Here Come the Videofreex

In the late 1960s and 1970s, a group of renegade journalists known as the Videofreex democratized the future of the media as they deployed the first handheld video cameras to report and observe the world around them.Today, thanks to cell phones, the ability to shoot video footage anywhere and anytime is taken for granted, but 45 years ago the means of video communication were controlled by the TV networks.
IN PERSON: Parry Teasdale, a founding member of the Videofreex, was also deeply involved with Lanesville TV, one of the first pirate TV stations, throughout the 1970s. Parry Teasdale in Rhinebeck Friday March 25, evening at 8:15 & in Woodstock, Sat March 26, 5:00.
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Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now

For the past three years, Jon Bowermaster’s team has been filming in more than twenty states while conducting more than 120 interviews. Narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, the film is a direct appeal to President Obama, but it is also a very loud shout-out to every elected official in the country to carefully consider the growing evidence that proves that leaving fossil fuels in the ground is the only reasonable energy path forward.
IN PERSON: Jon Bowermaster
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Trumbo

An engaging  recreation of both the glamour and oppressive mood of post-World War II America, TRUMBO stars Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo one of the most emblematic figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age — a prolific screenwriter and political activist/idealist who worked constantly and defiantly, though at significant personal and professional cost.
Saturday November 28th, Woodstock, IN PERSON: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Zachary Sklar (JFK) who is the son black-listed writer George Sklar. Zach grew up in Hollywood during the 1950s and knew many of those blacklisted.
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The Amazing Nina Simone

“The Amazing Nina Simone” tells the story of the singer, songwriter, pianist and activist, through over 50 exclusive and intimate interviews with the people who knew Nina best: her friends, family, musicians and fellow activists, including Eric Burdon (The Animals), Sam Waymon (Nina’s Brother & Longtime Band Member), Nikki Giovanni (Poet, Professor & Friend) & Marie Christine Dunham-Pratt (Nina’s Lover & Friend). IN PERSON: Filmmaker Jeff Lieberman
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Paradise is There: A Memoir by Natalie Merchant

PARADISE IS THERE revisits Natalie Merchant’s multi-platinum solo debut album, Tigerlily, originally released in 1995 after she left the hit rock band 10,000 Maniacs. On the occasion of re-recording Tigerlily, she’s made a memoir-style film to tell her own story, the story behind the songs and the impact Tigerlily has had on her audience. IN PERSON: Natalie Merchant Jon Bowermaster… $12 Adults /$10 Seniors /$8 Members. Tickets available now at the Rhinebeck box office. 
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Stray Dog

After the success of WINTER’S BONE which was nominated for four Academy Awards and launched Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik could have seemingly written her own ticket, but that’s naive. Instead, for her follow-up, Granik created a documentary portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall (who played meth-man Thump Milton in the 2010 film).
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The Hunting Ground

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Woodstock May 30Rhinebeck May 31
Sat 1:30Sunday 8:00
 (US/2014/dir by Kirby Dick)
PG-13 / 90 mins
IN PERSON: Tara Sanders, Exhale to Inhale’s program director for Upstate New York. Exhale to Inhale’s mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to heal and reclaim their lives through the grounding practice of yoga. Tickets: $11 Adults / $9 Seniors and Students / $7 Members and Kids under 16. 
A documentary exposé about the huge yet hidden problem of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide. 
From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, a vital and frank investigation of sexual assault in the U.S. military, comes another startling exposé – about rape on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice – despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. (C) Radius-TWCi.

 A must-watch work of cine-activism, one that should be seen by anyone headed to college and by those already on campus. – Manhola Dargis, NY Times

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Pelican Dreams

In Rhinebeck
Feb 8
Sun 1:00
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Judy Irving)
G / 80 mins.
* In person: Migratory bird rehabilitator Annie Mardiney 
In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges.
The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? PELICAN DREAMS stars “Gigi” (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). Like THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, Irving’s study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds’ simple beauty. — Shadow Distribution

Mardiney is a licensed New York State rehabilitator and a federally licensed migratory bird rehabilitator. She received her New York and Federal Fish and Wildlife rehab licenses nine years ago. She has had birds of one kind or another since she was 7 (starting with Chirpy, a rooster), and ran the poultry/rabbit 4-H club for 10 years. Her love of birds and wildlife were well-known during those years that whenever someone found an injured or orphaned bird or rabbit, they would bring it to her.

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

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Rhinebeck:
March 7 Sat 1:30
March 8 Sun 2:45
Woodstock:
March 8 Sun 1:30
(US / 2014 / Directed by Mary Dore)
Unrated / 92 mins. 
In Person: Sat March 7 (Rhinebeck) 1:30 show with Nancy Kennedy editor/co-producer, and Sun March 8 (Woodstock) 1:30 show with Sheila Isenberg (NY Radical Feminists) and Carol Hanisch (NY Radical Women – Redstockings)
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.
Taking us from the founding of NOW — with ladies in hats and gloves — to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality and in the process created a world-wide revolution. Instead of romanticizing the early movement, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL dramatizes its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. Still resonating today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, the film shows present-day activists creating their generation’s own version of feminism and inspires women and men to work for feminism and human rights. Unrated / 92 mins. 
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Actress

In Woodstock 
Nov 29-30
Sat 5:00 with filmmakers
Sun 5:00
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Robert Greene)
*Saturday November 29th, In Person: Director Robert Greene and actress Brandy Burre
With luxurious slow-motion sequences and staging worthy of a ‘50s melodrama, Robert Greene’s celebrated new film follows Brandy Burre, an actress (HBO’s The Wire) who gave up working to start a family and decided to re-start her career years later.
With glimpses of her stint on The Wire and a funny peek at Burre sifting through paltry royalty checks while her daughter plays nearby, Actress presents a sharp contrast between the allure of the spotlight and the dull rhythms that continue once it recedes. But as she returns to work, the affirmative aspect of her careerism is juxtaposed with conventional expectations about what a woman in her late 30s is supposed to want. Pivoting on an off-screen event that feels as impactful as the drama that takes place on camera, it becomes unclear how much Brandy is sacrificing the feelings and futures of her loved ones on the altar of self-interest. Acting, in the end, is not only Brandy’s profession; it’s something that she does all the time, whether interacting with her restaurateur husband Tim, her children, or Greene’s camera. With a dramatic, affective, and polyvalent ending, Greene’s film is documentary portraiture at its finest, taking on the resonance of a densely packed short story. Unrated / 86 mins. 
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This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org   www.eARTS.org).
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The Discoverers

