Film Society


RiverArts Launches Film Society

RiverArts has launched a new program that 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.

Join the 2018 Film Society:  FILM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

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

The 2018 screenings are curated by Robert Earl Price and Pam Whyte.

They have chosen three films in each of four themes.  Screening dates will be posted as soon as confirmed.

Films about African Americans
Nothing But a Man
Do the Right Thing

Bergman Films
The Seventh Seal
Cries and Whispers

1960’s Cultural Phenoms 
The Graduate
To Kill a Mockingbird
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

Anne Frank’s Holocaust
JFK:  The Lost Bullet

9/11:  Stories in Fragments

In addition to the film screenings, RiverArts sponsors filmmaking and video marketing classes.

Learn More About the 2018 Film Schedule

A screening of The Butler will kick off the 2018 season with a talkback   by Wil Haygood at Sumner Hall on Saturday, March 3 at 5:00.

The Butler tells the story of Cecil Gaines, the African American son of a sharecropper who serves as a White House butler to eight different presidents from Truman to Reagan. The film is based on a 2008 Washington Post story by Wil Haygood who served as an associate producer to the movie

Haygood’s article, entitled A Butler Well Served by This Election, described Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House for more than 30 years, under eight different administrations, as “a black man unknown to the headlines.”

Admission is free but registration is required as seats will be limited.