NFF Film and Signature Program Slate Announced!

The Nantucket Film Festival® (NFF), presented by Bank of America® announced today its lineup, honorees, and Signature Programs for the 29th annual edition, which will run from June 19 – 24, 2024. NFF’s mission is to celebrate the vast diversity of human experience through the art of screenwriting and storytelling. 

NFF will open on June 19th with Magnolia Pictures’ THELMA, written and directed by Josh Margolin, which follows 93-year-old Thelma Post as she sets out on a quest for justice after being scammed out of $10,000, starring Academy Award nominee June Squibb, Richard Roundtree, Clark Gregg, Fred Hechinger, and Parker Posey. On June 24th, the Festival will present SUPER/MAN: THE CHRISTOPHER REEVE STORY as its Closing Night film. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, the film tells of Reeve’s astonishing rise from unknown actor to iconic movie star, including his definitive portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman, before being injured in a near-fatal horse-riding accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down, but catalyzed his activism for disability rights. Screening as NFF’s Centerpiece selection is Netflix’s SKYWALKERS: A LOVE STORY. Director Jeff Zimbalist chronicles the visually stunning documentary which tells the nail-biting story of a daredevil couple journeying across the globe to clandestinely film themselves climbing the world’s last super skyscraper. For the thirteenth year, NFF will host a screening of a Disney and Pixar film on the Festival’s Opening Day. INSIDE OUT 2, directed by Kelsey Mann with a screenplay by Meg LeFauve and Dave Holstein, follows Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust who have been running a successful operation by all accounts for 13 years; however, when Anxiety shows up, they aren’t sure how to feel—and Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment soon follow.

More than 60 features and short films will screen as part of NFF’s 2024 film lineup. Narrative features include Sony Pictures Classics’ BETWEEN THE TEMPLES, directed by Nathan Silver and co-written with C. Mason Wells; Focus Features’ DÌDI (弟弟), written and directed by Academy-Award-nominee Sean Wang; IFC Films’ GHOSTLIGHT, written and directed by Kelly O’Sullivan and co-directed with Alex Thompson; Juno Films’ GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS, written and directed by Shuchi Talati; Metrograph Pictures’ GOOD ONE, written and directed by India Donaldson; IN THE SUMMERS, written and directed by Alessandra Lacorazza; Sony Pictures Classics’ KNEECAP, written and directed by Rich Peppiatt; LOS FRIKIS, written and directed by Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson; Vertical Entertainment’s WIDOW CLICQUOT, written by Erin Dignam and directed by Thomas Napper; and WINNER, written and directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written by Kerry Howley.

Documentary features include Netflix’s DAUGHTERS, directed by Angela Patton and Natalie Rae; DEVO, directed by Chris Smith, with special guest Gerald V. Casale from the band Devo in attendance; Hulu’s DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: WOMAN IN CHARGE, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton; HBO Documentary Films’ ELIZABETH TAYLOR: THE LOST TAPES, directed by Nanette Burstein; ENO, directed by Gary Hustwit; EVERY LITTLE THING, directed by Sally Aitken; LOVE MACHINA, directed by Peter Sillen; LUTHER: NEVER TOO MUCH, directed by Dawn Porter; Greenwich Entertainment’s NEVER LOOK AWAY, directed by Lucy Lawless; PORCELAIN WAR, directed by Brendan Bellomo and Slava Leontyev; Netflix’s THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF IBELIN, directed by Benjamin Ree; and National Geographic Documentary Films’ SUGARCANE, directed by Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie. 

“This year’s slate of films continues to celebrate bold and independent voices close to home and across the world,” said Basil Tsiokos, Senior Programmer, and Anita Raswant, Lead Programmer. “We invite our audiences to explore a wide range of work that honors the power of storytelling — and in turn, our shared humanity over the course of our six-day, highly curated festival.” 

NFF will honor Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated writer and producer Kerry Ehrin with the Excellence in Television Writing Award, recognizing her work on the critically acclaimed series THE MORNING SHOW, BATES MOTEL, PARENTHOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, and others. Past recipients of the award have included Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, and Beau Willimon. 

Oscar®, Emmy, and Peabody award-winning director, producer, and writer Roger Ross Williams will be honored with the Career Achievement in Filmmaking Award. Williams was the first African American director to win an Academy Award® with his short film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. In his latest documentary feature, Netflix’s STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING, based on the bestselling book of the same name by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi,  Williams uses innovative animation and expert insights to explore the history of racist ideas in America.  STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING will also screen at the Festival. Previous recipients include: Ken Burns and Lynn Novak, Ramin Bahrani, Davis Guggenheim, Rory Kennedy, Morgan Neville, and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, among others.  

The Festival will honor Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Meredith Scardino with the New Voices in Television Writing Award. Scardino is the creator and showrunner of the Emmy-nominated Netflix original comedy series GIRLS5EVA, starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps, and Paula Pell. Scardino also wrote on all four seasons of UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, as well as its interactive finale, KIMMY VS. THE REVEREND; and was a part of the Emmy Award-winning writing team on THE COLBERT REPORT. The award will be presented by Emmy Award-winning writer and GIRLS5EVA cast member Paula Pell. Previous recipients of the award include: Jenny Han, Cooper Raiff, Siân Heder, Mike Cahill, Leslye Headland, and Lake Bell, among others.

New to the Festival this year is the NextGen program, a selection of compelling films with a special appeal for Millennial and Gen Z audiences, brought together to cultivate the next generation of NFF film lovers. Featured films include India Donaldson’s GOOD ONE, Alessandra Lacorazza’s IN THE SUMMERS, Rich Peppiatt’s KNEECAP, Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson’s LOS FRIKIS, and Jeff Zimbalist’s SKYWALKERS: A LOVE STORY.

NFF has a long history of using film to dig deeply into global concerns. This summer, its Green Carpet Cinema program returns for a third year, demonstrating the Festival’s commitment to actively lead conversations about climate change by highlighting environment-focused films. Selections this year include Stephanie Johnes’ MAYA AND THE WAVE, which displays the delicate balance between nature and humanity, following one woman’s struggles and triumphs in surfing the infamously huge waves in Nazaré, Portugal; Daphne Matziaraki and Peter Murimi’s THE BATTLE FOR LAIKIPIA, which explores the generations-old conflict between Indigenous pastoralists and white landowners in Laikipia, Kenya, a wildlife conservation haven; EVERY LITTLE THING, following a woman’s transformative journey as she nurtures wounded hummingbirds; and Shorts Program THE WATER CONNECTION, which includes Jeff Orlowski-Yang and Sarah Keo’s CHASING TIME, following acclaimed photographer James Balog as he brings compelling visual evidence of climate change to the global stage by depicting the rapid melting of glaciers around the world; and Dean Leslie’s SHAPED BY WATER, an exploration of the bond between athletes and their intimate relationships with water.

