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.
At its heart Moving Images is about bringing communities together in the museum. We look forward to returning to monthly events with you in the CAM’s Fath Auditorium and to sharing the experience of discovering new films and reexamining old favorites in person.
Until then check here for a monthly selection of recommendations from CAM curators and friends in the local film community. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the moving image at home, whether you’re streaming via a subscription service, taking advantage of free library resources, or supporting your favorite local theater with a view-at-home ticket.
Our July lineup highlights films that portray the richness and strength of communities and families.
Directed by Stanley Nelson, 2004. Rent or buy on Amazon
Released in 2004, A Place of Our Own spotlights award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow Stanley Nelson (The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities) and his family’s experiences vacationing at Oak Bluffs, an upper-middle class black enclave on Martha’s Vineyard. Nelson delves into the history and significance of the community as well as how the resort area evolved over the years. As with all of Nelson’s work, A Place of Our Own lays bare the commonality of our human experiences.
— tt stern-enzi, Film Critic & Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Programmer
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, 2010. Rent or buy on all major VOD Services
The Kids Are Alright is a keenly observed portrait of a marriage put to the test, and of human behavior in the face of change. Lesbian couple Nic and Jules have raised two children thanks to an anonymous sperm donor. Joni and younger brother Laser decide to contact donor Paul, setting off a chain reaction. Cholodenko’s smart comedy is a witty, warm exploration of family life that’s conventional and unconventional in equal measure.
— Amy Faust, Film and Television Camera Operator
Directed by Norman Jewison, 1971. Rent on all major VOD Services
This popular 1971 screen adaptation has continued to speak to generations, remains relevant to current events, and evokes important universal themes of tradition, identity, survival, struggle and change while exploring the experiences of a Jewish family in an old-world, small town. Though there is an undercurrent of oppression, the well-paced three hours of storytelling by Tevye the milkman about his life, family, and community are filled with music, humor, and love.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (Max Lewkowcz, 2019) is a wonderful documentary about the origin and legacy of the musical that was featured in the 2020 Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, and is available on Kanopy and on-demand services.
— Frances Kahan, Cultural Arts Manager, Mayerson JCC
Directed by Robert Guédiguian, 2017, France. Rent on Amazon (free with Prime subscription)
The French director’s 20th feature film is part of a body of work that constantly interrogates family and community. Like most of his other films, it is set in the same terrain in southern France and tells a story about the evolution of a working class community. The continuity across his work is in part due to his practice of always working with the same troupe or family of actors, including his partner Ariane Ascaride. The House by the Sea adds an interesting twist to the family theme and addresses the plight of refugees coming into Europe from Syria starting in 2015. Although familiarity with the director’s work will change your viewing experience, the film stands alone and is a good entry point to Guédiguian’s work.
— Michael Gott, Director of Programming at the Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies at UC
Directed by Kate Hickey, 2018. Stream free on Kanopy via your public library membership
Oscillating from electrifying to sentimental to shattering, Kate Hickey’s directorial debut documentary blends joyful 1980s footage with 2000s interviews and reunions to create a portrait of the Venice Beach roller dancing community. The film demonstrates that L.A.’s Venice Beach owes its vibrant reputation to the roller dancers’ participatory performances. Hickey then traces the process of gentrification that ultimately shut down “Disco Alley.” Personal, authentic and affecting, Roller Dreams is both a defiant celebration and a frank look at systemic racism.
— Emily Bauman, Curatorial Assistant for Photography & Film Programmer for Moving Images
We look forward to returning to the theater with you! Moving Images events are 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.
Directed by Kathleen Collins, 1982, 86 minutes
Presented in collaboration with Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
Comic drama Losing Ground centers on the experiences of Sara (Seret Scott), a university professor whose artist husband Victor (Bill Gunn) rents a country house for a month to celebrate a recent museum sale. The couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated as Sara struggles to research the philosophical and religious meaning of ecstatic experience… and to discover it for herself.
One of the first fictional features by an African American woman and a stunning and insightful work of cinema, Losing Ground received honors including first prize at the Figueroa International Film Festival, but the film was not released theatrically in the US.
Join us for this special screening, guest curated by tt stern-enzi, Festival Programmer for the OTR International Film Festival. stern-enzi will introduce the film and guide a post-film conversation.