While we await the eventual reopening of our brick & mortar cinemas, we have a cozy waiting room set up with some carefully curated movie/event selections. Participating is a great way to keep Upstate humming in the next many months while we busily improve the theaters including enhancing air quality control and filtering. (Also please donate and become a member!)

Please find our available titles below:

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    La Strada
    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.
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    Martin Eden
    Pietro Marcello’s Italian-language adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel features an intense performance by Luca Marinelli who, in the title role of an unschooled aspiring writer consumed by love, ambition and politics, won the Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
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    Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
    Renowned neurologist and literary giant Oliver Sacks is posthumously celebrated in this profound, highly engaging, deeply personal memoir.
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    RBG
    The unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court is the subject of RBG, a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen.
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    Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint
    A dazzling, course correcting documentary that describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the history of her rejection and rediscovery by the art world.
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    A White, White Day
    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.
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

While Upstate Films is temporary closed, we are offering curated virtual screenings of new films unavailable anywhere else via our Virtual Screening Room. These are films that would be playing in theaters across the country and are unavailable on any other streaming platform.

This is a new way to exhibit films for theaters and distributors alike. We hope the Frequently Asked Questions below can help you navigate this new movie-watching experience.  Thank you for joining us virtually!

How do I watch the films?

Each film we offer will be available through the individual distributor’s website and streaming platform. You can access these films from our Virtual Screening Room page, where you’ll be taken to their websites to purchase and watch the film. A portion of your “ticket” will support Upstate Films, the same way it does when you buy a ticket at our box office. Ticket price, terms of rental, and viewing methods will differ for each title and and are available on the specific film page.
 

I purchased the film but don’t see how to watch it.

Once you’ve completed the purchase, your web browser should display instructions on how to watch the film, including information on any apps available for streaming devices. Additionally, you should receive an email receipt that also contains viewing instructions. If you are still having issues, please contact the film distributor via the email receipt (tech support contact information is often at the bottom of the email).
 

Is there an Upstate member price?

Due to the nontraditional nature of these screenings, each Virtual Screening selection is offered by the distributor at a flat rate to all patrons. Your virtual ticket purchase during this time not only gets you access to a wonderful, exclusive film in your home, but offers critical support for while we’re closed. If you’d consider an additional donation to Upstate Films, you can do so here. Thank you!
 

Can I use a gift card to pay?

Unfortunately, that’s not an option at the moment. You’ll be able to use them when we reopen—thank you for your support!
 

Can I get a refund?

All refunds will be handled by the distributor and not Upstate Films. Each distributor will be presenting the film on their platform and collecting money. If you’re having trouble reaching the distributor let us know by emailing info@upstatefilms.org and we’ll be happy to help.
 

How do I get these films on my TV, Firestick, Chromecast, Roku, etc.?

Many Virtual Screening Room films are available on apps for your streaming device such as Roku, Firestick, Chromecast, or Apple TV. Instructions for utilizing any available apps will generally be provided to you once you’ve paid for the film.

In addition to using apps, there may also be ways to mirror your laptop or phone to your television. Because each person’s home viewing setup is unique, we cannot offer support for this, but completing an internet search with what devices you have available is generally helpful.

If your laptop or home computer has an HDMI port, connecting to your television using an HDMI cable may also be an easy way to get an image from your computer to your TV screen.

(A big thank you to Amherst Films, from whom we cribbed most of the text on this page.)