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London National Theatre: The Hard Problem

In Rhinebeck 
July 8
Wed 2:00 
(UK / 2015 / Directed by Nicholas Hytner)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors & Students / $13 Members
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).
Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one. – National Theatre Live
Unrated / 3 hours
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The 34th Black Maria Film Festival: Short Film Program

July 10
Friday 7:00
Join us for a special evening of award-winning short films, followed by a q&a with festival director Jane Steuerwald. Tickets $12 Adults / $10 Seniors and Students / $8 Members and Kids under 16. 
The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films! Honoring Thomas Edison, inventor and creator of the motion picture, the festival features award-winning narrative, experimental, animated, and documentary shorts. This year’s presentation at Upstate features award-winning films from each category.
Featured titles include:
  • Umbrella House – Documentary. 10 min. by Catalina Santamaria, New York, NY. “Umbrella House” reveals the stories of the squatter community – most of them  immigrants – that took over abandoned buildings in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, reconstructed them and made them into homes.
  • SoundPrint – Experimental. 8 min. by Monteith McCollum, Vestal, NY. Explores the marks left by sonic frequencies on various materials and landscapes, natural and artificial.
  • Egghead – Experimental. 1 min. by Patrick Longstreth, Marina Del Rey, CA. A bizarre breakfast encounter explores gender roles, reproduction, and the cycle of human life.
  • Fishwife – Animation. 4 min. by Luke Jaeger, Northampton, MA. An enigmatic dancing man and a dog-headed woman celebrate the birth of a fish-child, then watch as it takes flight.
  • Steel Mill Rolling – Documentary. 12 min. by Ross Nugent, Pittsburgh, PA. Equal parts landscape, industrial and portrait film, “Steel Mill Rolling” is a document of a functioning steel mill in Western Pennsylvania.
  • The Stick Maker – Documentary. 4 min. by Curtis Albucher, Philadelphia, PA. For the Onondaga, the game of lacrosse is played for the pleasure of the Creator, and has a deep meaning for the players and their community.
  • The Ballad of Holland Island House – Animation. 4 min. by Lynn Tomlinson, Owings Mills, MD. “The Ballad of Holland Island House” tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay, brought to life through fluidly transforming animated clay-on-glass paintings.
  • Self Portrait Portrait – Documentary. 6 min. by James Hollenbaugh, Lancaster, PA. Bryan Lewis Saunders has been creating a self-portrait every day for nearly twenty years.
  • Return to Dak To – Documentary. 49 min. by Christopher Upham, San Francisco, CA. Director and combat medic Christopher Upham journeys to vibrant contemporary Vietnam with four veteran comrades.

We have all heard the clichés and assumptions often made about filmmakers working in the short form.  Most typical is that the work is meant to be a “calling card” primarily to gain access to the world of commercial feature length film.  Not true for the filmmakers who continue to push the boundaries of the moving image and who have exhibited their work for decades in the Black Maria.  We appreciate and celebrate the short form in all its permutations for its artistic challenges, aesthetics, and substance. – Black Maria Film Festival


Unrated / 98 mins.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Laura Nix and The Yes Men)
R / 90 mins.
Yes Man Mike Bonanno in person on Friday July 17th. Time TBA. Upstate Films Rhinebeck.
In need of a funny movie about climate change? Look no further. In THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING, the infamous prankster activists turn their imaginative shaming schemes toward corporations and governments doing little to address the escalating crisis.
THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING chronicles the latest schemes of pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the infamous activists known for duping the media with their impersonations of corporate hustlers and government stooges. With global warming at the top of their agenda, the duo travel to Washington, Copenhagen, Uganda, and the Albertan tar sands, recording every step of their journey as they meet with collaborators and pull off witty stunts. But things become challenging as the pair enters a new chapter in their lives. No longer in their 20s, both have university teaching posts to maintain, and both have reached various levels of domestic stability. Mike has a wife and two kids, while Andy has found a committed boyfriend. The stress of nurturing their relationships gives rise to tensions that threaten to fracture the duo’s long partnership. But they can’t quit each other for long, particularly once Occupy Wall Street re-awakens their faith in popular protest. A fresh reflection on the question of how one sustains a life of activism, THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING is as sincere and heartwarming as it is intelligent and laugh-out-loud funny. If you’ve never seen a Yes Men stunt, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve followed their antics in earlier films, you’ll delight in this latest barrage.
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