This year’s guest of honor is labor rights activist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta. She will take part in a discussion following a screening of Dolores, the new documentary about her life, fresh from the Sundance Film Festival.
Eduardo Garcia, outdoor chef and subject of Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story, will stir audiences with his story of transformation after the near-death experience of being jolted by 2,400 volts of electricity in Montana’s backcountry.
In his new documentary City Of Ghosts, Vineyard resident Matthew Heineman (director of the Oscar-nominated Cartel Land) sheds light on the Syrian citizens-turned-activists who banded together after their hometown was taken over by ISIS.
The March festival also includes award-winning films like I, Daniel Blake, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film of the Year. Dean, the hilarious directorial debut from comedian Demetri Martin, won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival. I Am Not Your Negro was nominated for this year’s Best Documentary Oscar. Blind Vaysha, part of the MVFF’s International Shorts program, was nominated for the Best Short Animation Oscar.