Fire of Love directed by Sara Dosa - 27th Nantucket Film Festival Film Program
Fire of Love directed by Sara Dosa

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) announced the programming lineup for the 27th annual edition, which will run from June 22-27, 2022. The festival will open with National Geographic Documentary Film’s Fire of Love, directed by Sara Dosa. The documentary follows Katia and Maurice Krafft, who loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple were seduced by the thrill and danger of this elemental love triangle.

Linoleum, written and directed by Colin West starring Jim Gaffigan, Rhea Seehorn and Katelyn Nacon, will close the festival. When the host of a failing children’s science show tries to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by building a rocket ship in his garage, a series of bizarre events occur that cause him to question his own reality.

Bleecker Street’s 892, written by Kwame Kwei-Armah and directed by Abi Damaris Corbin, will be the Centerpiece film. Starring John Boyega and the late Michael Kenneth Williams, the film is based on the true story of former U.S. Marine veteran Brian Easley who finding himself on the brink of homelessness and caught in a bureaucratic nightmare, threatens to detonate a bomb in a bank in a desperate attempt to makes his case heard by the Department of Veteran Affairs who owe him $892.

For the eleventh year NFF will screen a Disney and Pixar film on opening day. This year the festival will showcase the anticipated animated feature Lightyear, directed by Angus MacLane and with screenwriter Jason Headley in attendance. The origin story of action figure Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond. For the first time, NFF will screen a second opening day family film with A24’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp and written by Fleischer-Camp, Elisabeth Holm and Nick Paley, is a feature-length film adaptation of the short film about Marcel, an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan.

Over 60 feature and short selections have been revealed as part of NFF’s 2022 lineup. Narratives include Cha Cha Real Smooth, written & directed by Cooper Raiff who will also be accepting the New Voices in Screenwriting Award; Emily the Criminal directed by John Patton Ford; Spin Me Round, directed by Jeff Baena; God’s Country, directed by Julian Higgins from a screenplay by Shaye Ogbonna both of whom will be in attendance; and I Love My Dad, directed by James Morosini also in attendance Documentaries include the Really Good Rejects, directed by Alice Gu who will be in attendance; The Territory, directed by Alex Pritz; To The End, directed by Rachel Lears (NFF Alumni); Skate Dreams, directed by Jessica Edwards in attendance; 2nd Chance, the first feature length documentary from Ramin Bahrani who will receive the Documentary Storytelling Award; Descendant, directed by Margaret Brown (NFF Alumni) who will be in attendance; and The Pez Outlaw, directed by Amy Brandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel also attending.

NFF has a long history of going to the deeper reaches of film, using the festival to showcase films about the environment both locally and globally. This year, NFF is launching a program initiative called Green Carpet Cinema. This year’s program will include previously mentioned films Fire of Love, Fashion Reimagined, To The End, and The Territory; additional programming to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The 27th Annual Nantucket Film Festival runs from June 22-27, 2022. NFF will return to the Dreamland Theater and the S’conset Casino this year and present a fully in person event to celebrate the vast diversity of human experience through the art of screenwriting and storytelling.


Documentary Feature
Director: Sara Dosa in attendance
Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple were seduced by the thrill and danger of this elemental love triangle. They roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and their aftermath, documenting their discoveries in stunning photographs and breathtaking film to share with an increasingly curious public in media appearances and lecture tours. Ultimately, Katia and Maurice would lose their lives during a 1991 volcanic explosion on Japan’s Mount Unzen, but they would leave a legacy that would forever enrich our knowledge of the natural world.


Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Colin West in attendance
Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan) lives a quiet life as an astronomer hosting a Bill Nye type science show in a midnight spot on public access. Undergoing a midlife crisis, and on the brink of divorce, Cameron’s life turns upside when a satellite falls from the sky. As reality around him begins to shift, Cameron seizes the moment, scavenging the parts to build a rocket to fulfill his dream of space travel to the dismay of his wife Erin (Rhea Seehorn) and his surly teenage daughter Nora (Katelyn Nacon).


Animated Feature
Screenwriter: Jason Headley in attendance
Director: Angus McLane
The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.

Animated Feature
Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and new hope of finding his long-lost family. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connections in the smallest corners.


