The Tentacle
The 28th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival

    BEST of the FEST at COTUIT

    Best of the Fest at Cotuit Center for the Arts

    Best of the Fest at Cotuit Center for the Arts features award-winning films from the 27th Woods Hole Film Festival.
    Located at 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA. To purchase tickets in advance CLICK HERE, or call (508) 428-0669 x120.

    Sunday, October 7th, 7 pm
    Best of the Fest Shorts

    A selection of the Best Short films from the 2018 Woods Hole Film Festival.


    Allison Otto, USA, 6 min. (Documentary)
    At 99 years old, Felix Belmont is believed to be the world’s oldest volunteer public radio host.

    Good Morning
    Elaine Mongeon, USA, 13 min. (Drama)
    A young woman and her father attempt to maintain a normal life, while adapting to terrifying challenges in the world.

    Marnie Crawford Samuelson, USA, 12 min. (Documentary)
    The openings and closings of the drawbridge in Woods Hole interrupt time and offer an invitation to slow down and appreciate found moments.

    Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free
    Salley Mavor & Rob Goldsborough, USA, 14 min. (Animated)
    What happens when a pair of lost citizens wander in the deep dark woods, in search of a leader.

    Adria Tennor, USA 11 min. (Comedy)
    Carol invites Annette over for homemade pie and after much prodding divulges her special secret and scandalous ingredient.

    Haidi Marburger, Nina Hoffmann, & Ramon Arango, Switzerland, 6 min. (Animated)
    A grieving mother uses left behind data to create a replica of her dead son.

    Rag Dolls
    Justin & Kristin Schaack, USA, 5 min. (Animated)
    Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest.

    The Driver Is Red
    Randall Christopher, USA, 15 min. (Animated)
    Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

    The Lightkeeper
    Zach Bandler, USA, 16 min. (Drama)
    Set on a remote stretch of stormy coastline, a hardened young woman agrees to dinner at the home of an aging recluse.

    Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times
    Marcus Markou, UK, 13 min. (Drama)
    Two strangers meet at five key turning points over the duration of their lives.


    Sunday, October 14th, 7 pm

    Afghan Cycles by Sarah Menzies and Shannon Galpin
    Feature documentary, 2018 | 90 min. |  USA and Afghanistan

    What lengths would you go to in order to ride a bicycle? Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights – human rights – and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.Afghan Cycles follows members of the National Cycling Team in Kabul, and young riders in the Bamiyan region who are mountain bikes to commute to school and run errands. For all of them, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. But sometimes, the danger and obstacles can prove too much, as we learn when one of the main characters flees to France to secure a better situation and future for herself and her family.

    Winner: 2018 WHFF Directors Award for Fortitude in Filmmaking


    Sunday, October 21, 7 pm

    Keepers of the Light by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth
    Feature documentary, 2018 | 61 min. | USA
    Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of an island in the Atlantic, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America’s most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification,  Keepers of the Light  tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs. USA, 2018

    In recent years, it became clear that the receding cliff was beginning to threaten the lighthouse itself. The community understood that if they did not take decisive action, the lighthouse would be lost forever. In 2013, the lighthouse was declared one of America’s 11 most endangered places, and the island’s residents began to rally to save the iconic lighthouse from the encroaching edge of the cliff. The story of the lighthouse quickly became of interest around the world, and journalists encroached on the town of Aquinnah from all corners of the globe, attracted by the story of the Gay Head Light and the community’s efforts to save her. The film weaves the modern narrative arc of community efforts to save the light with the history of the lighthouse.

    Winner: Director’s Choice Award, Emerging New England Filmmaker (2018), sponsored by Talamas. The filmmakers will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

    Cotuit Center for the Arts is located at4404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635.
    To purchase tickets in advance call (508) 428-0669 x120.