Viggo Mortensen shines as Ben, a rugged idealist living off-grid with his six children in a pristine Pacific Northwest forest, far from the technological temptations and concrete jungles of contemporary society. When his wife passes away, Ben’s beliefs are challenged as the family ventures into the world outside their home to attend her funeral.
Starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carrell and Blake Lively, Woody Allen’s latest is a whimsical romantic comedy set in 1930s Hollywood, amidst the pretentious parties and backroom gossip of studio executives and A-list stars.
The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films this Friday July 29th! The program will be presented in-person by festival director, Jane Steuerwald, and features a collection of stellar works touring with the festival this season. The selections include animation, narrative, and documentary films from the top award-winning works chosen by the festival jury. Immediately following the screening, Jane Steuerwald will conduct a Q & A with the audience. July 29 at 8:30 pm in Rhinebeck.
A Free Show Presented by the Ulster County team of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Making a Killing tells the story of how guns — and the billions made off of them — affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families.
For his feature directorial debut Academy Award–nominated screenwriter and independent film stalwart James Schamus adapts and directs Philip Roth’s novel – an exquisite period portrait of a young man at a crossroads in America of the early 1950s.
Filled with mountainous vistas and oddball characters, Taika (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE centers on a defiant city kid who gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside.
No ordinary historical drama, Zachary Treitz’s quiet, candle-lit directorial debut about a pair of awkward brothers whose lives are interrupted by the Civil War strips the period film bare.
This new documentary is about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt, who caused an uproar when she coined the phrase the “banality of evil” while covering the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for the New Yorker magazine.
Guest speaker: Roger Berkowitz: Academic Director of Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College, date yet to be determined
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Directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind’s best-selling book Life Animated: a story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, tells the real-life inspirational story of his son Owen, a boy who couldn’t speak for years until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
A film director has to cope with her dying mother and deal with a pompous American star on set and off in this tragicomic triumph by Nanni Moretti whose films include THE SON’S ROOM which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2001, DEAR DIARY that dealt with the filmmaker’s own battle with cancer, and WE HAVE A POPE about a cardinal reluctant to don the robes.
From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes this stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. .