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9 State Rd.
Chilmark, Ma
United States

(508) 645-9599

The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival is more than movies. They produce community events, educational programs, and films that spark discussion, debate, and action. They screen films year-round in Chilmark, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs.

Full Summer Schedule

June 26 - August 28
Arrive early to enjoy dinner and live music!

MVFF's 2014 Summer Schedule

July 2- August 21, 2014



   

 

 

Divide in Concord

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, JULY 2
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With director Kris Kaczor and film subjects Jean Hill, Jim Crosby, Jill Appel, and Janet Rothrock

Since 1775, the year of the “shot heard round the world,” Concord, Massachusetts has been known for its revolutionary spirit. In 2014, that spirit lives onin eighty-four-year-old Concord resident Jean Hill, a woman fighting against a modern-day enemy: single-serve plastic water bottles. Tickets & Info

 

 

   

 

 

Last Days in Vietnam

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With director Rory Kennedy

Renowned filmmaker Rory Kennedy (Ethel, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) dares to reopen the books on a war that scarred the American psyche. Chronicling a story few of us know, this potent documentary will both shock you and restore your faith in humanity. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

   

 

 

Appropriate Behavior

Brew & View - THURSDAY, JULY 10
8:00 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual, and hip young Brooklynite, but is failing miserably in her attempt at all identities. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

 

Very Good Girls

Special Event - SATURDAY, JULY 12
8:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
With director/screenwriter Naomi Foner, actors Dakota Fanning & Peter Sarsgaard

Vineyard resident Naomi Foner assembles a star-studded cast that includes Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, and Peter Sarsgaard for this heartfelt coming-of-age story. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Cinema Circus: Kickin' Off in Chilmark

SUNDAY, JULY 13
12:00­­­­­ - 6:00 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
FREE EVENT!

Feel free to swing by at any point in the day and stay for as long as you want. Enjoy activities such as animation stations, filmmaking, face painting, dress-up, bubble-blowing, and more! Circus shows are at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and food for purchase will be available from Quitsa Cuisine. Full schedule of events.

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

Frank

Special Event - MONDAY, JULY 14
7:00 p.m. at Entertainment Cinemas, Edgartown
With actress Maggie Gyllenhaal

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Tickets & Info

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With former Congressman Barney Frank, his husband Jim Ready, and directors Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler

The quick-witted and often cantankerous Barney Frank was the first openly gay congressman in the United States. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

The Case Against 8

Brew & View - THURSDAY, JULY 17
8:00 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown
Skype Q&A with directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White

Six months after the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, a popular vote in favor of Proposition 8 invalidated that commitment within the state. Ted Olson and David Boies, the unlikely pair of lawyers who had faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore, teamed up to fight Proposition 8 all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Frozen

FRIDAY, JULY 18
8:00 p.m. Inside @ Owen Park, Vineyard Haven
Free for MVFF members!

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen, Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer and his trusty reindeer to break the icy spell. This instant Disney classic has captured the hearts of youngsters everywhere. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Fishing Without Nets

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With director Cutter Hodierne

Desperate to save his beloved wife, young son, and himself, a young Somalian fisherman is forced to make a moral compromise. Cast mainly with nonprofessional actors—Somalian refugees—this winner of the Sundance Directing Award explores both sides of Indian Ocean piracy. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

To Be Takei

Brew & View - THURSDAY, JULY 24
8:00 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown

George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life. With his sharp eye and wicked sense of humor, he proves why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever. Tickets & Info

 

 

Fed Up

Special Event - FRIDAY, JULY 25 
8:00 p.m. at the MV Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs
With producers Katie Couric, Laurie David, and director Stephanie Soechtig

Journalist Katie Couric guides us through this eye-opening film that exposes the food industry and chronicles the lives of three obese children struggling to lose life-threatening weight. Tickets & Info

 

   

 

 

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With the parents of Matt Shepard, Judy and Dennis Shepard, director Michele Josue, and producers Liam McNiff and Arleen McGlade

This personal documentary memorializes Matthew Shepard through the perspective of those closest to him. Family photos, vacation videos, and even Matt’s diary entries allow us to reflect on the effect his death has had in the LGBTQ community. Tickets & Info

