A slew of festival darlings have been selected to screen at the upcoming Nantucket Film Festival (NFF), which just announced its full lineup.
Set to kick things off is James Ponsoldt’s acclaimed Sundance premiere “The End of the Tour,” in which Jason Segel stars as David Foster Wallace. That screening will be preceded by “Inside Out,” which continues the NFF tradition of opening the festivities with a Pixar film.
Sundance champ “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and the star-studded “Sleeping with Other People” will screen as a part of the Spotlight series, before NFF closes out with “Best of Enemies,” Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s documentary about the 1968 presidential election.
Read on for the full program. (Synopses courtesy of NFF)
Opening Night Film
“The End of the Tour” (Dir. James Ponsoldt): Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) has hopes of getting inside the life and mind of David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) over the course of an intimate five-day interview at the end of Wallace’s book tour in 1996.
Opening Day Film
“Inside Out” (Dir. Pete Docter): Do you ever look at people and wonder what’s going on in their heads? Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” ventures into the mind of 11-year-old Riley. Five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (Amy Poehler), alongside Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). An inventive new animated family comedy from the director of the Academy Award-winning “Up.”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (dir. Liz Garbus): Nina Simone was a singular talent, a captivating musician whose widespread recognition as the “high priestess of soul” underscored her near-evangelical presence on stage. Liz Garbus’ film is an intimate tribute to this complex performer and her enduring legacy.
Closing Night Film
“Best of Enemies” (dir. Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville): In 1968, ABC News hired William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal, two ideologues with diametrically opposed political views to engage in a series of live, televised debates during the Democratic and Republican national conventions during a particularly contentious presidential election. Neville directed NFF’s 2013 Opening Night Film and Academy Award winner, “20 Feet From Stardom.”Spotlight Films
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon): After his mother forces Greg (Thomas Mann) to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, the detached high school senior unexpectedly finds himself letting down his guard. “Me and Earl” balances clever humor, poignant drama and delightfully bad spoofs of classic films in this multiple prize-winner from this year’s Sundance.
“Racing Extinction” (dir. Louie Psihoyus): Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove,” NFF 2009) bears witness to a global problem—mankind’s role in precipitating mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of the world’s species.
“Sleeping with Other People” (dir. Leslye Headland): Despite mutual attraction, sex addicts Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) vow to keep things platonic as they work through their issues, sleeping with other people while denying the possibility that they might just be perfect for one another. Also starring Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet and Jason Mantzoukas.
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” (dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez): In 1971, Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) embarks on a study of imprisonment and power dynamics, randomly assigning the role of either guard or prisoner to undergraduate experiment subjects in a mock jail. Also starring Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano and Tye Sheridan, and winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (dir. Alex Gibney): Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (“Going Clear, “Taxi to the Dark Side”) sets out to understand the world-shaping genius of Steve Jobs and why he continues to engender such reverence.Feature Film Program
“Almost There,” directed by Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden
“Being Canadian,” directed by Robert Cohen
“Cartel Land,” directed by Matthew Heinemann
“Chuck Norris vs. Communism,” directed by Ilinca Calugareanu
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” directed by Marielle Heller
“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” directed by Douglas Tirola
“Experimenter,” directed by Michael Almereyda
“Franny,” directed by Andrew Renzi“Glassland,” directed by Gerard Barrett
“Harry & Snowman,” directed by Ron Davis
“Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation,” directed by Barbara Kopple
“How to Change the World,” directed by Jerry Rothwell
“How to Dance in Ohio,” directed by Alexandra Shiva
“In My Father’s House,” directed by Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg
“Jimmy’s Hall,” directed by Ken Loach
“The Keeping Room,” directed by Daniel Barber
“Krisha,” directed by Trey Edward Shults
“Listen to Me Marlon,” directed by Stevan Riley
“Mavis!,” directed by Jessica Edwards
“Men Go to Battle,” directed by Zachary Treitz
“Meru,” directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
“The Overnight,” directed by Patrick Brice
“Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict,” directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
“Peter and John,” directed by Jay Craven
“Queen of Earth,” directed by Alex Ross Perry
“The Russian Woodpecker,” directed by Chad Gracia
“Shaun the Sheep: The Movie,” directed by Richard Starzak & Mark Burton
“Some Kind of Spark,” directed by Ben Niles
“(T)error,” directed by Lyric Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
“Time Out of Mind,” directed by Oren Moverman
“Welcome to Leith,” directed by Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker
“Western,” directed by Bill Ross & Turner Ross
“The Wolfpack,” directed by Crystal Moselle
“A Woman Like Me,” directed by Alex Sichel & Elizabeth Giamatti
For more information, visit www.nantucketfilmfestival.org