SFMOMA and SF FILM SOCIETY present Modern Cinema

Event has passed (Thu Oct 12, 2017 - Sun Oct 29, 2017)
Phyllis Wattis Theater at SFMOMA
2pm, 5pm
Arts, Movies, Film Screening


Modern Cinema
Sparks on Celluloid: Haynes + Vachon

October 12–29, 2017
Phyllis Wattis Theater

Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon have been working together since Poison, her first feature as producer and his first as director. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 as well as a Teddy, the official queer award of the Berlin Film Festival. Dennis Lim has cited the film in The New York Times as “the inciting spark” for what came to be known as the New Queer Cinema. Vachon and Haynes’s partnership has continued and flourished through theatrical and television features as well as music videos and documentary work, including their latest, Wonderstruck, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Explore the full range of their fruitful collaboration and the gems that inspired this landmark team.

Film Schedule


Thursday, October 12

Poison at 6pm
Todd Haynes, 1991

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession at 8:15pm
Nicolas Roeg, 1980

Friday, October 13

Performance at 6pm
Donald Cammell + Nicolas Roeg, 1970

Velvet Goldmine at 8:30pm
Todd Haynes, 1998

Saturday, October 14

Safe at 12:30pm
Todd Haynes, 1995

Two or Three Things I Know About Her at 3:30pm
Jean-Luc Godard, 1967

Shorts by Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon at 6pm

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls at 9pm
Russ Meyer, 1970

Sunday, October 15

Oliver! at 1pm
Carol Reed, 1968

The Hours and Times at 4:30pm
Christopher Münch, 1991

Parting Glances at 6:30pm
Bill Sherwood, 1986

Thursday, October 19

Sweetie at 7pm
Jane Campion, 1989

Friday, October 20

Mildred Pierce at 11am
Todd Haynes, 2011

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul at 6pm
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974

Far from Heaven at 8:30pm
Todd Haynes, 2002

Saturday, October 21

Cabaret at 2pm
Bob Fosse, 1972

Boys Don’t Cry at 5pm
Kimberly Peirce, 1999

I’m Not There at 8pm
Todd Haynes, 2007

Sunday, October 22

All that Heaven Allows at 1pm
Douglas Sirk, 1955

Wonderstruck at 3:30pm
Todd Haynes, 2017

Heavenly Creatures at 7pm
Peter Jackson, 1994

Thursday, October 26

All the President’s Men at 6pm
Alan J. Pakula, 1976

Alice’s Restaurant at 9pm
Arthur Penn, 1969

Friday, October 27

The Wrong Man at 6pm
Alfred Hitchcock, 1956

Strangers on a Train at 8:30pm
Alfred Hitchcock, 1951

Saturday, October 28

2001: A Space Odyssey at 1:30pm
Stanley Kubrick, 1968

Carol at 5pm
Todd Haynes, 2015

Lola at 8pm
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981

Sunday, October 29

The Go-Between at 2pm
Joseph Losey, 1971

The Night of the Hunter at 5pm
Charles Laughton, 1955

Modern Cinema, co-presented by SFMOMA and SFFILM, is an ongoing film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema's past and present.

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Generous support is provided by James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen, Nion McEvoy, and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.


  1. Phyllis Wattis Theater at SFMOMA 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA