Nantucket Film Festival Announces Lineup, Including ‘Skeleton Twins,’ ‘I Origins,’ and Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

Nantucket Film Festival Announces Lineup, Including 'Skeleton Twins,' 'I Origins,' and Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

The 2014 Nantucket Film Festival has announced the centerpiece, opening and closing films to be featured at the festival, which runs June 25-30.

The festival will open with “The Skeleton Twins,” starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged siblings with a new bond. The opening day will also include a screening of Pixar shorts. The festival will also screen Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” a drama sci-fi mystery with Michael Pitt and Brit Marling, as its centerpiece. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” a coming-of-age epic from Richard Linklater will serve as its closing night entry.

The full feature film lineup is also complete: check out the list below.

112 Weddings


Doug Block

Doug Block’s previous films, 51 BIRCH STREET and THE KIDS GROW UP, explore
universal themes of love, marriage, and family as revealed through his personal
experiences. For the past two decades, Block has supported his filmmaking
career by documenting the relationships of other couples, filming over a
hundred wedding videos. While a pivotal part of their special day, he typically
lost touch with these new brides and grooms as they set off for their expected
happily ever after. Curious to see if reality matched their fairy tale
fantasies of wedded bliss, Block revisits nine couples for a candid, humorous,
and sometimes heartbreaking exploration of the joys and challenges of



Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet

Carlos Marques-Marcet

an opportunity for Alex to pursue her passion for photography separates her
from Sergi, the couple must navigate a long-distance relationship, using
technology to bridge the titular distance between Los Angeles and Barcelona.
Putting plans for a baby aside until Alex is done with her yearlong residency,
the lovers soon discover the limits of virtual intimacy, and their commitment
to one another is challenged. In his feature debut, Carlos Marques-Marcet
expertly melds form and content, charting the fracturing of a relationship
through a series of fragmented virtual encounters that reveal the bittersweet
isolation behind our computer screens.



Robert Greene

documentary as melodrama, director Robert Greene presents this mesmerizing
portrait of a woman who finds herself having to choose between family and
career. Actress Brandy Burre was on the verge of breakout success with a
recurring part on HBO’s THE WIRE when she discovered she was pregnant. Putting
acting to the side, she fled the city for the suburbs to begin a family. A few
years later, dissatisfied despite her best efforts to embrace her new role, the
compelling Burre seeks a comeback, ultimately upsetting the fragile balance of
her present domestic life in unpredictable ways.

Alive Inside


Michael Rossato-Bennett

winner of the U.S. Documentary Competition Audience Award at this year’s
Sundance Film Festival, Michael Rossato-Bennett’s affecting film reveals the
remarkable power of music to reawaken those previously considered lost to
Alzheimer’s or dementia. When social worker Dan Cohen played familiar music for
typically unresponsive nursing home patients, the impact was dramatic and
immediate: their eyes would light up, they would begin to sing, and some would
even dance. Recognizing the revolutionary potential of this personalized,
music-based approach to radically improve the quality of life of the elderly,
Cohen embarks on an inspirational mission to bring iPods to facilities around
the country as an alternative to ineffective, and costly, drug treatment.

Approaching the Elephant


Amanda Rose Wilder

an alternative to America’s troubled educational system, Alex, an idealistic
young teacher, opens a small free school in Little Falls, New Jersey, where all
classes are optional and determined by student interest, and the only rules
that exist are democratically decided upon by both the teachers and the
students. Director Amanda Rose Wilder immerses the viewer in this radical and
fascinating experiment, chronicling the school’s tumultuous inaugural year.
While wonderfully individuated children adapt to unprecedented freedom and must
take responsibility for their own learning, Alex and his staff also must
contend with the inevitable strong personalities that test the limits of their
open community.

Appropriate Behavior


Desiree Akhavan

Akhavan is a triple threat in her feature debut, serving as the writer,
director, and star of this frank, funny, look at contemporary relationships and
their pitfalls. Shirin is twenty-something, bisexual, and Persian-American—and
decidedly not out to her traditional parents, who are busy fussing over her
overachieving brother’s impending nuptials. Recently single after a bad
break-up with her girlfriend, Maxine, sardonic Shirin tries to figure out what
went wrong, even as she makes a fresh start with a new apartment, a new job
teaching filmmaking to out-of-control kids, and a headfirst plunge into the
deep end of the dating pool.


