Friday Night Films
Our Friday film series returns with a new name and a fresh look to celebrate our 15th year of FREE movies on Mercer Island! Discover the “Art of Film” through a dozen films about visual arts, dance, music, theater, and more. From musicals to documentaries, animated features to biopics, this season will delight art lovers of all ages.
Most screenings start at 7:30 pm at Aljoya, 2430 76th Avenue SE. Film historian Lance Rhoades sets the stage with an introduction for each film and then leads a Q&A to share more insights and interesting facts. All films are free and open to the public.
View the 2020 schedule with links below.
January 10: An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951)
February 7: Bird (Clint Eastwood, 1988)
February 28: The Concert (Radu Mihaileanu, 2009)*
*This screening takes place at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 85th Avenue SE. Check back soon for more details about an associated event hosted by the Mercer Island Sister City Association.
March 6: Immortal Beloved (Bernard Rose, 1994)
March 27: Le mystere Picasso (Henri-Georges Couzot, 1956)
Sponsored by the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Enjoy wine and cheese starting at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Aljoya.
April 3: Mad Hot Ballroom (Marilyn Agrelo, 2005)
May 1: Fantasia 2000 (Walt Disney Studios, 1999)
Special Features this Season
This season, the Arts Council is excited to also offer special film events at other locations around the Island. Check back soon for more details about these offerings!
About the Film Series Curator
Lance Rhoades is a graduate in Literature and Cinema Studies from The University of Washington, where he has taught in the Cinema Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, and Comparative Literature departments and was a recipient of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award. Rhoades regularly presents talks throughout North America, Asia, and Europe on cultural history in film, and each year he teaches a course in the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also been a featured scholar on Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau, and he has programed the Arts Council's film series since its inception.