Marfa Dialogues

Marfa Myths 2019

April 25 - 28, 2019

Ballroom Marfa & Mexican Summer Present Marfa Myths April 25-28, 2019 in Marfa, Texas For more information visit Residents of Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis counties may purchase Marfa Myths tickets at a 50% discount. Please see Marfa Group on Facebook for more details. Marfa Myths is an annual music festival and multidisciplinary cultural […]

Artists’ Film International 2018 – Jibade-Khalil Huffman

November 16, 2018 - March 24, 2019

Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s First Person Shooter is a complex visual collage that layers stock digital animation, video shot by the artist, bold text, and multichannel audio. The piece weaves together themes of anxiety, race, violence, overstimulation and boredom from a fractured palette of source material. Overlaid onto the imagery, a libretto-like text inflects the video’s barrage of stimuli, applying lyricism to episodes that intentionally frustrate conventional narrative expectations.

Nostalgia for the Light + Star Party

September 15, 2018

Nostalgia for the Light directed by Patricio Guzmán. Courtesy Icarus Films. September 15, 2018 Doors at 5:45, screening at 6pm Star Party at 8:45pm The McDonald Observatory Visitors Center Auditorium Fort Davis, Texas Free | Limited space available* This film contains mature content that may not be appropriate for all viewers. *To register please send […]

Artists’ Film International 2017 – Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman

November 18-19, 2017

Ballroom Marfa is proud to present Serpent Rain, a collaboration between Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, commissioned by Stefano Harney (freethought) for The Bergen Assembly. This film is Ballroom Marfa curator Laura Copelin’s selection for Artists’ Film International 2017.

Through the Repellent Fence

July 20, 2017

Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art film July 20, 2017 Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm The Crowley Theater Free Ballroom Marfa is proud to present a screening of Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas, artist Raven Chacon, and producer David Harstein. Through […]

Tower: Screening and Q&A

March 23, 2017

Using a unique blend of historical archival footage, interviews and rotoscope animation, Tower reveals the action-packed, untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

Dirty Gay Movie Night

March 9, 2017

Poet Eileen Myles joins forces with Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer to present Dirty Gay Movie Night at this year’s Marfa Myths. This evening’s double-feature includes two hot and heavy classics of *LGBTQ cinema: Bijou (1972) and Community Action Center (2010).

This is Presence – AFI 2016 – The Institute for New Feeling with Arturo Bandini

September 23, 2016 - February 19, 2017

This exhibition features newly-commissioned work from artist collective the Institute for New Feeling (IfNf), including the video nominated by Ballroom Marfa for the 2016 season of Artists’ Film International (AFI). he IfNf project will be complemented by two micro-exhibitions hosted by Arturo Bandini in Ballroom’s courtyard. These distinct projects will both respond to the theme of AFI 2016: technology.

Marfa Dialogues / Houston

March 2016

Ballroom Marfa, FotoFest International and the Public Concern Foundation will bring Marfa Dialogues to Houston in March 2016 as part of the FotoFest 2016 Biennial. Join us for MD/HOU as we consider the scale of climate change from the perspective of artistic practice, public policy, critical theory, and environmental science.

Marfa Myths. Design by Hilary duPont and Rosa McElheny.

Marfa Myths

March 10-13, 2016

Marfa Myths is a four-day festival of music, cinema, and visual art in the high desert grasslands of Far West Texas. Presented by Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer, the festival enters its third year in 2016.

Artists’ Film International – Brigid McCaffrey

November 14-15, 2015

Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, Ballroom Marfa is pleased to present the 2015 season of Artists’ Film International, a program that showcases international artists working in film and animation. This year Ballroom Marfa will feature the work of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Brigid McCaffrey in a weekend of screenings, discussions and public walks in Marfa and the Big Bend.

Desert Surf Films Poster by Hilary duPont, Liz Janoff, and Ian Lewis.

Desert Surf Films

28 and 29 August 2015

Ballroom Marfa presents Desert Surf Films – a program curated by Executive Director Susan Sutton – on Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, at 8:30pm in the Ballroom Marfa courtyard.

Marfa Myths poster by Rob Carmichael

Marfa Myths Festival

March 13-15, 2015

Marfa Myths is a cultural program taking place March 13 – 15, 2015 in Marfa, Texas. Curated by New York based label Mexican Summer and co-presented with Ballroom Marfa, it features artists from within and outside of the Mexican Summer and Software Recording Co. rosters working creatively and collaboratively across music, cinema and visual arts contexts.