Arlo & Julie


Steve Mims

this charming and clever comedy, appealing young couple Arlo and Julie have
shared an unremarkable life for three years—he’s a Civil War historian with an
office job, and she waits tables in a restaurant. All that changes when
anonymous envelopes begin arriving daily, each containing an increasing number
of jigsaw puzzle pieces. Soon, their comfortable status quo is upended with
intrigue and uncertainty as they rearrange their daily routines to wait for
their loquacious postal carrier so they can get to the bottom of the mystery.


Art and Craft


Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman

the past 30 years, Mark Landis has placed his art in museums across the
country—an impressive feat under normal circumstances, but especially
noteworthy in this case, because Landis is an art forger. He doesn’t seek
financial gain for his copies, but instead donates his work, adopting various
identities—from estate executor to Jesuit priest—to facilitate his gifting.
Technically, he may not even have committed a crime, but that hasn’t stopped
Matthew Leininger, the museum registrar who first discovered Landis’ con, in
his mission to end the deception. Tackling questions of authorship,
authenticity, mental illness, and purpose, the filmmakers have crafted a
complex portrait of an unforgettable character.


Begin Again – Spotlight Film


John Carney

her natural songwriting skills, Gretta (Keira Knightley) has stayed in the
background, following her boyfriend, Dave (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine), to New York
as his music career takes off. But after he breaks her heart, an encounter with
washed up record executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo) leads to a creative collaboration
that allows Gretta to discover her voice, and Dan to find redemption.
Punctuated by catchy songs wonderfully performed by Knightley all around the
city, this upbeat comic drama continues the revitalization of the musical begun
with writer/director John Carney’s Oscar-winning ONCE.


Boyhood – Closing Night Film


Richard Linklater

Linklater’s latest film is a revelation, a coming of age story in which a boy
transforms into a young man before the viewer’s eyes. Rather than using
different actors to portray the same character at various ages, Linklater
filmed the same actors, once a year, for more than a decade, capturing the
progression of time—an integral part of the story. The film witnesses moments
in the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he navigates growing up from six to
eighteen and negotiates his relationship with divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and
Patricia Arquette).


Break Point


Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto

Jay Karas

tennis pro Jimmy (Jeremy Sisto) wants to revive his ailing career by making a
run at the Grand Slam. But after his latest doubles partner leaves him, he
turns to his estranged brother, Darren (David Walton), whose athletic dreams
Jimmy crushed long ago when he dropped Darren for a better-ranked player. Now a
substitute teacher, Darren reluctantly serves as father figure to his
flamboyant preteen student Barry (scene-stealing Joshua Rush), who helps the
mismatched brothers find common ground in this sure-to-please comedy.




John Michael McDonagh

the start of this darkly comic murder mystery, Father James Lavelle (Brendan
Gleeson) receives a death threat from an unidentified parishioner in the
confessional booth. Given a week to put his affairs in order, Lavelle
matter-of-factly sets out to visit with his troubled flock, each a lost soul
who might be capable of the impending crime. As he tries to prevent his own
murder, he must also comfort his visiting daughter, who is reckoning with her
own troubles. Writer/director John Michael McDonagh fashions a
thought-provoking morality fable about faith and forgiveness.


Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart


Jeremiah Zagar

Zagar presents a cogent critique of our media-obsessed culture with this
in-depth look at its origins. In 1991, a small-town New England murder became
the harbinger of reality TV when Pamela Smart’s trial was televised. The
unprecedented media scrutiny that resulted, and the audience fascination that
fed off of it, influenced the guilty verdict. Afterward, continued interest led
to adaptations such as the Nicole Kidman film TO DIE FOR, enabling
the construction of a
separate, competing version of the case that has left a troubling legacy.
Zagar’s engrossing revisitation of Smart’s trial offers a sobering reflection
on the consequences of allowing media to distort fact with fiction.