Coming Oct 24
Please check back
(US/2014/Justin Schwarz)
unrated / 104 mins
 IN PERSON: Griffin Dunne  Sun Oct 26th matinee (time tba) 
Lewis Birch (Dunne), a divorced, washed-up history professor now teaching at a junior college and moonlighting as a security guard hopes that his mammoth study on York, a slave who accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark, will turn his career around.
He decides to take his estranged teenage children (Madeleine Martin, Devon Graye) on a road trip to an academic conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But then Birch’s mother dies and the trio take a major detour to find his his eccentric and estranged father (Stuart Margolin) who’s on a trek with a group of Lewis and Clark re-enactors. Instead of an academic conference, Lewis, Zoe, and Jack are reluctantly pulled into something far from academic finding themselves on a journey of discovery and connection. 
Griffin Dunne is a notable figure in contemporary independent filmmaking who’s worked on both sides of the camera in both film and television. He’s also the son of novelist Dominick Dunne and the nephew of author and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne and acclaimed writer Joan Didion. Griffin studied acting with Uta Hagen at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and made his film debut in 1975’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. Small roles in the 1979 feature CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER which he produced and 1981’s THE FAN marked his next film appearances. Dunne made a big splash in John Landis’ 1981 werewolf thriller, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, and mostly notably in Martin Scorsese’s 1985 dark comic AFTER HOURS. In between acting gigs, he and Amy Robinson produced such films as Sidney Lumet’s 1988 drama RUNNING ON EMPTY. He moved to directing with 1996’s “The Duke of Groove,” which earned an Oscar nomination for short subject, and made his feature debut with 1997’s ADDICTED TO LOVE. 
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Art House

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August 16
Saturday 2pm
(US/2014/Writer/Director Don Freeman)
In Person: Filmmaker Don Freeman
$15 general admission / $12 for Byrdcliffe members…The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is proud to sponsor this important documentary because of its own placement in the history of great artist-made houses in the U.S.
ART HOUSE traces the trajectory of the American artist-designed home from its 19th-century roots, exploring houses created by 12 artists from diverse disciplines, including White Pines in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY and Olana, Frederic Edwin Church’s Persian-inspired home in Hudson, NY.
Some artists don’t just create masterpieces — they live in them. In his film, photographer and filmmaker Don Freeman explores the handmade homes created and lived in by a dozen distinguished American artists, shedding light on a unique architectural typology characterized by a D.I.Y. aesthetic, the appropriation of building techniques from art practice, and a fierce spirit of individual expression that deserves deeper examination in this age of architectural standardization.
Art House traces the trajectory of the American artist-designed home from its 19th-century roots, exploring houses created by 12 artists from diverse disciplines. The film reveals the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist’s practice and the construction of their handmade homes. The film begins with Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church’s Persian-inspired masterpiece Olana (1872), continues with Henry Chapman Mercer’s Fonthill (1909) and the Arts and Crafts colony Byrdcliffe (1903), ending with perhaps the most extreme example, Eliphante (1979), a structure made entirely out of found objects. Commentary from cultural critic Alastair Gordon and a haunting score help to evoke the spiritual dimension of the locations and argue the case that the intuitive vision of artists can create great architecture.
Each of the private domains featured in Art House is deeply imbued with the unique vision of its creator, and a physical embodiment of what it means to be an artist, to live an integrated life dedicated to art. For the most part the artists were not architects, and built over a lifetime (Henry Varnum Poor’s Crow House, Wharton Esherick, Maverick artist Raoul Hague) giving each place a sense of resonance and duration that most architecture doesn’t possess. George Nakashima and Paolo Soleri, who did train as architects, gave precedence to a craft-based approach to building their houses.
The fate of many of the houses in the film remains in the balance, for example that of Eliphante and Raoul Hague’s home, to name just the most urgent cases. Even the handful of houses that have been awarded National Historic Landmark status, such as White Pines at Byrdcliffe, would benefit from conservation efforts that often come at a high price tag.
Don Freeman is an American photographer and filmmaker renowned for the painterly quality of his still lifes and architectural work. His rendering of interiors bathed in natural light have been widely published in UK’s The World of Interiors, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest. Freeman is the author of Artists’ Handmade Houses (Abrams, 2011), which inspired the creation of the film.

 Freeman notes, “It’s my hope that the dissemination of this film will bring awareness to these houses so that the public will support and experience them in person.”

unrated / 90 mins
tickets online from Byrdcliffe
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A Will for the Woods

In Rhinebeck 
August 24
Sunday 12:30
(USA / 2013 / Directed by Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan, and Brian Wilson)
In Person: co-directors Jeremy Kaplan, Amy Browne, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson
In A Will for the Woods, a man’s passionate wish for a green burial inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.
Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark discovers the movement to further sustainable funerals and helps move a local cemetarian to establish the first natural burial ground in North Carolina. As Clark and his family play out their lives, we watch like a fly on the wall – from their home movies, through Clark’s medical tests and treatments, his final visits with family in Ann Arbor, and his funeral. The result is an undeniably moving documentary with a compassionate, personal approach.
Unrated / 93 mins.
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A Short History of Decay

July 27
Sunday 3:00
(USA / 2013 / Directed by Michael Maren)
In Person: Writer/Director Michael Maren
Generational differences provide both insight and humor in this unusual story about a failed Brooklyn writer who visits his ailing parents in Florida.
Soon after Nathan’s (Bryan Greenberg) girlfriend dumps him, he learns that his father has had a stroke. Flying home to his parents’ spacious home in Florida, where his dad is recovering and his mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Nathan brings with him a New York City ennui. While he spends most of his time sitting around feeling sorry for himself, to spice things up he chats up a French girl at a bar, has lunch with his mother’s sunny manicurist, and bickers with his visiting older brother. As Nathan gradually begins to question the emptiness of his idleness, director Michael Maren’s story subtly transcends its particulars to become a resonant and revelatory film.
R / 94 mins.
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Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

