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MoMI’s Virtual Cinema

MoMI is partnering with independent distributors to bring Virtual Cinema offerings directly to Museum members and patrons for home viewing. Each ticket directly supports the Museum. 

Click on the titles below to watch each film. 
Tickets prices vary by film, ranging from $3.99 to $12, some with discounts for MoMI members (please check your member email for codes or instructions) 

Dir. Alex Winter. USA, 2020, 127 mins. Director Alex Winter and his team have crafted an extraordinary documentary from more than a thousand hours of unseen archival footage found in the personal vault of brilliant maverick musician Frank Zappa. Featuring appearances by Frank’s widow, Gail Zappa, and several of Frank’s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, and Ray White, Zappa is an expansive and intimate portrait of an extraordinary artist who was fully engaged with the turbulent politics of his day. Tickets: $12/$10 members. Buy tickets.

Dir. Alexander Nanau. Romania/Luxembourg, 2020, 109 mins. After a deadly, explosive fire at Bucharest nightclub Colectiv, officials reassure the public that surviving victims will receive the best treatment from Romanian health-care facilities. Weeks later, a rising casualty count leads intrepid reporters to investigate. Closely tracking the efforts of the Sports Gazette team as they methodically uncover layer upon layer of fraud and criminal malfeasance, Alexander Nanau’s Collective is a fast-paced, real-time docu-thriller about truth, accountability, and the value of an independent press in partisan times. Tickets: $12/$10 members. Buy tickets.

Dirs. Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. 2018, 80 mins. With Meng Ai, Nikki Calonge, Sean Donovan, Jill Frutkin, Jessie Shelton. In this formally ingenious docu-fictional diptych, a young woman lovingly prepares a meal for friends, and the simple gesture takes on unexpected significance. Revelry turns to meditations on mortality, and the tiniest, hard-won gesture of goodness comes from an unexpected party. Night turns to day, and viewers are taken somewhere else entirely―albeit with a lingering dissolve of emotions, ideas, and grace. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets.

Dir. Shalini Kantayya. USA, 2020, 90 mins. “Disruptive” technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) don’t always improve all aspects of society. The compelling new documentary Coded Bias exposes the gap between techno-optimism and reality. Focusing on the work of MIT computer scientist and activist Joy Buolamwini, the film reveals how software has the power to disseminate racial and gender bias at scale. Tickets: $12 / $8 members. Buy tickets.

Dir. Frederick Wiseman. USA, 2020, 272 mins. The latest film from the legendary Frederick Wiseman documents in epic fashion the efforts by the Boston city government to provide necessary services—fire and sanitation, veterans affairs and elder support, and beyond. Wiseman makes Mayor Marty Walsh and his administration central to the film, addressing a number of policy priorities, including racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets.

Coming Home Again
Dir. Wayne Wang. USA, 2020, 86 mins. From acclaimed director Wayne Wang (Smoke, The Joy Luck Club), Coming Home Again is an emotional, intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations, based on a personal essay by Chang-rae Lee. An Outsider Pictures and Strand Release. Tickets: $12 / $10 members. Buy tickets. 

Dir. William Greaves. USA, 1973, 79 mins. Best known for his 1971 classic Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, William Greaves was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority of them focused on Black history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered Black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, and Amiri Baraka. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time. A Kino Lorber release. Tickets: $10. Buy tickets.

Dirs. Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor. 2009, 101 mins. New digital restoration. An unsentimental elegy to the American West, Sweetgrass follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12 / $10 Museum members. Buy tickets.

Dir. Ric Burns. USA, 2020, 114 mins. A deeply moving portrait of one of society’s most beloved thinkers, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life charts Sacks’s transformation from motorcycle-riding, body-building outsider into influential scientist, while also documenting the grace with which he lived the end of his life. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets.

Dir. Pierre Chenal. Argentina, 1951, 108 mins. Richard Wright's classic, controversial 1940 novel about the injustices of African American life in Chicago's South Side was adapted to the screen in 1951 by Pierre Chenal, a French expatriate living in Argentina. When initially released in the U.S., Native Son was heavily censored; a complete 16mm print of the original Argentinian release and an incomplete 35mm duplicate negative of the uncensored cut were combined for the current restoration by Kino Lorber. This is the most complete version of Native Son ever shown in the U.S. Tickets: $10. Buy tickets.  

Dir. Melissa Haizlip. 2018, 115 mins. Before Oprah Winfrey and Arsenio Hall, Ellis Haizlip made broadcast television history with SOUL!, an innovative weekly public TV series that aired from 1968 to 1973 and celebrated Black American culture. Tickets: $12 /$10 Museum members. Buy tickets.  

Dir. Hubert Sauper. Austria/France/U.S., 2020, 108 mins. The latest film from Academy Award–nominated director Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) offers a typically complex and frankly bracing consideration of the past, present, future, and mythology of Cuba. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets.