Like Notes of Music: Documentary Screening and Artist Talk with Christian Peltenburg-Breshneff

Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme

Internationally known artist Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff will screen his award winning documentary about his life and work Like Notes of Music. Copies of his books The Greek House, Into the Garden, and Homage will also be available for purchase.  A reception with follow at the Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT at 4 pm where Peltenburg-Brechneff’s collection of flower paintings is currently being exhibited.…Learn More A reception to follow  from 4 to 6 PM at the Cooley Gallery.  

Documentary: SEEDS OF CHANGE to air on Connecticut Public Television

An organic farmer in Maine sets out to transform the Prison food system. Filmed over the course of two-years, Seeds of Change chronicles the intersecting stories of lifelong farmer Mark McBrine and several incarcerated men as they grow their own food on a five-acre prison garden unlike any other. Nick Callanan, Director of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival called it “a complex piece of narrative-building, such an elevated work,” and Governor Janet Mills said “I am proud of this work…Seeds of Change is fundamentally a story of hope.” Seeds of Change premiered at the 2023 Maine International Film Festival and has gone on to receive numerous accolades and awards across the country, including the Human Rights Award at the Mystic Film Festival, in Connecticut. In a place where life is routinely defined by shame and despair, good food can be a gateway to meaning, wellness, and dignity. Discover the power of using organic agriculture as a means to reform our food systems and change the course of people’s lives. Learn more at seedsofchangefilm.com. Maximilian Armstrong is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Portland, Maine. Follow his work on Facebook and Instagram @onewingpictures.

New Documentary Film Screening: “The Italian Factor” 1890s NYC Sculptors: The Piccirilli Brothers

Fairfield University Art Museum 200 Barlow Road, Fairfield

On Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Diffley Board Room, Bellarmine Hall, filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley will present his new documentary, The Italian Factor, about the Italian-born Piccirilli brothers, who sculpted many important important monuments in New York including the lions that grace the entrance to New York Public Library. The screening is presented by Fairfield University's Italian Studies Program, and co-sponsored by the Fairfield University Art Museum. Read a New York Times article about the documentary and its subjects here. For more information

Film Screening and Facilitated Discussion: ‘Origin’: Directed by Ava DuVernay

Real Art Ways 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

Join is for a captivating evening as YWCA Hartford Region, in partnership with Real Art Ways, presents the “Origin” Screening & Discussion event! This event is FREE for all, but registration is strongly encouraged. Secure your spot today and be part of a dynamic conversation exploring the root of racism and building bridges to equity. Origin is a 2023 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ava DuVernay. It is based on the life of Isabel Wilkerson, played by Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, as she writes the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Over the course of the film, Wilkerson travels throughout Germany, India, and the United States to research the caste systems in each country's history. For more information

Film Screening: Yves Klein Monotone-Silence Symphony

St. James Church 865 Madison Avenue, NYC

On the occasion of the exhibition Yves Klein and the Tangible World, Lévy Gorvy Dayan will present a performance of Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony at St. James’ Church, New York, on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 pm. Conducted by Petr Kotik and performed by the orchestra and choir of the S.E.M. Ensemble, the symphony is composed of a single note held for twenty minutes followed by twenty minutes of silence. Producing the sensation of endless duration, Klein describes the symphony as “ of one unique continuous ‘sound,’ drawn out and deprived of its beginning and of its end, creating a feeling of vertigo and of aspiration outside of time…. In the world of our possibilities of conscious perception, it is silence—audible presence.” For more information  

$29

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

Clinton Town Hall 54 East Main Street, Clinton

Wild & Scenic is a film festival with a purpose, bringing together storytellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation of the natural world. The evening will feature a series of short award-winning environmental and adventure films from around the world. Festival-goers will see 11 short films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, indigenous cultures, and more. These films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, yet show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. The evening’s emcee is Bill Lucey, the Long Island Soundkeeper with Save the Sound. Join us at 6:00 pm for an opening reception. Films start at 7:00. Intermission with refreshments. For more information

