Blue Bayou

View Trailer Review Buy tickets

From award-winning writer/director Justin Chon (GOOK), BLUE BAYOU is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

Both a passionate exposé of a serious injustice and a big emotional ride that is also prepared to take some interesting risks in its journey towards a old-school tear-jerker finale” -Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

Now Showing

Thursday, September 23
Saturday, September 25
Sunday, September 26

On Broadway

View Trailer Buy tickets

This documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Oren Jacoby shows how Broadway led the way in the city’s last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again. Brand new interviews with legends of the stage and screen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows.


  Friday, September 3
  Saturday, September 4
  Sunday, September 5
  Thursday, September 9


View Trailer Buy tickets

A glimpse into infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci who has led the U.S. fight against every epidemic the country has faced from AIDS to SARS to Ebola, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Thursday, September 16


View Trailer Buy tickets
Moving indoors due to weather

Thursday, Sept. 16
Bearsville, NY
Music by The Wolftones
Doors open at 5:30, music at 6:15, film at  7:15

Writer-director Ethan Hawke’s reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement. The film weaves together three different periods of time, exploring his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans and friends (including Townes van Zandt) and disciples.

A tribute to artistic integrity—and the best music biopic of the year.” –Rolling Stone

The Bear Cantina, Nancy’s Creamery, The Little Bear and the Tinker Street Tavern will all be open for business at the Bearsville Center complex, and guests are encouraged to come early for dinner (and avoid the crowds who try to dine just before the event).  The Tinker Street Tavern will also be open afterward until 1am.


View Trailer Buy tickets
There’s never been a family like Bob Tur and Marika Gerrard, who revolutionized local news by buying a helicopter and selling their footage to stations. Soon, their daring footage becomes a must-have … and the pressure to perform starts to crack the family bonds. Matt Yoka’s unforgettable documentary is filled with spectacular footage and unfiltered tales of relationships beginning to crash. (U.S., 2020, 103m)

Thursday, September 2

Man on Wire

View Trailer Buy tickets

Saturday, Sept. 11

Opus 40 (Saugerties)

Doors open at 6;00, live music at 6:30, film at 7:22 PM

Live Music with M’Bollo

On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. This was no impulsive joyride. Petit, a performance artist whose goal is inspiring joy and wonder, spent more than six years planning the stunt with a dedicated group of collaborators. James Marsh recreates the thrilling, unforgettable story in the form of a heist film. (U.S./U.K., 2008, 94m)

“Puts Petit’s performance into another, more ineffable realm: What began as a caper turned into poetry, and poetry became a prayer.” –Washington Post

Iron Giant

View Trailer Buy tickets

Thursday, Sept. 2

Doors open at 6:15, music at 6:45, film at 7:35

Del’s Roadside, Rhinebeck

Live music by the Abby Hollander Band

Fueled by fear of aliens, a small town in Maine rallies to destroy a giant metal man who falls to Earth. But Hogarth, a clear-eyed boy, sets out to save this Iron Giant. A classic of our time, Brad Bird’s film is an exciting ride for the whole family. (U.S., 1999, 86m)

“An animated tale equipped with heart, humor, blazing action and not a sappy song in earshot.” –Chicago Tribune

Nine Days

View Trailer NYTimes Review Buy tickets

Which souls will make the journey to the earthly realm? Will (Winston Duke) helps decide, in a space where time takes strange forms. The candidates vie for their opportunity, and one, the free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), reaches Will in unexpected ways. Edson Oda’s haunting, melodic film imagines a new spiritual path. (U.S., 2020, 124m)

“That rare work of art that asks you to reconsider your entire worldview.” –Variety


Wednesday, August 11
Thuesday, August 12

The Eagle Huntress

View Trailer Buy tickets

Saturday, August 21
Doors open at 6:15, music at 6:45, film at 7:55
Art Omi
Live Music by several Bard Conservatory musicians playing Venezuelian folk and classical music
Guest speaker, director Otto Bell

“Take the audience on a beautiful, thrilling journey … and introduces them to a young woman who gives bravery a bracing, unforgettable face.” –Washington Post

For centuries in their rugged mountain villages, Mongolian nomads have trained eagles as hunting partners. And for centuries, the job had been entrusted to men. When a young woman decides that eagles are part of her destiny, a thrilling true-life adventure begins. Otto Bell’s film tells the story of perseverance and daring, set in an unforgettable locale.  (U.K.-Mongolia-U.S., 2016, 87m)


