Films


Now Playing

  • Rock Bottom Riser
    Rock Bottom Riser
    Directed by Fern Silva
    (USA, 2021, 70 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    This sparkling experimental documentary addresses the worldview of Indigenous Hawaiians, touching on ethnography, geology, and the mysteries of the cosmos. 

    Friday, May 27, 2022
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, May 28, 2022
    7 p.m.
  • Odds Against Tomorrow
    Odds Against Tomorrow
    Directed by Robert Wise
    (USA, 1959, 95 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    Harry Belafonte stars in this crime thriller that serves as an allegory about racism, greed, and humankind’s propensity for self-destruction.

    Saturday, June 4, 2022
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, June 18, 2022
    7 p.m.
  • Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
    Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
    Directed by Robert Mugge
    (USA, 1980, 60 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    Performances by free-jazz innovator Sun Ra and his Arkestra are intercut with footage of band members and Ra relaying his poetic proclamations.

    Sunday, June 5, 2022
    5 p.m.
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)
    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    (West Germany, 1972, 124 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    This unforgettable melodrama from Rainer Werner Fassbinder portrays the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer and a beautiful but icy ingenue. 

    Friday, June 10, 2022
    7 p.m.
  • The Jazz Baroness
    The Jazz Baroness
    Directed by Hannah Rothschild
    (UK, 2009, 83 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    Baroness Pannonica Rothschild began a lifelong obsession with New York’s jazz scene in the 1950s and developed a passionate friendship with Thelonious Monk. 

    Saturday, June 11, 2022
    7 p.m.
  • Passing Through
    Passing Through
    Directed by Larry Clark
    (USA, 1977, 115 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    A jazz musician (Nathaniel Taylor) just released from prison searches for his musical mentor and refuses to participate in the exploitative music industry. 

    Sunday, June 12, 2022
    5 p.m.
  • ’Round Midnight
    ’Round Midnight
    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
    (USA/France, 1986, 136 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    Jazz performances by Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, and others highlight this drama about an alcoholic saxophonist who goes to Paris in the late 1950s.

    Friday, June 17, 2022
    7 p.m.
  • Neptune Frost
    Neptune Frost
    Directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
    (USA/Rwanda, 2021, 105 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater

    In this Afrofuturist sci-fi punk musical, escaped miners in an otherworldly e-waste dump attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region.

    Friday, June 24, 2022
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, June 25, 2022
    7 p.m.
    Sunday, June 26, 2022
    6 p.m.
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