Cinema

The Speed Cinema reopened to the public on June 11, 2021. While we welcome our guests to wear masks if they choose, it is not mandatory. For your comfort, we are reducing our capacity to 60%. Whenever possible, please leave space between your party and other guests. For more information about safety precautions within the Museum, visit our Know Before You Go page.

We also 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.

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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Sunday Showcase: Tempest Rising

September 19

The artistic community thrives on collaboration, and director Richard Van Kleeck was embedded within the Louisville Ballet for five weeks to detail the process of working on an original dance work performed outdoors at Kentucky Shakespeare in Central Park in Louisville. Presented for FREE.

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In Balanchine’s Classroom

September 17, 18, & 19

Takes us back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius.

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Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over

September 12

Directed by Beth B, the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic, and always electric artistry.

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Mogul Mowgli

September 3, 4, & 5

Follows the story of a rapper Zed (Academy Award Nominee Riz Ahmed) who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an illness that forces him to face his past, his family, and the uncertainty of his legacy.

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Sunday Showcase: Southern Journey (Revisited)

August 29

Exploring the sounds and history of the Southern United States (including a stop in Letcher County, Kentucky), this film is both a music documentary and a road movie.

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The Evening Hour

August 26

Shot in Harlan County, Kentucky, the film focuses on the effects of the opioid crisis in a rural community—particularly a young man working as a nurse as he tries to navigate his future.

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Ailey

August 6, 7, & 8

Traces the full contours of Alvin Ailey, a brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty.

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Exhibition on Screen: Sunflowers: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

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

Available to stream now

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

Available to stream now

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

Available to stream now

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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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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