 

 

   

 

 

Kidnapped for Christ

Brew & View THURSDAY, JULY 31
8:00 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown
With director Kate Logan

This startling exposé focuses on Escuela Caribe, a U.S.-run Christian boarding school in the Dominican Republic which uses “behavior modification” to reform troubled teens. With incredible behind-the-scenes access, this film follows three students sent to the schoolone sent for panic attacks, one for drug use, and the other for being openly gay. Tickets & Info

 

   

 

 

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - Outdoor Screening!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
8:00 p.m. at Owen Park, Vineyard Haven
Free for MVFF members!

Journey back to the magical adventure of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy who helps him find his way home. A remarkable portrait of childhood that captures that moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities. Tickets & Info

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

Cinema Circus: Among the Dancing Statues in West Tisbury

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the West Tisbury Public Library and the Field Gallery Statue Garden
FREE EVENT!

Feel free to swing by at any point in the day and stay for as long as you want. Enjoy activities such as animation stations, filmmaking, face painting, dress-up, bubble-blowing, and more! Circus shows are at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and food for purchase will be available from Quitsa Cuisine. Full schedule of events.

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

Mission Blue

Special Outdoor Screening - TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
FREE EVENT! 8:00 p.m. at Menemsha Public Beach
With marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle and director Robert Nixon

Legendary oceanographer and pioneer of underwater life, Dr. Sylvia Earle began her aquatic environmental-activism half a decade ago, at a time when the field of oceanography was dominated by men and about to boom. Funded as a gift to the ocean, and four years in the making, MISSION BLUE is Dr. Sylvia Earle's wake-up call to save the world's seas. More Info

 

 

 

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The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With director Chapman Way and producer Juliana Lembi

With baseball, it’s all for love of the game. This heartwarming and hilarious film documents one of the great true stories about America’s underdogs—in this case, the Portland Mavericks of 1973. Tickets & Info

 

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McConkey

Brew & View - THURSDAY, AUGUST 14
8:00 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown

Shane McConkey was a superstar on the snow—a pioneer of two of the world’s most adventurous sports, freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping. In this jaw-dropping tribute, his friends, family, and the extreme sports community celebrate the incredible life and times of a man determined to define for himself what it means to live life to the fullest. Tickets & Info

    

   

 

 

The Wizard of Oz - Outdoor Screening!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
8:00 p.m. at Owen Park, Vineyard Haven
Free for MVFF members!

Follow Dorothy on the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard. Sing along with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they unite to battle the Wicked Witch of the West and return Dorothy to Kansas. Based on the popular series of books by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz is a dazzling motion picture achievement featuring unforgettable songs. Tickets & Info

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

Cinema Circus: End of Summer Blowout

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Cottagers' Corner and Hartford Park, Oak Bluffs
FREE EVENT!

Feel free to swing by at any point in the day and stay for as long as you want, or check back here soon for a full schedule of specific workshops and screenings. Enjoy activities such as animation stations, filmmaking, face painting, dress-up, bubble-blowing, and more! Circus shows are at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and food for purchase will be available from Quitsa Cuisine. Full schedule of events.

 

 

   

 

 

Freedom Summer

Special Event - MONDAY, AUGUST 18 
8:00 p.m. at the MVCMA Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs
Journalist and author Gwen Ifill will moderate a discussion with director Stanley Nelson and a panel of guests hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This stirring film by award-winning documentarian and Vineyard resident Stanley Nelson delves deep into that paramount time during which more than 700 student activists transformed the segregated state of MississippiTickets & Info

 

 

 

   

 

 

Art and Craft

Dinner and a Movie - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:00 p.m. Movie
Chilmark Community Center
With film subject Mark Landis

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th-century icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Tickets & Info

 

 

Serendipity: The Story of Tony Hussein Hinde

Brew & View - THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
8:00 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown

Australian surfing legend Tony Hinde drifted into his own, untouched paradise. Romanced by the waves at a young age, Tony was part of a band of traveling surfers who were always on the move, on the water, and looking for adventure. Tickets & Info

 

 

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