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“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…

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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…

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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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Elliott Landy talks about his photo book of movie stars in Woodstock

Glamour was serious business then: unattainable by most mortals, but still, we could dream. In the magical images of our favorite stars, dressed to the nines and presenting themselves like the royalty they’d…

Moira Shearer in the Powell and Pressburger classic The Red Shoes

Powell & Pressburger masterpiece The Red Shoes on the big screen in Rosendale

There’s absolutely nothing like a Powell/Pressburger film, which always started with an arrow hitting its target, just as all their great works did – especially the voluptuously beautiful and deeply memorable The Red…

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The Wrecking Crew at a theater near you

A new documentary film, The Wrecking Crew, tells the story of a legendary small set of West Coast studio musicians who accounted for a staggeringly disproportionate percentage of the great tracks in the…

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