Friday, June 23, 2006

Movies at the Brooks -- July

July Film Schedule at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art presents a variety of films next month beginning with the "Rockumentary" series on July 9 and ending with the "Undiscovered Gem" Red Doors on July 25.

The Rockumentary series, inspired by the Annie Leibovitz: American Music exhibition, consists of three films to be shown on consecutive Sunday afternoons. Neil Young: Heart of Gold will screen at 2:00 p.m. on July 9. The following Sunday, July 16, Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley will be shown, and the final film in the series, New York Doll, will screen on July 23. The rockumentaries will be presented in the Dorothy K. Hohenberg auditorium at the Brooks and are free with museum admission. Attendees will be able to view the Annie Leibovitz exhibition as well as a collection of music photographs by Dr. Ernest Withers, the quilts of Hattie Childress, and the museum's permanent collection.

At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 the Brooks will present Stolen, a film about the largest art heist in modern history. In 1990, thieves disguised as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston and stole thirteen masterworks. Among them was Vermeer's The Concert, thought to be the most valuable painting ever stolen. The film takes the audience on a quest with art detective Harold Smith to recover the paintings and in the process to better understand the nature of art itself. Stolen is $5 for Brooks members and $7 for non-members.

Red Doors, the third installment of the Brooks's "Undiscovered Gems" independent film series, will screen on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. Red Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. Ed Wong has just retired and plots to escape his mundane life. However, the tumultuous lives of his three rebellious daughters change his plans. Red Doors is $5 for Brooks members and $7 for non-members.

Film buffs can look forward to additional screenings at the Brooks in August, including the film Dollars and Signs by local talent Brandon Hutchison, Boy Culture and Say Uncle in conjunction with the Outflix Film Festival, and Whole Hog, the acclaimed barbeque documentary with director Joe York. For more information call 901-544-6208.

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