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 17

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 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

CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY
8:45 p.m. at the Chilmark School     SPECIAL PRICING!

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

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

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     
9:00 a.m. at Pathways Gathering Space     FREE ADMISSION!
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 School
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 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

 

photo by Reece Robinson

photo by Reece Robinson

WORKSHOP:  TELL ME YOUR STORY
11:00 a.m. at Pathways Gathering Space     FREE ADMISSION!
All ages  |  Limited to 24 students (12 adult/child pairs)
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. 
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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!
1:00 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space     
FREE ADMISSION!
Ages 6+  |  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!  Tickets & Info

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

OBIT. 
2:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School

Overflow screening added at the Chilmark School, Sunday, March 19 at 9:15 A.M.

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

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

LOST IN PARIS
4:45 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

PHANTOM BOY
5:00 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space   FREE ADMISSION!
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 19

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

 

 

OBIT.  OVERFLOW SCREENING
9:15 AM 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

SPETTACOLO
9:30 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

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
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Laura Dunn


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
1:00 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space     FREE ADMISSION!

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

ADVENTURE SHORTS
2:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with director Taylor Toole and film subject Nick Briggs


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, join a new class of thrill seekers capturing the true spirit of exploration.  Tickets & Info

WORKSHOP:  GREEN SCREEN
2:30 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space     
FREE ADMISSION!
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 Community 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
4:00 p.m. at Pathways Gathering Space     FREE ADMISSION!
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     SPECIAL PRICING!
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     
FREE ADMISSION!
Ages 10+


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
6:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Preceded by stories about Ram Dass, from Nancy Aronie and 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 NowTickets & Info

GIVEN
7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with film subjects Given and Daize Goodwin

Aamion Goodwin was barehanding prawns out of a creek in Fiji before he could talk. His vagabond dad made their home not in one place, but on a seasonal passage to outposts with surf swells. Now a father himself, Aamion is passing knowledge, and a unique lifestyle, on to his own son.  Tickets & Info