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AMERICAN FICTION

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (Jeffrey Wright)

AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

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SCIENCE ON SCREEN® - LINOLEUM with Guest Speaker Dr. Philip Metzger

Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan), the host of a failing children's science TV show called "Above & Beyond", has always had aspirations of being an astronaut. After a mysterious space-race era satellite coincidentally falls from space and lands in his backyard, his midlife crisis manifests in a plan to rebuild the machine into his dream rocket. As his relationship with his wife (Rhea Seehorn) and daughter (Katelyn Nacon) start to strain, surreal events begin unfolding around him -- a doppelgänger moving into the house next door, a car falling from the sky, and an unusual teenage boy forging a friendship with him. He slowly starts to piece these events together to ultimately reveal that there's more to his life story than he once thought.

Prior to the film, Planetary Scientist Dr. Philip Metzger will give a presentation entitled
"The Tragedy of the Commons in Space: Navigating the Growing Problems of Orbital Debris"

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PERFECT DAYS

Directed by Win Wenders, Academy Award nominee for Best International Picture (Japan). Hirayama (Koji Yashuko) feels content with his life as a toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Outside of his structured routine, he cherishes music on cassette tapes, reads books and takes photos. Through unexpected encounters, he reflects on finding beauty in the world.

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: LIVE ACTION

). For the 19th consecutive year, the MV Film Society presents the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! The After directed by Misan Harriman, Invincible directed by Vincent René-Lortie, Knight of Fortune directed by Lasse Lyskjær Noer, Red, White and Blue directed by Nazrin Choudhury The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar directed by Wes Anderson. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 10th.

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GOLDEN YEARS

A retired couple is getting ready to enjoy their life as pensioners on a cruise trip through the Mediterranean. The spouses end up going on separate journeys of self-discovery and finding unexpected ways of how to spend their golden years. This comic-drama opened our 2023 MV International Film Festival and was an audience favorite.

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION

For the 19th consecutive year, the MV Film Society presents the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! Our Uniform directed Yegane Moghaddam, Letter to a Pig directed by Tal Kantor and Amit R., Pachyderm directed by Stéphanie Clément and Marc Rius, Ninety-Five Senses directed by Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess, I'm Hip directed by John Musker. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 10th.

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A PASSION FOR OYSTERS

Followed by a panel discussion and a reception featuring oysters

Tisbury Waterways, Inc. (TWI) invites you to a screening of a new documentary film, A Passion for Oysters, followed by a panel discussion and oyster fest.

A film about oysters? Sure, oysters aren’t much to look at. You could say they are true and literal sticks in the mud. Yet these humble bivalves have inspired piracy, shooting wars and centuries of social and environmental conflict. All this ado about oysters is explored in A Passion for Oysters.

Sandy Cannon-Brown, a producer and the editor of A Passion for Oysters, is a resident of Vineyard Haven. She moved to Vineyard Haven in 2020 from the Chesapeake Bay, where she and her partners – writer Tom Horton and photographer Dave Harp – made many notable films about the Bay. A Passion for Oysters is their most recent.

The film, produced with the highest production values and an original music score, covers the history, life cycle, value of, and controversies about oysters. The film premiered at the Chesapeake Film Festival on Sept. 30, 2023. It will air on Maryland Public Television and other PBS stations and screen at other film festivals after the Island event. Among the comments from viewers:

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY

For the 19th consecutive year, the MV Film Society presents the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The ABCs of Book Banning directed by Trish Adlesic, Nazenet Habtezghi & Sheila Nevins, The Barber of Little Rock directed by John Hoffman & Christine Turner, Island in Between directed by S. Leo Chiang, The Last Repair Shop directed by Kris Bowers & Ben Proudfoot, Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó directed by Sean Wang. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 10th.

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MET OPERA LIVE: LA FORZA DEL DESTINO

On March 9, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendettas, and family strife, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen as the noble Leonora, one of the repertory’s most tormented—and thrilling—heroines. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new Forza in nearly 30 years, setting the scene in a contemporary world and making extensive use of the Met’s turntable to represent the unstoppable advance of destiny that drives the opera’s chain of calamitous events. The distinguished cast also features tenor Brian Jagde as Leonora’s forbidden beloved, Don Alvaro; baritone Igor Golovatenko as her vengeful brother, Don Carlo; mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as the fortune teller Preziosilla; bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone; and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

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PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE

For many great artists the garden has long been considered a desirable subject for the expression of colour, light and atmosphere. 

Claude Monet is perhaps the most well-known painter of gardens but other greats such as Van Gogh, Pissarro, Matisse and Sargent all viewed the garden as a meaningful focus for their talents. The work of these great artists, along with many others, feature in a major exhibition, ‘Painting the Modern Garden’, from The Royal Academy, London. 

