M.V. Film Fest delivers

Jeff Sayre saved the day with the delivery of a missing Film Festival movie, half an hour before showtime. — Photo by Brian Ditchfield

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival kicked off last night at Entertainment Cinemas in Edgartown, with two well attended showings of John Turturo’s “Fading Gigolo.” Though the cinema concession stand was chock full of popcorn, attendees flocked to the spreads of wine and cheese provided by festival staff. In post-screening Q&A sessions, “Fading Gigilo’s” producer, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, fielded questions about cinematography and Hasidic Judaism (a topic addressed in the film). Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival managing director Brian Ditchfield helped to moderate the sessions along with festival director Thomas Bena.

Mr. Ditchfield and Mr. Bena kept a cool demeanor, despite the fact a film slated to play Friday in Chilmark had yet to arrive at the festival’s office. The delivery of the motion picture was delayed by weather and last minute touches by the filmmaker. With only half an hour until show time Friday afternoon, a next day courier finally delivered the film to Mr. Ditchfield and Mr. Bena. The coincidence of the film’s title was not lost on either of the gentlemen: “The Overnighters.”