SUMMER FILM SERIES



THE DISCOVERY
Discussion with director Charlie McDowell, moderated by actress Mary Steenburgen

When Dr. Harber (Robert Redford) scientifically proves the existence of an afterlife, there are dire consequences. The tale unfolds as his estranged son, Will (Jason Segel), and mysterious Isla (Rooney Mara), cross paths and reckon with the new discovery. More Info.


CANARIESPay What You Can!

Discussion to follow with director and writer Peter Stray
New Year's Eve may be festive, but not for a group of drunken friends in Wales. This funny, action-packed sci-fi/horror film pits the group of misfits against invading aliens, making them work together to save themselves—and the world. More Info.


MR. CHIBBSOutdoor Screening!

Discussion to follow with director Jill Campbell and film subject Kenny Anderson
Ten years after retirement from a career as a professional athlete, Kenny Anderson finds that basketball is easy—it's life that's hard. 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.


FOR AHKEEM
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with film subject Daje Shelton and director Jeremy Levine, moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Just four miles away from the events about to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, 17-year-old Daje Shelton is expelled but given one last chance to earn her diploma. This film gives a fly-on-the-wall vantage at a transformative moment: when black American teens come up against institutional and societal roadblocks and must fight for their future. More Info.


THE WORK

Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Jairus McLeary
Filmed within California’s famous Folsom State Prison, this emotionally riveting documentary follows three men from the outside as they participate in a tense four-day group therapy retreat. More Info.


OBIT.
Dinner & Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Vanessa Gould
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. From Peabody Award-winning director Vanessa Gould, this first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, triumphs, and existential angst of the Times obit writers offers quirky insight on what and who makes history, and how it is recorded. 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.


DINA
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Antonio Santini
Outspoken Dina invites her fiancé Scott, a quiet Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. They are head over heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge for this couple who are both on the autism spectrum and have grown up in a world blind to the value of their neurologically diverse experience. More Info.


ONE BIG HOME
Free-will offering!

Retired Fisherman/Film Subject Chris Murphy and Director Thomas Bena will attend the screening and be on hand to answer questions afterwards.
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.


THE WALL
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Doug Liman
It’s late 2007, and the Iraq war has officially ended. Rebuilding efforts are underway. But when Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Matthews (WWE star John Cena) and spotter Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) arrive at the scene of a distress call after having been perched and camouflaged in the distance for more than 20 hours, everybody is dead. More Info.


GIVEN

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. Telling the tale in a new way, through the visceral experience of a six-year-old, the film follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin as they and their two young children set out to fulfill a calling that spans generations. More Info.


FRANK SERPICO
Dinner & Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Antonino D'Ambrosio
Half a century ago, NYPD officer Frank Serpico stood alone against corruption in the world’s largest police force. He took a gunshot to the head, became world-famous, then disappeared into seclusion. He is finally ready to break the silence and tell his story like he's always wanted to tell 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.


I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with Dr. Jessica B. Harris                                     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 envisions the book Baldwin never finished, in this incisive and gripping look at black history from the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. More Info.


UNDER AN ARCTIC SKY
Free Outdoor Screening!

Chris Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer with his exceptional photography. He works to capture stories that inspire people to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. In this adventure, he takes on the role of filmmaker and travels with a group of surfers to Iceland’s north coast, in search of perfect, frigid waves. And it just happens to be during the largest storm to make landfall there in 25 years. More Info.


BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL

Inspired by Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and spurred by not getting a role on NBC’s The Wiz Live!, American Idol and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: Straight Outta Oz, a full-scale, original musical remake of The Wizard of Oz, mixed with Hall’s life story and beliefs. More Info.


THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS
Dinner & Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Sophie Brooks
A young writer is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend’s apartment building. Like a true New Yorker, she keeps the apartment. Zosia Mamet (Girls) gives a charming and deeply moving performance as a woman caught between love and career in this new take on the classic romantic comedy. 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.


TAKE MY NOSE... PLEASE!
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Joan Kron                                             Nobody delivers the truth like comedians. And so, who better to draw back the curtain on the often hush-hush subject of plastic surgery? Emily Askin, an up-and-coming improv performer, has always wanted her nose refined. Taking a comedic route, this film seeks to better understand how women are pressured to adhere to society’s often absurd standards of beauty. More Info.


SEA OF HOPE
Free Outdoor Screening!

Dinner & Music at 7:00 PM

Discussion to follow with director Robert Nixon
Too often we overlook the fact that harm done to the ocean is harm done to ourselves. Iconic ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle embarks on a quest to inspire the next generation of conservationists, scientists, and activists so that “no child is left dry,” as she likes to say. More Info.


SPETTACOLO

This is the true story of a tiny Tuscan town that confronts its issues by turning them into a play. For fifty years, the villagers have transformed their piazza into a stage, taking on roles of themselves in an alternate, theatrical reality in which they discuss their difficulties and explore solutions.  More Info.


THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS
Dinner & Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Barbara Kopple
In 2008, Canadian teenager Gregory Lazzarato created a YouTube channel focusing on makeup tutorials. Unintimidated by bullies, a fierce and outspoken internet star was born: Gregory Gorgeous. Two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple delivers a stunning portrait of Gregory as he goes through another life-altering change, revealed in a 2013 video entitled “I Am Transgender.”  More Info.


FISHPEOPLE
Free Outdoor Screening!

Just getting to the ocean, and letting the saltwater run over your skin, can soothe the soul. This pelagic love letter weaves together portraits of activists and athletes who have dedicated their lives to exploring and protecting the world’s oceans, including spearfisher Kimi Werner, surfer Dave Rastovich, and long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox.  More Info.


ICARUS
Free Screening!

Discussion to follow with producers Dan Cogan, David Fialkow, and Jim Swartz
When filmmaker and amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel begins an experiment on the effects that doping has on athletes, it quickly evolves into a story he never could have imagined. His search for truth leads him to a renegade Russian scientist who is a pillar of his country’s anti-doping program.  More Info.


STEP
Dinner & Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with executive producer Geralyn Dreyfous and director Amanda Lipitz (via Skype)
The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women opened in 2009 with a mandate to send every student to college, despite the barriers that their home lives and community might present. As the first class enters its senior year, the stakes are high to achieve that purpose, and to keep their step team—the "Lethal Ladies"—as fierce as ever. More Info.


ICARUS
Free Members-Only Screening!

Discussion to follow with producers Dan Cogan, David Fialkow, and Jim Swartz
When filmmaker and amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel begins an experiment on the effects that doping has on athletes, it quickly evolves into a story he never could have imagined. His search for truth leads him to a renegade Russian scientist who is a pillar of his country’s anti-doping program.  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.


WHOSE STREETS?
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, Janaya Khan
This powerful “people’s documentary” follows the activists and leaders of the movement ignited by the police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown. Determined to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news, filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis traveled to Ferguson. The result is this unflinching look at the uprisings, a generational battle not just for civil rights, but                                                                                                                                                                 for the right to live. More Info.


THE VIETNAM WAR

Discussion to follow with director and producer Lynn Novick and film subjects Roger Harris and Thomas Vallely
In an immersive and visceral narrative, seasoned PBS documentary collaborators Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. This is a special sneak peek at their highly anticipated docuseries featuring testimony from Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it. More Info.

 


LUCKY

Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut is at once an homage to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton and a meditation on mortality, spirituality, and human connection. Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (Stanton, in the titular role) and the quirky folks who inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having outlived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself out on a figurative precipice, thrust into the sort of self-exploration that leads towards the so often unattainable: enlightenment. More info.


CATCHING THE SUN
Dinner & Music at 6:30 PM

What do civil rights activist Van Jones, an unemployed worker, a Tea Party member, and a Chinese entrepreneur have in common? They are all part of the race to lead the world into the clean energy future. Van Jones sees implementing renewable energy as a way to both solve environmental problems and transform America’s poor communities with “moon shot”-like jobs programs. 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.


DISTURBING THE PEACE
Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Stephen Apkon
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. More info.

 


THE LAST LAUGH

Discussion to follow with director Ferne Pearlstein
This funny and thought-provoking documentary pairs clips from films with performances and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander) to ask the ultimate taboo question: can the Holocaust be funny? More info.


MARJORIE PRIME

In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence, 86-year-old Marjorie, whose memory is fading, spends her days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. Her “Prime” is designed to feed the story of her life back to her, and relies on information from her and her kin to develop the complex understanding of their history. Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, and Lois Smith shine in this film exploring memory, identity, love, and loss.  More info.


TWO FILMS BY SUSANNA STYRON
SUSPENDED SENTENCE
and HOUSE OF TEETH

Discussion to follow with director Susanna Styron
When Susanna Styron dropped out of college in 1975, she came to the Vineyard to “figure things out.” The result was Suspended Sentence, her first short film. It will play in tandem with her most recent short, House of Teeth, a fictional narrative which she wrote and directed. More info.


FUNDRAISING DINNER WITH FILMMAKERS RORY KENNEDY & SUSANNA STYRON

We're hosting a dinner at the Beach Plum Inn honoring filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Susanna Styron. You'll enjoy an Island sourced meal with stunning views of Menemsha Harbor at dusk and have reserved seats at both of their movies that night. More info.


TAKE EVERY WAVE:
THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON

Dinner & Live Music at 6:30 PM

Discussion to follow with director Rory Kennedy
Master documentarian and MVFF alumna Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam, Ethel) gets us up close and personal with big-wave surf legend Laird Hamilton. Part extreme-sports film, part rip-roaring account of a life spent conquering massive walls of water, the film celebrates both Hamilton’s lifelong desire to charge toward new frontiers and his intense commitment to taking on the next big wave—at all costs. More info.