RBG

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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. 
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Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

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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)

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“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

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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. 

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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.

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Runner

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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

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USA / 2019 / Directed by Bill Gallagher / 88 mins

Shirley

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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

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2020 • dir Josephine Decker  • 107 min • R

Parkland Rising

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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. 

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Spaceship Earth

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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, RogerEbert.com

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

 

Saint Frances

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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!


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Clueless

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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!

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Oscar Shorts 2020 – Animation

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For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Animated Shorts, plus a selection of addition shorts – HENRIETTA BULKOWSKI (USA, 16 min. featuring the voices of Chris Cooper and Ann Dowd!), THE BIRD AND THE WHALE (Ireland, 6 min.), HORS PISTE (France, 5 min.), MAESTRO (France, 2 min). Runtime: Approx. 80 mins.Read More

Oscar Shorts 2020 – Documentary (Program A)

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For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Documentary Shorts.  (Running Time: Approx. 80 mins)
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Oscar Shorts 2020 – Documentary (Program B)

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For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Documentary Shorts.  Running Time: Approx. 80 minutes
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Oscar Shorts 2020 – Documentary (Program A)

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For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Documentary Shorts.  (Running Time: Approx. 80 mins)
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Oscar Shorts 2020 – Animation

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For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Animated Shorts, plus a selection of addition shorts – HENRIETTA BULKOWSKI (USA, 16 min. featuring the voices of Chris Cooper and Ann Dowd!), THE BIRD AND THE WHALE (Ireland, 6 min.), HORS PISTE (France, 5 min.), MAESTRO (France, 2 min). Runtime: Approx. 80 mins.

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Oscar Shorts 2020 – Documentary (Program B)

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For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Documentary Shorts.  Running Time: Approx. 80 minutes
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Clemency

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In this gripping drama, Alfre Woodard delivers a deeply powerful performance as prison warden Bernadine Williams who, after years of carrying out lethal injections, must contend with the devastating emotional fallout her job creates.

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Little Women

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Based on Louisa May Alcott’s groundbreaking 1868 novel of the same name, Greta (LADY BIRD) Gerwig’s adaptation unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, relives and reflects back and forth from childhood to adulthood and back.
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Bombshell

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Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman play two of the on-air personalities of Fox News (Megyn Kelly & Gretchen Carlson) and Margot Robbie is a composite character, an ambitious evangelical new hire in this powerful movie about how the CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, was finally dethroned due to his sexual harassment of at least twenty-three women.
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A Hidden Life

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Shot on location in the alps of Austria and Italy, the latest film from Terrence Malick (BADLANDS, THE TREE OF LIFE, DAYS OF HEAVEN) is based on the true story of Franz Jägerstetter, an Austrian conscientious objector during the second world war.
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Dark Waters

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Inspired by the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family by representing West Virginia farmers who believe their cattle and crops were poisoned by toxic waste dumped by DuPont in local landfills.
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Marriage Story

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This compassionate and probing portrait of a disintegrating marriage, written and directed by Vassar alum, Noah (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, GREENBERG, FRANCES HA, KICKING AND SCREAMING) Baumbach, is his own incredibly well-acted KRAMER VS KRAMER.
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Honey Boy

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HONEY BOY, written by and starring Shia LaBeouf (PEANUT BUTTER FALCON) goes in search of himself and takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father as he struggles to deal with his frayed mental health in this most cathartic and engaging film.

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JoJo Rabbit

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Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival… And yet, not everyone will like JoJo Rabbit, and at times you’ll wonder if you should. A coming-of-age comedy whose hero is a 10 year-old German boy during World War II who wants to be a Nazi/Adolf Hitler as comic relief? As it walks some precarious high wires, Taika Waititi’s latest (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) takes a risky premise and delivers a piece of grandly entertaining provocation.
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Harriet

Lifting Harriet Tubman from the pages of history, Kasi Lemmons’ portrait of the powerful American icon evokes the surge of faith, principle, and raw courage that drove her to repeatedly risk her life.
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One Child Nation

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning.
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Official Secrets

In the run-up to the Shock and Awe attack on Iraq, Keira Knightley is Katharine Gun — a British intelligence officer who risked everything to expose a US plot to force UN delegates to support the Iraq war.
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The Laundromat

Friday, October 11th at 8:15 in Rhinebeck: Film, Q&A, and book signing with author Jake Bernstein. Each ticket includes a copy of The Laundromat (previously published as Secrecy World) by Jake Bernstein, courtesy of Netflix. Jake will sign books before the film begins.
CLICK here for Tickets (2 free per courtesy of Netflix)  (*If asked for a code, enter: UpstateFilms)

The film is adapted from Secrecy World by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein, and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Erin Brockovich, The Limey, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, Contagion, Side Effects…)
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Aquarela

Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. A visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

A modern-day adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon stars Shia LaBeouf as an outlaw fisherman who takes a wrestling-obsessed young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) under his wing.
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