Happy 2021 from The Bellwether Film Series!

The Bellwether Film Series started back in 2015 with the goal showcasing some of the most interesting and innovative new work we found being made in cinema. At the center of the series was an invitation, for both filmmakers and audiences, to gather in the theater and engage in discussion about the filmmaker’s work.

Needless to say, this past year has made in-person events unrealistic and we haven’t been able to gather in a theater for the past nine months. However, in June we were able to take advantage of Amherst Cinema’s Virtual Cinema program and return to showing the Bellwether Series with online filmmaker Q&A’s. (Our Q&A’s from this year are all archived on Amherst Cinema’s Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/amherstcinema/videos )

While we miss being in the same theater with you all, we are thrilled to be able to continue to bring you a program of our favorite new films, each presented by their filmmaker.

The Bellwether Film Series will continue in 2021! And our first several films will be announced soon.

In the meantime — as we all continue to spend so much time at home this winter — we wanted to share information about how you can find all the previous films from our series to stream or purchase VOD (some of the more recent films are not yet available, but we’ve included links to find our more information on them here). Enjoy!

Stay Healthy & Watch Good Films.

Wishing you all the best in 2021. Happy New Year!

All Bellwether films are free to Amherst Cinema Members! Members help sustain Amherst Cinema. For more information on becoming a member: https://amherstcinema.org/membership

Bellwether is co-curated by George Myers, Amherst Cinema’s General Manager, and Pioneer Valley-based filmmaker Luke Meyer.

The Bellwether Film Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

BELLWETHER in 2020

OPUNTIA

director David Fenster

Find Screenings / More Info: http://www.david-fenster.com/soynopal

LANDFALL

director Cecilia Aldorando

Find Screenings / More Info: https://www.landfallfilm.com/screenings

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

director Hannah Jayanti

Find Screenings / More Info: http://www.torcfilm.com

CRESTONE

director Marnie Ellen Hertzler

Find Screenings / More Info: https://memory.is/crestone

PIER KIDS

director Elegance Bratton

Find Screenings / More Info: https://www.facebook.com/Pierkidsmovie

THE INHERITANCE

director Ephraim Asili

VOD
Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/asilitheinheritance

Find Screenings / More Info: https://grasshopperfilm.com

BELLWETHER in 2019

SHORTS by SKY HOPINKA

director Sky Hopinka

Streaming
Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/skyhopinka

More Info: https://www.skyhopinka.com

INGIRD

director Morissa Maltz

Find Screenings /More Info: https://www.ingridthemovie.com

MY FIRST FILM

director Zia Anger

More Info: https://memory.is/my-first-film

BELLWETHER in 2018

SHAKEDOWN

director Leilah Weinraub

Streaming
Criterion Channel:
https://www.criterionchannel.com/shakedown

JustWatch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/shakedown-2018
More Info: http://memory.is/shakedown

1999

director Samara Chadwick

Find Screenings / More Info: https://www.facebook.com/1999film/

FEAR ITSELF

director Charlie Shackleton

Streaming
Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/142058424

More Info: https://charlie.film

BELLWETHER in 2017

THE WORK

directors Gethin Aldous and Jairus McCleary and producer Eon McCleary

Streaming
Kanopy:
https://www.kanopy.com/product/work-2
Topic: https://www.topic.com/the-work

VOD
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B077GGWH8P

JustWatch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/the-work

BELLWETHER in 2016

THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING

director Morgan Knibbe

JustWatch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/those-who-feel-the-fire-burning
Find Screenings & More Info: https://www.facebook.com/thosewhofeelthefireburning

FLORENCE, ARIZONA

director Andrea B. Scott

VOD
Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/florencearizona

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/FlorenceArizonaFilm/

THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

director Jessica Oreck

Find Screenings / More Info: http://thevanquishing.com/

OBITUARY PROJECT

director Hope Tucker

Find Screenings / More Info: http://www.theobituaryproject.org/

FIELD NIGGAS

director Khalik Allah

Streaming
Criterion Channel:
https://www.criterionchannel.com/field-niggas

Just Watch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/field-niggas
Find Screenings / More Info: http://www.khalikallah.com/

BELLWETHER in 2015

(T)ERROR

directors Lyric Cabral and David Felix-Sutcliffe

JustWatch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/t-error
More Info: https://terrordocumentary.com

T-REX

directors Drea Cooper and Zach Canepari and producer Sue Jay Johnson

VOD
Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/trex
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B01IO3OP0U
Apple TV / iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/t-rex/id1123848231

JustWatch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/t-rex

I REMEMBER: A FILM ABOUT JOE BRAINARD

director Matt Wolf

Download & More Info: http://www.joebrainardfilm.com

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