Cinema

During this period of partial to full closure, we invite you to continue in your support of the Speed and the art of cinema with the Virtual Speed Cinema. Curator of Film Dean Otto has provided a selection of films you can watch via our provided links, wherein a portion of your ticket purchase goes directly to the Museum and the fulfillment of our mission.

All screenings are virtual/streaming unless otherwise stated.

Dean Otto currently serves as the Curator of Film. To learn more about Dean and the Speed Cinema, read the full press release here.

Photo by Rafael Gamo.

Speed Streaming: Recommendations and Reflections from Curator of Film Dean Otto

Explore recommendations for the best way to experience and support cinema during these unprecedented times, as well as reflections on what this changing landscape means for the future of film.

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Exhibition on Screen: Sunflowers: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts May 18

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are among his most famous works and are some of the most iconic paintings in the world. In an extraordinary exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum took a new and revealing look at the five publicly owned versions of sunflowers in a vase.

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The Story of a Three Day Pass: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts May 14

Melvin Van Peebles' edgy, angsty, romantic first feature could never have been made in America. Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Van Peebles decamped to France, taught himself the language and wrote a number of books in French, one of which, La permission, would become his stylistically innovative filmmaking debut.

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There is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad): A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts May 14

Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology film comprising four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice–to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything.

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Los Hermanos/The Brothers: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starting May 14

Two Cuban-born brothers, both virtuoso musicians Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán–live on opposite sides of the geopolitical chasm that separates the U.S. and Cuba. Although they lead very different existences, the brothers have an instinctual connection.

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About Endlessness (Om det oändilga): A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starting May 3

Featuring elaborate built-in studio sets, neutral pastel-toned scenes shot with a static camera focused on life’s absurdities capturing his dry humor, About Endlessness is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality.

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Wojnarowicz: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

Wojnarowicz is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz, who weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the AIDs epidemic until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37.

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The Inheritance: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

Ephraim Asili makes his feature-length debut with an astonishing ensemble work set almost entirely within a West Philadelphia house where a community of young, Black artists and activists form a collective.

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Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

This documentary explores the rise, fall, and resurrection of the father of the American Arts and Crafts movement, offering an unprecedented look at the life and works of Gustav Stickley.

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