Nantucket Film Festival Announces Full Programming Slate for 26th Edition

Nantucket Film Festival Announces Full Programming Slate for 26th Edition

Nantucket, MA (May 6, 2021) – The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) announced today its programming for the 26th annual edition, which will run from June 17-28. This year’s festival will be presented in a hybrid format with both online and open air screenings and conversations. NFF will open with SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED), by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson,...

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Behind the Incredible Animation of ‘Mitchells vs. the Machines’

Netflix's The Mitchells vs. the Machines earned rave reviews for its combination of comic adventure, vocal talents, and its commentary on modern technology. Yet, its fresh and inventive animation style truly blew me away. I've really never seen that much like it before. It feels like a comic strip come to life with its unusual depth of field and tactile sense of hand-drawn animation. So, how did they do it? The filmmaking team led by producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller and director Mike Rianda give us insight into the process here in this behind the scenes look from Netflix....

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‘Tu Me Manques’ Is a Deeply Ambitious Tale of Grief and Self-Acceptance

Tu Me Manques is unlike anything I have ever seen. It is both a memoir and a dramatization of navigating the queer scene for the first time as well as a love letter to those we have lost to suicide. Rodrigo Bellott's film is hard to describe but very emotionally effective. Bellott's film begins with a tense Skype call between Jorge (Oscar Martinez) and Sebastian (Fernando Barbosa). Sebastian thinks that Jorge is merely butting heads with him because of his relationship with Jorge's son, Gabriel. Both men are from Bolivia where being out of the closet is still very much...

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Costume Designer Jenny Beavan Reimagines 1970s High Fashion in ‘Cruella’

Academy Award-winner Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road) could very well be in the hunt for a third Oscar after seeing the intricate creations she fashioned (pun intended) for Disney's upcoming Cruella. The live action prequel explores the early days of the woman who would become Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone) as she wages fashion war against the Baroness (Emma Thompson). Given the fashion world setting of the film, costume design emerged as absolutely critical to the success of the film. That key important wasn't lost on Beavan, a veteran of classic costume dramas who won Oscars for the classic...

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Eternals Teaser and Marvel’s Preview Showcase Something for Everyone

There probably isn't getting around it - this is the future of movies. I was watching Steven Spielberg's Minority Report last night, a movie I didn't think was that great when I first saw it but now believe it to be among his very best --if he hadn't made his name on Jaws, Raiders, E.T. and Schindler's List, anyone watching him work in this film for the first time would be likewise bedazzled by his talent. Minority Report was a big budget sci-fi that made a lot of money and has a somewhat challenging theme. I guess I had to...

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Olympia’s Rose

To write this piece, I had to fix a major cinematic blind spot: I had never seen Moonstruck. Yes, I know, I know. And let’s face it, it would be irresponsible (if not downright reprehensible) to write an obit for Olympia Dukakis without having seen her most famous role. So, how does a cinephile and child of the ‘80s miss one of the most celebrated romantic comedies of that cherished decade? Well, I’m not the biggest romantic comedy guy for one. I rarely see any film rated PG that is about adults. I mean, what adults live PG-rated lives? I...

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94th Oscars – It’s Time to Rethink Oscar Coverage

One of the best scenes, and main points, in Jim Brooks' unforgettable Broadcast News is when Aaron (Albert Brooks) says wryly out loud, "Let's never forget, we are the story." Broadcast News predicted what news would become only if we underestimated it. When I first started covering the Oscars there was no such thing as blogs. Opinion news had not yet overtaken actual news. I started my site to mimic an actual news site and I tried to make my own identity hidden and irrelevant. Most people didn't even know I was female for many years. But when the blogs...

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‘The Outside Story’ Is a Charming Showcase for Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry has proven time and time again that he is one of the most magnetic actors working today. It doesn't matter if he's on stage in The Book of Mormon or on television in Donald Glover's Atlanta, Henry grabs your attention with his stoicism and his dark eyes. After so many years of being a dependable supporting player, he is given the chance to play a loose, lovelorn character in the charming The Outside Story. Henry plays Carter, a video editor who creates obituaries for famous actors before they die--one can't help but think of the criticism of the...

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‘Mitchells:’ A Clever Exploration of Modern Tech and Family Dynamics

I am the parent of a nearly 17-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. The boy is every bit his age, perfectly attuned to the intellectual and emotional boundaries of his age. It's a cliché, but the girl is literally 13 going on 30. For real. In fact, on our recent rewatch of Schitt's Creek, the girl's uncanny resemblance to Alexis Rose emerged as majorly unsettling. She even has that "Eww... David" thing down perfectly. Without ever having seen a second of the show. We are in trouble. This much I know is true. But that does indicate that my wife...

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How To Fix the Broken Oscars

After this year's Oscars debacle, there's no question that the whole show needs to be rethought. Question is, can they ever be restored to their former glory, or should we try instead to salvage what's left of them, remodel the entire system, and update the Academy Awards in ways that make them more appealing to 21st Century audiences? Our good friend phantom made some suggestions yesterday and his ideas look like a good place to start: The cold hard truth is that regardless of how audience-friendly the nomination/ winner lineup is, the Oscar ceremony is supposed to be entertaining hence...

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Reframe: Less Than Zero

To fully appreciate Less Than Zero as a film requires the viewer to understand the source material—the nihilistic novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis about a group of vacuous young Los Angelenos having empty sex, empty experiences, empty everything. The film, written by first time screenwriter Harley Peyton and directed by Marek Kanievska, takes the shell of that novel and ditches almost all of Ellis’s zombie-like characterizations to create something altogether different—something human. Both the film and the book have become pop culture artifacts that many believe reflect all that was wrong with the ‘80s in terms...

