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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

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MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONALl

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star as Agent H and Agent M, who employ high-tech weaponry to battle mischievous aliens on Earth. However, the pair also discover a major threat within their own ranks.

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LATE NIGHT

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time. Thompson brings pathos and amusingly severe charm to the pantsuit-clad Katherine. Smartly written by Kaling and snappily directed by Nisha Ganatra, Late Night takes on white privilege, entitlement, and a culture veering toward crassness and conservatism. Questioning how women in power are “supposed” to act, it delivers a winsome, sophisticated comedy about the times in which we live.

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ROCKETMAN

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton -- tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL ALL-ACCESS PASS

Music and film flow naturally together. Our 7th Annual FILMUSIC Festival will bring you closer to the music you love, or introduce you to some you've never known, with great films and live music!

The FILMUSIC FESTIVAL PASS includes every film/event except the Passion of Joan of Arc/Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Performance on Opening Night. Tickets for the Berklee live performance event must be purchased separately. Please email Michael Nason at michael@mvfilmsociety.com with a list of films you plan to attend if you purchase a festival pass.

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TOY STORY 4

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1929) with Live Musical Score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) returns to The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for their sixth annual silent film concert, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.  The award-winning group will perform their original score, live-to-picture, for the groundbreaking and deeply moving silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.  The performance will open the Film Center’s celebrated, annual FILMUSIC Festival.

The Passion of Joan of Arc has been named "the most influential film of all time” by the Toronto International Film Festival.  Roger Ebert said “to see Renee Falconetti in Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is to look into eyes that will never leave you.”  Deeply topical today, Joan is about a woman who tells her story, is not believed, and is martyred for it.  The BSFO will perform its new original score with chorale and strings, to the original, and definitive 20-frames-per-second version of the film.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: TWO TRAINS RUNNIN'

In the “Freedom Summer” of 1964, hundreds of college students went to Mississippi to join the struggle for civil rights. Three activists–James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman–would be murdered. At the same time, unbeknownst to each other, two smaller sets of friends, made up of musicians and record collectors, also headed south hoping to locate legendary blues musicians Skip James and Son House, who hadnt recorded in decades. Sam Pollard’s brilliant new film weaves together the political and cultural efforts of two groups of young people and the changes affected by their efforts. Narrated by Common with original music by Gary Clark Jr.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film combined color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix’s unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the unrelenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: WOODSTOCK - THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION

In August 1969 -- against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War -- half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teaming mass of humanity -- the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people -- was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the "peace and love" the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture's promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and mire of Max Yasgur's farm? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy, WOODSTOCK takes us back to the three days that defined a generation.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2

Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: ECHO IN THE CANYON

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: AMAZING GRACE

Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.

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VAULT 

Vault tells a story about a group of small time criminals in 1975 who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history; stealing over $30 million from the Mafia in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island.

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2019 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL: DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD SIDE 1

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios - soon to be christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release.  Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orhestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever recorded. Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions” and takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio.

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INVIOLABLE - THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS plus Q & A with Director Angela Andersen

The Martha's Vineyard Film Center will premiere the English version of Inviolable.

The documentary first aired in Germany and France in December 2018,  around the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It has been nominated for best documentary in Europe and selected by several film festivals in the US and elsewhere.

The images are vivid and often beautiful but the message is relentless.  With more and more emboldened authoritarian regimes the moral principles that ensure certain standards of human behaviour in our societies and which are regularly protected by law are threatened.

We meet people who are tirelessly fighting for human rights. Portraying a nurse in Africa, a student leader in HongKong, an environmental activist in Central America, a blind barefoot lawyer from China, journalists in Istanbul - these people give us hope that the fight is worth the struggle. Filmed in China, Guatemala, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Canada, USA, Indonesia, and Kenya.

critics call the film: "Spectacular - Impressive - Enlightening - Moving - A must see."

Director Angela Andersen will be present for a Q & A after the film.

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HOUSE OF BONES plus Q & A with Director Victoria Campbell

House of Bones is a raw and personal documentary about the changes a family undergoes when they experience the loss of the matriarch and the house in which they all spent many summers.

Victoria Campbell is a filmmaker and public school teacher living in NYC. She has made two documentary features, House of Bones and the award winning  Monsieur le President which was praised by the journalist Amy Wilentz as a "moving and touching" film about the outsider's experience in Haiti. The film went on to premier at DOCNYC and was chosen for the prestigious viewfinder section which recognizes new and daring filmmakers. She is currently finishing her film, Dimka, due out in the Fall of 2019.

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LOST HORIZON with special introduction by Victoria Riskin

Based on a novel by James Hilton, this fantastical drama follows a group of plane-crash survivors who have landed in the mythical Shangri-La, a valley hidden deep within the mountains of the Himalayas. Rescued by followers of the High Llama (Sam Jaffe), the outsiders grow to love the remote paradise, but British writer and diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman), suspecting that the crash was no accident, begins to investigate, leading to a surprising revelation.

Special introduction by Victoria Riskin, daughter of its screenwriter Robert Riskin and her mom was Actress Fay Wray. Ms. Riskin will be signing copies of her new book: Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir

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DO THE RIGHT THING - one night only!

Spike Lee’s iconic Do the Right Thing turns 30 this year, and, to celebrate, the film is returning to theaters with a 4K restoration.

This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.

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EMPERORS OF THE DEEP plus Q & A and Book Signing with author William McKeever

Emperors of the Deep is a unique documentary that takes the viewer on a journey into the world of sharks. The writer and director, Bill McKeever, (who is also the author of the book under the same name), witnesses a shark tournament in Montauk. He is so shocked that he investigates further and after learning of the carnage decides to expose how shark tournaments kill scores of sharks for pleasure.

However, this tournament generates more questions about sharks.  Are they really man-eaters that should die? What role do they play in the ocean ecosystem? He travels around the world to answer those questions by meeting with experts and diving with sharks.  As he does so, he uncovers more death and destruction on the high seas than one could possible imagine. His discoveries change how the viewer feels about sharks from man-eaters to important apex predators that need protection.

Author William McKeever will join us for a Q & A after the film and a Book Signing in our lobby, co-sponsored by Bunch Of Grapes Bookstore

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DOUBTING THOMAS with director and star WILL McFADDEN in attendance!

When a black baby is born to white parents, a family's life is torn apart as secrets are revealed, their love is tested and the legacy of racism in America hits home.

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MAIDEN -- co-sponsor with SAIL MV on Friday, July 12th

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy's inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a second hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sports world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.

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GIRLFRIENDS (1979) 

Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Claudia Weill, Carol Gilligan (In a Different Voice, Why the Patriarchy Persists) and Honor Moore, poet and memoirist

Claudia Weill’s delightful and groundbreaking indie follows aspiring New York photographer (Melanie Mayron in a stylishly subtle performance) as she navigates her way through a complicated web of friendships and romantic entanglements after her best friend and flat mate leaves to get married. A story told with a sharp eye for comedy and surprisingly contemporary feel, GIRLFRIENDS is a warm, wise and funny treatise on female friendship that pioneered an entire subgenre of films and TV about best friends living in the big city - think Sex in the City, Lena Dunham’s Girls (on which Weill was also a director) and Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha. Also featuring superb performances from Eli Wallach, Christopher Guest and Bob Balaban.

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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE – THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.

163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.

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REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL: FIRE AT SEA

Gianfranco Rosi's incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa--and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it--is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action. Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them. The result is a lyrical, poetic and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgement nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer--to utterly devastating effect.

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REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL: MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

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REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL: THIS IS HOME

THIS IS HOME is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested. It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it’s like to start over, no matter the obstacles.

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REFUGEE AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL: ANOTE'S ARK

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati's President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation's people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati citizens are already seeking safe harbour overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote's struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Sermary, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Sermary's family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.

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2019 YOUTH FILMMAKERS CAMP with MVTV

July 29-August 2, 2019, 1-5 pm at MV Regional High School and MVTV HQ in Oak Bluffs
Campers will learn various video techniques such as video camera use, interviewing skills, musical video, creating public service announcements, and editing of video content. The camp will meet each day at MV Regional High School and will use its spaces each day to create content, except for one day spent at MVTV to learn editing skills. Afternoon snacks will be provided to campers.
This video camp is designed to introduce digital media literacy by way of learning Videography, Interviewing Techniques, Music Production, Public Service Announcements, Stop Motion and Storytelling style of productions. Campers enter the exciting world of video production in this hands-on camp offered to Campers ages 11-14! Campers learn the operation of High Deļ¬nition cameras and several different editing platforms to create programs that will be aired on MVTV’s Channel 13 and Channel 14! Students will receive their own DVD copy of their work at the end of camp. All materials are provided by MVTV.
Camp participation also includes a free MVTV membership!

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VOICES OF BALTIMORE plus Q & A with co-Director Morna McNulty

The purpose of this film is to capture and preserve the rich oral histories of an aging and diminishing population of African Americans who 1) grew up in the Mason/Dixon border area of Baltimore, and 2) who lived through the era of legal segregation in the Jim Crow south. The narratives will document the relevant lives of seven prominent Baltimore figures who attended segregated schools and/or desegregation before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education ruling. While our society has become more ethnically and racially diverse inequalities persist, including a return to increased school segregation and poverty. Notwithstanding, the topics of segregation and desegregation are often skewed towards the glorification of racial harmony and oversimplification of widespread national change. Whereas 21st century research proves desegregation to be unsuccessful, as evident in the overwhelming number of racially segregated schools and neighborhoods today, the stories told in this film are nevertheless an important introspection into the lives of living history. As film co-director/co-producer Morna McNulty suggests, “We have to re-examine where we've been in order to re-imagine where we are going. Voices of Baltimore represents the collective voices of a people whom history too often overlooks.”

Dr. Morna McNulty is Professor of Education at Towson University in the Department of Elementary Education

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A PRIVATE WAR with Special Guest Director Matthew Heineman!

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her -- along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) -- to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A PRIVATE WAR is brought to the screen by Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut.

Director Matthew Heineman will participate in a Q & A after the film!

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