Flag Day

View Trailer Buy tickets

Based on a true story, Sean Penn’s film, which he wrote, directed and stars in, follows a man who can’t stop failing—a father who, to provide for his father, lives a secret life as a con man. With Dylan Penn and Josh Brolin. (U.S., 2021, 107m)

Powerful … Penn is in top form in this wrenching true-life tale of love dancing with dysfunction.” –Variety

In Person: Screenwriter Jennifer Vogel and producer Bill Horberg
Sunday, August 15th at 2 pm – Tickets HERE

Presented in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival


View Trailer Buy tickets

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin as she navigates a challenging rise, from child star in a famous family, through moments in an uncomfortable spotlight to international superstardom … all the while seeking to find her own voice. Directed by Liesl Tommy, with Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Damon Wayans and Mary J. Blige. (U.S., 2021, 145m)


Wednesday, August 25
Thursday, August 26


Watch the Trailer IndieWire Review Buy tickets

Dash Shaw’s wry yet magical animation for grownups explores the strange discovery of Amber and Matt, who discover first a unicorn, and then a world of cryptids—creatures who we thought only existed in fiction and mythology. And they meet Lauren, who has vowed to protect them. Winner of awards at Sundance and Berlin. (U.S., 2021, 95m)

“A Disneyland-size kingdom of ideas that never cease to astound” –Playlist


Thursday, September 2

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

View Trailer Tickets
“Brilliant … a loving tribute for a friendship laden with joy, jealousy and a world that only Truman & Tennessee could inhabit, navigate and understand.” –
Two iconic American writers, each of whom wrestled with self-doubt, their sexuality, the whims of creative process and addiction, remained friends over the course of years. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland uses their writings to explore a relationship that featured tough moments and unforgettable pearls of wisdom. (U.S., 2021, 86m)



Watch the Trailer Review Tickets

“Michael Sarnoski’s stunningly controlled first feature, is a mournful fable of loss and withdrawal, art and ambition.” -NY Times

“A film of enormous beauty and depth.” -Washington Post

When his beloved foraging partner is kidnapped, a reclusive truffle hunter leaves his home in the Oregon wilderness to find her in the city. Nic Cage gives an unforgettable performance in Michael Sarnoski’s debut, a film that explores the power of love, in whatever form it might take. (U.S., 2021, 92m)


Wednesday, August 4 
Thursday, August 5


Watch the Trailer
A dramatic thriller directed by Academy Award® winner Tom McCarthy and starring Matt Damon, Stillwater follows an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. (US, 2021, 140m)
Coming Soon


View Trailer Austin Chronicle Review Buy tickets

The teenage Ruby is a Child of Deaf Adults, or CODA—two parents who are running a struggling fishing business. Ruby’s also a gifted singer. Encouraged to apply to a prestigious medical school, she finds herself pulled by two strong forces: her passion and her beloved family. Sian Heder’s film won an unprecedented four awards at the Sundance Film Festival. (U.S., 2021, 111m)

Reminds us of the comforting, even cathartic, gratifications of a feel-good story well told.” – Hollywood Reporter

All screenings of CODA will be presented in the Open Caption format, with subtitles at the bottom of the screen for both English and ASL dialogue. 


Thursday, September 2

The Green Knight

Watch the Trailer! NY Times Review Tickets

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, THE GREEN KNIGHT tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men.

Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table. (US, 2021, 125m)


Thursday, August 19

Rear Window

View Trailer Buy tickets

Thursday, August 19, doors open at 6:30, music at 7:00, film at 7:45

Due to weather, this event is postponed to the rain date on Friday, Aug. 20, music at 7:00, film at 7:45

Del’s Roadside, Rhinebeck
Tickets: $10

Buy tickets.

Jimmy Stewart plays a newspaper photographer, who while recuperating, watches his neighbors through his window. When he sees what he thinks is a crime unfolding, he becomes an unlikely detective, drawing himself into danger. (U.S., 1954, 112m)

“One of the master’s greatest stunts. Not only is this a thriller without on-screen violence or a visible (human) corpse, but virtually the entire movie unfolds in a single room.” –Village Voice

Maggie’s Plan

View Trailer Buy tickets

Saturday, August 14, doors open at 6:15, music at 6:45, film at 8:00
With special guest director Rebecca Miller
Opus 40, Saugerties
Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate Films members)
With live music by Dolunay

Buy tickets.

