Join us for this summer’s cat-extravaganza! Starting at 5 p.m. we’ll have food vendors, live music and cat-themed activities. Starting at sunset, we’ll show a reel of 85 internet cat videos, on a 40 ft. screen overlooking Rockland Harbor for a running time of 70 minutes. You’ll laugh, you’ll howl, you’ll cry, and you’ll, well, meow. The Farnsworth is proud to be one of the venues for this worldwide cat festival phenomenon on tour from the Walker Art Center. 

Sponsors include: The Camden Hospital for Animals; The Cote Corporation; The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County; Synergy Massage & Bodywork; The Strand Theatre; Flatbread Company.

Live music by Clint Hartzel & Andre Lascoutx.

Co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum, with an introduction by the Farnsworth’s Director of Education, Roger Dell

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary the museum opened its doors for the filming of HERMITAGE REVEALED - a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia.

 Big Eyes tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered: Walter’s works were actually created by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world.

Directed by Tim Burton

Starring Amy Adams, Chrisopher Waltz,

Please note: We are returning to our 8 p.m. schedule for First Friday Films for the continuation of 2015.

The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago.

In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra.

This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star).

Adapted from a James M. Cain novel by director Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, DOUBLE INDEMNITY represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities.

Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape).

The Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, present this ongoing series of short creative films entitled Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series. The series is shown in The Strand and includes an hour of short films.

Theme for this showing: Scared Silly

As part of the screening, select filmmakers will join in a discussion at the Strand in person or via Skype for a conversation with the audience. Rockland Shorts strives to show contemporary, questing, independent films that help define the digital generation without restriction of culture, format, formula or genre. 

In one of his first documentary films, filmmaker Ken Burns explores the lives of the Shakers in this 1989 production. Drawing upon diaries, archival photographs, and music, Burns creates a moving portrait of this particularly American movement.
Cost: Free with admission.


Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.

Rated: PG; Running time: 1 hr. 20 min. Recommended for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Open seating, first come, first served.