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The ICA, in partnership with Wicked Queer Film Festival, presents the world premiere of Throuple (2024).  

Michael, terrified of pursuing his musical dreams and exploring romantic intimacy, relies on his best friend and her girlfriend for support and affection. However, when he meets a newly open married couple seeking a casual encounter, the three men enter into a relationship that is more vulnerable than any of them ever expected. 

This screening will be followed by an onstage Q+A with the filmmakers. 

Runtime: 1h 30m 
Recommended for mature audiences.

For more than three decades, Wicked Queer has celebrated the latest in queer cinema, bringing to Boston the best contemporary films, by, for, and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. 

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.

11 AM Kids Flicks –  Catch the best short films from around the world for ages 5+ (63 minutes) 

1 PM ¡Hola Cine! – Celebrate Latinx culture with short films for ages 8+ (55 minutes) 

Take in the audience favorite and award-winning films from the latest edition of New York International Children’s Film Festival! These amazing short films from around the world are sure to inspire curiosity and conversation for viewers big and small.

Kid Flicks, 11 AM (Runtime: 63 min.)

Inventive first films for ages 5+
In English or with English subtitles  

A WHISPER IN THE ISLAND OF THE HEART
United States, Xiaowen Wang, 2022, 13 min 
No dialogue 

Love communicates across the Tibetan mountains, against a warm coat of fur, and through sound waves and vibrations, proving silence can speak volumes.  

TO BE SISTERS
France, Animation, Anne-Gousset & Clément Céard, 2022, 7 min
No dialogue  

Two sisters circle each other’s orbits, laughing, shouting, playing, and spinning each in their own unique way.  

THE GOOSE
Czech Republic, France, Animation, Jan Mika, 2023, 13 min
No dialogue  

It’s a football tale as old as time: boy vs. goose…? 

LUCE AND THE ROCK
Belgium, France, Netherlands, Animation, Britt Raes, 2022, 13 min 
In English 

When a giant boulder lands in the middle of Luce’s small geometric village, it’s up to him to find a solution, even though he’s scared of the dark.  

PAPIROLA
Spain, Animation, Fabían Molinaro, 2022, 7 min
No dialogue 

As he prepares for a life-changing voyage, Nico can’t help but pack up everything he loves in his house.  

RACHEL
United States, Documentary, Toko Shiiki, 2022, 3 min 
In English 

Animator Rachel Reid exudes joy as she talks about being an animator, encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.  

SWING TO THE MOON
France, Animation, Marie Bordessoule, Adriana Bouissie, Nadine De Boer, Elisa Drique, Chloe Lauzu, Vincent Levrero, & Solenne Moreau, 2022, 7 min 
No dialogue  

Deep in the forest, wide-eyed spider Temi dreams of catching the Moon. For that, she will do anything. 

¡HOLA CINE!, 1 PM (Runtime: 55 min.) 

Extraordinary Latinx shorts for ages 8+
In Spanish with English subtitles  

THE DANCE
Colombia, Live Action, Pedro Pablo Vega Reyes, 2021, 15 min
In Spanish with English subtitles 

 Andrés has a big, big toe problem: his right shoe has a huge hole in it. Normally, that wouldn’t be an issue, but the school dance is tomorrow and he’s got his crush Mariana to impress! 

EL MOÑO
United States, Live Action, Luis Fernando Puente & Lizde Arias, 2022, 8 min
In Spanish with English subtitles 

After her favorite sock goes missing, Andrea learns some family magic that helps her find lost objects in the most unexpected ways. She’ll soon discover that toys and coins aren’t the only things that can get lost.  

LA CALESITA
Argentina, Animation, Augusto Schillaci, 2022, 10 min 
No dialogue 

A beloved Argentinian merry-go-round operation brings joy to the neighborhood families in this warm and vivid story of what comes around, goes around… 

THE LUGGAGE ROOM
Spain, Animation, Daniela Cuenca, 2021, 7 min 
In Spanish with English subtitles 

A devoted abuelita dreams of the day she can reunite with her grandchildren, cramming her suitcase with mountains of gifts and heaps of precious memories.  

PHONOS
Mexico, Animation, Gabriela Badillo, 2021, 9 min
No dialogue 

Chloe has bottled up her feelings along with the sounds that remind her of her beloved grandfather until a songbird shows her the way to maintain the spirit of his beautiful music.  

