9to5: The Story of a Movement

Virtual Screening & Talkback
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
RSVP: https://bit.ly/9TO5-OVEE-RSVP

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, Coworker.org, 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: https://bit.ly/9TO5-OVEE-RSVP

Screening link: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/i01cj

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.

La Strada

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There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. (via Janus Films)


Italy / 1954 / Dir by Federico Fellini / 1h 48m


Martin Eden

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Pietro Marcello’s Italian-language adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel features an intense performance by Luca Marinelli who, in the title role as a charismatic, unschooled aspiring writer consumed by love, ambition and politics, won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival.


Transposed to mid-century Naples, at a provocative moment in Italy’s history, Martin saves a young man from a beating by a gang of toughs, and then accompanies him home to a lunch at where he meets the upper-class family. Martin falls for the sister, Elena (Jessica Cressy), a university student whose beauty and intelligence inspires him. He hopes to vault beyond his roots by becoming a writer and thereby win her affections. All leads to a political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. The film cleverly intercuts documentary snippets as Martin struggles to get published as he rails against a world that has let him down. But perseverance furthers as he achieves fame and success. As in the novel, Martin is mistaken for being a socialist, but he actually believes only in the power of the individual. Ultimately, MARTIN EDEN is a story of unrequited love: Martin is spurned by Elena, his cultured girlfriend until he has made it, by which point it is too late. Unrated. In Italian, Neapolitan and French with subtitles.
Italy/2020/dir by Pietro Marcello/ 129 mins

Citizens of the World

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Writer, director, star Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of his arthouse hits Mid-August Lunch and The Salt of Life with Citizens of the World, a warm and delightful reflection on life with characters you’ll want to spend more time with after the credits roll.

Three Italian retirees in their seventies are seriously considering moving away from their roots in Rome to find a place to live in a country where their meager pensions will go further. The Professor (Di Gregorio), retired after teaching Latin his whole life, is getting bored; Giorgetto, one of the last true Romans, struggles to make ends meet every month; and Attilio, a hippie-esque antique dealer hopes to revisit the passions and emotions of his youth. Planning for the scouting trip, the trio trawl the pubs and restaurants of a sun-saturated Rome and discover that, even having reached senior-dom, they can still learn one or two lessons about life and themselves.


Italy/2020/dir by Gianni de Gregorio / 90 mins

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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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


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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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We’re happy to bring you this French noir classic, with a fresh new print that highlights the beautiful black and white cinematography from Philippe Agostini.

Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais), back from prison after taking a rap for Jo le Suédois (Carl Möhner), is ready to settle a few scores and mastermind a brilliant jewel heist. A worldwide smash hit, Rififi earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come. (via Rialto)


“No matter how many heists you’ve seen, how many gangs you’ve watched fall apart or how many aging crooks you’ve seen walk up a mean street to a violent destiny, Rififi never loses its ruthless grace and force.”

Michael Wilmington

Chicago Tribune

“It becomes as savage as ”Reservoir Dogs,” ”The Killing,” or any of the other dozens of films over which it still casts a shadow.”

Owen Gleiberman

Entertainment Weekly


France / 1955 / Directed by Jules Dassin / Unrated / 118 mins


Out Stealing Horses

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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson, OUT STEALING HORSES stars Stellan Skarsgård as a grieving widower whose encounter with an old acquaintance from his youth causes him to recollect his own coming of age in 1948. Confronting feelings of guilt from events long ago, he summons wisdom from the past to help him deal with the grief of the present. The Norwegian entry for best international entry at this year’s Oscars, the film combines first rate performances with the alluring backdrop of the harsh Norwegian countryside.


“An ambitious film that examines memory and consciousness through the perspective of an older man who’s determined to escape from memory and to constrict his lived experience.” – Glenn Kenny

The New York Times


Norway / 2019 / Directed by Hans Petter Moland / Unrated / 2hrs 2 mins

Galaxy Quest

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UNDER the STARS at the Beekman Arms’ Delamater Inn
Nearly twenty years after their hit TV series went off the air, the five stars of “Galaxy Quest” (pitch-perfectly played by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Tony Shalhoub) are still donning their costumes, making ends meet by signing autographs for their legions of die-hard fans at gatherings like shopping mall openings and what have you.  But then a group of actual aliens who’ve seen the re-runs believe the show is a documentary about these brave intergalactic heroes & heroines, and arrive at an autograph convention and whisk Commander Taggart (Allen) and his crew into space to help them in their all-too-real war against a deadly adversary. This terrific parody and homage stands on its own as a nearly flawless entertainment.

