NFF NOW independent film series
A new film series collaboration between the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation and the Nantucket Film Festival
Tickets online or at the Box Office
$12 Adults, $9 Children and Seniors
Film 4: The Galapagos Affair
April 10th at 6:30 PM
Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Things would never be the same.
To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry.
Film 3: Particle Fever ~ March 13, 2014 ~ 6:30 PM
Produced and directed by Mark Levinson & David Kaplan, the film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, a massive feat of engineering that promises to finally prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson, popularly known as the “God particle.” Celebrating discovery through the very human stories behind this epic machine, physicists turned filmmakers Mark Levinson and David Kaplan count down to the biggest and most expensive scientific experiment in the history of the planet in an enthralling film masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy). Q&A following with filmmakers via Skype.
Film 2: FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Feb. 12, 2014 at 6:30PM
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
Film 1: DESERT RUNNERS Jan. 9th at 6:30PM
There will be a post-screening Skype Q&A with director Jennifer Steinman and Samantha Gash (endurance runner featured in the film) immediately following the film.
Desert Runners is an intimate, character-driven, and incredibly thrilling documentary which chronicles the year-long journey of four unique competitors, each hoping to complete the “4 Desert Series Grand Slam”: running 155-mile ultra-marathons through four of the world’s most extreme deserts, all in the span of one year. This rousing documentary has netted Audience Awards at numerous film festivals worldwide, including the Edinburgh, Vancouver, and Hamptons International Film Festivals.
Co-Founder of the film production company SMUSH MEDIA, filmmaker Jennifer Steinman has over 18 years of experience in television and filmmaking. Her work has aired nationally on PBS, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel, and many other television networks. Her films have been accepted into many major film festivals including SXSW, Rotterdam, and Sundance.