The looming uncertainty of this time has made us all the more grateful for our supportive and socially-minded community. Thank you for being there for us when we need you the most.
Since writing to you last, we have received an additional $10,000 in donations and Memberships. We are overwhelmed by your kindness. This fiscal support stabilizes us and enables us to plan for the future. But beyond that, this outpouring of love is invaluable. It puts a strong wind at our backs. We’re more ready than ever to find the way forward beyond this crisis. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
The joyous day when we can all gather again cannot come soon enough. Until then, you can continue to support us in the following ways:
Make a tax-deductible gift. Your generous contributions go a long way in supporting a successful reopening of the Cinema and allow us to continue offering online programming via Virtual Cinema , curated film recommendations in Cinema Selections and All Stars (below), and additional content to keep you inspired, informed, and entertained during our closure.
Become an Amherst Cinema Member (or renew!). Your Membership ensures that quality film programming has a future in our corner of the world.
Enjoy great new titles at home with Virtual Cinema. Host a viewing party with friends and invite them for a video chat film discussion afterward. BYO popcorn encouraged. :)
Treat yourself or a loved one to an Amherst Cinema e-gift card. It’s a great choice for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and more. As soon as we reopen, use your gift card toward movie tickets and all the concessions you’ve been craving!
We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!
Wishing you and yours health and safety,
Your friends at Amherst Cinema

Two revealing documentaries about the literary and visual arts are opening in Virtual Cinema today: THE BOOKSELLERS and BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT.

Now playing via Virtual Cinema
through 4/30
THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside the small but fascinating world of antiquarian booksellers, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics, and dreamers. It's both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.
through 4/30
This dazzling documentary describes the life and craft of abstract artist Hilma af Klint. In 1906, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, Klimt began to create a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
through 4/30
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS investigates the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's native Chile.
through 4/30
In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha, intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
through 4/23
After the residents of a small village in Brazil (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has vanished from online maps, violent mercenaries (led by Udo Kier) begin attacking inhabitants in the shadows. The townspeople must band together to protect their remote community. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
through 4/23
The world is stuck inside staring out, like a cat on a windowsill. To raise everyone's spirits, longtime CatVideoFest curator extraordinaire, Will Braden, has crafted a 45-minute "treat" of a reel that includes the very best videos from CVF history.
through 4/23
This documentary, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, features incredible photographs chosen from over three million previously unpublished images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham.
through 4/23
Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances. But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication.
through 4/23
A new restoration of one of the most successful films in Brazilian history, this erotic comedy follows the strange events that befall Dona Flor (Sônia Braga) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, irresponsible husband.
through 4/23
In this hit documentary, take a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit—the mushroom.

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's All Stars are past favorites from our popular summer series, Sound & Vision: Music in Film.
dir. Sophie Fiennes, 2017
Director Sophie Fiennes follows the iconic Grace Jones as she records her 2008 album Hurricane in Jamaica. Interweaving absolutely thrilling live performances with archival footage and a vérité style, the film eschews the traditional rock star biopic in favor of up close and personal access to a true star. Available for streaming on Hulu and Kanopy .
dir. Mika Kaurismäki , 2011
Discover the remarkable journey of South African singer and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba through rare archival performance footage and interviews with her contemporaries. This engrossing documentary traces Maekba's life and career over 50 years, exploring her legacy as an artist, advocate, mother, and grandmother. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime .
dir. Abner Benaim, 2018
This doc follows living legend Rubén Blades, a pioneer of salsa music who has been instrumental in bringing salsa to every corner of the globe. Revered in Latin America and beyond, Blades earned a master's degree in international law from Harvard, has acted in film and TV, and ran for president of his home country of Panama. This intimate portrait brings you into Blades' world as he reflects on his legacy. Available for streaming on HBO Go / HBO Now , Kanopy , and DIRECTV .
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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