WITH A WOOL BALL
Argentina, Animation, Belén Ricardes, 2022, 5 min 
In Spanish with English subtitles 

A ball of wool, a catchy song, and beautiful felted stop motion tell this boldly-colored tale of a girl who weaves ponchos and steeps hot maté to keep her friends toasty in the hills of Argentina.  

Free Admission for Youth

Youth 18 and under always receive FREE museum admission. The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time—and we do this with the incredible support of our community. Explore the +1 Membership: a free ICA membership program for youth 0-18.

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Watch a selection of phantasmagorical visions from the Boston Underground Film Festival

For over twenty-three years, the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) has been bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England cinephiles. 

BUFF celebrates unconventional stories, idiosyncratic voices, fever dreams, nightmarish visions, and all manner of cinematic forms.

Not recommended for younger audiences.

Program

The Flypaper Spectacular
Luke Liberty, USA, 2023, 8 min.

A free spirit, with time to burn. 

Sogno Blu
Coco Roy, USA, 2022, 2 min.
Three witches appear in a dream to bring a message with no answers. 

Skjemt Blod
Gwenmarie White, USA, 2019, 6 min.

“Girl kvlture” as a vehicle for meditation on American brutality. 

Pool Party
Ellie Stewart, Canada, 2023, 8 min.

Outcast Freya attempts to make it through the night at her childhood best friend’s seventeenth birthday party without revealing her most dangerous secret. 

Diddie Wa Diddie
Joshua Erkman, USA, 2019, 8 min.

A French speaking otherworldly creature shows a recently separated couple what their true emotional needs and desires are.

Viola vs. The Vampire King
Kevin Fermini, USA, 2018, 9 min.

Everyone’s favorite Super 8 vampire kung-fu revenge film. 

Ultra Witchy
Mariah Klapatch, USA, 2019, 15 min.

In a town inhabited by witches, dogs, weirdos, and creeps Ultra Witchy spies an outsider amongst the outsiders. In a beguiling family home, three women share space and volatile dynamics.   

Bride of Frankie
Devi Snively, USA, 2018, 19 min.
In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results. 

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour presented by Shutterstock is a 90-minute theatrical program of seven short films curated from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including two Festival Award-winning titles. Considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers, the Festival includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world. Throughout its almost 40 years of history, the Festival has always supported short films, providing a platform for both established and new filmmakers to connect with audiences. The 2023 Short Film Tour program is a sampling of Festival offerings and a testament to the unique storytelling potential that the format holds. Audiences who missed the Sundance Film Festival—which took place online and in-person in Park City, Utah, January 19 through January 29 this year—can enjoy a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts that are funny, sad, inspirational, and full of strong characters. 

Program

Help Me Understand
United States. Director and Screenwriter: Aemilia Scott. Fiction.

Six women come to a consensus.

Inglorious Liaisons
France/Belgium. Directors and Screenwriters: Chloé Alliez, Violette Delvoye. Animation.

On the night of a big party for Lucie, Maya, and their friends, Jimmy has also come. Everyone knows he is here for Maya, but does she have the same feelings for Jimmy?

Parker
United States. Directors: Catherine Hoffman, Sharon Liese. Non-Fiction.

Three generations of a Kansas City family are finally unified when they do something that countless other Black Americans could not — choose their own last name.

Pro Pool
Canada. Director and Screenwriter: Alec Pronovost. Fiction.

Newly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and civilization, Charles-Olivier struggles to find a job in his field and must rely on a clerk position in a pool shop. Feeling down, he navigates his gig as best he can.

Rest Stop
United States. Director and Screenwriter: Crystal Kayiza. Fiction.

On a bus ride from New York to Oklahoma, Meyi, a young Ugandan-American girl, realizes her place in the world through her mother’s ambitious effort to reunite their family.

Take Me Home
United States. Director and Screenwriter: Liz Sargent. Fiction.

After their mother’s death, a cognitively disabled woman and her estranged sister must learn to communicate in order to move forward.

When You Left Me On That Boulevard
United States. Director and Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang. Fiction.

Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006. 

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.

32 Sounds is an immersive documentary and profound sensory experience from filmmaker Sam Green that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound. The film is a meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. The film will be at ICA/Boston in its “live cinema” form, featuring live narration by Sam Green and live original music by JD Samson.

