The VMBA presents a robust offering of films and film series throughout the year.

FILM STUDIES are a series of unique courses offered during the season. Film Studies are a 5 week course of films selected from the finest in classic and contemporary cinema. Each is presented with critical context and moderated class discussion.
MINI-FILM SERIES and SPECIAL FILM SCREENINGS are offered occasionally in connection with guest speakers or special exhibitions.
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Film Studies: Northern Lights – Warm Tales from Cold Climates

February 11 @ 1:30 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesdays at 1:30 pm or 7pm February 11 – March 10, 2020 Filmmakers from northern lands have contributed more and more to cinema in recent years. Directors from these far-away places are eager for us to know that they, too, have important messages, and even great humor, to share with us. Bring your sense of humor and an open mind, and you will be wowed by the creative genius of some great films from Norway, Iceland, and other locales typically…

Film Studies: American Roots – Celebrating our Nation’s Cultural Contributions in the Arts

March 17 @ 1:30 pm - April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesdays at 1:30 or 7pm March 17 – April 14, 2020 This film series is offered in conjunction with the VBMA’s exhibit From Homer to Hopper: American Art from the Phillips Collection, Washington DC, on view through May 31, 2020. We are pleased to present a series of films that also highlight the spirit of American culture between 1850 and 1950. We will sample films that exemplify a few of our wonderful writers and painters from this era. In the…

Film: Mona Lisa is Missing

March 17 @ 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

.tribe-events-cost {display:none!important;} A special screening of Mona Lisa is Missing will be held on March 17 at 1:30pm and 7pm. Producer Justine Mestichelli Medeiros and writer/director Joe Medeiros will be on hand for Q & A following each screening. $16 members / $18 non-members Pre-registration is required.

Film: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

.tribe-events-cost {display:none!important;} Thursday April 2, 1pm In 1896, at the age of 23, Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female director and a powerful figure in film, first in her home country of France and then the United States. At a time when women rarely held jobs outside stenography and domestic work, she ran productions, pioneered cinematic language, and started her own film studio. Despite the 1,000 films that bore her name, she was left out of several history books, her…

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