This dazzling film takes a magical journey from the gallery to the gardens, to Giverny and Seebüll and other glorious grounds favoured by artists. Here we discover how early twentieth century artists designed and cultivated their own gardens to explore contemporary utopian ideas and motifs of colour and form. 

Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film. 

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MET OPERA LIVE: ROMÉO ET JULIETTE

On March 23, two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s towering staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

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SCIENCE ON SCREEN® - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND with Guest Speaker Andrew E. Budson, MD

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE

With major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION

After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) from her mind. When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to extremes to forget their relationship, he undergoes the same procedure and slowly begins to forget the woman that he loved. Directed by former music video director Michel Gondry, the visually arresting film explores the intricacy of relationships and the pain of loss.

Prior to the film, neurologist Dr. Andrew E. Budson will give a presentation.

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T-MEN

Restored Film Noir classics with a special introduction by Eisner Award winning New Yorker cartoonist Paul Karasik. Paul has selected three films shot by cinematographer John Alton, one of the architects of Noir, for this screening series.

Join us in the lobby beforehand for a glass of Pinot Noir and Dark Chocolate.

Two U.S. Treasury agents (Dennis O’Keefe, Alfred Ryder) pose as mobsters to bust a counterfeiting ring.

“Visually brilliant, powerful thriller.” – Classic Film and Television

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RAW DEAL

Restored Film Noir classics with a special introduction by Eisner Award winning New Yorker cartoonist Paul Karasik. Paul has selected three films shot by cinematographer John Alton, one of the architects of Noir, for this screening series. 

Join us in the lobby beforehand for a glass of Pinot Noir and Dark Chocolate.

An escaped convict (Dennis O'Keefe) flees with his moll (Claire Trevor) and a social worker (Marsha Hunt) he loves.

"The apex of noir style, offering up electric visions of sin, salvation, and sexual mania." - Slant Magazine

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MET OPERA LIVE: LA RONDINE

Puccini’s bittersweet love story arrives in cinemas on April 20, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera. Soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov complete the sterling cast as Lisette and Prunier. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

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HE WALKED BY NIGHT

Restored Film Noir classics with a special introduction by Eisner Award winning New Yorker cartoonist Paul Karasik. Paul has selected three films shot by cinematographer John Alton, one of the architects of Noir, for this screening series. 

Join us in the lobby beforehand for a glass of Pinot Noir and Dark Chocolate.

Roy Morgan (Richard Basehart) is a burglar who listens in to radio police calls, allowing him to stay one step ahead of the cops. After Morgan kills a police officer, Sergeants Brennan (Scott Brady) and Jones (James Cardwell) have little success in putting the clues of the case together. But when Jones is wounded in a shoot-out with Morgan, Brennan employs all facets of detective work, including forensics and informants, to find the elusive and clever criminal.

"The iconic locations are shot with a gritty beauty by cinematographer John Alton, whose chiaroscuro lighting defines the subgenre. Watch for a young Jack Webb as a tireless investigator..." - Washington City Paper

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JOHN SINGER SARGENT: FASHION & SWAGGER (EXHIBITION ON SCREEN)

Step into the glittering world of fashion, scandal and shameless self-promotion that made John Singer Sargent the painter who defined an era.

Explore the unique creative process of the late 19th century’s favourite portrait artist and the way in which his portraits captured the spirit of a vibrant and rapidly changing age.

John Singer Sargent is known as the greatest portrait artist of his era. What made his ‘swagger’ portraits remarkable was his power over his sitters, what they wore and how they were presented to the audience. Through interviews with curators, contemporary fashionistas and style influencers, Exhibition on Screen’s film will examine how Sargent’s unique practice has influenced modern art, culture and fashion. 

Filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Tate Britain, London, the exhibition reveals Sargent’s power to express distinctive personalities, power dynamics and gender identities during this fascinating period of cultural reinvention. Alongside 50 paintings by Sargent sit stunning items of clothing and accessories worn by his subjects, drawing the audience into the artist’s studio. 

Sargent’s sitters were often wealthy, their clothes costly, but what happens when you turn yourself over to the hands of a great artist? The manufacture of public identity is as controversial and contested today as it was at the turn of the 20th century, but somehow Sargent’s work transcends the social noise and captures an alluring truth with each brush stroke. 

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MET OPERA LIVE: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Extraordinary soprano Asmik Grigorian tackles the demanding role of Cio-Cio-San, the loyal geisha at the heart of Puccini’s devastating tragedy. Tenor Jonathan Tetelman stars as the callous American naval officer Pinkerton, whose betrayal destroys her. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong reprises the role of the steadfast maid Suzuki, and baritone Lucas Meachem is the American consul Sharpless. Acclaimed maestro Xian Zhang takes the podium on May 11 to conduct Anthony Minghella’s vivid production. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

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