Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival


Entering its eighth year, the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAAFF) began screening works at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven yesterday, August 11, and will continue through Saturday, August 14. Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present 46 films by African-American directors from around the world.

The schedule on Thursday, August 11, spotlights “Joy Road,” starring Wood Harris in a Detroit gangland movie at 7 pm in Vineyard Haven’s Katharine Cornell Theatre.

On Friday, Tabari Sturdevant’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” a romantic drama set in 2008 Atlanta, will play at 4 pm at the Mansion House, followed by two series of short films in the Katharine Cornell Theatre at 6 and 8 pm.

A free screening of the Disney animated film, “Tinker Bell,” will take place Saturday, August 14, at 10 am in the Katharine Cornell Theatre. “Everyday Black Man” will play at 4:30 pm at the same venue.

The five HBO competition finalist’s screenings will highlight the program for Saturday, August 14, in the Katharine Cornell Theatre starting at 7 pm. An awards ceremony follows.

Actor/director Morocco Omari’s “Good Intentions” explores the dilemmas of a young married couple, Camille and Avery. “Wake” is director Bree Newsome’s final project as a film student at New York University. She has describes it as a story “steeped in the southern gothic tradition.”

In “Osvaldo’s,” director Randy Wilkins portrays the Dominquiz family at dinner with a controversial guest. The subject of Corey Roberts’s “You Stole My Heart” is a hold-up that leads to love, and in “The Cycle,” directed by Roy Clovis, an 8-year-old girl’s bike is stolen.

Registration for the festival is at 10 State Road in Vineyard Haven. A full listing of films is available online at