Film Series

NY Cat Film Festival

Saturday, May 4

The NY Cat Film Festival™ is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives. For far too long, cats have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them.

A portion of Ticket sales from this particular event will benefit the Berkshire Humane Society.

Tickets per program are $12 general, $10 for members and children.

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Cats Rule - Shorts Program

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Beth is Not a Cat (3 min) – Created by MARCUS, a charming comparison of Beth (not a cat, but looking like one) and a real orange tabby cat.

Marnie the Cat Guru (2 min) – Anca Vlasan’s philosophical tabby cat expounds on the meaning of life and happiness.

Cat Anatomy (4 min) – Kim Best explores the nicknames children assign to various parts of a cat.

Elvis Cat: The Stray Crooner (3 min) – Jessi Almstead’s puppet mockumentary.

Cat Nation: a Film About Japan’s Crazy Cat Culture (26 min) - Tim Delmastro’s documentary about Japan’s extraordinary love of kitty cats.

Instagram Cat Mom (5 min) – Jess Spawn’s mockumentary takes us behind the scenes to see the lengths people might go for the purrfect photo to post online

Samantha and the Rock Cats (11 min) – Jacob Feiring’s documentary follows a woman who travels the country with her cat show.

Off for the Weekend (11 min) – Brittany Severances’ funny story of a young woman’s challenges proving her independence from her mother with a weekend of pet-sitting-gone-wrong.

The Pet Effect (2 min)

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

  • Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes

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Feral Love

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Markie Hancock’s engaging documentary about Dorian Rence, who appears to be a stereotypical “crazy cat lady,” devoted for a decade to caring for a feral cat colony in Riverside Park in NYC, bringing them food and shelter in all weather and personal challenges. But it turns out Dorian has another devotion in addition to her cherished felines: she also plays the viola - specifically with the New York Philharmonic, for over 40 years!

Feral Love will be preceded by Art’s Automotive (6 min) - Erik Dumas’ animated tale of an orphaned kitten who bonds with an automotive repair robot in the future.

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

  • Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes

Film Series

NY Dog Film Festival

Sunday, May 5

The NY Dog Film Festival™ celebrates the love between dogs and their people, while giving a portion of every ticket to animal welfare groups to support their animal life-saving efforts. A portion of Ticket sales from this particular event will benefit the Berkshire Humane Society.

Tickets per program are $12 general, $10 for members and children. $5 suggested donation for dogs

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Every Dog Has His Day - Shorts Program

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This program includes animation, live action, and documentary shorts!

A Dog's Life (8 min) - Pieter Vandenabeele’s animated interpretation of a dog’s view of an ordinary day in his life.

Killing Me Softly (3 min) Deirdre Mendoza’s funny narrative imagines a dog park in Los Angeles, where a man-bun-sporting shaman creates social havoc.

Riders of the Arctic (26 min) Hilse De Groote’s documentary looks at the Arctic dog sledding race that is the largest in Europe, with contestants from all over the world - focussing on.the bond between the dogs and their mushers.

Fospice Dog Sid (3 min) Maggie Amiano’s documentary about the last-chance-at-happiness adoption of Sid, a little old sick dog, who got a very happy last chapter in his life.

Imperfect Adventure (5 min) Mallory Paige’s documentary chronicles her decision to overcome doubts and fears to become the adventurer she'd always envisioned - riding across North America in a motorcycle, with her dog in the sidecar.

It's a Potcake Life (30 min) Evelyn Osorio Vaccaro’s heart-warming documentary follows the indigenous stray dogs of the Bahamas - called Potcakes - and the happy endings facilitated by an island of dedicated rescuers.

Ooh la la (1 min) Erika Fischerkeller’s witty animation explores the relationship between males, females and dogs. Inspired by the French Poodle.

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

  • Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes

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Love Makes the World Go Round - Shorts Program

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This program includes animation, live action, and documentary shorts!

Unexpected (2 min) James Lee’s delightful animated story with an unexpected ending.

I Rescue Senior Dogs (5 min) - Elizabeth Howe’s biographical documentary about Sherri Franklin, the founder of Muttville, the rescue for senior dogs in San Francisco.

Elvis: The Lonely Hunter of Circle Beach (5 min) Matt Hulse’s hilarious story about a remote Long Island beach, where a tough little dog named Elvis searches for the elusive buried bagel.

You Don't Know Jack (3 min) - Tom Corwin’s documentary about a beagle named Jack, rescued from a meat farm in South Korea, who found his way to a loving Bay Area home thanks to the Marin Humane Society.

Dog Power (25 min) Kale Caey’s dynamic documentary follows the glorious canine athletes who compete with their humans in international competitions for canicross, bike and scooterjoring, skijoring, and cart, sprint and middle distance dog sled racing.

About a Dog (16 min) Mollie Fitzgerald’s charming story about an antisocial book editor, who unexpectedly and reluctantly has to foster a dog, an experience that brings her out of shell and introduces her to love.

Esther - Saving Castaways (6 min) Andrew Wright’s documentary chronicles a rehabilitation program for unwanted dogs being trained by prison inmates and how an unlikely union brings out a change in character for both.

Shit Happens (2 min) Joan Caspi’s comedic use of a mime to show what happens when you don't "Pick It Up."

