Special Event

Whose Streets?

6/5/2020–6/30/2020

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Use our link to benefit the Berkshire NAACP and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Magnolia Pictures is offering Whose Streets? for purchase for $6.99 through the month of June, or for $15 with Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am and I Am Not Your Negro. Images Cinema will donate our 50% portion of the ticket proceeds to the Berkshire NAACP and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

"Raw and unadorned, Whose Streets? is a documentary in the truest sense of the word; an actual moving document of events fresh in the country’s memory, but never before laid as bare as they are here." — Indiewire

Special Event

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

6/5/2020–6/30/2020

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Use our link to benefit the Berkshire NAACP and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Magnolia Pictures is offering Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am for purchase for $6.99 through the month of June, or for $15 with Whose Streets? and I Am Not Your Negro. Images Cinema will donate our 50% portion of the ticket proceeds to the Berkshire NAACP and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own work. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

"To have the towering Morrison, now 88, willing to face your cameras — head on, in fact — and tell her story as candidly, heartily and humanely as she does here, is a singular gift that keeps on giving throughout the film’s two captivating hours." —  Los Angeles Times

Special Event

New French Shorts

6/5/2020–6/11/2020

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Click here to watch New French Shorts 2020. $12 for a 5-day rental.

New French Shorts
Seven grand films with petite running times. A single feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, provocative festival favorite Gallic shorts.

Full program line-up:

BAHMED'S SONG (Le chant d'Ahmed) 30 min
Director: Foued Mansour
Winner of Bridging the Borders Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019

SHEEP, WOLF, AND A CUP OF TEA (Moutons, loup et tasse de thé) 12min
Director: Marion Lacourt
Official selection: 2019 Locarno Film Festival

TUESDAY FROM 8 TO 6 (Mardi de 8 à 18) 26 min
Director: Cecilia de Arce
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Critics Week

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY (La distance entre nous et le ciel) 9 min
Director: Vasilis Kekatos
Winner of Short Film Palme d'Or and Queer Palme at Cannes 2019

THE TEARS THING, (Le coup des larmes) 25 min
Director: Clémence Poésy
Official selection: 2019 Venice Film Festival

MAGNETIC HARVEST, (La traction de pôles) 24 min
Director: Marine Levéel

Plus special bonus short:

THE GLORIOUS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF NICOLAS CHAUVIN (Le discours d'acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin) 26 min
Director: Benjamin Crotty
Official selection: 2018 New York Film Festival | Winner of Mantarraya Award

Special Event

The Wolf House

6/5/2020–6/11/2020

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Click here to watch The Wolf House. $12 for a 3-day rental.

Maria, a young woman finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired on the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, The Wolf House masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers.

"An astounding new animated film from Chile... these filmmakers have a perspective and a voice that feels entirely new. The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes." — New York Times

"It’s an endless metamorphosis that unfolds like some kind of real-time art installation, and in all honesty, it can be a touch overwhelming to take in at times — which is why the digital release is a blessing in disguise, as audiences can rewind to fully appreciate this awe-inspiring film’s layers of details." — Variety

Special Event

I Am Not Your Negro

6/5/2020–6/30/2020

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Use our link to purchase this film to benefit the Berkshire NAACP and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Magnolia Pictures is offering I Am Not Your Negro for purchase for $6.99 through the month of June, or for $15 with Whose Streets? and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Images Cinema will donate our 50% portion of the ticket proceeds to the Berkshire NAACP and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

"A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now." — Washington Post

Special Event

We Are Temporarily Closed

6/6/2020–6/29/2020

As of Monday, March 16, Images Cinema will be cancelling all films and special events until further notice. Check out our virtual cinema offerings until we can re-open. We are taking this action in response to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus and COVID-19 and in consideration for the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, patrons and community. This is a difficult decision to make, but it is a necessary one.

We have always prided ourselves on being an inclusive place where people gather, drawn together not just by the latest movies, but by a sense of community. This has always been our greatest strength, but right now, under these extraordinary circumstances, it is also what creates an avoidable risk.

The situation with the coronavirus has evolved rapidly and continues to do so. As our awareness of the virus grew, we implemented several new procedures at the theater, including limiting the numbers of seats we sold, the installation of touchless hand sanitizer dispensers and even the removal of our beloved popcorn seasonings. With each of these steps, we were working toward minimizing the risk of infection. Now, in accordance with the latest information about the importance of “flattening the curve,” we have decided to take the ultimate step of voluntarily and temporarily closing the cinema.

Although our doors will be closed and our screen dark, we plan to stay busy at Images. First, the theater will be getting a thorough cleaning. Then, we are going to continue to celebrate film and our community, albeit online and through social media, including our email newsletter. We’re also going to continue planning for the future, lining up new films, partnerships and special events to unveil as soon as possible.

While we are closed, we will continue to accept donations and membership sign-ups or renewals online at ImagesCinema.org. It is impossible to realize the full impact the coronavirus will have on Images and other local arts organizations. Any show of support to the cinema will be greatly appreciated. It will help Images get through this difficult time of indeterminate length and eventually reopen with greater ease.

Our part-time staff will continue to receive compensation for the shifts they will be missing. They are a vital part of this theater, and it’s important to us as a responsible organization to acknowledge that, especially in difficult times such as these.

We look forward to when the risk of the virus has abated and when we can welcome audiences back to Images Cinema. Until then, we remain grateful for everyone’s support, patience and understanding. For update and news, please visit our web site, sign up for our weekly emails or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Executive Director Doug Jones directly at Doug(at)ImagesCinema.org or call us at 413-458-1039.

In closing, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and make good, informed decisions. COVID-19 may be distancing us from each other right now, but that—like the closing of Images— is temporary. When we get to the other side of this, we will come together once again as a community, one made stronger by the difficulties we have shared.