The VMBA presents a robust offering of films and film series throughout the year.
Film Studies
Asbury Shorts
Flick Picks

For any in-person programs, Museum will be adhering to social distancing guidelines and regulations set forth by local and state officials and the CDC. Please note: program dates, times and formats may be subject to change.

Ticket sales support ongoing educational programs at the VBMA. All sales are final.

To register, click the links below, or contact:
Ellyn Giordano, Registrar:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 116
Denise Giannino, Public Programs Manager:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 139

Film Studies

Film Studies are series of five-week courses of films selected from the finest in classic and contemporary cinema presented with critical context and moderated class discussion.

2020-2021 Film Studies courses will be offered in an online, streaming format for viewing in the comfort of your home. Watch on your computer, or tv with Roku, Apple tv, Amazon fire stick, and Google chromecast. Click here for easy instructions. Syllabus and streaming instructions will be emailed to participants after enrollment.

Presented by Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen

Tuesdays 1:30pm and 7pm

Tuition: $80 per person, members; $95 per person, non-members

To register click the buttons below or contact:
Ellyn Giordano, Registrar:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 116
Denise Giannino, Public Programs Manager:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 139
Tuition costs support ongoing educational programs at the VBMA. All sales are final.

PLEASE NOTE: Film Studies selections include films that are rated R and may include violence, profanity, substance abuse, nudity and/or sexual content. Please use your discretion when registering. Syllabi and class handouts will indicate film ratings.

Film Studies 2 Bright Lights: Favorite Luminaries from the Entertainment World

November 17 – December 15, 2020 This course pays tribute to some of our favorite stars of stage and screen with a selection of five films that spotlight why we fell in love with them. We’ll peek in on an unusual performance from Burt Reynolds, a special local favorite here in Florida. You may be surprised by the unique “foreign” film, “Snapshots,” where he paired up with Julie Christie, in Amsterdam. Besides Burt, we’ll visit four others from a wide range of both American and international celebrities.

*Participants who enroll after November 17 may be sent the streaming link for the first film, OR, may request pro-rated tuition* 

1:30pm Bright Lights, Online Streaming 7pm Bright Lights, Online Streaming

Enrolled participants will be emailed a syllabus, weekly class handouts, and streaming links for the films. Detailed instructions for streaming on computer, tablet or tv will be provided to those enrolled in the course. There will be no post-film discussion for this course.

Film Studies 3 To Tell the Truth: Movies Inspired by Real Events

January 5 – February 2, 2021 Always a popular ticket here at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, this course is comprised of films based on real-life stories or real people. From documentaries to interpretive dramas, these amazing “stranger than fiction” tales will intrigue you and let you get to know the “scoop” on people or events that made an impression on America, and the world abroad.  One such film is “Le Semeur,” a French film based on a story written in 1919.

1:30pm To Tell the Truth, Online Streaming 7pm To Tell the Truth, Online Streaming


Film Studies 4 Behind the Battlefield: Personal Stories in Times of War

February 9 – March 9, 2021 War is a subject that continues to both haunt and intrigue people. This course presents films of true stories that traveled down the family tree over many generations, as well as newly inspired stories.  International films in this series turn the focus from the bloody battlefield to human interest stories times of strife, and the possible lessons we might take away.  One of these is a French film, “Un Sac de Billes,” a remarkable, factual account of one family’s survival, through determination and a lot of love.

Film Studies 5 Beyond Sleepy Hollow: Stories of Early America and the Hudson River Valley

March 16 – April 13, 2021 In connection with Poetry of Nature: Hudson River Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society, this course will spotlight people who contributed to our nation’s burgeoning literary sense of self with themes of America’s “natural bounty.” During this time in America’s development and expansion, writers like Emily Dickenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Willa Cather, Edgar Allan Poe, put their stamps on our literary legacy. This series will be a mix of drama and documentary cinema, to heighten our awareness, together with our excellent art exhibition, of things “early American.”

Diane Thelen, Film Studies Coordinator

Presenting Sponsor: Roberta G. Olsen
Supporting Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Unruh, Jr.
Patron Sponsors: Ann Bowling Endowment for Film Studies, Connie and Don Patterson, Sue and Charlie Thomas
Additional Support: Rehmann Financial and Business Advisory Services

40th Asbury Short Film Concert

Asbury Shorts USA is New York City’s longest running short film exhibition & touring show. Since 1981 their short film “concerts” have been presented at venues across the US, Canada, Great Britain and Germany. The mission is to screen world renowned, festival award winning short films in theaters, art museums and performing arts centers.  The VBMA is thrilled to present Asbury Shorts’ “40th Short Film Concert” at the museum for the seventh consecutive year.  The program will feature a fast paced and highly entertaining line up of the best in short film Comedy, Drama and Animation.  The two hour showcase includes Oscar Nominees, US film festival ‘Best of Show’ winners and international honorees from the past & present.
The program is hosted by Asbury Shorts Founder/Director Doug LeClaire.
Recommended for ages 16 and above.

Saturday, February 13, 2021
1:30pm or 7pm

Individual Seats: $25
Pre-registration required

“Tumbling Towards Home”
Director: Imelda O’Reilly
WINNER: WorldFest Houston 2020 Best Indie Documentary
WINNER: Independent Short Film Awards 2019 – Best Director
Documentary coming of age story about an Irish acting student who moves to New York City to pursue his dream.

Director: Maurice Paramore
WINNER: Westfield International Film Festival, N.J. Best Short Film
WINNER: A.C. Cinefest 2019 – Best Dramatic Short Film
A former boxer, recently released from his prison sentence, tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter who detests him.

Flick Picks

Film recommendations to education and entertain

Join the VBMA Film Society!
The Film Society is the auxiliary level of membership that provides members access to a rich and varied collection of more than 3,000 notable classic, foreign, and art house films, drawn from the many years of the Museum’s Film Studies Program. The DVD film library is temporarily closed.
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