This year, NFF will also host a series of Deep Dive Screening + Talk Presentations. Featured events include STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING, followed by a conversation with director Roger Ross Williams and author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi; WAR GAME, directed by Jesse Moss and Tony Gerber, followed by a conversation with select participants from the timely documentary; and THE WATER CONNECTION shorts program, followed by a conversation with CHASING TIME subject James Balog.

The 2024 Nantucket Film Festival will return with pillar Signature Programs, including the previously mentioned Green Carpet Cinema program; The Screenwriters Tribute, honoring Kerry Ehrin, Roger Ross Williams, and Meredith Scardino, and hosted by comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg; a live podcast taping of How Did This Get Made?, featuring hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas;  In Their Shoes® with Ken Burns, an in-depth and revealing conversation about the work of Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentarian Ken Burns, who will attend the Festival in-person to preview clips and discuss his latest project, PBS’ LEONARDO da VINCI; a Garden Conversation, with Kerry Ehrin, Meredith Scardino, and Paula Pell, moderated by Ophira Eisenberg, giving a behind the scenes look at THE MORNING SHOW and GIRLS5EVA from script to screen; and Morning Coffee With…®, where Festival audiences begin their day alongside some of the most talented writers, actors, directors, and producers in the film industry.

“Since its inception in 1996, NFF has aimed to foster a space that showcases and celebrates the work of incredible storytellers in film and television, and this year is no exception. We are thrilled to introduce our curated lineup of films, events, and artists to our audiences on the Island come summer,” said Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival. “As captivating as our on-screen experiences are, we are equally excited to highlight the power of storytelling off-screen through our Signature Programs featuring engaging live discussions and events with acclaimed screenwriters and filmmakers.”

Bank of America returns as a Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. NFF is also supported by long-time partner White Elephant Resorts as a Major Sponsor; and A&E IndieFilms and Delta Air Lines as Signature Sponsors.

The 29th Annual Nantucket Film Festival runs from June 19 – 24, 2024. Festival passes are currently on sale now, and ticket packages will go on sale today April 23 at noon on the NFF website (

Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Josh Margolin
Producer: Zoë Worth, Chris Kaye, Karl Spoerri, Viviana Vezzani, Nicholas Weinstock, Benjamin Simpson

When 93-year-old Thelma Post gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, she sets out on a treacherous quest across the city to reclaim what was taken from her. Cast: June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, Malcolm McDowell

Animated Feature
Writers: Dave Holstein, Meg LeFauve
Director: Kelsey Mann
Producer: Mark Nielsen

Disney and Pixar’s INSIDE OUT 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety, alongside Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Tony Hale as Fear, and Liza Lapira as Disgust. 

Documentary Feature, NextGen
Director: Jeff Zimbalist
Producers: Jeff Zimbalist, Maria Bukhonina, Chris Smith, Tamir Ardon

To save their career and their relationship in wartime, a Russian couple endeavor to illegally climb the world’s last super skyscraper and perform a daring acrobatic stunt on the spire.  Winner: Documentary Audience Award, Miami Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Producers: Ian Bonhôte, Robert Ford, Lizzie Gillett, Erin Sayder

Never-before-seen home movies and extraordinary personal archives reveal how Christopher Reeve went from unknown actor to iconic movie star as the ultimate screen superhero. He learned the true meaning of heroism as an activist after suffering a tragic accident that left him quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator to breathe.


Documentary Feature, Green Carpet Cinema
Directors: Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi
Producers: Toni Kamau, Daphne Matziaraki

Unresolved historical injustices and climate change raise the stakes in a generations-old conflict between Indigenous pastoralists and white landowners in Laikipia, Kenya, a wildlife conservation haven.

Narrative Feature
Writers: Nathan Silver, C. Mason Wells
Director: Nathan Silver
Producers: Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Nate Kamiya, Adam Kersh, Taylor Hess

A cantor in a crisis of faith finds his world turned upside down when his grade school music teacher re-enters his life as his new adult bat mitzvah student. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Carol Kane, Dolly de Leon, Caroline Aaron, Robert Smigel, Madeline Weinstein, Matthew Shear

Documentary Feature
Directors: Angela Patton, Natalie Rae
Producers: Natalie Rae, Lisa Mazzotta, Justin Benoliel, James Cunningham, Mindy Goldberg, Sam Bisbee, Kathryn Everett, Laura Choi Raycroft 

Four young girls prepare for a special daddy-daughter dance with their incarcerated fathers, as part of a unique fatherhood program in a Washington, DC, jail. Winner: US Documentary Audience Award & Festival Favorite Award, Sundance Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Director: Chris Smith
Producers: Danny Gabai, Anita Greenspan, Chris Holmes, Chris Smith

An exploration of the new wave band Devo, who took their concept of “de-evolution” from a cult following to near-rock star status, all while preaching urgent social commentary.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Trish Dalton
Producers: Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Tracy Aftergood, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Sean Stuart

Child of a Holocaust survivor, princess by marriage, and founder of a fashion empire, the many faces of fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg are revealed in this captivating and glamorous documentary portrait, featuring interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Marc Jacobs, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and more. 

DÌDI (弟弟)
Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Sean Wang
Producers: Carlos López Estrada, Josh Peters, Valerie Bush, Sean Wang

In 2008, during the last month of summer before high school begins, an impressionable 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy learns what his family can’t teach him: how to skate, how to flirt, and how to love your mom. Cast: Izaac Wang, Joan Chen, Shirley Chen, Chang Li Hua. Winner: US Dramatic Audience Award & Special Jury Award for Ensemble, Sundance Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Director: Nanette Burstein
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Nanette Burstein, Sean Stuart, Glen Zipper, Bill Gerber, Rachel Rusch Rich

Newly discovered interviews with Elizabeth Taylor and unprecedented access to the star’s personal archive reveal the complex inner life and vulnerability of the groundbreaking icon.

Documentary Feature
Director: Gary Hustwit
Producer: Jessica Edwards

The definitive documentary about visionary musician and artist Brian Eno—a groundbreaking generative film that’s different every time it’s shown.

Documentary Feature, Green Carpet Cinema
Director: Sally Aitken
Producers: Bettina Dalton, Oli Harbottle, Anna Godas

Amid the glamor of Hollywood, a woman finds herself on a transformative journey as she nurtures wounded hummingbirds, unraveling a visually captivating and magical tale of love, fragility, healing, and the delicate beauty in tiny acts of greatness.

