smARTfilms: Through Her Eyes

May. 29 - Jun. 26, 2018 7:30pm — 9:30pm | Add this to Calendar

Join us Tuesday nights in the BIMA Auditorium for a curated selection of films exploring women in film art.

Dinner seating in Bistro begins at 5:30 PM. (Reservations recommended - 206-451-4011)
Auditorium opens at 7:00 PM
Movies begin at 7:30 PM

Curated and hosted by tj Faddis and Kristin Tollefson.


Series Pass: $42 Member | $50 Non-Member

Single Tickets: $10 Member | $12 Non-Member
May 29 - An Art that Nature Makes
June 5 - B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
June 12 - Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray
June 19 - Cameraperson
June 26 - Faces/Places


An Art That Nature Makes

An Art that Nature Makes

Tuesday, May 29, 7:30

Not Rated / 75 minutes / 2015

AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES is the portrait of an artist, Rosamund Purcell, who is not interested in portraits.  Early in her career as a photographer, she stopped taking pictures of people. In the years since - shes now 74 - she has established herself as a visual poet of the inanimate - a still-life painter with a camera, specializing in "objects in romantic decline".  This film details her fascination with the natural world and insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.

"The sheer number of images shown gives this brisk foray into Purcells work an admirable guided-tour feel." - LA Times

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B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

Tuesday, June 5, 7:30pm

Rated R for nude images & brief language / 76 minutes / 2016

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in the 1970s or 80s - the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera.  For the next 35 years she captured the surfaces of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars and Harvard notables.  As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, she gives famous documentarian Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

"This portrait of the artist as an old woman is a gentle-hearted gem, as profoundly subtle as it is subtly profound." - Variety

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Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray

Tuesday, June 12, 7:30pm

Not Rated / 60 minutes / 2016

Here is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray, a determined single mother who broke through notorious art world barriers to become one of the preeminent painters of our time. This film explores the relationship between Murrays family life & career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Verite footage, home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, tell of Murrays internal struggles and incredible ambition. Exclusive interviews with art world luminaries provide the historical backdrop for the New York art scene.

"Within the concise running time, Director Kristi Zea brings a remarkable life and body of work into dynamic focus." - LA Times

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Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm

Not Rated / 102 minutes / 2016

"Entertainment is okay, but journalism is...You need permission, and I'll tell them its cinema. It's a movie." - quote from the film.

CAMERAPERSON is all of the above, a collage of gravity and lightness, intimacy and war, narrative of fidgeting hands and an overlay of field recordings and music.  Seattle native Kirsten Johnsons extraordinary visual poem welcomes deep looking while inviting serious ethical inquiry of documentary filmmaking.   

"What results isn't a straight autobiography, but rather the autobiography of a career and, most importantly, the autobiography of a spirit." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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Tuesday, June 26, 7:30pm

Rated PG / 89 minutes / 2017

89-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie.  Kindred spirits Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared.  Together they travel around the villages of France in JRs photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-sized portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts & trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  FACES/PLACES documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they form along the way.

"This documentary is an absolute delight, but it has a faith in everyday folks that feels both stalwart and melancholy, aware that these are exactly the people being swept away by the tides of modernity.  Its a sociopolitical protest disguised as a vacation." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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