UPDATE: With COVID-19 infection rates on the rise, we have decided to not reopen in the near future. While we would love to be showing films again on the big screen, the safety of our community and our staff is paramount. We plan to reopen sometime in 2021, our 49th year in the biz.
We look forward to the day when we can welcome you back in person. Maybe it’ll be sooner than we think. In the meantime, we will continue to offer you films you can enjoy from home through our Virtual Screening Room.
And soon, we welcome and look forward to new leadership on all fronts.
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.
Wow! It’s nearly three months since we closed due to the pandemic. We’ve been presenting films in our Virtual Cinema. And we’re fortunate to have Thelma Adams, twice chair of the NY Film Critics Circle & novelist (The Last Woman Standing), talking with folks from the film world. Here she has an outdoor socially distanced chat with Richard Abramowitz who’s worn many hats in the film business during the past forty years. Currently Richard runs his own outfit, Abramorama that is the preeminent global theatrical distribution and rights management partner for music films and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning films such as Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Click here to watch.
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. Read More
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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