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30th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival

  • August 1-5

The Woods Hole Film Festival is held annually from the last Saturday of July through the first Saturday of August and is the oldest independent film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands. Yankee Magazine designated the Woods Hole Film Festival as one of the Top 10 Events in Massachusetts for Summer 2017 and Summer 2018. Screenings of 12 films at Cotuit center for the Arts will be held August 1-5.

purchased in advance - $14, $12 for Members
at the door - $16, $12 for Members

August 1 Screenings:

Gianni Berengo Gardin’s Tale of two Cities

How can we preserve the endangered city of Venice? Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most famous living photographer, embraced this challenge with his powerful photographs and controversial exhibition that stirred debate, incited protests and triggered an international outcry.

  • Sun, Aug 01, 2021 3:00pm
  • Director: Donna Serbe-Davis
  • Length: 68 minutes

The Revolution Generation

Narrated and featuring Award-Winning Actor Michelle Rodriguez, THE REVOLUTION GENERATION is a manifesto for today's youth on the societal forces that have both shaped and held back their generation. Importantly, this film is a gives a roadmap for how today’s youth can revolutionize systems that have exploited and failed them.

  • Sun, Aug 01, 2021 5:15pm
  • Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Shailene Woodley, Corbin Bleu
  • Director: Josh and Rebecca Tickell
  • Length: 80 minutes

Vinyl Nation

The vinyl record renaissance has brought new fans to a classic format and transformed our idea of a record collector: younger, both male and female, multicultural. This same revival has made buying music more expensive, benefited established bands over independent artists and muddled the question of whether vinyl actually sounds better than other formats. Has the return of vinyl made music fandom more inclusive or divided? What does vinyl say about our past here in the present? How has the second life of vinyl changed how we hear music and how we listen to each other?

  • Sun, Aug 01, 2021 7:30pm
  • Director: Kevin Smokler & Christopher Boone
  • Length: 92 minutes

August 2 Screenings:


On the barrier island of Sapelo, two brothers are growing up in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. Their greatest joy is exploring the island like their adoptive mother, Cornelia Walker Bailey, did as a child. As Sapelo’s storyteller and elder matriarch, she works to preserve what remains of this unique community established by her ancestors. Reflecting on the complicated splendor of her youth, Cornelia strives to shepherd her young sons through theirs.

  • Mon, Aug 02, 2021 3:00pm
  • Cast: Cornelia Walker Bailey
  • Director: Nick Brandestini
  • Length: 92 minutes

Jack London’s Martin Eden

Set in 1909 and produced on Nantucket, ''Jack London’s Martin Eden'' tells the story of a poor and unschooled sailor, Martin Eden, who unexpectedly meets Ruth Morse, a magnetic young woman of means and education. Their unconventional attraction upends - and changes - both lives.

  • Mon, Aug 02, 2021 5:15pm
  • Cast: Andrew Richardson, Hayley Griffith, Annette Mahendru, Jeff Adler
  • Director: Jay Craven
  • Length: 107 minutes

The Story Won't Die

A Syrian rapper, tortured by Bashar Al-Assad for his lyrics, uses his music to survive one of our century''s deadliest wars. Together with other creative personalities of the Syrian uprising, a Post-Rock musician, a breakdancer, and visual artists, they tell us their story of revolution and exile in a new documentary reflecting on a global battle for peace, justice and freedom of expression.

  • Mon, Aug 02, 2021 7:30pm
  • Cast: Tammam Azzam, Anas Maghrebi, Diala Brisly, Omar Imam, Abu Hajar, Bahila Hijazi, Mhd Sabboura aka Shadow
  • Director: David Henry Gerson
  • Length: 83 minutes

August 4 Screenings:

The Falconer

Rodney Stotts is one of the few African-American falconers in the US. His path to this ancient practice was not an easy flight. Growing up in Washington, DC, Rodney lost friends and family to drugs and street violence. He was destined for the same, until he joined Earth Conservation Corps, an organization that included inner city kids to clean-up local rivers and habitat to encourage wildlife restoration. Discovering a love of birds along the way, Rodney overcame his troubled past and racial discrimination to devote himself to the art and sport of falconry.

  • Wed, Aug 04, 2021 3:00pm
  • Cast: Rodney Stotts
  • Director: Annie Kaempfer
  • Length: 75 minutes

Restart 2020

Three artists from New Bedford, Massachusetts have big plans for 2020. Unbeknownst to them, the COVID-19 pandemic would challenge and alter their endeavors forever. Undaunted, these artists worked through the pandemic, inspiring hope to the residents of the Whaling City during a dark time.

  • Wed, Aug 04, 2021 5:15pm
  • Cast: Kat Knutsen, Alison Wells, Lindsay Mis
  • Director: Drew Furtado
  • Length: 40 minutes

A Beautiful Curse

On an island struck with a sleeping phenomenon, a rogue visitor falls for one of the inhabitants, not realising the personal danger it brings.

  • Wed, Aug 04, 2021 7:30pm
  • Cast: Mark Strepan
  • Director: Martin Garde Abildgaard
  • Length: 92 minutes

August 5 Screenings:

Behind the Strings

When Mao’s Cultural Revolution ended, China’s door cracked open, four young, classical musicians seized the opportunity to flee to the West. The Quartet began a lifetime adventure – studying with great masters, attending Juilliard, and performing at major music festivals and the best classical music venues. Now China keeps inviting them back to perform their once forbidden music.

  • Thu, Aug 05, 2021 3:00pm
  • Director: Hal Rifken
  • Length: 75 minutes

On the Divide

The lives of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, these three are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined.

  • Thu, Aug 05, 2021 5:15pm
  • Director: Maya Cueva and Leah Galant
  • Length: 79 minutes

Memoirs of a Black Girl

Astute and ambitious student Aisha Johnson is a finalist for the coveted Conrad Scholarship. Her goal is to earn the top prize. But when Aisha tries to do the right thing, her life is turned upside down, putting her future in jeopardy. To secure a promising future for herself she must learn to navigate life at home, in school, and on the unforgiving streets of Roxbury.

  • Thu, Aug 05, 2021 7:30pm
  • Cast: Khai Tyler
  • Director: Thato R. Mwosa
  • Length: 76 minutes