This is a guest blog post for the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and Visit Martha's Vineyard, written by Hilary Dreyer, Managing Director of the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. All photos by Joshua Robinson-White. Content and photos cannot be republished in any format without express permission.
For me, winter seems to pass by in a quick blur--how is it already March?! (Which I know is not what most people on the Island are thinking right now.) This is mainly because winter is our busiest time. We are scouring the depths of the web to find films you’ve never heard of, combing through hundreds of submissions to bring you the best of the best, and creating this unforgettable weekend which is the 18th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.
But it’s not just about bringing the best films to our little island. It’s about designing the whole experience, and making sure that at every possible corner, you have the opportunity to have your heart or mind opened wide to new ideas, perspectives, and people. The most rewarding part for me is connecting our audience with the guests that we bring for discussions after films. Usually, the name of the guest isn’t one you recognize, but by the end of the film, you are just absolutely floored that they’re standing at the front of the house before you.
I don’t often get to honor people my age up on stage, but this year we’ll be putting 27-year-old Maria Toorpakai from Pakistan in the spotlight after the screening of Unveiled. She is fighting fearlessly for positive change not only for women in Pakistan, but around the world. I promise you this is not one you want to miss. Honestly, if I were to list every single not-to-miss guest it would be all of them, so if you have to make some hard decisions on which films to skip, you’ll still find time to chat with our guests at the festival throughout the weekend. There’s plenty of time in between films to grab a fancy hot (or iced, ‘cause it’s almost spring) coffee from Chilmark Coffee Company, a full meal from Robert Lionette to ease your Morning Glory cravings, and don’t get me started on the apricot-ginger scones from Pie Chicks!
So I hope you’ll join me in a few weekends’ time. Come hang out! Grab your parents, your loved ones, old friends or new friends, and catch a flick, a meal, a beach walk, a workshop, or live music! Come laugh with me, cry with me, feel with me, learn, problem-solve, and celebrate our community with me!
Get your tickets ahead of time, and explore our full schedule, at tmvff.org.
And don’t forget that you can volunteer for a free ticket!
Be sure to visit MVY.com for everything you need to plan your trip to Martha's Vineyard!
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