With over 100 movies being screened at this year's The Nantucket Film Festival (June 21-26), choosing the top films to watch can get a little overwhelming. To make sure you have time to hit the beach while you're there, we’ve narrowed it down to six must-see flicks at the festival.
Just over a decade ago, An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of media and nabbed an Oscar. Since then, sea levels have continued to rise and temperatures have hit record-breaking numbers. But hope isn’t lost, as former vice president Al Gore continues to create an army of climate leaders to spread his message. June 25 at 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dreamland Main, 17 S. Water St., Nantucket, 508-228-1784
Whitney Houston’s success—which includes six Grammys, more than 400 lifetime awards, and more consecutive number one hits than The Beatles—often gets overshadowed by her early death and infamous marriage to Bobby Brown. In Whitney: Can I Be Me, veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield offers a corrective by celebrating her influence and digging deeper into the songstresses’ struggles. June 24 at 5:30 p.m. and June 25 at 3:30 p.m. Dreamland Main, 17 S. Water St., Nantucket, 508-228-1784; Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St., Nantucket, 508-228-4305
A Spotlight Film for the festival, Patti Cake$ is an infectious and upbeat underdog story. MC Patti "Killa P" Dombrowski, convincingly played by newcomer Danielle Macdonald, and her best friend, Hareesh, dream of escaping "dirty Jersey" to pursue their hip-hop dreams. They get their chance after meeting reclusive newcomer Basterd, who elevates their sound. June 24 at 2:45 p.m. Dreamland Main, 17 S. Water St., Nantucket, 508-228-1784
Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was one of the biggest movie stars in the world—keyword: was. Longing to get back into the spotlight, the aged actor accepts an invitation to receive a film festival’s lifetime achievement award. But when the event falls short of expectations, he forces his foul-mouthed punk driver—Modern Family’s Ariel Winter—to take him back to his hometown. June 22 at 3:45 p.m. and June 23 at 11:15 a.m. White Heron, 5 N. Water St., Nantucket, 508-228-2156; Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St., Nantucket, 508-228-4305
Julie Rudd shows off her screenwriting chops with Fun Mom Dinner, the classic girls-night-out movie with a motherly twist. Kate, a mother of four boys, craves a night off, just not with other moms. But what she expected to be a boring "mom dinner" quickly turns into a wild and somewhat wayward adventure. Keep your eyes open for a peek of Adam Levine as a tempting bartender. June 23 at 2:30 p.m. and June 24 at 11:45 a.m. Dreamland Main, 17 S. Water St., Nantucket, 508-228-1784
A Sundance darling and the first film of the festival, The Big Sick tells the real-life love story of Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan)—who co-wrote the script with Nanjiani. It’s a boy-meets-girl storyline with a twist as the two navigate cultural differences as well as a mysterious health scare. June 21 at 5:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dreamland Main, 17 S. Water St., Nantucket, 508-228-1784