In Woodstock
April 5
Saturday 5:15 *followed by q&a*
(USA / 2012 / Directed by Kerry Candaele)
*IN PERSON: Co-producer Greg Mitchell
Come get inspired! Saturday April 5th in Woodstock…
From its thunderous percussion to the simplicity of its “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has inspired awe for nearly two centuries. Hailed as “a battle cry for humanity,” Following the Ninth tells the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by the symphony.
In 1989, Chinese revolutionaries set up covert speakers in Tiananmen Square, playing the Ninth to drown out a speech by Premier Li Peng. The same year, Leonard Bernstein celebrated the deconstruction of the Berlin Wall with a performance he named the “Ode to Freedom.” Under Pinochet, dissidents claimed the ninth as a lullaby, using it to serenade Chilean political prisoners. And in Japan, mass choirs perform the symphony as part of an end-of-the-year custom of spiritual renewal. Traveling across 12 different countries, Candaele documents how the symphony has been used to liberate, to shield against suffering, and to provide hope and resilience during dark times. Each anecdote builds upon the next to capture the ineffable and transformative reach of this aural wonder.
Unrated / 78 mins. 
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BOMBAY MOVIE (with filmmaker Q&A and catered reception)

In Rhinebeck 
Saturday May 10
2:30 pm*
(India, USA / 2014 / Directed by Alexandra Eaton)
*In Person: Director Alexandra Eaton. The film will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A and a catered reception at Cinnamon Indian Cuisine.
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors and Students / $13 Members. ON SALE NOW at the Rhinebeck box office.
In Bombay, a city of brutal working conditions and success stories so unreal they could be fairy tales, Raja Menon sets out to make a movie about the men and women who quietly serve the city’s wealthy.
A far cry from India’s typical song and dance films, Barah Aana has one problem: Bollywood would never make this film. To tell his story about the working poor, Menon enlists two foreign producers, a star cast, and a hardworking and seasoned film crew. Battling crowds and corruption, the team looks like a circus in the slums where they are shooting and like outlaws in the rarefied suburbs. Determined to succeed, they overcome every obstacle and finance their film’s release. But when opening weekend arrives, they face a new problem. How will they convince people who see extreme hardship every day to pay the high price to see it fictionalized on screen? Directed by Bard College graduate Alexandra Eaton, Bombay Movie is an intelligently composed film-within-a-film. Capturing the heart and the tenacity it takes to make an independent feature, Eaton’s documentary gives us a glimpse at the effects of the world’s massive entertainment industries, and a taste of the perseverance it takes to stand apart.
Unrated / 58 mins.
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I Vitelloni

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In Rhinebeck
Jan 22
Wednesday 2:00
(Italy/1953/Federico Fellini)
unrated/103 mins
IN PERSON: Joseph Luzzi, Associate Professor of Italian at Bard College, author of the forthcoming memoir My Two Italies,  introduces and leads post-screening discussion
The popularity of Fellini’s second film, a tale of arrested development, made the title, which literally means “fattened calves”, enter the Italian vernacular while helping secure the maestro’s career as a director.
In the seacoast town of Rimini, five young layabouts live in a post-adolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape. They hang out at the pool hall spending lira provided by their indulgent families on drink and women. Originally released in the U.S. as THE YOUNG and THE PASSIONATE, it is a semi-autobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches: Skirt-chaser Fausto, forced into marriage; Alberto, the perpetual child; Leopoldo, a writer thirsting for fame; and Moraldo, the only member of the group troubled by a moral conscience. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, I VITELLONI became the template for young male ensemble films such as MEAN STREETS, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, DINER… (Also – this was the start of Fellini’s collaboration with Nina Rota as music composer for his films.)
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JFK

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In Woodstock 
Dec 8
Sunday 1:00
(US/1991/dir by Oliver Stone & co-written with Zachary Sklar)
R /189 mins
 IN PERSON: co-screenwriter Zachary Sklar 
If you were alive fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, you know where you were when you heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, and if you weren’t, check out this amazing film on the “big screen” with our guest, co-screenwriter Zachary Sklar.
Speculation and argument about the assassination continues. Zach Sklar, co-writer of JFK, will be on hand to discuss the controversial three hour Oliver Stone film. As he and the director recently wrote, “Our film does not come to a firm conclusion about who was responsible for the Kennedy assassination, but it does reject the Warren Commission’s lone-gunman theory as implausible at best — a conclusion that 90 percent of the American people share…”  The cast includes Kevin Costner as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, Sissy Spacek as his wife, who fears for her family and marriage, Joe Pesci as David Ferrie, the alleged getaway pilot, Tommy Lee Jones as Clay Shaw, Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald, Donald Sutherland as a Pentagon official, and a host of others including Jack Lemmon, Ed Asner, Walter Matthau, and Kevin Bacon in key small roles.
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Bordering on Treason

In Woodstock
January 26
Sunday 1:00*
(USA / 2013 / Directed by Lorna Tychostup)
In Person: Lorna Tychostup & Trish Dalton
In February 2003, Lorna Tychostup, a single mother and News & Politics Editor for a local arts magazine in New Paltz, N.Y., knowingly risks her life, imprisonment, and a million dollar fine by traveling to Iraq under the threat of war.
Her controversial journey is challenged in a live television broadcast as FOX News lambastes her efforts as “villainous and bordering on treason” and accuses her of aiding and abetting the enemy on the brink of war. Traveling without security in local taxis, she stays in small unprotected hotels outside the safety zones where mainstream journalists are lodged. The more she uncovers about the realities of Iraqis and American soldiers, the more she is forced to question her original agenda and what she begins to see as her own naive idealism. Lorna’s story, and those she crafts about the issues and people most directly affected by the war in and occupation of Iraq, raise larger questions about good and bad, left and right, Republican and Democrat and where America and Iraq connect at this juncture in history.
Unrated / 42 mins. 
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Beyond Iconic

In Rhinebeck 
December 8

Sunday 1:00
IN PERSON: Hanna Sawka
(US/2012/dir by Hanna Sawka)
unrated / 75 mins
James Dean used with permission from James Dean, Inc. www.jamesdean.com
A master class on life, a portrait of a life fully realized: BEYOND ICONIC introduces Dennis Stock in his own words and through hundreds of his famous photographs, which include images from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Jazz, hippies, the American social landscape, architecture, landscapes and nature.
James Dean walks down Broadway, his shoulders hunched against the drizzle. The greatest legends of jazz, from Louis Armstrong to the cool Miles Davis, are caught in some of their most passionate or private moments. Epitomizing the spirit of 1960’s counter-culture, a hippie plays a flute as he walks along, all his earthly belongings in a back-pack. Lost in her own thoughts for a moment, Audrey Hepburn sits pensive between takes. Images capture the subdued beauty of a Provence winter. Like an abstract painting, the sun appears as a point of light behind a window coated thickly with frost. All of these images came from the eye, mind and camera of Dennis Stock (1928-2010), one of the most influential chroniclers of the late 20th century. The film brings us into Stock’s photography workshop shortly before his recent death in 2010. It also provides an in-depth look at his brilliant photography, his colorful and adventurous life, and his brassy personality, while not failing to examine the issues of photography as a social force and art form, America then-and-now, art education, and the meaning of creative integrity.
The film’s score is the work of composer/musician duo, John Menegon and Teri Roiger. All music was recorded in their Marbletown studio, Upland Studios.
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In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

