Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image The only U.S. museum devoted to film, television, and digital media. Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media.
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Accessible, innovative, and forward-looking, the Museum presents exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and maintains a collection of moving-image related artifacts. In doing so, the Museum serves a diverse public at its New York City home and online, and provides leadership in its field. Attendance numbers more than 200,000 visitors each year, including 50,000 school children. In January 2011, the Museum reopened after a major expansion and renovation that nearly doubled its size.

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We’ve enjoyed watching films at home in Virtual Cinema, preferred streaming sites, and at the popular Queens Drive-In, b...
04/23/2021
Book your ticket for a film screening at MoMI, beginning Apr 30

We’ve enjoyed watching films at home in Virtual Cinema, preferred streaming sites, and at the popular Queens Drive-In, but there is nothing like being in the dark with others, looking up at a huge screen, and surrendering to the image—inside a theater. We want to bring back that experience for you—in the safest way possible.

Today we announced the schedule of films returning to our grand Redstone Theater when it reopens on April 30. Tickets are on sale now!!

MoMI’s grand theater reopening—come back and see movies on the big screen!

Teen Film Festival Saturday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. ETJoin us for the first online Teen Film Festival! Hosted and curated b...
04/23/2021
Teen Film Festival (April 24)

Teen Film Festival Saturday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. ET

Join us for the first online Teen Film Festival! Hosted and curated by MoMI's Teen Council, this festival showcases the visions, experiences, media art, and reflections of our teens living in NYC during and prior to quarantine. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

✨RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3tMIJgn

Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. ET Join us in the first ever Online Teen Film Festival! Hosted and curated by MoMI's Teen Council, this film festival showcases the visions, experiences, media art and reflections of our teens living in NYC during and prior to the confinement. The screening of....

Happy #EarthDay! 🌎We are highlighting some environmentally conscious films and filmmakers who have gone to great lengths...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay! 🌎

We are highlighting some environmentally conscious films and filmmakers who have gone to great lengths to document our ongoing struggle to preserve our planet...or show the consequences of our failure.

GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (or known by its U.S. title VS. THE SMOG MONSTER), features an explicit environmentalist message, showing what happens when the unchecked accumulation of toxic waste spawns a horrifying monster.

WALL•E, set in 2805, when people have abandoned Earth to live on corporate-run spaceships.

FIRST REFORMED, Paul Schrader's acclaimed film about how one contends with their culpability for the poisoning of our planetary home.

THE HOST, B**g Joon-ho's breakout monster movie with a terrifying, virus-carrying amphibious creature, formed by toxic waste dumping. (Showing June 4 Queens Drive-In)

Thanks to all who watched NINA WU and the films of Midi Z in our Virtual Cinema. Due to continuing demand, we are extend...
04/19/2021

Thanks to all who watched NINA WU and the films of Midi Z in our Virtual Cinema. Due to continuing demand, we are extending the series for one more week! Catch SIX FILMS BY MIDI Z through April 25!

Learn more and order tickets here: bit.ly/MidiZmomi

Special thanks to the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture of Taiwan (R.O.C.), Tpecc NY, for their support of the series!

Thanks to all who watched NINA WU and the films of Midi Z in our Virtual Cinema. Due to continuing demand, we are extending the series for one more week! Catch SIX FILMS BY MIDI Z through April 25!

Learn more and order tickets here: bit.ly/MidiZmomi

Special thanks to the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture of Taiwan (R.O.C.), Tpecc NY, for their support of the series!

Big Birds abound in NYC museums right now (we see you, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)! When we reopen the bui...
04/19/2021

Big Birds abound in NYC museums right now (we see you, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)! When we reopen the building the weekend of April 30, visitors will again be able to visit The Jim Henson Exhibition and see—among many other characters—the Big Bird puppet in the section devoted to Sesame Street. On view next to Big Bird is the monitor harness (c.1970s) worn by Caroll Spinney inside the larger-than-life puppet. Big Bird was sketched by Jim Henson in 1969, first built by Kermit Love, and brought to life by Caroll Spinney for nearly fifty years. The character is beloved worldwide, and remains an enduring symbol of open-heartedness and innocence.

These objects were built by The Jim Henson Company and were a gift from the family of Jim Henson and Sesame Workshop. Photo by Thanassi Karageorgiou.

Currently MoMI members can make their reservations to visit the Museum beginning April 30. Advance tickets for everyone else will be available very, very soon.

