Nantucket, the remote island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, is known primarily as an exclusive summer getaway, but it also hosts a critically acclaimed film festival. The annual Nantucket Film Festival, which takes place this year from June 19 to June 24, offers dozens of movie screenings, as well as film seminars, panels, signature programs, and cocktail parties.
Stunning views and marble baths are highlights of the two-bedroom residences in the Millennium Tower, a luxury high-rise in downtown Boston. Another swanky amenity is an on-site screening room, which is part of the building’s two-story club that also features 24-hour concierge services.
A few of the feature films to be screened at this year’s festival include Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, a Beatles-themed movie (it’s the opening night selection), Lulu Wang’s The Farewell starring Awkwafina (Oceans 8, Crazy Rich Asians) and Maiden, a documentary about a group of pioneering women sailors led by skipper Tracy Edwards, which will close out the six-day festival.
The perfect place to watch a movie with family or friends is from the comfort of the sunken living room within your three-bedroom townhome at 48 Constellation Wharf, a luxury waterfront residence in the Charleston Navy Yard. Units also come with a wood-burning fireplace, a deck, and an all-white chef’s kitchen.
Overall, the Nantucket Film Festival’s 2019 lineup features 50 feature selections, including features, short films, documentaries, and even some virtual reality demonstrations. Another much-anticipated screening is Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4, with Tom Hanks back as the voice of Woody. Additionally, this year’s lineup will showcase numerous female-centric flicks, such as Annabelle’s Attanasio’s Mickey and the Bear and Claire McCarthy’s Ophelia.
No matter what type of movie you want to watch, whether it’s a comedy, drama, or documentary, you’ll be viewing in style from one of the three-bedroom loft-style residences at 90 N. Washington Street in Boston’s North End. Expect high ceilings, industrial-chic design accents, and plenty of natural light.
Aside from screening films, festival goers can also attend special events, such as the Screenwriters Tribute Award (one of the honorees is Leslie Dixon who penned classics like Mrs. Doubtfire), Late Night Storytelling hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, and Afternoon Tea Talks, where someone in the biz (an actor, director, screenwriter, etc.) talks about their life and work.
Why schlep out to the multiplex on a Saturday night when you can simply catch a movie at the on-site screening room within Millennium Tower in downtown Boston? Once the credits roll, there’s no need to call an Uber — just take the elevator back to Penthouse 3D, a two-bedroom stunner on the 58th floor.
A majority of the NFF’s films are screened at the island’s sole movie theater called Dreamland Film & Cultural Center, while a few special screenings take place in private Nantucket residences. Parties are held in fun venues like Cisco Brewers, a few minutes outside of town. While you’re on island, be sure to visit The Whaling Museum, housed in a former 1847 candle factory. For more information on the festival, visit nantucketfilmfestival.org.
One of the most original spaces to sit down with a tub of popcorn and watch a movie is a room aboard the Nantucket Lightship. This 128-foot-long boat, featuring six staterooms, a full galley, and a dining room, may be used as a private club, a venue for corporate events, dinner parties, or even a long-term vacation rental.