Nantucket Film Festival Lineup Includes 'Finding Dory,' Norman Lear Doc

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Norman Lear

Roger Ross Williams' 'Life, Animated' is the opening-night film, with 'Thor 3' director Taika Waititi's 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' serving as the closing-night selection.

The Nantucket Film Festival on Tuesday announced the lineup for its 21st edition.

The six-day event, set to run June 22-27, will open with Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated, a documentary about an autistic boy who used Disney animated films to communicate with his family. Continuing the Disney theme, for the seventh year in a row the fest will screen a Disney-Pixar pic on opening day, with this year's selection the highly anticipated Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory.

Nantucket's centerpiece film is a documentary about Norman Lear. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady directed the portrait of the All in the Family and The Jeffersons creator, titled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.

The festival will close with Thor 3 director Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The novel-based comedy starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison tells the story of a national manhunt for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in New Zealand.

The event also will feature movies starring Mike Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs (Don't Think Twice, which Birbiglia also directed); Nick Kroll, Adam Scott and Jenny Slate (Sophie Goodhart's My Blind Brother); Molly Shannon, Jesse Plemons and Bradley Whitford (Chris Kelly's Other People); and Ellen Page and Allison Janney (Sian Heder's Tallulah).

There also will be two world premieres: Paul Serafini's Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, starring Bailee Madison, a mystery about a teenager's investigation of a legendary ghost story; and Xavier Manrique's Chronically Metropolitan, a sardonic rom-com about a young writer's attempts to win back his ex starring Shiloh Fernandez, Mary-Louise Parker and Chris Noth.

“We are thrilled to announce such an incredible lineup of films at the festival this year,” Nantucket Film Festival executive director Mystelle Brabbee said in a statement. “This island has become a haven for both established and up-and-coming talent as we celebrate cinema and screenwriting every June.”

Added Nantucket Film Festival film program director Basil Tsiokos: "Each year we are highly selective in choosing fresh, standout new work to bring to the festival that epitomizes our focus on screenwriting and storytelling. This year’s slate showcases an exciting, wide range of talent."

It was previously announced that Oliver Stone will receive the fest's Screenwriters Tribute during a ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers.

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