All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller at NFF 2011

The All-Star Comedy Roundtable was a smashing success! Each sold our All-Star Comedy Roundtable has continued to be one of the most memorable events at the Festival and the one was no different. Seth Meyers hilariously moderated this relaxed panel discussion with some of the biggest names in comedy: Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn, Aziz Ansari and of course, Ben Stiller. We're already looking forward to next year!

Check out this great article from Track Gals TV about our All-Star Comedy Roundtable. You can also view their own picture galleries from NFF 2011 from the link above.

One Lucky Elephant Screens Tomorrow!

When Flora the elephant loses her zest for performing, David Balding, producer of Nantucket's own Circus Flora, goes on a journey of mammoth proportions to find her a new home, revealing the unintended consequences of raising a wild animal in captivity in One Lucky Elephant. Caught between the human and animal worlds, Flora embodies the harsh reality elephants face as man continues to expand his territory. Filmed over a decade, the documentary raises questions about humans' complex relationships with animals for which there are no easy answers. One thing is certain: After watching this film, it is impossible to look at an elephant in a zoo or a circus in the same way.

Check out the great review for One Lucky Elephant in The LA TimesOne Lucky Elephant screens directly after our All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller on Sunday, June 26th, at 3:30PM at the Nantucket High School. Click here for tickets!

Tickets still available for Facing History and Ourselves: Granito!

We are proud to present, along with Facing History and Ourselves, the revolutionary documentary Granito, written and directed by Pamela Yates.

The five people whose colliding destinies are depicted in Granito are connected by the war-torn Guatemala of 1982, when a genocidal military campaign exterminated nearly 200,000 people, most of them Mayans. The five sift for clues buried in archives of mind, place, and historical memory. As if a watchful Mayan god were weaving the threads of these stories, the film itself emerges as an active player in the present. The protagonists piece together narratives capable of unlocking the past and settling matters of life and death. Each seeks to integrate wrongs done and justice sought while adding a granito, a tiny grain of sand, to this inevitably epic tale.

Check out the trailer hereGranito is screening TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 23rd, at 2:00PM at the Nantucket High School. Pamela Yates will be there for a panel discussion after the film. Buy your tickets now or at the High School!

NFF Opening Night is HERE!

The wait is over! Opening Night of the 2011 Film Festival is finally here! We are celebrating by screening two fantastic films: Cars 2 and Buck.

We are thrilled to be able to host the East Coast premiere of Cars 2! This fast-paced and hilarious sequel follows Lightening McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and his loveable sidekick Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) on a brand new adventure across the globe at the first-ever World Grand Prix. Also featuring the voice talent of Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer. Sponsored by Cape Air, Writer of Cars 2 and New Voices in Screenwriting Honoree, Ben Queen, will be in attendance. RUSH TICKETS ONLY for Opening Night at the Sconset Casino. You can still buy tickets to the screening on Saturday, June 25th, at 10:30AM at the Sconset Casino.

Our second Opening Night film is Buck. This fascinating documentary is about Buck Brannaman, a man who possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses and people with his compassion and respect. Buck is a man who overcame a painful childhood to become a teacher who motivated all he encounterd. In association with Nantucket Dreamland, Buck's triumphant story is the inspiration for Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer. Director Cindy Meehl and Producer Julie Goldman will be in attendance. Tickets are still available for Opening Night at 8:00PM at the Nantucket High School. The 2nd screening of Buck on Friday, June 24th at 5:00PM at the Starlight Theater is RUSH TICKETS ONLY.

Feel the Rhythm of When the Drum is Beating

When the Drum is Beating is a documentary that shows how the music of Septentrional, a popular Haitian band, can uplift a nation even in the most challenging of circumstances. Led by 80 year-old conductor, "Maestro" Ulrick Pierre Louis, the band members of Septentrional have been playing music through civil unrest, dictatorships, cataclysmic natural disasters, government overthrows and the like for decades, never missing a beat. In the face of Haiti's greatest tragedy, the earthquake that killed almost 300,000 people, the band must come together and find the courage to go on.

