Following new CDC COVID-19 recommendations, which state fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance indoors or outdoors, the Museum will be updating its staff and visitor policies as follows with immediate effect:

  • Masks are recommended to be worn in the Museum for anyone aged 2+ but will not be required.
  • No temperature checks are required.


The VMBA presents a robust offering of films and film series throughout the year.
Film Studies
Yes, We Cannes
Christo Documentary: The Gates
Asbury Shorts
Flick Picks

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.
Presented by Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen

2021-2022 Season
Film Studies will return with in-person film screenings in Leonhardt Auditorium at the museum.

Film Studies 1: Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7pm, October 12 – November 9, 2021
Film Studies 2: Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7pm, November 16 – December 14, 2021
Film Studies 3: Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7pm, January 4 – February 1, 2022
Film Studies 4: Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7pm, February 8 – March 8, 2022
Film Studies 5: Tuesdays at 1:30pm or 7pm, March 15 – April 12, 2022

Tuition: $80 per person, members; $96 per person, non-members. Registration coming soon.

Presenting Sponsor: Roberta G. Olsen
Supporting Sponsors: Fae Kopacka, 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

Diane Thelen, Film Studies Coordinator

Summer Film Program “Yes, We Cannes”

Join host and filmmaker Xaque Gruber for a selection of internationally acclaimed films in connection with the summer exhibition A Tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection. During brief introductory remarks, Xaque presents on the cinematic importance of each film and shares his personal connections to and experiences with the Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets: $16 members, $18 non-members, per person, per film.

Tuesday, July 13 | 7pm, Leonhardt Auditorium | The Piano (1993)
The feature film is preceded by a brief introductory lecture and the short film The Pistol (2018).

The Piano

Tuesday, July 20 | 7pm, Leonhardt Auditorium | Anna (1987)
The feature film is preceded by a brief introductory lecture and the short film Anna (2019).


Tuesday, July 27 | 7pm, Leonhardt Auditorium | Persepolis (2007)
The feature film is preceded by a brief introductory lecture and the short film 12 Zloty (2018).


3 Film Package

Film selection is subject to change based on availability.

Xaque Gruber

Christo Documentary: The Gates (2007)

In February 2005, 7,503 gates made from steel frames and a saffron-colored nylon fabric adorned New York City’s Central Park. This documentary called “The Gates,” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, chronicles the work that went into New York City’s biggest public art project. Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude overcame various municipal and political hurdles. Once completed, the installation elicited a full range of reactions from celebrities and non-famous alike.

Saturday, July 31 | 2pm, Leonhardt Auditorium | The Gates (2007)

This program is free, no reservations required.

Asbury Shorts Film Concert

Asbury Shorts USA presents the best in award-winning independent and international short films. The 90 minute program is hosted by Asbury Shorts founder Doug LeClaire.

Doug LeClaire worked as a Line Producer and Production Supervisor of national television commercials, independently produced feature films and major cable network promos in the New York metro area for 35 years. He produced television advertising & web content campaigns for Lifetime TV; WE-TV; Comedy Central; MTV; Spike, Oxygen as well as the CBS, NBC, PBS and ABC networks.  He won a “Clio” for an MTV promotional campaign directed by Barbara Kanowitz. Doug directed two award-winning shorts in the 1980’s: “The Problem,” and “Surprise.” Both played on HBO. In 1980 Doug founded Asbury Shorts USA, now New York City’s longest running short film exhibition and touring show. He has been an instructor & guest lecturer at The School of Visual Arts; The New York Institute of Technology; The State University of New York; New York University, Monmouth University, Upstate Independents; Film/Video Arts and One Day University.

February 12, 2022
1:30pm and 7pm
$25 per ticket

Doug LeClaire, host of Asbury Shorts

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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