Artist's Choice Film Series

In conjunction with Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations

"I chose these three features because they each speak about family and the complicated ways that families flourish, despite upheaval, heartbreak, and loss. Much of what I learned while making the photographs in "Strangers and Relations," is along similar lines: all families have secrets and all families suffer with loss. There is so much awe to be discovered tracking back family and lineage, but also, inevitably, there is the discovery of lives of disappointment and struggle, lives of sacrifice, lives that never amounted to what was hoped for. Family history always remembers the heroes, the inventors, and victors, but no family could endure through its history without the forgotten ancestors who lived lives full of everday drama and persistence. There is a melancholy and ache to these three films about family and place, not unlike what I witnessed in these last years, as I crisscrossed America, meeting relatives, each with lives as big and as small as any of us could hope for."

– Laurel Nakadate

  • Early Summer


    Sunday, November 8 / 1:30 pm

    Yasujiro Ozu, director / 1951

    124 minutes / Japanese with English subtitles

  • Grey Gardens


    Sunday, November 15 / 1:30 pm

    David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Froemke, directors / 1976

    94 minutes

entirely unexpected