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In Woodstock 
Nov 24
Sun 1:00
(UK/2013/dir by Tomas Leach)
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Tomas Leach… ($10 & $8 members)
According to filmmaker Tomas Leach his subject, Saul Leiter, the octogenarian, limelight-shy New Yorker, helped usher in the use of color photography, and could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success.
Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apt (a la Bill Cunningham). An intimate and personal film, the filmmaker follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s, and fending off the pesky filmmaker all the while giving a baker’s dozen in life’s lessons, such as “The important thing in life is not what you get, but what you throw out.” All the while this son of a Talmudic scholar (rarely without a camera round his neck) proclaims, “I aspire to be unimportant.” Leach films Leiter both at home in his cluttered apartment surrounded by boxes of his work, and as he walks around his neighborhood that he’s been photographing for 55 years. Photography, explains this wise man who sees no need to apologize for the pursuit of beauty, “teaches you to look. It teaches you to appreciate all kinds of things.”  (This is a co-presentation with CPW (Center for Photography Woodstock)
unrated / 75 mins
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Paris Was A Woman

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In Rhinebeck 
Nov 23
Sat 1:00
(US / 1996 / Greta Schiller  Andrea Weiss)
IN PERSON: Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss will discuss the film
A film portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors (including Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris.
Greta Schiller’s award-winning documentary explores the extraordinary women, many of whom were lesbian or bisexual, in the Left Bank’s thriving cultural scene between the wars. Through Schiller’s exceptional filmmaking, and Andrea Weiss’s brilliant research and screenwriting, we come to know the living, complex women who so often stand only as cultural icons: novelists Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, Colette, Natalie Barney, painter Marie Laurencin, photographer Gisele Freund, publishers/booksellers Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, New Yorker journalist Janet Flanner, singer Josephine Baker, and many others. Schiller also looks at their connection to the male artists of the time, including Picasso (whom Stein discovered and promoted), Joyce (who drove Beach to bankruptcy when she published his then-illegally obscene masterpiece, Ulysses), and Hemingway (who began as Stein and Toklas’s errand boy; we see – and hear – his stylistic debt to Stein).
In a mere 75 minutes, with a spellbinding use of archival photos and film footage, Schiller manages to recreate the mood and flavor of this unique community of women who came to The City of Lights (and Love) from the U.S., England, and every corner of the world. This inspired, and moving, film brings to life their passion both for the arts and for a freedom in their personal lives which still resonates today.
unrated / 75 mins
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Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

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In Rhinebeck 
August 4
Sunday 2:30
IN PERSON: Seth Kramer and Jim Langan
(US/2013/dir by Seth Kramer/Daniel Miller)
R / 90 mins.
Morton Downey, Jr, son of an immensely popular singer and entertainer couldn’t make it himself as a singer, so this former friend to the Kennedy’s reinvented himself and became television’s trash talk pioneer whose life soon became as messy as his manner.
Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late ’80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. (c) MagnoliaNulla orci.
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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

In Rhinebeck 
July 10 
Wednesday 8:15 
(USA / 2012 / Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre)
Unrated / 106 mins. 
In Person: Marina Abramovic
Tickets: $12 Adults / $11 Seniors and Students / $10 Members
In Akers’ and Dupre’s captivating documentary, cameras follow performance artist Marina Abromovic as she works to open a retrospective of her life’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The central performance of the exhibition requires her to sit silently at a table with a single museum-goer at a time.
The popularity and novelty of this performance led to a long snaking line of audience members waiting to have their time at the table, or a “square of light,” with Marina.  With no talking, no touching, and no outward expression of any kind, Marina strove to create a luminous state of being and then transmit that to the guest through an “energy dialogue.”  Today, Abromovic joins us for a screening and Q&A in the midst of her latest endeavor — opening the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) in Hudson, NY. Devoted to time-based and immaterial art, the institute seeks productive unions between the arts, science, technology, spirituality and education. Please join us in welcoming Marina and MAI to the Hudson Valley.
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All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert

In Rhinebeck 
July 28 
Sunday 3:00 
(US / 2012 / Directed by Vivian Ducat)
Unrated / 78 mins.
In Person: Winfred Rembert and director Vivian Ducat
Winfred Rembert relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings of cotton fields, juke joints, churches and work gangs he remembers from his youth spent in the Jim Crow South.
In a series of intimate reminiscences, he shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.  A glowing portrait of how an artist — and his art — is made.  All Me is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.
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My Father Evgeni

In Rhinebeck
April 21

Sunday Matinee 3:30pm

(Ukraine, US  / 2010 / dir by Andrei Zagdansky)
77 mins/unrated
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky.
Q&A will follow the film screening.
Tickets: $10 Adults / $9 Seniors and Students / $8 Members
Andrei Zagdansky (Interpretation of Dreams) returns to Upstate Films with a film about his father that captures a moment of historical time as it masterfully weaves archival footage of the waning of the Soviet state, imagery of New York, and of Kiev and its now abandoned Popular Science Film Studio where his father was chief. 
All  this Zagdansky blends to create a tale that spans decades and evokes, in the words of one critic, a “reverie-inducing spell.” And, reading letters and “working with the play of textures … juxtaposing and manipulating the various film stocks, the filmmaker creates a dialectic of time: his father always speaking and thinking about the future, the son always dredging up the past – and the hurt of exile, that is both moving and smart.” .
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Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York

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In Woodstock June 30
Sun 2pm  $10
 
