Thelma and Louise

Best friends – one, Thelma, a bored housewife, the other, Louise, a straight-laced waitress at a coffee shop –  have grown sick and tired of what they’ve settled for, and decide they need to take a break.
OUTDOOR SCREENING Saturday Aug 24 at Greig Farm, Red Hook (243 Pitcher Ln) … Bring a Picnic or Enjoy Papa’s Best Batch incredible edibles. (Online tickets will be available until the morning of the show. Tickets will also be on sale evening-of at Greig Farm.)  GET ADVANCE TICKETS ON LINE here

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The Silence of Others

Sunday, August 11th, followed by post-screening discussion with Guillermo Fesser
Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A powerful and poetic cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past.
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Tapped

In celebration of Plastic Free July, Upstate Films and SunCommon co-present this FREE screening! Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.
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The 38th Annual Black Maria Short Film Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films Friday August 2nd! Named after Thomas Edison’s film studio, dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name, the program features a collection of award-winning works — including animation, narrative, and documentary films chosen by the festival jury. Immediately following the screening, Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will conduct a Q & A with the audience, along with filmmaker Seth Kramer & writer/performer Ann Talman. The show begins at 8:15pm and will take place at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.
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The Woodstock Film Festival presents: The Great Hack

Sunday, July 21st at 1:30 in Woodstock
Director Jehane Noujaim & Executive Producer Sarah E. Johnson will be in attendance at this screening for a Q&A. Tickets $15
From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.
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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The latest film in a growing collection of Bay Area gentrification narratives that includes Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy and last year’s Blindspotting, Joe Talbot’s funny, heartfelt, and achingly bittersweet feature tells its story from the perspective of someone who lived it, and who can’t bear to leave their hometown behind.
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The Dead Don’t Die

From writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers, Paterson…) comes a star-studded horror comedy featuring a cast of Jarmusch regulars (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits), along with newcomers Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, & Carol Kane.
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The Secret Garden

This summer, you can read the book, watch the film, and see a live performance of The Secret Garden! The live production is currently running at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (click here for details). And on Sunday, July 14th at 12:30pm, Upstate Films and Oblong Books will co-present a special screening of the 1993 film adaptation starring Maggie Smith, followed by an informal book group discussion. Click here to purchase film screening tickets in advance. Click here to purchase the book online through Oblong Books.
Following a silent film version in 1919 and a dramatic rendition in 1949, Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden became the third, and to date the most definitive, adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel for the big screen. Both a critical and a commercial success at the time of its release, Maggie Smith received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the film, and the British Film Institute today includes it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
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Late Night

Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, the prickly host of a long-running network talk show, who sees the writing on the wall – she’s going to be replaced – and goes into crisis mode bringing in her first and only female staff writer (Mindy Kaling).
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Booksmart

In Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever play Molly and Amy, respectively, best friends and overachieving middle-class Los Angeles high-school seniors approaching graduation day. Read More

From Farms to Incubators

Saturday June 29th at 1pm in Rhinebeck, join us for a work-in-progress screening and discussion about women at the forefront of science and farming. The discussion will be moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, President and Founder of Food Tank, an organization highlighting stories of hope and success in the food system. Panelists also include investigative journalist and filmmaker Amy Wu; Le Vuong, Founder and CEO of Fishrock Laboratories; Tinia Pina, sustainability professional and Founder & CEO of Re-Nuble, and Lindsey Shute from Hearty Roots Farm. This is a FREE screening. Donations taken at the door will benefit the completion of the Farms to Incubators initiative, which includes the documentary and an upcoming book.
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Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee had already been recognized as a filmmaker to watch with his student Academy award winner Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, and then with his hit indie feature SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT. But it is DO THE RIGHT THING that solidified his reputation as a major creative talent. Now, on the 30th anniversary of its release(!), it is, unfortunately, timely as ever with its exploration of racial tensions that explode.
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Hail Satan?

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon).
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Photograph

A struggling Mumbai street photographer who’s pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit in the new film by writer/director Ritesh (The Lunchbox) Batra.
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White Crow

In 1961, while a young man of 22, Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of dance, comes from Russia’s St Petersburg to Paris as a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company.
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Tolkien

TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school.
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The Biggest Little Farm

The successes and failures of a couple determined to live in harmony with nature on a farm outside of Los Angeles are lovingly chronicled by filmmaking farmer John Chester in this inspiring documentary.
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Her Smell

Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss), the brilliant and brash front woman for the rock band Something She, is foul-mouthed, nihilistic, and incredibly talented. Mother of one, bandmate to two, and friend to none, Becky is at the height of her career and the top of the party game — with only one direction to go.
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Coraline

Sold Out… Sunday, May 5th at 12:30 in Rhinebeck, join Upstate Films and Oblong Books for a special screening and discussion with author Neil Gaiman. Tickets $18 Adults / $15 Seniors and Students / $12 Members and Kids under 16.
When Coraline moves to a new home in this stop-motion animated tale, she feels neglected by her stressed-out parents but soon finds a magic portal leading to a parallel world where everything seems perfect.
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Laura

