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Preview new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts

The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park will present a pre-broadcast screening of highlights from Ken Burns’ new documentary film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History…

Still from I Need My Monster

Woodstock Museum Film Festival this weekend

As summer winds down, a mid-Hudson culture vulture’s thoughts turn to the wonders that await us in the fall. High on that list is the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF), October 15-19. With its…

Still from 'A Will for the Woods'

Learn more about green burial in Rhinebeck

Ever go for a drive through central Queens or along Long Island’s Southern State Parkway and feel amazed that so many square miles of real estate are dedicated to rows of headstones? Not…

Two of Andrzej Wajda’s best-known classics, Ashes and Diamonds (above, 1958) and Man of Iron (1981), along with his less-familiar Innocent Sorcerers (1960), are included in a series of “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” curated by Martin Scorsese.

Masterpieces of Polish cinema at Upstate Films

Though little-known in the US except for the work of expatriates ending up in Hollywood like silent-film siren Pola Negri and directors Roman Polanski and Agnieszka Holland, Polish cinema has a history as…

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National Theatre’s War Horse screens in Rhinebeck & Rosendale

So you’ve seen the Steven Spielberg film, and you’ve wondered how in the world a story of such epic scale could have been rendered onstage – garnering wild critical and popular acclaim, plus…

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You’re in Charge this Saturday at Upstate in Woodstock

If you’re old enough, you may remember actress Mary Kay Place as the wannabe country music star Loretta Haggers on the oddball 1970s TV soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – a role that…

Metaphorphoses, Tanaquil Le Clercq and George Balanchine (Kino Lorber, Inc)

Rosendale to screen lauded Tanaquil Le Clercq biopic this Sunday

Truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes. Consider this uncanny incident in 1944, when the original March of Dimes – a pet cause of president and polio victim Franklin D. Roosevelt – was…

Natalie Merchant

Shelter screening & domestic violence panel this Friday in Kingston

Natalie Merchant attended the first One Billion Rising Ulster County event in 2013, created as part of an international event to raise awareness of domestic violence. Moved by the event, she hosted a concert…

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Ode to a musical vehicle for joy – and protest

The great paintings and sculptures that were liberated near the end of World War II from their intended destination in a “Führermuseum,” as depicted in the current movie The Monuments Men, were not…

Matt Walsh in Hits, directed by David Cross

Five Hudson Valley-produced films to premiere at Sundance

Thanks in large part to the efforts of the folks at the Hudson Valley Film Commission, the mid-Hudson Valley has become an ever-more-attractive cluster of locations for shooting movies, whether big-budget or indie….

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