Rebecca Miller’s sharp-witted film has romance and comedy, but it’s no typical rom-com. Greta Gerwig plays a woman (Greta Gerwig) who, after luring away a married man (Ethan Hawke) from his wife, decides to reunite them. (U.S., 2016, 98m)

“Clear-eyed, generous and funny—tart but not sour, sweet but not too sweet.” –New York Times

Fantastic Fungi

View Trailer Buy tickets
Saturday, August 14, doors open at 6:15, music at 6:45, film at 8:00
At Opus 40, Saugerties

Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate Films members)
With live music by Dolunay

This vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit—the mushroom—begins 3.5 billion years ago, with fungi creating the soil that supports life, its mycelial networks connecting vast systems across the planet. Through the eyes of mycologists and scientists including Paul Stamets, Michael Pollen and Andrew Weil, we learn about the power, beauty, and complexity of the fungi kingdom, recognizing that fungi offer food, medicine, and expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis, and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

(U.S., 2018 / Directed by Louie Schwartzberg)
Unrated / 1 hr 21 mins.

Lady Bird

View Trailer Buy tickets

Thursday, August 12, doors open at 6:45, music at 7:15, film at 8:00
Del’s Roadside, Rhinebeck
Tickets: $10
With live music by the T McCann Band

Buy tickets

A lovable but real dysfunctional family navigates a series of transitions in Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated comedy, featuring unforgettable performances by Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts and, as a sharp-tongued teenaged daughter on her way into the world, Saorise Ronan. (U.S., 1994, 94m)

“The rare movie that manages to be affectionate, entertaining, hilarious, witty and confident.” –Vox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

View Trailer Buy tickets

Thurs, August 5, doors open 6:30, music at 7:00, film at 8:15

Del’s Roadside, Rhinebeck
Tickets: $10
Live music by Lara Hope Trio

Wes Anderson’s delightful and morally complex animation follows as Mr. Fox breaks a rule … putting his marriage in jeopardy and endangering the delicate balance of nature around him. But Mr. Fox seems to always have one more trick up his sleeve … Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and and Jason Schwartzman (U.S., 2015, 98m)

“The perfect kids movie for grown-ups.” –Arizona Republic

Little Miss Sunshine

View Trailer Buy tickets

Saturday, July 31, doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30, film at 8:15
With special guest
Cow Flop, Saugerties 
Tickets: FREE
Live music by the Forefathers

We’ll celebrate 15 years of Sunshine with the Hoover family, who load into a VW bus so that the young Olive can compete in a talent and beauty contest. Bad choice for them … but great laughs for us (“put the fun back in dysfunctional,” the film’s catchphrase read). (U.S., 2006, 102m)

“A scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it.” –Rolling Stone

Blade Runner

View Trailer Buy tickets
Due to the stormy weather forecast, this Thursday’s screening of Blade Runner for the Hudson Valley Picture Show at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is being postponed until Friday, July 30.
Also, The Blue Dahlia will be performing before the film (replacing the Lara Hope Trio).

Friday, July 30, doors open at 6:30, music at 7:00, film at 8:15p
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate Films members)
Live music by The Blue Dahlia.

(Note: Hampton Fancher, the film’s screenwriter, will not be able to attend the screening as originally scheduled due to illness.)

Buy tickets

Considered by many to be cinema’s greatest dystopic sci-fi film, Ridley Scott’s classic follows the mercenary Deckard (Harrison Ford), who is ordered to hunt and destroy four androids. Enter Rachel, whose identity complicates Deckard’s plans.

“One of the most extraordinary worlds ever created in a film.” –Roger Ebert

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

View Trailer Buy tickets

Saturday, July 24, doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30, film at 8:20

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
Del’s Roadside, Rhinebeck
Tickets: $10 
Live music by Zac and Miles

R.J. Cutler captures a stranger-than-fiction tale of a preternaturally gifted girl’s rise to global superstardom, and the pressures facing a teenager on the road in a media-saturated world. (U.S., 2021, 140m)

“The best coming-of-age movie of 2021 … just happens to be about a multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning international superstar.” –US Weekly

American Utopia

View Trailer Buy tickets
UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, we’re moving American Utopia and Simi Stone indoors to the Kaatsbaan Studio Theater (see below for directions)