THE Case Against 8


Ben Cotner, Ryan White

celebration of Barack Obama’s history-making victory in 2008, LGBT Americans
faced the sobering reality that voters in California had elected to ban
same-sex marriage through the state’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative. The
fight to repeal began immediately. Progressive David Boies and
ultra-conservative Ted Olson, legendary foes who had faced off in Bush v.
formed an unexpected legal partnership, and two same-sex couples were chosen to
serve as the opposition’s public face. In this Sundance award-winning film, Ben
Cotner and Ryan White follow their fight all the way to the Supreme Court, simultaneously
presenting a fascinating look at the legal process and a human portrait of two
loving couples seeking equality under the law.



Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

Patrick Brice

to a cryptic online ad seeking discreet filming services, Aaron
(writer/director Patrick Brice) meets Josef (writer/producer Mark Duplass) in a
remote cabin. Amiable, if eccentric, Josef reveals the nature of the project—he
has inoperable brain cancer and wants to create a record of a day in his life
for his unborn son before it’s too late. Constantly videotaping, Aaron indulges
Josef over the course of a long day that begins strangely and gets increasingly
creepy, suggesting that Josef and this job are not what they seem. Brice’s
feature debut is a clever, darkly funny, and disturbing twist on the found
footage genre.


Shorts – Opening Day

Film Program

Nantucket Film Festival is proud once again to partner with Pixar on opening
day! This collection of beloved short films spans three decades, in which the
magic of Pixar brings the commonplace to life, from desk lamps (LUXO JR.) and
umbrellas (THE BLUE UMBRELLA) to clouds (PARTLY CLOUDY) and souvenirs (KNICK
KNACK); imbues indelible personality in birds (FOR THE BIRDS), sheep (BOUNDIN’),
aliens (LIFTED), and magic rabbits (PRESTO); and even checks in with some
familiar faces (HAWAIIAN VACATION, PARTY CENTRAL) to bring joy and wonder to
the kid in all of us.


Divide in Concord


Kris Kaczor

residents of Concord, Massachusetts take pride in their town’s role in the
American Revolution and celebrate direct democracy at annual town meetings
where all citizens may propose and vote on bylaws. Jean Hill knows the process
well—for two years running, the feisty octogenarian, concerned about the
environmental impact of our disposable culture, has unsuccessfully lobbied to
ban the local sale of plastic bottled water. She’s giving her bylaw one last
try, facing off against her nemesis, celebrity publicist turned pundit Adriana
Cohen, who balks at having her freedom encroached upon. DIVIDE IN CONCORD is an
engaging and humorous exploration of participatory democracy and the power of
individuals to enact change.




Ross Kauffman, Katy Chevigny

winner of the U.S. Documentary Cinematography Award at this year’s Sundance
Film Festival, Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny’s breathtaking film chronicles
the dangerous but life-affirming work performed by the Human Rights Watch
Emergency Team, or E-Team, a compelling group of intrepid investigators willing
to enter hostile territories to document crimes against humanity that might
otherwise go unreported. Allowing an outside filmmaking team to follow them for
the first time, unforgettable E-Team members Anna, Ole, Fred, and Peter travel
to warzones in Syria and Libya in harrowing, visceral scenes that demonstrate
the real threats they face in their determined efforts to put an end to
dictatorial impunity.




Lou Howe

for stability in the throes of mental illness, Gabriel (Rory Culkin) will stop
at nothing until he proposes to his high school girlfriend—never mind the fact
that they haven’t seen each other in years. Abrasive and irrational,
Gabriel nonetheless evokes empathy as he winds his way through New York
City and Long Island on his quest, in large part thanks to Rory Culkin’s
commanding performance. A sure-footed portrait of a young man on the edge, Lou Howe’s
debut feature examines our societal fixation with the nuclear household, and
considers whether or not it’s all it’s cracked up to be.


