Nantucket Film Festival: 'The Big Sick,' Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' Set for Opening, Closing Night Screenings
Other highlights of the 2017 edition include centerpiece doc 'Whitney: Can I Be Me,' Gillian Robespierre's Jenny Slate starrer 'Landline,' and Taylor Sheridan's 'Wind River,' starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.
A number of high-profile Sundance and Tribeca films will get screenings at the Nantucket Film Festival, which announced its opening and closing night and centerpiece films as well as its full feature program.
Lionsgate/Amazon Studios' Sundance sensation The Big Sick will be the opening night film. The rom-com was directed by Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, based on Gordon and Nanjiani's real-life relationship.
Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, will serve as the closing night film. An Inconvenient Sequel, which also premiered at Sundance, will hit theaters on July 28.
The centerpiece film will be Nick Broomfield's Whitney Houston doc, Can I Be Me, which will have its world premiere Wednesday (April 26) at the Tribeca Film Festival. Broomfield will also be honored at the 2017 screenwriters tribute alongside Spotlight writer-director Tom McCarthy and TV writers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik.
Noteworthy films in the Nantucket Film Festival's group of spotlight films include Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$ and Adam Rifkin's Dog Years, starring Burt Reynolds. Feature program highlights include Gillian Robespierre's Landline, starring Jenny Slate; Taylor Sheridan's Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen; Jeff Baena's The Little Hours, starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza; Russell Harbaugh's Love After Love, starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd; Amanda Lipitz's high-school step team doc Step; ISIS doc City of Ghosts; and Sierra Pettengill's doc The Reagan Show.
The Nantucket Film Festival will also continue its tradition of screening a Disney-Pixar film on opening day, with Cars 3 as this year's selection.
“NFF is proud to celebrate the vibrant power of storytelling to entertain, as well as to illuminate our world,” said Nantucket Film Festival executive director Mystelle Brabbee in a statement. “We look forward to our favorite time of year when we can share an exceptional new crop of films and special events with Nantucket’s passionate and committed audience.”
The festival's film program director, Basil Tsiokos, added, "This year’s lineup includes a diverse array of narrative films, documentaries, and — soon to be announced — episodic programming, a range of stories that will move viewers to laugh, to cry, and to contemplate the world in which we live."
The 22nd Nantucket Film Festival will take place from June 21-26.
More information about this year's festival is available here.