Saturday, July 17, doors open at 6:45, music at 7:15, film at 8:30p

American Utopia, featuring special guest choreographer Annie-B Parson
Kaatsbaan, Tivoli
Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate members)
Live music by Simi Stone

Spike Lee’s vibrant concert film captures David Byrne’s beloved Broadway show, filled with stirring, moving hits and brilliantly choreographed dances. (U.S., 2021, 135m)

“A miraculous celebration of neighbourly love … intoxicating.” –The Independent

Directions to the Studio Theater: Turn left onto Kaatsbaan Road (120 Broadway). Follow into the property and turn right after the first barn. Take the next right into the parking lot. Walk left toward the office and the Stanford White “Music Barn.” Continue right and the Studio Theatre building will be directly front. It’s the more modern looking building.

An American Werewolf in London

View Trailer Buy tickets

Saturday, July 10, doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30, film at 8:30
An American Werewolf in London, featuring special guest Griffin Dunne
Opus 40, Saugerties
Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate members)
Live music by Shana Falana

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of John Landis’ horror/comedy classic, following two Americans (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) whose backpacking trip is tragically interrupted by an attack by a wolf. What happens next will have you howling. (U.S., 1981, 97m)

“A classic, no less.” –Time Out

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

View Trailer Tickets

“It’s not where you go. It’s what you leave behind.” Anthony Bourdain, the chef, writer, adventurer and provocateur used his unexpected fame to turn the world’s attention to the people and cultures the mainstream media often ignored. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR) offers a loving and honest look at Bourdain’s insatiable appetite for life. (U.S., 2021, 118m) 


Thursday, August 12
Friday, August 13

Summer of Soul

Watch the Trailer! Guardian Review Buy tickets

“A pulsating panorama a joyous and welcome addition to the documentary subgenre” –IndieWire

Questlove’s stirring, rich history, winner of the two top awards at Sundance, uses a forgotten musical series, the Harlem Cultural Festival, to revisit the era of civil rights, the moon launch and Motown through the lens of African Americans.

(U.S., 2021, 117m)


Saturday, August 14

The Truffle Hunters

View Trailer Buy tickets

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw follow a group of determined men, and their profoundly committed dogs, as they content with their aging bodies and the vagaries of the wild to discover the most delicious truffles, hidden deep within the forests of Piedmont, Italy. (U.S.-Italy, 2020, 84m)


6:00p Wednesday, July 14
6:00p Thursday, July 15
Friday, July 16
Saturday, July 17


View Trailer

Lee Isaac Chung’s debut feature, winner of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for Youn Yuh-jung, follows a Korean-American immigrant family who pin their hopes for reinvention on rural Arkansas, testing their strength and their bonds as a family. (U.S., 2020, 116m)

Click on showtime to purchase tickets
7:30 PM, Friday, June 25
7:30 PM, Saturday, June 26
6:30 PM, Sunday, June 27

The Loneliest Whale: The Search For 52

View Trailer Buy tickets

Director Joshua Zeman (with Executive Producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier) brings along on a quest that’s both scientific and spiritual: connecting with the “52 Hertz Whale,” which may have spent its entire life in solitude, calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale. Cinematic and engrossing, this journey teaches us about the ocean, and ourselves. (U.S., 2021, 96m)

8:15 Wednesday, July 14
8:15 Thursday, July 15 (last show!)


Watch the Trailer! Nomadland Review
“An intimate, expansive portrait of itinerant lives.” –New York Times
Chloe Zhao’s film, winner of Best Picture, Best Actress (for Frances McDormand) and Best Director, follows the journey of a woman who, dislocated from her once-stable life, finds herself learning to survive and see anew on the road.
(U.S., 2020, 110m)
Buy tickets (all screenings in Small Theater):
7:45 PM Friday, June 18
7:45 PM Saturday, June 19
5:45 PM Sunday, June 20

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Watch the Trailer! IndieWire Review

“Anyone who watches will come away moved by everything its cast and crew managed to accomplish.” Toronto Globe & Mail

The most influential children’s show of all time was also a radical experiment in social engineering, and a passion product for a band of revolutionary educators and artists, including Jim Henson, dedicated to inclusion, tolerance and absurdist fun. You’ll appreciate “Sesame Street” even more than you did as a kid. 

