Film Shines Light on Food Insecurity at Home and Abroad

One in every four children in America doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.

It’s an issue that has often passed quietly under the radar and gets little attention on TV or in books. But a new film screened Wednesday night at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, A Place at the Table, aims to change that by bringing the issue to the forefront of people’s minds.

Going Beyond Accepted Story, Filmmaker Finds Deeper Truths

In 2004 director Shola Lynch’s first film premiered at Sundance. The documentary told the story of Shirley Chis-holm, the first black woman to run for president, and her 1972 campaign. Ms. Lynch was only three years old at the time of the campaign, yet as she grew up she found herself consistently drawn to the time period. The film won a Peabody award.

Family Perspective Defines New Film Set During Civil Rights Movement

When Tonya Lewis Lee became a mother 17 years ago she could not find many picture books featuring children of color as everyday kids. So years later she and her husband Spike Lee wrote their own book, Please, Baby, Please, about a mischievous toddler.

Film Takes Bite Out of Shark Perception

On Saturday, July 27, the film Sharkwater screens at 8 p.m. at the Katherine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. The documentary directed by Rob Stewart, aims to debunk stereotypes of sharks as vicious killers of the sea. Mr. Stewart’s film travels the oceans of the world exploring the lives of sharks, the people seeking to protect them and others who try to exploit and kill them, including shark poachers in Guatemala and marine reserves in Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.

Saltwater Heroes Documentary

Last fall you published a letter from me thanking our Island community for their support of the American Heroes Fishing Challenge. Now in its fifth year and organized by the Nixon family and Beach Plum Inn, the heroes challenge is a tournament within the Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

National Geographic Documentary Celebrates Heroes of Front Lines and Derby

Last fall a group of nine soldiers arrived in Menemsha to compete in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Award-Winning Farming Film Debuts on MVTV

How to Save the World last month won the award for best nonbroadcast film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, an international event where other winners came from the BBC, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Tonight, the awardwinning documentary about biodynamic farming will be broadcast — premiering on MVTV.

The filmmakers were on the Island last month to interview Vineyard author William E. Marks for their next film, which is about water. Mr. Marks facilitating the right to screen the film, which begins tonight at 8 p.m.

Documentary on the Derby Premieres Today on MVTV

New Hampshire advertising agency executive David Flood has produced a documentary on Vineyard life and the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

The hour-long color film, Feeding the Water, will premiere today at 7 p.m. on MVTV and will run on the station through the remainder of the derby. Mr. Flood filmed for five weeks during the 2006 derby.

Film Is More About Wisdom Than Surf

Surfwise is only a surfing film in the same way that its central character Dorian (Doc) Paskowitz is, as he puts it, a “Jewish surfer.”

In fact Mr. Paskowitz is a Stanford-educated doctor who refused to send any of his nine children to school; an individualist who led his children each morning in a rendition of Chairman Mao’s March of the Volunteers; and a professed good husband and good father, who pursued his own dream with his family in tow. He also happens to surf.

Film Shows Surf Legend’s Wisdom, and Otherwise

You will not experience a more independent film at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival than Surfwise, a 93-minute recounting of the Paskowitz family saga. See it.

By turns hilarious and horrific, the film chronicles the 50-year social experiment of a surfing Jewish family.

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