Film Studies

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Film Studies occur on Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7:00pm and online via Boxcast

$80 per person for Museum Members
$96 per person for non-members

Film Studies are a series of five-week courses of films selected from the finest in classic and contemporary cinema presented with critical context. Presented by Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen.

Film Studies are available as in-person screenings in the Leonhardt Auditorium, as well as via streaming on your computer or TV.
Each week of the series, VBMA educators will send registered Film Studies students an email that contains a handout about the current film as well as a link and instructions on how to stream from home.
Participants can choose to view the film at the VBMA during their designated time, or from home.

For troubleshooting viewing films via Amazon Fire TV click here.

Presenting Sponsor: Roberta G. Olsen

Supporting Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Unruh, Jr.

Additional Support: Rehmann Financial and Business Advisory Services, Sue and Charlie Thomas

Patron Sponsors: Ann Bowling Endowment for Film Studies

VBMA Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen

Diane Thelen, Film Studies Coordinator

February 13 – March 12, 2024

Picture This! Humanity through a Camera Lens

Buster Keaton may have been one of the earliest screen artists to show us the impact of a simple tool like the camera. In his famous 1928 silent film, The Cameraman, he runs wild with sly insights into the world of movies and clever insights into humanity. This series focuses on films, both fiction and true stories, about people who picked up a camera and changed how we see the world.

Picture This! – 1:30pm class      Picture This! – 7:00pm class

The Cameraman

March 19 – April 16, 2024

A Woman’s Voice: Perspectives on Female Visionaries in the Arts  

This series highlights five fabulous women who have forged strong identities, proudly representing the arts as film directors, producers, writers, and artists. One such female is an artist-mother-teacher-rebel, Audrey Flack, the “Queen of Hearts” of the 2019 film’s title. All of these women have a unique perspective on life, which is reflected in their work. This series is comprised of both documentary and drama presentations.

A Woman’s Voice – 1:30pm class      A Woman’s Voice – 7:00pm class

Queen of Hearts

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 Helen Ecclestone Stone Film Library is open to Film Society Members:
Tuesdays 12:00pm-2:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm

If you would like to browse films online, all available film titles can be found on our BookSystems website. Film Society members can peruse titles online, choose DVDs to check out, and pick them up at the VBMA during open Film Library hours.

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