Narrative Feature
Writer: Kelly O’Sullivan
Directors: Kelly O’Sullivan, Alex Thompson
Producers: Ian Keiser, Alex Wilson, Pierce Cravens, Eddie Linker, Chelsea Krant, Alex Thompson

When a construction worker unexpectedly joins a local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet, the drama onstage starts to mirror his own life. Cast: Keith Kupferer, Katherine Mallen Kupferer, Tara Mallen, Dolly De Leon

Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Shuchi Talati 
Producers: Shuchi Talati, Richa Chadha, Claire Chassagne

In a strict boarding school nestled in the Himalayas, 16-year-old Mira discovers desire and romance. But her sexual, rebellious awakening is disrupted by her mother who never got to come of age herself. Cast: Preeti Panigrahi, Kani Kusruti, Kesav Binoy Kiron. Winner: World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award & Special Jury Award for Acting, Sundance Film Festival

Narrative Feature, NextGen
Writer/Director: India Donaldson
Producers: Diana Irvine, Graham Mason, Wilson Cameron, India Donaldson

On a weekend backpacking trip in the Catskills, 17-year-old Sam contends with the competing egos of her father and his oldest friend. Cast: Lily Collias, James Le Gros, Danny McCarthy

Narrative Feature, NextGen
Writer/Director: Alessandra Lacorazza
Producers: Alexander Dinelaris, Rob Quadrino, Fernando Rodriguez-Vila, Lynette Coll, Sergio Alberto Lira, Cristóbal Güell, Jan Suter, Daniel Tantalean, Cynthia Fernandez De La Cruz, Janek Ambros, Stephanie Yankwitt

On a journey that spans the formative years of their lives, two sisters navigate their loving but volatile father during their yearly summer visits to his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Cast: René Pérez Joglar, Sasha Calle, Lío Mehiel, Leslie Grace, Emma Ramos, Sharlene Cruz. Winner: US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize & Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival 

Narrative Feature, NextGen
Writer/Director: Rich Peppiatt
Producers: Trevor Birney, Jack Tarling

In post-Troubles Belfast, three hedonistic Irish language speakers form hip-hop group Kneecap, becoming the unlikely figureheads of a civil rights movement to save their mother tongue. Cast: Naoise Ó Cairealláin, Liam Óg Ó Hannaidh, JJ Ó Dochartaigh, Josie Walker, Fionnuala Flaherty, Jessica Reynolds, Adam Best, Simone Kirby, Michael Fassbender. Winner: NEXT Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival

Narrative Feature, NextGen
Writers/Directors: Michael Schwartz, Tyler Nilson
Producers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz, Rebecca Karch Tomlinson

In a coming-of-age story set in early ‘90s Cuba, brothers Gustavo and Paco, desperate to keep their punk band together, come up with a remarkable solution. Cast: Adria Arjona, Héctor Medina, Eros de la Puente, Lus Alberto García, Jorge Perugorría. Winner: Marimbas Grand Jury Award, Miami Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Director: Peter Sillen
Producers: Brendan Doyle, Peter Sillen

Futurists Martine and Bina Rothblatt commission Bina48, a humanoid AI, as an early sketch of potential digital consciousness and as a vehicle to explore the couple’s quest to be in love forever.

Documentary Feature
Director: Dawn Porter
Producers: Trish D. Chetty, Ged Doherty, Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, Leah Smith

The film chronicles the story of a vocal virtuoso. Using a wealth of rarely-seen archives, Luther tells his own story with assistance from his closest friends and musical collaborators including Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson, and Roberta Flack.

Documentary Feature, Green Carpet Cinema
Director/Producer: Stephanie Johnes

World champion surfer Maya Gabeira overcomes mounting challenges as she attempts to break a world record in Portugal.

Documentary Feature
Director: Lucy Lawless
Producers: Matthew Metcalfe, Tom Blackwell, Lucy Lawless

The unbelievable, yet entirely true, story of an incredible woman Margaret Moth, a pioneering news camerawoman dedicated to documenting the civilian impact of war, who stared death in the face but refused to look away.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev
Producers: Aniela Sidorska, Paula DuPré Pesmen, Camilla Mazzaferro, Olivia Ahnemann

Under roaring fighter jets, Ukrainian artists Slava, Anya, and Andrey choose to stay behind. Defiantly finding beauty amid destruction, they show that although it’s easy to make people afraid, it’s hard to destroy their passion for living. Winner: US Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Director: Benjamin Ree
Producer: Ingvil Giske

Mats Steen, a Norwegian gamer, died of a degenerative muscular disease at the age of 25. His parents mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated life—but then they started receiving messages from online friends around the world. Winner: World Cinema Audience & Directing Awards, Sundance Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Producers: Alisa Payne, David Teague, Roger Ross Williams

Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams brings Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s best-selling book to life, using vivid animations and leading female scholars to explore the history of anti-Black racist ideas.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Julian Brave NoiseCat, Emily Kassie
Producers: Emily Kassie, Kellen Quinn 

An investigation into abuse and missing children at an Indian residential school ignites a reckoning on the nearby Sugarcane Reserve. Winner: US Documentary Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival

Documentary Feature
Directors: Jesse Moss, Tony Gerber 
Producers: Todd Lubin, Jesse Moss, Jack Turner, Mark DiCristofaro, Jessica Grimshaw, Nick Shumaker

A bipartisan group of US defense, intelligence, and elected policymakers spanning five presidential administrations participate in an unscripted role-play exercise in which they confront a political coup backed by rogue members of the US military, in the wake of a contested presidential election.

Narrative Feature
Writer: Erin Dignam
Director: Thomas Napper
Producers: Christina Weiss Lurie, Haley Bennett, Joe Wright

After her husband’s untimely death, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot flouts convention by assuming the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured together. Cast: Haley Bennett, Tom Sturridge, Sam Riley, Anson Boon, Leo Suter, Ben Miles

Narrative Feature
Writers: Kerry Howley, Susanna Fogel
Director: Susanna Fogel
Producers: Julie Goldstein, Scott Budnick, Ameet Shukla, Amanda Phillips

Reality Winner, a brilliant, sarcastic, gun-lovin’, vegan CrossFit fanatic, becomes an unconventional whistleblower when she is prosecuted for exposing Russia’s hacking of the 2016 election. Cast: Emilia Jones, Zach Galifianakis, Connie Britton, Kathryn Newton, Danny Ramirez


Between puppies, summer camp, and an alternate dimension, these comedic short films remind us to not take life too seriously.

PUPPY LOVE (Writers: Daniel Rashid, Elizabeth Valenti | Director: Daniel Rashid)
SHUT UP JACK (Writer/Director: Alec Bewkes)
GOLDEN CHILD (Writer/Director: Hannah Levin)
BETA LOVE (Writers: Sam Katz, Adam Pliskin, Stuey Pliskin | Director: Stuey Pliskin)
TERMINALLY ILL (Writer/Director: Chris Cole)
WE MET AT CAMP (Writer/Director: MC Plaschke)
4TH DEMENTIA (Writers: Ally Condrath, Kyle Miller, Jake Mann, Ian Wexler | Director: Ian Wexler)

A mysterious wire trap, an abandoned baby, and strained family dynamics all lend a hand in amping up the tension in these dramatic short films.

