UPSTATE PRESENTS TWO BYOB SCREENINGS… Parents, bring your little ones! We’ll leave the lights up half-way for you.
Six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, with a voice described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, was a pop star/jazz artist who wrote and sung from her heart until her untimely death at 27.
Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse’s appeal crossed cultural and psycho-demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a huge star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with her troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
Sept 1 Rhinebeck
(UK, USA / 2015 / Directed by Asif Kapadia)
R / 128 mins.
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig star in this gutsy, intimate and assured film about a teenager who sleeps with her mom’s boyfriend.
Set in 1976 San Fransisco, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. Left rudderless by her hard-partying mother (Wiig) and her absent father, Minnie (Powley) finds solace in her mother’s boyfriend’s (Skarsgård) seductive smile. When she begins an affair with him, Minnie emerges defiant — taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary. Writer/director Marielle Heller unlocks Gloeckner’s book (hailed by Salon as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America”) with a richly comedic and deeply personal vision. In her directorial debut, Heller brings her story to life with fearless performances, a stirring score, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart. DIARY is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling.
|DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL|
Sept 1 Rhinebeck
(USA / 2015 / Written & Directed by Marielle Heller)
R / 102 mins.
Series co-sponsored by Waddle and Swaddle.