Nosferatu @

UPAC in Kingston screens Nosferatu with live organ accompaniment on Friday

One of the great conceits of locally based filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s vampire reverie, Only Lovers Left Alive, was the cool ennui that the timeless must live with as they discern and hold onto…

Lacey Schwartz

WFF features Little White Lie by Woodstock-raised filmmaker

As the commercial mainstream movie market sinks ever further into escapism and fantasy, there are fewer venues for the contemplative soul who prefers a film that embraces reality. So when the 15th annual…


Sassy, star-powered & socially responsible: 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival

Those Fiercely Independent folks are back, and if you move fast you can still get a piece of the onscreen action. Yes, this week marks the return of the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF)…

gone girl @

Almost nothing is what it seems in David Fincher’s twisty Gone Girl

Because the Village Voice’s resident movie reviewer Jonas Mekas was off making a film of his own in June of 1960, when Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released, a still-youngish journalist named Andrew Sarris…

Valley Uprising co-director Nick Rosen working in Yosemite (photo by courtesy of Sender Films)

New Paltz Climbing Film Festival

“There’s a fine line between boldness and stupidity.” So says one veteran climber in the trailer for Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution, the centerpiece of the 2014 Reel Rock Film Tour, which…

Still from This Is Where I Leave You .

Putting the fun back in funeral in This Is Where I Leave You

What does it say about our times that dysfunctional family comedies have become a freestanding subgenre in the moviemaking universe? Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You is the second example of…

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela will visit this year’s Woodstock Film Festival. His music is featured in Michael Lessac’s documentary A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake.

Hugh Masekela coming to Woodstock Film Festival

Don’t wait until the movies that you most wanted to see at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival are already sold out. Tickets are on sale right now, and can be ordered online at…

Author & Bard professor Joseph Luzzi

Da Vinci versus da Mafia in Joseph Luzzi’s My Two Italies

On one hand, there is this romanticized notion of Italy,” says Joseph Luzzi, professor of Italian at Bard College and author of the recently published My Two Italies. “It’s a place where you…

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip To Italy

The Trip to Italy does nothing new, but in a funny way

Of late, food porn has leapt off the pages of glossy magazines to constitute a movie genre of its own, successfully manifesting just these past few months in Chef and The 100-Foot Journey….

Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton in the 1984 cult classic Repo Man.

BasilicaScope highlights work of Alex Cox in Hudson

Basilica Hudson is rapidly emerging as a truly cutting-edge Hudson Valley performing arts venue, following up last weekend’s SoundScape extravaganza of indie and experimental music with a weekend film festival called BasilicaScope. The…

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly © 2014 All Rights Reserved

An Ulster Publishing publication