I CAN’T BE SORRY (Writers: Robert Machoian, Elizabeth Overton | Director: Robert Machoian)
KEEPERS (Writer: Eric Stumpf | Director: Paul Emile)
OH, CHRISTMAS TREE (Writer: Mark Duplass | Director: Katie Aselton)
THEREBY HANGS A TALE (Writer: Brynn Byrne | Director: Aaron Yeger)
IN OUR OWN WAY (Writer/Director: Jason Headley)
LYRICAL (Writer/Director: Carter M. Stewart)
FAVOURS (Writer/Director: Agnes Skonare)

Stories on personal and collective resilience setting new precedents for generations to come.

KOWLOON! (Directors: Mona Xia, Erin Ramirez)
JUMPMAN (Director: Tom Dey)
JARDINES (Director: Alfredo Torres)

Short films on connection, nature, and creativity, suitable for children ages 5-10.

THE QUEEN’S FLOWERS (Writer/Director: Ciara Leinaala Lacy)
BOUQUET (Writer/Director: Cécile Robineau)
THREE TREES (Writers/Directors: M.R. Horhager, Aaron Hong)
CAT CAFÉ (Writer/Director: Ottilie Collingridge )
TODAY WE CLIMBED A HILL (Writer/Director: Gordon LePage)
SHELTER (Writer/Director: Julie Daravan Chea)
NUBBINWOOD (Writer/Director: Tim Granberg)
RICE BALL (Writer/Director: Kristina Pringle)
A TINY VOYAGE (Writer/Director: Emily Worms)
LITTLE FAN (Writers/Directors: Sveta Yuferova, Shad Lee Bradbury)
BATTERY MOMMY (Writer/Director: Seungbae Jeon)
UPSIDE DOWN (Writer/Director: Dace Rīdūze)

Short films that offer intimate glimpses into the unique landscapes, stories, and characters found on the picturesque island of Nantucket.

IN THE CARDS (Directed by Teen View Students Lizzy Aguilar, Lucy Bell, Hadley Cooke, Rex Dixon, Shayquan Francis, Jeremiah Nustar, Saraiah Nustar, Anna Popnikalova and Marley Viselli)
LOST IN NEVERS LAND (Director: Penny Dey)
THE DILDO FROM NANTUCKET (Writer/Director: Michael McGuirk)

Through the lens of professional athletes and photographers, these two short films showcase the impact of climate change on water both locally and globally while highlighting the need for vocal environmental justice advocates.

CHASING TIME (Directors: Jeff Orlowski-Yang, Sarah Keo)
SHAPED BY WATER (Director: Dean Leslie)


Once upon a time from La Canada, CA, Mark came to Nantucket in 1982, after a decade in Ketchum, ID. That year, he opened his first restaurant, The Morning Glory Cafe, soon followed by The Dockside and The Sconset Cafe. During his early career as a restaurateur, he acquired the Sconset Market which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2017. Mark calls Nantucket home year-round and has been involved in the community for decades, including 2 terms as Vice President of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and 3 terms as President of the Sconset Civic Association. In 2020 he was elected a Commissioner of the Nantucket Land Bank. With a budget of nearly $40M, the Land Bank purchases land for purposes of conservation, parks, agriculture, and recreation. An original member of the Nantucket Wine Festival team, Mark has worked for the festival in various capacities since it was founded in 1997, most recently as Ambassador and Community Liaison. Other community service includes the Dreamland Theatre Advisory Board, 2-time Chair of The Nantucket Historical Association Festival of Trees, and 2023 Honorary Co-Chair of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket Gala. Presently, Mark works with his wife Beth English in their wine shop, Current Vintage, celebrating its 16th season on Easy Street.


Beth is the founder of Current Vintage, a wine, clothing & home store entering its 16th year in downtown Nantucket. Established in 2008, Current Vintage merges her two great loves and expertise in fine wine and vintage clothing. CV has been recognized by Vogue, Forbes, In Style, et al, and named “Best of Nantucket“ by Town & Country, “Best Boutique” of the Cape and Islands by Boston Magazine and 2022 Silver Medal “Best Liquor/Wine Store” by Cape Cod Life Magazine. Originally from North Carolina, Beth spent her first summer on the island while a student at Clemson University. After brief stints in Breckenridge and Albuquerque, she realized Nantucket just might be home. She co-owned Provisions for 13 years and during that tenure, partnered with Nantucket Nectars in the venture Provisions & Juice Guys. Beth serves on the Board of Directors of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and as Honorary Co-Chair of the TWN Gala this August. She is active in the First Congregational Church and has twice been Co-Chair of the Nantucket Historical Association Festival of Trees. She and her husband, Mark Donato, have spent the last 20 years traveling the world in the off-season with a focus on wine regions and exploring different cultures. Beth has the distinction of having never missed the Opening Night of the Nantucket Film Festival.


Ryan Runstadler has served as Chief of Staff for Seward and Cecelia Joyce Johnson & Producer for Deep End Productions for the past 8 years and, recently, is a Co-Founder, Producer, and Editor for Closure Creative, a new story production company focusing on graphic novels and entertainment projects. As Producer for Deep End Productions, Ryan oversees investing, production, and development for theatrical, film, and literary projects and, sometimes, will go as far as writing his own projects.  Most recently, Nantucket!  The MusACKal, a comedic historical musical about the history of Nantucket which he produced for the Nantucket community with Cecelia Joyce Johnson and Sally Horchow for 2 summers as well as a virtual benefit concert (thanks, COVID *eyeroll*) and hopes to bring it back soon (shameless plug).  As a producer at Closure Creative, Ryan recently served as creative director, producer, and editor for a graphic novel adaptation of Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story, currently in discussions for a possible film adaptation, and has several new graphic novel projects in development. Ryan has also worked as a freelance journalist, run a small independent film studio in NYC with clients and collaborations as wide-ranging as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to Ryan Murphy and Heidi Klum, and, at one point, served as a producer (and terrible faux-makeup assistant—when absolutely necessary and entirely unavoidable) for a high-profile makeup artist, beauty photographer, and image consultant to pop stars, rock stars, and up-and-coming stars. Some may also recognize Ryan from his career gap-year stint at the Nantucket Yacht Club’s Burgee Bar—a position he is forever grateful for as it led him to this absolutely wonderful island he had never even heard of beforehand.  Nantucket! The MusACKal serves as his lasting thank you and attempts to share all the magic the island, and its community has shared with him.  He is forever eager to continue to give back and encourage creativity and community in this truly special place. Ryan also currently serves on the board of Waterfront Playhouse in Key West, Florida, and independently consults, produces, and writes on a freelance, ad hoc, and when-inspired basis.


