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Enjoy these unique programs at MFAH Films.

 

hang@MFAH Presents: 8 BIT

2006
Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand

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Tickets are free! Reserve your seat in advance. 8 BIT investigates how artists interrogate the world through the role of technology as a medium. A self-described rockumentary, art exposé, and culture-critical investigation, 8 BIT ties together seemingly disconnected phenomena like the 1980s demo scene, chiptune music, and contemporary artists using machinima and modified games. Produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo, 8 BIT brings a global perspective on the new artistic approaches of the DIY generation which ... more info
 

Aurora Boot Camp

2014
Various directors

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Tickets are free! Reserve your seat in advance. Get ready to hit the red carpet and strike a pose at Aurora Picture Show’s sixth annual Boot Camp World Premiere. The visions of young filmmakers come to life on screen in these films made by the students enrolled in Aurora’s summer filmmaking Boot Camps for ages 8 to 15. Friends, parents, and fans are all invited to see the work of these future auteurs. more info
 

2014 Manhattan Short Film Festival

2013, in original languages with English subtitles
Various directors

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  • Sat, Sep 27 7 p.m. Coming Soon...
  • Sun, Sep 28 5 p.m. Coming Soon...
Film festival ticket prices apply! General admission is $10. MFAH members, students with ID, and seniors receive a $2 discount. "One World. One Week. One Festival." During the week of September 26–October 5, more than 100,000 people in some 300 cities across six continents gather in various venues to view and vote for the winner of the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. The festival is a celebration of international short film that occurs simultaneously across the globe, allowing audiences to ... more info

Past Films in This Series

 

Stitched

2010
Directed by Jenalia Moreno
Director Jenalia Moreno in attendance* Special ticket prices apply! General admission is $10. MFAH members, members of the Houston Cinema Arts Society, members of the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), students with ID, and seniors receive a $2 discount. Cosponsored by the Houston Cinema Arts Society. Stitched is a fun-filled documentary capturing the enormity of the quilting world with more than 21 million quilters in the U.S. alone. The film follows three quilters racing to complete their entries for the ... more info
 

Hej Rup!

Heave Ho!

1934, in Czech with English subtitles
Directed by Martin Frič
Introductory remarks by Alison Greene, MFAH curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects  In 1989 the MFAH presented the landmark exhibition Czech Modernism: 1900–1945, which inspired the current exhibition New Formations: Czech Avant-Garde Art and Modern Glass from the Roy and Mary Cullen Collection. Hej Rup!, featuring the comic duo George Voscovec and Jan Werich, was among the many films screened as part of the original exhibition. In the late 1920s and 1930s, these Czech burlesque entertainers were leaders of The Liberated, a theater group that became ... more info
 

2011 Oscar Nominees: Best Documentary (Short Subject)

2011, various languages with English subtitles
Directed by Various
Get a jump on your Oscar pool! Attend this screening for an opportunity to see some of the 2011 nominees for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in advance of the February 26 Academy Awards ceremony. The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement Directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin (USA, 2011, 25 min.) In the days leading up to Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 election, a former civil rights activist looks back on the early days of the movement. Incident in ... more info
 

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

2009
Directed by Bruno Wollheim
A reception to meet the filmmaker, Bruno Wollheim, follows the screening. DVDs of the film will be available for purchase. Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney’s return from California to paint his native Yorkshire, England: outside, through the seasons, and in all weathers. David Hockney: A Bigger Picture tells the story of a homecoming and offers up a revealing portrait of what inspires and motivates today’s greatest living British-born artist. "An unqualified, ... more info
 

The Abandoned Children

1974, in Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Danny Lyon
The MFAH is pleased to cohost a film screening and discussion in conjunction with the Menil Collection exhibition The World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs and Houston's FotoFest 2012 Biennial. Program ► Screening of The Abandoned Children (Los niños abandonados), a powerful 1975 documentary about Colombian street children, directed by photographer Danny Lyon. Click here to view a trailer for the film. ► Discussion with Lyon; MFAH curator Anne Wilkes Tucker; and Menil curator and exhibition organizer Toby Kamps. Admission is free. more info
 
