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The Flaherty Seminar

October 1 - 7

The longest-running film exhibition forum in the United States, the Flaherty Seminar is a unique annual gathering in rural upstate New York, bringing together academics, artists, students, and curators for critical viewing, study, and debate. Inaugurated in 1955 by Frances Flaherty in memory of American independent filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the seminar has an annual theme chosen by a guest curator. The six films presented at the National Gallery of Art were chosen from the 2016 and 2017 seminars with the respective themes “play” and “future remains.” With thanks to Linda Lilienfeld, Anita Reher, Anthony Svatek, David Pendleton, and Nuno Lisboa.

image from The Human Surge
Eduardo Williams, 2016
courtesy Grasshopper Film

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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