Sam Cox is the Manager of Business Operations and the Chief of Staff to the COO of Bally Sports+, with experience in the media and entertainment industry, specifically in streaming. Prior to joining Bally Sports+, Sam worked for Disney and Showtime, where he worked in marketing strategy, business development, and distribution. Sam is a graduate of Bucknell University and will soon complete an MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business.  He grew up spending his summers on Nantucket and worked at Nantucket Community Sailing. Sam is the son of Tony Cox, for whom the Screenwriter’s Award is named.


Ben Stiller is an actor, director, writer, and producer. He has directed and starred in Reality Bites, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder. His acting credits include There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, The Royal Tenenbaums, Flirting with Disaster, Night at the Museum, and Greenberg. He also co­created, with Judd Apatow, the Emmy Award®-­winning series, The Ben Stiller Show. In 2013, he directed and stared in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


Carter Stewart is executive vice president for programs. He works closely with the Foundation’s president, board, and staff to shape the Foundation’s funding priorities and programmatic direction. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Stewart served as a managing director of the venture philanthropy Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK) where he played a lead role in sourcing new investments and grantees—primarily early-stage, justice-oriented organizations—and then worked closely with those organizations on strategy, scaling, organizational capacity building, and leadership development.

In addition to his philanthropic work, Mr. Stewart held academic positions at the Ohio State University in law and public policy. Specifically, from 2018 to 2021, Mr. Stewart taught “Lawyers as Leaders” at the Moritz College of Law, and he was the lead investigator and co-author of a research evaluation of the City of Columbus, Ohio’s response to the 2020 summer protests. In the latter role, he worked under the auspices of the Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs to interview protestors and police officers, analyze public data on policing, and make recommendations for policy changes based upon the input of an expert advisory council.

From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Stewart served as the presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio where he emphasized deterrence, crime prevention, and alternatives to incarceration. He created the district’s first community outreach position and established a community leadership group geared towards building trust and improving communication between the public and law enforcement. Mr. Stewart also served on the attorney general’s advisory committee and chaired a group of US attorneys who examined racial inequities in the federal criminal justice system.

Mr. Stewart previously worked as an assistant US attorney in San Jose, CA, and he was a litigator at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP in Columbus, OH, and Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco, CA. Prior to law school, Mr. Stewart taught history at Friends Seminary High School in Manhattan and was a New York City Urban Fellow. Mr. Stewart received a JD degree from Harvard Law School, holds an MA in education policy from Columbia University, and a BA in political science from Stanford University. Mr. Stewart has served on the boards of several arts-related organizations, including the Contemporary American Theater Company and the Joyce Foundation. He currently is a trustee for the Marshall Project, Nantucket Film Festival, Nantucket Historical Association, and the Atlantic Foundation. In a prior life, Mr. Stewart acted in various community theater productions in the SF Bay Area and St. Croix, USVI.


Tom Scott began his career as co­founder and CEO of Nantucket Nectars. The company reached national prominence, appearing on the “Inc. 500” list of fastest growing U.S. companies five years in a row. In 2002, Scott and his partner sold Nantucket Nectars to Cadbury Schweppes. Scott currently serves as Chairman of The Nantucket Project, which he co­founded in 2010. Scott’s vision for The Nantucket Project (TNP) is to energize the public dialogue by creating a venue in which individuals can engage innovative thinking from a fresh perspective. TNP participants include Eric Schmidt, Peter Thiel, Larry Lessig, Julie Taymor, Larry Summers, Dambisa Moyo, Dean Kamen, Rahm Emaunuel, and Craig Venter, among others. Scott is also a film and television creator/producer. His accomplishments in the field include the “double­double” he achieved in 2010 when his film Daddy Longlegs received the rare honor of selection to both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. The film also received the Independent Spirit Award. That same year, his television series, The Neistat Brothers, aired on HBO. Most recently, Scott produced the documentary film Apple Pushers with Ed Norton. Prior to TNP, Scott was founder and Chairman of Plum TV. He developed a national network of eight stations receiving more than 14 Emmy Awards® in total. Scott is currently enrolled at Yale University where he is a Master’s candidate in Divinity and Political Science.


Felix Sanchez is the Chairman and Co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), a veteran media and communications expert, who consults regularly on Latino programming and content. NHFA was launched in 1997 by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. NHFA co-founders include: Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Merel Julia. NHFA ambassadors include: Melissa Barrera (Starz’s VIDA) and Ryan Guzman (Fox’s 9-1-1). Felix has created a number of impactful programs focused on creating diverse content and a new generation of diverse content creators. He launched the NHFA scholarship program with eight esteemed universities: NYU, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, USC, UCLA and UT Austin; created the PitchNY program with Governor Cuomo’s Office of Motion Pictures and Television, NBCUniversal and industry leaders to cultivate the talent of higher ed students throughout New York. Developed PitchDC – a content pitch program–made possible through a community grant from the D.C. Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs. Created PitchLA with VIACOMCBS to connected development executives at CBS, Showtime and C.W. with NHFA’s Artists. Collaborated with Connecticut Public Television & Radio to develop PitchCT and The State of Latinos in Media 2020, which aired last May.

As a response to COVID 19, Felix created InformGente, a web talk series aimed at bringing current and relevant information to the Latino community on topics like the pandemic, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. InformaGente, was created in association with Gov. Newsom’s Office of Emergency Services and LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. Felix also launched: “Coctelitos con Rita Moreno and then-Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquín Castro, D-TX;” along with a program highlighting emerging high school talent in a homage to the play: “In the Heights.”

Felix, as NHFA Chairman, led the fight to desegregate the honors and awards programs of major cultural and entertainment institutions. His work resulted in major administrative and personnel changes at the Kennedy Center, and yielded new Latino honorees for Kennedy Center Honors, along with the induction of 22 new Latino members into the Association of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Oscars). He was also the force behind convincing NBC’s Saturday Night Live to hire Melissa Villaseñor, the first Latina cast member ever in the show’s then-47-year history.

Felix Sanchez was a legislative assistant to then-U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, D-TX, with principal responsibilities for issues arising from the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Felix has been an advisor to numerous Democratic presidential and corporate campaigns. Felix served as the first National Deputy Campaign manager to the Paul Simon for President campaign. Felix went on to work on the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign as the head of the inaugural Hispanic Outreach office and originated the first Latino celebrity engagement/outreach campaign effort. Felix duplicated this role in the Clinton 1992, 1996 and Gore 2000 campaigns. Felix created a signature Florida campaign event with former President Clinton, then-Presidential Candidate Obama and former TV POTUS Jimmy Smits (The West Wing). Felix’s work on behalf of NHFA has been honored by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), (Advocacy Award), and the Government of Mexico (Ohtlí Award its highest national honor presented to Mexican American and Latino philanthropy leaders).

