Greetings from The Dreamland! We are thrilled to see you and all our local friends this Thursday night for 'We Are Nantucket',  an oral history project by local students to highlight the stories of Nantucket's elder residents. Over the weekend we've got two very special screenings, The Dog Film Festival in partnership with NISHA, & the latest Warren Miller Winter Sports film 'DayMaker'! 

New this week in film, 'A Man Called Otto', starring Tom Hanks, based on the New York Times #1 Best Seller 'A Man Called Ove'. Also playing this week, 'Avatar: The Way of Water', 'Puss In Boots', and the Golden Globe winner for Best Director & Best Picture (Drama), Steven Spielberg's 'The Fabelmans'!

In Live Theatre news, registration is almost full for Dreamland Stage Company's Summer Productions of 'Legally Blonde Jr.' and 'Spongebob the Musical!' For more info on their productions of educational camps click here! (and be sure to get your tickets for 'Cinderella', opening February 19th!)

Check below to see changes in our scheduled Film for Thought screenings, as well as a new installment of "Cinemathon" from Charley Walters. Thank you for supporting Nantucket's Year-Round Non-Profit Film & Cultural Center, We'll see you at The Dreamland!
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We Are Nantucket is a project designed to document, preserve and share the stories of our elder residents. This multigenerational oral history project will feature the stories of elder Nantucket residents as told to local teens. Through a series of sessions, 15 teens and elders will explore personal stories and memories of Nantucket. We will apply the tools and best practices in humanities: inquiry, contextualization, and reflection to our story collecting.  The intention is to include these stories as part of the fabric of the island as it includes new and diverse voices. Join us January 12th at The Dreamland as these stories are presented by local teen interviewers.
A collection of 17 short films celebrating our lovable canine friends. This was the most competitive year to date for the festival, with submissions from all around the world. 10% of all ticket proceeds from this screening will benefit NISHA (Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals) 

Join us January 14th for this One-Night-Only Screening.
Runtime - 99 Minutes

A killer storm cycle in the Monashees. Adaptive backcountry riding like you’ve never seen before. The ultimate grass skiing run. Alaska (twice). Come along for the biggest days, then get ready for your own. Because there’s no better day than one out on the hill. This is a one-night-only presentation! The Latest Winter Sports film from Warren Miller Entertainment.

Join us January 14th for this One-Night-Only Screening.
Runtime - 90 Minutes
This Week in Film...
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The latest film from Steven Spielberg. Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.
*Golden Globe Winner - Best Director*
*Golden Globe Winner - Best Motion Picture (Drama)*
The story of Otto Anderson, a grumpy widower who is very set in his ways. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol, leading to an unlikely friendship that will turn his world upside-down.
Jake Sully and Ney'tiri have formed a family and are doing everything to stay together. However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. When an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must fight a difficult war against the humans.
Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burnt through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.
Film for Thought
A Curated Film Series for Lovers of Cinema - Wednesdays at 7:00

The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life's path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is an epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis.
 Each week, author Charley Walters shares some interesting information surrounding either one of the films coming up at The Dreamland, or provides some top notch recommendations on how to beef up your movie pedigree at home.
(These films will be available via cable providers, streaming services, and often times, your local library)


In August of 1970, I purchased a copy of Esquire because of its cover story titled “The New Movies: Faith of Our Children.” Part of the piece involved several directors directing their own photographs of themselves. Federico Fellini posed next to a realistic life-size sculpture of a stegosaurus: a dozen feet tall, twenty-five feet long, and weighing four tons, with upright plates on its back and long spikes on its tail. This is perfect, I thought.


Fellini loved the bizarre and knew how to make it enchant us -- a giant billboard model comes to life; a statue of Jesus hangs from a helicopter above Rome. His films are full of beautiful women (Claudia Cardinale, Anita Ekberg, his wife Giulietta Masina) and dashing men (Marcello Mastroianni, Anthony Quinn, Donald Sutherland). He used almost surreal colors and costumes, frequent nudity (or was it really?), and Nino Rota’s fabulous music.


Maybe one shouldn’t try to describe a Fellini film, but simply watch it and let it wash over you. Remember that he shot most of his twenty or so features in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, when most of today’s technical trickery did not exist, and when almost all films were in another dimension from the Fellini-esque.


The director won five Academy Awards, five at the Venice Film Festival, two at Cannes, and dozens more elsewhere. Herewith, my Completely Subjective List of favorite films directed by Federico Fellini:

La Dolce Vita 8 ½ Juliet of the Spirits Nights of Cabiria La Strada Variety Lights

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