Judi Dench in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

Judi Dench & Kenneth Branagh on screen in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

First it was onscreen operas from The Met: Live in HD; then it was classic plays from London via the National Theatre Live series that have become wildly popular ways for us provincials…


Pachyderms in peril: Free screening of Warlords of Ivory in Millbrook

The more scientists study endangered elephants, the more we can appreciate their intelligence, their inventiveness, their capacity for play and empathy – and the more appalling their slaughter for mere human adornment seems….

Benedict Cumberbatch

Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch on screen in Rosendale

The British National Theatre Live series is hot right now. Consider the casting of today’s great actor Benedict Cumberbatch – of Sherlock fame – as Hamlet, in a new full-length production screening this…


“Misunderstood Creatures” get in free at Edward Scissorhands this Friday at UPAC

If you don’t want to fork over the nominal $6 admission charge for the 7:30 p.m. show of Edward Scissorhands this Friday, November 20 at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, all…

Nina Simone, 1969.  (photo by Gerrit de Bruin)

The Amazing Nina Simone screens with director’s chat at Upstate Films

When the late Nina Simone first hit the music scene in the 1950s, and right through the Civil Rights movement of the ’60s, even the most anti-racist of white audiences didn’t know what…

Jacir Eid in Theeb

Special screening of Theeb with director Naji Abu Nowar at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck

Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar wanted to make a feature film about Bedouins, inspired particularly by the dramatic possibilities inherent in the sacred law of hospitality, or dakheel: If a stranger arrives at…


UPAC screens two classic horror movies on Friday

Ever wondered whether those fright flicks of old still carry their weight in remembered chills? Does it make sense to bring one’s young’uns when the very idea of black-and-white makes them scoff? With…

Prizewinning local filmmaker Susan Hamovitch has made a featurelength documentary that follows a storm survivor from New Orleans’ hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, Susan Boutwell LaGrange, through the first four years after Katrina as she struggles to lift her family out of poverty.

Surviving Katrina is just Square One

Kerhonkson filmmaker’s Stood for the Storm at Rosendale Theatre Out of great traumas come great stories, testifying to the heartening human capacity for forging creation out of destruction. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath…

Ivy Meeropol’s documentary Indian Point covers the dramatic debate over nuclear power by going inside the plant that is at the center of the most contentious re-licensing process in the history of the industry.  It will be showing at the Beacon International Film Festival on Saturday, September 19 at 8:15 p.m.

Beacon International Film Festival this weekend

While impatiently waiting for the Woodstock Film Festival to haul its Fiercely Independent self back into town, aficionados of cutting-edge indie cinema have an opportunity this weekend to get an early fix across…

Winter’s Bone was shot at actual homes in the Ozarks, with much of the supporting cast recruited among residents of the area. One such non-actor was a burly biker named Ron Hall, a veteran of two tours of duty in Vietnam who goes by the nickname Stray Dog in real life and played backwoods meth kingpin Thump Milton in the movie.  Hall is shown above with his great-grandson and his granddaughter, Robin, in Stray Dog. (Eric Phillips-Horst | Still Rolling Productions)

Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik to discuss new doc Stray Dog at Upstate Films

Independent filmmaker Debra Granik first made her mark as a highly talented iconoclast with one of the most successful feature films ever shot in the mid-Hudson Valley, Down to the Bone. It won…

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