Documentary films

Black Church Documentary Has Deep Vineyard Roots

The new PBS documentary series by Henry Louis Gates Jr. includes scenes from the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

Film Society Festivals Announced

Six film festivals are in the works for 2021, including the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival in September.

Documentary Takes a Personal Look at Substance Use Disorder

On Island, a documentary about substance use disorders on Martha’s Vineyard, premieres this Friday, illuminating stories of Islanders who have battled addiction.

On the Road With the Roots of Racism

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America, the newest documentary by filmmaker and seasonal Chilmark resident Ric Burns, is now airing on PBS stations and streaming on the broadcaster’s website.

Islanders' Film Plays Woods Hole Festival

Born Into the Gig, by filmmakers Kate David and David Heilbroner, spotlights next-generation musicians including Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor.

Friendship and Filmmaking Make for Dynamic Documentary Team

Inspired by Martha’s Vineyard’s most famous musical family, the new documentary Born Into the Gig follows five performers who grew up in the orbit of their superstar parents and grandparents before seeking their own creative spotlights.

Through Photography and Film, Championing the Rights of Children

The innocence and optimism of childhood are what stand out first in a new exhibit of portraits at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse curated by Media Voices for Children.

Right Whale Documentary Brings Crisis, Hope Into Focus

In a new documentary Aquinnah filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth are following the journey of right whale calves.

Film Blasts Human Rights Violations

When she’s not home on Martha’s Vineyard, Angela Andersen is crisscrossing the globe as an international journalist for television networks in Germany.

Driving Home the Connection Between Mobility and Freedom

For Ric Burns filmmaking is a collaborative journey. Last week at a screening of his work-in-progress documentary Driving While Black, even the audience became part of the process.