American Indies from the Collections of MoMA

The first wave of independent cinema in the United States began in the 1920s, led by serious artists setting out to challenge a nascent art form. The films from The Museum of Modern Art included in this series, all of American origin, underscore the diversity of subject matter, artists, and production means inherent in the original indies. 


Anne Morra

Meet MoMA's Associate Film Curator
Come and watch Decasia: The State of Decay at the High on Saturday, November 17, for a chance to meet Anne Morra, the Associate Curator of MoMA's celebrated film department.

$7 General Admission; $6 Museum members, students with I.D., and seniors. FREE, Patron-level members.
  • MoMA Films: Kitchen


    October 13, 2012, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
    Director Andy Warhol intended for this film to be the vehicle that would propel Edie Sedgwick into stardom.
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  • MoMA Films: Brute Force

    Brute Force

    October 20, 2012 at 8 p.m.
    Fed up with the unceasing cruelty, Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster) plots an escape with his cellmates.
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  • MoMA Films: Shadows


    October 26, 2012 at 8 p.m.
    This film tells the story of an African American family living in beatnik-influenced Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan.
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  • MoMA Films: Lovers And Lollipops

    Lovers And Lollipops

    November 2, 2012 at 8 p.m.
    Ann and Peggy have a happy and prosperous life, but Ann believes Peggy needs a father.
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  • MoMA Films: Ten Minutes To Live

    Ten Minutes To Live

    November 10, 2012 at 8 p.m.
    An amalgam of several short stories centering on a Harlem nightclub.
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  • MoMA Films: Decasia

    Decasia: The State of Decay

    November 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.
    Things fall apart, but rarely with this kind of hallucinatory and violent beauty.
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  • MoMA Films: Ganja And Hess

    Ganja And Hess

    November 24, 2012 at 7 p.m.
    The current fascination with vampiric narratives renewed interest in Ganja and Hess.
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  • MoMA Films: Eraserhead


    November 24, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.
    Henry lives in a darkened, buzzing, toxic, and depressing world.
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