Movies and Merry-making

Tis the season to show the 1946 classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life. This family-friendly film debuts at the film center on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to the late Jonathan Revere of West Tisbury.

Travel the World from Comfort of Plush Movie Theatre Seat

The annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, now gearing up for its ninth run, is from Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 7.

Film Center Roots Grow Deeper

Two years ago, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society was what founder and executive director Richard Paradise calls a “gypsy organization.”

Keeping Wooden Boat Dreams Afloat

The craft of building, restoring and loving wooden boats was celebrated Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Vineyard debut of the movie Wood Sails Dreams screened at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society in Vineyard Haven. The one-hour documentary is a New England coastal story and it is a Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket story.

Film on Food Insecurity

A Place at the Table, narrated by Jeff Bridges and scored by T-Bone Burnett, is a documentary that places the spotlight on hunger here at home. It tells the stories of people struggling with food insecurity in the U.S., where 50 million people are unsure of where their next meal will come from. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger and Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will sponsor a showing of the film on Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the film center at the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven.

Islanders Meet Oscar

While filmmakers were picking up Oscars in Los Angeles, guests at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society party Sunday night t the Oyster Bar Grill also picked up a statue — an Academy Award brought by an Islander whose father won the prestigious statue in 1948 for a short film documentary while serving in the Army Signal Corps..

Short Film Festival Strikes Big Chord With Island Movie Lovers

Last Friday and Saturday Vineyarders, along with moviegoers in 200 cities across six continents, participated in the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Local cineastes crowded the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven for a billing of 10 international short films and voted on their favorites. This week the votes are tallied worldwide and a winner is crowned.

“I don’t know of any other film festival like it,” said Richard Paradise of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, which presented the series.

Film Society Screens Environmental Stories

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is collaborating with the Vineyard Conservation Society on a new series of films on the environment called Green on Screen. On April 28 at 7:30 p.m. they will present the film One Day on Earth at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

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.

Film Society Presents Oscar Shorts

This Saturday and next the folks at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society are bringing to the Island a cast of short characters for their annual screening of all the Oscar nominated short films.