(U.S., 2021, 107 min)

Buy tickets:

4:45 PM* Friday, June 18
4:45 PM* Saturday, June 19
2:45 PM* Sunday, June 20

(These screenings will be in our small theater)

In the Heights

Watch the Trailer! Read the Review!

“Exuberant and full of life … the kind of electrifying theatrical experience that people have been waxing nostalgic about ever since the pandemic began.” –IndieWire

Alex Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit musical follows the owner of a bodega who, after inheriting a fortune, prepares to return home to the Dominican Republic, and sees his beloved New York City through new eyes.

(U.S., 2021, 143m)

Buy Tickets: Click on showtime to purchase tickets

1:00, 4:15 & 6:30, Friday, June 25
1:00, 4:15 & 6:30, Saturday, June 26
1:00 & 4:15, Sunday, June 27


View Trailer

Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 into 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics, capturing a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate today.

Join audiences nationwide on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 6:00 pm ET, for a virtual Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Mr. SOUL!, followed by Q&A with the producer, writer, director of Mr. SOUL!, Melissa Haizlip.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up, Black Public Media, and The WNET Group, in collaboration with Arizona Public Media, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Charitable Film Network, City of Mesa, Durango Public Library, Gary International Black Film Festival, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Peace Film Festival, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, Kansas City Public Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Panhandle PBS, PBS Hawai‘i, Pickford Film Center, Tillotson Center, Upstate Films Ltd., WSIU Public Broadcasting, and Yale Film Archive.

To attend this free virtual pop-up screening, please RSVP on Eventbrite. Instructions for joining the screening will be sent to your email. At screening time on February 19th, follow this link to join event on the OVEE platform.

9to5: The Story of a Movement

Virtual Screening & Talkback
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities, and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change.

From Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (directors of the Oscar-winning film AMERICAN FACTORY), 9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace forever.

Join audiences nationwide on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET for a virtual Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of 9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT featuring opening remarks by director Julia Reichert and secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Elizabeth H. Shuler, and a post-screening panel with Valarie Long, International Executive Vice President of SEIU; and Adriana Alvarez, a worker leader from Fight for $15, and moderated by Karen Nussbaum, founding director of 9to5, District 925, SEIU, and Working America.

Representatives from AFL-CIO,, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, and National Legal Advocacy Network will be joining in the text chat to share resources and opportunities about workers’ rights.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up, in collaboration with 9to5, and groups from coast to coast including Upstate Films, with support from ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

RSVP link:

Screening link:

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Eventbrite which also includes the screening link. The film will be open captioned and the livestream Q&A will have ASL interpretation.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

View Trailer NYTimes Critics Pick

Ric Burns’ film explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist, a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds, who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and the baseline of our shared humanity.


A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, he talked about his life and work, battles with drug addiction, homophobia, a medical establishment that long shunned his pioneering work on cognitive disorders, and his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.
US/2020/dir by Ric Burns/ 110 mins


View Trailer

Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary Feature, Best Original Song

The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is momentous. In tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and unparalleled legacy upholding justice, Magnolia Pictures is proud to offer RBG for Virtual Cinema ($6.99 to own). Magnolia will be donating its net proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation in support of their Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Ginsburg in 1972. While we’re all mourning the loss of an American hero, we hope that viewers will be re-introduced to her work, and take her passion and courage back out into the world.During her life, she developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon (the notorious RBG) – racking up victories for gender equality since the early 1970s and writing brilliant dissenting opinions on important issues. 
Read More

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

View Trailer NYT Review

Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late author Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog’s deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips, and a mound of “brontosaurus skin,” encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient rituals, and the mysteries stitching together life on earth. (via Music Box)


“To elaborate as Chatwin did, Herzog implies, is a legitimate response to places that can’t help but exert a strong pull on the imagination. And of course, the truth-and-a-half principle figures heavily in Herzog’s own art — of which this film is a particularly outstanding example.” – Glenn Kenny

The New York Times


USA / 2019 / Directed by Werner Herzog / Unrated / 1hr 25 mins

Rebuilding Paradise

View Trailer Review

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with climate-impacted conditions aka global warming’s aftershocks, quickly grew into a devastating firestorm that engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time what became known as the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. From the moment the crisis began, Oscar-winning director RON HOWARD led a filmmaking team to the city and would go on to spend a year with Paradise residents, documenting their efforts to recover what was lost. 

