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.

Join the “Criterion Crew”
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 mjherrup@zeiterion.org for details.

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Cinema New Bedford

 Events

Cinema New Bedford
Tuesday
Oct
11
7:00 pm
Tue
7:00 pm
Oct
11
Cinema New Bedford
 presents

The Janes

(Tia Lessin, 2022)

Free screening at UMass Dartmouth

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In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago where seven women who were part of a clandestine network were arrested and charged. Using code names, fronts and safe houses to protect themselves and their work, the accused had built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves Jane. THE JANES is the story of a group of unlikely outlaws who risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need of safe and affordable abortions, in defiance of the State, the Church, and the Chicago Mob.

The conversation will continue after the screening with a live virtual Q&A with one of the subjects of the film, Judith Arcana, and local organizers about reproductive freedoms and the body autonomy movement.

This screening is at UMass Dartmouth, Charlton College of Business, Room 149. Parking is available in Lot 13.

Co-sponsored by UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Cinema New Bedford
Tuesday
Oct
18
7:00 pm
Tue
7:00 pm
Oct
18
Cinema New Bedford
 presents

Samson & Delilah

(Cecil B. DeMille, 1949)

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HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr on The Z stage on November 1 has inspired Cinema New Bedford to select two of Lamarr's most famous films, including Samson & Delilah!

The first in a new series of biblical epics by legendary producer-director Cecil B. DeMille that would culminate with the Ten Commandments (1956), this Technicolor spectacle made a smash #12 million for Paramount and garnered two deserved Academy Award Oscars for Best Set Decoration and Best Costume Design. He-man Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr star in the title roles and are ably supported by historical picture stalwart George Sanders.

Journey through time to a gloriously extravagant setting of lust, violence and treachery in the meticulously restored Oscar-winning masterpiece from legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. Starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature in the title roles, Samson & Delilah follows the story of the Bible’s legendary strong man and the woman who seduces, then betrays him. Also featuring a young Angela Landsbury in one of her early film roles and eye-popping costumes from acclaimed designer Edith Head. It was an instant classic that remains and enduring favorite!

After the film, join us for a live virtual Q&A with Heather Massie, creator and star of HEDY! Massie will help us continue the conversation about the film and Lamarr's contributions to the stage and beyond.

Cinema New Bedford
Tuesday
Nov
08
7:00 pm
Tue
7:00 pm
Nov
8
Cinema New Bedford
 presents

The Way I See It (2020)

Documentary About Pete Souza's Presidential Photography

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Prior to renowned photographer Pete Souza’s appearance on The Z stage, Cinema New Bedford is pleased to present a free screening of the documentary film, The Way I See It, from renown filmmaker Dawn Porter.

It’s an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidencies in our history, Obama and Reagan, as seen through the eyes of Souza. Born in New Bedford and raised in Dartmouth, Souza and his time as White House photographer is the subject of the documentary from award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter.

Cinema New Bedford
Tuesday
Nov
15
7:00 pm
Tue
7:00 pm
Nov
15
Cinema New Bedford
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ZIEGFELD GIRL

(Robert Z. Leonard, 1941)

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On the heels of Heather Massie’s highly acclaimed show HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr at The Z on November 1, ZIEGFELD GIRL features the great Hedy Lamarr in an MGM classic!

It follows three women who share one dream: to become a Ziegfeld Girl. The stellar cast includes James Stewart, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Jackie Cooper. Musical numbers by Busby Berkeley, known for his audacious, campy, and delightfully over-the-top choreography.

Featuring post-show Q&A with Heather Massie, who has brings her love of science and theatre together with her solo show HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, which she wrote and portrays Hedy and several characters, including Jimmy Stewart.

Cinema New Bedford is curated by

Mocha James

 

Herrup

 
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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 newbedfordfilm.org.

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