$35

Film Screening: Call Forth a Woman at The Schubert

Shubert Theater 247 College Street, New Haven

Call Forth A Woman takes you on a journey through stories of the powerfully dynamic women in the bible, often forgotten but most notably heroic and significant in the text. When fulfilling the call of their purpose, they shifted the paradigm of culture, government, the arts, business, and family life. Women like Midwives Shiphrah and Puah who stood against Pharoah for future generations to come. Queen Esther, whose bravery and humility claimed the highest seat in Persia as she fought against the destruction of her Jewish heritage. Battle Heroine Jael whose hands rendered the defeat of an entire army with Judge Deborah’s sharp battle strategy and Huldah who was a scholar of text, preparing young prophets to enlighten and lead; these women reflected the life and times of women who are called into different stratospheres today. Enjoy the life and multidimensional aspects of womanhood while you see yourself, mother, sister, wife, and daughter brought to life on stage.   For more information

Science on Screen: Theater of Thought: Werner Herzog Film and Talk with Dr. Shreya Saxena

Real Art Ways 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

Real Art Ways Science on Screen® season invites you to experience the unique combination of a feature film and a relevant talk from a notable local figure in science. Werner Herzog sets his sights on yet another mysterious landscape – the human brain – for clues as to why a hunk of tissue can produce profound thoughts and feelings while considering the philosophical, ethical, and social implications of fast-advancing neural technology. Dr. Saxena is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department and a core member of the Center for Neurocomputation and Machine Intelligence at the Wu Tsai Institute. She joined Yale in 2023 from the University of Florida’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “A characteristically playful documentary in which the filmmaker scrambles for whatever errant insight he can find into the world of tomorrow.” – indieWire  For more information

THE PLASTIC BAG STORE: Art installation and immersive film experience: MASS MOCA

Mass Moca 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams

MAY 9 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2024 A Tragicomic Ode to the Foreverness of Plastic. The Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and immersive film experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt that uses humor, craft, and a critical lens to question our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of single-use plastics. The shelves are stocked with thousands of original, hand-sculpted items — produce and meat, dry goods and toiletries, cakes and sushi rolls — all made from discarded, single-use plastics in an endless cacophony of packaging.   The Plastic Bag Store has an estimated run time of 60 minutes. For more information    

$20 – $25

New Connecticut Oyster Trail Map and Documentary Film

On Wednesday, May 15, Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of Connecticut’s first-ever oyster trail, accompanied by the premiere of the new short-form documentary, Rising Tide to Table, which celebrates the state’s thriving oyster industry, from farm to fork. The Connecticut Oyster Trail meticulously maps out the diverse array of oyster farms and culinary destinations statewide, encourages residents and visitors alike to savor the local flavor of Connecticut's acclaimed oysters.   For more information

Painting the Modern Garden FRAMES IN FILM ENCORE

The Kate 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook

Saturday, June 08, 2024 Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse encore is presented by the Kate and Florence Griswold Museum. Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy of Arts, London: "A ravishing joy from start to finish." The Guardian For more information

$17

Movies in the Plaza at Pitkin Park

Movies in the Plaza is back, bringing you free Wednesday night (and now select Sunday afternoon) movie screenings May through October in downtown New Haven’s beloved Pitkin Plaza! Grab your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and some takeout from a local spot, and spend an evening under the stars enjoying blockbusters, nostalgic blasts from the past, cult favorites, family films for all ages, and more. June 12 - The Parent Trap June 19 - Selma June 26 - Pride and Prejudice July 3 - NO MOVIE July 10 - Mama Mia July 17 - Peanut Butter Falcon July 24 - Jaws July 31 - Galaxy Quest Family films will be shown on Select Sundays: June 9 - Shrek June 23 - The Incredibles July 21 - Monsters Inc. August 4 - The Lego Movie August 18 - The Secret Life of Pets For more information