Nantucket Film Festival: 'The End of the Tour,' 'Inside Out' to Kick Off 20th Anniversary Edition

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'The End of the Tour'

The Nina Simone documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' and the 'Best of Enemies' documentary about the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential conventions will serve as the centerpiece and closing night films.

Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg's David Foster Wallace movie The End of the Tour, will serve as the opening night film for the 20th Nantucket Film Festival, it was announced Wednesday.

A24 picked up the James Ponsoldt-directed film after its well-received Sundance world premiere. The film follows Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky's (Eisenberg) attempt to get inside the head of Wallace (Segel) over the course of a five-day interview at the end of his 1996 book tour.

The festival also announced Wednesday that it would screen Disney-Pixar's Inside Out as its opening day film, the sixth year in a row it has opened with a movie from the animation company.

Liz Garbus' Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? will serve as the centerpiece film. Magnolia Pictures' Best of Enemies, about the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential conventions, is the 2015 closing night film.

The festival also revealed its full feature film program, including a number of festival darlings. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Sleeping With Other People, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Richard Gere's Time Out of Mind and Alex Gibney's documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine will all screen in Nantucket.

“This year’s 20th anniversary is a celebration of what the Nantucket Film Festival has accomplished over the past two decades as well as what we will be doing twenty years from now,” executive director Mystelle Brabbee said in a statement. “We look forward to showcasing the works of those who have made a distinct impact on cinema as well as the works of breakthrough talents.”

Basil Tsiokos, film program director, added: “The special presentations announced today represent some of this year's best received new fiction and nonfiction work, garnering critical and audience raves. We're eager to share these films — and the rest of our robust lineup — with our audience as we celebrate two decades of highlighting screenwriting and storytelling in film on Nantucket."

The 20th Nantucket Film Festival runs June 24-29. More information about this year's lineup is available here.