Film

Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position.

 

"The marvelous Monk With a Camera examines the paradox of fame and humility." - Village Voice

The Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, present this ongoing series of short creative films entitled Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series. The series is shown in The Strand and includes an hour of short films.

Theme for this showing: 
Poetic Acceleration

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.

Directed by Albert Maysles

Starring Carl Apfel, Iris Apfel

USA | 2015 | PG-13 | 83 min

Meet Seymour Bernstein: a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. In this wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Seymour shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. A “poignant guide to life” (Indiewire) and an engaging exploration on the dedication, perseverance, and fortitude essential to creating both art and a rewarding life, Seymour: An Introduction will leave audiences uplifted and inspired.

Starring Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein.
Directed by Ethan Hawke.

Join us for this summer’s cat-extravaganza! Starting at 5 p.m. we’ll have food vendors, live music and cat-themed activities. Starting at sunset, we’ll show a reel of 85 internet cat videos, on a 40 ft. screen overlooking Rockland Harbor for a running time of 70 minutes. You’ll laugh, you’ll howl, you’ll cry, and you’ll, well, meow. The Farnsworth is proud to be one of the venues for this worldwide cat festival phenomenon on tour from the Walker Art Center. 

Sponsors include: The Camden Hospital for Animals; The Cote Corporation; The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County; Synergy Massage & Bodywork; The Strand Theatre; Flatbread Company.

Live music by Clint Hartzel & Andre Lascoutx.

Co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum, with an introduction by the Farnsworth’s Director of Education, Roger Dell

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary the museum opened its doors for the filming of HERMITAGE REVEALED - a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia.

 Big Eyes tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered: Walter’s works were actually created by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world.

Directed by Tim Burton

Starring Amy Adams, Chrisopher Waltz,

Please note: We are returning to our 8 p.m. schedule for First Friday Films for the continuation of 2015.

The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago.

In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra.

This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star).