Goodbye To All That


Angus MacLachlan

MacLachlan, writer of JUNEBUG, makes an assured directorial debut with this
sweet comedy about divorce and new beginnings. Otto (Paul Schneider) is
blindsided when his wife, Annie (Melanie Lynskey), informs him that their
marriage is over. Left with no choice, he moves out, tries to bond with his
young daughter, and, suddenly single, begins exploring the world of
no-strings-attached online hook-ups, meeting indelible characters like the hot
and cold Debbie Spangler. But will the reemergence of his old crush, Laura, at
his summer camp reunion open the door to a new life?




Thomas Balmès

that development would increase his people’s “gross national happiness,” the
King of Bhutan announced in 1999 that he would finally allow his country to
have television and the Internet. The small village of Laya has been waiting
ever since. Taking an understated, observational approach, Thomas Balmès (BABIES)
follows eight-year-old monk Peyangki and his uncle on a long trip to the
nearest city to purchase a television set in anticipation of the imminent
arrival of electricity. What he finds there reveals the seductive power, and
danger, of progress over a traditional way of life. Exquisitely shot, HAPPINESS
was the winner of a cinematography award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.


Happy Valley


Amir Bar-Lev

College, Pennsylvania, home to Penn State University, has long prided itself on
its football program, lionizing its head coach, Joe Paterno. But when “Saint
Joe” is caught up in the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal, the once-harmonious
community splinters. With impressive access to family members and community
residents reeling from the accusations, director Amir Bar-Lev (THE TILLMAN
STORY) handles an exceedingly difficult subject with deftness, challenging
viewers to question the truth they believe they know to seek out thornier, more
complex answers about hero worship, the court of public opinion, and their
impact on everyday people caught in their wake.


the Heart Machine


Zachary Wigon

Wigon’s impressive feature debut explores the pleasures and perils of virtual
relationships. A happy young couple, Cody (John Gallagher, Jr.) and Virginia
(Kate Lyn Sheil), communicate frequently via Skype—he’s in Brooklyn, and she’s
in Berlin, working on an academic project. Despite their deep connection,
they’ve never actually met in real life, a situation that soon allows
suspicions to breed paranoia, upsetting the delicate balance of their
long-distance rapport. What begins as a modern-day romance transforms into an
intriguing mystery that questions how technology has mediated our understanding
of intimacy.


an Honest Liar


Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom

magician-turned-paranormal-skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi has been debunking
claims of pseudo-science and the supernatural for more than four decades.
Incensed that his beloved magic tricks were being co-opted by con artists for
their own financial gain at the expense of the gullible general public, Randi
and his collaborators have exposed faith healers, psychics, fortune tellers,
and gurus around the world, often duplicating their tricks publicly to
demonstrate how willing we all are to be deceived. But Randi himself is not
immune to self-deception, especially in matters of the heart, as revealed in
Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s lively and entertaining portrait.


I Origins – Centerpiece Film


Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill builds on the promise of his acclaimed first feature, ANOTHER EARTH,
with this daring new foray into the metaphysical connections between love and
science. Working with his partner, Karen (Brit Marling), molecular biologist
Ian (Michael Pitt), a specialist in the evolution of the eye, makes a
startling, potentially world-altering discovery—one with profound personal
implications. Seeking confirmation of his theories, he sets off halfway across
the world to meet his destiny. Fusing science, romance, and mystery, I ORIGINS
is an enthralling, intelligent, and utterly original accomplishment.


the Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


Brian Knappenberger

an early age, Aaron Swartz showed a prodigious affinity for the Internet,
establishing himself as a peer to programmers decades his senior. He became a
pioneering information activist and a leader in attempts to push back against
Web censorship. Arrested for downloading academic journal articles from MIT,
Swartz faced federal prosecution, crippling fines, and 35 years in prison.
Denied a plea bargain, he committed suicide. Brian Knappenberger’s film is an
affecting portrait of a brilliant life cut short, as well as a catalyst for
engagement on society’s relationship to technology and information access. In
the era of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, Swartz’s prosecution—and
persecution—won’t be the last.


Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter


Nathan Zellner, David Zellner

David Zellner

up in her cluttered Tokyo apartment, solitary Kumiko (Academy Award®
nominee Rinko Kikuchi) devotes nights away from her dead-end job to compulsive
viewings of the Coen brothers’ FARGO. It’s not the film that fascinates her so
much as the bundle of cash Steve Buscemi’s character buries beneath the snow in
the titular city’s outskirts—a treasure Kumiko believes is tied to her destiny.
Based on a true story, KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
lays bare the universal
human need for adventure and escapism, proving that real life is stranger than


Land Ho!


Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz

with retirement, foul-mouthed former surgeon Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson in a
breakout performance) surprises his reserved ex-brother-in-law Colin (Paul
Eenhoorn) with an impromptu trip to Iceland, and the odd couple head to
Reykjavik to recapture their youth. Like two seventy-something kids in a candy
store, they visit ice bars, geothermal spas, and trendy restaurants in an
attempt to ignore their fears of growing old and being alone. Set against
breathtaking vistas, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s road trip buddy comedy is
an immensely pleasurable, if bittersweet, look at aging and companionship.


Last Days in Vietnam – Spotlight Film


Rory Kennedy

Kennedy (ETHEL) returns to the Nantucket Film Festival with this stirring
chronicle of the eleventh hour U.S. withdrawal from Saigon in the final weeks
of the Vietnam War. With the invasion of the North Vietnamese Army imminent,
the White House ordered the evacuation of U.S. citizens only—but their South
Vietnamese allies flooded onto embassy grounds seeking help. Kennedy captures
the dramatic evacuation from multiple perspectives, skillfully interweaving
little-seen archival footage with reflective interviews with participants who
were on the ground in 1975, providing a palpable sense of the difficult choices
that had to be made by those in command—choices whose consequences still
reverberate in the present day.


Life Itself – Spotlight Film


Steve James

filmmaker Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) pays tribute to the late Roger Ebert and to
the love of movies in this touching documentary. Using Ebert’s memoir as a
launching point, James adroitly traces the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic’s
career, demonstrating how Ebert, with sparring partner Gene Siskel, popularized
film criticism for the masses. Folded into the film is the story of the health
issues that ultimately claimed Ebert’s life, how he adapted to his physical
limitations to thrive online, and, most affectingly, his personal life with his
beloved wife, Chaz, and their family.


Life Partners


Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz

Susanna Fogel

Meester (GOSSIP GIRL) and Gillian Jacobs (COMMUNITY) shine in this effervescent
comedy about two codependent best friends and the man who unexpectedly comes
between them. Sasha (Meester) is a slacker receptionist who tends to date
younger, immature women. Her straight BFF, Paige (Jacobs), a lawyer, has also
been unlucky in love—until she meets Tim (Adam Brody). Fearful of losing Paige
to this goofy, movie-quoting interloper, Sasha is forced to reexamine what she
really wants out of life in Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz’s charming debut


Love Is Strange – Spotlight Film


Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias

Ira Sachs

nearly four decades together, New Yorkers Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred
Molina) finally are able to tie the knot. But as a consequence, George loses
his longtime job, forcing the couple out of their beloved apartment. With Ben
retired and space at a premium, the pair are forced to separate, moving in with
friends and family, which puts a strain on all of their relationships. Lithgow
and Molina lead an excellent cast in fully realizing Ira Sachs and Mauricio
Zacharias’ profound script about the resilience of love.


the Notorious Mr. Bout


Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin

is Viktor Bout? According to the U.S. government, he’s a ruthless international
arms smuggler, a view promoted by Hollywood in LORD OF WAR, the Nicolas Cage
film inspired by his infamy. But if you ask the good-natured Bout or his
devoted wife, Alla, they’ll tell you he is simply a Russian entrepreneur who
took full advantage of Russia’s embrace of capitalism after the fall of the
USSR. Using a treasure trove of Bout’s charmingly amateurish home movies,
juxtaposed with the DEA surveillance footage that eventually led to his
conviction, filmmakers Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin skillfully capture
competing constructions of Bout’s identity, creating their own version in the


the One I Love – Spotlight Film


Justin Lader

Charlie McDowell

couple Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are having serious
relationship problems. While their marriage counselor (Ted Danson) doesn’t seem
to be helping, the weekend retreat in a secluded spot that he suggests might be
just what they need to reconnect and work out some issues. But what they
experience there is nothing close to what they anticipated. To say more would
rob the audience of the joys of discovering Justin Lader’s clever script and
Charlie McDowell’s distinct directorial dissection of the unpredictability of
relationships, brought to life through astonishing performances from Mark
Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.


Rich Hill


Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos

of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,
Rich Hill
is a deeply human look at three adolescents and their
impoverished rural home. Filmmakers and cousins Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy
Droz Tragos have roots in the eponymous Missouri town, and they bring a
sensitive touch to this richly observed and sublimely shot portrait of teens
Andrew, Harley, and Appachey—genuine, multi-faceted characters not typically
represented on screen except as stereotypes. Immersing the audience in their
environment and in their lives, the film inspires hope that they’ll find a way
not only to survive their circumstances, but to thrive despite them.


She’s Lost Control


Anja Marquardt

(Brooke Bloom), a graduate student in psychology, is completing her training by
working as a sex surrogate to help male clients overcome problems with
intimacy. Though supportive and nurturing, to protect both her clients and
herself she is clear that the act is a professional relationship. Outside of
these sessions, too, Ronah doesn’t allow personal matters, including her
brother’s concern over their mother’s health, to affect her. But when she is
faced with a particularly challenging new client, Johnny (Marc Menchaca), her
rigid demarcations between the professional and the personal threaten to give


The Skeleton Twins – Opening Night Film


Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman

Craig Johnson

with comedy and heartbreak, Craig Johnson’s Sundance screenwriting award-winner
alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged
siblings. A crisis forces Milo, shattered from a recent break-up, to move into
the home of his equally depressed sister, Maggie. Though bound by their shared
sense of humor, fraught adolescences, and currently tumultuous personal lives,
they nonetheless struggle to reconnect. A funny, bittersweet portrait of
brother-sister bonds—bolstered by incredible performances from Hader and Wiig,
and featuring an instantly classic riff on a Starship tune—THE SKELETON TWINS
that sometimes you can
choose family.


Sounding the Alarm


John Block

the 1990s, the number of reported cases of autism has increased dramatically,
with the most recent Centers for Disease Control estimates suggesting a
prevalence rate of one in 68 children. A decade ago, when Bob and Suzanne
Wright’s grandson Christian was diagnosed, the couple made it their mission to
discover the causes, treatments, and cure for the disorder, and they founded
the advocacy organization Autism Speaks. Filmmaker John Block’s moving
documentary tells the Wrights’ story, as well as the stories of other families
affected by their children’s autism diagnoses, detailing their day-to-day
struggles and triumphs as they seek better lives for their loved ones.

screening and extended conversation presented with Autism Speaks.



Joanna Lipper

Hafsat Abiola was attending Harvard in 1993, her father, M.K.O. Abiola, was
elected president of their native Nigeria, but he was never permitted to take
control of the government. The country’s corrupt military rule refused to
relinquish power, M.K.O. Abiola was imprisoned, and the election results
annulled. His wife, Hafsat’s mother, Kudirat, took up his struggle and led the
nation’s pro-democracy movement, but at a terrible cost. Continuing their
legacy, the fearless Hafsat returns to Nigeria to correct the wrongs
perpetrated against her parents and her people, and to empower other women to
become involved in the struggle for greater democracy and equality.




Diana Whitten

by the plight of desperate women in countries with restrictive reproductive
rights, Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts founded Women on Waves, which uses
laws governing international waters to bring much-needed abortion and
contraceptive services to those with no other recourse. As demonstrated in
Diana Whitten’s SXSW Audience Award and special jury prize winning film,
despite a quagmire of legal, religious, political, and logistical obstacles,
Gomperts and her impassioned team persevere, coming up with creative
workarounds that enable them to educate and empower women around the world to
take charge of their own bodies.




