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BAMPFA Big Screen: Highlights from a Year of Virtual Cinema
Select Dates during December 2, 2021–February 16, 2022
During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the prolonged closure of the Barbro Osher Theater in 2020–21, BAMPFA’s Watch from Home programming offered an eclectic mix of virtual cinema, including streaming spotlights, recent releases, and online conversations with artists, filmmakers, and experts. Now that we are back in the Barbro Osher Theater, we want to share some highlights from the past year of virtual cinema as an affirmation of the importance of seeing films on the big screen and with an audience.
Big Screen features a number of special presentations: Ryanaustin Dennis, guest cocurator of Black Life, introduces Melvin Van Peebles’s poignant 1968 feature, The Story of a Three Day Pass. This groundbreaking film was recently restored and is most deserving of greater attention and recognition. Oakland-based filmmaker Veronica Selver and her New York–based codirector Susan Fanshel present Irmi, a 2020 documentary made with great sensitivity and depth, for its first local screening in a cinema. Filmmakers Griff Williams and Keelan Williams also join us to share their new film, Tell Them We Were Here (2021), an important examination of eight Bay Area artists, whose work overlaps with and has many connections to BAMPFA’s exhibition history.
—Susan Oxtoby, Director of Film and Senior Film Curator