The second annual SPECTRUM Film Festival opens at the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven on Thursday, April 26. Continuing to Sunday, April 29, the event will include eight different programs, presenting a varied perspective on LGBTQ stories, people and issues. In addition to feature films, the Festival will offer live music, a variety of guests (including a recorded message from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and a live appearance by State Senator Julian Cyr), fundraising for the Vineyard’s high school Gay-Straight Alliance, The National Theatre’s production of Angels In America and LGBTQ-friendly commercials. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12/$9 members/free students (13-21) and all ticket prices are subject to a $1 Tony Lombardi Memorial Scholarship surcharge.
Thursday’s Opening Night Event features the new documentary The Lavender Scare, exploring the federal witch hunt for gays and lesbians within all branches of the U.S. government during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s and 1960s. Producer/director Josh Howard is scheduled to appear and conduct a post-screening discussion, followed by a wine and dessert reception. The Festival concludes with a full-day event, Angels in America, The National Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama on Sunday.
This year’s schedule of events is as follows:
Thursday, April 26
1 pm A Million Happy Nows (2017) • PG-13
Post-show: Skype Q&A with Emmy-winner Crystal Chappell, the film’s star and producer.
4 pm Believer (2018) • not rated. Post-show: Skype Q&A with producer/director Don Argott.
7:30 pm The Lavender Scare (2017) • not rated. Post-show: Producer/director Josh Howard joins us in person for a post-show Q&A, followed by a lobby reception sponsored exclusively by Tilton Rentall.
Friday, April 27
4 pm Love, Simon (2018) • PG-13 (awaiting confirmation)
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren appears in a brief pre-show video message recorded specifically for this event. Following her, State Senator Julian Cyr joins us in person to address the subject of political activism for today’s youth.
7:30 pm • Becks (2017) • PG-13Post-show: Local musicians Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon play their original music during a post-screening beer-and-wine reception sponsored exclusively by MVY Radio.
Saturday, April 28
4:30 pm Transmilitary (2018) • not rated
Post-show: Skype Q&A with co-director Fiona Dawson. Free admission for past or present US military members when available.
7:30 pm Disobedience (2018) • R
Post-show: Rabbi Caryn Broitman and Ljuba Davis join us in person for a discussion on the many Jewish perspectives on LGBTQ issues.
Sunday, April 29
Angels In America (2017) • not rated
12:30 pm Part One: Millennium – 3 hours and 30 minutes (including two intermissions). There will be a 75-minute break for dinner from 4 to 5:15 pm.
5:15 pm Part Two: Perestroika – 4 hours (including two intermissions) ending at 9:15 allowing time for Cape patrons to take the 9:30 pm Vineyard Haven ferry to Woods Hole. $35/$25 members/free students (13-21)
All-Access Passes, SPECTRUM festival t-shirts benefitting the MVRHS’s Gay-Straight Alliance and free access to student age 13 to 21 will also be offered during this year’s Festival. For tickets to SPECTRUM visit the MV Film Society website (mvfilmsociety.com) or purchase at the door.