Back in the mid-1940s in the heyday of the studio system a tug of war throw-down between a studio and its head – Fox and Darryl Zanuck – and a director – Otto Preminger- miraculously resulted in a hit film noir that decades later, in 1999, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, and was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 best mystery films of all time.
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Sky and Ground

This powerful film gives voice and body(ies) to the term “refugees” as it accompanies a family on foot from Aleppo, Syria on their trek to reach relatives in Germany. Join us Saturday, April 13th at noon for a screening and discussion with filmmaker Joshua Bennett; Lea Matheson, senior advisor on migration and humanitarian issues in the Office of the President at the UN; Vassar College professor Maria Höhn, co-founder of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance and Director of the Consortium on Forced Displacement, Migration, and Education; and Ahed Festuk, an activist from Aleppo who is now living in NY, and who was one of the pioneering women demonstrators against Bashar al-Assad. This event is being presented for FREE. Donations taken at the door will benefit the Refugee Welcome Corporation in Albany (suggested donation $10).
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Gloria Bell

From director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience) comes an English-language rendition of his Chilean award-winner, Gloria, starring Julianne Moore and John Turturro.
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Apollo 11

APOLLO 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.
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Intelligent Lives

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for some of the most systematically segregated people in America. Join us for a special benefit screening (suggested donation $10) on Saturday, March 16th at noon, followed by a panel discussion anchored by Richard Feldman and Janice Fialka, who are featured in the film; Renee Brenner, ECDC specialist from Independent Living, Inc & Co-Chair for the Mid-Hudson Special Education Task Force; Diann Keyser, Supervisor for Care Management at the Resource Center for Accessible Learning; and Rhinebeck mayor Gary Bassett. Proceeds will benefit Rhinebeck’s Autism Supportive Committee (#1thing).
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Greta

Isabelle Huppert gives audiences yet another reason to venerate her as she raises arched eyebrows to new heights in this wicked pulp thriller from Academy Award®-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto).
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Roma

Academy Award winner – Best Foreign Film
Roma was one of 2018’s most anticipated films, and it’s been the subject of rapturous reviews since its fall festival debut. The lushly shot, monochromatic domestic drama from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También) — who also served as his own cinematographer — tells the story of a family in Mexico City and a girl who works for them.
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Stan & Ollie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel & Hardy, leading us on an affectionate tour behind the scenes, and offering a moving portrait of the burdens and blessings of a creative bond.Read More

If Beale Street Could Talk

Academy Award Nominee – Regina King (Best Supporting Actress), Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe Nominee – Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Screenplay, & Golden Globe Winner – Regina King (Best Actress)

From Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk brings a colorful, romantic eye to James Baldwin’s novel about a young couple tragically separated by a false arrest.
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Roma

Academy Award winner – Best Foreign Film
Roma was one of 2018’s most anticipated films, and it’s been the subject of rapturous reviews since its fall festival debut. The lushly shot, monochromatic domestic drama from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También) — who also served as his own cinematographer — tells the story of a family in Mexico City and a girl who works for them.
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On the Basis of Sex

A wonderful companion piece to last summer’s hit documentary, RBG, On the Basis of Sex stars Felicity Jones as young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, following her trajectory from law school to impassioned advocate for gender equality.
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No Choice

Although 59 percent of US adults say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, it remains one of the most divisive issues in America. Join us Saturday, February 9th at noon in Rhinebeck for a benefit screening of selected shorts from Bill Moyers’ No Choice series, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Elana Michelson, SUNY Empire State College professor, activist, and author. The panel will also feature Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley; Robin Marty, author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America; Shannon Wong, Chapter Director of the NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, and Eileen Meltzer, nurse practitioner. Proceeds from this screening will benefit Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Suggested donation $10. 
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2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Documentary

For the 14th 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. Click below for information on the program. (Estimated Running Time: 137 mins)
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2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action

For the 14th 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 Live Action Shorts. Click below for information on the program. (Estimated Running Time: 108 mins)
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Studio 54

Join us February 15th at 8:15pm in Rhinebeck for a tribute to disco! Scott Taylor, a former Studio 54 bartender; Myra Sheer, Steve Rubell’s assistant; and Susan Shapiro, one of the videographers who contributed original footage to Tyrnauer’s documentary, will be at the screening in person for a Q&A. Come in costume! A prize will be awarded for the best outfit. Tickets $12 Adults / $10 Seniors & Students / $8 Members. Proceeds from this screening will benefit LEAF of the Hudson Valley, a legal environmental advocacy fund protecting natural resources and curbing overdevelopment in Rockland County. Online ticket sales have ended, but tickets are still available for purchase at the box office, beginning at 1:45 today.
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