EVENTS | Admission is free with 2015 Mead Ticket Stub

Installations and interactive events around the Museum complement the extraordinary slate of films and serve to further illuminate the many cultures celebrated at this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Between Two Giants: An Installation

Thursday, October 22 - Sunday, October 25 | Festival Hours | Grand Gallery

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When New York-based Mongolian artist Tuguldur Yondonjamts encountered the Tyrannosaurus rex skull on display at the Museum, he thought that from behind the dinosaur skull looked like the movie monster King Kong. This revelation inspired a creative exploration of opposites: the top and bottom of the world, the front and back of a face, fact and fiction. Tuguldur created large-scale drawings of the skull from both sides and worked with designer Batmunkh Bataa, who is also his wife, to develop King Kong and T. rex costumes, which he then took to Mongolia and Chile with his son, Tuguldur Mergen. In our 2015 festival installation, Tuguldur Yondonjamts presents a video about that journey, alongside the costumes and drawings, and invites viewers to question how different realities are played out in physical and psychological space and between tamed and untamed worlds.

These programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Special Thanks to the Ford Foundation.


Mead Mixers

Friday, October 23  |  Café on One | 6 - 9:30 pm
Saturday, October 24 | Wallach Orientation Center | 7 - 8:30 pm
Sunday, October 25 | Wallach Orientation Center | 6 - 7 pm


Continue the conversation! Meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festival-goers in our new daily happy hour. 



Saturday, October 24 | Meet in the Grand Gallery | 11 am - 5 pm, every 15 minutes
Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël
2015 | 7 Minutes | Mongolia, Canada


Exploring new forms of documentary storytelling, the Mead presents Herders. Using GearVR headsets, viewers plunge into the lives of nomadic yak herders in Mongolia for a short cinematic virtual reality journey.


2015 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Ceremony

Sunday, October 25 | 7 pm | Wallach Orientation Center


The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by anthropologist Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The Mead Award winners will be announced in an awards ceremony on Sunday evening followed by an encore presentation of the winning film.

This year, the Mead will host a special presentation on awards night in honor of the 10th anniversary of Chicken and Egg Pictures.