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View From Home: 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) 

John Lewis: Good Trouble
Dir. Dawn Porter. 2020, 96 mins. With John Lewis. Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter’s John Lewis: Good Trouble is a rousing and definitive chronicle of John Lewis’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Tickets: $12. More info.

“Dawn Porter’s absorbing documentary...emphasizes the consistency with which Lewis has fought the establishment and combated racism through some of the tumultuous moments in American history.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Dir. Abel Ferrara. 2019, 115 mins. With Willem Dafoe, Cristina Chiriac, Anna Ferrara. Renegade auteur Abel Ferrara’s latest film is a typically daring and raw work of autofiction, starring four-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe, Ferrara’s frequent muse. A Kino Lorber release. Tickets: $12. More info.

"Crackle[s] with ideas and empathy, as Ferrara’s best work always does."Glenn Kenny, The New York Times. A New York Times Critic’s Pick.

Dirs. Theodore Collatos, Carolina Monnerat. 2019, 73 mins. A transgender sex worker since the age of eleven, Luana Muniz, now 59, houses a new generation of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, helping to create a safer, more compassionate world for them. Tickets: $10 / $8 Museum members. More info.

Dir. Anca Damian. 2020, 92 mins. In French with English subtitles. The poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona (inspired by a real dog Damian rescued from the streets of Bucharest, Romania) as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. A GKids release. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets: $10 / $8 Museum members (limited passes). More info.

Dir. Jeremy Hersh. 2020, 93 mins. With Jasmine Batchelor, Chris Perfetti, Sullivan Jones, Brooke Bloom. Twenty-nine-year-old web designer Jess Harris (Batchelor) is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend, Josh (Perfetti), and his husband Aaron (Jones). However, twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. A Monument Releasing release. Tickets: $12 (use code momi). More info.

“One of the most thought-provoking movies centered about parenting released in recent memory.” Jonathan Christian,The Playlist

Dir. Jeffrey McHale. 2019, 92 mins. How did one of the most reviled films of all time become an audience favorite and critical darling? You Don’t Nomi revisits Paul Verhoeven’s notorious 1995 movie Showgirls 25 years after it premiered to negative reviews, public scorn, and box office failure. An RLJ Entertainment and Variance Films release. Tickets: $9.99. More info.

“Smartly analytical and entertaining”—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Dir. Jeanie Finlay. 2019, 89 mins. Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy, a gay transgender man yearning to start a family, from deciding to carry his own baby right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious, and lyrical story about conception, pregnancy, birth, and what makes us who we are. Presented as part of a ten-film retrospective of Jeanie Finlay. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info.

"A tender – and rather wonderful – documentary about love, family, raging hormones and the complexities of identity." —The Guardian 

Dir. Josephine Decker. 2020. 107 mins. With Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, Logan Lerman. The latest film from celebrated director Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline) is an award-winning dramatization of a real-life event centered on mid-century horror writer Shirley Jackson ("The Haunting of Hill House," subject of multiple screen adaptations, including a recent Netflix series by the same name). A NEON release. Tickets: $5.99. More info.

"A psychologically layered portrait of unapologetic womanhood that’s dangerously sensual and sumptuously rebellious." – Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap

Dir. Dan Sallitt. 2019, 94 mins. With Tallie Medel, Norma Kuhling. The latest from truly independent New York filmmaker Dan Sallitt—his first feature in eight years—centers on Mara and Jo, twentysomethings who have been close friends since middle school. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12. More info.

"Sallitt’s thoughtful, incisive film articulates the feeling of an intense companionship fading imperceptibly over time, and shows such relationships to be just as complex, tempestuous and painful as those of the romantic variety."—Jamie Dunn, Sight & Sound

Feast of the Epiphany
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. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info.

"A tantalizing portrait of both the fascinating realities behind people’s day-to-day existences and of the role food plays in fostering communion with friends, colleagues and the larger natural world."Variety 

Dirs. Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan. 2019, 112 mins. This powerful documentary follows four teens from the isolated rural town of Pahokee, Florida, as they experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school. A Monument Releasing release. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info. 

“An intimate portrait of black and Latino high schoolers reaching for greatness. Full of hope, life, and beauty in a place mostly known for its struggles.” – Monica Castillo, Remezcla

The Infiltrators
Dirs. Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra. 2019, 95 mins. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Innovative, timely, and urgent, The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants detained by the U.S. Border Patrol and then thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center. An Oscilloscope Labs release. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info. 

“Equal parts journalistic exposé and taut drama, and one hundred percent cinema.”—Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail

Dir. Patricio Guzmán. 2019, 85 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (following the masterful and beloved Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile. Tickets: $12. More info. 

"Extraordinary. A quiet coup de cinema that completes one of modern documentary’s most eloquent acts of testimony." Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

Dir. Brett Story. 2019, 94 mins. Digital projection. A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August offers a window into the collective consciousness of the present. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12. More info. 

“This collection of interactions with ordinary people is a cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times, Critic’s Pick

Dir. Kantemir Balagov. 2019, 137 mins. In Russian with English subtitles. With Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov, Konstantin Balakirev, Nazir Zhukov. In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. A Kino Lorber release. Tickets: $12. More info.

"Beanpole is moving, disturbing, overwhelming." –– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian 

Dir. Pedro Costa. 2019, 124 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles. With Vitalina Varela, Ventura. A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12. More info.

“Breathtaking. Vitalina Varela is essential filmmaking from an essential filmmaker. –– Andy Crump, Paste Magazine