Film Shorts

Many groups, one film, many victims

Posted May 18, 2006

"One In Eight: Janice's Journey" will be shown on Sunday afternoon at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center. The film depicts a young woman's experience with breast cancer.

According to Hester Hill Schnipper, chief of oncology social work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, "this is a fine film that educates, entertains, stimulates, and touches its viewers while raising important questions about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and possible environmental risks."

The documentary follows Janice for more than 10 years -from her diagnosis, through her treatment, and to the happy ending. This film will be inspiring to anyone living with breast cancer, their families, and their health-care providers.

The film is presented by the Social Action Committee at the Hebrew Center; Vineyard Nursing Services; Vineyard Nursing Association; the Women's Support Network; and the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group. After the screening there will be an information panel and materials on local resources. A reception follows.

"One In Eight: Janice's Journey," Sunday, May 21, 2:30 pm, Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, Center Street, Vineyard Haven. Donations accepted.

Inside look at short films

The Martha's Vineyard Film Society is excited to have the opportunity to showcase a selection of short films from this year's Academy Awards. In the past, only "insiders" and Academy voters got to see these films, perhaps contributing to the general under-appreciation by movie audiences for this art form.

The program consist of animation and live action films. These films are not rated and some contain adult themes and material not suitable for children

Oscar nominated short films, Sunday, May 20, 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. M.V. Film Society. Tickets $6, $4 for members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Visit

Film gem

"The Puffy Chair" is the next film in the Undiscovered Gems series at the Island Theater.

The film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and is a comedy that follows a trio on a road trip to recover an old recliner. A favorite of film festivals, "The Puffy Chair" has won South by Southwest's Emerging Visions Audience Award and Best-of-Fest Award at Edinburgh.

"The Puffy Chair," Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 pm, Island Theater, Oak Bluffs Tickets $6.