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May 2022

MOPA Members’ Reception

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Deborah Klochko, Executive Director & Chief Curator, and The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Photographic Arts cordially invite members to our Members' Opening Reception. Become a member today and join us in celebrating our three new exhibitions: Nick Brant: This Empty World, Encounter: Photographs by Jed Fielding, and Legacy: Larry Friedman Collection.    Guests will enjoy a hosted bar, live music and conversations with our visitor engagement team.   FREE for Members. Contact member@mopa.org for the RSVP link.…

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San Diego Italian Film Festival

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for a Movie Night in Honor of Victor Laruccia on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park. Since the beginning, 16 years ago, MOPA has been the home of the San Diego Italian Film Festival. To honor and commemorate the extraordinary founder of our organization, Victor Laruccia, we will watch one of his favorite Italian movies, Mine vaganti (Loose Cannons). The movie is set in Puglia, where Victor's family…

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KPBS GI Film Festival San Diego

May 17 - May 21

A project of KPBS, the GI Film Festival San Diego is a multi-day showcase of films for, by, and about military and veteran experiences. Films featured in the festival reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans. The festival also provides veterans and service members with an opportunity to further their creative skills. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and feature-length films are presented. Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, actors and documentary subjects are also part of the festival. This event…

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ReFramed: Conservation in an urbanized world (Online Event)

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Image of bus station with elephant in the foreground and bus station and people in the background

Join a conversation with photographer Nick Brand and scientist Dr. Kirstie Ruppert from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance for a discussion about wildlife conservation in an increasingly urbanized world. In the past century alone, a vast range of flora and fauna have faced extinction directly related to vanishing habitats. We’ll gain insights from Nick Brandt on his project This Empty World, which sheds light on the impact of humans on the environment. Dr. Kristie Ruppert will build out our…

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June 2022

Inside Antarctica: Microplastics & Machine Learning

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Inside Antarctica: Microplastics & Machine Learning: Nat Geo Explorer Mike Libecki, along with Microplastic Scientist Abby Barrows and IoT Architect Josh Jackson head to Antarctica to integrate microplastic science and machine learning technology in hopes to learn and find solutions for healthier planet...the time is now, as over 12 million tons of plastic go into our oceans every year. Reception, Screening, Q & A * Filmmaker in Attendance Purchase tickets here. About Blue Water Film Festival The Blue Water Film…

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August 2022

San Diego Movie Awards

August 2 - August 5

San Diego Movie Awards is in its first year as a Quarterly Film Competition – Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer – with an annual in-person festival celebrating the very best films from our quarterly competitions. The festival is held in the very heart of America’s Finest City -Balboa Park- at the Museum of Photographic Arts. San Diego Movie Awards accepts films of all lengths and genres and seeks to honor new and unique voices and stories from our global community.…

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September 2022

Film Out San Diego

September 9 - September 11

Mark your calendars! The 22nd annual FilmOut LGBTQ+ Film Festival returns to San Diego. Join us for September 9-11 screenings at MOPA!

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“Courage” Film Screening + Panel Discussion

September 18

Join us for the film premiere of Courage, a story about five men imprisoned at the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War. A panel discussion with the veterans and survivors will directly follow the film. The PISANO Artistry Exhibit will be displayed in the Museum's atrium for viewing. Matinee Film at 1 PM (Film only) Main Event Screening at 3 PM (Includes screening, panel discussion, art exhibit) Tickets, Trailer and Additional Info    

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Photographer Micha Bar-Am Film Documentary

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The MGSDII and Museum of Photographic Arts invite you to an exclusive sneak screening of the acclaimed documentary that details the life and career of Israel's most celebrated war photographer, Micha Bar-Am. Photojournalist Micha Bar Am is considered the most important chronicler of the State of Israel.  His highly regarded photographs have documented Israel’s struggles and aspirations, highs and lows, armed conflicts and everyday life. In the film, questions and self-doubt surface, in a profound exploration of photography, memory, and the…

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Gala Fundraiser to Save Endangered Elephants

September 23

Join us for a fun evening of films, art, and delicious food to save Asian elephants! Sangita Iyer, an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and biologist, will be speaking on the human/elephant conflict in India. She will be showing two of her National Geographic elephant short films and doing a book signing for her best-selling book, Gods in Shackles. Amy Burkman will be doing a live art performance! There will be wine, appetizers, cupcakes and a silent auction. This is a fundraiser for Voice for Asian Elephants…

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