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Moving Images

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.


Moving Images, At Home.

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.

In April, we’re focusing on great films that make us smile. We all have movies that feel like old friends or that are simply a pleasure to spend time with. Here are a few from our at-home queues.



Directed by Stanley Donen, 1963

Stream free on Kanopy via your public library membership

Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant cavort through the effortlessly modern backdrop of early 1960s Paris. I could probably stop there, but If you need further convincing, the film expertly straddles the line between rom-com and thriller, swinging from laugh-out-loud goofy to nail-bitingly tense without seeming forced, and the plot twists will keep you guessing to the very end. A passel of recognizable supporting actors round out the fun.

—Emily Bauman, Film Programmer, Moving Images



Directed by John Waters, 1988

Rent on any Video-on-Demand service

There’s so much to love about the original Hairspray: the dancing, the ‘60s pop soundtrack, the costumes. But for me, it’s all about Divine. She commits so fully to the role of Edna Turnblad and can make me laugh by just raising an eyebrow.  

—Russell Ihrig, CAM Associate Director of Interpretive Programming


The Whistlers (La Gomera)

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, 2019

Available to stream through the Esquire or Cincinnati World Cinema

Porumboiu was part of a Romanian “new wave” that burst onto the international scene in the mid-2000s to great slowly paced, darkly humorous, and bleak portrayals of a society in shambles. The Whistlers, by contrast, is an exuberant crime caper that trades a dreary postcommunist setting for the beautiful Canary Islands and allows viewers the opportunity to simultaneously indulge their cinephilia and their wanderlust. The Whistlers may inspire you to plan a dive into recent Romanian cinema now or an island vacation later.

—Michael Gott, Director of Programming at the UC Center for Film & Media Studies



Upcoming Programs:

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. 



Date TBD

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.