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‘Luca’ Director Enrico Casarosa and Team Set Coming-of-Age Story Against the Magical Mediterranean

When Disney/Pixar's Luca debuts on Disney+ June 18, viewers will find themselves magically transported to the picturesque seaside Italian town of Portorosso. Verdant Italian grasses cover mountains rising from the majestic Italian Riviera. Authentically rustic Italian buildings dot the landscape shielded by an impossibly blue sky. You can practically feel the sun on your skin and taste the luscious gelato and ever-present pasta. The film feels as close to a completely visceral experience as Pixar has produced to date. And that's exactly what director Enrico Casarosa and team wanted to achieve. © 2021 Disney/Pixar “I had...

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Barry Jenkins Talks Bringing ‘Underground Railroad’ to the Small-Screen for Amazon

Barry Jenkins is making his mark on prestige TV. His adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad was a years-long process. A passion project that began in the pages of Colson Whitehead's 2016 literary juggernaut and culminates in the 10-part mini-series, Railroad premieres on Amazon Prime Video on May 14. The Underground Railroad of Whitehead's novel is not a network of people offering shelter and aid to escaped slaves, but rather a literal underground railway system that transports people across the United States. The series follows a young woman, Cora (Thuso Mbedu), as she utilizes the railroad to make the treacherous journey out of the...

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‘Mare’ Costume Designer Meghan Kasperlik on Seeking Inspiration from Wawa

If you've ever been to Pennsylvania, then you know it's only a matter of time before someone mentions Wawa. The locally legendary convenience store marks the kind of business where you could see literally anything and anyone. It appeals to both athleisure-clad suburban moms and working class dads alike. That range of patrons proved irresistible for Mare of Easttown costume designer Meghan Kasperlik. HBO's Mare of Easttown stars Kate Winslet as a small town Pennsylvania police detective whose life begins to unravel as she starts investigating a potential serial murderer. The critically acclaimed series features stunning performances and compelling drama. At...

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Updating the Emmy Tracker for the 2021 Emmy Season

The Water Cooler Gang updates the Awards Daily TV Emmy Tracker now that Oscar season is behind and we're looking toward the future at the 2021 Emmys. We close our podcast, as always, with the Flash Forward to the media we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week. Thanks for listening and thank you, in advance, for subscribing and rating us on Apple Podcasts!     Music from “Cheery Monday” by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (

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2021 Oscar TRACKER


NBR+winner/*top ten/--top ten indie
Golden Globes win+/*
SAG Awards win+/*
Critics Choice win+/nominee*
WGA Win+/Nominations*
Art Directors Guild winner+/nominee*
Cinema Audio Society Winner+/nominee*
Producers Guild Awards winner+/nominee*
DGA Win+/Nominations*
DGA first time win+/Nominations*
ASC winner+/nominee*
Ace Editors Guild Winners+/Nominees*

Best Picture
The Trial of the Chicago 7**+******+
Promising Young Woman***+****
Sound of Metal****+*+*
Judas and the Black Messiah**
The Father***  

Best ActorAnthony Hopkins, The Father***
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom+++
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal+***
Gary Oldman, Mank***
Steven Yeun, Minari**

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, Nomadland***
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom*+*
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman+**+
Andra Day, United States vs. Billie Holiday+*
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman***

Best Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah+++
Sacha Baron Cohen, Trial of the Chicago 7***
Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami***

Best Supporting ActressYuh-Jung Youn, Minari++*
Maria Bakolova, Borat*+
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy***
Olivia Colman, The Father***
Amanda Seyfried, Mank**
Best Director Chloe Zhao, Nomadland+++
Emerald Fenell, Promising Young Woman***
David Fincher, Mank***
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari**
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Original ScreenplayPromising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell*++
Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin+**
Minari, Lee Isaac Chung+*
Judas and the Black Messiah, Will Berson & Shaka King*
Sound of Metal, Darius Marder & Abraham Marder*
Adapted ScreenplayThe Father, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton*
Nomadland, Chloe Zhao*+
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen et al.+
One Night in Miami..., Kemp Powers
The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani*
Cinematography Mank*+
News of the World**
The Trial of the chicago 7*
Judas and the Black Messiah

EditingMikkel E. G. Nielsen – Sound of Metal+*
Alan Baumgarten, Trial of the Chicago 7++
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland **
Yorgos Lamprinos, The Father*
Promising Young Woman*
Production Design Mank++
News of the World**
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom*
The Father

Sound Mixing + EditingSound of Metal+
News of the World*

CostumesMa Rainey's Black Bottom+
Visual EffectsTenet+
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan
Love and Monsters
Original Score Soul++
News of the World*
Da 5 Bloods
Original Song Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah**
Speak Now from One Night in Miami...*+
Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga*
lo Sì (Seen) from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)+*
Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7*

Makeup and HairMa Rainey’s Black Bottom+
Hillbilly Elegy*

Animated Feature Soul++*+
Over the Moon*
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon*

Documentary Feature My Octopus Teacher+
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent

International Feature Another Round (Denmark)**
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Collective (Romania)
Better Days (Hong Kong)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)

Live Action Short Two Distant Strangers
Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
White Eye

Documentary Short Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

Animated Short If Anything Happens I Love You
Genius Loci

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