As residents faced the damage to their lives, to their homes and to more than 150,000 acres in and around their 141-year-old town, they did something amazing: They worked together to heal. The community members went on to forge a bond stronger than what they had before the catastrophe, even as their hope and spirit were challenged by continued adversity: relocations, financial crises, government hurdles, water poisoning, grief and PTSD. 

  • You can pre-order a digital screening of Rebuilding Paradise, opening July 31, for only $12, after which you’ll have 30 days to start the film and 3 days to finish it … Click the link below and you’ll go to Eventive.
  • The you register with your own personal login details … It’s easy; enter your name and email address and set a password. Signing up is free.
  • This film can be viewed on any computer, laptop, iPad, Chromebook, or other mobile device.
  • Note: To watch this film on a television you need to mirror or cast from one of the above devices to your television or connect your laptop/device directly to an input on your television via HDMI or VGA cables.
  • For any questions regarding streaming connection or payment issues, you will need to visit Eventive’s help page.
  • Please note that we are unable to offer member prices.

The Camp Fire and its overwhelming aftermath became a de facto lesson in what we all must do: protect our environment, help our neighbors, plan for future dangers and remember to preserve the traditions that unite us — just as these resilient citizens did when they began the important task of Rebuilding Paradise

US/2020/dir by Ron Howard/ 95 mins.

Purchase Ticket



View Trailer The Upcoming Review

When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (known as Guor Marial) ran from capture in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US. In his new life, Maker began running again, participating in high school track and field and eventually becoming a sensation and qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. But because the newly formed South Sudan was not recognized by the International Olympic Committee, Maker had to fight to compete independently, refusing to run for Sudan and taking a stand against its oppression.

RUNNER depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete, told in intimate interviews with gorgeously animated flashbacks of Guor’s upbringing and culminating in a heart-wrenching reunion with his parents after a 20-year separation. His story is a distinctly inspirational one in which the indomitable human spirit emerges against all odds.

There will be a live virtual Q&A with Guor Mading Maker and filmmaker Bill Gallagher on Saturday at 9PM ET. Those who purchase their tickets before then will receive an email invite to the Q&A.

“Astronomically affecting and heartbreaking, the moments where Maker reunites with his family are some of the most moving images in contemporary cinema.” Andrew Murray, The Upcoming


USA / 2019 / Directed by Bill Gallagher / 88 mins


View Trailer The Guardian review

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple (Moss & Michael Stuhlbarg), prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

“As willfully unconventional as a literary portrait could possibly be,  director Josephine (Madeline’s Madeline) Decker’s take on Shirley Jackson is a thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside.”The Guardian

This link will become active on Friday, June 5th:


2020 • dir Josephine Decker  • 107 min • R

Parkland Rising

View Trailer Review

Join us for a special virtual screening of Parkland Rising, the new documentary on the student-led protest movement that energized the conversation about gun laws in the United States. The film charts the story of the young leaders who respond to the traumatic shooting not just with vigils and remembrances, but with direct political action against the gun lobby and the politicians who are beholden to it. 

Read More

Spaceship Earth

View Trailer Review

SPACESHIP EARTH is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world. (via Neon)

“… it’s an impressive example of basic storytelling techniques refined for maximum impact, each element reinforcing and feeding off every other element, as in the enclosed ecosystem that it depicts.” – Matt Zoller Seitz,


US / 2020 / Directed by Matt Wolf / 1 hr. 53 mins.


Saint Frances

View Trailer Review

In partnership with Oscilloscope Laboratories, Upstate Films is proud to present SAINT FRANCES – written by and starring Kelly O’Sullivan, a refreshing new female voice, the film is charming and real. Tickets are $10 per household (half of which comes to Upstate Films), and this gives you access to the film for 3 days once you begin watching. Upon clicking the ticketing link, you can create a login, provide your payment details, and begin streaming the film immediately. We recommend that you take a look at our Virtual Cinema FAQ for compatibility information or general inquires. We hope you enjoy it!


Read More


View Trailer Review

Now a modern classic this comedy is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma but here transposed to Beverly Hills where a wealthy, good-looking fashion forward high school girl, Cher Horowitz, is happy to orchestrate her friends’ lives, even as she dabbles in her own affairs of the heart, and all the while adding to the lexicon. Totally! Whatever!

Read More

The Assistant

View Trailer Vogue reviews

With the Weinstein trial just concluded, here’s a film about a day in the life of a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer who’s landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. 

Read More