Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Sun Valley Museum of Art Expands Film Series
“Walking on Water” takes viewers on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid the mounting madness of art and state politics, engineering challenges, logistical nightmares and the sheer force of Mother Nature.
Sunday, September 20, 2020


The Sun Valley Museum of Art is jumping back into the movie business now that the Magic Lantern Cinemas has reopened.

The Museum plans to screen films weekly this fall, starting Thursday, Sept. 24, and continuing through December at Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum.

In addition, the Museum plans to screen films the first Wednesdays of each month at The Liberty Theatre in Hailey, which has gone dark since Company of Fools cancelled its 2020-21 theater season.

This will give the community a chance to safely gather to see independent and documentary films as we head into the indoor season, said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts for SVMoA: “Our community loves the movies, and we want to give everyone the chance to catch these beautifully crafted films on the big screen.”

  • “First Cow” will kick off the film series at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Magic Lantern Cinema. Director Kelly Reichardt has evoked an authentically hardscrabble early 19th century way of life in the Pacific Northwest as she tells the story of a loner and skilled cook who travels west to join a group of fur trappers in the Oregon Territory. Once there, he collaborates with a Chinese immigrant on a business whose longevity depends on the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.
  • “Walking on Water” about Christo’s The Floating Piers project on Lake Iseo in Italy will screen at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. It takes an unprecedented look, complete with breathtaking aerial views, at Christo’s process from the inception to the completion of a large-scale dahlia-yellow walkway that was experienced by more than 1.2 million people.
  • The Manhattan Short Film Festival 2020 will be screened three times in two locations: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at The Liberty Theatre in Hailey, and 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum.

    The festival selected the films it will show from 971 entries from 54 countries. Attendees from the Wood River Valley may cast their vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards along with others around the world.

  • The multiple-award-winning “Honeyland,” which won the Grand Prize at Sundance, will be screened at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas. The film from North Macedonia features a poor beekeeper who habitually leaves half the honey for the bees. But a new neighbor and his unruly family disrupt the beekeeper’s quiet way of life, threatening her only means of income.

Attendees are required to wear masks upon entry to the Magic Lantern, which has set up distanced seating in adherence to Centers for Disease Control guidelines. The SVMoA will provide a way for the films to be viewed from home, as well, for those uncomfortable with seeing them in-person.

The exception: The Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Tickets are $10 for SVMoA members and $12 for nonmembers, available at www.svmoa.org or by calling 208-726-9491.


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