Special Showing

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of this American civil rights leader.


Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of this American civil rights leader. After she was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attacks to turn herself “inside out” and embrace a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic, ” and named as one of only five southern whites he could count as allies. Labeled a “traitor to her race” and ostracized as a “red” by segregationists and even many in the civil rights movement, she fought for an inclusive movement community and demonstrated that protecting civil liberties was essential to gaining civil rights.

  • Director: Mimi Pickering, Anne Lewis
  • Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A gem of a film, accented with freedom fighters who speak firsthand about carving a path through a traumatized, violent, racist South, to make way for one of the largest and most effective nonviolent movements for social change the world has ever seen.”

– Joan Baez

This event is present as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series, and is sponsored by the Williams College Davis Center.

Special Showing

The Mermaid in 3D

May 7 and 8

The new film from Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle). In Mandarin with English subtitles. Admission is free for Williams College ID holders.


The Mermaid in 3D

Starring: Deng Chao, Lin Yun

A record-smashing hit in Asia, this slapstick, eco-minded comedy comes from the madcap mind of Chinese superstar Stephen Chow, director of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. When a real estate tycoon’s latest scheme threatens the natural habitat of a tribe of merpeople, the underwater folks send a human-impersonating mermaid to seduce and assassinate him before he destroys their world. Naturally, they fall in love in this water-soaked rom-com like no other.

AFTER IMAGES: THE MERMAID — Man He, Assistant Professor of Chinese at Williams College, will speak at the Saturday, May 7 screening.

  • Director: Stephen Chow
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Action

“An exhilarating, bizarre, good-hearted, sci-fi-fantasy-slapstick eco-fable.”

– New York Times

This film is sponsored by Williams College Department of Asian Studies.

Special Event

After Images: The Mermaid

May 7, 2016 2:30 PM

Man He, Assistant Professor of Chinese at Williams College, will speak at the Saturday, May 7 screening of Stephen Chow's eco-comedy The Mermaid about the Chinese superstar's work and latest film.

Special Showing

Do the Right Thing

Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm

In the Eighties, few films had the impact of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. An incendiary look at a Brooklyn neighborhood as deep-rooted racial tensions slowly come to a boil on the hottest day of the year, Lee's film sparked a national conversation about race that is as relevant and vitally important now as it was then.


Do the Right Thing

Starring: Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hour 5 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time.”

– Roger Ebert

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

Special Showing

Only Yesterday

May 14, 15, 16

This 1991 Studio Ghibli film is finally released in North America!


Only Yesterday

It’s 1982, and Taeko, 27, has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
  • Genre: Animation

“Mr. Takahata’s psychologically acute film, which was based on a manga, seems to grow in impact, too, as the adult Takao comes to a richer understanding of what she wants and how she wants to live.”

– New York Times

This film is shown as part of Bright Young Things, our monthly family-friendly film series. All ages are welcome!

Special Event

Sharing Images Memories

May 21, 2016 10 AM

Stone Hill Center at the Clark Art Institute

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

Did you sneak your first kiss in our back row? Did you ever have a summer job selling popcorn and candy? Were you around the day Bradley Cooper took his pal Leonardo DiCaprio to the movies, or when Werner Herzog came to visit?

Come by the Stone Hill Center to share your favorite Images story (of Nickelodeon, College, Taconic or Walden stories) and listen in as others tell their own.