Felix serves on a number of advisory boards: the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Latino Jewish Leadership Council; the Kennedy Center Latino Advisory Board, the El Rey Network’s Diversity Council (Robert Rodriguez’s streaming platform); the Creative Thread Foundation and Storytelling Unbound. He also advises the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Multicultural Media Caucus; and the Congressional Caucus for Advancement of Studio, Talent (CAST) on diversity and inclusion issues in the entertainment industry. Felix is a CNN opinions contributor. Felix has a B.A. in Child Psychology and an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin; Felix also holds a J.D. in International Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Felix’s daughter, Isabella is a 2018 sum cum laude graduate of Boston University and his son Philippe is a 2020 West Point graduate, currently stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska.


Steve Samuels jointly is a commercial real estate developer on the East Coast and one of the founders of FilmNation Entertainment. With an unorthodox approach to both real estate and film, Samuels approaches every new project with a fresh eye and pushes his team to question the status quo: ultimately, achieving a new/better/more efficient solution. An active real estate developer since 1984, Samuels has redeveloped over fifty projects in seven states. He developed his idea of placemaking-revitalizing neighborhoods and communities and always doing the right thing by those communities—when he founded Samuels & Associates. His company is currently integrally involved in rebuilding the historic Fenway Park area into a thriving 24-hour mixed-use urban village. Taking a page from the strategy and risk involved in real estate development, Samuels launched Samuels Media in 2004 which produced and financed the critical and commercial success Michael Clayton starring George Clooney, as well as the Oscar®-nominated film In The Valley Of Elah starring Tommy Lee Jones, among many others. In 2008, he founded FilmNation Entertainment with veteran international film executive Glen Basner. FilmNation is a leading independent entertainment company focused on the sales representation of international film and television rights as well as the development, production, and financing of feature films. In its short history, FilmNation has secured an industry-leading slate of diverse, high-profile titles for international sales representation including: David Michôd’s The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, a 2014 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection; Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups and an untitled project; Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams; and The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch. Recently released sales titles include Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson, an In Competition film at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as critically acclaimed films All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, both of which received rave reviews at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, including a Best Actor win for Bruce Dern. FilmNation’s production arm previously released Jeff Nichols’ Mud, one of the highest grossing independent films of 2013, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, and is in development on Denis Villeneuve’s Story of Your Life, The Rules of Inheritance starring Jennifer Lawrence, and The Good House starring Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, among others. In addition to Emerson College and Children’s Hospital Boston Boards, Samuels and his family have long been actively dedicated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate & finance from Ohio State University. Samuels lives with his wife, and their three children in Brookline, Massachusetts.


Alice Rogoff is the publisher of and founder of the Arctic Imperative Summit. In 2011, Rogoff hosted the summit, the first international policy gathering in Alaska focused on the issues and opportunities presented by the melting sea ice. Beginning in 1985, Rogoff was the chief financial officer of U.S News and World Report, a position she held for 12 years. She also worked at The Washington Post Co. as an assistant to publisher Donald Graham. Rogoff was the creator of the national weekly edition of The Washington Post. From 1978­ to 1980, Rogoff was the special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter administration. She has served on numerous boards, including those of the Carter Center in Atlanta, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Potomac School, the National Child Research Center, and the National Geographic Society’s Council of Advisors. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard.


Abbe Raven is Chairman Emeritus of A+E Networks, an award-winning multi-billion dollar global media company encompassing A&E Network, HISTORY Channel, Lifetime, LMN, Vice TV, FYI, A+E Indie Films, A+E Studios, and A+E Networks International. Raven was the longest running employee at A+E Networks—she began as a production assistant and rose through the ranks to become President & CEO and first Chairman in the company’s history. Under her leadership, A&E Network and HISTORY Channel catapulted into top 5 cable networks, and reclaimed Lifetime’s position as a leading brand for women. Raven was elevated to Chairman after a successful tenure as CEO, tripling the company’s revenues and expanding its global portfolio. After retirement, Raven returned as Acting Chairman for a term and is now Chairman Emeritus. She also founded Raven Media Advisors which counsels companies, agencies, executives, and entrepreneurs on strategy, branding, and leadership. Raven is a Vice Chair of the inaugural Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Museum Advisory Council. She has most recently served as Chairman of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Board. She also serves on the boards of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Nantucket Film Festival. She has served as vice chairman of the board of the National Cable Television Association. Raven has been honored for building some of the most prominent and highly valued cable networks in the entertainment industry including named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which listed her as one of the Top 5 most Powerful Women in Entertainment, and as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune. Raven has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Association. She was Broadway co-producer of the Drama Desk Best Musical and Tony-nominated, THE PROM, and is co-producer of the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY. Ms. Raven received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Arts in Theatre and Film from Hunter College. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hunter College, Florida Southern College and State University of New York at Buffalo.


Milan Popelka is the Chief Operating Officer at leading independent entertainment company FilmNation Entertainment. Popelka’s responsibilities include overseeing all day-to-day operations, strategic planning/business development, and finance for the company. FilmNation is consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international distributors globally, and has garnered a total of 45 Academy Award nominations (including 8 wins) across their sales and production titles. Popelka served as Executive Producer on Denis Villeneuve’s epic Arrival starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, which was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He has overseen many of the company’s recent notable production/finance titles, including Judd Apatow-produced comedy The Big Sick (NFF 2017 Opening Night Film), John Lee Hancock’s The Founder starring Michael Keaton, and Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. Upcoming, FilmNation has This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself, which is set for a Sept 2018 release, and Tom Hanks WWII epic Greyhound which Sony Pictures will distribute worldwide in 2019. International sales credits include, among others: Academy Award Best Picture winner The King’s Speech; Academy Award Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game, Alexander Payne’s Academy Award favorite Nebraska, and Rian Johnson’s sci-fi hit Looper. Prior to joining FilmNation, Popelka oversaw creative/finance at production and financing outfit Samuels Media, which financed and produced Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton starring George Clooney. He also previously worked in the Independent Finance Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and served as a management consultant in the entertainment practice of McKinsey & Company. Outside of his professional work, Popelka is a standing member of the Executive Committee of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an organization within the National Academy of Sciences that brings together the world’s best storytellers with leading science professionals to catalyze the use of science across all entertainment fields. He received a B.A in Economics with Honors from Harvard College.


Kathleen Matthews has worked in the nation’s capital for more than 40 years as a television journalist, corporate executive, and political activist. For 25-years, she was an award­-winning news anchor and reporter at the ABC­-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C., and hosted the nationally syndicated Working Woman television show, where she was awarded nine local Emmys® and other top journalism honors. She later served as the chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, and was responsible for the company’s global brand public relations, corporate communications, social responsibility, and government affairs. She was vice-chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board during the Obama Administration, and served on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, International Tourism Partnership, and the World Economic Forum’s Policy Council on Travel and Tourism. More recently, Kathleen chaired the Maryland Democratic Party, was a candidate for Congress in 2016, and remains active in local and National Democratic politics. She is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University, and was a 2004 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She and her husband, Chris, are passionate about the movies, and have two sons who are filmmakers.