(US/2012/dir by Nina Roseblum & Daniel Allentuck in association with Mary Engel)
UR /75 mins
 In Person: Nina Rosenblum & Daniel Allentuck… presented in collaboration with The Center for Photography Woodstock
In the 1930s and ’40s the Photo League had a profound influence on American photography.
Twelve years in the making, this is the story of the life and times of the legendary organization of amateur and professional photographers that flourished in NYC during the dark days of the 1930s and up til 1951. The League was the brainchild of two City College dropouts, Sol Libsohn and Sid Grossman. Inspired by the work of Lewis Hine and the photographers of the Farm Security Administration and with guidance from Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott and Beaumont Newhall, the Photo League’s portrait of urban life during these turbulent years makes an indelible impression. The film weaves a selection of images culled from hundreds made by approximately 60 photographers into sequences around themes such as Harlem, Pitt St, subways, kids, Coney Island, WWII. One rare sequence has the press photographer Weegee explaining how to photograph a murder… And there are interviews with 12 former league members filmed at a 50th anniversary luncheon.  Its progressive agenda and sensibility made it a victim of the cold war witch hunt: in 1949 a government stooge accused Grossman of being a Red, and by 1951 the league had collapsed. (Campbell Scott narrates)
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Orchestra of Exiles

In Woodstock
June 15
Sat 1:15
(USA, Israel / 2011 / directed by Josh Aronson)
Unrated / 85 mins.
Benefit for MAVERICK CONCERTS. In Person: Director Josh Aronson. Tickets $15, available through Maverick (845.679.8217).
From Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson (SOUND AND FURY), ORCHESTRA OF EXILES  reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Palestine Philharmonic (which would become the Israeli Philharmonic). 
In the early 1930s Hitler began forcing Jewish musicians out of orchestras across central Europe. Finding so many experienced players jobless simultaneously, Huberman dedicated himself to fulfilling a dream to create a symphony. His struggle is a densely layered story with a range of key characters that could hardly be more diverse. Among them: a high Nazi official, Goebbels; renowned conductors, Furtwangler and Toscanini; a future head of state, Chaim Weizmann; and even Albert Einstein, who liked to read music with Huberman. A timeless tale of a brilliant young man coming of age and the suspenseful chronicle of how his efforts impacted cultural history, ORCHESTRA OF EXILES challenges us to look inward and ask the hard questions: how would I have reacted and what would I have done in the face of those momentous events in that troubled time?
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Street Journeys

in
Woodstock
March 2
Saturday 2:30
(2012 / Directed by Tracy Christian)
Unrated / 58 mins
In Person: Director Tracy Christian.
** Click HERE to purchase tickets through Woodstock Film Festival **
Proceeds will be split between WFF & The Shangilia Foundation.

“I made this film because I wanted to bring to light a happy story out of Africa. The grim tale of the impoverished country and starving children has been told before. This is a film about triumph over adversity, hope over despair.”
– Tracy Christian

In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim realities of poverty, hope for the future is dim. To counter this hopelessness, renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu gets them involved int he healing power of theater which helps to restore the children’s spirit. When an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test, it’s up to the children to draw on their strength, and glean lessons of faith, family, and the rising of the spirit without their mentor.Street Journeys is the inspiring story of Anne Wanjugu and the former street children who reside at her home Shangilia Mtoto Wa Africa (Rejoice, Child of Africa) and culminates in a triumphant journey from the makeshift stage of a small Nairobi church to the bright lights of Broadway.

“an exhilarating documentary that speaks to the nurturing power of art…..prepare to be wowed.”
– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

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Dear Gov. Cuomo

in
Rhinebeck
Feb 10
Sun 1:00
IN PERSON: Jon Bowermaster
(US / 2012 / dir Jon Bowermaster)
unrated / 75mins
Last spring, with the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York, a unique coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front door step, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. 
The goal of the varied participants – actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Horse Flies, and many more –  was to explain in clear terms the threats of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using song. The cord/chord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers: New Yorkers Against Fracking. The film that resulted from the night—a unique blend of The Last Waltz and An Inconvenient Truth—was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, writer and filmmaker whose most recent documentaries are Terra Antarctica, Rediscovering the Seventh Continent; What Would Darwin Think? Man v. Nature in the Galapagos; and the prize-winning SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories. His first 3D film—Wild Antarctica—is due in Spring 2013.
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Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

RhinebeckWoodstock
Sept 15Sept 16
Sat, 1:30
Sun, 1:30
(2011 dir by Mary Lance)
unrated / 79 mins
In Person: Mary Lance & Ben Daitz
Mary Lance (DIEGO RIVERA:I PAINT WHAT I SEE, AGNES MARTIN: WITH MY BACK TO THE WORLD) returns to Upstate Films with her new film BLUE ALCHEMY about the beauty and importance of indigo, the blue dye that’s been in use worldwide for millenia.
BLUE ALCHEMY explores and reveals the beauty and importance of indigo, the blue dye that’s been in use worldwide for millennia and is laden with symbolic meaning and was once a commodity central to international trade and colonial economies, as well as the reason blue jeans are blue. It’s also about people who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, and bring beauty to the world. Filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the U.S.
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Being Flynn

Dano & DeNiro
Presented by The Dutchess County Arts Council
September 9
Sunday 1pm
(US, 2011 dir by Paul Weitz)
R /102 mins
IN PERSON: NICK FLYNN
Tickets $15 General Admission / $12 Members. For tickets, call DCAC at 845-454-3222 or email ncarroll@artsmidhudson.org. Click here for film description.

Book signing, wine, and tapas reception with the author and other celebrities, additional $20 at Terrapin Restaurant.

Writer-director Paul (ABOUT A BOY and IN GOOD COMPANY) Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons based on Nick Flynn’s arresting memoir.
Based on a true story, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro) reach out to him unexpectedly. In his 2004 memoir, Another B-Night in Suck City, Flynn dealt with his con man and mythomanical father whose presence as an absence cast a giant shadow on the household where his single mom raised him and his brother. Still feeling the loss of his mother (played in flashbacks by Julianne Moore) in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirlby), the last person Nick wants to see is his old man. (And since DeNiro’s Jonathan is a nutty cabbie, TAXI DRIVER comes to mind). But you can’t outrun fate and slowly Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for himself, but for his struggling father too as they do an awkward, moving dance of intimacy.

