We are very excited to be partnering with the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge once again this year.
The Brattle shows the best in classic, cutting-edge, foreign, and art-house films. They also show first-run films and new releases of classic films, but their specialty is a repertory programming format consisting of films from a particular director, genre, or subject shown over the course of a week, or on the same weekday throughout the month. Visit our Series Archive to learn more about past repertory programs.
Movies have been shown at the Brattle Theatre since 1953, when Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey Jr. started things off with a screening of the German film, Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain from Köpenick). Haliday and Harvey later founded Janus Films for the purpose of distributing foreign films nationwide. Learn more about Janus Films and the Brattle Theatre on the Timeline page, or read this essay about the first 100 years of the Brattle.
The Brattle Theatre seats 225.
Parking is scarce in Harvard Square, please consider taking the Red Line to screenings at the Brattle.
We are pleased to announce the return of the Boston LGBT Film Festival to the Institute of Contemporary Art after almost twenty years apart.The ICA will be hosting the opening night screening of the 29th annual film festival on May 2nd of 2013.
Founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art, the museum was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. In pursuit of this mission, in its early days, the museum established its reputation for identifying important new artists and changed its name a final time to become the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948.
For more than a half century, the ICA has presented contemporary art in all media—visual arts, film, and video, performance and literature—and created educational programs that encourage an appreciation for contemporary culture. As the ICA’s reputation grew around the nation, it paved the way for institutes and museums of “contemporary art” as well as artists’ spaces and alternative venues. In particular, the ICA led the field in its pioneering support of video art and new media.
On December 10, 2006, the ICA moved to the Boston waterfront and opened the first new art museum built in Boston in nearly one hundred years and the first building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to be built in the United States.
Award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro conceived the building both “from the sky down,” as a contemplative space for experiencing contemporary art, and “from the ground up,” providing dynamic areas for public enjoyment. The design weaves together interior and exterior space, producing shifting perspectives of the waterfront throughout the museum’s galleries and public spaces.
The theatre in the ICA seats 325.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has been home to the festival for over twenty years. We are pleased to continue this partnership with the MFA Film Prgram with another great series of films at the MFA this year.
The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, features contemporary international cinema, restored classics, American independent films (including those by local artists), Boston premieres, and retrospectives by international filmmakers. The Program also hosts a number of film festivals throughout the year, plus special screenings and events relating to special exhibitions. Visiting artists frequently attend screenings and discuss their work with the audience.
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.
Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
November 2010 marks the opening of The New MFA. Designed by the world-renowned Foster and Partners architects, The New MFA comprises a new wing for Art of the Americas; renovated art of Europe galleries; improved conservation and education facilities;The Linde Family Wing devoted entirely to contemporary art; and a new, larger public space—the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard.
The film festival is now screening in the Alfond Auditorium in the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts. We shall also be continuing in the Remis Auditorium. So, please be sure to look at each program to determine in which theatre the screening will be taking place.
The Remis Auditorium seats 400 and the Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium seats 150.
Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center, Emerson College
559 Washington Street. Boston, MA 02111
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Phone: (617) 824-8000
The state-of-the-art screening room is named for the family of Emerson alumnus and Trustee Kevin Bright, producer of the hit series “Friends” and son of vaudeville performer and manager Jackie Bright. A venue for both film and live performance, the Bright Family Screening Room features 16 millimeter, 35 millimeter and digital projection equipment with seating for 170 people.