The 15th Annual
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival

Thursday, March 19 - Sunday, March 22, 2015

THURSDAY, March 19

RED DOT ON THE OCEAN: The Matt Rutherford Story
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subject Matt Rutherford

In 2011 Matt Rutherford embarked on a mission to become the first person to single-handedly circumnavigate the Americas without stopping. By the age of 30 he had broken two world records and proved what determination, grit, and courage can accomplish. Tickets & Info


friday, March 20

THE SAME HEART
4:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with directors and Vineyard residents Georgia and Len Morris

Through interviews with international economists, moral leaders, and Kenyan community activists, Vineyard filmmakers bring you face to face with the human rights issues that affect children in underdeveloped countries. Tickets & Info

 

SEYMOUR: An Introduction
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subject Seymour Bernstein

At the age of 50, this world-renowned concert pianist traded his rising career for a quiet, modest life focused on his truer passions of composing and teaching. Tickets & Info

 

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

An adventurous Delhi student with cerebral palsy seizes her first opportunity for independence in this inspirational love story. Constantly seeking more freedom and new experiences, Laila is accepted to New York University and leaves her home in India to start a new life in Manhattan. Tickets & Info

 

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
9:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

Being a vampire is hard. It may have been easy in ancient Transylvania, but it’s a different story for three bloodsucking roommates in modern New Zealand. You won't want to miss this hilarious mockumentary! Tickets & Info

 

 

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

This lighthearted comedy, an enchanting combination of Amelie and Forrest Gump, can’t help but put a smile on your face. In his search for love and his missing father, Henri finds so much more—and you will, too. Tickets & Info

 


SATURDAY, March 21

THE FUTURE OF FARMING: Five Short Films
9:00 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

These five films insightfully document oyster cultivation on Cape Cod, the seed library here on Martha’s Vineyard, urban farming in Detroit, an artisan butcher circumventing the industrialized food system, and a hopeful tale of young farmers in Maine. Tickets & Info

 

FAMILY SHORTS
9:00 a.m. at the Chilmark School

Have you ever wanted to jump into a magical world made of frosting, creams, and cakes? Embark on countless adventures in this year’s family shorts program! Tickets & Info

 

 

FARMERS' BREAKFAST
10:45 a.m. at the Hay Café

After watching THE FUTURE OF FARMING on Saturday morning, enjoy breakfast with members of the Vineyard's burgeoning, dedicated community of farmers. The films will give you plenty to talk about as you savor a fine meal prepared by Morning Glory Farm's head farm kitchen chef, Robert Lionette. More Info

 

SEYMOUR: An Introduction
11:00 a.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with film subject Seymour Bernstein

At the age of 50, this world-renowned concert pianist traded his rising career for a quiet, modest life focused on his truer passions of composing and teaching. Tickets & Info

 

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY
11:30 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subjects Nancy Miriam Hawley and Vilunya Diskin, co-founders of Our Bodies Ourselves

This illuminating documentary resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement of 1966 to 1971. Tickets & Info

 

FATHER UNKNOWN
2:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subject and director David Quint and producer KT! Eaton

Plagued by perpetual disconnect and haunted by familial secrecy, director David Quint records his desperate search for understanding. Tickets & Info

 

VESSEL
2:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with director Diana Whitten

Enraged by anti-abortion laws enforced in multiple countries, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts decided to take action. She created Women on Waves, an organization which sails a ship bringing knowledge, medicine, and help to women who have no other legal options to end unwanted pregnancies. Tickets & Info

 

THE HUNTING GROUND
4:15 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subjects Annie Clark and Andrea Pino

In this startling exposé of rape incidence on U.S. college campuses, institutional coverups, and the devastating effects on students and their families, the film follows Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, two U.N.C. Chapel Hill students who were brushed aside by campus authorities after being sexually assaulted. Tickets & Info

 

SONG OF THE SEA **FAMILY FILM**
5:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

A silent six-year-old and her older brother embark on a magical adventure to get back to their father and their lighthouse home by the sea. Along the way, they encounter fairies, spells, a witch, and a magical flute that unlocks a secret about their mother. Tickets & Info

 

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subject and Vineyard resident Al Schackman

In this riveting portrait, Nina Simone is not only a chart-topper, but also one of the most influential, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. Tickets & Info

 

**ENCORE SCREENING TBD**
7:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

Is there a film you wanted to see but it is sold out? Fear not! Please check back here or with our box office to see which film will play during this special encore screening time slot.

