothers escapes, everything changes. Tickets & Info

 

Weiner
12:45 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with the directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

A good documentary filmmaker delivers a riveting story. A great one not only does that, but follows it as it changes and takes other shapes. What begins as an account of the remarkable comeback of Anthony Weiner, a scandal-plagued ex-congressman running for mayor of New York City, takes a sharp turn once he is forced to admit to new sexting allegations—an embarrassment almost identical to earlier ones. Tickets & Info

 

Vineyard Shorts
2:45 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with the directors and writers

Nine Vineyard filmmakers tackle a wide variety of subjects on and about the Vineyard. The directors include Brooke Adams, Lynne Adams, Maddie Goldberg, Daniel McGuire, Danielle Mulcahy, Justin Simpkins, Elina Street, Ken Wentworth, and Liz Witham. Tickets & Info

 

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper
3:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Privilege, love, loss, and survival are all put under the lens in this film about the highly publicized life of Gloria Vanderbilt. Her youngest son, news anchor Anderson Cooper, peppers his still-vibrant mother with questions about her storied public and private personas. Tickets & Info

 

Trapped
5:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director and MVFF board member Dawn Porter

Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter takes viewers to the frontlines of the fight for reproductive rights by following two Southern clinics that struggle to provide care in an increasingly hostile legal and political climate. Tickets & Info

 

Tickled
5:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Tickling is no laughing matter. That's the conclusion journalist David Farrier arrived at when he tried to investigate the seemingly absurd world of "competitive endurance tickling.” After stumbling upon a bizarre video online, in which young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, he reaches out to request an interview with the organizers of a competition. Tickets & Info

 

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Each year, 2,500 people from around the world head to Boca Raton, Florida for the “Date with Destiny” seminar held by motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author Tony Robbins. Academy Award-nominated director and MVFF alum Joe Berlinger is the first outside filmmaker granted full access to the seminar. Tickets & Info