The MFAH, in collaboration with filmmaker Carroll Parrott Blue and the University of Houston, welcomes celebrated Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando to Houston. This program features a conversation with both of them, along with film scholar Margarita de la Vega Hurtado, and includes a screening of Rolando's latest film: 1912, Breaking the Silence (Voces para un silencio). About the filmmaker The primary focus of Gloria Rolando’s work is the African diaspora in the Caribbean. Originally trained in art history, she transitioned to filmmaking ... more info
 
Many of the award winners from this annual contest will be screened, with filmmakers in attendance. Houston Public Library annually solicits entries from teens throughout the greater Houston area, with work submitted in categories including narrative, documentary, animation, and teen health, among others. Turn out and support these talented young auteurs! more info
 

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

2011
Directed by Paul Sen
Ten years after leaving Apple, the late Steve Jobs agreed to an hour-long interview for Triumph of the Nerds, a TV series about the birth of the personal computer. Only a part of the 1995 conversation was used in the series, and the remainder was thought lost until the recent discovery of a VHS copy. The interview features Jobs at his most charismatic, discussing his pioneering days with Steve Wozniak. Jobs also talks frankly and sadly about his own forced departure ... more info
 

LĀSYA KĀVYA: The World of Alarmél Valli

2012 in English and Tamil with English subtitles
Directed by Sankalp Meshram
Alarmél Valli is one of India’s most iconic dancers and choreographers. Internationally acclaimed for her distinctive dance style—classical yet contemporary, precise yet poetic—Valli has performed in major festivals and theaters worldwide. The new documentary LĀSYA KĀVYA: The World of Alarmél Valli features footage of Valli’s graceful gestures, complemented by insights from experts on Indian dance who illuminate the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual contexts within the performances. LĀSYA KĀVYA won India’s 2012 national award for best film on art and culture. Meet Alarmél Valli when she visits the ... more info
 

La Bohème

1926
Directed by King Vidor
Live piano accompaniment by Joseph Li, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University Houston Grand Opera sets the silent film alongside Puccini’s heartbreaking operatic score for a unique presentation of story, film, and music. This version of La Bohème is not based on the libretto of Puccini’s opera, but goes back to that work’s source: Henri Murger’s 1851 French stories Scènes de la vie de bohème (Scenes from Bohemian Life). Lillian Gish (Mimi) and John Gilbert (Rodolphe) star in the (considerably cleaned-up) ... more info
 
A reception in the museum galleries follows the ceremony. The Houston Film Critics Society comprises print, broadcast, and Internet film critics. As award season heats up nationally, members of the HFCS present their own awards for top achievements in 2012. Along with this year’s Texas Independent Film Award, a Humanitarian award goes to the late Adam Yauch, and a Lifetime Achievement Award goes to actor Robert Duvall (not attending). This event is free, but free tickets are required. For more information, ... more info
 
A reception and book signing in the museum galleries follow this program. Nick Flynn and David Eagleman, two noted authors with Houston connections, come together on the occasion of Flynn’s latest book, The Reenactments: A Memoir, the story of Flynn adapting his 2004 memoir into the film Being Flynn. In the new memoir, Flynn reflects on his experience of being on the set during filming of two central events in his life: his mother’s suicide and his father’s long run of homelessness. ... more info
 

2012 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (Documentary)

2012
Directed by Various Directors
Get a jump on your Oscar pool with this opportunity to see the films nominated in the Documentary Short category, in advance of the Academy Awards ceremony on February 24. The nominees are: Inocente Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine   Kings Point Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider   Mondays at Racine Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan   Open Heart Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern   Redemption Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill   Click here for information on each film (scroll about halfway ... more info
 

Music Majors: The Rance Allen Group

2012
Directed by Melanie Scott
Special guests: Bishop Rance Allen, Yolanda Adams, and others* The documentary Music Majors chronicles the rise to fame of the innovative Rance Allen Group (RAG), one of the most explosive groups to emerge from the legendary Stax Records label in the 1970s. The group's hits—including "Ain’t No Need of Crying," "I Belong to You," and their cover of the Temptations’ "Just My Imagination"—placed them among soul legends such as Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. The Rance Allen Group is often credited with establishing the ... more info
 

The Mystery of Picasso

1956, in French with English subtitles
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Enter the theater at any time: The 75-minute film screens twice, back-to-back. Attendance is free with general museum admission. MFAH Members always receive free general admission. ► For tickets to the exhibition "Picasso Black and White," click here. ► To order the exhibition catalogue, click here. Unavailable for more than a decade, The Mystery of Picasso is one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made. The film received the Prix du Jury at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, and the French government declared the film a ... more info
 

