NFF Now in April: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

Presented in partnership with the Nantucket Dreamland, the next screening in our NFF Now series is The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden.

An official selection of the Telluride, Hamptons and Berlin Film Festivals, The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery that follows a Berlin doctor and his mistress as they start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. Variety called this true tale of paradise found and lost, “a haunting exploration of wildness, human nature and our struggles to escape what perhaps is inevitable.”

Check out the trailer below, and purchase your tickets to the April 10th screening at the Dreamland website.



In partnership with the Dreamland Foundation, we are pleased to announce that the next screening in the NFF Now series will be Particle Fever on March 13 at 6:30 pm. Produced and directed by Mark Levinson and David Kaplan, the documentary follows six scientists surrounding the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the most expensive experiment in the history of science, which will either prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson, otherwise known as the “God particle.”

Following its premiere at the Telluride and New York Film Festivals, Variety raved that Particle Fever is a “surefire crowdpleaser for professionals and laypeople alike.”

Last week’s NFF Now screening of Finding Vivian Maier was heavily attended, as filmgoers also had the opportunity to engage with director Charlie Siskel about the life of the mysterious nanny cum photographer.

Be sure to check out the trailer for Particle Fever below and get your tickets over at the Dreamland website.


Aaron Sorkin’s Standout Scenes

With his fast-paced, whip smart dialogue, Aaron Sorkin burst onto the scene in 1992 with the adaptation of his play A Few Good Men. A few years later, the pivotal television series The West Wing would confirm him as one of Hollywood’s most essential and exacting voices. We’ve compiled some of our favorite clips of Sorkin’s work below, including his clever, self-effacing cameo on 30 Rock.

For your chance to meet Aaron Sorkin at this year’s festival, be sure to submit to our TV or Film Screenplay Competitions: the winners will attend a Mentor’s Brunch with the Screenwriters Tribute himself in June.

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News from the NFF Teen View Labs

The NFF Teen View Labs kicked off in January, with Program Director Jeff Tocci leading the students in basic storytelling techniques, as well as sound and camera work. In their second session, held last weekend, the local high school students developed their stories in a collaborative writing circle (pictured above), before covering three-point lighting and sound design for the indoors and out.

For the next lab, students will prepare a draft or treatment of their scripts, which range from the documentary form to film noir. Jeff Tocci says we should expect at least seven unique films at this year’s Teen View showcase, held during the festival in late June.

To read more about the individual workshops, visit the Teen View homepage.


Screenwriters Tribute Announced, New Film Program Director, Pre-Festival Launch Screening

The Nantucket Film Festival is proud to announce Academy Award®- and Emmy®-winning screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin will receive the Screenwriters Tribute at the 19th Annual Nantucket Film Festival. Emily Mortimer, star of Sorkin’s hit HBO drama The Newsroom, will present him with the award at the Screenwriters Tribute, taking place Saturday, June 28.

Sorkin is best known as the screenwriter behind The Social Network (Academy Award winner, Best Adapted Screenplay) and the creator of the Emmy Award-winning television shows The West Wing, The Newsroom, and Sports Night. His other film and television credits include Malice, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, and NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The film adaptation of Sorkin’s Broadway playwriting debut, A Few Good Men, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Sorkin will next adapt Steve Jobs, the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder.

Past Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriters Tribute honorees include David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Paul Haggis, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, and James Schamus.

“Aaron Sorkin has had a profound influence on the way stories are told on the big and small screens, and we are delighted he will be accepting our tribute and joining the ranks of the great NFF Screenwriters Tribute honorees of the past,” said Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival.

Actress Emily Mortimer will present the Screenwriters Tribute award to Sorkin. Prior to her starring role on The Newsroom, Mortimer collaborated twice with Martin Scorsese, first in Shutter Island and then in Hugo. Additional film credits include Young Adam, Dear Frankie, Match PointLars and the Real GirlTranssiberian, Our Idiot Brother, Cars 2, and Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing, for which Mortimer won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming, Mortimer will be seen in HBO’s Doll & Em, set to premiere March 19, 2014. Written by and starring real-life best friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, Doll and Em is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. Past Tribute presenters include Glenn Close, Diane Keaton, and Jim Carrey.

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