BAMPFA from Home

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, all of BAMPFA’s programs are paused and our building is temporarily closed. We miss our visitors and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it’s safe to reopen our doors. In the meantime, if you don’t already follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, now is the time to connect. We’re joining in the nationwide #MuseumFromHome effort to keep on sharing the art, culture, and community we all crave right now.

Watch from Home

While BAMPFA is temporarily closed, we are proud to offer newly released films from our streaming partners. Enjoy features selected by our curators, now available in your own home. When you rent a screening through our website, you're supporting both filmmakers and BAMPFA during an especially challenging time for independent cinema.

Film Series

Streaming Spotlight: Three Films by István Szabó

Three award-winning, recently restored films by Hungarian master István Szabó: Confidence, Mephisto, and Colonel Redl, parables of life under political oppression and individual morality in the face of momentous events.

Streaming Spotlight: Patricio Guzmán’s Chile Trilogy

In Nostalgia for the Light, The Pearl Button, and The Cordillera of Dreams, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán explores his country’s traumatic history through cinematic meditations on landscape, geography, and time.

Streaming Spotlight: Madeline Anderson

Three documentaries by boundary-breaking filmmaker Madeline Anderson—Integration Report 1, A Tribute to Malcolm X, and I Am Somebody—deliver on-the-ground reports from the front lines of the civil rights movement and the labor struggles of the sixties.

Streaming Spotlight: Romanian Cinema

Available July 15

A four-film sampler of twenty-first-century Romanian cinema: Cristi Puiu’s slacker thriller Stuff and Dough, Radu Muntean’s chronicle of revolutionary chaos The Paper Will Be Blue, Alexandru Solomon’s sardonic meta-movie The Great Communist Bank Robbery, and Lucian Pintilie’s family tragicomedy Niki and Flo.

Free Films for Members

We’re grateful to our members for standing with BAMPFA during our temporary closure. To show our appreciation, we’re offering a series of free streaming films just for members!

Limited Engagements

The Audition

Ina Weisse, 2019

An uncompromising high school violin teacher (Nina Hoss) becomes obsessed with a talented new student in this slow-burning psychological drama.

Band of Outsiders

Jean-Luc Godard, 1964

Anna Karina gets involved with a pair of would-be burglars in one of Godard’s most accessible and affecting films. “Like a reverie of a gangster movie” (Pauline Kael).


Kantemir Balagov, 2019

For two women ex-soldiers in Leningrad in 1945, one trauma leads to another. “A brilliantly told, deeply moving story about love—in all its manifestations, perversity and obstinacy” (New York Times).

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

Halina Dyrschka, 2019

This documentary illuminates the story of visionary painter Hilma af Klint, the unsung modernist of the early twentieth century. “Refreshes the eyes and the mind” (New York Times).

Carmine Street Guitars

Ron Mann, 2018
Coming Soon

In the heart of Greenwich Village, once the center of New York’s bohemia, one artisanal shop remains resilient amid encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. “A gentle, warm, immensely satisfying portrait” (Rolling Stone).

Chez Jolie Coiffure

Rosine Mbakam, 2018

A Brussels hair salon catering to West African immigrant women is at the center of this warmhearted documentary.

Classe tous risques

Claude Sautet, 1960

Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo star in “a tough and touching exploration of honor and friendship among thieves” (New York Times).

Down and Out in America

Lee Grant, 1986
Available July 22

This long-unavailable, recently preserved documentary takes an unflinching look at a cross-section of Americans whose financial security evaporated as a result of the Reagan administration’s “trickle-down economics.”

The End of the Ottoman Empire

Mathilde Damoisel, Sylvie Jézéquel, 2016
Available July 8

This fascinating documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.

The Grey Fox

Phillip Borsos, 1982

After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Richard Farnsworth emerges in 1901 without a place in twentieth-century society—until he gets inspired by The Great Train Robbery.

The Hottest August

Brett Story, 2019
Available July 15

“A first-rate city symphony, and a rare look at Gotham from the ground up. . . . Somehow life-affirming and apocalyptic at the same time.” (Rolling Stone).

Joan of Arc

Bruno Dumont, 2019

French cinema provocateur Bruno Dumont (Hadewijch, L’humanité) conjures up a mystical, austere, brilliantly eccentric vision of Joan of Arc, “equal parts Brecht, Bresson, and Busby Berkeley” (Screen).

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Dawn Porter, 2020

This essential documentary combines rare archival footage with interviews and scenes of John Lewis at work to chronicle the life and career of the civil rights activist and politician, from Alabama cotton fields to Congress.


Jules Dassin, 1955

A band of tough guys pulls off an ingenious robbery of a Parisian jewelry store in this definitive heist movie. “The best film noir I’ve ever seen” (François Truffaut).

Spaceship Earth

Matt Wolf, 2020

Environmental activism, scientific study, and artistic creativity battle against business demands and media disdain in this absorbing look at the backstory of 1991’s Biosphere 2 experiment.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

Daniel Traub, 2020

This new documentary takes viewers behind the scenes as artist Ursula von Rydingsvard works on her monumental sculptures, revealing the loving labor behind their mysterious, expressive forms.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Rob Garver, 2018

This portrait of the brilliant, contentious Pauline Kael is “an exquisitely crafted documentary about the woman who was arguably the greatest movie critic who ever lived” (Variety).

Exhibitions from Home

On View

Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

Wrap yourself in the vibrant colors and forms of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s quilts with a virtual tour and slideshow and get insight into her practice from our recent colloquium.

Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

Browse through a selection of Nagle’s small sculptures in this slideshow, then watch the artist's conversation with tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, as well as a gallery talk by Oakland artist and former pupil Steuart Pittman.

When All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Join Uttara Chaudhuri, a UC Berkeley graduate student who helped organize the exhibition, for an insightful and comprehensive virtual tour.

Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

See legendary warriors and fantastical creatures come to life in the daring prints of Taiso Yoshitoshi, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan.

Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

View artworks from South Asia and the Himalayan region that celebrate the beauty, wisdom, power, and compassion of women.

Art Wall: Edie Fake

Hear artist Edie Fake talk about his mural envisioning affordable housing for trans elders, and read his interview about the project.

Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California

Read the student curators’ reflections on selected works in this exhibition mapping California’s many contradictions.

Events and Activities from Home

Available Now

Duets in Social Distance

Videos by five cohabitating couples, who are also musical collaborators, created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Collective Isolation: Poetry in Response to the Pandemic

Hear some of our favorite participants in BAMPFA’s long-running poetry reading series share works that speak to our current moment.

Family Guide—Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

A guide for families to explore the art of Rosie Lee Tompkins, with prompts for observation and hands-on art activities!

From the Archives

Out of the Vault

Charm Offensive: The Films of Warren Sonbert

Critic Max Goldberg profiles filmmaker Warren Sonbert, whose works are among the many avant-garde gems in the BAMPFA collection.

On the Brink of Something: ruth weiss as Filmmaker

Read Steve Seid’s essay on The Brink, a Bay Area film poem recently restored by BAMPFA.

Off the Shelves

Views and Voices: Personal Perspectives on the Collection

This new audio series is designed to bring you closer to the individual people behind BAMPFA and individual works from our art and film collections.

Filmmaker Recordings from the BAMPFA Library & Film Study Center

Check out vintage recordings of David Lynch, Ousmane Sembene, and Pauline Kael from our audiocassette archive.

Pauline Kael and the Berkeley Cinema Guild

Trace the great New Yorker critic’s Berkeley connections through archival materials from the BAMPFA Film Library & Study Center.