Magic Lantern Cinema is an experimental film and video series based in Providence, RI.  We produce curated programs of short films, videos, and new media art, as well as screenings of experimental features, long-form cinema, and multimedia performances. We are supported by grants from the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies at Brown University and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.


Magic Lantern was founded by artists Ben Russell and Carrie Collier in 2004 in response to the lack of screening opportunities for experimental film/video work in public venues on the East Coast, and was directed and curated by Ben until 2006.  Since 2007, Magic Lantern has been organized by a rotating cast of students, artists, and local residents in Providence, including Paige Sarlin, Erika Balsom, Jo Dery, Mike Stoltz, Colleen Doyle, and Josh Guilford.  It is currently organized by Seth Watter, Beth Capper, and Faith Holland.

The local and international media artists represented in our screenings are critically lauded and recognized, and their works have shown in such varying contexts as: the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Biennial; the Rotterdam, Berlin, Locarno, Toronto, Vienna, Sundance, and Ann Arbor Film Festivals; the New York Film Festival’s “Views from the Avant-Garde” side bar; and so on.

Magic Lantern has presented screenings at such local and regional venues as: the Cable Car Cinema & Café; AS220; Grant’s Block; the Providence French Film Festival; Providence’s Museum of Natural History & Planetarium; AJAY Land Co.; Machines with Magnets (Pawtucket); the Brattle Theater (Cambridge); Union Docs (Brooklyn); Le Petit Versailles (New York City); and the Film-Makers’ Cooperative (New York City). We have collaborated with such organizations as R.K. Projects (Providence; NYC), Balagan (Boston), and the Millennium Film Workshop (Brooklyn).