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Celebrate the art of cinema at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

 

Upcoming events

Aaja Nachle (Come, dance with me)

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 7 p.m., Fath Auditorium
Directed by Anil Mehta, 2007, two hours and 17 minutes. Hindi with English subtitles

Featuring an introduction and post-film conversation with Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities and project lead for special exhibition Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Seating is first come, first served. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance.

 

“Dance with me” is both title and invitation to all who experience dynamic, dance-centric Aaja Nachle. After nearly a decade, an unexpected phone call shakes dance instructor Dia (Madhuri Dixit) out of her rehearsal in New York, where she lives with her young daughter. Her teacher is dying, and she decides she must return to her hometown in India. When she arrives, she learns that the Ajanta Theatre—the once vibrant arts center where she learned to dance—is to be demolished. Dia has only two months to create a performance that proves the Ajanta must be saved.

 


Midwest Film Premiere of Restored Tell Me a Riddle

Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7 p.m., Fath Auditorium
Directed by Lee Grant, 1980, 90 minutes

Presented in partnership with Women in Film Cincinnati and Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, featuring a post-film conversation with producer Rachel Lyon

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Seating is first come, first served. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance.

 

Restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2022, and presented here for the first time outside of the Academy, Tell Me a Riddle (1980) was the major motion picture directorial debut for Academy Award winner, Lee Grant. Based on Tillie Olsen’s O. Henry Prize winning novella of the same name, the film celebrates life and love’s miraculous power of renewal.

Eva and David are Russian-Jewish immigrants who experience the most intense conflict of their marriage right at the end of their lives. Eva becomes ill, and David decides they should keep it a secret. While they travel the country to visit the homes of their children and granddaughter, Eva remembers both the violence of pre-revolutionary Russia and the stresses of married life with David, when she was without a moment to herself to read or shine.

Jaime Meyers Schlenk, President of Women in Film Cincinnati, and the film’s producer, Rachel Lyon, will engage in a post-film conversation about the remarkable restoration, working closely with Lee Grant over decades, and the many firsts for women that this film launched.

 

About the speakers

Rachel Lyon has produced 65 documentaries, feature films and media projects. She serves as Director of Development and Communication at First Step Home in Cincinnati. Previously, Lyon served as the Director of Special Projects at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Additionally, Lyon has raised significant funding dollars for educational, media, cultural and social welfare programs. Lyon has served at several universities, including NKU, SMU, and the City College of New York.

Jaime Meyers Schlenck has been editing award-winning nonfiction films for two decades. Her most recent film, 9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT, debuted on PBS’ Independent Lens and was nominated for a Peabody Award. She edited A LION IN THE HOUSE (Sundance premiere, Primetime Emmy Award winner), TV series including HBO FIRST LOOK, and 60+ studio release behind-the-scenes documentaries such as SEX AND THE CITY and HAIRSPRAY. She was additional editor on AMERICAN FACTORY美国工厂 (Academy Award winner) and DAVE CHAPPELLE’S LIVE IN REAL LIFE. Jaime Meyers Schlenk is a founding member and president of Women in Film Cincinnati.

If you need accessibility accommodations for this event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.


 

Selected past events and series

Singin’ in the Rain

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7 p.m., Fath Auditorium
Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952, 103 minutes
Featuring an introduction and post-film conversation with Rodney Veal

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Seating is first come, first served. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance.

 

Join for an in-person screening of the iconic musical, Singin’ in the Rain, with an introduction by dance field leader Rodney Veal. Set in 1920s Hollywood upon the advent of the talkie, Singin’ in the Rain is a spectacular culmination of cinematography, choreography, light-hearted parody, and unforgettable performances. Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Cyd Charisse dazzle in this joyful celebration of dance.

 

About the speaker

Rodney Veal is an independent choreographer and interdisciplinary artist who serves as adjunct faculty and Career Community Coordinator for Sinclair Community College. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a BS in Political Science and Visual Arts and received his MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University. Veal currently serves as president on the OhioDance Board of Trustees and additionally serves on the boards of Levitt Pavilions Dayton, HomeFull, WYSO, and Dayton Live. He can be seen as the host of the Emmy Award winning television series The Art Show on Think TV & CETCONNECT.


Urban Enchantment

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 7 p.m., Fath Auditorium

Enchantment, 1921, directed by Robert Vignola. English intertitles, 89 minutes.

Marion Davies stars as Ethel Hoyt, a young flapper whose vain antics frustrate her conservative parents. Groundbreaking set designs by Joseph Urban are an Art Deco delight in this light-hearted Taming of the Shrew adaptation.

Join for a free, in-person screening debuting a new musical score by Moni (Jasmine) Guo. The event also features a film introduction by Amy Miller Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design and organizer of special exhibition, Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom by Joseph Urban.

About Composer and Performer Moni (Jasmine) Guo

Moni (Jasmine) GuoMoni (Jasmine) Guo (b. 1993) is a contemporary composer and classical pianist from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. She has appeared as both a performer and composer in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. As a composer, Guo is highly interested in using her music to encourage and comfort people around the world; moreover, she also hopes to use her music as a bridge between Western and Eastern culture.

Guo’s compositions have been read or performed by renowned soloists including Miranda Cuckson, Courtney Orlando, Michael Kannen, Sarah Thornblade, Michael Kaufman, Jonathan Sacdalan, Bella Hristova, David Kaplan, Jihye Chang, Kyung Wha Chu, and Stefano Greco; and by ensembles including IIIZ+, Deviant Septet, Texas New Music Ensemble, and Winsor Music. Her orchestra music has been performed by The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Ben Manis) and The Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Shun Yao).  

Currently focusing on scoring for visual media arts, Guo has scored nearly forty short films. This fall, she begins her appointment as Assistant Professor of Commercial Music Production at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.


Moving Images, At Home

April 2020–June 2021

At its heart, Moving Images is about bringing communities together in the museum. Beginning in spring 2020, when the impact of COVID-19 prevented safe gathering in theater spaces, we collaborated with filmmakers, scholars, and other friends in the local film community to share a monthly selection of recommendations for our audiences to enjoy at home. Learn more here.


Art, Histories, & Adaptations film and discussion series

April 22–25, 2021

Rooted in CAM special exhibitions Future Retrieval: Close Parallel and Frank Duveneck: American Master, this 4-day online film and discussion program looks at the ways art and film reimagine, recontextualize, and in some instances, reshape historical narratives and literary texts. Learn more here.


All Things Being Equal film and discussion series

September 3–5, 2020

Presented in celebration of the Cincinnati Art Museum opening of Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal..., the ATBE film and discussion series features films that honor the themes of Thomas’s work, discussions with scholars, filmmakers, and artists, and a special presentation of short films created in collaboration with Cincinnati nonprofit film-focused organizations. Learn more here.