The Cinema Arts Program
Approaching movies as an active viewing experience, staff in the Cinema Arts Program view the projection screen as a portal to investigation. We engage with filmmakers who create works that inspire the imagination and instigate conversation. Animation, documentary, poetic observations, and abstract visuals serve a broad spectrum of curious audiences while blending the methods and aesthetics of artists and scientists. Through our programming, we aim to provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the compelling people, places, and ideas that extend through the museum and beyond. Our collection of films and events offer a rich resource for public audiences, and also provide an important research collection for both our teaching programs and exhibit development teams.
The Cinema Arts Program is active on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons; it also collaborates with our galleries and with community partners year round. Read more about the cinema arts and other arts program staff.
Created in collaboration with cinematographer Andy Black, Sam Green's A Cinematic Study takes a poetic view of a complex natural phenomenon that for many months each year defines the psycho-geography of the region.
The George Kuchar Reader, edited by Andrew Lampert, features never-before published and long out-of-print words, comics, and photos. To celebrate the book’s release, Lampert will read a few selections and present rarely screened 16mm films from Kuchar’s catalog.
An investigation of the work of Bob Miller, natural philosopher, light artist, and author of many of the museum's most iconic exhibits, is on view at the San Francisco Main Library from October 25, 2014 to February 5, 2015.
Cinema Arts, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, presents this very special film program to accompany Light Walk, an exhibition held at the San Francisco Main Library from October 25, 2014 to February 5, 2015.
From spooky cartoons celebrating the delirious joy surrounding Halloween, to stylistic studies of traditions, rituals, and folk objects used to celebrate the Day of the Dead, this program looks at the many ways to honor the macabre.