Thank you


Thank you, thank you, thank you. Actually, there aren’t thank-yous enough in this world to cover the Islanders who played a role in making this year’s Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival the rollicking success it was. But, I’ll try.

First, thanks to our attendees. It’s your enthusiasm that keeps us going. Thanks, next, to the amazing corps of 50-plus volunteers who make every minute of our four-day fest possible. That means you, box office workers, ticket takers, “clickers,” “runners,” projectionists.

Thanks to Treather Gassman who whipped up the best parties ever, to Patrice who greeted everyone at the door, and to Sam Dunn, whose Saltwater Restaurant helped us kick off opening night in grand style. Thanks, too, to Woody Schulman, who literally kept things moving. Stephen Zlabotny for his creative designs and artwork. And thank you, Mary Spencer. It’s a tough job rounding up the volunteers, keeping everyone’s assignments straight and the bases covered, not to mention managing the box office. But you always pull it off, and I’m grateful.

Finally, thanks to our many Island sponsors. To MVTV and the MV Times, the Fledgling Fund, which provided both financial and artistic support, as well as Cape Air, the Mansion House for hosting our Box Office, the Look Inn and the Point Way Inn for hosting guests, Vineyard Haven Marina for amazing views for our closing party, the Vineyard Playhouse and Mr. Hall at the Capawock Theatre for hosting our screenings, New England Fast Ferry for timely transport, the Net Result for the best sushi ever, Stina Sayre Design for hosting our Scandinavian reception (loved those Swedish meatballs),, Tisberry, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber, Martha’s Vineyard Productions, the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, the MV Permanent Endowment and MV Cultural Council for financial support, MVY Radio,, WCAI, the Tisbury Business Association, and MV Patch for their public support.

It was a sleepless 4-plus days and I’m still a little dazed and dazzled, so if I forgot to mention anyone here on this page, please know that I did notice your hard work and appreciate you so much.

When I brought my family to the Vineyard in 1996, we were drawn primarily by the amazing vitality of the Island’s cultural institutions. I’m grateful the community has made room for one more, for the MV Film Society and its annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.

See you at the movies.

Richard Paradise

Vineyard Haven and Falmouth