Friends,

Thank you for your generous, continued support. Every donation , new or renewed Membership , Virtual Cinema ticket sale , and gift card purchase brings us one step closer to a successful reopening. We’re so lucky to be part of a community that champions the film arts each and every day. THANK YOU!

In case you missed yesterday’s announcement , we wanted to share with you that our founding Executive Director, Carol Johnson, has retired after thirteen years. Carol’s visionary leadership has made Amherst Cinema the thriving arts organization it is today. For more info on Carol’s retirement, you can read our press release and the Daily Hampshire Gazette's profile of Carol . Gifts in Carol's honor can be made here .

We have four new Virtual Cinema titles for you to enjoy over the long weekend, including our first Exhibition on Screen offering during our closure: PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN . Scroll down for the full film lineup!

We’re excited to bring you a live Zoom Q&A on Thursday, May 28 at 7pm with Dan Daley, author of  Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy which inspired SLAY THE DRAGON , one of our new Virtual Cinema films. The pay-what-you-can Q&A will be moderated by our very own George Myers. Click here for all the details.  
Wishing you all the best,
Your friends at Amherst Cinema
Now playing via Virtual Cinema

During our temporary closure, we're excited to bring you opportunities to watch new release titles on your home screen while directly supporting Amherst Cinema. When you watch these films at home, the cost of the digital "ticket" is split between the film distributor and Amherst Cinema - just like when you buy a ticket at the box office.
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Featuring extensive interviews with two-time James Beard Award-winner Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara, and Alice Waters, this doc provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine.
New title! One week only, must end 5/28.
This documentary shines a light on a secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago that threatens to undermine our democracy. Follow everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter. Join us 5/28 at 7pm EST for a Zoom Q&A with Dan Daley, author of Ratf**ked , which inspired SLAY THE DRAGON.
New title! One week only, must end 5/28.
An innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy of Arts, London, highlights great artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro, and Matisse, who all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art.
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An ornery, chain-smoking Chinese Grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck and in the middle of a Chinatown gang war in this dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging, and an unexpected friendship.
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JOSÉ is a gripping, layered, and beautifully honest story about one working-class young man’s struggle to find himself. Made in the neorealist filmmaking tradition, it's a nuanced and vivid look at being gay in Central America.
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This documentary traces the evolution and impact of New Orleans music, and its profound effect on culture and social movements in the U.S. and beyond. Live Q&A with musician Terence Blanchard and Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall on 5/26 at 9pm EST.
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Don't miss a new 4K restoration of this art house holy grail from Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr. This masterpiece is ranked at #36 on BFI’s Critic’s Poll of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made, tied with METROPOLIS and PSYCHO.
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Todd and Rory are intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care. Writer-director-star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp screwball rom-com that’s both Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century.
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This dazzling documentary describes the life and craft of abstract artist Hilma af Klint who, in 1906, began to create an unprecedented series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
Find out where to stream some of Amherst Cinema's biggest hits! These modern-day classics are well worth revisiting, or enjoying for the first time if you missed them on our big screen. Today, we're exploring some of our most popular films about adventure in the great outdoors.
CALL OF THE FOREST: THE FORGOTTEN WISDOM OF TREES
dir. Jeffrey McKay, 2016
This enchanting documentary follows scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system. Traveling from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada, Beresford-Kroeger shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet. CALL OF THE FOREST played to sold-out audiences three times in 2018!

FREE SOLO
dir. Jimmy Chin &  Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi , 2018
FREE SOLO is a stunning, intimate, and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rockthe 3,000-ft. El Capitan in Yosemite National Parkwithout a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement.

MAIDEN
dir. Alex Holmes, 2018
The story of  Maiden’s upstart, defiant run at the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race has all the elements of an epic adventure tale—50-foot waves, life and death drama, near-mutiny, thrilling victory—grounded in a perceptive group portrait of a team of courageous young women led by the remarkable, complicated skipper Tracy Edwards. They pioneered the sport of long-distance racing for the women who followed and inspired women in all fields to prove themselves the equal of men.

Looking for streaming selections from our staff, board, and volunteers? Check out our archive of At-Home Cinema Selections and look for more in upcoming e-newsletters throughout our temporary closure.
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