Let’s go to the Movies, Let’s go see the Stars!

It’s that time of year again and I can already smell the popcorn! The Nantucket film festival is bACK and the lineup is better than ever. This week is one of the best of the summer season because the island is flooded with amazing talent from all outlets the film industry. The festival is June 24 through June 29 and this is the festival’s 20th anniversary! There are so many amazing films presented during the festival , we thought we would highlight some of the films we are most excited to see!

Opening Night Film:

The End of the Tour
With the 1996 release of his totemic novel Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) became an overnight literary sensation, a brainy yet zeitgeist-capturing writer with as many fanatically devoted followers as he had harsh detractors. Yet Wallace, with all his new found celebrity, could be found teaching English at Illinois State University and living in a modest house in the suburbs with his dogs. Into this scenario comes David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), a Rolling Stone reporter (and struggling novelist, natch) with hopes of getting inside the life and mind of Wallace over the course of an intimate five-day interview at the end of Wallace’s book tour. Buoyed by exceptional performances from Segel and Eisenberg, this compelling, often funny two-hander features a sharp script by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and marks the return of filmmaker James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) to NFF.

Centerpiece Film:

What Happened, Miss. Simone?
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. The classically trained Simone’s early dreams of becoming the first African-American female pianist to perform at Carnegie Hall were thwarted by the prevailing prejudices of the 1950s, which instead led her to develop a distinctive singing career that blended gospel, pop, and folk with classical music. After Simone gained success, she openly addressed societal racial inequity in her music, becoming an icon of the civil rights movement. Despite her confident stage persona, however, the chanteuse battled personal demons that would emerge in her later years, as revealed in Liz Garbus’ intimate tribute to this complex performer.

Special Screening:
Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Accompanied by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

As you can see we are all in for a treat! There are so many more amazing films and people to meet, feel free to check out the link below for a full schedule! Our team looks forward to meeting all you fellow movie lovers.

That’s a Wrap,

The VH Team