As staff preparations ramp up over the summer, we will host a range of outdoor events on the MFA’s campus starting in September, including concerts and films in partnership with the Roxbury International Film Festival.​

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Virtual Screening Room

The MFA’s Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program continues to present the very best of international, documentary, and independent films during the Museum’s temporary closure. In this unprecedented time, we are glad to offer a thoughtful selection of groundbreaking films to view in the comfort and safety of your own home. New releases premiere every Friday and are available to rent through our partner websites. Your participation provides revenue for the MFA and our colleagues at numerous distribution companies. We remain grateful to you, our audiences, for your generous and continued support.

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Available July 31–August 14, $12

Directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco (US, 2020, 97 min.).

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage and newly discovered personal letters to explore the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive writing helped define Southern Gothic literature and influenced a generation of artists and activists.

Rent Flannery Today

Still from Flannery (2020) courtesy of Distrib Films US.

Picks from the MFA’s Curator of Film

While the MFA is closed, Carter Long, Katharine Stone White Curator of Film and Video, is highlighting some of the best films to watch from home. To coincide with the virtual launch of “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” Long shares his thoughts on three classics from the early hip-hop era as well as a recent documentary on Jean-Michel Basquiat. Watch the trailers and get info on where to stream or rent.