The Flicks from the Hill film series returns to the American Visionary Art Museum


Photo courtesy of American Visionary Art Museum.

After suspending its outdoor film screenings for two years during the pandemic, the American Visionary Art Museum is bringing back its film Flicks from the Hill series throughout the month of July.

Starting next Thursday, July 7, AVAM will screen a free movie every Thursday night at 9 p.m. at the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater. Before the film, there will be a free art workshop relating to the screening of the film. The museum will also be open to the public free of charge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during Flicks from the Hill nights.

This year, Flicks from the Hill will feature four beloved films: “The Wizard of Oz” on July 7, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on July 14, Disney’s “Soul” on July 21, and “Jurassic Park.” July 28.

AVAM will host a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” art workshop from 7-8 p.m. on July 7, followed by a “Wizard of Oz” singing at 9 p.m.

Prior to the presentation of “The Birds, attendees will be able to create bird crown art.

Viewers of the “Soul” screening will be able to participate in a “Fill a Bag” activity before the film to provide free supplies for art teachers.

The pre-show activity of “Jurassic Park” is still waiting to be decided.

AVAM seats are BYOB – “bring your own blanket” – so get ready and ready to enjoy a movie under the stars.

After AVAM canceled the Flicks from the Hill series two years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film series has returned with support from the community and celebrity donors.

In 2020, late-night talk show host John Oliver announced he would donate $10,000 each to five struggling museums due to the pandemic, as well as $10,000 to a food pantry. chosen by each museum and three paintings from their personal collection, in the “Masterpiece Gallery” competition.

The American Visionary Art Museum was announced as the winner in August 2021, and artwork from Oliver’s personal collection was on display from November 1-22.

Thanks to this support, AVAM was able to recover from the financial difficulties caused by COVID.

After canceling Flicks from the Hill in 2021, AVAM founder and former director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger said in a statement last year that “our Flicks audience is harmonious in Baltimore at its finest – joined as one community to watch movies under the stars and feed on fresh popcorn. We look forward to resuming both cherished events next summer, 2022.”

Hoffberger, who co-founded AVAM with her former husband, the late LeRoy Hoffberger, and served as the museum’s sole director for 26 years, retired earlier this year.

In March 2022, the AVAM Board appointed Jenenne Whitfield as its new Director, who will take up her new role in September.

Flicks from the Hill is made possible in part by the South Baltimore Gateway Community Impact District Authority. In 2016, the government authority was created to promote the South Baltimore community through safety, maintenance, public amenities, parks, and recreation programs. The authority is now sponsoring the event.

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