Big Birds abound in NYC museums right now (we see you, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)! When we reopen the building the weekend of April 30, visitors will again be able to visit The Jim Henson Exhibition and see—among many other characters—the Big Bird puppet in the section devoted to Sesame Street. On view next to Big Bird is the monitor harness (c.1970s) worn by Caroll Spinney inside the larger-than-life puppet. Big Bird was sketched by Jim Henson in 1969, first built by Kermit Love, and brought to life by Caroll Spinney for nearly fifty years. The character is beloved worldwide, and remains an enduring symbol of open-heartedness and innocence.

These objects were built by The Jim Henson Company and were a gift from the family of Jim Henson and Sesame Workshop. Photo by Thanassi Karageorgiou.

Currently MoMI members can make their reservations to visit the Museum beginning April 30. Advance tickets for everyone else will be available very, very soon.

Astronaut Karen Nyberg, the 50th woman in space, will introduce next Friday night's screening of GRAVITY at the Queens D...
04/19/2021

Astronaut Karen Nyberg, the 50th woman in space, will introduce next Friday night's screening of GRAVITY at the Queens Drive-In. Tickets are just $20/car thanks to support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

MoMI members: Please check your emails. You can now reserve tickets for a special members-only “reopening” day on Friday...
04/16/2021

MoMI members: Please check your emails. You can now reserve tickets for a special members-only “reopening” day on Friday, April 30! We’ve been working hard, preparing our spaces to welcome you back.

Not a member? Join us! There's still time to sign up before we open ticket sales to the wider public. More info here: http://bit.ly/3spYqJ4

MoMI members: Please check your emails. You can now reserve tickets for a special members-only “reopening” day on Friday, April 30! We’ve been working hard, preparing our spaces to welcome you back.

Not a member? Join us! There's still time to sign up before we open ticket sales to the wider public. More info here: http://bit.ly/3spYqJ4

04/14/2021
Trailer: Downstream to Kinshasa (2020)

“Intense, urgent, and shocking. A film few have yet seen in theaters, to our considerable detriment.” —Eric Hynes, Reverse Shot

Dieudo Hamadi's powerful new documentary DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA, an Icarus Films release, opens this FRI (4/16) in our Virtual Cinema—a first week exclusive! Preorder tickets: https://bit.ly/3tdRYGd

Read our the full Make It Real RS column here: reverseshot.org/features/2755/make_it_real_one

Perhaps one of the greatest films to see on the very big screen, under the stars, join us for Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY o...
04/14/2021

Perhaps one of the greatest films to see on the very big screen, under the stars, join us for Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY on April 30 at the Queens Drive-In. With Astronaut Karen Nyberg zooming in live from Houston for an introduction.

Perhaps one of the greatest films to see on the very big screen, under the stars, join us for Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY on April 30 at the Queens Drive-In. With Astronaut Karen Nyberg zooming in live from Houston for an introduction.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND lands on the big screen at the Queens Drive-In this Sunday, April 18!! Steven Spielbe...
04/13/2021

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND lands on the big screen at the Queens Drive-In this Sunday, April 18!!

Steven Spielberg's operatic tale of a group of humans (including Richard Dreyfuss’s suburban everydad) preparing to make contact with mysterious outer-space visitors is an emotionally stirring, visually jaw-dropping journey. Featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, Spielberg’s first story about extraterrestrial life is out-of-this-world moviemaking. Alongside Dreyfuss, the film also features François Truffaut and Teri Garr. Douglas Trumbull, of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame, was the visual effects supervisor; Ralph McQuarrie designed the mothership. And, who can forget the eerie five-tone musical motif that serves as the main communication thread between alien and human life—composed by John Williams.

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (1977) won for Best Cinematography. See it big this Sunday!

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3uKXkca

MoMI members get an extra discount (30% off). Please contact our membership dept for details.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND lands on the big screen at the Queens Drive-In this Sunday, April 18!!

Steven Spielberg's operatic tale of a group of humans (including Richard Dreyfuss’s suburban everydad) preparing to make contact with mysterious outer-space visitors is an emotionally stirring, visually jaw-dropping journey. Featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, Spielberg’s first story about extraterrestrial life is out-of-this-world moviemaking. Alongside Dreyfuss, the film also features François Truffaut and Teri Garr. Douglas Trumbull, of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame, was the visual effects supervisor; Ralph McQuarrie designed the mothership. And, who can forget the eerie five-tone musical motif that serves as the main communication thread between alien and human life—composed by John Williams.

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (1977) won for Best Cinematography. See it big this Sunday!

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3uKXkca

MoMI members get an extra discount (30% off). Please contact our membership dept for details.

