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It may take a bit of star power to get vacationers off the beaches and into movie theaters, but the Nantucket Film Festival, celebrating its 18th season this year, knows how to combine show biz allure and indie cred. The NFF (running Wednesday through next Sunday) distinguished itself early on as a writer’s festival, emphasizing features and documentaries with strong scripts and its centerpiece event, the Screenwriters Tribute (Saturday). This year’s honoree is David O. Russell, who wrote and directed “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter,” among other films.
The fest also honors two-time Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple for Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling.