Special Showing

A Ballerina's Tale

Monday, October 24 at 7pm

A Ballerina's Tale is an intimate, cinema verité look at Misty Copeland at a crucial point in her life and career, one that bridges her solos in the Firebird and Swan Lake at American Ballet Theater. Misty Copeland's career shines a light on the absence of women of color at major ballet companies, as well as the unhealthy body image that permeates dance culture.


A Ballerina's Tale

Starring: Misty Copeland

Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet. Of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland, from the small California city of San Pedro, has pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater (ABT) from the studio company to the corps de ballet to soloist. In 2013, after more than a decade at American Ballet Theatre Misty was offered the lead role in Igor Stravinsky's Firebird to be performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, a major coup for a soloist.<.p>

A Ballerina's Tale is an intimate look at this artist during a crucial period of her life. The bulk of the film is a cinema verité influenced look at Misty's journey, from the triumph of Firebird, the painful road back to dancing after surgery, and to an unexpected third act where Misty not only returns to the American Ballet Theatre stage but emerges as a pop star in the process.

Misty Copeland's career shines a light on several challenges within the world of classical ballet: the absence of women of color at major companies despite so many gifted black women ready to make the leap; the emphasis on skinny bodies for ballerinas impacts the health of professional dancers and sends a negative message to young fans around the world. Misty, because of her race and her curves, is central to both issues in the classical dance world.

Presented in conjunction with "Dancers from the New York City Ballet," a CenterSeries presentation of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

  • Director: Nelson George
  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“In A Ballerina's Tale, director Nelson George paints a moving portrait of Copeland that underscores her triumphs over bodily and historical limitations.”

– Village Voice

This event is sponsored by the Williams College '62 Center for Theater and Dance.

Special Showing


Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm

In Chicago, former prostitute Brenda Myers-Powell helps at-risk youths and women break the cycle of violence and sexual exploitation and find the means to change their own lives.



Starring: Brenda Myers-Powell

Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.

  • Director: Kim Longinotto
  • Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“An intimate portrait of one woman up against the systemic problem of human trafficking, child abuse, and violence, and her commitment to try to make a difference, one individual at a time. ”

– RogerEbert.com

This film is presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series.

Special Event

100th Anniversary Party!

November 11, 2016 7 PM

The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown

Join us to celebrate Images Cinema's 100th Anniversary!

Purchase tickets here.

$15 / $10 members

On November 30, 1916, the Walden Theatre first opened its doors. One hundred years later, as Images Cinema, we continue to screen movies on Spring Street. We look forward to celebrating with you -- our patrons, our members, our friends!

Join us for a party to celebrate all things Images Cinema!

  • Dress to impress in movie-themed attire
  • Meander through the Museum of Images Cinema and explore our history
  • Enjoy cinematic culinary creations and a cash bar (beer and wine)
  • Capture the night in our themed photo booth
  • Dance the night away!

    Images Cinema is an historic part of the Northern Berkshires that has been called "A metropolitan-quality art house" and "A permanent film festival" by The Berkshire Eagle.

    Celebrate with us!

  • Special Showing

    In Defense of Food

    Monday, November 14 at 7pm

    Free screening shown in partnership with Wild Oats Community Market.


    In Defense of Food

    Starring: Michael Pollan

    Post-film discussion with Williams College Professor of Biology Hank Art.

    Based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book of the same name, In Defense of Food, investigates how the food we eat impacts our health. Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, it shows us how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet.

    • Director: Michael Schwarz
    • Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
    • Genre: Documentary

    Sponsored by the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies.

    Special Showing

    Safety Last

    Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm

    To celebrate Images’ anniversary, we will present silent classic Safety Last accompanied by live music on November 30, 2016—100 years to the day that the first film was presented here at 50 Spring Street.


    Safety Last

    Starring: Harold Lloyd

    This Harold Lloyd comedy gave cinema one of its most celebrated images — Lloyd dangling off the hands off a clock tower, high above a New York City street. How the bespectacled Lloyd gets himself in this famed predicament and what happens next makes Safety Last one of the great silent comedies and a film that continues to delight and amaze.

    Acclaimed silent film accompanist Donal Sosin has been enthralling audiences in the US and Europe with his silent film music for over thirty years. He was the resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in the late ’70s, and returns there frequently as a guest pianist. He performs regularly at major film festivals including New York, San Francisco, Telluride and TriBeCa. He is the resident pianist for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAM and the Museum of Moving Image, and has appeared at other film repertory house and archives include the Pacific Film Archives, Symphony Space, Harvard Film Archives, the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Berlin Filmmuseum, MASS MoCA, and Film Forum.

    Joining Sosin at Images Cinema will be actress and singer Joanna Seaton, whose credits include leading roles in over 70 productions of musicals and plays, in New York and at regional and stock theatres across the country, including the Kennedy Center. Most recently, she sang the title role in Patience with the Light Opera Company of Salisbury and appeared in The Vagina Monologues at Barrington Stage Studio Space in Great Barrington, Ma. and the Studio  Theater in Lindenhurst, NY. As a singer, she has also been heard at Symphony Space’s Wall-to- Wall Richard Rodgers, the St. Regis Hotel, and the Rainbow Room. The New York Times has praised her “silvery soprano.”

    • Director: Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
    • Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
    • Genre: Comedy

    “Safety Last! is one of the best comedies, and I’m not qualifying this statement by placing it in the context of the silent era. It is a comedy with the type of raw energy and inventiveness that anyone can, and will, enjoy.”

    – Roger Ebert

    This event is part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.

    Special Showing


    Saturday, December 3 at 1pm

    Watch this family holiday favorite, all before the Reindog Parade at 3pm.



    Starring: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschannel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris

    Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

    • Director: Jon Favreau
    • Rating: PG
    • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
    • Genre: Family, Christmas, Comedy, Adventure

    “This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece.”

    – Roger Ebert

    This event is sponsored by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, as part of Williamstown's Holiday Walk.

    Special Showing

    Lessons in Dissent

    Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm

    Filmed over 18 months, Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists.


    Lessons in Dissent

    Starring: Joshua Wong, Ma Jai

    Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists.

    School boy JOSHUA WONG dedicates himself to stopping the introduction of National Education. His campaign begins to snowball when an interview goes viral on YouTube, with the new school year fast approaching, a showdown with the government seems inevitable. Microphone in hand, and still in his school uniform, he leads 120,000 protesters into battle.

    Meanwhile, former classmate Ma Jai fights against political oppression on the streets and in the courts. Having dropped out of school and dedicated himself to the social movement, he endures the persecution suffered by those not lucky enough to be protected by the media’s glare.

    Lessons in Dissent catapults the viewer on to the streets of Hong Kong and into the heart of the action.

    • Director: Matthew Torne
    • Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
    • Genre: Documentary

    “A timely portrait of some actual game-changers in action, fighting for political justice and against all the talk of Z-generation ennui.”

    – The Hollywood Reporter

    This film is presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series.