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CineMarfa has a unique take on the idea of a film festival, with an emphasis on the intersection between film and fine art. Films made by visual artists, as well as rarely screened archival, experimental, documentary, and narrative films, will be seen alongside new (and historic) films from across the spectrum of world cinema.

All events are FREE.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 program!


Notes From a Revolution: The Diggers, Com/Co, and the Haight

On Friday July 20, 2012 at the Marfa Book Co., CineMarfa and Marfa Book Co. are proud to present a very rare screening of a film made by the San Francisco Diggers, NOWSREAL. The screening marks the release of the book Notes From A Revolution: The Diggers, Com/Co, and the …

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The Rapture

Penned and directed by Michael Tolkin, THE RAPTURE features a brilliant performance by Mimi Rogers as a lost soul adrift in the desert of Los Angeles.  Sharon is an anonymous call center operator by day and a swinger by night, but her world changes when she encounters a Christian sect …

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CineMarfa presents Ron Mann’s ALTMAN plus rare Robert Altman shorts

On Saturday, February 21st, at 7pm in the Crowley Theater CineMarfa will host filmmaker Ron Mann for a screening of his new documentary Altman, a film about the life and work of auteur director Robert Altman (Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts).  Mann is a Toronto based filmmaker whose credits include Grass, Twist, Tales of the Rat Fink, Know Your Mushrooms, Comic Book Confidential, and In The Wake of the FloodLouis Black, co-founder of The Austin Chronicle (where he is editor) and SXSW (where he is a director), will introduce Mann and moderate a Q & A with the director after the screening, which will include some rare Altman shorts.  FREE

The 2015 edition of the CineMarfa film festival is May 7 – 10 this year!

We are planning a very exciting program for you this year.  Stay tuned for announcements here, and be sure to like us on our Facebook page for great cinema-related content and updates on CineMarfa events.

On Friday, October 31, CineMarfa presents The Visitor (1979, dir. Michael Paradise) at the Crowley Theater

In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and recently presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA . The Visitor fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all ’70s psychedelic mindwarps . Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night Of The Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).

Doors at 7pm
Refreshments will be served
Film starts at 7:30

Film courtesy of Drafthouse Films

CineMarfa is pleased to present the critically acclaimed documentary HAIRY WHO AND THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS,  a lavishly illustrated romp through Chicago Imagist art – the Second City scene that challenged Pop Art’s status quo in the 1960s, then faded from view. Directed by Leslie Buchbinder and recently premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, this film is brand new and not to be missed! Join us Saturday, May 24, at 6 pm at the Annex (next door to Marfa Book Co.) for this exciting new documentary. FREE.

CineMarfa 2014 kicks off this Thursday May 1st, at 5 pm at the Marfa Book Co., with the opening of a very special exhibition Hernan Bas:  Haunted Objects.  We met Hernan when he was here in Marfa doing a residency at the Chinati Foundation, and it was then that we learned of his passion for collecting “haunted objects”.  The Hernan Bas collection contains dozens of wonders & creepy curiosities, from Victorian death artifacts to a taxidermied mermaid, and he has generously shared some of these uncanny objects for this exhibition, so please stop by to see the show Thursday evening.  After the show, head to the Crowley Theater for a glass of wine before the screening at 8 pm of TVTV’s LORD OF THE UNIVERSE.  See you there!

CineMarfa receives TCA Grant
For the second year in a row, the Texas Commission on the Arts has awarded CineMarfa with a grant as part of their Arts Respond program.  CineMarfa is also supported in part by a grant from the city of Marfa.

CineMarfa presents BURNING BUNGALOWS, an evening of experimental film and animation on the road from Los Angeles on Friday, April 18 at the Highland Annex at 8pm. The program features work by Cosmo Segurson, Alee Peoples, Abby Banks, Kelly Sears, Nancy Jean Tucker, John Cannizzaro, and Lisa Marr.

“Burning Bungalows’ brings new and unseen experimental film from Los Angeles on the road this coming April. With a handmade mix of animation and live action on video, super 8, 16mm and 35mm slides we’re covering all the bases for an eclectic hour and 15 minutes. The films tend toward an ethereal conjuring of spirits with a dystopian punk attitude.”

Reservations for the 2014 CineMarfa Film Festival are now open! Reserve your seats today!

We will open reservations for The Passion of Joan of Arc/Cat Power performance on Friday, April 18th.

CineMarfa is at SXSW! Visit us at the Trade Show on Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11. We’ll be at the Austin Chronicle booth from 3-6pm.

Check out these CineMarfa Film Festival highlights!

CineMarfa 2014 will take place May 1 – 4! The festival begins on Thursday, May 1 with complimentary cocktails in the lobby of the Crowley Theater, followed by a screening of “Lord of the Universe,” TVTV’s penetrating documentary of Maharaj Ji and the national gathering of his followers at the Houston Astrodome in 1973. This year’s festival will feature films by Derek Jarman and Kenneth Anger and a screening of Eduardo Villanueva’s “Penumbra.” There’s much more to come, so stay tuned for program updates!

CineMarfa presents a FREE screening of the acclaimed documentary SIGN PAINTERS (2013, 80 minutes, color) on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 pm at the Annex on Highland.  About the film:  There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand­lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno­fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine, coauthor of Handmade Nation, and Sam Macon began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time­honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship.

The filmmakers will be present for a Q&A, and will be signing copies of the book companion to the film.  With an introduction by Ed Ruscha, the book features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.  Don’t miss this FREE event at the Annex, on Highland avenue next door to the Marfa Book Company.


 CineMarfa 2013 was a huge success, thanks to our wonderful sponsors, presenters, and audience members!  See pictures on our Archives page and read about the festival in Louis Black’s blog in the Austin Chronicle  and Peter Lucas’ piece at

Harmony Korine’s newest film, SPRING BREAKERS, will have its Marfa premiere at this year’s CineMarfa! Starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and Gucci Mane.  This screening is FULL so we cannot accept any more reservations but we will try and accommodate as many standby guests as possible.

City of Marfa Awards CineMarfa With Advertising Grant
Thanks to the City of Marfa, who have awarded CineMarfa with a grant to help defray the cost of out-of-town advertising.  We invite our guests to check out the Visitor’s Center when in Marfa for answers to all of your questions about the goings-on in the town.

Louis Black to Present At CineMarfa
We are excited to announce that Louis Black will be attending CineMarfa 2013!  Black, co-founder of The Austin Chronicle and the South By Southwest Festival will introduce some of the films from our program.  More details to come.

CineMarfa receives TCA Grant
tcaThe Texas Commission on the Arts has awarded CineMarfa with a grant as part of their Arts Respond program.  The grant, which falls under the Economic Development category, is to help CineMarfa reach our goal of doubling our out-of-town audience for the 2013 festival.

updates_foundfootagephotoFound Footage workshop underway
CineMarfa’s second free filmmaking workshop is underway, with participants working on new films made from archival 16mm found footage.  The finished films will be featured in the upcoming CineMarfa film festival – stay tuned for more details.