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Woods Hole Film Festival set to kick off 27th year

Cape Cod’s oldest film festival returns this week for its 27th year with a staggering lineup of almost 50 feature-length films and more than 100 shorts to be screened over the course of the week.

The Woods Hole Film Festival begins on July 28 and runs through Aug. 4 with screenings at five different venues in Woods Hole and Falmouth largely centered around topics exploring music and science.

Five feature-length films and 28 shorts will have their world premiere at the film festival, and more than half the films in the festival were submitted by first-time filmmakers hailing from all over the globe.


Among the lineup is “Chet’s Last Call,” a documentary about Richard “Chet” Rooney and the underground Boston music scene of the 1980s that came out of a punk rock dive bar. Recordings from some of the clubs most iconic performances from the Bosstones, Scruffy the Cat, Lizzie Borden, the Dogmatics, and Bim Skala Bim made their way into Ted Vitale’s film.

“Chet’s Last Call” is scheduled to screen on Aug. 3, with a live performance from Bim Skala Bim and an interview with the group’s members to follow the screening.

Festivalgoers will also get a chance to see HBO’s documentary “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” which is set to be released on the cable network in December. Recent Oscar nominees and Emmy winners Kate Davis her husband, David Heilbronner, investigate what happened to the activist who died in police custody in the summer of 2015.

It’s only fitting that the film would be shown at the Woods Hole Film Festival given that Davis, a Belmont native, is also a cofounder of the festival and spent summers in Woods Hole. Her husband grew up on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Aug. 3 screening of “Say Her Name” will feature a Q&A with the filmmakers as well as Bland’s mother, two sisters, and the lead attorney for the case.


Livingston Taylor: Life Is Good,” a film about James Taylor’s brother will be shown at the festival. Like his brother, Livingston Taylor is also known for his music and in addition is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.

The festival will also feature panel discussions ranging from “The Role of the Film Critic in a Changing Media Landscape” to “Science and Storytelling.”

Tickets and more information about the festival can be found at www.woodsholefilmfestival.org.

Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com.