The MVFF is not just playing movies - We're working to effect positive change on a global scale. We bring international powerbrokers and grassroots activists into the same room, and we challenge our audiences to critically engage with film and seize opportunities for activism on Martha's Vineyard, in the rest of the country, and around the world.
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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets; The Jordan Davis Foundation
3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS expertly examines the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was killed outside of a Jacksonville gas station when he refused to lower the volume of his car stereo. Founded by Jordan Davis's dad, Ron Davis, The Jordan Davis Foundation strives to increase academic achievement and self esteem through life opportunities. The organization gives students an opportunity to explore our world outside the classroom and attend cultural events with educational tours that actively engage our youth.
Becoming Bulletproof; Zeno Mountain Farm
The beauty of friendship, community, and diversity is wondrously exhibited when a group of people with disabilities gather to film a comedy Western. Zeno Mountain Farm is a nonprofit organization, composed of a collective of diverse friends. The goal is to have these friendships last forever. Everyone contributes and participates equally. The community is built around projects, currently these include art, film, theatre, sports, music, and adventure.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution; Firelight Media
From director Stanley Nelson, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution seamlessly weaves accounts from police, journalists, detractors, Party members, FBI informants, and former agents, for a beautifully rich perspective on the Black Panthers’ vast influence. With the belief that media can transform viewers into active citizens Stanley Nelson founded Firelight Media. Through film broadcasts, community engagement projects, transmedia and social media campaigns, Firelight is dedicated to independent filmmaking as a vehicle for education and empowerment.
In My Father's House; Donda's House
In My Father's House narrates the story of Che "Rhymefest"and Donnie Smith as they discover that Che's estranged father is a homeless alcoholic living only blocks away. Donda's House Inc. is a nonprofit created by Che "Rhymefest" and Kanye West as a means of providing access to premium arts instruction for youth. Che "Rhymefest" currently serves as the creative director, and Donnie Smith as the executive director.
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket;
Conversations With Jimmy
The life, works, and beliefs of the late writer and activist are revisited in this newly remastered film featuring rare archival footage and interviews with Baldwin’s friends Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and William Styron. Conversations With Jimmy was created to ensure that Baldwin's message—a clarion call for equality that is still incredibly, painfully relevant —will be heard and debated by those who need it most.
Most Likely to Succeed; Crash Course in Project-based Learning
Most Likely to Succeed expertly contrasts the century-old ideologies that continue to dominate American academics with the alternative approach taken by High Tech High, a project-based charter school that prioritizes student collaboration, critical thinking, and risk-taking. The Crash Course gives students, parents, educators, and community members the tools they need to help move their school towards project-based learning.
Net Positiva; Bureo Skateboards
Net Positiva features three surfers who set out to eliminate the plastic pollution created by discarded fishnets. Their journey takes them to Chile, where they establish a groundbreaking recycling program that converts fishnets into skateboards. Bureo Skateboards was formed to find solutions for the growing issue of ocean plastic pollution, inspire future generations, and initiate social change. In line with this mission, Bureo founded ‘Net Positiva’, a fishnet collection and recycling program.
Prophet's Prey; Child-Friendly Faith Project
Prophet's Prey documents private investigator Sam Brower and author Jon Krakauer's efforts to expose one of America's most dangerous religious leaders. Following the investigation Brower began working on
The Child-Friendly Faith Project, a national, public charity that seeks to protect children from abuse and neglect that is enabled by religious, spiritual, and cultural ideologies by educating and supporting faith communities and professionals in their efforts to discuss, learn about, and protect children from such maltreatment.
Racing Extinction; The Oceanic Preservation Society
Racing Extinction features Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos as he unites with leading conservationists, artists, and innovators to address humanity’s devastating impact on the planet, particularly its oceans, in hopes of inspiring a global awakening and collective action. Louie Psihoyos currently serves as the executive director for The Oceanic Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that creates film, photography, and media, inspiring people to save the oceans.
Radical Grace; Grace-Roots and Nuns on the Bus
Radical Grace features three fearless nuns who risk their standing in the Roman Catholic Church when they collaborate with social justice organizations to address the struggle for women’s religious equality. Inspired by the sisters’ story, the filmmakers of Radical Grace are launching a Grace-Roots Screening Tour to foster women's leadership in faith communities and help all viewers, regardless of religious beliefs, follow the inner calling to act for justice. From their cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” tour, to serving those on the margins, these sisters are transforming American politics—and the Church itself.
To The Edge and Back by Greg Long; Sustainable Surf
To The Edge and Back is an hour-long presentation in which Greg Long chronicles his development as a big-wave surfer, his near-death experience at Cortes Bank, and how he’s implemented ocean-friendly sustainability practices in his own day-to-day living. Greg Long currently serves as an ambassador for Sustainable Surf—a nonprofit organization that aims to be the catalyst that transforms surf culture into a powerful force for protecting the ocean playground. The organization consults with surf-related businesses and organizations to improve their environmental performance, and help communicate their efforts in an authentic and effective way.