Winter Film Series Schedule

Note: All films are free. Filmgoers are encouraged to stay afterward to ask questions, make comments, and talk with other attendees. The Women’s Winter Film Series would not be possible without the support of our wonderful island libraries! Thank you all so much.

For a (growing!) list of films by and about women, many of which are available for home viewing, see Films to Watch Out For.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.
Oak Bluffs library

GTFO (Get the F*ck Out)
Through interviews with developers, journalists, and academics, this film looks at the challenges that women face in the video game industry and the ways in which the industry’s diversification has spawned clashes of values.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m.
Edgartown library
Frida
Oscar-winning biography of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, whose self-portraits explored issues of race, sex, class, and postcolonialism in Mexican society. Salma Hayek, who stars in the title role, recently wrote a New York Times op-ed about her extensive harassment by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m.
West Tisbury library
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
A vibrant documentary about the exhilarating, passionate, contentious early years (1966–1971) of the modern women’s movement.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m.
Edgartown library
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Drawing on hours of autobiographical tapes, this documentary portrays Nina Simone, the brilliant, mercurial singer, pianist, and civil rights activist dubbed the “High Priestess of Soul.” Part of the Edgartown library’s Black History Month programming.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m.
Chilmark library
The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen
A window into the life of Angela Bowen, who grew up in inner-city Boston during the Jim Crow era, and went on to become a classical ballerina, a legendary dance teacher, a black lesbian feminist activist organizer, writer and professor.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m.
West Tisbury library
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
The first feature documentary about the amazingly versatile poet, memoirist, activist, and playwright.

Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Vineyard Haven library

To Keep the Light
Inspired by true stories, a lighthouse keeper’s wife struggles with her work and her sanity as she cares for her sick husband in 19th-century Maine. The astonishing Erica Fae wrote, directed, and stars in this acclaimed 2016 film.

Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m.
Edgartown library
A Taste of Honey
In this 1961 British film directed by Tony Richardson, teenage Jo is thrown out of the house when her alcoholic mother remarries. After finding a room with a gay co-worker, Jo becomes pregnant by a black sailor — and the three manage to work it out. Then Jo’s mother shows up and things get complicated.

Poster designed by Max King

And Here’s Another One for Your Calendar:

February 17, 1:30 p.m.
Oak Bluffs library
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

Part of the OB library’s Black History Month programming, this film documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of Ida B. Wells, journalist, activist, suffragist, and arguably the person who did most to bring lynching to the American consciousness in the post-Reconstruction period.