June 24-29, 2015
Initiated by brother and sister, Jill and Jonathan in 1996, the Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The festival appreciates the art of screen-writing and promotes cultural awareness in world cinema by featuring a world-class program.
The NFF screens an acclaimed series of original programs such as independent, studio-produced, foreign, documentary and short films in every genre which also includes many theatrical premieres. It also features innovative Signature Programs, including an All-Star Comedy Roundtable, Screenwriters Tribute. About 20 feature films and 15-25 short films are selected annually, keeping in mind great screen-writing and storytelling.
Watch Out For!
Opening Night Fim
The End Of The Tour
Directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Donald Margulies, the film tells the story of Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) who 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.
Like last year, NFF has once again collaborated with Pixar for their Opening Day film. Inside Out directed by Pete Docter 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).
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Liz Garbus-directed What Happened, Miss Simone? is the story of Nina Simone, a captivating musician whose widespread recognition as the ‘high priestess of soul’ underscored her near-evangelical presence on stage.
This year, NFF has introduced a new category and will include films such as:
Best Of Enemies
Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, the film’s story is based in 1986. It revolves around ABC News’ 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 also directed NFF’s 2013 Opening Night Film and Academy Award winner, 20 Feet From Stardom.