At 25 years old, the Woods Hole Film Festival is the oldest film festival on the Cape and Islands. Part of the festival’s mission is to support local filmmakers, and this year’s festival features a bumper crop of films with Cape and Islands connections. It may be on the other end of Cape Cod, but there’s plenty of interest here, so take a day trip…It will certainly be worthwhile. Here’s a list of a few of the local films in the festival that we’re keeping our eyes on and their screening dates.
Ribbons (August 5) by writer, actor, and director—and Provincetown native—Brandon Cordiero is a narrative short about a young boy growing up in Provincetown during the height of the AIDS epidemic.
Safe Harbor (August 3) by part-time Lieutenant Island, Wellfleet, resident Richard Elson is a documentary short that covers the most recent research efforts in understanding and protecting the inhabitants of Wellfleet Harbor’s fragile ecology.
What Tomorrow Brings (July 31) by Falmouth resident Beth Murphy is a documentary about the first girls’ school in Afghanistan, tracing the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan. This screening is preceded by a performance of Afghan music by Qais Essar.
Murphy is also executive producer of James Demo’s The Peacemaker (August 1), which follows international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself.
Sustaining Sea Scallops (August 3 & 5) by Woods Hole residents Elise Hugus and Daniel Cojanu, is a short film about the remarkable renaissance of the Atlantic’s sea scallop industry after its near collapse in 1999.
Crest Of The Hill (August 5) by independent radio and multimedia producer Samantha Broun of Woods Hole is the director’s first documentary short about a man with Alzheimer’s who sells his family home while he is still able.
One Big Home (August 1) by Martha’s Vineyarder Thomas Bena is a feature documentary about the campaign waged on Martha’s Vineyard by an unlikely band of concerned locals—everyone from Hollywood filmmakers to the town custodian—to pass a new bylaw limiting the island’s house size.
The Last Bay Scallop? (August 3) by Nantucket resident John Stanton is a short documentary that examines the potential loss of Nantucket’s commercial bay-scallop fishery, the water-quality issues in its harbors, the local culture that formed itself around the fishery, and the fishermen who work the waters each fall and winter.
The Raft (August 4) is a narrative short by Falmouth Academy alum Robert Jones that stars Ed Asner in a story about a fantasy-prone boy who realizes the truth behind a decision his grandfather made during World War II.
Save Tomorrow (July 31) by Woods Hole summer resident Lynne Cherry is the tenth short documentary in her Young Voices for the Planet film series about youths creating their own environmental movements. This one documents three 9-year-old girls from Lexington, Massachusetts, who are concerned about climate change and feel that the adults have let them down.
Although not a local film, another one of interest is A Drag Queen for Kids (August 2), which follows Dito Van Reigersberg and his alter ego, Martha Graham Cracker, as they prepare for and perform their drag show for kids, Martha Graham Cracker Meets Dr. Seuss. Also several LGBT themed films are included, such as Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk’s The Guys Next Door (August 3), a portrait of a gay couple and the married suburban mom of three children who carried and gave birth to two girls for them. And also, Heartland (July 30), about a young Oklahoma artist who lands back in her mother’s stifling household after her girlfriend dies, but finds temporary escape in a reckless weekend affair with her brother’s girlfriend.
The 25th Woods Hole Film Festival runs July 30 – August 6, 2016. For tickets, schedule, and information call 508.495.FILM or visit woodsholefilmfestival.org.