Well Groomed - (8 min) Rebecca Stern takes us on a psychedelically-hued journey into the colorful and passionate world of competitive creative dog grooming.

Dame Mit Hund (1 min) Sonja Rohleder’s beautiful little work of animated art.

Ooh la la (1 min) Erika Fischerkeller’s witty animation explores the relationship between males, females and dogs. Inspired by the French Poodle.

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

  • Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes

Special Event

Stephanie Boyd Works

5/6/2019–5/31/2019

Artist Reception with Stephanie Boyd — May 3, 2019 5:30 PM

Stephanie Boyd makes functional pottery in her home studio in Williamstown. She has created a series of wall-mounted pieces inspired by her recent adventures in Iceland. To learn more about Stephanie visit her website: stephanieboydworks.com or on instagram: stephanieboydworks

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: My Neighbor Totoro

Saturday, May 11 + Sunday, May 12

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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My Neighbor Totoro

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Matinees in English. Sunday 8pm shows in Japanese with English subtitles.

Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children.

Beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth. The film is infused with a reverence for the power of nature. Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest’s sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. The girls may be awed by the power and majesty around them but they understand instinctively that nature has no malice. The viewer is left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world all around us.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Rich with human comedy in the way it observes the two remarkably convincing, lifelike little girls.”

– Roger Ebert

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Film Series

Being in the Body

Select Saturdays June through August

Images Cinema Main Screen

In conjunction with Renoir: The Body, The Senses, Images Cinema and the Clark Art Institute present Being in the Body. This series explores the experience of being in a body, one's own or another's. What does it mean to be in a body? What does it feel like? Do our bodies define us, or is there something more?

June 15 at 2pm: Being John Malkovich
July 20 at 2pm: Margarita with a Straw
August 17 at 2pm: A Skin So Soft

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Being John Malkovich

Starring: John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich

When frustrated puppeteer Craig Schwartz finds a portal into John Malkovich’s body, he discovers he can experience what it feels like to be Malkovich. Eventually he learns to control the acclaimed actor too, which Craig thinks will get him everything he ever wanted. Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, this cult comedy favorite stars John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz and, of course, John Malkovich.

  • Director: Spike Jonze
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

“A clever and outrageous piece of whimsical fantasy that is unique, unpredictable and more than a little strange.”

– Los Angeles Times

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Margarita with a Straw

Starring: Kalki Koechlin, Sayani Gupta

Laila, an overachieving Dehli University student and aspiring writer who also happens to have cerebral palsy, is determined to live her life on her own terms. When her adventurous spirit leads her to New York, she meets a fiery female activist who challenges her and pushes her in unexpected directions. Inspired by a true story, this award-winning film offers a unique perspective on ideas of love, identity and sexuality.

  • Director: Shonali Bose
  • Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

“An unexpected delight of charm and substance.”

– Variety

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A Skin So Soft

Starring: Cédric Doyon, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang, Jean-François Bouchard, Benoit Lapierre

Artfully observing the world of male bodybuilding, Quebecois filmmaker Denis Côté crafts an intimate portrait of six latter-day Adonises and their everyday lives of ritualistic workouts, extreme diets and elaborate posing, all in service of achieving perfectly sculpted physiques. Capturing the physical brawn and emotional complexity of these men with wit and tenderness, A Skin So Soft is a self-reflexive rumination on the long tradition of filming the human body that also offers a fascinating perspective on contemporary masculinity.

  • Director: Denis Côté
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The pleasure of Denis Côté’s A Skin So Soft radiates not so much from its storytelling as it does from the meditative force of its formal construction. Côté’s camera relishes the silence of daily moments when these physically hardened men put down their weights and become fundamentally human.”

– Slant

Presented by the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Howl's Moving Castle

Saturday, June 22 + Sunday, June 23

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Howl's Moving Castle

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Soon you will find yourself floating, buoyed up by his gentleness, his visual exuberance, and his unshowy intelligence and emotional literacy. It is a lovely film for all ages.”

– The Guardian

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Nausicaa

Saturday, August 3 + Sunday, August 4

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind will dazzle your senses with its intricately imagined storytelling and stunning animation!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Hayao Miyazaki's first major theatrical work (1984), adapted from a manga series he wrote, shows the Japanese animator in full command of his art.”

– Chicago Reader

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Kiki's Delivery Service

Saturday, September 28 + Sunday, September 29

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Kiki's Delivery Service

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Delightful tale of self-discovery and heroism from Mr. Miyazaki, it feels like Disney one moment, Truffaut the next.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo

Saturday, October 19 + Sunday, October 20

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Ponyo

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“To watch the image of a young girl burbling with laughter as she runs atop cresting waves in “Ponyo” is to be reminded of how infrequently the movies seem to express joy now, how rarely they sweep us up in ecstatic reverie. It’s a giddy, touchingly resonant image of freedom — the animated girl is as liberated from shoes as from the laws of nature — one that the director Hayao Miyazaki lingers on only as long as it takes your eyes and mind to hold it close, love it deeply and immediately regret its impermanence.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: From Up on Poppy Hill

Saturday, November 2 + Sunday, November 3

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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From Up On Poppy Hill

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Goro Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, History

“From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.”

– Los Angeles Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.