The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) announced a new cinematic program at the museum, PMA Films, on February 12. As part of “Your Museum, Reimagined,”, the PMA’s multiyear project based on improved access and experiences with the museum’s collection, PMA Films allows for closer connections between the cinematic arts and the PMA’s exhibitions and events.
PMA Films is programmed by SPACE Gallery Co-Founder and Screenings Programmer Jon Courtney. The collaboration between Courtney, SPACE Gallery, and the PMA supports the secondary goals of Your Museum, Reimagined: to create meaningful relationships between the museum and its community, and connect the arts to everyday life.
The decision to shift to PMA Films from an earlier iteration, PMA Movies, underscores the museum’s commitment to creating new opportunities in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. From screenings inspired by PMA exhibitions to new work by local and emerging talent to conversations with filmmakers, documentary subjects, and scholars, PMA Films offers cinematic experiences that you can’t find anywhere else.
Upcoming highlights of PMA Films include Academy Award nominees “Mustang” and “Embrace of the Serpent,” art-world star Matthew Barney’s opus “River of Fundament,” and the widely hailed absurdist comedy,, “The Lobster.” The special events and collaborations continue with “Very Semi-Serious,” hosted by New Yorker cartoonists Bob Mankoff and Emily Flake, and “Noma: My Perfect Storm,” co-presented with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and hosted by Vinland’s David Levi, who was a stagiaire at Noma.
The PMA is also collaborating with Aurora Provisions to offer artisanal and locally sourced food as well as refreshments—including craft beer and wine—which will be allowed in the auditorium for screenings for the first time.
UPCOMING AT PMA FILMS
Mustang, March 3 & 6
Embrace the Serpent, March 11 & 12
Very Semi-Serious, March 24-27
River of Fundament, April 1-3
The Lobster, April 8-10
Noma: My Perfect Storm, April 15-17
A full schedule of films can be found at http://portlandmuseum.org/films. For press materials, to schedule an interview, or to request a screener, contact Graeme Kennedy, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.