Film

During the fall, winter and spring, The Center presents documentary films on artists, art forms, architecture and more. From time to time we also present independent and international films that would not otherwise be shown locally. Films are often presented in coordination with The Center’s BIG IDEA projects as a way to enhance and deepen understanding of the theme or concept being explored.

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Upcoming Films

FILM: Heart of a Dog

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 pm

Celebrated artist, composer, inventor, musician and film director, Laurie Anderson created a home movie, of sorts, to reflect on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, and her beloved dog. The film is a meditation on loss and love that is light and heavy, straightforward and experimental. Anderson’...

FILM: Manakamana

Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm

Breathtaking, poignant and mesmerizing, Manakamana is a documentary shot entirely inside the narrow bubble of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, as it transports villagers and tourists to an ancient mountaintop temple. Filmed in 16mm and comprised of 11 rides (each a single take corresponds to the len...

FILM: City of Gold

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 pm

In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffin...

FILM: Oscar Shorts Documentary: Program B

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm

During week two of the annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated documentary shorts in the final two evenings. PROGRAM B (Running time: 81 minutes) Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes. Four youn...

FILM: Oscar Shorts Documentary: Program A

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 pm

During week two of the annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated documentary shorts in the final two evenings. Program A (Running time: 72 minutes) Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes. During a ...

FILM: Oscar Shorts Animated

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm

An annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated shorts in four evenings. Wednesday, February 15 features the Live Action shorts and Thursday, February 16 will feature Animated shorts. Please note: there will be three added Animat...

FILM: Oscar Shorts Live Action

Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 pm

An annual tradition prior to the Oscars, The Center and Magic Lantern give film lovers the chance to see all the Oscar nominated shorts in four evenings. Wednesday, February 15 features the Live Action shorts. (Running Time: 130 minutes) Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes. Zsofi is struggl...

FILM: Zero Days

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm

A documentary thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney about the world of cyberwar. A black ops cyber-attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to spread ...

FILM: James Castle: Portrait of an Artist and Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm

Double feature for the BIG IDEA project, Idaho Stories. The James Castle film will screen first, at 7pm. Hemingway film to follow. James Castle: Portrait of an Artist (53 minutes) tells the story of Castle, born deaf in 1899 in rural Idaho – only nine years after the frontier territory was admitted to th...

FILM: Hermitage Revealed – 250 Years in the Making

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 pm

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Reveal...

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm

Peggy Guggenheim was a colorful character who was not only ahead of her time, but helped to define it. Heiress to her family’s fortune, she became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she not only collected art, but artists. Her colorfu...

Film Screening: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm

This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. For over 4 decades, Caroll's characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of...

Film Screening: The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders film on Salgado)

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristin...

Film Screening: Meet the Patels

Thursday, March 10, 7:00 pm

MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reve...

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts – Program B

Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm

Total running time: 76 minutes Chau, Beyond the Lines – directed by Courtney Marsh • USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes Synopsis: Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a prof...

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts – Program A

Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm

Total running time: 87 minutes Body Team 12 – directed by David Darg • Liberia, 13 minutes Synopsis: BODY TEAM 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain ...

Oscar Nominated Shorts – Animation

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm

Total running time: 86 minutes Sanjay’s Super Team directed by Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes Synopsis: In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy ...

Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm

Total running time 107 minutes Ave Maria – directed by Basil Khalil • Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbat...

Film Screening: Girl Inside

Thursday, January 28, 7:00 pm

Following 26-year-old Madison during a crucial three years of her transition from male to female, GIRL INSIDE is a beautiful film that tracks her emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey of self-discovery that is as important as – if not more than – the physical journey of hormones and surgery. Shari...

Film Screening: Havana Motor Club (shown at 4:30 & 7pm)

Thursday, December 17, 7:00 pm

Screenings at 4:30 and 7:00pm To buy tickets to the 4:30pm screening: Click here HAVANA MOTOR CLUB tells a personal, character-driven story about Cuba's vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba's first official car race since shortly after the 1959 Revolution. It tackle...

Film Screening: The Mask You Live In

Thursday, December 10, 7:00 pm

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer groups, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from ...

Film Screening: Tim’s Vermeer

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically—150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extr...

Film Screening: Art and Craft

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. Art and Craft starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose. As a...

Film Screening: Iris

Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris'...

Film Screening: Amy

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm

This documentary depicts the life and untimely death of the singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. CEO of Universal Music UK, David Joseph said, "… we decided to make a movie about her—her career and her life. It's a very complicated and tender movie. It tackles lots of things about family and media, fame, addi...

Film Screening: The New Rijksmuseum

Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm

In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world's greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to a glorious collection including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction. But from the start, the project was opposed by...

Film Screening: Persistence of Vision

Thursday, May 7, 7:00 pm

Striving to make the greatest animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) toiled for more than three decades on his masterpiece – best known today as The Thief and the Cobbler – only to have it torn from his hands. Directed by Kevin Schreck and ho...

Film: Levitated Mass

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm

What is art? In 2012, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art had 22 cities asking themselves that exact question as a 340 ton boulder made its way through Southern California neighborhoods to its destination – a 456-foot-long negative space where it rests above a concrete slot. The film documents this journey...

Film: Finding Hillywood

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm

Local directors Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski award-winning documentary, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. Created by local directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, the film functions ...

Film Screening: Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm

One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished. Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates Ga...

Film Screening: The Address

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Directed by Ken Burns, the film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where each year students are encouraged to practice, memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.

Film Screening: 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films (Program B)

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm

For the third year in a row, The Center and the Magic Lantern present the Oscar nominated films in the category Documentary Short Films (Program B). This is a rare chance to see these films. 79 minutes total running time • See Documentary Shorts trailer here Our Curse (Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Sles...

RESCHEDULED! Film Screening: 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films (Program A)

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 pm

Due to a delay in the delivery of the films, the screening of Program A of the documentary shorts has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb 19 at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the recheduled screening times on Feb 19 please contact The Center for a refund of your ticket purchase. ...

Film Screening: Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm

For the third year in a row, The Center and the Magic Lantern present the Oscar nominated films in the category of live action shorts. This is a rare chance to see these films. 118 minutes total running time • See Live Action Shorts Trailer Here Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 2...

Film Screening: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 pm

For the third year in a row, The Center and the Magic Lantern present the Oscar nominated films in the category of animated shorts. This is a rare chance to see these films. 82 minutes total running time • See Animated Shorts trailer here Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada/English....

Special Film Screening: For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 pm

This is the story of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero, two Mexicans who at a very early age decided to take the risk to pursue their dreams to live from what they loved the most: music. They went from performing at anonymous hotels and restaurants in Ixtapa, to – just a few years later – playing thei...

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n Roll

Sunday, November 23, 7:30 pm

This documentary covers the concert at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri to celebrate Chuck Berry’s sixtieth birthday. Featuring performances by Robert Cray, Eric Clapton and Etta James with Chuck Berry. Plus interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen and  more who ...

Stop Making Sense

Sunday, November 23, 4:30 pm

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme presents the phenomenon that was the Talking Heads in 1984. The live performance at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood was the location for this essential concert film. Come see the Big Suit and rock out to 18 straight songs from David Byrne and his band … kicking off with “Psycho ...

It Might Get Loud

Sunday, November 23, 2:00 pm

The essential documentary on the electric guitar – and three guitar masters: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. Through interviews the film reveals how each musician developed his unique sound and style. (rated PG) 98 minutes

The Last Waltz

Saturday, November 22, 7:30 pm

Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz was advertised as the Band's "farewell concert appearance" (performed on Thanksgiving 1976), and the concert saw the Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkin...

Pearl Jam Twenty

Saturday, November 22, 4:30 pm

A documentary celebrating the 2011, 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam. Directed by Cameron Crowe, the film is pulled from over 12,000 hours of footage of the band. From the history of the band starting with Mother Love Bone and tracking the musicians through concerts, the death of Kurt Cobain, and the tragedy tha...

Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer Songwriter

Saturday, November 22, 2:30 pm

A musical journey tracing the lives and careers of James Taylor and Carole King, pillars of the California singer/songwriter scene, which converged in and around LA’s Troubadour Club in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Featuring interviews with Lou Adler, Elton John, Steve Martin, David Crosby, Jackson Brown...

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Saturday, November 22, 2:00 pm

This film will be re-scheduled ... it has arrived, but we were unable to convert it to a playable format before the screening time. Please check back in with us to see when we can reschedule. Thanks for your understanding. This is the story of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero, two Mexicans who at a ve...

