Saving the Children, One Film at a Time
Louisa McCullough
Media Voices for Children will present their new film, The Same Heart, which screens on Sunday, July 24, at the Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs.
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Big Houses Plus Evolution of a Filmmaker
Alex Elvin

One Big Home, director Thomas Bena’s first feature-length film, which took more than a decade to shoot and edit, makes its Island debut Wednesday as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival summer series.

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In Film and Life, Black Panthers Party Continues to Resonate
Alex Elvin
Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson's new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution aired last month on PBS.
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Filmmaker Returns to Roots; Locally Shot Movie Debuts
Remy Tumin
Taylor Toole returns to the Island with Jimmy Was a Carpenter, his newest film about life, death and love, set on Martha's Vineyard. The romantic thriller will premiere at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center on Saturday, April 12.
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Film Shines Light on Food Insecurity at Home and Abroad
Olivia Hull

One in every four children in America doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.

It’s an issue that has often passed quietly under the radar and gets little attention on TV or in books. But a new film screened Wednesday night at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, A Place at the Table, aims to change that by bringing the issue to the forefront of people’s minds.

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Going Beyond Accepted Story, Filmmaker Finds Deeper Truths
Ivy Ashe

In 2004 director Shola Lynch’s first film premiered at Sundance. The documentary told the story of Shirley Chis-holm, the first black woman to run for president, and her 1972 campaign. Ms. Lynch was only three years old at the time of the campaign, yet as she grew up she found herself consistently drawn to the time period. The film won a Peabody award.

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Family Perspective Defines New Film Set During Civil Rights Movement
Katie Ruppel

When Tonya Lewis Lee became a mother 17 years ago she could not find many picture books featuring children of color as everyday kids. So years later she and her husband Spike Lee wrote their own book, Please, Baby, Please, about a mischievous toddler.

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Film Takes Bite Out of Shark Perception

On Saturday, July 27, the film Sharkwater screens at 8 p.m. at the Katherine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. The documentary directed by Rob Stewart, aims to debunk stereotypes of sharks as vicious killers of the sea. Mr. Stewart’s film travels the oceans of the world exploring the lives of sharks, the people seeking to protect them and others who try to exploit and kill them, including shark poachers in Guatemala and marine reserves in Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.

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Saltwater Heroes Documentary
Last fall you published a letter from me thanking our Island community for their support of the American Heroes Fishing Challenge. Now in its fifth year and organized by the Nixon family and Beach Plum Inn, the heroes challenge is a tournament within the Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
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National Geographic Documentary Celebrates Heroes of Front Lines and Derby
Remy Tumin
Last fall a group of nine soldiers arrived in Menemsha to compete in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
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