De Niro’s fullest role and strongest performance in years as a proud, self-deluded writer on a relentless downward spiral. A reminder that De Niro is still the best.
– Caryn James on Screen

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American Masters: Robert Capa In Love & War

One show Woodstock
November 11

Sunday 1:30
*Free screening*
(US / 2003 / dir by Anne Makepeace)
unrated / 90 mins
 IN PERSON: Filmmaker Anne Makepeace
Celebrated as the “Greatest War Photographer in the World,” Hungarian-born Robert Capa (1913-1954) began his career shooting the 1936 Spanish Civil War, where he first achieved fame.
The world’s pre-eminent documentarian of 20th C war, he photographed five epic conflicts on three different continents. The handsome and dashing Capa had time to play poker with Hemingway, photograph Picasso, and have an affair with Ingrid Bergman. He was also the lone photographer to land with the first wave of soldiers at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Director Anne Makepeace was permitted unprecedented access to Capa’s photo archives of 70,000 images to help tell his larger than life story. She blends a stunning array of archival photographs and footage, and interviews people such as Isabella Rossellini, and Henri Cartier Bresson, Capa’s great friend and colleague. 
Come to the free screening and discussion with the filmmaker and then visit the Center for Photography/Woodstock 59 Tinker St.
 (Made possible in part through a grant from the Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund)
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Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands

*FREE SCREENING. IN PERSON: filmmaker Jeanne Vitale and Enviromental Conservationist Laura Heady

If you are concerned about clean drinking water, flooding, human health, wildlife or climate change, you need to learn about our under-valued wetlands. “Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands” is a 25-minute documentary by Hudson Valley native Jeanne Vitale that promotes awareness of our wetland resources. This video discusses the economic and environmental values of wetlands, the role they play in protecting water quality, and what local residents can do to help.Read More

Rain in a Dry Land

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In RHINEBECK
Tues May 22 at 8:00

(US / 2006 / dir by Anne Makepeace)
UR / 82 mins.
* In Person: Director Anne Makepeace
Capturing the strangeness of contemporary America through the eyes of new immigrants, Rain in a Dry Land tells the story of two Bantu families who relocate from refugee camps to homes in urban America after managing to escape the 1991 civil war in Somalia.
While they learn about staircases in a Cultural Orientation class, in a most haunting image, Arbai and her daughters descend the steps of their new house like nervous mountaineers. And while they learn the phrase “I shall go to the supermarket,” when Madina searches for “a round chicken,” she recognizes none of her options for fried or frozen meat as poultry. Speaking candidly about their situations and, at low ebbs, communicating sorrow and frustration through their eyes, the film’s subjects don’t soft-sell the difficulties of finding jobs, paying bills, and adjusting to drastically different climates, cultures, and languages. As it follows their first two years in their new homes, Rain in a Dry Land creates suspense as to whether they, and others like them, will prevail.
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Hell and Back Again

In RHINEBECK
Sun May 20 at 5:45

(2011 / USA / dir by Danfung Dennis)
UR / 88 mins.
* In Person: Iraq Veteran Derek McGee
Pushing 2nd Battalion through the rocky barren landscape of southern Afghanistan, Sgt. Nathan Harris is wounded just before completing a mission deep into Taliban territory.  Hell and Back Again viscerally depicts the emotional and physical hazards of a wounded soldiers’ return home.
With a metal bar holding his shattered leg together, Sgt. Harris endures painful physical therapies and an increasing reliance on prescription medication like Oxycontin.  The film deftly toggles between the frenzy of battle and the more inward torment of readjusting to civilian life.  The film’s concussed soundscape and stunning imagery, courageously shot by director Danfung Dennis, propels the viewer deep into the heart of the soldiers’ experience.  Winner of last year’s Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and a 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, WE RECOMMEND this incredible film.
Article by Derek McGee
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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

In RHINEBECK
Sun May 20 3:00

(US / 2011 / dir by Constance Marks & Philip Shane)
Unrated / 80 mins.
* In Person: Patrick Wadden and guests from ARM OF THE SEA PUPPET THEATER
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo tells an inspiring story about the oft unrecognized talent behind one of America’s most adored characters.
Initially mocked for “playing with dolls,” Kevin Clash started out making his own puppets as an adolescent in Baltimore in the 1970s. After becoming the first African American puppeteer to join the Jim Henson organization via the film Labyrinth, he joined the Muppet Brigade on Sesame Street. And when an exasperated colleague tossed Elmo his way, he re-invented the furry red Muppet from his initial grunty caveman persona to the cuddly love magnet of today. Arguably the creative force behind today’s Sesame Street, Clash now produces, directs, and travels around the globe training other artists. A documentary as gentle as its subject, Being Elmo won’t fail to warm your heart.
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What We Need is the Impossible! A Program of Documentary Shorts by Sam Green

In RHINEBECK
Wed May 23 at 6:00

(US / Dir by Sam Green)
Unrated / 80 mins.
* In Person: Director Sam Green
The inspirational San Fransisco-based documentarian Sam Green (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) has been mak­ing award-winning short doc­u­men­taries since the late 1990s. For one night, he returns to Upstate for this special program.
Films include:
UTOPIA PART 3
: visit Southern China to explore the world’s largest shop­ping mall, which is actu­ally nearly com­pletely empty. lot 63, grave c: an elegy for Mered­ith Hunter, the young man who was killed by Hells Angels at the noto­ri­ous 1969 Alta­mont con­cert. THE FABULOUS STAINS: BEHIND THE MOVIE: the remark­able story of the cult film directed by Lou Adler in 1982. THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE: a por­trait of Esperanto, the arti­fi­cial lan­guage that was cre­ated in the late 1800s with the hope of cre­at­ing world peace, and the world­wide move­ment of peo­ple who still speak it.Run­ning through Green’s films is a cel­e­bra­tion of ide­al­ism and the search for mean­ing along with the often humor­ous real­i­ties of human folly. An honor to present, this selection of films is not to be missed.
Sam Green’s Website

