This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, and to commemorate this milestone, the festival is highlighting two decades of Black Excellence in Film. The nine-day event will feature appearances by celebrities including Regina Hall, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, and Reverend Al Sharpton and gives aspiring and experienced African American filmmakers the opportunity to screen and promote their work.
“Each year we are beyond happy to receive support from industry partners with material from and a passion to creators of colour,” MVAAFF founders Floyd and Stephanie Rance said. “Our goal is to give these storytellers a meaningful and secure platform. We have been doing this for twenty years and will keep doing it.”
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Descendant, a Netflix original film, will be screened on opening night of MVAAFF 2022, followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, director Margaret Brown, and writers Essie Chambers and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. (The latter went to the festival the previous year for Summer of Soul, which later won Best Documentary Feature at the 94th Academy Awards.)
Here is all the information you require on the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in 2022.
When is that?
All screenings will be held in the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center during the MVAAFF, which takes place on the island of Martha’s Vineyard from Aug. 5–13. (MVPAC).
What is under review?
In addition to Descendent, the festival will show the documentaries Aftershock, which sheds attention on the maternal health issue in the United States, and Loudmouth, which is about preacher and activist Reverend Al Sharpton. Regina Hall will be present for the Honk for Jesus screening. Take part in a Q&A and Save Your Soul. Director Gina Prince-The Bythewood’s Woman King, writer-director Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues, and writer-director Chinonye Chukwu’s Till are among the films with previews on the festival’s “Clips and Conversation” schedule.
Spike Lee’s new documentary Da Saga of Colin Kaepernick, presented by ESPN Films: 30 for 30, will get an early preview at the festival’s conclusion. One of the highlights of the MVAAFF this year, in addition to the premieres and sneak peeks, is the 25th anniversary showing of Kasi Lemmons’ feature debut, Eve’s Bayou, followed by a discussion with Lemmons.
In 1997, Kasi Lemmons made her directorial debut with stellar film Eve’s Bayou.
Embrace the nostalgia on August 6th at MVAAFF as we chat with Kasi and dive right back in the Bayou.
— Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (@mvfilmfestival) July 26, 2022
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The must-watch panel this year is “Prime Video Presents Visionary Women: A Conversation with the New Wave of Filmmaking Voices,” chaired by Yara Shahidi and including writers-directors Mariama Diallo and Nikyatu Jusu (Nanny) (Master). Tracee Ellis Ross, Reginald Hudlin, and other people are featured in additional panels.
How do I purchase tickets?
Online tickets are offered at mvaaff.com/tickets. Prices for different blocks range from $20 to $700 for a nine-day all-access package.