Happy New Year from The Dreamland! 2022 was our biggest and most exciting year to date, and we are thrilled to have you with us in 2023 for what will surely be a most monumental year full of wonderful Dreamland programming! There's lots going on this January, with the oral history project highlighting Nantucket's Elders 'We Are Nantucket', The Dog Film Festival in partnership with NISHA, Winter House with DJ Pete Ahern & the latest Warren Miller Winter Sports film 'DayMaker'! This week in film, the island premiere of Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical 'The Fabelmans'. In an interview, Spielberg said he drew inspiration from his upbringing to create a fictionalized origin story of his passion for filmmaking that led to films such as "Jaws" and "Schindler's List".  Also showing this week, James Cameron's long-awaited sequel 'Avatar: The Way of Water', The Whitney Houston biopic  'I Wanna Dance with Somebody', and Dreamwork's 'Puss In Boots'! We're thrilled to see you this year at The Dreamland!
This Week at
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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.
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.
The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom, made by the creative team behind the Oscar-Winning 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
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.
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.
Film for Thought
A Curated Film Series for Lovers of Cinema - Wednesdays at 7:00
A veteran civil servant and bureaucratic cog in the rebuilding of Britain post-WWII, Williams expertly pushes paperwork around a government office only to reckon with his existence when he’s diagnosed with a fatal illness.
A group of women in an isolated Mennonite community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith after a string of sexual assaults committed by the colony's men.
Charley's Corner
with Charley Walters
 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)

       I always look forward to reading best-films-of-the-year lists, but I will likely never make one myself. Why?


        I usually see close to a hundred films a year, and that’s only a small fraction of those that will have been released. Not every film can be shown at the Dreamland because: 1) the movie business often requires high fees and strict screening requirements that don’t favor non-urban, non-multiplex theaters; and 2) some films are unlikely to draw large enough audiences for the Dreamland to cover the costs of even reasonably priced features. Also, I don’t spend enough time off-island to see more films there.


        For that matter, not every Hollywood release attracts my attention, and I think that a persuasive best-of list means that one should have seen almost every major title, which I certainly have not. (Define “major” as you like.) In addition, I tend to disagree with the notion of one film being “better” than another. Note that at the Oscars, most presenters now say “And the Oscar goes to…” and not “And the winner is…” I’d rather say what films I most enjoyed, and I’ll be doing that in an upcoming column.


      Also coming later in January, I’ll write another column about my favorite poll: Sight and Sound magazine’s decennial list of the Greatest Films of All Time. The 2022 results were announced this month, and it does have some surprises.    


I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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