Film Screening: The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night

Friday, November 21, 9:15 pm

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of them...

Film Screening: This is Spinal Tap

Thursday, November 20, 7:00 pm

This cult film is a rock “mockumentary,” written, scored by and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap satirizing the wild personal behavior and musical pretentions of heavy metal bands. One of the great...

Film Screening: Finding Vivian Maier

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s s...

Forest Fires: An Evening of Documentary Short Films

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm

Four short documentaries about forest fires and those who fight them. Up In Flames: A History of Fire Fighting in the Forest (1984) documents the development of North American fire detection, communication and fire suppression technology – it explores the impact of Idaho’s 1910 Big Blowup and Oregon’...

FILM SCREENING: The Fruit Hunters

Thursday, October 9, 7:00 pm

As we look at forests in the current exhibition, this film examines those who are obsessed with fruit and scour jungles and forests to track down and sometimes save fruits that are threatened by development and disease. Part of The Center's multidisciplinary project Forests, Foraging and Fires.

Film: NO

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 pm

In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedr...

Film: Eames the Architect and the Painter

Thursday, April 10, 7:00 pm

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Their motto was “the best for the least for the most” — a characteristically pithy statement of a utopian ideal of capitalist mass production. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century ...

Film: Rising from Ashes

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 pm

Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jonathan "Jock" Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to compete in the Olympic Games. Against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Stunningly filme...

Film: Objectified with post-film discussion with local product designers

Tuesday, March 11, 6:00 pm

Objectified is about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment ...

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts – Documentary Program B

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Estimated Total Running Time: 87 min. CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English, 39 min.) - New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons. Prison Term...

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts – Documentary Program A

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm

Estimated Total Running Time: 97 min. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, Canada/USA/UK - English, 39 min.) - At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world's oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance...

Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action Program

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm

Estimated Total Running Time: 108 min Helium (Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson, Denmark/Danish, 23 min.) - A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor. The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill and Baldwin Li, UK/English, 13 min.) - A psychiatrist is...

Oscar Nominated Shorts – Animated Program

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm

Estimated Total Running Time: 110 min. Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, English, 6 min.) - Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day. Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Non-dialogue, 12 min.) - The ...

Film: National Lampoon’s Vacation

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm

This classic family road trip movie (as a part of Wish You Were Here) follows the Griswold family, Clark and Ellen along with their two children Rusty and Audrey, as they venture westward from the suburbs of Chicago to the Disneyland-like theme park, Walley World. Clark has planned the trip down the last deta...

Film: Thelma & Louise

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm

Friends Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) start off on a weekend trip to a cabin as an escape from their everyday lives, but the road trip takes a turn after an incident at a bar has them running from the law. This movie is a part of The Center’s Wish You Were Here exhibition – and exemplif...

Film: A Room with a View

Tuesday, January 7, 6:00 pm

As a nod to those travelers who came before us and essentially invented the road trip, The Center is screening A Room with a View as a part of the multidisciplinary project, Wish You Were Here. This is the film that made everyone dream of escaping to Tuscany, wasn’t it? The Grand Tour of Europe was somethin...

Watching Party: Downton Abbey Season Premiere

Sunday, January 5, 6:45 pm

The new season of Downton Abbey starts early at the Liberty! January 5th is the first night of Season 4 and we will kick off the season in style (and we'll see it before it screens at 9pm MST). From 6:45 til about 7:30 we'll have wine and dessert on stage, our friends from Idaho Public Television will give...

Sing-along Sound of Music

Thursday, January 2, 5:30 pm

Come to Hailey and celebrate the New Year with a family favorite – this time you’re encouraged to sing along to every song - and your little brother can't make fun of you! The film has subtitles for all the songs, we’ll have The Haven food truck on site for snacks before the film or at intermission, but...

Pompeii from the British Museum

Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm

POMPEII FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM - the very first cinema event to be produced by the British Museum for a major exhibition, offering an exclusive private view of the blockbuster show Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The exhibition focuses on the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving i...

Herb & Dorothy

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm

HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to acc...

Beijing Flickers

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm

San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of eup...

SOMM with post-film discussion with local sommeliers

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm

Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you may have never heard of... SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one o...

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – film screening and post film discussion with art critic Jeff Kelley

Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced explor...

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its ...

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