The 26th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival
8 days of screenings, music, workshops, parties,
panel discussions, special events and more!



    The Woods Hole Film Festival is pleased to present FILM FALMOUTH, a collaboration with Falmouth Academy and a monthly screening series of independent film each year from September through May. Film Falmouth is supported in part by grants from the Cape Cod 5 Charitable Foundation Trust , the Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    Tickets are $14 general or $25 for two people, $12 members, and $10 students/veterans and are available in advance through the links below or at the door.

    Falmouth Academy is located at 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA and the screenings take place in Morse Hall. There is plenty of onsite parking and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

    The program is subject to change. Screenings may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.  All screening information will be posted on the Woods Hole Film Festival Facebook page. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@WHFF.


    Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 7 p.m.
    Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You

    Narrative Documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2016, USA, 92 min.

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    Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is the definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear’s life, work, and achievements, but it is so much more than an arm’s-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Top-notch cinéma vérité documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, DETROPIA) seize the opportunity to fashion a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Breaking down the fourth wall to create an evocative collage where past and present intermingle, they reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world.

    Saturday, October 22, 2016 • 7 p.m.
    To Keep The Light

    Narrative Feature by Erica Fae, 2015, USA, 88 min.

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    Inspired by true stories of women lighthouse keepers, Abbie Moore is a composite character giving voice to their largely unknown experience. Working in isolation and under extreme conditions, these women — who inherited their jobs from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers — were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed and far afield from the urban, intellectual circles that spawned the women’s rights movement. Abbie’s strength is stoic and sensual, yet not packaged in sexuality. Nuanced, human and true to her time, she’s a female lead rarely depicted on screen.

    Shot on an island off the coast of northern Maine, ‘To Keep the Light’ reveals a landscape of stark, aching beauty, and brings us to the inner life of a woman who is, literally and figuratively, at the edge of society.”

    Saturday, November 12, 2016 • 7 p.m.
    Requiem For My Mother

    Feature Documentary by Stephen Edwards, 2016, USA, 57 min.
    Preceded by the short documentary SOY CUBANA

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    ‘Requiem For My Mother’ is a biography of the original choral and orchestral composition by composer Stephen Edwards which was inspired by his mother and musical muse Rosalie Edwards. The ‘Requiem’ was written to commemorate his mother’s influence personally and professionally from his first music lessons as a child and throughout his career as a professional film score composer. Telling Stephen’s story about his mother and the composition he wrote reveals the effect this 21st century “Requiem” has on a new generation of musicians, performers and music lovers. This one hour film highlights the consequent celebration of the power and passion of music to transform grief to healing and death to hope for the future.

    A short documentary film by Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov, 2016, USA, 17 min.

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    The Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba – the cradle of Afro-Cuban music – this documentary explores their unique sound and tells the story of crafting a musical career in a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.

    Saturday, December 10, 2016 • 7 p.m.
    No Pay, Nudity

    Narrative Feature by Lee Wilkof, 2016, 92 min.

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    Aging actor Lester Rosenthal (Gabriel Byrne), who has lost his way with his career, with his family, and with his friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, & Boyd Gaines) finds out that the way out is through. The film captures the less romantic side of show business, chronicling the daily slog of a makeshift family of actors huddled in the Actors’ Equity Lounge, trying to break big, book a job, or just breathe the air. The idea for the movie actually came to Wilkof in an “aha” moment. He says, “It was 15 years since the last time I’d been in the Equity Lounge, and it was just not a place I went often.” But when he did drop in a few years back, “The same people were there that I had seen 15 years earlier, and I said to myself, ‘There’s a movie here.’” A comical and poignant film depicting aging actors and what they do to extend their professional viability. Fiercely funny, and heartbreaking, filled with great performances. Winner Special Jury Prize Achievement in Filmmaking at the Stony Brook Film Festival

    Saturday, January 14, 2017 • 7 p.m.
    Off The Rails

    Feature Documentary by Adam Irving, 95 min. 2015

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    OFF THE RAILS tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.

    As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 8 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements.

    Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to.

    Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life.

    This film is being made into a feature film by Julia Roberts.

    Saturday, February 4, 2017 • 7 p.m.
    Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

    Feature Documentary by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, 2016, USA, 114 min.

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    At the time of Maya Angelou’s death, she was participating in the first feature documentary about her life for the American Masters series, Maya Angelou And Still I Rise. Co-directors/producers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack last interviewed Dr. Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) this past January and production on the film continues. We look forward to her taking her rightful place in the American Masters series, albeit posthumously.

    An eloquent poet, writer and performer, Maya Angelou’s life intersected with the civil rights struggle, the Harlem Writers Guild, the New Africa movement, the women’s movement, and the cultural and political realignments of the 1970s and ’80s. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, catapulted Dr. Angelou onto the literary stage and became an international best-seller. She appeared in numerous documentaries, talk shows and feature films, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, yet shockingly, has never been the subject of her own feature documentary.

    Having lived such a rich, passionate life and been a witness, as well as a participant, in some of the most profound periods of the last century, her full biography is extraordinarily rich and varied. Dr. Angelou lived not one life, but half a dozen, and yet parts of her story have fallen into obscurity. Maya Angelou And Still I Rise reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped her life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism.

    The film is a co-production of The People Poet, LLC and ITVS in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC’s American Masters for WNET, in association with Artemis Rising.

    Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 7 p.m.
    The Memory of Fish

    Feature Documentary by Jennifer Galvin and Wayne Franklin, 2015, USA, 54 min.

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    The Memory of Fish is a documentary portrait of one man, the wild salmon he loves, and his fight to free a river. Dick Goin and his family have been fed by the Elwha River’s salmon since migrating to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula during the Dust Bowl. Dick has never forgotten his debt to the fish — which have been steadily disappearing.

    A pulp mill worker and master fisherman turned salmon advocate, Dick uses his memories and persistence to battle for the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history. His goal: bring the salmon home.

    Counting the Waves, a short documentary by Shayok Mukhopadhyay about the uncertain future of fisherman in Bengal will precede the feature film.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 7 p.m.
    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

    Narrative Feature by Felix Herngren, 2013, Rated R. English and Swedish (Subtitles), 94 min.

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    Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable THE 100 YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who is young at heart. Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on a best-selling novel and was the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.

    Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 7 p.m.
    SUPERGIRL (2017 Woods Hole Film Festival Preview)

    Documentary Feature by Jessie Auritt, 2016, USA, 80 min.

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    When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon and “Supergirl” is born. Naomi Kutin seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, until her extraordinary talent transforms the lives of her family and thrusts her into news headlines. SUPERGIRL follows Naomi’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence—from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, and health issues which could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Can she still be “Supergirl” if she can no longer break world records? With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside.

    Falmouth Academy is located at 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA.
    For more information, call (508) 495-3456 or email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org

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