Sacramento, CA - August 27, 2018 - As the Crocker Art Museum prepares to explore America's sweeping landscapes in its fall exhibition lineup, the Museum is pleased to announce an art-inspired film series that explores both the physical and cultural landscapes of our nation.

Titled "Views of America," the series is curated by Museum educators and highlights four films that were each selected by Sacramento area film experts. As they made their selections, the experts took inspiration from American Beauty and Bounty, an impressive exhibition of 19th-century paintings that depicts the vast and diverse topography of America.

Said the Museum's Adult Educator Coordinator, Erin Dorn, "These films highlight the diversity in our country's physical landscape, but that's just the beginning. They also delve into a variety of fascinating cultural perspectives, some that were deeply held in the past, and others that are more contemporary. Movie lovers will enjoy viewing them on the big screen in the Crocker's auditorium, and as a special treat, each film will be personally presented by the local film expert who selected it, and will conclude with a short audience Q&A."

September 6, 5:30pm (early start time)
[1940, 238 minutes, G]
Expert: Matías Bombal, film historian
This cinematic masterpiece follows the story of a spoiled southern belle (Vivian Leigh) who lives through the devastation of the South during the Civil War. The film won 10 Oscars, including the first for an African American (Hattie McDaniel).

October 4, 6:30pm
[2008, 80 minutes, R]
Expert: Jenny Stark, filmmaker and professor of communications and film at California State University, Sacramento
Wendy Carrol (Michelle Williams) is a young woman searching for a better life, on the road from Indiana to Alaska with her dog Lucy as her only companion. Exquisitely filmed by director Kelly Reichardt, "Wendy and Lucy" details the quiet hope and excruciating pain of trying to survive in America.

November 1, 6:30pm
[2013, 110 minutes, NR; In Spanish with English subtitles]
Expert: Sergio de la Mora, associate professor in the department of Chicanx studies at UC Davis

"La jaula de oro" follows the harrowing journey of three Latin American teenagers as they attempt to immigrate to the United States. Staged against beautiful but harsh landscapes, the film explores the hopes and dreams of young people seeking refuge from violence and poverty in search of their own “golden dream.”

December 6, 6:30pm
[1977, 135 minutes, PG]
Expert: Michele Foss-Snowden, professor of communications at California State University, Sacramento
Written and directed by Steven Spielberg, this landmark of cinema helped usher in a new era of science fiction film. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, the film uses gorgeous Western landscapes as a point of communication between Earthlings and the mysterious visitors from the sky.

$8 museum members
$16 nonmembers
$24 member series pass
Tickets may be purchased online at, at the Museum admission desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended.

Karen Christian
Media Relations Associate, Crocker Art Museum
(916) 808-1867

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