MV’s First LGBTQ Film Festival Opens April 27

MV’s First LGBTQ Film Festival Opens April 27

March 28, 2017

Martha’s Vineyard  – The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society announces the opening of its newest, 4-day film festival.The Spectrum Film Festival will be held at the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven from Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30 with nine different programs that present a world perspective on LGBTQ stories, people and issues with films, guest speakers, discussions, and a special event focused on LGBTQ youth.

In keeping with the meaning of the word “spectrum” the Festival will screen films originating from India, Chile, Kenya, Canada and the US; cover gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender storylines; combine comedy, drama, romance, documentary genres in both short and full-length formats; and focus on a variety of topics including legal matters, aging, parent-child relationships, religion, cultural changes, illness and suicide.

Guest speakers participating in live Skype interviews currently include attorney Mary Bonauto (who pled the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court), Academy Award-winning director and co-founder of The Trevor Project, Peggy Rajski; director Matt Wolf, and Bennett Wallace, whose story is told in the documentary Real Boy.

Post-show panel discussions will include topics regarding “The Shifting Tides of the LGBTQ Landscape on Martha’s Vineyard,” “Homosexuality and the Bible,” “Growing Up with Same-Sex Parents,” and “Navigating High School.” Participants/moderators appearing live on the Film Center stage currently include Mary Breslauer, Tom Dunlop, Susanna Sturgis, Tony Lombardi, Laurel Redington Whitaker, Ev Wilson and Rev. Cathlin Baker and Rev.Bill Clark.

MV Film Society’s Free Youth Screenings will host a Spectrum Youth Event on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30 am to 3 pm focused entirely on LGBTQ Youth programming during which free admission will be offered to local students, ages13 to 21. Those students coming from the Cape will be provided with free round-trip ferry transportation, courtesy of the Steamship Authority.

Tickets for Spectrum events range from $12/$9 for MVFS members to $25 for special events and can be purchased on the MV Film Society website ( by April 1st or at the door when available

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