Film Society


RiverArts Film Society

The RiverArts film society focuses on film as a visual art form and forum for social commentary.  Filmmaking is a complex and powerful art form in our world.  Every artist is trying to tell a story, and through their stories, filmmakers help us understand our lives and the lives of others as well as the many cultures of our world.  Films engage and develop an emotional response and may challenge our understanding and perspectives.

The RiverArts Film Society mission is to provide transformative cinematic experiences by screening films with diverse perspectives followed by thought provoking discussions.  RiverArts will partner with Sumner Hall and the Mainstay to show monthly films with talkbacks at their venues which offer new projection systems and an intimate, coffee-house ambiance.

The RiverArts Film Society is a membership organization with an annual fee of $30 for one person or $50 for two. Membership includes free admission to up to ten films per year that include talkbacks and Q&A by engaging, knowledgeable presenters.


Louise Miller and Alicia Kozma chair the RiverArts Film Advisory Board and welcome any ideas you have for future film screenings, classes or workshops.

They have chosen three films in each of four themes.  Screening dates will be posted as soon as confirmed. Films will be held once a month, at either Sumner Hall or The Mainstay. As seating is limited, particularly at Sumner Hall, priority will be given to Film Society members.

Films about African Americans

  • Nothing But a Man (4pm Sunday, March 25, Sumner Hall)
  • Uptight (4pm Sunday, April 15, Sumner Hall)
  • Do the Right Thing (4pm Sunday, May 6, Sumner Hall)

1960’s Cultural Phenoms 

  • The Graduate (7pm, Friday June 15, The Mainstay)
  • Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (7pm, Thursday, July 19, The Mainstay)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (7pm, August 24, Sumner Hall)

Coen Bros Series

  • The Man Who Wasn’t There (4:30, Sunday, August 12, Sumner Hall)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (7 pm, Thursday, October 18, Sumner Hall)
  • A Serious Man(4:30, Sunday, November 4, Sumner Hall)


  • Anne Frank’s Holocaust (7pm, Friday, September 28,  Mainstay)
  • JFK:  The Lost Bullet (7pm, Thursday, November 29, Mainstay)
  • 9/11:  Stories in Fragments

Register for upcoming Film Society events here:  FILM EVENT REGISTRATION BUTTON

In addition to the film screenings, RiverArts sponsors filmmaking and video marketing classes, which can be seen here.

Learn More About the 2018 Film Schedule

A Serious Man

Film and talkback: Sunday, November 4
4:30 pm
Sumner Hall

Acting powerhouse Michael Stuhlbarg is a Jewish science professor in 1960s Minnesota who must contend with multiple miseries in this odd, beautiful comedy-drama. One of their few films to pull substantially outside of their traditional casting realm, the movie dazzles with accomplished character actors. This may be the Coen’s most searching and inquisitive work, asking: is the universe cruel, indifferent, or sadistic? And can an understanding of God actually make a difference? Awarded Best Original Screenplay at the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics’ Awards, nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards. Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, and Sari Lennick

“A Serious Man succeeds because it engages questions worth asking. What is integrity? Does our atavistic need for stories illuminate the meaning of life or further obfuscate it? What does it mean to be good and how are we to achieve it?” Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“The film’s potency is rooted in quiet precision and detailed realization.” Time Out

“Embrace the mystery, the Coen’s tell us. At the same time, they can’t resist pulling the rug out from under our feet.” Philadelphia Inquirer

Event seating is limited. Pre-registration is required for everyone. Priority seating is given to Film Society Members.

Non Film Society Members will be asked for a $10 donation, which may be paid for here, in the gallery, or by phone (410-778-6300).

Click here to register for the film