The 13th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival kicks off this weekend with a flock of local films and events for film junkees and industry insiders to enjoy.
The event commences Friday March 15th at the Chilmark Community Center and lasts till Sunday. Crash Reel, the film that opens the festival, is from two-time Academy Award nominated director Lucy Walker. The dynamic picture follows the story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, and will include a discussion with members of Kevin’s family immediately following the film.
Other scheduled screenings and special guests include Ken Burns’s Central Park Five, with Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer with directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, filmmakers Lyda Kuth and Erin Trahan from Love and Other Anxieties, May I Be Frank with film subject Frank Ferrante, and Safety Not Guaranteed, with director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly.
All of the films will be shown in “community living room” style comfort at the center, with couch seating and state-of-the-art projection and sound.
“We’re always trying to push the conversation forward,” adds Founder and Executive Director Thomas Bena. “We work hard to create an atmosphere that inspires people to dig a little deeper into the issues presented.”
To round out the festival chef Chris Fischer of Chilmark’s Beetlebung Farm, will be cooking up locally inspired meals daily. The Hay Café will also be hosting musical performances, in addition to offering local snacks.
Tickets are $7 members / $15 general public. Couch seating is an additional $5. Weekend passes are available $150 for general seating and $250 for couch seating. Passes are only available to members. Memberships can be bought online or at the door.