Week of March 1, 2020


Sunday, March 1

Sunday, March 1, 2020
7 PM
Federico Fellini,
(138 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the February 15 screening

8 1/2 also screens Wednesday, March 18, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

A jaded director (Marcello Mastroianni) fantasizes on his next great film—or his next sexual conquest—in Fellini’s metafictional masterpiece, “probably the most potent movie about filmmaking” (The Guardian). 

Monday, March 2

Monday, March 2, 2020
6:30 PM
Interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight discusses her performance projects and artistic strategies for survival in institutional space.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.

Tuesday, March 3

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:30-8 PM

Open to all members

Members' reception featuring after-hours access to our winter exhbitions
Space is limited. RSVP by February 24.
Each member cardholder admits two.

Wednesday, March 4

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
12 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

The UC Berkeley student curators of When All That Is Solid Melts into Air offer their cultural and scholarly insights into the work on view.
Included with admission
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:10 PM
(117 mins)

This program also screens Friday, April 3 (without lecture).

Three Fellini shorts originally released as parts of omnibus films: The Marriage Agency (from the neorealist anthology Love in the City), The Temptations of Doctor Antonio (from the Decameron-inspired sex farce Boccaccio ’70), and Toby Dammit (from the Poe collection Spirits of the Dead). 
Special admission: General: $15; BAMPFA members: $11; UC Berkeley students: $7; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non–UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12.
  • Russell Merritt
    Film historian Russell Merritt has been introducing films, lecturing, and serving as an occasional guest curator at BAMPFA for more than thirty years.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7 PM
Rosine Mbakam,
Belgium, Cameroon,
(79 mins)
A Brussels hair salon catering to West African immigrant women is at the center of this warmhearted documentary. “A must-see! An atypical and timely portrait of the intersection between the immigrant experience and female identity” (Indiewire). With Ellen Spiro and Cheryl Dunye’s short DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX.
  • Cornelius Moore
    Cornelius Moore is the codirector of the film distribution and production organization California Newsreel and a curator focusing on films from the black world.
  • Ellen Spiro
    Ellen Spiro is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker whose work champions mavericks and renegades with wit, inventiveness, and emotional depth.

Thursday, March 5

Thursday, March 5, 2020
12 PM

This event has been postponed to a later date. Updates will be posted at artsdesign.berkeley.edu. Thank you for your understanding.

Artist Sadie Barnette discusses her 2019 installation at The Lab, The New Eagle Creek Saloon—a re-creation of the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco—with Lab director Dena Beard.
Free admission
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Thursday, March 5, 2020
4 PM–7 PM
Curated by the BAMPFA Student Committee, this selection of works from the museum’s collection explores the nature of flight and what it means to soar.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7 PM
Francis Ford Coppola,
United States,
(175 mins)

4K Digital Restoration
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

A chronicle of the life and times of an Italian American mafia family becomes a shadow history of the American dream in Coppola’s masterpiece, widely acclaimed as one of the best American films ever made. “Overflowing with life” (Los Angeles Times).

Friday, March 6

Friday, March 6, 2020
4 PM
Djimon Hounsou,
Benin, United States,
(110 mins)
Weaving together personal, cultural, and spiritual journeys, this documentary by actor Djimon Hounsou seeks to illuminate the practice of faith that is prevalent in West Africa, specifically Benin, the “cradle of Voodoo.” “Vivid and heartfelt” (Variety).
Panel Discussion: Spiritual Reclamation as a Revolutionary Act
  • Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II
    Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II is a Manbo Asogwe (high priest) in Haitian Vodou and a chief of the Zangbeto and Egungun secret societies, as well as an author, critical theorist
  • Dr. Wade W. Nobles
    Dr. Wade W. Nobles is a professor emeritus at San Francisco State University, a Ghanaian development chief, and author of Voodoo or IQ: An Introduction to African Psychology.
  • Yeye Luisah Teish
    Yeye Luisah Teish, a storyteller-writer, artist-activist, and spiritual guidance counselor, is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African diaspora.
  • Iya Susheel Bibbs
    Iya Susheel Bibbs emphasizes unsung ancestors in her work on stage, in writings, and in film. She has participated in Ifa since 1991, Vodou since 2001, and was initiated in Voodoo in 2006.
  • Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown, the organizer of this event and panel moderator, is an artivist and curator.
Friday, March 6, 2020
7 PM
Pedro Almodóvar,
(113 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Ailing and adrift, a celebrated film director (Antonio Banderas) looks back at his work and life in Almodóvar’s pensive, tantalizingly self-reflexive drama, which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and for Banderas's extraordinary performance.
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.

Saturday, March 7

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Artist Ron Nagle is joined in conversation by his longtime friend the internationally celebrated tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy.
Recorded Saturday, March 7, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
11:00 AM
Join quiltmakers Stacey Sharman and Kristen Takakuwa of Berkeley’s Hello Stitch Studio to explore the art of quilting as you create fabric postcards.
Presented Saturday, March 7, 2020
Series Workshops
Saturday, March 7, 2020
2 PM
Artist Ron Nagle is joined in conversation by his longtime friend the internationally celebrated tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy.
Included with admission
Saturday, March 7, 2020
5 PM

Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Beginning with text from Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency, this performance for cello, voice, and recorded sound doubles as a series of meditation exercises for living through modernity’s ongoing emergencies.
Included with admission
Series Performances
Saturday, March 7, 2020
5 PM
Taghi Amirani,
United Kingdom,
(119 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

A fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. “Passionate and fearless” (Hollywood Reporter).
Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:15 PM

Four-course dinner with wine pairing

Following our screening of Taghi Amirani's Coup 53, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
$95 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
8 PM
George Lucas,
United States,
(88 mins)
George Lucas’s debut film is more 1984 than Star Wars. Robert Duvall stars as a rebel in a dystopian future where sex is illegal, robots are everywhere, and TV monitors keep the populace both sedated and monitored.