This February, Museum Films celebrates Black History Month with a series of acclaimed documentaries that highlight the extraordinary life and legacy of groundbreaking Black artists. Screening on consecutive weekends, the series opens with a special 35mm screening of Rejoice & Shout, a jubilant exploration of 200 years of Gospel music history. Returning to the Noble Theater five years after an initial run of sold-out screenings, Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro draws on the writings of author and activist James Baldwin to craft a powerful and poetic chronicle of Black American history. Screening on the 91st anniversary of Morrison’s birth, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am, another returning audience favorite, pays tribute to the Nobel Prize-winning novelist.
Museum Films’ Awards Season Preview continues this month with a trio of exquisitely crafted Academy Awards hopefuls and the eagerly awaited return of the Oscar-Nominated Short Films on February 25. (Showtimes and additional information about the Animated, Documentary and Live Action Shorts programs will be available after the nominations are announced on Tuesday, February 8.) Shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, Jessica Beshir’s radiantly beautiful Faya Dayi weaves a dreamlike portrait of the director’s hometown in rural Ethiopia, where the harvest and ritual use of the khat plant holds sway over the routines and rhythms of everyday life. A sparkling highlight from the Best International Feature shortlist, The Worst Person in the World is a playfully elegant reinvention of the romantic comedy genre from Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier. A richly deserving dark horse contender for the Best Animated Feature Oscar from the celebrated director of Mirai and Summer Wars, Belle is a dazzling and timely modern fairytale about friendship and identity in the age of social media.
This month’s lineup also features a brand new documentary from Exhibition on Screen, the team behind immersive blockbusters like Sunflowers and Frida Kahlo. The Danish Collector – Delacroix to Gaugin tells the fascinating true story of pioneering art collector Wilhelm Hansen, while offering unprecedented access to his extraordinary collection of Impressionist artworks.
The OKCMOA Film Society will meet on Sunday, February 6 at 6 pm (rescheduled from Thursday, February 3) for the third installment of our 35mm Thursdays series. The event will feature a members-exclusive screening and discussion of Peter Weir’s lyrical Valentine’s Day-set drama Picnic at Hanging Rock. As always, OKCMOA Film Society members (including Friends, Fellows and Sustainers) receive $5 tickets to all Museum Films screenings.
OKCMOA FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK ON 35MM | Peter Weir | 1975 | In English | 107 minutes | PG | 35mm | Sun., Feb. 6 @ 6 pm (rescheduled) | Free and exclusive to Film Society members
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: THE DANISH COLLECTOR – DELACROIX TO GAUGIN | David Bickerstaff | 2021 | In English | 90 minutes | NR | Fri., Feb. 4 @ 5:30 pm | Sat., Feb. 5 @ 2 & 5:30 pm | Sun., Feb. 6 @ 12:30 pm
FAYA DAYI | Jessica Beshir | 2021 | subtitled | 120 minutes | NR | Fri., Feb. 4 @ 8 pm | Sat., Feb. 5 @ 8 pm | Awards Season Preview
REJOICE & SHOUT | Don McGlynn | 2010 | In English | 115 minutes | PG | 35mm | Sun., Feb. 6 @ 3 pm | Celebrating Black History Month
BELLE | Mamoru Hosoda | 2021 | subtitled and dubbed in English | 121 minutes | PG | Subtitled: Fri., Feb. 11 @ 5:30 & 8 pm | Sat., Feb. 12 @ 8 pm | Sun., Feb. 13 @ 3 pm | Dubbed: Sat., Feb. 12 @ 2 pm | Sun., Feb. 13 @ 12:30 pm | Awards Season Preview
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO | Raoul Peck | 2016 | In English | 95 minutes | PG-13 | Sat., Feb. 12 @ 5:30 pm | Celebrating Black History Month
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM | Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | 2019 | In English | 119 minutes | PG-13 | Fri., Feb. 18 @ 5:30 pm | Celebrating Black History Month
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD | Joachim Trier | 2021 | subtitled | 127 minutes | R | Fri., Feb 18. @ 8 pm | Sat., Feb. 19 @ 2, 5 & 8 pm | Sun., Feb. 20 @ 12:30 & 3:15 pm | Awards Season Preview
2022 OSCAR®-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS | Various | 2021 | In English and various languages with English subtitles | Runtime TBD | TBD | Screening Fri., Feb. 25-Sun., Mar. 27 | Showtimes coming soon | Awards Season Preview