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The Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival 2018
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival 2018

A selection of the Best Short films from the 2018 Woods Hole Film Festival. The 110 minute program includes comedy, drama, documentary and animation. The screening includes two local films: Keeper by Marnae Crawford Samuelson, a documentary about Woods Hole's Eel Pond Bridge (Runner Up, Audience Award, Best Short Documentary, 2018 Woods Hole Film Festival), and Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free by Falmouth residents Salley Mavor, Rob Goldsborough and Mattias Bossi, a stop-motion animation satirical take-off of the traditional Hansel and Gretel folk tale re-imagined as a journey through the current political landscape. All of the sets and puppets were hand-sewn and constructed specifically for the film. (Winner, Audience Award, Best Short Animation, 2018 Woods Hole Film Festival).

Sunday, October 7th, 7 pm
Tickets $14. $12 for members

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The Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival

Afghan Cycles by Sarah Menzies and Shannon Galpin, feature documentary, 2018 | 90 | USA and Afghanistan

Synopsis

What lengths would you go to in order to ride a bicycle? Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.

Afghan Cycles follows members of the National Cycling Team in Kabul, and young riders in the Bamiyan region who are mountain bikes to commute to school and run errands. For all of them, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. But sometimes, the danger and obstacles can prove too much, as we learn when one of the main characters flees to France to secure a better situation and future for herself and her family.

Sunday, October 14th, 7 pm
Tickets $14, $12 for members

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Chasing Coral Movie Screening at Sturgis Library
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Chasing Coral Movie Screening at Sturgis Library

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Join Sturgis Library in spreading the message about the dangers one of our most beautiful ecosystems faces and how you can help! The movie screening is appropriate for all ages.

The event is free and open to the public! Registration is appreciated. Email Sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or visit our website at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/chasing-coral-movie-screening/

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The Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival

Keepers of the Light by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, feature documentary, 2018 | 61 min. | USA

Synopsis

Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of an island in the Atlantic, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America's most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification, "Keepers of the Light" tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs.

At the end of the 18th century, as whaling Captains amassed fortunes from the oil of whales, Senator Peleg from Massachusetts requested the light to protect ships from the treacherous “Devil’s Bridge.” President John Adams authorized the lighthouse and the Federal taking of the property to put it on. The check to pay for its construction was cut by Alexander Hamilton. Paul Revere supplied metal for the roof.

Before American highways, the waterways off of the East Coast were an important way to transport goods and commodities up and down the coast and beyond. Martha’s Vineyard Sound, at the height of its nautical traffic, was second only to the English Channel in number of vessels per day. It was in the context of the importance of whale’s oil and then the industrial revolution that the Gay Head Lighthouse became one of the most important lighthouses on the East Coast.

In recent years, it became clear that the receding cliff was beginning to threaten the lighthouse itself. The community understood that if they did not take decisive action, the lighthouse would be lost forever. In 2013, the lighthouse was declared one of America’s 11 most endangered places, and the island’s residents began to rally to save the iconic lighthouse from the encroaching edge of the cliff. The story of the lighthouse quickly became of interest around the world, and journalists encroached on the town of Aquinnah from all corners of the globe, attracted by the story of the Gay Head Light and the community’s efforts to save her. The film weaves the modern narrative arc of community efforts to save the light with the history of the lighthouse. 

Winner, Director's Choice Award, Emerging New England Filmmaker (2018), sponsored by Talamas. The filmmakers will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Sunday, October 21, 7 pm
Tickets $14, $12 for members

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Film: Hecho en Mexico
Sep
19
3:00 PM15:00

Film: Hecho en Mexico

As part of our Royston Nash Music series, we will be watching the documentary Hecho en Mexico, a film about Mexico’s most iconic contemporary artists and performers.

This movie is part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, supported in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Mid Cape Cultural Council, and the Kirkman Trust.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

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Anime Movie: Spirited Away
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

Anime Movie: Spirited Away

To tie-in with our Japan Prints programs, we will be showing Hayao Miyazaki’s award-winning animated film, Spirited Away:

“In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.” (google.com)

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

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Film:  Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Film: Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

As part of our Living Until the End Series, we will be watching the BBC documentary on author Sir Terry Pratchett’s consideration of his death in Choosing to Die:

“In a frank and personal documentary, author Sir Terry Pratchett considers how he might choose to end his life.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, Terry wants to know whether he might be able to end his life before his disease takes over. Traveling to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland, Terry witnesses first hand the procedures set out for assisted death, and confronts the point at which he would have to take the lethal drug.” (topdocumentaryfilms.com)

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

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