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 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)

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

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

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

Do the Right Thing

Film and talkback: Sunday, May 6
4:00 pm
Sumner Hall

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.  Do The Right Thing is the only one of the three films with a African American director.  This is possibly Spike Lee’s best fictional commentary on race and the dual souled existence that African Americans live.

Talkback facilitator: Pat Nugent

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 to give a $10 donation, which may be paid for here, in the gallery, or by phone (410-778-6300).