Upcoming Special Events

Raw and smoldering (and never before released in the U.S.), this narrative feature follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against racism and xenophobia.
CARMEN, the passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, will captivate audiences alongside PETRUSHKA, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug.
This double feature of Les Blank's CHULAS FRONTERAS and DEL MERO CORAZÓN serves as a lively introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border.
COMBAT OBSCURA is a groundbreaking look at daily life in a war zone as told by the Marines themselves, ingeniously repurposing original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of an ambiguous war from an unvarnished perspective. Director Miles Lagoze in person. Free to Amherst Cinema Members.
Learn the compelling story of a lost generation of brilliant Ethiopian musicians whose unique sounds blended African and Western genres and influenced jazz and pop music in the late 20th Century.
This documentary immerses viewers in influential garden designer Piet Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic book, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination.
After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague. This documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding this extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator Vermeer.
Burgundy’s winemaking legend Pascal Marchand draws inspiration for his biodynamic vineyards from ancient techniques of the Cistercian monks. In this documentary, he faces the challenge of his lifetime during the catastrophic 2016 season.
This daring biopic about the cult singer/songwriter was nominated for 10 LOLAS at the 2019 German Film Awards.
HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. Post-screening Q&A with Tom Reney, host of NEPR's Jazz à la Mode and consultant on the film.
IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dancemakers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into Merce Cunningham’s iconic 1968 work RainForest.
KLIMT & SCHIELE - EROS AND PSYCHE recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890's for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence.
This concert documentary, shot in June of 1969 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Memphis, Tennessee, celebrates the blues with performances by Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Fred McDowell, and more.
MICHELANGELO - LOVE AND DEATH offers a cinematic journey through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican, to the print and drawing rooms of Europe, to explore Michelangelo's tempestuous life.
Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT LIVE: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE) and Lily James (Downton Abby, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN) lead in ALL ABOUT EVE, broadcast to cinemas from the West End in London.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast from 2015 returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
I'M NOT RUNNING is an explosive new political drama exploring personal choices and their public consequences, written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare (THE READER, THE HOURS, NT LIVE: SKYLIGHT).
Broadcast from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award®-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in encore screenings of the original West End production of THE AUDIENCE, captured live in London in 2013.  
This striking and moving documentary from BAFTA nominated directors Jacqui and David Morris traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, who transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time.
Andrzej Żuławski's sci-fi epic follows a group of astronauts who, after crash-landing on the moon, forge a new society, one whose subsequent generations create a new civilization, until a politician from Earth arrives and is hailed as the Messiah.
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, was an event like no other.  Rembrandt’s life story is interwoven with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.
The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant and, more than that, it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.
One of the most acclaimed music docs of all time, this film features the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey; its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. New 4K restoration!
Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley and archivist Aaron Mullan in person! In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth presents a program of Daydream Nation-related films.
Despite his fame, Arvo Pärt, the world’s most-performed living composer, has been rarely documented on film – until now.
THE GARDENER is a documentary about Frank Cabot’s resplendent Les Quatre Vents, a private garden in the Charlevoix region near Quebec City.
Mika Kaurismäki (MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA) explores choro, a Brazilian musical style that’s grown and evolved from its 19th century Rio roots.
At age 40, after years of drifting, Diego returns to Sicily, his dreams of becoming a musician dashed. But then he discovers the mouth harp, which captivates him and propels him on a journey from the torrid coasts of Sicily to the frozen flatlands of Yakutia in Siberia, where he becomes part of a prophecy from a century ago.
Dead Moon member Toody Cole in person! Unknown Passage tells the history of Dead Moon, DIY champions from Portland, Oregon, through their decades-long career and various garage, psych, folk, and punk rock incarnations.
VAN GOGH & JAPAN journeys from the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, to the beauty of Provence and the enigma of Japan itself.
Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist's work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh.
Filmed in London, New York, Washington DC, Amsterdam, the Hague, and Delft, this film guides the audience through works focusing on Vermeer's relationship with music, as well as through the artist's life story.
This documentary chronicles the experiences of several visually impaired artists, including photographer John Dugdale and writer Ryan Knighton, focusing on the ways each artist (and their creative process) is impacted by loss of vision. Director Rodney Evans in person. Free to Amherst Cinema Members.
Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with this Oscar-winning documentary capturing the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it.
Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous names in art history, his image and his art are everywhere, yet few know the remarkable story of his rise to greatness. YOUNG PICASSO takes an in-depth look at the journey of Picasso’s life and traces his path to genius.