In 1996, brother and sister team Jonathan and Jill Burkhart founded the Nantucket Film Festival to promote the awareness and appreciation of screenwriting. This week through June 30, screenwriters, actors, producers, agents, and fans will gather on Nantucket for the 18th year of NFF.
Mystelle Brabbée, who has been the creative force behind all but one of the previous Nantucket Film Festivals, now leads NFF as the Festival Director. She has designed or curated most of the live programs the festival is known for, including the Screenwriter Tribute hosted by Brian Williams, the All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, the Staged Readings Series, Late Night Storytelling, and the Teen View Filmmaking program.
“It means a lot to me to be entrusted with guiding the Nantucket Film Festival,” said Brabbée. I’m excited to be working with our board … and with the whole team at NFF, many of whom are old friends and colleagues. I’m also delighted to continue long-time relationships with our Nantucket community and with our ever-growing audience.”
More than 40 films will be screened at various island venues during NFF, opening with the animated feature Monsters University and the documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, and closing with a showing of the feature film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Films spotlighted by NFF18 include the documentaries Blackfish and Running from Crazy, as well as the narrative features Drinking Buddies and Girl Most Likely. Two films, The Princess Bride and Winged Migration will be shown to the public free of charge at Children’s Beach (bring blanket to sit on).
Festival goers will also have the rare opportunity to meet and speak to many in the film industry in more intimate settings. This year’s In Their Shoes, moderated by Chris Matthews, will feature conversations with Mariel Hemingway and David O. Russell. Morning Coffee With… is hosted by Jace Alexander, who will present a slate of writers, directors, and producers every morning from 9 to 10 am in The Dreamland Studio Theatre. The festival’s new Afternoon Tea and Talks program features a different special guest each day in a moderated 45-minute conversation about life and work in The Dreamland Theatre Harborview Room.
For schedule, tickets and details, visit www.NantucketFilmFestival.org.