Saturday, April 13, 2024

Films

Playing politics with peoples’ lives

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“Martha’s Vineyard v. DeSantis” is a must-see film about the debacle a year ago and the excellent way our community — and those outside of it — helped us rally around the 49 Venezuelan...

18th annual International Film Festival comes to the Film Center

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Arriving at the M.V. Film Center on Tuesday, Sept. 5, is the International Film Festival, now in its 18th year. It will run for six days, from Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 10. The festival...

Another side to the atomic bombmakers

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“A Compassionate Spy” comes to the M.V. Film Center on Sunday, August 27. This remarkable documentary tells the story of Ted Hall, the Manhattan Project physicist who is much less well-known than “Oppenheimer,” the...

Gun violence in the spotlight in ‘Honor Student’

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Director and co-writer Tamika Miller’s stunning indie feature “Honor Student,” which screened at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival on August 5, is one of the most arresting films I’ve seen in a...

‘Oppenheimer’: The brilliant physicist and the nuclear bomb

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Directed by Christopher Nolan, this film, biography and thriller, tells about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant theoretical physicist responsible for America’s first nuclear bomb. Oppenheimer is played by Cillian Murphy, and the film is...

Misty Copeland and Leyla Fayyaz “Flower” at the MVAAFF

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World-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland and Emmy awardwinning writer-producer Leyla Fayyaz’s astounding short film “Flower” explodes with creativity. It screened as part of the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival on August 10.  The powerful contemporary...

Black history in film

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From 1962 to 1966, Elizabeth (“Liz”) White filmed a groundbreaking adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” using the Vineyard as one of her locations. This film, screening on August 11 at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s...

Inspired by love

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Chicago-based writer Jil Ross’ circuitous route to creating her family comedy film, “B.A.D.D.,” included hearing a voice telling her to leave her job after 31 years in the airline industry to pursue her dream....

Summer fun onscreen in ‘Theater Camp’

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“Theater Camp” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Thursday, August 8, and again on Friday, August 9. AdirondACTS is the name of the summer camp for kids who love to act. The directors...

‘Gaining Ground’ at MVAAFF

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The Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF) screened “Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land” last Sunday afternoon at the Performing Arts Center. The film highlights the significant decline of Black land ownership...

Summer’s best

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It’s time to celebrate once again with the justly renowned Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF), now in its 21st year of showing essential works of independent and established African American filmmakers of...

A celebration in tribute of Robin Williams 

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“The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute Experience” comes to the M.V. Film Center for one night on Saturday, August 5. Standup comedian Roger Kabler, who has been fascinated by Robin since he was 17, does...

Where are we headed?

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Speaking to Miriam Louise Arens and her husband, Mitchell Arens, director and cinematographer respectively, about their work in progress, “Heartworm,” was fascinating. Just the concept is intriguing since, as Miriam says, “At its core,...

Doc Week brings the real world to film

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Doc Week comes to the Film Center from Monday, July 31, to Friday, August 4, bringing five different and energetic documentaries. Included are “Common Ground,” about regenerative farming; “Going Varsity in Mariachi,” a look...

Through her eyes: ‘The Lady Bird Diaries’

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How often do we get to hear directly from a First Lady about her intimate experiences and insights while in the White House — and in her own voice? That’s exactly what we are...

Childhood remembrance and lost love in ‘Past Lives’

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The film “Past Lives” opens at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, July 14. Directed by Korean-American Celine Song in her film debut, this poignant romantic tale of a lost childhood love stars Greta...

Community comes together

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Last fall, after the summer hubbub quieted down, another whirlwind hit the Island community. While the world might have been generally aware of the news, Circuit Film’s original short documentary, “Waiting to Continue: The...

‘Asteroid City’ brings us laughs from outer space

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“Asteroid City” lands at the M.V. Film Center for two weeks on Friday, June 30. “You can’t wake up if you don’t fall asleep” is the theme of this wild and loony Wes Anderson...

From the Grateful Dead to Eric Clapton, Filmusic Festival plays them all

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Now in its 11th year, the Filmusic Festival brings seven music documentaries to the M.V. Film Center on Thursday, June 22, through Sunday, June 25. The festival opens with a 6 pm reception featuring guitarist...

Romantic comedy in ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’

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“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” comes to the M.V. Film Center on Friday, June 16. Despite the title, this romantic comedy is not about Tina Turner and her famous song. The story...