Nicole Miller “Untitled” (David), 2012 Still from one channel of 3 channel HD Raw video installation 7:09 min looped

Artists’ Film International – Nicole Miller

22 November 2014 - 22 February 2015

Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, Ballroom Marfa is pleased to present the sixth season of Artists’ Films International, a program that showcases international artists working with film, video and animation. This year Ballroom Marfa will feature the work of Nicole Miller.

Sunrise Filmset Sunset, 2012 Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler Diptych, each image 43.5 x 54.5 inches Edition of 6 + 2AP

Sound Speed Marker

Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler

28 February 2014 – 26 October 2014

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to present Sound Speed Marker by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. The three video installations and related photographs, covering a span of five years of work, explore film’s relationship to place and the traces that movie making leaves behind. The exhibition includes the premiere of Giant (2014), a work commissioned by Ballroom Marfa.

rendering by MOS


The Ballroom Marfa Drive-In integrates art, architecture and landscape to activate public space in Marfa’s Vizcaino Park. This pursuit epitomizes Ballroom’s ambitious mission of engaging community and artistic expression through our multidisciplinary programs.

Mary Lattimore, December 30, 2013. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler

30 December 2013

For our fifth annual New Year’s film program, we present Philippe Garrel’s 1968 experimental film Le Révélateur, scored by harpist Mary Lattimore and synth player Jeff Zeigler. Doors at 7 pm; show at 7:30 pm.

Artists' Film International opening, 19 July 2013. Photo by Mary Lou Saxon.

Artists’ Film International – Alix Pearlstein

19 July 2013 - 8 September 2013

Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, Ballroom Marfa is pleased to present the fifth season of Artists’ Films International, a program that showcases international artists working with film, video and animation. This year Ballroom Marfa will feature the work of New-York based Alix Pearlstein.

New Growth Film Program

New Growth Film Program

Co-Curated by Rashid Johnson & Josh Siegel

May & June 2013

Ballroom Marfa presents the New Growth Film Program, co-curated by Rashid Johnson and Josh Siegel, MoMA.

Ballroom Marfa Presents: The Reading. Illustration by Brice Beasley.

The Reading 2013

James DiLapo, Julia Dyer, Carolyn Pfeiffer, Nancy Sanders

18 May 2013

For the third year, we are pleased to present The Reading, a professionally staged screenplay presentation of a winning script from the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Noveller scoring The Phantom Carriage, 30 December 2012. Photo by Alberto Tomas Halpern.


30 December 2012

For our fourth annual New Year’s film program, we’ll host a screening of the Swedish silent film, The Phantom Carriage, with a live score by Brooklyn-based guitarist Noveller, on December 30 at the Crowley Theater. Doors at 7 pm; show begins at 7:30 pm.

Dan Finsel I could be anybody, I could be somebody. 2010 Photography © Yoseff Ben-Yehuda

Artists’ Film International

Featuring LA artist Dan Finsel. Selected by Erin Kimmel.

20 July - 19 August 2012

Ballroom Marfa is collaborating with Whitechapel Gallery, London for the fourth season of the film and video program, Artists’ Film International. This year, Ballroom is proud to feature an installation by LA video artist Dan Finsel.

The Reading 2012. Photo by Alberto Tomas Halpern.

The Reading 2012

John S. Davies, Carolyn Pfeiffer, Nancy Sanders

21 April 2012

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to present The Reading, a professionally staged screenplay presentation that spotlights a winning script from the 2011 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

The Prichard by Kevin Jerome Everson

AutoBody Film Program

Winter 2011/2012

Please join us for our AutoBody Film Program, showcasing films related to car culture, throughout the winter of 2011 and 2012.

Shahzad Ismaily scoring Meshes of the Afternoon on 30 December 2011. Photo by Alberto Tomas Halpern.

The Kid with Shahzad Ismaily

Shahzad Ismaily

30 December 2011

For our third annual New Year’s film program, we present Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, followed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s short film, Meshes of the Afternoon, with live scores by multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. Show at 7 pm, December 30, at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas.

Kelly Nipper, still from Weather Center, 2010

Art in the Auditorium 3

Kelly Nipper

26 August - 27 August 2011

Ballroom Marfa will continue its collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, London, and nine other international art spaces for the third installment of the film and video program, Art in the Auditorium.

Actor Drew Wall during the reading of The Jumper of Maine by Andrew Lanham. Photo by Alex Marks.

The Reading 2011

26 March 2011

On March 26, 2011, please join us for performances of The Reading, a professionally staged screenplay presentation that spotlights a winning script from the prestigious 2010 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Eluvium scoring The Blood of a Poet. Photo by Alex Marks.

