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: Naughty and Nice – Films from the Pre-Code Era and Setting the Stage for the Me-Too Movement

October 15 @ 1:30 pm - November 12 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesdays at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm October 15 – November 12, 2019 Perhaps you’ve heard the term Pre-Code film but didn’t know exactly what it meant. The “Code,” also referred to as the Hays Code, was named after Will Hays who was hired to “clean up” the movies after their early sin-city image took hold during the late 1920s. Enforcement was lax prior to 1934. Filmmakers continued to make “naughty” films from 1929 through the end of 1933, but…

Film Studies: Jersey Gems – Tales from the Garden State

November 19 @ 1:30 pm - December 17 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7pm November 19 – December 17, 2019 Who doesn’t love a good New Jersey story? Judging by the makeup of our film-loving audience, many either grew up somewhere in New Jersey, made summer treks to the Jersey Shore as a kid, or still actually live there during the summer months. These five films celebrate the spirit of things “Jerseyan.” You may know some of these stories, but haven’t seen them in ages. If that’s the case,…

Film Studies: Profiles in Creativity – Weird and Wonderful Visionary Tales

January 7, 2020 @ 1:30 am - February 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesdays at 1:30 pm or 7pm January 7- February 4, 2020    Creativity in cinema comes in all forms. Perhaps it’s represented by a team of talented, artistic animators who brilliantly bring a story to life in ways that make us forget it’s not even real people we’re viewing on the screen.  Or, it could be a brilliant director who somehow has visions above and beyond what the average person can even imagine, and can extract the most perfect performances from…

Film Studies: Northern Lights – Warm Tales from Cold Climates

February 11, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - March 10, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - April 14, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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.

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