This is from Steve Leiber, one of the founders of Upstate Films…
“Once again it’s time to look in the mirror and then look out the window where I see my country founded on genocide of the native peoples and slavery and its aftermath (including prison labor allowed through the 13th amendment to the constitution). This continues to stomp on my fellow citizens… Decades since MLKing – since the Panthers – since Malcolm X – and still many, mostly people of color, are systematically swept aside as the rich get richer, the privileged get special treatment, and the many are left to grab for the scraps from the table. Race and class are inextricably connected. How to unravel this double discrimination and create a way more just society?”
Upstate Films remains closed for the foreseeable future in compliance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order. Although we regret not being able to show you the many films we’d planned and missing our special events, we know we’re doing the right thing for all of our sakes.
Before Gov. Cuomo’s order to shut down tight, we did get to do some repainting, refurbishing, and cleaning. When we reopen, we hope you’ll enjoy the fresh look.
During this uncertain-unprecedented-challenging period, we have received donations from filmgoers & members who have chosen to show their support. Perhaps you too would consider buying yourself or a friend a gift card, updating your membership, or making a donation, no matter the amount? We thank you in advance. And soon, we hope to be able to welcome you back.
— from the gang @ Upstate — DeDe, Joel, Steve, Jake, Matt, Fiona, George, Laura, Alex, Nate, E-Liz
Despite being “shuttered” for the time being, we are presenting films in our Virtual Cinema. And now we’re even ready for our “close-up” as film critic. Steve Leiber, co-director of Upstate Films, had a chance recently to talk with Thelma Adams, twice chair of the NY Film Critics Circle & novelist (The Last Woman Standing), about the doyenne of film critics, Pauline Kael, the subject of WHAT SHE SAID: PAULINE KAEL, now playing in our Virtual Cinema.
Welcome to the Upstate Films Virtual Cinema
Upstate Films is closed for the foreseeable future, but we still want to bring you some of the programming that we were planning on screening this spring. In partnership with select distributors, we are happy to bring you Virtual Screening Rooms. Purchase a ticket through one of the links offered on our website, and watch the movie in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Just as with a real ticket, the proceeds will be split between Upstate Films and the distributors. Your ticket allows you to watch the film for a specified period of time, and you'll be able to stream it on compatible streaming devices, your mobile device or your computer browser. Please see our Virtual Screening Room FAQ for more information.
It’s time to pass the reels! We’re looking for a new executive director!
In 2022 Upstate Films will celebrate its 50th anniversary. After nearly five decades of running Upstate, its co-founders and Executive Directors, Steve Leiber and DeDe Leiber, will soon be retiring. Upstate is now seeking a new Executive Director to whom they can “pass the reels” (actually, Upstate went digital in 2013).
The Executive Director is responsible for programming Upstate’s theaters in Rhinebeck and Woodstock, fundraising, grant writing, arranging guest speaker events, and organizing special programs, as well as helping to lead the organization’s staff. The Executive Director should be committed to maintaining the hands-on presence our audiences value and to Upstate’s mission of presenting the best in international and independent cinema. Please check out the full job listing here.
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