Chris Matthews is an American political commentator, former talk show host, and author. Matthews hosted his weeknight hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, on America’s Talking and later on MSNBC, from 1997 until 2020. Matthews is the author of eight best selling-books: Hardball: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game (1988), Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America (1996), Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001), American: Beyond our Grandest Notions (2002), Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success (2007), Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (2011), Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (2013) and Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (2017).


Katy Knox is president of Bank of America Private Bank and a member of Bank of America’s executive management team. She leads more than 4,000 professionals who are dedicated to helping high net-worth individuals, families and institutions grow, preserve, and share their wealth.

The Private Bank leverages the global resources of Bank of America to deliver highly customized solutions in banking, lending, investment management, wealth structuring, trust and estate planning, and philanthropy. As president, Knox has modernized and grown The Private Bank by expanding into new markets, adding advisors, and investing in technology to better serve clients. Under her leadership, The Private Bank has been named the Best Private Bank in the U.S. and North America for its expertise, innovation, and best-in-class service offerings.

With over 35 years of financial services industry experience, Knox has held numerous leadership positions at Bank of America across Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Business Banking, and Retail Banking, enabling Knox to understand client needs at every stage of their lives and careers.

Knox is a leader and vocal advocate within the company’s diversity networks and has served as vice chair of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. She actively participates in Bank of America’s Global Ambassadors Program, which provides mentorship to women leaders worldwide. She has launched several programs within the Private Bank to mentor students and women in South Africa, Haiti, and the Middle East.

Knox received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Elmira College and her Master of Business Administration from Boston College. She serves on the boards of trustees for the Women’s Sports Foundation, Carnegie Hall, JFK Library Foundation and Nantucket Film Festival.


Jill Karp is the owner of Nantucket Island Resorts, whose luxury properties include The Wauwinet, the White Elephant, the White Elephant Village Residences & Inn, the Jared Coffin House, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, and the Nantucket Boat Basin. Karp is a Board Member and past President of the Children’s Hospital League, Children’s Hospital Boston Board of Overseers, and Children’s Hospital Boston Member. She also serves on the boards of the Nantucket Comedy Festival, the Theatre Workshop on Nantucket, and is a founding member of the Nantucket Project. Karp has also been friend and ambassador to Facing History & Ourselves for over twenty years. Karp’s passion for education began in the classroom as a schoolteacher, and she currently serves as the chair of Facing History’s New England Advisory Board, taking on numerous leadership roles including chairing the 2006 Annual New England Regional Benefit Dinner and serving as a member on the Board of Directors.


Deborah Kahn graduated from the University of Maryland and went to work in the investment business. After her start with a small investment research firm in Philadelphia, she moved to Putnam investments in Boston where she took her technical training and joined the marketing team in 1977. She spent the next 29 years at Putnam as a Senior Vice President and Marketing Director. Debbie participated in the growth of the mutual fund industry helping Putnam grow their assets from $300 million to $400 billion.

A lifelong cinephile, Debbie studied film in college and had the opportunity to do an independent study of the American influence on the New Wave in France at the Library of Congress under the supervision of Professor Robert Kolker. At Putnam she wrote the movie review column for the company newspaper, “The Bull News and Bear Facts” and later took many film classes at the New School in New York City with Professor Richard Brown. Active in the community before and after she retired from Putnam, Debbie served on the Finance Committee of the New York Friars Club where she was a member for many years. She joined the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and as chair of development, raised money for stem cell research on diseases including Alzheimers, ALS, MS, and cancer during a time of significant limits on federal funding for this type of research. In addition, Debbie has been on the board of the South Church Preservation Foundation helping to raise money to conserve one of our historic treasures on Nantucket, and on the social committee of Congregation Shirat H’Yam. Debbie and her husband Peter live in New York City, suburban Washington, DC as well as Nantucket. Devoted Blue Devils, Debbie is active at Duke University where Peter is a Trustee when he is not practicing law at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC.


Cindy Jones is an internationally recognized and exhibited wildlife photographer who focuses on birds that she tracks on her travels around the world. She has been a Legacy Circle member of the Nantucket Film Festival and a leading philanthropist in her WASHINGTON DC community. For the past three years, she served as president of the board of trustees of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she raised more money than at any time in the museum’s history. In addition, Cindy has served on the Foundation Board of Children’s National Health System, the Women’s Board of the American Heart Association, the Advisory Board of the Washington Ballet, and the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera. Her husband Evan is founder of jVen Capital, a company that invests in biotech research, and is a board member of the Children’s National Health System and of the Children’s Research Institute. The Joneses funded a professorship in Pediatric Clinic Pharmacology at Children’s Hospital. They split their time between Nantucket, Jackson Hole Wyoming and Potomac Maryland.


Cecelia Joyce Johnson, originally from the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia, received an Associate of Arts degree in Art History and a B.A. in English Literature from George Washington University. She later was accepted into the Graduate Writing Seminars at John Hopkins University and continued on to the New School in New York City where she studied directing and served as a dramaturg. Johnson was instrumental in bringing the Maryland Stage Company’s production of three Beckett plays to the 2000 International Samuel Beckett Festival in Germany. In collaboration with the Australian Pianist Alan Kogosowski, she created and produced a series developed for public television on Chopin which was a TV Guide Critics Pick for three consecutive weeks. She produced two albums: ‘Moonlight in the Garden’, performed by Mr. Kogosowski; and ‘Chris Gillespie Live at the Carlyle’. Johnson produced several off-Broadway plays beginning with Savannah Bay at Theater for the New City, followed by Fathers and Sons by Richard Hoehler at the Lion Theater on Theater Row. She co-produced Theresa Rebeck’s Omnium Gatherum with Bob Cole, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Johnson created and produced three shows at Cafe Carlyle: Remembering Bobby Short, starring Clint Holmes; This Thing Called Love: Cole Porter and Paul Simon, winner of the Bistro Award and created in collaboration with Holmes; and, Stop This Train also in collaboration with Holmes and earned him’s award for Best Celebrity Male Vocalist. All three were directed by Larry Moss and received critical acclaim. In addition to her production credits, Johnson has published two short stories, one translated into Dutch. She serves on numerous boards including the Martin E. Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Johnson Atelier.


Ginny Grenham is President of Grenham Networks LLC, a communications and public affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. and New York. For the past two decades, Grenham Networks helped clients develop innovative strategic partnerships with non-profit leaders, Capitol Hill, government agencies, and the private sector. Ginny has been involved in several digital and traditional media companies, including iVillage (the first website for women), Revolution Health,, Hearst Media, and others. In addition, Ginny has focused on women’s health and mental health advocacy, and has represented a number of leading companies and non-profits in the health care arena. Grenham Networks is currently engaged in seeking legislation that would create tax incentives for film and television production in Washington, D.C. She is a long-term Board Member of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and a founder of a scholarship fund at Harvard, which over the last 20 years, has supported dozens of Hispanic students at Harvard, who are interested in Hispanic language, history and culture. Ginny’s interests in U.S. Hispanics grew out of the founding of Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE:EVC), a leading Spanish-language media company which reaches over 90% of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics (including Boston/Nantucket) through a combination of television, radio, and digital media. Ginny is also on the Board of the Pen Faulkner Foundation, with a focus on the Writers in Schools program – bringing the world’s best writers to underserved urban junior high and high school students.