 

 

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN
9:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Stunning archival footage from renowned aerial cinematographer and BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish frames a narrative of love and obsession in this heart-racing documentary. Tickets & Info

 

 

**ENCORE SCREENING TBD**
9:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School

Is there a film you wanted to see but it is sold out? Fear not! Please check back here or with our box office to see which film will play during this special encore screening time slot.

 


SUNDAY, March 22

MASTER CLASS WITH SEYMOUR BERNSTEIN
10:00 a.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

Enjoy a master class with Seymour Bernstein, one of the most sought–after clinicians in this country and abroad. He is an adjunct associate professor of music and music education at New York University and the subject of Ethan Hawke’s first documentary film, Seymour: An Introduction. Tickets & Info

 

VINEYARD SHORTS
10:00 a.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow with the directors and writers

Five young Vineyard filmmakers tackle a wide variety of subjects in four short films. Featuring works by Mara Ditchfield, Galen Mayhew and Reece Robinson, Justin Simpkins, and Peter Stray. Tickets & Info

 

FILMMAKERS' BRUNCH
11:00 a.m. at the Hay Café

On Sunday morning, meet our featured filmmakers and other special guests at the brunch in their honor. We are excited to share the work of these talented individuals, and to introduce them to our Island community! Info

 

CARTEL LAND **SNEAK PEEK SCREENING**
12:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with director and Vineyard resident Matthew Heineman

In this heart-pounding documentary, vigilantes on both sides of the border are pitted against the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, Matthew Heineman embeds himself among the rebels as each side vies to bring its own brand of justice to a society in which institutions have failed. Tickets & Info

 

CHAGALL - MALEVICH
12:00 p.m. at the Chilmark School

Where there is passion, there is often conflict. This historicalfiction film from acclaimed Russian director Aleksandr Mitta illuminates the intense friendship and then rivalry between the artists Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich. Tickets & Info

 

HIP HOP-ERATION
2:30 p.m. at the Chilmark School
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with film subject Billie Jordan

Age is just a number, and the Hip Op-eration Crew, from a tranquil island off the coast of New Zealand, is proof of that. The members of this hip-hop dance crew range from 67 to 95 years old, making them the world’s oldest dance group—canes, wheelchairs, hip replacements, and all. Tickets & Info

 

ROSEWATER
2:45 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with Maziar Bahari, whose story inspired the film

In June 2009, Jon Stewart interviewed BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen. This gripping true story tells the tale of how that interview was used as evidence to hold Maziar Bahari captive for 118 days while he was reporting in Iran. Tickets & Info

 

LET'S GO!
5:15 p.m. at the Chilmark School

In 1968, 20-year-old Laura returns to Munich for her father’s funeral, another traumatic event in the long line of the family’s buried history: Laura’s parents are both Holocaust survivors who chose to start their new life in postwar Germany. Tickets & Info

 

 

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype)

A college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, but now more than half of America’s recent graduates are unemployed. Premiering at Sundance this year, this compelling documentary is an overdue challenge to the educational system in the United States. Tickets & Info

 

MERU
8:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center

At a staggering 21,000 feet, Mount Meru is one of the Himalayan peaks most tempting to climbers, and also one of the least attainable. Three of the elite who attempt to reach its peak—Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Conrad Anker—must not only rely on their own abilities to haul 200 pounds of gear up an icy mountain, but also put complete, unwavering trust in one another. Tickets & Info

 

ART WALK & SILENT AUCTION with LOCAL ARTISTS
all weekend long at the Chilmark Community Center & Hay Café

This year, we are truly weaving all types of self-expression into the festival, from film to music, food, and art. When your eyes need a break from the screen, take the time to stroll around the Community Center, keeping an eye
out for the art pieces on display (and for sale) by Vineyard artists. Info