Board President
Steve Bernier

Board of Directors
Thomas Bena
Joanna Cole
Anne Evasick
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte
Jasmine McGlade
Dawn Porter
Mitch Rubin

Advisory Board
Natasha Bacigalupo Ziff
Lisa Berkower
Alan Berliner
Catha Day-Carlson
Mollie Doyle
Scott Frank
Linda Greenberg
Jill Iscol
Jan Kaplan
Arleen McGlade
Claudia Miller
Edward Miller
Mahsa Noble
Nancy Parrish
Deborah Rappaport
Jessica Roddy
Tobias Vanderhoop
Monina von Opel
Marilyn Vukota



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Thomas Bena -  Founder, Executive Director
In 2001, while working as a carpenter on Martha’s Vineyard, Thomas founded the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival.  Now in its nineteenth year, the MVFF is a year-round cultural institution. It offers free filmmaking classes in the Island schools, workshops for children, a thriving summer film series, and an annual March film festival. Thomas is looking for land (and/or an old barn) that the MVFF team can convert into a year-round gathering space for the community. In 2004, he started shooting his first documentary feature, One Big Home. The film chronicles his efforts to understand the trend toward extra-large summer homes. It took 12 years to make and has screened in more than 100 venues in the U.S. and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Citizens in Honolulu, Vancouver, Truro, and Provincetown have used the film to galvanize support for their own town/city bylaws limiting house size. Thomas has spent almost three years traveling to speak about One Big Home, and continues to do so. The film is also available on iTunes, DVD, and Blu-ray disc. He has recently launched an interactive website to help the conversation continue to grow: Contact


Brian Ditchfield  -  Artistic Director

Brian grew up on Martha's Vineyard, where he first became passionate about the creative arts. After studying at Boston University's College of Fine Art, Brian moved to Chicago and formed Shack Productions, with which he produced and wrote a nationally distributed feature film and award-winning shorts and documentaries. While in the Windy City he also was the program manager for the Chicago Loop Alliance with which he helped produce the first Looptopia, Chicago's all-night arts festival attended by 250,000 people each year. He moved back to the Vineyard in 2006, became the business manager for the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, and assisted his wife in starting her own theater company, ArtFarm, before finding a happy home at the MVFF. Contact


Hilary Dreyer  -   Managing Director

An Island girl, born and raised, Hilary grew up with a love for the ocean, her home community, and a passionate curiosity about the rest of the world. She explored this interest in cultural diversity through the examination of global film. In 2009 she enrolled at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she not only studied cultural anthropology, Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Media and Society, but also spent a year in Mendoza, Argentina, and Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she produced a documentary on the fermented corn drink "chicha" and its use in religious festivals. After graduating in 2013, Hilary spent the summer working for the MVFF, and then continued on to Iceland, where she was a Guest Services Intern at the Reykjavík International Film Festival. Hilary is thrilled to be back working with the incredible team at MVFF. Contact

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Ollie Becker - Filmmaker

Ollie was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, where he developed an interest in creative writing while a student at West Tisbury Elementary and MVRHS. When he graduated from Bard College in 2008, that interest had merged with filmmaking and he then spent 9 years in Los Angeles writing and producing unscripted series for the television networks CBS, History, and Discovery. Having produced over 200 hours of original content at all levels, from associate producer to showrunner, he's excited to bring his skill set back to the Vineyard and work for the MVFF to tell compelling stories about the people and places that make up this unique island community. Contact


Danielle Mulcahy - Filmmaker

Danielle is a multidisciplinary filmmaker with an extensive documentary and creative catalogue. An accomplished solo videographer and director, she has collaborated with farmers, children, dancers, musicians, and numerous other filmmakers. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with a BFA in film and illustration. Danielle is a full-time resident of Martha's Vineyard, working and living in the artist community and running her small business, BarnYard Saints Art, with her fiancé Walker. Contact


Lilian Robinson  -  Copy Editor, Programmer

Lilian is a Vineyard native whose editing career began in sixth grade, with a stapled student literary magazine for which she also drew the cover. She was then copy editor, co-editor-in-chief, and occasional caricaturist for both her high school and college student newspapers. An alumna of Bard College, she majored in literature (thesis subject: Flann O’Brien) and also studied art history, painting, music, and Latin. Her best friend was a film major who introduced her to avant-garde cinema, which she still follows avidly. She has been editing for the MVFF since 2007, and also helps program the March festival. In addition to editing, she is a member of the Tisbury Conservation Commission and a long-distance hiker who has walked 13,000 miles on North American long trails over the last 19 years. Contact



Anne Evasick -  Programmer

Anne is the owner of Martha's Vineyard's best independent video and DVD rental store, Island Entertainment. She is a film projectionist and maven—familiar with essentially every film you've ever or never heard of. Beyond a passion for cinema, Anne walks dogs and is the proud mother of Peter.



Jeremy Mayhew -  Graphic Design

Jeremy makes films, illustrates, and animates things. He's been playing with moving images for over 20 years. His first opportunity to use a video camera came at age eleven when his father—a commercial harpoon swordfisherman—had him document their summer voyages, 200 miles offshore. Following a childhood of commercial fishing, coupled with an obsession with comic books, music, and fine art, Jeremy attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he primarily focused on traditional filmmaking and animation techniques, history, and theory (with 16mm cameras, reel-to-reel recorders, flatbed editing tables, and so on). This base cinematic language, and an ongoing interest in improvisational jazz, electronic, and minimalist music, led him into a playful relationship with music production, sound design, and more recently, motion graphics. Jeremy is currently working as a freelance motion designer and cinematographer. He continues to create films and music from his home on the Vineyard. Contact