Photo courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum.

After pausing its outdoor film showings for two years during the pandemic, the American Visionary Art Museum is bringing back their Flicks from the Hill film series throughout the month of July.

Beginning next Thursday, July 7, AVAM will be screening a free film every Thursday night at 9 p.m. at the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater. Prior to the film, there will be a free art workshop pertaining to the film screening. The museum will also be open to the public for free from 5-9 p.m. on Flicks from the Hill nights.

This year, Flicks from the Hill will showcase four beloved films: “The Wizard of Oz” on July 7, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on July 14, Disney’s “Soul” on July 21, and “Jurassic Park” on July 28. 

AVAM will host a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” art workshop from 7-8 p.m. on July 7, followed by a “Wizard of Oz” singalong at 9 p.m.

Before “The Birds” showing, attendees will get to create bird crown art.

Attendees of the “Soul” showing will get to participate in a “Fill a Bag” activity before the movie to provide free supplies to art teachers.

The pre-show activity for “Jurassic Park” is still waiting to be decided.

AVAM seating is BYOB — “bring your own blanket” — so come prepared and be ready to enjoy a film underneath the stars.

After AVAM canceled the Flicks from the Hill series two years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film series has returned with support from the community and celebrity donors.

In 2020, late-night talk show host John Oliver announced that he would be donating $10,000 each to five museums who were struggling due to the pandemic, as well as $10,000 to a food pantry of each museum’s choice and three paintings from his personal collection, in the “Masterpiece Gallery” contest. 

The American Visionary Art Museum was announced as a winner in August 2021, and the art from Oliver’s personal collection was exhibited from Nov. 1-22.

With the support, AVAM has been able to bounce back from the financial troubles brought on by COVID. 

After canceling Flicks from the Hill in 2021, AVAM founder and former director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger said in a statement last year that “our Flicks audience is harmonious Baltimore at its best—joined as one community to watch movies under the stars and pig out on fresh popcorn. We can’t wait to resume both cherished events next summer, 2022.”

Hoffberger, who co-founded AVAM with her former husband, the late LeRoy Hoffberger, and served as the museum’s sole director for 26 years, retired earlier this year.

In March 2022, AVAM’s Board of Directors appointed Jenenne Whitfield as its new director, who will take on her new role in September.

Flicks from the Hill is made possible in part by the South Baltimore Gateway Community Impact District Authority. In 2016, the government authority was established to promote the South Baltimore community through security, maintenance, public amenities, and parks and recreational programs. The authority now sponsors the event.

Liv Barry

Liv Barry is Baltimore Fishbowl's 2022 summer reporting intern. Barry is rising junior at Washington College, where she is majoring in communication and media studies and double minoring in journalism,...