How Martha's Vineyard film festival became a hotspot for Black Hollywood

Mass : Martha's Vineyard It had a movie like feeling. 

Oscar winner Viola Davis is seen in one shot shining brightly at a VIP cocktail hour overlooking the Vineyard Haven Marina

At the yearly white celebration in Oak Bluffs, the actress Regina Hall can be seen slicing through the crowd in one image.

Two days after former president Barack Obama and NBA icon Ray Allen played at Farm Neck Golf Club, Spike Lee was there.

Or perhaps it was just the middle of August on Martha's Vineyard, the small island in the Atlantic ...

...that has hosted "the summer's finest film festival" honouring Black stories for the past 20 years.

The Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, which was founded by Stephanie and Floyd Rance 20 years ago

in their Brooklyn apartment, has been steadily expanding in size" and reputation.

It is ideally situated at the intersection of Black culture, industry change, and everyone's ideal vacation.