Film Fest Opener Descendant Shines a Light on History, Work Remaining
The opening night of the week-long Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival included a powerful film screening - and a surprise visit from Barack and Michelle Obama.
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African American Film Festival Opens with Obamas as Surprise Guests
Barack and Michelle Obama were on stage for a surprise appearance at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival to discuss Descendant, the festival's opening night film, which the former first couple helped produce.
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African American Film Festival Celebrates Twenty Years on the Vineyard
In the 20 years since it began, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival has grown into an August institution, regularly filling the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center.
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African American Film Festival Keeps the Conversation Going
Louisa Hufstader
After pivoting online last summer, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival is scheduled to return to the Island August 6 through August 14, along with online events in February and March.
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MVAAFF Skips Island in 2020
The 18th annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival will not take place on the Island this year.
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Audience Overflows for Just Mercy Conversation
Caroline Kaplan
At the Performing Arts Center Thursday, all seats were filled with more standing and sitting in the aisles for a conversation about Just Mercy, with Bryan Stevenson and Michael B. Jordan.
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Maynard Jackson Jr. Film Inspires Conversation of Color
Katherine Gianni
After screening of Maynard at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Maynard “Buzz” Jackson 3rd and his wife, Wendy Eley Jackson spoke on a panel with Vernon Jordan and current Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
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African American Film Festival Raises the Bar for Art, Conversation
Holly Pretsky
Featured speakers at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, running from August 6 to 11, are Spike Lee and Barry Jenkins, screenwriter and director of Academy Award winning film, Moonlight.
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African American Film Festival Grows into Cultural Powerhouse
Louisa Hufstader
This year’s Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, August 7 to 12, is bringing heavy hitters including Kathryn Bigelow and Spike Lee to the performing arts center.
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African American Film Festival Arrives
Louisa McCullough
A post-modern dance performance led by Reggie Wilson will introduce the 14th annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.
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