Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival highlights

"Charlotte" director Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte with Thomas Bena, MVFF director. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The 11th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s (MVFF) main event was this past weekend, March 18 through 20, and featured more than 20 films, all screened at the Chilmark Community Center.

“It was our best festival by far. Not only was our attendance way up, but there was a magic, an energy, that everyone in the room could feel,” said Thomas Bena, founder and creative director of MVFF. “We had full houses for almost all of our programs and had a few sell-outs.”

A sign that this was to be the best festival was perhaps when the opening film, “Charlotte,” sold out by 12 noon on March 18. A documentary about Gannon and Benjamin, more specifically about the construction of Nat Benjamin’s own schooner, the film featured a talk with director Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, who also produced the Oscar-winning film “The Kids Are All Right.”

Other films having to do with the Vineyard were “We Still Live Here” about the Wampanoags; Mara Ditchfield’s “Closure;” “Brackish Water and The Infinite Above” by Jeremy Mayhew and screened before “We Still Live Here”; and “The Greening of Eden” by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, screened before “Windfall.”

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