Robert Frank's "CS Blues"

1972
Directed by Robert Frank
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
BOTH SCREENINGS ARE SOLD OUT Special ticket prices apply! General admission tickets are $20; MFAH Members, students with ID, and senior adults receive a $5 discount. This engagement of the legendary documentary Cocksucker Blues (in a digital version) has been arranged courtesy of Robert Frank, whose films the MFAH has archived and distributed since 1986. Frank’s involvement with the Rolling Stones began when he shot the cover for their Exile on Main Street album in 1971. The next year he ... more info
 

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

2012
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Friday, April 19 (prior to the 7 p.m. screening) Enjoy a conversation exploring the 50-year reign of the “Empress of Fashion.” Gary Tinterow, MFAH director, talks with special guests Peter Speliopoulos, vice president for design at Donna Karan New York; and Robert Turner, fashion editor at "Vogue" and former curatorial assistant to Diana Vreeland.  During Diana Vreeland’s reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was ... more info
 

Coast Modern

2012
Directed by Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome
Presented as part of the Houston Modern Market Week Film Festival, April 15–22. Traveling along the Pacific Northwest coastline from Los Angeles to Vancouver, this documentary showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Audiences go inside the most-inspired dwellings on the West Coast and see how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the environment. Architect Dion Neutra explains that the way to live is to have "the ... more info
 

Chasing Ice

2012
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Introduced by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, MFAH Environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic in 2005 for National Geographic. His assignment: to capture images as evidence of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog had been a skeptic about climate change, but that first trip opened his eyes and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. With the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog and his team deployed ... more info
 
Introduced by David Filipi, Wexner Center for the Arts Rare Baseball Films is the perfect way to celebrate the national pastime that delights die-hard fans and cinephiles alike. Before television became a fixture in people’s homes, theatrical newsreels were one of the few ways for fans to actually see players from around the country in action. The program draws on the Hearst Metrotone News Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and includes the Houston Colt .45s' first spring ... more info
 

Alice Rahon: The Black Bee

Alice Rahon: L'abeille noire

2012, in French with English subtitles
Directed by Dominique and Julien Ferrandou
Introduced by Teresa Arcq, co-curator of the 2012 LACMA exhibition "In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States." In 1939, French Surrealist painter/poet Alice Rahon (1904–1987) and her Austrian husband fled fascist Europe and moved to Mexico, where they were received by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. There, Rahon published three volumes of poetry inspired by nature, travels, and her love affairs with poet Valentine Penrose and artist Pablo Picasso, among others. This documentary explores Rahon´s involvement ... more info
 

Manhattan Short Film Festival

2013, in various languages
Directed by various directors
 "One World. One Week. One Festival." During the week of September 27 to October 6, more than 100,000 people in some 300 cities across six continents gather in various venues to view and vote for the winner of the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. The festival is a celebration of international short film that occurs simultaneously across the globe, allowing audiences to select their favorites. #30 (Directed by Timothy Wilde, Australia) Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Directed by ... more info
 

The Out List

2013
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
In Person: Photographer and Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders In The Out List, a diverse cross section of leaders from entertainment, business, sports, and public service discuss intimate stories on childhood; understanding gender and sexuality; building careers while out; and the challenges facing the LGBTQ community. Against the backdrop of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage and financial equality, subjects recall joyous moments of acceptance and romance, along with painful instances of intolerance and discrimination, offering unique modern perspectives on being out ... more info
 

British Arrows

2013
Directed by Various directors
The British Arrows recognize and reward the best television, online, outdoor, and cinema commercials made by British advertising agencies and production companies. The annual roundup of award-winning commercials is one of the most popular programs at the MFAH. This year’s crop features an IKEA ad in which toys come to life, a touching tribute to Paralympians, and the Guardian’s headline reenactment of the Three Little Pigs being arrested for killing the Big Bad Wolf. more info
 
A reception in the Museum galleries follows the program. Members of the Houston Film Critics Society present awards for top achievements in 2013 in more than a dozen categories, from Best Picture to Best Original Song. The Coen Brothers receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Humanitarian Award goes to actor Edward James Olmos. (Award winners are not expected to attend.) Reserve your free ticket in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button and your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit ... more info
 

