High Museum of Art: Films

Welcome by Linda Dubler
June 11, 2009, 2:24 pm
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Welcome to the Films at the High blog. Regulars to the High’s film program have probably seen me hovering in the lobby before a show, or standing at the podium to introduce screenings.

But if you’re new to the High, I’m the Curator of Media Arts at the Museum, and my job is to run the screening series which takes place in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre.  I came to the High in 1985 from IMAGE Film and Video Center (now Atlanta Film Festival 365) back in the days when there were still a few revival houses in Atlanta and VHS was the new thing. Since then, movies that never would have gotten theatrical release in Atlanta are available on cable TV and DVD, and anyone, city dweller not, can still see esoteric foreign films any night of the week.

The impact of these changes is that more people are watching great films but less often in communal settings. Sadly,  we’ve also joined the ranks of cities that are losing vital film critics in the local press.  For me, something is lost when films are seen in a vacuum —  when we experience cinema apart from fellow film lovers and cut off from critical dialogue. I know that I laugh harder at a comedy when I’m in a crowd, and find that anticipating the conversation I’ll have with friends about a movie is a big part of the pleasure of watching the movie itself. I hope that people coming to see films at the High find these kinds of connections here, and that this blog will be another way that we can share our passions, discoveries and responses to today’s film culture.

I’ll be posting about what I’m watching, about movies that relate to exhibitions on view at the High Museum of Art and commercial releases and what’s new on DVD.  I’ll share YouTube gems and recommendations from fellow staff members at the High and guest bloggers. Your input, suggestions and feedback will be key to making this a lively, relevant resource for movie lovers in Atlanta and beyond.

-Linda Dubler

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Nice blog, Linda.

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