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Last Thursday of Each Month (added screenings noted)
Free with Museum admission (unless otherwise noted)
The Museum features a selection of films about artists and the process of art, as well as innovative video made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal point of view. Video art and documentaries made by artists and taped interviews with visual artists and critics are also presented.

Thursday, Mar. 20
5-7 p.m.
Tales from the Organ Trade (82 min.)
Film will be followed by a Q&A with acclaimed Director Ric Esther Bienstock

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE is a gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives.

With unprecedented access to all the players, the film explores the legal, moral and ethical issues involved in this complex life and death drama. What would any of us do if put in the position of having to buy or sell an organ? For each party, the stakes could not be higher.

This is not a black and white story of exploitation, but rather, a nuanced and complex story that compels you to explore your own moral and ethical beliefs. This is a world where the villains often save lives and the medical establishment, helpless, too often watches people die. Where the victims often walk away content and the buyers of organs - the recipients - return home with a new lease on life.

From Manila to Istanbul, from Colorado to Kosovo, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, the film brings to the screen a compelling cast whom fate has brought together where the gift of life meets the shadow of death. Watch the trailer here.


Mar. 27
1 and 4 p.m. screenings
The Mystery of Eels (52 min.)

Though it seems much of the natural world has been discovered and understood, there are a few great mysteries that remain. Consider the eel: snakelike, slimy, with a row of jagged teeth. Aside from these fearsome qualities, we know little about its life—where it goes, how it lives and how it dies. Hailed by poets as the "siren of the North Sea" and "love's arrow on earth," this shadowy creature has fascinated researchers for centuries. James Prosek, artist, writer and eminent naturalist, takes on the mystery of the eel, shedding light on the animal and the strange behavior it inspires in those who seek to know it.

April 17
6 p.m. screenings
Film on the Park: The Black Tulip (116 min.)
Following the retreat of the Taliban from Afghanistan in early 2001, a family in Kabul seizes the opportunity to open a restaurant called "The Poet's Corner" where an open microphone invites poets, musicians, and storytellers. This newfound hope proves to be fleeting as the Mansouri Family struggles to maintain their way of life and the restaurant while encountering opposition from lingering factions of the Taliban. Black Tulip is a modern portrait of Afghanistan that captures the current plight and resilience of its people. According to the director, Sonia Nassery Cole, the film was made to give voice to the voiceless people of Afghanistan by telling a story through the eyes of an everyday family from Kabul, who remains hopeful despite constant struggle and tragedy.

Apr. 24
5:30 p.m. only
The Great Confusion: 1913 Armory Show (90 min.)

From February 17 until March 15, 1913, thousands of Americans pushed their way through the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory on the east side of New York City. A battle was waging "for or against" modern art for the first time. What they encountered would irritate and infuriate some, but captivate and inspire many others. Four weeks of mass exposure to European artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and the upstart Marcel Duchamp (with his Nude Descending a Staircase), as well as such Americans as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, changed how Americans came to understand their own times. By walking through the doors of an armory, they entered through the doors of the Modern Era. This film features more than 60 works by American and European painters and sculptors, and probes deeply into the history of how the Armory Show was organized. This account provides fascinating glimpses into the backstage efforts of the American artists Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn as they worked tirelessly to bring a new artistic style to an American audience. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films, this video will open the eyes of viewers to this historical event that helped reform the American art movement.

May 15

6 p.m. screenings
Film on the Park: The Cardboard Bernini (77 min.)
The Cardboard Bernini examines the life, work, and process of acclaimed artist James Grashow as he builds a giant cardboard fountain, inspired by the work of the famous Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with the intention of allowing it to decay outside in the elements. Grashow discovered the art of decay when he found some of his paper mache pieces abandoned in the elements, a disintegrated heap due to the natural elements. Although it was deeply painful and shocking, he felt that for the first time, he was seeing the full process of his art before him, including its end. He then challenged himself to create a “Grashow Bernini” with the intention of allowing it to disintegrate. The Cardboard Bernini is a movie about one man’s creative process, his journey into discovery, and how beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

May 29
1 and 4 p.m. screenings
The Typewriter In the 21st Century (60 min.)

This documentary film is an ode to a marvelous machine that changed the world, and the surprisingly enduring culture that valiantly attempts to preserve its legacy and save it from cultural extinction. Filmmakers Christopher Lockett and Gary Nicholson travelled across America to conduct over thirty interviews with authors, collectors, journalists, professors, bloggers, students, artists, inventors, and repairmen. Many of these people meet up for “Type-Ins,” or gatherings to celebrate their decidedly low-tech typewriters in this plugged-in, digital world. Meet authors Robert Caro and David McCullough, winners of four Pulitzer Prizes, three National Book Awards and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Both men are typewriter users with much to say about the creative process and the value of slowing down. They believe in writing or typing multiple drafts in the midst of an Internet culture that rewards unedited and instantly published documents. The film also showcases typewriters that were once owned by Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, George Bernard Shaw, Jack London, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Sylvia Plath, Ernie Pyle, Helen Keller, John Lennon, and Ray Bradbury.

June 19

6 p.m. screenings

Film on the Park: Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode (77 min.)
May 9, Victory Day, is a national holiday in Russia. It’s also the birthday of Dave Gahan, lead singer of Depeche Mode. Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union treasured the band’s music as a freedom march following the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 80s. This situation is mirrored in Tehran, where fans take huge risks in listening to their music in a country that has banned all Western music since the Islamic Revolution. In the UK, the church of St Edward King and Martyr in Cambridge holds services where they play Depeche Mode records. Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, and filmmaker Nicholas Abrahams tell these and other stories of faith and devotion from around the world in this fascinating and inspired documentary about fandom, which can at times be bizarre, funny, sad, and often touching.

June 26
1 and 4 p.m. screenings
Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliapietra (59 min.)

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman catches the drama and intensity as glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra creates his inventive works. Filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass during a private workshop and this film allows students, artists, and anyone interested in glass the unique opportunity to experience the genius of this master glassmaker.


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