Alex Beh

in his bid to become a comedian, late twenty-something Chicagoan Warren (Alex
Beh) works a dead-end job as a barista, catering to obnoxious customers glued
to their cellphones. Meanwhile, his dad, Jack (John Heard), delays signing the
papers to finalize his divorce from Claire (Jean Smart) and insists on painting
the family home, though it’s slated for demolition. Warren seems fated to get
stuck in a similar rut, until his ex-girlfriend returns to town and rekindles
his dreams in this appealing romantic comedy-drama about what happens when you
stop settling.


Watchers of the Sky


Edet Belzberg

winner of two awards—for editing and animation—at this year’s Sundance Film
Festival, Edet Belzberg’s masterful film is a meditation on the world’s
response to genocide, focused on the man who coined the term, Raphael Lemkin, a
Polish Jew who lost 49 relatives in the Holocaust. Belzberg recounts his
Sisyphean, and largely unheralded, mission to make the international community
take a stand on crimes against humanity, linking his post-World War II efforts
to the work of present-day humanitarians—and showing that we can each take
personal responsibility for making the world a better place.

screening and conversation with Edet Belzberg presented with Facing History and


We Are the Giant


Greg Barker

2010, more than a dozen nations have experienced popular uprisings collectively
termed the Arab Spring. In a series of insightful portraits, director Greg
Barker explores what it means to participate in collective action with the
potential to unseat dictators. Osama describes how his Virginia-raised son
fought Gaddafi’s forces in Benghazi. Ghassan and Motaz remain committed to
peaceful resistance, even as Syria descends into ever-more-hopeless violence.
Sisters Maryam and Zainab become pivotal opposition figures while their father
suffers in a Bahrain prison. Their stories, underscored by those of resistance
leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrate what drives
revolutionaries and reveal the sacrifices they must make.


We’ll Never Have Paris


Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne

Director: Jocelyn

romantic comedy of errors is based on the real-life story of directors Jocelyn
Towne and Simon Helberg (THE BIG BANG THEORY). Neurotic hypochondriac Quinn
(Helberg, also the screenwriter) plans to propose to lovely Devon (Melanie
Lynskey). But when he learns his comely co-worker (Maggie Grace) has a crush on
him, he instead inadvertently breaks up with Devon, who retreats to Paris in
response. Realizing his mistake, Quinn jets to the City of Lights to attempt to
win Devon back from the suave French musician who has soothed her broken heart.




Safety Last! (1923)

With Nantucket Dreamland Foundation

by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

special pre-festival screening on Tuesday, June 24 of Harold Lloyd’s SAFETY
LAST! features a new music score composed and performed live by
the Berklee College of Music Silent Film Orchestra, which is dedicated to
composing original scores for silent feature classics and performing them

LAST! (1923), starring comedic genius Harold Lloyd, is widely considered one of
the greatest silent films of all time and features the iconic image of Lloyd
dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building over a bustling Los
Angeles street below. 


Ping Pong Summer – Free Beach


Michael Tully

the summer of 1985, and 13-year-old Rad and his family have just made their
annual trek to Ocean City, Maryland. The suburban hip-hop fanatic meets three
people who will make this vacation unforgettable—instant best friend Teddy,
local bombshell Stacy, and mysterious next-door neighbor Randi (Susan
Sarandon), who, like Rad, harbors a love for ping pong. But trouble ensues when
local rich kid Lyle pegs Rad as an easy target. Michael Tully’s charming, and
gloriously awkward, love letter to 1980s coming-of-age comedies is the perfect
beach movie.

free screening will take place on Children’s Beach on Thursday, June 26.


THE Muppet Movie (1979) – Free Beach Screening


Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl

James Frawley

time to meet the Muppets…” To celebrate its 35th anniversary, and
hot off the heels of this year’s MUPPETS MOST WANTED, we’re thrilled to present
the Muppets’ first classic feature, a wacky, delightful romp that catapulted
Jim Henson’s beloved gang from the small to the big screen. THE MUPPET MOVIE
follows Kermit the Frog as heads to Hollywood to become a showbix star, running
into zany fellow Muppets and wild antics along the way. Featuring hilarious
cameos—including Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Madeline Kahn, and Richard Pryor—and
the Oscar-nominated song, “Rainbow Connection”, this
is can’t-miss family

free screening will take place on Children’s Beach on Friday, June 27.


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