Moving Images Film Series

Select Thursdays, 7 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

Moving Images celebrates the art of cinema with a monthly film screening at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Offering films spanning artists and genres, from classic to contemporary, we invite visitors to enjoy the shared experience of watching movies on a big screen. In conjunction with the screenings, the program includes introductions and post-film conversations with CAM curators and guests including local scholars, filmmakers and critics.

FREE and open to the public. Reservations not required. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

Cash bar available beginning at 6:00; beverages are permitted in the theater during screening.

Please enter the museum through the DeWitt entrance – visitors will meet in the Fath Auditorium. 


Upcoming Programs:


Horror Film Fest: An Evening of Vampires

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5–11:00 p.m.

Join us for this triple feature of arthouse horror films. This year, we are looking at the vampire mythos through three films from different decades and with distinct cultural perspectives. Come for one, two, or stay for all three. 

A cash bar will be available; beverages are permitted in the theater.

FREE. Seating is first come, first served. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance; visitors will meet in Fath Auditorium. View Calendar Page

Please Note: Screening times have changed since publication of the Fall 2019 member magazine. 

Directed by Tomas Alfredson, 2008, 114 minutes. Swedish with English subtitles. Start time: 5 p.m.

Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. The feature is based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014, 100 minutes. Persian with English subtitles. Start time: 7 p.m.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

Directed by Werner Herzog, 1979, 107 minutes. German with English subtitles. Start time: 9 p.m.

Herzog’s homage to F.W. Murnau’s iconic silent classic – itself inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula – is a richly drawn encounter with human mortality, superstition, and symbolism.


Women Breaking Boundaries film series

November 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.

December 5, 2019 | 7 p.m.

January 2, 2020 | 7 p.m.

February 6, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Women in Film Cincinnati, this four-part series focuses on films directed by women and celebrates leaders and pioneers both on screen and behind the camera. Each event will close with a discussion with guests from the community and invited guests, including filmmakers and scholars.

FREE. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance; visitors will meet in Fath Auditorium.

November 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Directed by Mary Dore, 2014, 92 minutes

Director Mary Dore joins us for the screening, followed by a post-film discussion moderated by Women in Film Cincinnati president and Emmy award-winning director and producer, Rachel Lyon.

Directed, produced, and edited by women, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is a provocative and rousing look at the birth of the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960’s. The film offers a unique focus on local and lesser-known activists, including the Boston authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves, the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, and grassroots organizations across the country, using never seen before archival footage, great music from the period and artful re-enactments.

The film shows many strands of feminism, including the voices of women of color and struggles over issues of class and lesbian rights. Major themes appearing throughout the film include the struggle for freedom and equality and a woman’s right to control her own body. Dore’s weaves together interviews with galvanizing figures, including Alix Kates Shulman, Rita Mae Brown, Kate Millett and Denise Oliver-Velez, to form an investigation of how movements are born. The film ultimately reflects not just on the 1960s women’s liberation movement but also on organization around human rights today.

Mary Dore began her career working with a Boston film collective that produced independent historical documentaries, including Children of Labor (1977) which premiered at the New York Film Festival. She has produced television series for Maine Public Broadcasting and 13/WNET in New York. She produced and co-directed the feature documentary The Good Fight: the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984), which screened at the Toronto, Sundance, and London Film Festivals. View Calendar Page

December 5, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Directed by Ida Lupino, 1950, 75 minutes

Content warning: This film contains scenes that evoke sexual violence. This film focuses on the experience of a survivor of rape.

When protagonist Ann Walton (Mala Powers) walks home from work one night, a stalker, who has made unwanted passes at her, assaults her. Lupino, who also co-wrote the script, follows Ann in the days after, offering an examination of rape culture in a time when—due to the strictures of the Motion Picture Production Code (Hays Code)—it was not permissible to even speak the word “rape” in a feature film.

Lupino was a trailblazing indie director, writer, and producer. A remarkable presence at the height of the Hollywood system, her career encompasses a number of “firsts,” including first woman to join the Director’s Guild in sound era Hollywood, and first and only woman to direct an episode of The Twilight Zone. View Calendar Page

January 2, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Directed by Tali Shalom Ezer, 2017, 108 minutes

The daughter of an inmate waiting execution, Lucy (Ellen Page) has spent eight years protesting the death penalty with her siblings outside state penitentiaries. She meets Mercy (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of a protest, and the two fall in love amid the complicated unfolding of truths for both women.

Mercy details a love story that transcends the divided culture that can grow around sensitive political issues, portraying an LGBT+ love within the context of a larger world. The relationship is but a part of the story, not the dominant force, and it doesn’t try to set boundaries on sexuality or define itself for the audience.

Israeli director Shalom Ezer’s Princess (2014) was awarded the Grand Prix at the Kiev International Film Festival and was honored as best debut feature at Raindance Film Festival. Her first feature made in the United States, My Days of Mercy was shot in Cincinnati. The film was produced both above and below the line by many strong women guided by Shalom Ezer in a collaborative and communal working experience where creativity and sensitivity thrived.

Our post-film discussion features My Days of Mercy contributors Karri O’Reilly (executive producer) and Amy Bradford (special effects). My Days focus puller and Women in Film Cincinnati member Amy Faust will moderate the discussion. View Calendar Page

February 6, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Directed by Julie Dash, 1991, 113 minutes

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former enslaved West Africans who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.

With Daughters of the Dust, Dash became the first African American woman to direct and produce a full-length feature film that was widely distributed in theaters across the country. Released with beautiful color restoration in 2016, Dash’s visionary work is still an inspiration for filmmakers today. View Calendar Page