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ONE BIG HOME - FREE SCREENING!

Discussion to follow with director Thomas Bena
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. More Info.


SUMMER FILM SERIES

Thank you for an incredible summer film series! Save the date for our 17th annual Martha's Vineyard Film Festival: March 16-19, 2017!


CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

FREE for members!
Viggo Mortensen stars as an eccentric father raising his kids off the grid in this comedic and heart-lifting drama. More Info.

 


ONE BIG HOME
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Thomas Bena, editors James Holland and Liz Witham, and film subjects Peter Breese and David Knauf
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. More Info.


CINEMA CIRCUS
Free!

Join us for fun filmmaking activities, family-friendly food, face painting, costumes, and a circus show under the big top. Then parade into the theater where the Ringmaster will guide children through a program of short films for all ages and from around the world. More Info.


JANIS: LITTLE BLUE GIRL
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Amy Berg; a tribute concert will kick things off before the film
Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg creates an intimate and insightful portrait of Janis Joplin, one of the most revered and iconic rock 'n' roll singers of all time. More Info.


BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE

Discussion to follow with director, MVFF board member, and professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening with author and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he takes us behind the scenes on his newest project, a documentary series examining the last five decades of African-American history. More Info.


CINEMA CIRCUS
Free!

Join us for fun filmmaking activities, family-friendly food, face painting, costumes, and a circus show under the big top. Then parade into the theater where the Ringmaster will guide children through a program of short films for all ages and from around the world. More Info.


CUSTODY
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director James Lapine
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning director/writer James Lapine brings out incredible performances from a powerhouse cast in this searing drama. More Info.


SHELLFISH SHORTS ON THE SHORE ---FREE SCREENING!

Discussion to follow with the filmmakers and Rick Karney, shellfish biologist and director of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group
Cape Cod and the Islands are famous for pristine beaches and estuaries which provide pleasure and sustenance to all who live and visit here. Fishermen, scientists, and environmental activists work together to explore the causes of the decline of local seafare, and provide insight into what we can do about it. More Info.


CINEMA CIRCUS
Free!

Join us for fun filmmaking activities, family-friendly food, face painting, costumes, and a circus show under the big top. Then parade into the theater where the Ringmaster will guide children through a program of short films for all ages and from around the world. More Info.


NEWTOWN
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Academy Award winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman will lead the post-film discussion with producer Maria Cuomo Cole, director Kim A. Snyder, and film subject Abbey Clements
This compassionate documentary lends an ear to a traumatized community as its members speak candidly about what occurred--and confront our nation’s inability to quell gun violence. More Info.


REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM

Discussion to follow with film subject, scholar, and political activist Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky delivers the definitive discourse on the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few, in this provocative documentary. More Info.


CINEMA CIRCUS
Free!

Join us for fun filmmaking activities, family-friendly food, face painting, costumes, and a circus show under the big top. Then parade into the theater where the Ringmaster will guide children through a program of short films for all ages and from around the world. More Info.


DEATH BY DESIGN
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Post-film discussion will be moderated by Ann Berwick, with executive producer Diana Barrett, and director Sue Williams
This documentary film provides an in-depth look at the lack of accountability in the technology industry today, and the need for drastic change in manufacturing practices. More Info.


CINEMA CIRCUS WRAP PARTY!
4:30 PM Short Films and Animations

FREE ADMISSION
ALL AGES WELCOME


ONE BIG HOME
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Post-film discussion will be moderated by screenwriter Misan Sagay, with director Thomas Bena, editor Liz Witham, and film subjects Peter Breese and Chris Murphy
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. More Info.


MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE

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. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical, modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. More Info.


ONE BIG HOME
Dinner & Live Music available before both shows!

BOTH SCREENINGS TONIGHT SOLD OUT, SCREENING ADDED WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10 at 6:00 PM

Discussion to follow with director Thomas Bena, editors James Holland and Liz Witham, and film subjects Peter Breese, Chris Murphy, Tobias Vanderhoop, and David Silverman
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. More Info.


ONE BIG HOME
Dinner & Live Music available before the 8 PM screening of
TRAPPED!

Discussion to follow with director Thomas Bena and film subjects
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size.
 More Info.


TRAPPED
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with film subject Dr. Willie Parker,
President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health Andrea Miller, and director 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.
 More Info.


ROCK IN THE RED ZONE
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Laura Bialis
Once known for its prolific rock ‘n’ roll scene that revolutionized Israeli music, the war-torn city of Sderot has been for thirteen years the target of ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Filmmaker Laura Bialis encounters a creative community that captivates her, leads her to love, and changes the course of her life. Preceded by Sara Greenberg's short film B-2247: A Granddaughter's Understanding. More Info.


MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL

Discussion to follow with director Spike Lee
This inventively cut portrait explores the Off the Wall record track by track, contextualizing each song musically and socially. What emerges is a profile of an earnest and passionate boy on the brink of becoming the “King of Pop.” More Info.


LIFE, ANIMATED
OUTDOOR SCREENING!

Discussion to follow with director Roger Ross Williams
When Owen Suskind stopped talking and was diagnosed with autism at age three, his parents thought they had lost him forever. 
Life, Animated is the incredible true story of how Owen was able to find a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world by connecting with the Disney characters on his TV screen. More Info.


ONE BIG HOME

Discussion to follow with director Thomas Bena and film subject Chris Murphy
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. More Info.


UNLOCKING THE CAGE
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
Renowned filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus follow determined animal rights activist and lawyer Steven Wise into the courtroom as he argues against ineffective animal welfare laws.
 More Info.


ONE BIG HOME
*Added 3 PM screening!*

Discussions to follow with director Thomas Bena
MVFF founder Thomas Bena picks up a camera and focuses on the large trophy homes that threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard, working with his community in attempting to create a new bylaw that would limit house size. More Info.