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.
Celebrated experimental filmmaker Jodie Mack presents enchanting handmade films. Prepare for live soundtracks and lively audience participation in what is sure to be an unforgettable afternoon of cinema. All ages welcome!
From a rare 19th century chronophotography experiment by Lucien Bull and Étienne-Jules Marey to a transfixing thrill ride of a car roaring through Paris, these action-packed short films reveal movement that eludes the naked eye.
The legendary Joshua Light Show combines analog methods such as liquid light gels, overhead projection, and mirrors with new video technology to create an immersive and improvisational environment of light accompanied by the musical group Moon Duo.