Programs :: Films at the NYSM

The New York State Museum offers a free programs for viewing films about the cultural arts, sciences and humanities. Cinema Sunday takes place the first Sunday of the month and features documentary film topics on natural and social history, science, ecology, artists and art movements plus a selection of some popular family feature films.

Cinema Sunday:
October 5, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction

Call of Life is the first feature-length documentary to fully investigate the growing threat oosed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet.  Featuring leading scientists, social scientists, environmentalists and others, the film explores the scope, the causes, and the predicted global impact of a mass extinction occurring on a scale not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Recommended for teens and adults. (60 minutes)


Cinema Sunday:
November 2, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M.
American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

New York's Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. The station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. No one could imagine that this architectural marvel built for the ages would be torn down a few decades later. Trace the brief life of New York's Penn Station, whose destruction spurred landmarks preservation. (2014. 60 minutes)


Cinema Sunday:
December 14, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M.
*Due to Chocolate Expo the December film is the second Sunday
The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God
A poignant film by Ken Burns portrays 200 years of Shaker life in America, guided by recollections of three surviving members and archival material. Explore every aspect of a strange, noble sect that produced some of the greatest architecture and furniture in U.S. history. This story of devotion, invention, ingenuity, simple crafts, and dance was filmed at existing Shaker locations, with music re-created from authentic songs. Recommended for teens and adults. (2012. 60 minutes)





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