Kati With an I

In WOODSTOCK
Thu May 24 at 7:30

(US / 2010 / Dir by Robert Greene)
UR / 86 mins.
* In Person: Director Robert Greene
A story that is familiar to every person and rarely captured cinematically, the uncomfortable transition out of childhood is brought to the screen by debut filmmaker Robert Greene.
He follows Kati living in rural Alabama during the last months before her high school graduation.  At first the details of her situation are shadowy, and the revelation of “what happened” is parsed throughout the build up to graduation day and her departure to rejoin her parents, who recently moved to North Carolina.  She hopes her fiancé James will come with her for the summer.  She goes to the mall, goes swimming, and lives out her summer in front of the camera.  The film’s cinematographer Sean Price Williams carefully and tenderly navigates his way through Kati’s life, taking in the minute details of a typical rural upbringing and making it extraordinary.  Though is difficult to highlight the issues dealt with in this film without giving away its conclusion, rest assured that it will reverberate long after the credits roll.
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Amigo

in Rhinebeck
April 14
Saturday, 7pm

In Person: Writer/Director John Sayles with producing partner Maggie Renzi
(USA / 2010 / written and directed by John Sayles)
unrated / 128 mins
Tickets on sale now at box office in Rhinebeck:
$10 Adults / $9 Seniors & Students / $8 Members
When not making films such as MATEWAN, 8 MEN OUT, SECRET OF ROAN INISH, LONESTAR, PASSION FISH, LIMBO, RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7, BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, John Sayles, the doyen of independent filmmaking, has been writing fiction and winning awards.
His latest film (his seventeenth) takes place in 1900 as the U.S. invades the Philippines under the pretext of liberating the locals from Spanish control. The film traces the war’s impact on a small Filipino village where the mayor, Rafael Dacanay (Joel Torre), is pressured to help Colonel Hardacre (Chris Cooper) and his soldiers root out the guerrillas, even while harboring the knowledge that his own brother is a local guerrilla leader. Meanwhile his brother (Ronnie Lazaro) considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, AMIGO is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.
In an interview with NPR’s Neal Conan, Sayles notes that the war influenced an important part of the American psyche. “We went from being the people who considered ourselves the champions of liberty — the anti-imperialists — to proudly saying, ‘Oh, now we’ve got a colony, just like Britain and France and Russia and Japan.’ In researching the film, Sayles says he was also surprised to find parallels with other American wars. “This is the war [that introduced] waterboarding — it was called ‘the water cure’ back then — [and it] was controversial in its time. There were congressional committees about it, and a lot of back and forth.” In his research, Sayles also found numerous references to the phrase “hearts and minds.” He says he had always associated the term with the Vietnam War, until he found that Theodore Roosevelt had also used it. “It actually goes back to the Bible.” Indeed, viewers of Amigo are likely to find many parallels between the Philippine-American War and the one in Vietnam.  “We got into an imperial war in a place where we didn’t understand the culture — really didn’t even understand the political situation. But once we were there, once the flag was planted, there was this idea: ‘Well, we should stay here.’ “
 “Entertaining and relevant!”  -A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Engrossing!  Intelligently rip-roaring, a thoughtful action film.”
-J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

“FOUR STARS… Sayles’ best in a decade!”
-Joe Neumaier, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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When We Were Kings

in
Rhinebeck
March 15
Friday 10pm,
$5 all tickets…
(US / 1996 / dir by Leon Gast)
PG / 84 mins
 IN PERSON: Post-screening discussion with Leon Gast moderated by Woodstock Writers Festival’s Martha Frankel
Leon Gast’s Academy Award winning best feature documentary  about the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974 is YOUNG RHINEBECK’s first film in its Teen Film Series.
The film is not just about the historical heavyweight championship fight match — it also speaks to issues of identity, culture and self-esteem. Held in 1974 in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, boxers Muhammad Ali and George Foreman came to this politically unstable African nation for what Ali called the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Leon Gast was there to film both the fight and a music festival (featuring B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters, and Miriam Makeba) organized by promoter Don King. Due to unforeseen complications he wasn’t able to complete the film until 22 years after he shot the fight and all the attendant hoopla. It was finally released in 1996, and wowed audiences for vivid portrait of the controversial Muhammed Ali. who Considered past his prime as a boxer, his refusal to serve in the U.S. military on moral grounds was still an issue in the minds of many. But here, Ali displays strength, skill, intelligence, and tremendous charm, making it clear how he became one of the most renowned figures in the world of sports. His opponent, George Foreman, who later became a warm commercial pitchman, was then a strong, forbidding opponent. A fascinating document of a great moment in sporting and cultural history, When We Were Kings also features interviews and commentary with several notable fight fans, including Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, and Spike Lee. The film won many accolades and honors including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature..
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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

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November 12th & 13th
Sat 8:30  in Woodstock
Sun 5:45 in Rhinebeck
(US /2010 / Dir by Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler)
Unrated / 107 mins.
In Person: Director Chris Metzler
With a blistering combination of punk and funk, Fishbone demolished the walls of genre and challenged the music industry to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years.
At the heart of the band are lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher, who tell how the group rose from the shifting fault-lines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan’s America. Today, as Fishbone keeps rolling – out of pride, desperation, and love for their art – their influence continues to grow, though they struggle against an unforgiving music industry that threatens to pass them by. Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, and others, Everyday Sunshine tells a moving story about music, fear, courage, and funking on the one.
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Mothers of Bedford

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In Rhinebeck
October 22
Sat 8:30
(US / 2011 / Dir by Jenifer McShane)
Unrated / 93 mins
In Person: Director Jenifer McShane & editor Toby Shimin
Being a mom can be difficult at the best of times, but imagine trying to raise your children from prison. In Mothers of Bedford, filmmaker Jenifer McShane follows the stories of five mothers incarcerated at New York’s only maximum security prison.
While trying to nurture relationships with their children and play central roles in their lives, inmates experience the normal frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of hosting family holidays in prison, or raising an infant in a cell. After spending five years interviewing and visiting inmate mothers and the families awaiting their return, McShane deliverss an emotionally complex story that speaks to motherhood inside and outside of the prison’s walls.
“This is an absorbing and timely film. Mothers of Bedford confronts crucial issues facing the American criminal justice system. With compassion and honesty, this film captures the impact of incarceration on families and shows what happens to children who are left behind when a mother is removed from a household. The film also demonstrates in touching and intimate detail, the courageous steps toward redemption taken by the mothers of Bedford. I highly recommend it!” ~John Biaggi, Director of Human Rights Watch Festival


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El Perro Del Hortelano

El Perro Del Hortelano
ONE SHOW ONLY
Sunday, August 22, in Woodstock
Sun 4:30
(Peru / 2009 / dir by Renzo Zanelli)
IN PERSON: Directors Renzo Zanelli & Annika Beaulieu, Sunday, August 22nd, 4:30 pm.
Filmed in the Peruvian Amazon with a cast and crew comprised of indigenous and international volunteers, this ambitious feature tells the story of Brus, an artist whose efforts to organize his community to stop oil extraction on native lands are undermined by friend and foe alike.
Nearly co-opted by a local NGO and manipulated by the subversive work of an American researcher, Brus explores the surreal world of volunteerism and development experts. Ultimately he discovers his own way of bringing strength to his community. Winner of the César Vallejo award for best script at the International Environmental Film Festival in Rome, Italy.
Unrated / 98 mins.
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12th & Delaware

