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Summer Film

Summer Film at the Walker

Director Present/Premiere

Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives

Wed, July 11 and Fri, July 13, 7:30 pm

$9 ($7)

Archivist Dwight Swanson mines a trove of home movies to show 16 gems spanning nine decades.

Target Free Thursday Night

Home Movie Night

Thu, July 12, 7:30 and 8:30 pm


Dig your old home movies out of the basement and bring them to this free event from 4:30-6:30 pm. Experts will examine your film and offer tips on preservation. Your movie may even make it to the big screen! Movies will be screened at 7:30 and 8:30 pm.

Twin Cities Exclusive/Premiere

Marina Abramović:
The Artist Is Present

Fri–Sun, July 20–22

$9 ($7)

An engrossing portrait of the legendary artist and her 730-hour MoMA performance are at the center of this journey into the world of contemporary performance art.


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Wed, July 25, 7:30 pm

$9 ($7)

The inside story of a dissident for the digital age, who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Opens at Lagoon Cinema August 3. Thanks to IFC Films.

The reviews are in, and the new Walker Cinema is a hit! "Cinephiles will rejoice," says the Twin Cities Daily Planet, while WCCO calls it "a new Twin Cities masterpiece."

Some fun facts: the digital projector shows twice as many pixels as the latest MacBook "retina" display, and the Cinema is home to the only Meyer Sound EXP system in the Midwest (and just one of seven in the U.S.).

The Premieres series is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.

Media partner
89.3 The Current

Summer Music & Movies: In Dreams

Night Moves with Spellbound

Mon, July 30, 7 pm
Loring Park

Kick off Summer Music & Movies with groovers Night Moves and Hitchcock's classic featuring a dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí. The Current DJ: Mary Lucia.

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits with Artists and Models

Mon, August 6, 7 pm
Loring Park

Legendary Afropop pioneer Oliver Mtukudzi provides an exhilarating opening to this Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis classic. The Current DJ: Jim McGuinn.

Rogue Valley with The City of Lost Children

Mon, August 13, 7 pm
Loring Park

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's phantasmagorical fantasy is paired with the surging guitar rock and woodsy finger-picking ballads of Rogue Valley. The Current DJs: Jill Riley and Bill DeVille.

Walker Commission

Brute Heart with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Mon, August 20, 8:45 pm
Walker Open Field

Beloved locals Brute Heart (with a specially expanded lineup of players) present a new live score for this German Expressionist masterpiece. The Current DJ: David Campbell.

Stop by the galleries before the show– the museum is open and admission is free this night.

"I'm so excited to close this year's Summer Music & Movies with the silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, one of the titles in the Walker's Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection. With its nightmarish expressionist sets and haunting somnambulist, it’s a perfect complement to the Midnight Party exhibition which is curated around the theme of dreams."

—Dean Otto, Film/Video Associate Curator

"I was attracted to Brute Heart's darkly primal atmospherics and distinctive sense of melody. Their spare and cinematic sensibility pairs nicely with the moodiness of the film."

—Doug Benidt, Performing Arts Associate Curator

Summer Music & Movies is sponsored by
Barrio and Fiat

Media partner
89.3 The Current and City Pages

Around the Museum

Closing Soon

whiteonwhite: algorithmicnoir

Closes Sunday, July 8

Free, Lecture Room

Replete with spies and intrigue, this never-ending film noir by Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation shuffles video and sound clips to create a continuously shifting mystery set somewhere in post-Soviet Eastern Europe.

Rare Screenings

Three Films from Maya Deren

Through Sunday, July 15

Free with gallery admission

The exhibition Midnight Party features the work of Maya Deren, including the seminal Meshes of the Afternoon. These films are part of the Walker's Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection.

Local Films

MNTV 2011


Free, Best Buy Film/Video Bay

This annual series of short films and videos showcases the finest work produced in Minnesota during the past two years, including animation, documentaries, experimental films, comedies, and dramas.

Additional News

Did you miss the Walker Cinema's sold-out screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild? The film, "a blast of sheer, improbable joy" (New York Times), opens for a theatrical run at the Lagoon Cinema starting July 13.

Did you know the Walker Cinema often features post-screening receptions? The Walker Film Society hosts these events— and the food sure beats the typical greasy popcorn and Raisinets.

Be on the lookout for our film criticism magnetic poetry, which we'll be giving it out at screenings throughout the summer. (And follow walker_film on Twitter to catch our occasional magnetic movie reviews.)


Major support to renovate the Walker Art Center's Cinema and to preserve and digitize the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.

Sound system provided by

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