Narrative Feature
Screenwriter: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Director: Abi Damaris Corbin in attendance
$892.34 was the amount of money owed by the Department of Veteran Affairs to Marine veteran Brian Easley (John Boyega) when he walked into a Wells Fargo bank in Atlanta threatening to detonate a bomb. Refusing the bank employees’ entreaties to transfer the funds, what Brian wants is the opportunity to express his frustrations on a national stage in the hopes that Veteran Affairs will finally listen to his case and remedy the error. Tensions boil over as media and law enforcement close in on Brian, whose only hope of resolution lies in the hands of a sympathetic negotiator (Michael K.Williams)


Documentary Feature
Screenwriter / Director: Ramin Bahrani in attendance
An exploration of the life and legacy of Richard Davis, the sharp and brash inventor of the modern day bullet proof vest who shot himself 192 times to prove his product worked.

Documentary Feature:
Director: Grace Barlett in attendance
In Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm, a multi-generational farm family, already in financial crisis, attempts to reinvent their business and themselves during the Covid crisis.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriters: Christine Angot, Claire Denis
Director: Claire Denis
A woman’s life spirals out of control when she becomes involved in a passionate love triangle.

Documentary Feature
Director: Maria Loohufvud\
They are magical reindeers at parties and churches, pink fluffy unicorns at air force reunions, and zombies at retirement homes. They are the Calendar Girls – Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: Cooper Raiff in attendance
Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. When Andrew befriends a local mom, Domino, and her daughter, Lola, he finally discovers a future he wants – even if it might not be his own.

Documentary Feature
Director: Margaret Brown in attendance
Documentary filmmaker NFF Alum Margaret Brown returns to her hometown of Mobile Alabama to document the search for and historic discovery of The Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States, illegally carrying enslaved Africans.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: John Patton Ford in attendance
Emily is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome middleman named Youcef.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady in attendance
Four intrepid journalists attempt to make sense of a world out of balance. Around them, newsrooms shutter, misinformation proliferates, and world leaders use Covid to suppress free speech. But Carl, Sashenka, Oliver and Patricia have taken an oath to the truth and are determined to press on despite the circumstances. Executive Produced by Ronan Farrow.

Documentary Feature
Director: Becky Hutner in attendance
Trailblazing fashion designer Amy Powney is on a mission to create a sustainable collection from field to finished garment and transform the way we engage with fashion.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: John Michael McDonagh
During a lavish Moroccan party, the consequences of a tragic accident involving a local boy will change the lives of a wealthy London couple who must confront their fateful act when the boy’s father arrives seeking justice.

Narrative Feature:
Director: Thomas Matthews in attendance
A one hit novelist gets outside his depth on a Winter residency.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter: Shaye Ogbonna in attendance
Director: Julian Higgins in attendance
When a grieving college professor confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she’s drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
A Spanish Company producing Industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local business award. The company’s proprietor pulls out all the stops crossing every imaginable line in the process.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: James Morisini in attendance
A hopelessly estranged father catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect. Inspired by a true story.

Documentary Feature
Director: Sean Mullin in attendance
An intimate portrait of a misunderstood American icon, this emotional and uplifting documentary takes us beyond the caricatures and into the heart of a sports legend whose unparalleled accomplishments in baseball were often overshadowed by his off-the-field persona.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow
Explores the intersection between Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests and the reactions they spurred in the United States, revealing unique insights into America’s ongoing racial turmoil.

Narrative Feature:
Screenwriter / Director: Max Walker-Silverman
At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive, uncertain of his intentions while bashful of her own.

Documentary Feature
Written and Directed: Jono McLeoud
The astonishing true story of Scotland’s most notorious imposter. It’s 1993 and 16 year old Brandon is the new kid in school. Soon he’s top of the class, acing exams and even taking the lead in the school musical. He’s the model pupil, until he’s unmasked…

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: John Michael McDonagh
A single father dedicates the last few months of his life to finding a new family for his four-year-old son.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriters: Mariano Cohn, Andres Duprat, Gaston Duprat
Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat
Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star as two egomaniacs commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together in this sharp comedy skewering wealth, art, and pride.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Amy Brandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel in attendance
There was a period of time in the 90s when Pez dispensers were worth more than gold. During this magical time, a small town farmer lived his wildest dreams, smuggling Pez dispensers into the USA and making millions of dollars until an arch-nemesis decided to destroy him.

Documentary Feature
Director: Alice Gu in attendance
The muted tones of rubber bridge guitars have delighted listeners the world over- from Wilco to Taylor Swift’s Folklore. Modern-day luthier Reuben Cox demystifies his process of creating some of rock’s most sought-after guitars.