Read about how the Queens Drive-In (presented with our partners Rooftop Films and New York Hall of Science) plays a role...
04/11/2021
Oscar Campaigners Flock To Queens Drive-In As In-Person Screenings Resume Citywide Ahead Of Ballot Deadline

Read about how the Queens Drive-In (presented with our partners Rooftop Films and New York Hall of Science) plays a role in the Oscar awards season. The best part: the public gets free tickets to these screenings of Oscar nominated films.

This week:
MINARI (4/13) – Sold Out.
SOUND OF METAL (4/14) – RSVP: bit.ly/3mKUmll
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER (4/15) – RSVP: bit.ly/3s468Z6

These screenings are made possible through the studios, including A24, Amazon Studios, and Netflix — and are part of the series of free community shows presented by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.

https://deadline.com/2021/04/oscar-campaign-screenings-new-york-city-queens-drive-in-1234731323/

EXCLUSIVE: With New York City gradually emerging from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, one film-biz sign of life is a series of Oscar-nominated movies hitting the city’s big screens. Me…

04/11/2021
Trailer: Return to Burma (2011)

Midi Z’s 2011 feature debut RETURN TO BURMA was also the first feature film shot in Myanmar. It follows a Burmese laborer from Taipei to his hometown near Yangon, in anticipation of the country’s first democratic presidential election in 2010.

The film captures young people struggling to make a living, many actively striving to go abroad—to Malaysia, Taiwan, and elsewhere. Watch RETURN TO BURMA online (tickets are $5), as part of our Midi Z retrospective: bit.ly/6MidiZ2021

As part of our presentation, you can watch a career-spanning conversation between Midi Z and Jeff Reichert.

“To realize his vision, the scale of which left him financially ruined when the film failed to make back its costs, he c...
04/11/2021
Playtime

“To realize his vision, the scale of which left him financially ruined when the film failed to make back its costs, he constructed a whole neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, known as Tativille.” Read Imogen Sara Smith on PLAYTIME from the Reverse Shot Archive.

Considering the size and shape of the screen

TONIGHT at the Queens Drive-In, don't miss Terry Gilliam's sci-fi cult class 12 MONKEYS. "In the 25 years since its rele...
04/09/2021

TONIGHT at the Queens Drive-In, don't miss Terry Gilliam's sci-fi cult class 12 MONKEYS. "In the 25 years since its release, 12 Monkeys is increasingly seen as a Cassandra of its own kind," Eric Ducker, The Ringer. Last minute tickets available for now, $20/car.

TONIGHT at the Queens Drive-In, don't miss Terry Gilliam's sci-fi cult class 12 MONKEYS. "In the 25 years since its release, 12 Monkeys is increasingly seen as a Cassandra of its own kind," Eric Ducker, The Ringer. Last minute tickets available for now, $20/car.

Calling all NYC teens, ages 14-19! Submit your short film to the 3rd Annual Teen Film Fest at the Museum of the Moving I...
04/08/2021

Calling all NYC teens, ages 14-19! Submit your short film to the 3rd Annual Teen Film Fest at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Meet other filmmakers, exchange ideas, and share your experiences at the festival, which is organized by the Museum's Teen Council. #MoMITeens

DEADLINE TO ENTER: APRIL 17
FESTIVAL DATE: APRIL 24

For more information, visit bit.ly/3r54dmv

Calling all NYC teens, ages 14-19! Submit your short film to the 3rd Annual Teen Film Fest at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Meet other filmmakers, exchange ideas, and share your experiences at the festival, which is organized by the Museum's Teen Council. #MoMITeens

DEADLINE TO ENTER: APRIL 17
FESTIVAL DATE: APRIL 24

For more information, visit bit.ly/3r54dmv

🙌🙌SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 30. Our building will reopen, with access to exhibitions, and screenings in the Redstone Theater!...
04/07/2021

🙌🙌SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 30. Our building will reopen, with access to exhibitions, and screenings in the Redstone Theater! That Friday is for members-only (this could be YOU), with reservations opening up to all starting Saturday, May 1. The special exhibition "Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey" will be on view, extended through the summer! The Jim Henson Exhibition will be open! Timed-entry tickets will be available soon.

Thank you all for your support this past year. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon. Learn about new hours, safety guidelines, and more here: http://movingimage.us/visit

Did you know that costumes worn by David Bowie (as Jareth) and Jennifer Connelly (as Sarah) in LABYRINTH (1986) are on v...
04/03/2021

Did you know that costumes worn by David Bowie (as Jareth) and Jennifer Connelly (as Sarah) in LABYRINTH (1986) are on view in the Museum’s Jim Henson Exhibition? They were designed by Brian Froud and Ellis Flyte, and are part of our collection, a gift from the family of Jim Henson.

