Art of the Forgery

The final dinner and a movie offering for the summer season of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival at the Chilmark Community Center will be Wednesday, August 20.

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Vineyard Coincidence: Back Cracker Was Once Bat Cracker
Ivy Ashe
The best sports stories are the ones that toe the line of improbability — the ones that unfold in real life without direction yet seem scripted in their narrative, as though they were written for a Hollywood studio.
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Tragic Story Continues to Touch and Change Lives
Derek Schwartz
By the time the lights came up after the screening last Wednesday of Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine, most of the audience was in tears. The film tells the story of Matt Shepard, an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming who was brutally murdered in 1998.
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When Creation of a Film Is as Extraordinary as the Film Itself
Derek Schwartz
In 2010 Cutter Hodierne decided to tell the story of a band of Somali pirates who commandeered a Ukrainian ship, the Faina. But he realized that the only way to do it right was to travel to Africa and use Somali actors.
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Raising the Curtain on Stories With Purpose; Another Summer of Great Films
Derek Schwartz
This year's Martha's Vineyard Film Festival will be the biggest in its history, with screenings taking place around the Island.
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That's a Wrap: Film Festival Finishes, Delights
Alison L. Mead
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival's four-day event featured 20 movies. In between screenings, filmgoers walked around, mingled with one another and sipped on Chilmark Coffee Company java.
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Film Festival Embraces Complex Heroes and Stories
Remy Tumin
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival opens on Thursday, March 13, with over 20 films, including features and documentaries, being shown during the weekend. The opening night film to be screened at the Edgartown Cinema's is Fading Gigolo produced by West Tisbury summer resident Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.
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Lights, Camera, Whitey Bulger?
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival's annual winter event begins March 13 with showings through March 16.
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Screen Gems

Author Robert Putnam in his book Bowling Alone, published in 2000, examined trends in American society and concluded that the country was growing apart due to lack of community involvement. His thesis pointed to a disengaged populace that was more isolated and therefore less likely to be empathetic. The traditional outlets for bringing a community together were no longer thriving, he said, from bowling leagues to PTA meetings, and as a result the country as a whole was suffering. 

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No Need to Run Away for Cinema Circus
Simone McCarthy

The common room of the Chilmark School rustled with popcorn bags and whispers on Friday afternoon as the entire school, kindergarten through fifth grades, prepared to become the audience for their own animated films. The projector screen lit up and animated puppets hula-hooped, built forts, played four square, shared snacks and engaged in lively dialogue about conflict, compromise and cooperation.

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