Screenwriters Tribute Announced, New Film Program Director, Pre-Festival Launch Screening

The Nantucket Film Festival is proud to announce Academy Award®- and Emmy®-winning screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin will receive the Screenwriters Tribute at the 19th Annual Nantucket Film Festival. Emily Mortimer, star of Sorkin’s hit HBO drama The Newsroom, will present him with the award at the Screenwriters Tribute, taking place Saturday, June 28.

Sorkin is best known as the screenwriter behind The Social Network (Academy Award winner, Best Adapted Screenplay) and the creator of the Emmy Award-winning television shows The West WingThe Newsroom, and Sports Night. His other film and television credits include MaliceThe American PresidentCharlie Wilson’s War, and NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The film adaptation of Sorkin’s Broadway playwriting debut, A Few Good Men, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Sorkin will next adapt Steve Jobs, the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder.

Past Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriters Tribute honorees include David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Paul Haggis, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, and James Schamus.

“Aaron Sorkin has had a profound influence on the way stories are told on the big and small screens, and we are delighted he will be accepting our tribute and joining the ranks of the great NFF Screenwriters Tribute honorees of the past," said Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival.

Actress Emily Mortimer will present the Screenwriters Tribute award to Sorkin. Prior to her starring role on The Newsroom, Mortimer collaborated twice with Martin Scorsese, first in Shutter Island and then in Hugo. Additional film credits include Young Adam, Dear Frankie, Match PointLars and the Real GirlTranssiberian, Our Idiot Brother, Cars 2, and Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing, for which Mortimer won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming, Mortimer will be seen in HBO’s Doll & Em, set to premiere March 19, 2014. Written by and starring real-life best friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, Doll and Em is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. Past Tribute presenters include Glenn Close, Diane Keaton, and Jim Carrey.

The Nantucket Film Festival is also proud to collaborate with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation to present a special pre-festival screening of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!, featuring a new, original music score composed and performed live by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. Safety Last! (1923), directed and starring comedic genius Harold Lloyd, is widely considered one of the greatest silent film classics of all time and boasts the iconic image of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building over a bustling Los Angeles street below. Safety Last! will be presented in a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films, sourced from an original nitrate print.

“Last year’s presentation of Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality with the Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra was a smash success. It was natural to partner with the Nantucket Film Festival to bring back this truly unique musical and cinematic experience to Nantucket,” said Melissa Murphy, Executive Director of the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation.

The presentation of Safety Last! will be preceded by a screening of the short Emerson College documentary on the creation of the new Berklee score for the Lloyd film: Punches and Streamers: The Making of a Film Score. The special screening will take place on Tuesday, June 24, with tickets available through the Dreamland box office.

The Nantucket Film Festival has also hired Basil Tsiokos as the new Film Program & Education Director. Tsiokos is a veteran film festival programmer and consultant to filmmakers, serving as Documentary Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and program consultant for Hot Docs and the Seattle International Film Festival. He also serves as a regular contributor to Indiewire, serving as the publication’s curator for Hulu’s Documentaries page; a visiting professor at Pratt, teaching a course on film festivals and overseeing the Wallabout student short film festival; offers advice and information to filmmakers daily on his blog what (not) to doc; and previously co-produced the feature documentary The Canal Street Madam. Between 1996-2008, Basil was the Artistic & Executive Director of NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival.

“The diversity of Basil's experience in so many aspects of the film world, including a robust programming resume make him a great fit to lead NFF,” said Brabbée

The 19th Annual Nantucket Film Festival will take place this year from June 25-30. For further information on the 2014 Nantucket Film Festival, please visit


The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996 to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the fine art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. These days, NFF has become one of the premier destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience the preview screenings, unique signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. In addition to screening over 75 films across six days, NFF presents the Screenwriters Tribute, the All-Star Comedy Roundtable hosted by Ben Stiller, In Their Shoes… hosted by Chris Matthews, Late Night Storytelling, and our daily Morning Coffee With… series.


Much more than just a movie theater, the Dreamland presents year-round films, educational programs, and world-class entertainment while providing a venue for community activities. The Dreamland is located at 17 South Water Street. Visit their website at


Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, in the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of Professor of Film Scoring and three-time Emmy nominee Sheldon Mirowitz. To date, the BSFO has scored seven iconic silent features––Sunrise, It, Battleship Potemkin, Piccadilly, Faust, Our Hospitality, and Safety Last!––commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, and performed in Boston’s historic Emerson / Cutler Majestic Theatre, the new Nantucket Dreamland Theater, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

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