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Celebrate the art of cinema at the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Upcoming events:

POSTPONED Horror Film Fest: Haunted

October 15, 2021 | 7:30–11 p.m.

*This event has been postponed for inclement weather. We will reschedule an indoor screening in 2022, stay tuned for future updates.*

Join us for this FREE, outdoor double-feature screening of arthouse horror films in the CAM parking lot (near the top of Art Climb.) This year, we are looking at ghost stories from two distinct cultural perspectives.  

Guests should bring their own chairs/seating. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Please Note: Schedule has changed slightly from some original promotions. 

7:30 p.m. 
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, 87 minutes. Japanese with English subtitles.   

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 movie House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, House seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality.  

9:30 p.m.  
Carnival of Souls
Directed by Herk Harvey, 1962, 78 minutes. English with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing.  

A young woman (Candace Hilligoss) in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she is haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a small budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.  

*This event is outdoors in the CAM parking lot, near the top of Art Climb. In the event of rain/severe weather, this event will be canceled.*

If you need accessibility accommodations for this event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.

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Selected past events and series

Moving Images, At Home

April 2020–June 2021

At its heart, Moving Images is about bringing communities together in the museum. Beginning in spring 2020, when the impact of COVID-19 prevented safe gathering in theater spaces, we collaborated with filmmakers, scholars, and other friends in the local film community to share a monthly selection of recommendations for our audiences to enjoy at home. Learn more here.

Art, Histories, & Adaptations film and discussion series

April 22–25, 2021

Rooted in CAM special exhibitions Future Retrieval: Close Parallel and Frank Duveneck: American Master, this 4-day online film and discussion program looks at the ways art and film reimagine, recontextualize, and in some instances, reshape historical narratives and literary texts. Learn more here.

All Things Being Equal film and discussion series

September 3–5, 2020

Presented in celebration of the Cincinnati Art Museum opening of Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal..., the ATBE film and discussion series features films that honor the themes of Thomas’s work, discussions with scholars, filmmakers, and artists, and a special presentation of short films created in collaboration with Cincinnati nonprofit film-focused organizations. Learn more here.