The Blood of a Poet with Eluvium

1 January 2011

For our second annual New Year’s film program, we’ll show Jean Cocteau’s avant-garde film The Blood of a Poet, accompanied by a live score by Eluvium, at the Masonic Lodge on January 1, 2011.

Aïda Ruilova, Meet the Eye (film still)


Aida Ruilova

29 January 2010 - 7 March 2010

Ballroom Marfa continues a collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery in London and other international galleries from Oslo, Bergamo, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Wellington to bring together film and video artists from a global community.

"The Wind" scored by Brian LeBarton

THE WIND with Brian LeBarton

Brian LeBarton and Joel Nelson

2 January 2010

Brian LeBarton is a keyboardist, composer, and electronic musician, invited to Marfa to compose a live score to the 1928 silent film, The Wind.

Michael Almereyda, Nadja, film still, 1993

PARADISE AND BACK: Michael Almereyda

15 May - 27 June 2009

In hosting Michael Almereyda as a filmmaker-in-residence, we put the spotlight on a unique force in American independent film and invite audiences to immerse themselves in a discussion with the artist as he walks us through a retrospective spanning two decades.

Arthur Russell

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Matt Wolf

5 April 2009

Wild Combination pays homage to the inimitable Arthur Russell: avant-garde cellist, composer, singer, and disco artist.



1 November - 28 November 2008

This Saturday, 1 November, will mark the first installment of Ballroom Marfa’s month-long film and video series, Art in the Auditorium. Part II: “text”

Michael Tracy, Christopher Rincon, Julia Meltzer, David Gatten, Christian Gerstheimer

11-12 April 2008

In December 2007 Ballroom Marfa launched, a two-part program pairing seemingly disparate areas of contemporary cinematic practice of filmic performance and visual text.

Violent destruction and desperation: 9-11-2001 in New York City. From the animated short film "9-11/9-11" by Mel Chin.


Mel Chin

2 February 2008

Conceptual artist Mel Chin brings these two seemingly separate incidents together in his first animated film, “9-11/9-11, Chile/USA,” a fiction that weaves the lives of a Santiago couple embroiled in the attack on Santiago 1973, with two young lovers in New York City, 2001.

Roky Erickson


1 December 2006 - 2 December 2006 and 9 December 2006

In December 2006, Ballroom Marfa presents a month of independent film, in an effort to promote the concept of film as an art and expand the awareness of independent film.

Peter Doig's poster for "Dig"



30 September & 1 October 2006

In the spirit of Peter Doig & Che Lovelace’s STUDIOFILMCLUB, Peter Doig held three open screenings during his opening weekend at Marfa’s Goode Crowley Theatre.

Audible Picture Show poster, designed by Christine Olejnicza.


Matt Hulse

15 December 2005

The Audible Picture Show, an unusual initiative from Edinburgh, Scotland, is proud to reach Texas with an inspiring presentation of audio-only “films” to be enjoyed, in darkness, in the comfort of a cinema.

Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson in performance. Part I: “performance”

Luis Recoder, Sandra Gibson, Michaela Grill, Giuseppe Ielasi, Bruce McClure

14 December - 15 December 2007 pairs two seemingly disparate areas of contemporary cinematic practice: filmic performance and visual text.


Margaret Brown

19-20 November 2005

Directed by Margaret Brown, this acclaimed documentary, Be Here to Love Me, is a compassionately directed portrait of Townes Van Zandt’s life and career.

My Dinner with Andre

André Gregory

André Gregory

30 March – 4 April 2005

Acclaimed theatre director André Gregory will be in residence in Marfa, Texas and will perform, with a small group of actors, artists, and designers, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame in an open rehearsal format, as well as presenting readings, talks, and screenings of his influential films My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street.

Brian Eno

Music on Film II

Sound Team

25 February 2005

Continuing the Ballroom’s Music on Film series, SOUND team selects two documentaries based on the creative inspirations and technical masteries behind the creation of music.

New York Eye and Ear Control

Music on Film

Vance Knowles & Noel Waggener

10-24 February 2005

As a part of the Ballroom’s on-going Music on Film series, Vance Knowles & Noel Waggener have programmed a group of documentaries that explore musicians’ lives and works.

An Evening With John Waters

John Waters

23 October 2004

Join us for an evening with John Waters, the filmmaker, author, and photographer based in Baltimore and New York City, who became famous as “the Pope of Trash” (William Burroughs) and the “King of suburban exploitation.”

Kino-Eye: Approaches to Documentary Film Making

Don Howard

6-8 August 2004, 13-15 August 2004

Don Howard, an Austin-based filmmaker and professor of film editing at the University of Texas, will screen a series of films illustrating two of the primary sources of a documentary film’s power: cinematography and editing.