Nancy Dubuc served as Chief Executive Officer of VICE Media from 2018-2023 where she oversaw an international network of digital channels; a weekly and daily news programming partnership with HBO; a television and feature film production studio; a magazine; a record label; an in-house creative services agency; and an international television network. VICE operates in over 30 countries, reaching hundreds of millions of young people across all screens and platforms every month. Prior to joining VICE in 2018, Dubuc served as President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, Lifetime Movies®, FYI™, VICELAND™ and other industry-leading brands. Under her leadership, A+E Networks transformed into a global powerhouse, expanding its roster of top-performing channels, generating significant financial growth and reaching over 360 million households in more than 200 territories across a multitude of platforms. As CEO of A+E Networks, Dubuc championed innovative storytelling by investing in early-stage content and technology companies. She became A+E Networks’ third CEO in the company’s nearly 30-year history in June 2013. Dubuc and VICE have shared a strong relationship since 2015, when Dubuc joined VICE’s Board of Directors and oversaw A+E Networks’ joint venture agreement with VICE Media that launched VICELAND, VICE’s linear network, in 2016. Dubuc is known for her out-of-the-box approach toward content and storytelling, promoting diverse and cutting-edge programs. She is an experienced chief executive with an unmatched track record when it comes to running a sprawling international media company while also producing and distributing award-winning content. A graduate of Boston University, Dubuc received a Distinguished Alumni Award from its College of Communications in 2013. Dubuc is also the 2013 recipient of the NCTA Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.


Emmy-winning Writer, Producer, and Director Donick Cary got his start writing for Late Night with David Letterman. He continued writing for Dave at The Academy Awards and served as both Head Writer and “The Guy in the Bear Suit” on Late Show with David Letterman. After five years in late night, Cary moved to The Simpsons, where he served as a Co-Executive Producer for seasons seven through eleven, winning an Emmy and penning many memorable episodes including “D’oh-in in The Wind,” “In Marge We Trust,” (Mr. Sparkle) and “Hell Toupee” (Homer gets the hair transplants of a killer).

Cary has since served in the same capacity on New Girl, Silicon Valley, AP Bio, Bored to Death, Just Shoot Me, and Parks and Recreation where he also played the character Vern Palletta. Cary has produced pilots for and developed with: Brillstein Grey, Sony, Happy Madison, Conaco, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, FX, HBO, the WB, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central (where he was EP on The Naked Trucker and T-Bones show) and MTV where he had a hand in creating The Osbournes.
In 2004 Donick created the animated series Lil’ Bush for Ampd mobile cell phones. The show was quickly picked up by Comedy Central and became the first web series ever to move from the internet to television. Over it’s 16 years Sugarshack produced and aired hundreds of hours of animation for everyone from Fox’s “New Girl” to Netflix’s “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” to music videos for the likes of Moby and Yo La Tengo. In 2007, after a rash of teen suicides in his hometown of Nantucket Island, Donick founded, a 501©3 charity that provides musical instruments and classes to under-served youth around the world. Donick also serves on the boards of The Nantucket Film Festival, The Nantucket Comedy Festival, and The Songbirds Foundation.

2020 brought the release of Cary’s feature directorial debut: “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics,” which was selected by SXSW and debuted on Netflix in May of that year, remaining in the top five for over a month. Currently, Cary is wrapping up the first season of “Welcome to Flatch” with Paul Feig and Jenny Bicks for Fox television and Executive Producing the animated show “Carol” with Dan Guterman for Netflix. Cary is also in production on a new documentary, “Hail to the Breadsticks!” a very personal look at team mascots, fatherhood, racism, and what it means to be Native American in America today.


A little too early in his career, Jonathan Burkhart worked as a cameraman on dozens of television shows, commercials, and feature films, including Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Mountain View, A Better Tomorrow, Dazed and Confused, Roommates, and Reversal of Fortune. Having his fill in the camera department, Burkhart went on to produce independent film, television, and theater. He produced the award-winning film Baby Steps, starring Kathy Bates. Recently Burkhart produced several feature films for BCDF Pictures, including Higher Ground, directed by Vera Farmiga and starring Farmiga, John Hawkes, Josh Leonard, and Norbert Leo Butz; Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, directed by Bruce Beresford, and starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Elizabeth Olsen; The Last Keepers, directed by Maggie Greenwald, and starring Aiden Quinn, Virginia Madsen, and Olympia Dukakis; and Rhymes with Banana, directed by Joe Muszynski and Peter Hutchings. In development are Jan Egleson’s Military Working Dog and Geoffrey Naufft’s Next Fall. Television projects include Ivy Dreams, a feature documentary for AZN, Must Do Disney for Disney World Theme Parks, Away We Go by Jonathan Larson, and the Tomorrow is Tonight Show starring Ben Stiller for Comedy Central. Burkhart has also produced commercials for Time Warner, NY1, Honda, HGTV, The Walt Disney Company, Bionorica Pharmaceutical, Chase Bank, Nintendo, American Express, Prudential Life, Verizon, and the Ford Motor Company. In theater, Burkhart produced the Tony­-nominated Broadway production of Mario Cantone’s Laugh Whore, which he also produced as a television special for The Showtime Networks. He also produced the award-winning play A Vow with Bill C. Davis, the 10th anniversary production of RENT on Broadway with the original cast, and In Search of Cleo, written by and starring Gina Gershon and featuring free drinks at the bar. After losing his dear friend, Jenifer Estess, to ALS, Burkhart joined Project ALS where he is most proud of his duties as an event producer. But wait, there’s more: Burkhart is the co-­founder and president of the Nantucket Film Festival.


Jill Burkhart is the VP of Unscripted Programming for Epix where she executive produces documentary series for the cable network including the Emmy nominated Laurel Canyon; A Place in Time, Helter Skelter: An American Myth, and the upcoming Fall River. She is the co­founder of the Nantucket Film Festival, which she also helmed, first as Artistic Director, then as Executive Director, from 1996­-2008. Jill was also the Executive Director of the Screenwriters Colony from 1999-­2001, a sister Nantucket organization created to enable screenwriting retreats and creative guidance. Previously, she worked with Madstone Films as a curator for its Very Indie Film Series. And a very long time ago, Jill was an actress. She attended New York University for Theatre and The New School for Film. Jill grew up on the island of Nantucket, is a proud graduate of NHS, and now happily lives in Barrytown, New York.

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