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.
Nam June Paik: Moon in the Oldest TV
March 31, April 1 & 2
First-time feature director Amanda Kim tells the remarkable story of Nam June Paik as a citizen of the world and trailblazing artist, who both saw the present and predicted the future with astonishing clairvoyance.
Mary Cassatt: Painting in the Modern World
April 1 & 2
The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely rewritten. Mary Cassatt and her modern women were at the heart of it all.
Cézanne: Portraits of a Life
April 7, 8, & 9
One cannot appreciate 20th-century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with additional interviews from experts and curators from MoMA in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps one of the least known and yet most important of all the Impressionists.
Little Richard: I Am Everything
Director Lisa Cortés’ documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – “Little” Richard Penniman.
April 14 & 15
Louis Kahn, who in 1974 died bankrupt and alone in New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, is considered by many architectural historians to be the most important architect of the second half of the 20th century. In My Architect, Kahn’s only son, Nathaniel, sets out on an epic journey to reconcile his father’s life and work.
Master of Light
George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs as a young man. While incarcerated, he nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world.
This is a CINEMA+ showing with a post-screening discussion with artist George Anthony Morton.
Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition
April 15, 16, & 19
In February 2023, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opened its doors to the largest Johannes Vermeer exhibition in history with 28 of 38 of his paintings (attributions skew the final number) on view across ten galleries. This new Exhibition on Screen film invites audiences to a private view of the exhibition, accompanied by the director of the Rijksmuseum and the curators of the show.
Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You
We go to see movies. Can we go to hear records? This is what Will Oldham, in collaboration with film/visual artist Ryan Daly, are eager to explore with this presentation of Bonnie Prince Billy’s new recording Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You. This is a special evening of recorded music shared with the public for the first time accompanied by visualizations conceived, juxtaposed, and assembled by Ryan Daly.
April 21, 22, & 23
Lasse Hallström’s (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat) Hilma brings to life the story of the artist Hilma af Klint who revolutionized the art world when her work was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019 and reveals the personal side of her Bohemian life. Af Klint died in 1944, unknown and unrecognized as the woman who invented abstract painting.
Helen LaFrance: Memories
Screened in conjunction with the current exhibition Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance, this documentary covers the life and work of Kentucky-born artist LaFrance.
CINEMA+ | With a post-screening discussion with Executive Producer Bruce Shelton via Zoom hosted by Speed Art Museum Chief Curator/Mary & Barry Bingham Sr. Curator of Painting and Sculpture Erika Holmquist-Wall and Speed Curator of Film Dean Otto. A tour of Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance led by Holmquist-Wall follows the discussion.
April 28 & 30
The debut feature from writer-director Saim Sadiq, Joyland explores the many sides of love and desire in a patriarchal society.
May 12, 13, & 14
. In the film, a small Romanian town must deal with their workforce migrating across Europe and the need for guest workers who arrive to fill the low-paying, necessary jobs resulting in xenophobia and unrest.
Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own
Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. This documentary takes us behind the scenes with von Rydingsvard, as she and her collaborators–cutters, metalsmiths, and others–produce new work, including challenging commissions in copper and bronze.
2023 Louisville Film Society Short Film Slam
Co-presented by the Louisville Film Society, local filmmakers will present short works of fifteen minutes or less followed by questions and comments from the audience. This edition features a special jury prize of $500 for the best film of the slam. This twice-yearly program offers a great opportunity to view works by established and emerging filmmakers from the region.
The Eight Mountains (Le otto montagne)
May 19, 20, & 21
The Eight Mountains is a slow-churning naturalist tale about a city boy and a mountain boy defining intimacy, friendship, and an unconditional bond that progresses over two decades
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Saules aveugles, femme endormie)
May 26, 27, & 28
A lost cat, a giant talkative frog, and a tsunami help a bank employee without ambition, his frustrated wife, and a schizophrenic accountant to save Tokyo from an earthquake and find meaning in their lives in this animated feature.
May 27 & 28
Based on a major exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford, Tokyo Stories spans 400 years of incredibly dynamic art – ranging from the delicate woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige, to Pop Art posters, contemporary photography, Manga, film, and brand-new artworks that were created on the streets.