You can check out the trailer to When the Drum is Beating here. The Director, Whitney Dow, will be in attendance at both screenings to answer any questions and discuss her film. See When the Drum is Beating either on Thursday, June 23rd at 8:00PM or Saturday, June 25th at 1:00PM, both at Bennett Hall.

Mandatory Volunteer Meeting Tonight at 7PM!

The Nantucket Film Festival could not happen without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers. Volunteers work throughout the Festival in various capacities. These positions are unpaid but will provide priceless experience. Volunteering is often the first step in the door for people interested in pursuing or advancing a career in the film industry.

It takes hard work to make the Festival a fun and culturally enlightening experience for the thousands who attend, and our volunteers are the public face of the Festival. We're looking for seriously dedicated individuals to work at the Festival's theaters and production office.

Our Mandatory Volunteer Meeting is happening TONIGHT (June 20th) at 7PM at the Greenhound Building at 10 Washington St. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email our lovely Volunteer Coordinator, Rema Sayge, at volunteer@nantucketfilmfestival.org.

New Doc explores the strange case of Chess champion, Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary that explores the nature of genius, madness, and the game of chess itself. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player that ever lived, Fischer rose from child prodigy to world-class champion at age 29, only to become a victim of his own paranoia and oddities. A recluse for decades, Fischer resurfaced in the 1990s for a strange final chapter as a fugitive, living all over the world to escape extradition back to the US. With rare footage and eye-opening interviews with his family and friends, Bobby Fischer Against The World is a riveting story of a mastermind’s turbulent rise and fall.

 

For more information about Bobby Fischer Against The World, check out this Paste Magazine interview with director Liz Garbus. Garbus will be in attendance for a Q & A after the film's screening on Saturday, June 25th at 1:30PM at the Nantucket High School.  Tickets are available so buy now!

 

Download NFF's Mobile App!

Want to customize your NFF schedule? New to the Festival this year, make sure you check out our NFF Mobile App sponsored by Tissot for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Powered by Festival Genius, you are able to select films for your own "My Schedule" and create your own custom Festival itinerary available at the touch of a finger and rate all the films you've just seen. You will also be able to publish your ratings and personal film calender to the Festival web site to share them with all your friends.

Did we mention it is free? It's free!

Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn to join All-Star Comedy Roundtable

Comedy Legends Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn will join previously announced Seth MeyersAziz Ansari and Ben Stiller on this year's All-Star Comedy Roundtable, sponsored by EPIX. Jerry Seinfeld is the Emmy-award winning comedian behind Seinfeld. Colin Quinn recently finished up his one man show, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, on Broadway, which was directed by his fellow Comedy Roundtable panelist, Jerry Seinfeld. Read more about all the recent additions to our All-Star Comedy Roundtable and more in this IndieWire article.

The All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented By Ben Stiller has sold out the 800-seat High School auditorium two years in a row! Click here to buy your tickets! Remember, passes are still on sale. Our High School Pass is new this year and offers one ticket to our All-Star Comedy Roundtable, plus 10 film selections to ANY film playing at the High School, including all Spotlight Films. Our Patron Pass provides "no tickets required" priority access to all films screenings and Signature Programs, including the Roundtable and invitations to VIP-only parties!

Caught Up in The Lie

Based on a T.C Boyle short story in The New YorkerThe Lie is about a couple of young idealists, Lonnie (Joshua Leonard) and Clover (Jess Weixler), whose lives dramatically change once Clover becomes unexpectedly pregnant. Lonnie is forced to give up his music while Clover enters the corporate world. Wallowing in regret, Lonnie calls in sick to work so he can re-evaluate his life. When he is told he has to show up to work or be fired, Lonnie panics and tells a truly shocking lie, that will change the course of his life forever

 

Read more about writer/director Joshua Leonard as he discusses The Lie, directing himself and his long career in indie film. You can also check out this interview with Leonard and co-star, Jess Weixler at the Sundance Film Festival. The Lie is showing on June 23 at 5:00 p.m. at Bennett Hall and again on June 24 at 3:30 p.m. at Nantucket High School. Leonard will be in attendance at both screenings. Buy your tickets today!