Documentary Feature
Director: Jessica Edwards in attendance
The first feature documentary about the rise of women’s skateboarding, profiles five women from around the world pursuing social justice, equality and personal freedom through skateboarding.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriters: Jeff Baena, Alison Brie
Director: Jeff Baena
When the manager of an Italian restaurant chain wins the opportunity to attend the franchise’s educational immersion program in Italy, what she thought would be a romantic getaway devolves into chaos and catastrophe.

Documentary Feature
Directors: Camille Hardman, Gary Lane
When the highest grossing comedy, 9 to 5, exploded onto cinema screens in 1980, the laughs hid a serious message about women in the office. Still Working 9 to 5, explores why workplace equality 40 years later is no longer a laughing matter.

Documentary Feature
Director: Alex Pritz
When a network of Brazilian farmers seize an area of protected Indigenous territory, a young native leader and his mentor must find new ways to fight back.

Narrative Feature
Screenwriter / Director: Michael Morris in attendance
A West Texas single mother wins the lottery and drinks it away just as fast, leaving behind a world of heartbreak. Years later, with her charm running out and nowhere to go, she returns home to confront her past, her choices, and her future.

Documentary Feature
Director: Rachel Lears
Stopping the climate crisis is a question of political courage, and the clock is ticking. Over three years of turbulence and crisis, four remarkable young women of color fight for a Green NEw Deal and ignite a historic shift in US climate politics.

Documentary Feature
Director: Lizzie Gottlieb in attendance
Prize-winning writer Robert Caro and legendary editor Robert Gottlieb have worked and fought together for over 50 years, forging one of publishing’s most iconic and productive partnerships. Now 86, Caro is working to complete the final volume of his masterwork; Gottlieb, 90 wants to edit it.



A collection of films that tell the truth through family and fiction.

WRITTEN BY (Writer: Callie Marie Bloem, Christopher J. Ewing | Director: Christopher J. Ewing)
KITCHEN TALES (Writer: Anupama Chandrasekhar | Director: Jane Moriarty)
GRACELAND (Writer: Bonnie Discepolo & Trevor Munson| Director Bonnie Discepolo
THE RETROSPECTIVE (Writer/Director: SJ Inwards, Alec Ziff)
INHERITANCE (Writer/Director Annalise Lockhart)


Comedy shorts that will make you laugh, think and laugh again!

HE F WORD (Writer/Director: Alex & Paul Cannon)
THE HOSTAGE (Writer/Director:Natalie Prisco )
MARY MAID (Writer/Director: Amber Neukum)
CELEBRITAS EX MACHINA (Writer/Director Joe Nicolosi)
CRASH INTO ME (Writer: Jamie Lewis, Sam West | Director: Jamie Lewis)
NYC TIPS AND TRICKS (Writer: Yoni Lotan, Amber Schaefer | Director: Amber Schaefer)
SHARK (Writer: Nash Edgerton, David Michôd | Director: Nash Edgerton)
ALMOST WINTER (Writer: Daniel Rashid | Director: Austin Kolodney)


True stories that honor heroes, community and traditions.

FOR LOVE AND LEGACY (Writer/Director: A.K. Sandhu)
THE ORIGINALS(Writer: Cristina Costantini | Director: Cristina Maria Costantini, Alfie Kim Koetter)
COMING HOME(Writer/Director: Naim Naif, Margot Bowman)
WE ARE HERE (Writer: Doménica Castro, Constanza Castro, Salvador Pérez García | Director: Domenica Castro, Constanza Castro)
DRESS A COW (Writer: Dawn Luebbe & Margaret Miller | Director: Dawn Luebbe)
THE PANOLA PROJECT (Director/Writer: Jeremy S. Levine, Rachael Decruz)


Tales for our youngest audience members (suitable for ages 5-11)

DUET (Writer/Director Yadid Hirschtritt Lich)
SPRING ALWAYS COMES BACK (Writer/Director: Alicia Núñez Puerto)
SMILE (Writer/Director Jonas Forsman)
MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE Writer/Director: Sally Rubin)
READY, SET, FLY (Writer/ Director: Fernanda Loh Xin Yan)
TAILS ON ICE (Writer/Director Miranda Currie)
STAR BOUND (Writer/Director:​​ Richard O’Connor)\
NAPO (Writer: Gustavo Ribeiro & Gabriela Antonia Rosa | Director: Gustavo Ribeiro)
A CARTOON OF A SLEEPING CAT (Writer/Director: Randall Christopher)

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