Catch LABYRINTH on the big screen at the Queens Drive-In Sunday, April 4! Limited tickets are still available: bit.ly/3mdUGsJ

“Every once in awhile, a movie reinvigorates one’s faith in the artistic capacity of an entire medium through pure intui...
04/03/2021

“Every once in awhile, a movie reinvigorates one’s faith in the artistic capacity of an entire medium through pure intuition of form and mastery of intent.” —Andrew Bundy, ThePlaylist

THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION is now showing in our Virtual Cinema, via Dekanalog: bit.ly/31C3fUM

The film, a New York Times Critic's Pick, marks the remarkable debut of Berlin-based Lesotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

This Sunday, 4/4: Jim Henson's beloved fantasy musical, LABYRINTH, shows on the big screen at the Queens Drive-In! See D...
04/02/2021

This Sunday, 4/4: Jim Henson's beloved fantasy musical, LABYRINTH, shows on the big screen at the Queens Drive-In! See David Bowie as the Goblin King and Jennifer Connelly as the young woman who must challenge him to save her brother. Tickets are still available: bit.ly/3mdUGsJ

Co-presented with Rooftop Films and New York Hall of Science, the Queens Drive-In offers safe communal moviegoing in central Queens, NYC.

Read Aaron Hunt's thoughtful review of SIX FILMS BY MIDI Z on Screen Slate: "It’s rare that an artist comes from the sam...
04/01/2021
To and From Myanmar: The Films of Midi Z

Read Aaron Hunt's thoughtful review of SIX FILMS BY MIDI Z on Screen Slate: "It’s rare that an artist comes from the same circumstances that they portray in their work, yet Z is less well-known than many well-heeled filmmakers who also depict the lives of people living below the poverty line. The Museum of the Moving Image’s retrospective, “Six Films by Midi Z,” gives US viewers an overdue opportunity to become acquainted with some of the films in his cumulative portrait of Myanmar."

Full article below. The retrospective runs through April 11. Visit bit.ly/MidiZmomi for tickets and info.

Due to 124 years of British occupation and the cumulative meddlings of foreign interests, the once self-sustaining agricultural systems of Myanmar were devastated and replaced by an export-oriented industry that benefited the rich and the few. Today, many Burmese smuggle themselves abroad for better...

Only his third feature, after ERASERHEAD and the multiple Oscar–nominated THE ELEPHANT MAN, David Lynch's DUNE (1984) ga...
04/01/2021

Only his third feature, after ERASERHEAD and the multiple Oscar–nominated THE ELEPHANT MAN, David Lynch's DUNE (1984) gathered a wealth of screen talent to tackle an ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic 1965 novel: cinematographer Freddie Francis (THE INNOCENTS) who had worked with Lynch on THE ELEPHANT MAN; Anthony Masters, the production designer of Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY; music by Brian Eno and Toto(!); and an ensemble cast including Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart, Virginia Madsen, Brad Dourif, Dean Stockwell, José Ferrer, Sting, Linda Hunt, Sean Young, and Max von Sydow among them. While financially a flop, and artistically wrestled away from Lynch who did not have final cut, this DUNE is a fascinating must-see ’80s sci-fi adventure from one of American cinema’s true originals.

See it big at the Queens Drive-In this Friday, April 2!
Tickets: https://bit.ly/39xXKKS

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36-01 35th Ave
Astoria, NY
11106

By subway: M (weekdays only) or R to Steinway Street; W (weekdays only) or N to 36 Avenue. Nearby discounted parking is available for Museum patrons at PV Parking (entrance on 41 Street, between 34 and 35 Avenue).

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Friday 14:00 - 20:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00

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(718) 777-6888

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The Museum is closed indefinitely and on-site programs are suspended until further notice

As you all know, the Museum’s facility—along with other museums, cultural centers, and movie theaters across the city and the world—has closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. Since we announced this last Friday, March 13, the situation has changed dramatically. The building will remain closed until further notice. While our exhibitions and on-site programs are suspended, our activity has not ceased. As an institution devoted to the moving image—an important conduit for both information and escape in the current moment—we are exploring new ways to continue serving our communities.

In these challenging and unprecedented times, we will continue serving as a “place” of inspiration, communion, and education. Like you, we look forward to the day when we can again meet in person, happily welcoming visitors through our doors. Until then, we are confident in our ability to offer ways to connect in virtual spaces.

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