12th & Delaware
Saturday, June 26th
Tickets Now Available – Click Here
3:00 pm in Woodstock
(US / 2010 / dir by Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing)
IN PERSON: Q&A with Directors Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing
Click here for Tickets! From the creators of Jesus Camp and The Boys of Baraka comes this powerful film about the abortion battle as it plays out in a Florida town where pro-life and pro-choice facilities share the same intersection.
Using skillful cinema-verite observation, the film exposes the molten core of America’s most intractable conflict. On one side of the street, pro-life volunteers paint a terrifying portrait of abortion; on the other, staff at the clinic fear for their doctors’ lives. Shot during the year when abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church, the film makes the battle palpable. In association with the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Programmers Group.
Unrated / 90 mins.
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The City Of Your Final Destination

The City Of Your Final Destination
May 14 – 16
Fri 4:45
Sat 4:45
Sun 3:45 – Last Show
(UK / 2010 / dir by James Ivory)

James (Remains of the Day, Howard’s End, A Room with a View) Ivory’s latest film is an adaptation by long-time collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala of Peter Cameron’s 2002 novel.
It’s a gently witty tale of a young Iranian-American doctoral student who’s determined to write the authorized biography of Jules Gund, a dead Uruguayan novelist. Both Omar (Omar Metwally) and his girlfriend Deirdre (Alexandra Maria Lara) are academics. Omar has won a grant to write the author’s biography, but when the novelist’s family turns down Omar’s request, his teaching job is in jeopardy. Desperate, Omar travels to the family’s crumbling estate, Ocho Rios, to petition the author’s three executors in person: Gund’s widow Caroline (Laura Linney); his much younger mistress, the waiflike recluse Arden (Charlotte Gainsbourg); and his brother Adam (Anthony Hopkins), a gentleman of leisure who lives on the estate with his much younger lover Pete (Hiroyuki Sanada). Omar is welcomed into the home, but he’s made no promises, and his arrival sets in motion a series of events that upsets the precarious financial and emotional equilibria.
PG-13 / 117 mins.
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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

August 9
One show only – 3PM – special event with Director Gini Reticker

(US / 2008 / dir by Gini Reticker)

* IN-PERSON: Director Gini Reticker, Sunday, August 9th, 3:00pm, Tickets at regular price

An uplifting and engaging political documentary about Liberia’s women protestors and their struggle to depose a corrupt dictator.

In 1997, the former warlord Charles Taylor became president of Liberia. His ruling strategy was to keep the nation in a state of upheaval via constant, bloody civil war. Liberia’s women, having had enough, gathered together despite their religious differences and used whatever means they could think of to get the men of the country to stop fighting, including demonstrations in the marketplace, ancient curses, and a sex strike. Best Documentary award at 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

unrated / 72 mins

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Blue Gold

Blue Gold
Free Show
Saturday, July 25th 11:30 AM
(US / 2008 / dir. by Sam Bozzo)
* IN-PERSON: Guest Speaker Skip Backus of the Omega Institute
This shocking documentary sheds light on the world’s rapidly approaching water crisis.
The world’s fresh water is disappearing. As we pollute and waste away our very limited supply, corporate giants are working to make the building block of our globe a commodity, privatizing developing countries’ fresh water. In the midst of this, military control of water is rising, setting the stage for world water wars. This bracing and far-reaching film, based on a book of the same name, follows various examples of people fighting back against the powers that be – from grade school protests to court cases to revolutions. As the specters of drought and death loom, the film finds people willing to risk everything for their right to water.
Unrated / 90 mins.
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Throw Down Your Heart

July 14th
Two Shows Only – 5:00 and 8:30 PM – SOLD OUT

(US / 2008 / dir by Sascha Paladino)

* IN-PERSON: Béla Fleck, July 14th, Two Shows – 5:00 & 8:30 PM.  BOTH shows are now SOLD OUT.  Tickets will include the screening of the film, a post-screening Q&A, and a mini set by Bela Fleck.

American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck traces the roots of his instrument across centuries and continents in this documentary, showcasing the universality of great music.

Fleck is a true master of the banjo, but he is also one of its most passionate students, and in THROW DOWN YOUR HEART he travels to Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali to reconnect with the African history of the instrument and to learn from various local virtuosi – as well as to cut a new record. On his travels we are shown a glimpse of the beauty and complexities of the continent, and we see the true unifying power of music – breaking through the boundaries of language and culture to communicate clearly and deeply.

unrated / 97 mins

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My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year
Saturday, June 20 at 2 pm
In Person: Mark Linn-Baker
(US / 1982 / Richard Benjamin)
Fundraising Event for the Dutchess County Arts Council
A screening of this Oscar nominated film, followed by a Q&A, wine and cheese reception with actor Mark Linn-Baker. Tickets may also be purchased to enter a drawing for this original poster, signed by the artist.
This is the last event of the Dutchess County Arts Council 2009 Arts Fund Out of the Box event series, benefiting the 2009 Arts Fund of the Dutchess County Arts Council. Attendees will be expected to make a contribution to the Dutchess Arts Fund at the event. Space is limited, reservations are required – via telephone at 845-454-3222 or email at info@artsmidhudson.

Admission: Suggested Donation

RSVP by Friday, June 19 845- 454-3222 or info@artsmidhudson.org

Proceeds from the event series go directly to the Dutchess Arts Fund, a community-wide partnership which brings together members from all generations, cultures, business sectors and walks of life to build the resources needed to encourage and fortify one of the region’s most valuable and dynamic resource – the arts. Since its founding in 1979, the Arts Fund has distributed almost $10 million to Upstate Films and 11 other local organizations, and has provided countless opportunities for residents to enjoy and transform their lives through the arts.

Also on view during the reception at Rhinebeck Savings Bank will be a selection of original movie posters designed by the late John Alvin, preeminent designer and illustrator of cinema art.

Hosts: Carol L. Gordon, Robert and Sarah Levine, and Benjamin Krevolin

Unrated / 92 mins
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