US, 1999, directed by Dean Parisot, PG, 102 mins.“Fast, light and funny, Galaxy Quest has a wide, generation – spanning appeal — and you don’t have to be a die-hard Trekkie to enjoy it.” 
-Kevin Thomas, L.A.Times

OUTDOORs behind the Delamater Inn – Dinner & A Movie SCREENING

Saturday, Sept 12 (rain date Thursday Sept 17)
6:30pm @Delamater House in Rhinebeck  8pm-ish GALAXY QUEST under the stars

Tickets – $65 Upstate Films Members / $75 others

… Beekman Arms will provide the following dining options:  pulled pork sliders, BBQ chicken, vegetarian pasta salad, coleslaw and baked beans… Eat at socially distanced picnic tables before the movie. Bring blanket or portable seating. Only 45 spaces available. We appreciate your support for this Upstate Films’ fundraising show. 


Billy the Kid

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A provocative coming-of-age story, Jennifer Venditti’s debut film, BILLY THE KID (2007), is an acclaimed odyssey into the soul of an American teenager. Venditti follows Billy as he navigates small town Maine, grappling with isolation and first-time love, and traversing the frustrating gap between imagination and reality. Exhilarating and heartfelt, the film grants an intimate, empathetic view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider and provides an unvarnished and unique snapshot into what it’s like to grow up in America.
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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)


“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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John Lewis: Good Trouble

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Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

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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


USA / 2019 / Directed by Bill Gallagher / 88 mins


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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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La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House)

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Combing stop-motion techniques, painting and photography, this exquisitely handcrafted animation feature tells the story of a girl who escapes a cult colony of religious fanatics during Chile’s darkest years under Pinochet.

Maria, a girl finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired by the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, “The Wolf House” masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers. In Spanish & German with English subtitles. (Via KimStim) 

Either before or after you watch the film, enjoy this Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by film critic Carlos Aguilar.

Chile / 2018 / Directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña / 75 mins.


“The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes.” – Glenn Kenny 
The New York Times
“In both concept and execution, The Wolf House will render you awestruck.” – Carlos Aguilar 

Berlinale Forum: Caligari Prize / Monterrey Film Festival: Best International Animated Feature Film


Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future. In English and French with English subtitles. (via Kino Lorber)

“Always legible, sometimes reductive, but never condescending, Pemberton’s film offsets a lack of complexity with an abundance of clarity.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire


New Zealand / 2020 / Directed by Justin Pemberton / 103 mins.

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


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


Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

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Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world, produced colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the ways in which the patriarchal art world pushed her into obscurity. BEYOND THE VISIBLE is available now as a virtual cinema offering from Kino Marquee. 

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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Writing for The New Yorker for nearly 25 years, Kael’s charismatic voice transformed not only the field of film criticism, but also, by virtue of her influence over studios, filmmakers, film schools, and audiences, the course of movie history. Nearly 20 years after her death, this documentary summons her indomitable spirit – feisty, witty and above all free-thinking – with interviews, archival clips, and snippets from the movies she loved to write and talk about. Upstate Films presents WHAT SHE SAID as a Virtual Cinema offering with a taped introduction by film critic and Hudson Valley resident Thelma Adams.

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The Booksellers

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A beguiling new documentary offering a tour of New York City through the lens of the passionate and often eccentric individuals who love, collect and sell vintage and antique books. Upstate Films is bringing you The Booksellers as a virtual cinema offering in partnership with Greenwich Films. Tickets are $9.99, and half the gross proceeds will come back to support Upstate Films.

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View Trailer The Guardian Review

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we’re teaming up with KimStim to bring you EARTH, a new film from Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Depicting seven locations where humans have radically transformed the landscape on a massive scale, EARTH is a stunning testament to our power over the natural world and our capacity to strip that world of all that is human and hospitable. The film weaves together observational footage of machines in operation with frank conversations with the workers that run them.


EARTH is available from KimStim through the Vimeo on Demand platform. Tickets are $12 per household, and you’ll have 72 hours to watch the movie after you purchase your ticket. After you purchase your ticket, you’ll be able to stream the film on supported browsers or through the Vimeo app on your device. Upstate will receive 50% of the proceeds from each ticket, helping us stay afloat during the pandemic.

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A White, White Day

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In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter. (Film Movement)


A WHITE, WHITE DAY is available from Film Movement, through the Film Movement Plus platform. Tickets are $12 per household, and you’ll have 72 hours to watch the movie after you purchase your ticket. When you make the purchase, you will receive an email from Film Movement with instructions on how to watch. You can watch on your browser, or stream with the Film Movement Plus App, which is available on most every common digital device (Apple, Roku, Amazon, Android…).

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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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