Filmmakers

Filmmaker Follows Her Heart and Head

A phone call from her daughter thrust filmmaker and seasonal resident Susanna Styron into her new documentary, Out of My Head.

Exploring History of Black Colleges and Universities

For documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, his latest project, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, has been a long time in the making.

Behind the Movie: Real Life Fighters

I Am Jane Doe, a harrowing look at the sex trafficking industry, opens Documentary Week at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The movie arrives on the Vineyard thanks to the efforts of Alexi Ashe Meyers and Rebecca Dince Zipkin.

Doug Liman Goes Small and Intense

Three men, two guns, one wall. These are the bare bones of Doug Liman’s newest film, The Wall.

Big Houses Plus Evolution of a Filmmaker

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.

In Film and Life, Black Panthers Party Continues to Resonate

Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson's new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution aired last month on PBS.

Seeking the Truth in Murky Affair

Documentary made by Chilmarkers David Heilbroner and Kate Davis brings Newburgh case to light, exposing possible entrapment during the War on Terrorism.

Filmmaker Returns to Roots; Locally Shot Movie Debuts

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.

Going Beyond Accepted Story, Filmmaker Finds Deeper Truths

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.

Filmmaker Doug Liman on Spies, Scripts, Squibby

For Doug Liman, directing is like navigating a class five river rapid. As you see the rapid in the distance, you have 15 seconds to figure out the best course of action. There’s no time to stop and think about it; you must act on impulse. He has the same experience showing up on the set of one of his film or television shows.