Cinema New Bedford

Cinema New Bedford presents films that spark conversations, “big feelings,” and new perspectives. Our mission is to help create and sustain a robust cinephile community in New Bedford, promote the art of cinema, and build community through collective engagement that brings joy, sorrow, and everything in between.

Programming includes film series such as 4 By Scorsese, Winter Whimsy: Wes Anderson, and Best of the Fests; Community and issue focused screenings such as FLEE (refugees and immigration), I AM GRETA (climate change) and ATLANTIS (Ukraine); and special events such as DOWNTON ABBEY at Rotch-Duff-Jones House, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON with Jenny Slate live, and CatVideoFest, a compilation of the latest and best cat videos from around the world.

This series is curated by Mocha James Herrup, PhD, founder of the New Bedford Film Society. Mocha James draws from their work as a film professor, arts and culture writer, and film festival programmer to bring films that help us see the world in a new light.

The collection of Mocha James' program notes for Cinema New Bedford films is available here.

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Are you a fellow film enthusiast? Join us once a month at a local eatery in downtown New Bedford to discuss film and have input programming Cinema New Bedford. Contact Mocha James at for details.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jacque Demy, 1964
Starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo

Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo star as two young lovers in the French coastal city of Cherbourg. Seventeen-year old beauty, Genevieve (Deneuve), works at her mother’s tiny, struggling umbrella shop. Twenty-year old Guy (Castelnuovo) is a handsome auto mechanic who cares for his grandmother. Though Genevieve’s mother disapproves of their love, the two secretly plan to marry. When Guy is drafted to fight in the Algerian War, their lives take different turns.  

A Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or winner, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG features sumptuous production design with Kubrick-esque colors and dense patterning, and rivals Zeffirelli's ROMEO AND JULIET for its gripping depiction of impetuous youth. The perfect Valentine’s Day film (yes, it’s a little sad, but that just means y’all get to hold each other closer). 

UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG was also nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song (“I Will Wait for You”).

Part of the Cinema New Bedford's

Lean into winter with beautiful films using song and dance to express all the seasonal feels! Come and be sad. It’s fun!
FREE HOT CHOCOLATE at every screening from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM to warm and comfort you. 

A Zombie Christmas Musical!
Tuesday, December 13, 7PM

Lars Von Trier film starring Icelandic musical superstar, Björk
Tuesday, January 10, 7PM

Catherine Deneuve in an astounding Jacque Demy film
Tuesday, February 14, 7PM

Cinema New Bedford is curated by

Mocha James



Series Curator

Mocha James Herrup holds a PhD in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. They worked for many years as a full-time professor at the Austin Community College where they also co-founded the Peace & Conflict Studies program. Currently, Mocha James writes about arts and culture for the New Bedford Scallop and teaches Social Issues and Documentary as a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston. In between Texas and the East Coast, they spent 2 incredible years in Seattle teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington at Bothell and programming and organizing with Three Dollar Bill. Mocha James has programmed with other festivals including SXSW and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and their award-winning films have been screened on the Sundance Channel, at the Walker Art Center, Northwest Airlines, and in festivals around the world. For more about New Bedford Film Society, visit

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