We have some very exciting news to share with you. The National Endowment for the Arts recently approved Amherst Cinema for a $50,000 award as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This grant will support personnel and facilities costs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re thrilled to be one of 855 nonprofit cultural organizations throughout the U.S. to receive this direct support.

Additionally, we received a $5,200 award from the Art House America Campaign . This national fundraising effort, organized by Art House Convergence, Criterion Collection, and Janus Films, supports temporarily closed independent movie theaters. The campaign’s fundraisers included some of our favorite filmmakers including Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, John Waters, Sofia Coppola, and Wes Anderson, among others.

It is the combined efforts of so many that have allowed us to continue presenting and celebrating film in our corner of the world 365 days a year. We’re incredibly grateful for this outpouring of support.

We have always known that it takes a village to sustain us, and this is especially true in these uncertain times. If you’d like to join fellow film-lovers from our region and around the country in supporting us during our closure and helping us prepare for a successful reopening, consider becoming an Amherst Cinema Member during our Summer Membership Drive. And if you’re already a Member (thank you!), think about upgrading to a Gold Membership, which comes with the coveted benefit of unlimited free popcorn, or making a donation.
Thanks for all that you do to keep us going. It means the world to us.

Wishing you all the best,
Your friends at Amherst Cinema
Our July Member of the Month is Honey Loring.
Thank you for supporting Amherst Cinema with your Membership, Honey! We hope you enjoy your free month of movies, redeemable when we reopen.
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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This doc chronicles John Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Live panel discussion Thurs 7/9.
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Two intimate docs explore the identities of West African women at home and abroad by filmmaker Rosine Mbakam. FREE to Members! Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts . Live Q&A Wed 7/15.
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An inspirational story depicting Olympic marathon runner Guor Maker's difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete. Live Q&A Wed 7/8.
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Journey into a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and beyond, to the places Cézanne lived and worked.
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Crafted in 1982 by an entirely African American cast and crew, CANE RIVER is a love story set in Natchitoches Parish, a “free community of color” in Louisiana. Available for the first time in nearly forty years!
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This program, organized on the occasion of the current social uprising in Chile, presents new experimental films made by Chilean filmmakers, many never before screened theatrically. Live Q&A Tue 7/7.
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After a happy childhood in the countryside, a teenager moves to London, where he must navigate an unfamiliar environment on his road to adulthood.
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JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music.
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A Scrabble-obsessed patriarch (Bill Nighy) investigates an online player who might be his estranged son.
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This documentary explores the life and work of Ursula von Rydingsvard, one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture.
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Anna, a violin teacher at a music-focused high school, forces through the admission of Alexander, a student she thinks holds remarkable talent. As pressure mounts in her personal and professional life, so does pressure for Alexander to succeed .
Virtual Cinema is generously supported in part by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee .
At-Home Cinema Selections

Dreaming of a summer getaway? How about visiting the picturesque (if fictional) island of New Penzance? Or maybe a remote Swedish village for a mysterious midsummer festival? Stream some of our favorite summer-set movies with these At-Home Cinema Selections.
dir. Wes Anderson, 2012
The year is 1965, and the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England, inhabit a community that seems untouched by some of the bad things going on in the rest of the world. Twelve-year-olds Sam and Suzy have fallen in love and decide to run away. But a violent storm is approaching the island, forcing a group of quirky adults (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray) to mobilize a search party and find the youths before calamity strikes.

dir. Ari Aster, 2019
This summertime freakout from horror auteur Ari Aster is not for the faint-of-heart! Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. 

Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Kanopy .
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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