Festival History and Overview
Nantucket Film Festival was founded in 1996 to spotlight screenwriters, screenwriting and storytelling in today's cinema. The festival takes place the third week of June on the idyllic island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Now a prestigious annual event within the international film industry, the festival draws over ten thousand attendees, screenwriters, producers, agents and development executives each year. 2010 marks its fifteenth anniversary. The festival's detailed history and mission statement can be found at the official Website.
2010 Documentary Films Program
- A Small Act - Jennifer Arnold directs the inspiring and captivating story of Chris Mburu and his "guardian angel" Hilde Back. When Hilde sponsored the education of a young, impoverished Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. Now a UN lawyer, Chris pays forward Hilde's generosity by starting his own scholarship fund.
- Bill Cunningham New York - The film chronicles a man who is obsessively interested in only one thing - the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. With this singular goal, he has managed to create a poignant and ongoing portrait of New York City itself.
- Countdown to Zero - During the Cold War, the bomb loomed large in the public mind. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the bomb became a symbol of another era. An alarming and terrifying exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, Countdown to Zero exposes a variety of present day threats and features insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate total global disarmament.
- Freedom Riders - Filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of more than 400 black and white Americans who risked their lives by simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South in 1961, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws.
- His and Hers - A mesmerizing cinematic mosaic, His & Hers tells a 90-year-old love story through the collective voice of 70 women at different stages of their lives. The hallways, living rooms, and kitchens of the Irish Midlands become the canvas for the film's rich tapestry of female characters.
- Last Train Home - Lixin Fan's engaging and visually beautiful, Last Train Home follows a single migrant family who are caught up in the desperate annual migration that takes place every Chinese New Year when millions of migrant factory workers attempt to return home by train.
- Mister Rogers and Me - America's Favorite Neighbor, PBS icon Fred Rogers, sends MTV producer Benjamin Wagner on a quest for depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex media landscape. Armed with an HDDV camera, Wagner and his brother set out to find out more about the man himself.
- Smash His Camera - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. Filmmaker Leon Gast turns his camera on Ron Galella, who is surprisingly likeable and wound up with an archive of millions of photos that document New York celebrity life for decades.
- Summer Pasture - Locho and his wife Yama depend on their herd of yaks for survival, just as their ancestors have for generations. Summer Pasture offers unique and breathtaking access to a highly insular community and a sensitive portrait of a family at a time of great transition, posing unprecedented challenges to nomadic life in eastern Tibet.
- The Tillman Story - Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat's fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev's examines the notion of heroism by shining a light on the shady aftermath of Pat's death and calling to task the entire chain of command.
- Waiting for "Superman" - The director of An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim, examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories from a handful of students whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system.
Special 15th Anniversary Sidebar
To celebrate its festival fifteenth anniversary, the festival is also presenting special screenings of:
- Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - This hilarious, perceptive, and entertaining new film by talented filmmakers and Nantucket Film Festival alumni, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, exposes the private dramas of irreverent comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers.
- When The World Breaks - Depression-era life and art come alive with rare film clips and personal stories from survivors of the Great Depression of the 1930s like Ray Bradbury, Jerry Stiller, Buzz Aldrin, and Phyllis Diller to take us beyond the bread lines and dust bowls into a vibrant cinematic portrait of this formative decade in American history.
Annual Screenwriting Award
In 2010, the annual Screenwriting Tribute is being awarded to three Academy Award® winning writers, including documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ()Waiting for "Superman", An Inconvenient Truth), as well as narrative fiction filmmakers Barry Levinson (Diner, Tootsie,) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine.
2010 Festival Dates and Other Details
The 2010 Nantucket Film Festival takes place from June 17 to 20 on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. The festival's directors are Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbee and Executive Director Colin Stanfield.