Oscar Nominees: Documentary Short Subject

2013, in original languages with English subtitles
Directed by Various directors
Get a jump on your Oscar pool! See the films nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category, in advance of the March 2 Academy Awards ceremony. Last year’s winner was Saving Face, Daniel Junge’s and Sharmin Obaid-Chinoy’s moving piece about Afghan women who were victims of acid attacks. Program A • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Directed by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed (Canada/USA/UK, English, 39 min.) At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world's oldest pianist—and its ... more info
 

The Strange Demise of Jim Crow

1998
Directed by David Berman
Reserve your free tickets in advance! Not all of the civil-rights victories in the 1960s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests played out in front of television cameras. The Strange Demise of Jim Crow reveals that many Southern cities—including Houston—were desegregated in a quieter, almost stealthy fashion with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals, and controversial news blackouts. It makes visible a fascinating case study of how urban power is really wielded. Post-Screening Panel Discussion Moderator: Thomas ... more info
 

Renoir

2012, in French with English subtitles
35mm
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
A sumptuous biopic set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, this drama is inspired by the final years in the life of legendary painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet). His son—and future film-directing legend—Jean Renoir (Vincent Rottiers) returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Jean is accompanied by Andrée Heuschling (Christa Theret), a captivating young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the ... more info
 

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

1989-1995
Directed by Eric Zala
Please allow extra time for parking, as several events are scheduled to take place at the Museum on Friday, February 28, and space will be limited. More info > mfah.org/parking In Person: Actor and producer Chris Strompolos*  This shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark was produced and directed by three boys from the Mississippi Gulf Coast more than 20 years ago. The trio of 10-year-olds began shooting in the summer of 1982, and they wrapped seven years later. The Adaptation ... more info
 

Extremely Young Film Festival

2013
Directed by various directors
Tickets are free. Reserve your seats in advance! Aurora Picture Show and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, proudly present the inaugural Extremely Young Film Festival, showcasing the innovative talents of youth and teen filmmakers from around the world. Extremely Young puts the spotlight on films shorter than three minutes, by filmmakers younger than 18. This festival celebrates the artistic, creative, and technical strengths of the voices that are the future of media expression. On February 28, meet Extremely Young ... more info
 
Tickets are free. Print your free tickets by clicking the "Get Tickets" link. “Animating the 19th Century: Bringing Pictures to Life (Or Life to Pictures?)” Speaker: Tom Gunning, the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of Cinema & Media Studies, the University of Chicago. The invention of movies came about as the 19th century was ending and the 20th century was beginning. Although many viewers saw the advent of cinema as the ... more info
 

UNEARTHLING: Films by Peter Lucas

2014
Directed by Peter Lucas
In person: Filmmaker Peter Lucas This program of experimental film/video work by Houston-based artist Peter Lucas features the world premiere of his new short film, Unearthling (2014), as well as his recent Voyager Found (2013). With gritty black-and-white photography and a layered soundtrack of electronic music and sound, Unearthling centers on the arrival of a mysterious figure from another world. Voyager Found is a collaged reworking of the image, music, and sound elements included in the “golden record” launched into ... more info
 

Mahler on the Couch

2010, in German with English subtitles
35mm
Directed by Percy Adlon and Felix Adlon
Preceded by wine reception at 5:30 p.m. This exuberant imagining of the real-life marriage of Gustav Mahler (Johannes Silberschneider) and his tempestuous wife Alma Schindler Mahler (the luminous Barbara Romaner) is a sensory feast of art, sex, and celebrity in fin-de-siècle Vienna. “Very witty and erotic . . . [director] Percy Adlon is up to old tricks in this delightful, artistically vigorous, and occasionally loony fantasia about Vienna's cultural elite 100 years ago.” —Hollywood Reporter Mahler’s tenure as the director ... more info
 

Sweet Dreams

2012, in English and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles
Directed by Rob and Lisa Fruchtman
Ingoma Nshya—Rwanda’s first and only all-woman drumming troupe—is made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The troupe offers a place of support, healing, and reconciliation. When Ingoma Nshya partners with two young American entrepreneurs from Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to open Rwanda’s first-ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace, and possibility. Sweet Dreams interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of empowerment ... more info