Read the performance program

Directed and Performed by Sam Green 
Composed and Performed by JD Samson, with Michael O’Neill 
Produced by Josh Penn & ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann 
Cinematography by Yoni Brook 
Editing by Nels Bangerter & Sam Green 
Sound Design by Mark Mangini 
Lighting Design by Yuki Nakase Link 
Live Sound Design by Dan Bora 
Headphone Experience Design by Sam Crawford

Bios

Sam Green is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Green’s most recent live documentaries include A Thousand Thoughts (with the Kronos Quartet) (2018), The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with Yo La Tengo) (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). With all of these works, Green narrates the film in-person while musicians perform a live soundtrack. Green’s 2004 feature-length film, The Weather Underground, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award, was included in the Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world.

JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project Le Tigre. For more than a decade Samson’s career as a visual artist, musician, producer, and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion. She has toured the world, produced songs for Grammy award winning artists, written for publications such as The Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Time Review, created multimedia artwork, hosted documentary programs, acted, modeled, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes. Samson is now an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.


Commissioned by Stanford Live, Stanford University; The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology; Green Music Center of Sonoma State University; Arizona Arts Live at University of Arizona; and developed through a creative residency at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts.  

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

A mythic character who both was ahead of her time and helped to define it, heiress Peggy Guggenheim became a central figure in the modern art movement, collecting art and developing personal relationships with Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, and Marcel Duchamp, among countless other leading figures. Fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the world’s most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. USA, 2015, 97 minutes.

The story of the most radical video collective of the 1960’s and 70’s, this documentary tells the quirky tale of ten people’s optimism, creativity, and vision of what television could have become had the three big networks not ruled the TV airwaves. Produced and directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, who will be in attendance, along with Skip Blumberg, legendary video artist and former member of Videofreex. USA, 2015, 79 minutes.

 


Videofreex is presented in partnership with the UMB Film Series.
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Drawing upon work from native and diaspora filmmakers and artists from West and Southeast Asia, Monsoon, Prayers New Routes is a compilation of films and videos that document the Islamic communities dispersed around the Indian Ocean and beyond. Many of the featured filmmakers and artists reside in trans-oceanic port-cities, and their practice touches upon concepts that reverberate across diaspora and migration, urban culture and religious struggle, and new approaches to image and sound in the age of globalization.

Filmmakers Monira Al Qadiri and Aryo Danusiri will be present for a post-screening discussion.

Film list:
  • Jabal Hadroh, Jabal Al Jannah (Green Mountain, Heaven Mountain)
    Director: Otty Widasari, 2013, 10 min.
  • The Flaneurs
    Director: Aryo Danusiri, 2013, 4 min.
  • On Broadway
    Director: Aryo Dausiri, 2009/2014, 44 min.
  • Ashura
    Director: Köken Ergun, 2013, 24 min.
  • Travel Prayers 
    Director: Monira Al Qadiri,  2014, 3 min.
  • Behind the Sun 
    Director: Monira Al Qadiri,  2013, 10 min.
  • Prism
    Director: Monira Al Qadiri, 2007-ongoing, 6 min.

Total running time: 101 minutes

Programmed by Xin Zhou in collaboration with Harvard University Asia Center

An example of slow cinema, Distant is made up of thirteen parts, each a single long take without any dialogue and relying solely on image, sound, and action. Dramatic, realistic, and mysterious, these fragments tell a story of distance, focusing on the subtle moments when people are suddenly confronted with modernity and gradually become lost in transition. The film attempts to describe the alienation, abandonment, and eternal loneliness of today’s human condition. Presented by Crows & Sparrows. Director Zhengfan Yang will attend in person for a discussion with Yangqiao Lu, who writes about cinema for ArtForum China, La Furia Umana, Brooklyn Rail and LEAP magazine. China, 2013, 88 minutes.

Embedded in each seemingly mundane sequence shot is the implication of critique, a witty observation about modern life, or perhaps just a pleasurable uncertainty about the film’s fictive and documentary content.

The Brooklyn Rail

One of America’s foremost postwar artists, Eva Hesse helped establish the post-minimalist movement with pioneering sculptures made with latex, fiberglass, and plastics. This first feature-length tribute to her life and work makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and interviews with such fellow artists as Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Nancy Holt, and Dan Graham, who recall her passion, ambition, and tenacity. The documentary captures these qualities, while also exploring the struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists. Directed by Marcie Begleiter. USA/Germany, 2016, 108 minutes.

Filmmakers Marcie Begleiter and Karen Shapiro will be in attendance and will speak following the film with Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Art History at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.