Martha's Vineyard Film Center Proves its Premise: If You Build It, They Will Come Watch

In the projection room of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven there is one Mac computer on a desk and two small flatscreen Toshiba monitors mounted on a tall unit that controls film projection. On the floor and on a nearby table are several small crates, some orange and some muddy silver, all marked with return FedEx labels. Ship To: BURBANK, CA.

Small Town Life Hits the Big Screen

For his One Hundred Town Tour this summer to promote his latest film, Northern Borders, Jay Craven makes it clear that this is a purposefully small town circuit.

“In the fall we’ll take it to the cities, Boston, New York, but this is a small town film, so we felt it should first be shown in the small towns of New England.”

On Thursday, August 8, the film screens on Martha’s Vineyard at the Film Center in Vineyard Haven.

Two Films and a Workshop

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center hosts a filmmaker-in-residence event with photographer/filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. Her work chronicles the youth culture, gender and consumerism in acclaimed works including Girl Culture, Fast Forward, THIN and her documentary, The Queen of Versailles. Ms. Greenfield will lead a workshop-style presentation on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the film center in the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven. A screening of two of her films will follow on Friday and Saturday.

Arts, Grants, Designations Aplenty in Vineyard Haven

The arts took center stage in Vineyard Haven this week as three cultural organizations received grants from the state. Selectmen also voted to approve creating an application to form the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District.

On Monday, the Vineyard Playhouse, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center were awarded capital grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Of the 10 projects funded in the southeast region, three are in Vineyard Haven.

Celebrate World Oceans Day at Film Center

On Saturday, June 8, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society (MVFS) and Heaven in Ocean Productions will host a pair of film screenings at The Film Center in Vineyard Haven in honor of World Oceans Day. The event will show the films Planet Ocean, a documentary addressing damage to the marine ecosystem, and Hot Tuna, which explores the Atlantic Ocean’s endangered bluefin tuna.

The screenings are part of a series called Across Sound Connections, which pairs an informative ocean film with a speaker to educate audiences about the ocean and the issues marine ecosystems face.

Donation Caps Film Society's Successful First Months in New Theatre

Half-birthdays are generally ho-hum occasions, but when it comes to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, exceeding expectations are fast becoming the norm.

Film Center Will Be Renamed for Large Donor

Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven is naming its theatre space in honor of Baltimore philanthropist Marilyn Meyerhoff, who has given the largest-ever donation to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, founder and director Richard Paradise said Thursday.

Mr. Paradise declined to disclose the amount of the gift, but said it was a multi-year commitment that would “provide sustenance for the coming decade and ensures that the MV Film Society will flourish.”

Stage Is Set — Correction, Being Built for Film Festival

In 2004, Michael Collins read a letter that changed his life. It was signed by 35 witnesses and concerned a double murder trial in the Philippines. While most people might feel badly after reading about such an event but do little more to help, Mr. Collins was moved to act. The defendant, Paco Larrañaga, had been imprisoned for seven years despite 35 witnesses, dubbed the “unheard 35,” who put him at a cooking lesson the day of the murders,

Commission Approves Vineyard Haven Movie Theatre

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society made a giant leap toward its dream of a permanent home on Thursday night when the Martha’s Vineyard Commission approved a new 6,000-square-foot, 190-seat theatre at the Tisbury Marketplace overlooking Lagoon Pond off Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.

The developer for the project is architect Sam Dunn, who built the marketplace in 1984. The tenant will be Richard Paradise’s itinerant, nonprofit film society.

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