[VIDEO] Nantucket Film Festival – NFF XVII


Behn Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012, starring Quvenzhan Wallis

The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbée joined the year-round island resident pair. Just over a decade later, Colin Stanfield came on board the NFF as Executive Director, 2008. The team have contributed to the exponential and quite successful growth of the NFF, over the past decade and a half.

Today, the NFF is one of the most respected film festivals in the world. The annual event draws travelers from afar to this tiny New England isle to preview screenings, attend signature programs, and revel in its quaint and historically rich townscapes, and beaches.

The festival’s Screenwriters Tribute is hosted by the ever-witty Brian Williams, NFF Board member and NBC News anchor. This year, Nancy Meyers  (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want) is receiving the prestigious award as an acknowledgment of “her significant role in the world of cinema and particularly for her commitment to crafting scripts that deal with issues important to and stories about an underserved audience: adult women.” The award will be presented by Academy Award®-winning actress, writer, and long-time collaborator of Nancy Meyers, Diane Keaton. Past honorees have included: Paul HaggisBarry Levinson,Walter BernsteinCharlie KaufmanRing Lardner Jr.Steve MartinRuth Prawer JhabvalaJay Presson AllenJames SchamusPaul SchraderAlexander Payne, and Jim TaylorJudd Apatow, and Harold Ramis.

The fourth annual All Star Comedy Roundtable is presented by Ben Stiller; previous participants have included: Jerry Seinfeld, Aziz Ansari, and Colin Quinn, Sarah SilvermanAndy Samberg, and Zach Galifianakis; Harold RamisPeter Farrelly, and John Hamburg. 
The Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award will be presented to Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, who has produced more than 35 documentaries on topics such as the global AIDS crisis, drug addiction, and political corruption. The award will be presented by Douglas Kennedy with special guest Ethel Kennedy in attendance.
Chris Matthews - host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC and The Chris Matthews Show on NBC – will be moderating in-depth conversations with Frank Langella and Nancy Meyers. Previous In Their Shoes…® participants have included Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, Jim Carrey, Spike Jonze, William H. Macy, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Vera Farmiga.
All photos (below) courtesy Homa Nasab
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