For the Record


In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism. Each screening is followed by a post-screening conversation or panel exploring the themes introduced by the documentaries.


Sep 24

Art House Theatre Day: Titicut Follies

Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community.

Join us to celebrate Art House Theater Day with a special screening of Titicut Follies, the groundbreaking debut feature from Frederick Wiseman, a filmmaker who has been called “one of the most important and original filmmakers working today.” We will also have a poster sale of all the memorable films we've shown over the past year from 1 - 6:30pm.

Special introduction by David Whiteman.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Wiseman began work on Titicut Follies after visiting the Bridgewater State Prison for the Criminally Insane. Capturing the interactions of doctors, patients and guards, Titicut Follies is a striking examination of the power dynamics and social contracts that shape American institutions.

David Whiteman is a former professor of political science and documentary, who has conducted extensive research on the relationship non-fiction film and activism. In 2005 he received a grant to research the impact of activist documentary.

Oct 03

Grey Gardens

This film is a part of our For the Record series.

Director: Albert and David Maysles

Set in the crumbling East Hampton mansion of Big and Little Edie Beale, the estranged high-society cousins of Jackie Onassis, Grey Gardens is the ultimate documentary cult classic, beloved for its unruly protagonists, innovative approach to direct cinema and bold outsider fashions (which have inspired runway shows, magazine spreads, and a generation of drag performers). Intimately engaged with the once-glamorous Beales who eagerly perform for the visiting filmmakers, Grey Gardens is also a provocative examination of how the presence of a camera transforms the behavior of its subjects.

Nov 07


This film is a part of our For the Record series.

Director: Peter Bratt

In 1962 labor activist Dolores Huerta joined César Chavez to found the National Farm Workers Association, one step of many in the ongoing battle for workers rights. Though she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, many of Huerta’s contributions to social justice remain underrecognized. A devoted feminist, labor leader and advocate for Mexican-Americans, Huerta devoted her life to empowering the disempowered and spearheading social change. Drawing on a rich archive and selection of thoughtful interviews, this new film sheds light on the inspiring work of a historic figure.