Guest Speakers

The centerpiece of Upstate’s year-round international program provides an opportunity for the audience to meet the people who make films, to learn about the creative process, and to reflect on the role of cinema in society. Since 1972, Upstate has hosted hundreds of guests… not only filmmakers (and more recently videomakers) – including editors, directors of photography, sound personnel, production designers, composers, and screenwriters – but also critics, scholars, and writers.


Intelligent Lives

Intelligent Lives

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce ...
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Black '47

Black ’47

Sponsored by Solas an Lae / Sunday, March 17th at 2:30pm in Rhinebeck ...
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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Read the book, watch the film! Sunday, March 31st at noon ...
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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Q&A with director Seth Kramer - Sunday, March 24th at 2:30 in Rhinebeck ...
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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

March 13, 16, & 20 in Rhinebeck ...
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No Choice

No Choice

Although 59 percent of US adults say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, it remains one of the most divisive issues in America. Join us Saturday, February 9th in Rhinebeck for a benefit screening of selected shorts from Bill Moyers' No Choice series (suggested donation $10), followed by a panel discussion ...
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Then Came You

Then Came You

Sunday, March 3rd at 8:15 with director Peter Hutchings in person ...
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Studio 54

Studio 54

Join us February 15th for a tribute to disco ...
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Green Book

Green Book

Winner of this year’s coveted People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival ...
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Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield was a white, teen-age harmonica player who grew up on Chicago’s south side where he learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Post-Screening Q&A with Gabe Butterfield at Upstate & later at Colony 8pm - Gabe Butterfield & Friends play the music of the Paul Butterfield Blues BandHis interracial band added a rock edge to the Chicago blues ...
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Rodents of Unusual Size

Rodents of Unusual Size

In Person: Director Jeff Springer. Friday, November 16th in Rhinebeck ...
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We the Women of Afghanistan: A Silent Revolution

We the Women of Afghanistan: A Silent Revolution

Sunday October 20th at 1pm, join the Engage Film Series for a benefit screening of WE THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Nahid Shahalimi ...
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Lives Well Lived

Lives Well Lived

In Person: Director Sky Bergman, Saturday October 27th in Woodstock ...
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Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda

Beloved comedienne Gilda Radner was an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” and won an Emmy for “Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music” in 1977, and received a posthumous Grammy in 1990 ...
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Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace

DISTURBING THE PEACE follows sworn enemies -  former Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say "enough." IN PERSON: Steve Apkon, Marcina Hale, & Combatants for Peace from the film ($12/$10 seniors/$8 members/under 16) ...
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Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

In Person: Karen Shapiro, the film's producer... $12/$10 Seniors/$8 Upstate & WAAM members & Students Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists whose pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement ...
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The Anthropologist

The Anthropologist

In Person: Director Seth Kramer. Friday December 9 at 8:15pm in Rhinebeck. Tickets on sale now at the Rhinebeck box office. ($10 Adults / $8 Seniors and Students / $6 Members and kids under 16)  From Siberia to the Andes, the South Pacific, and the Chesapeake Bay, anthropologist Susan Crate is fascinated by how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their ways of life as a result of climate change. By following her work, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST reveals the scale of the issue while giving it a variety of human faces ...
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The Brainwashing of My Dad

The Brainwashing of My Dad

In Person: Filmmaker Jen Senko When her father transformed from a non-political, lifelong Democrat into a Right-Wing fanatic after listening to talk radio, filmmaker Jen Senko set out to uncover the forces behind the media that changed him ...
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Life, Animated

Life, Animated

*Academy Award Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 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.  IN PERSON: Roger Ross Williams Wed Oct 12 Rhinebeck 8pm - A co-presentation of The Devereux Foundation and Upstate Films ($12/$10 seniors/$8members) ...
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Nobody's Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect

A Free Screening brought to you by The Gillespie Forum. In Person: Filmmaker Dana Weidman. Nobody's Perfect is about the discovery of the genetic mutation that causes Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy in the filmmaker's family ...
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IN PERSON: Sergei Polunin, Choreographer Jade Hale-Christofi, Producer Gabrielle Tana, Executive producer Carolyn Marks Blackwood. All attend this special show - a benefit for Upstate Films' Fund for the Future. Tickets: $20/Upstate Members $15. Thank you to Carolyn Marks Blackwood & Gabrielle Tana from Magnolia Mae Films and to IFC Entertainment! Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin, blessed with astonishing power and poise, took the dance world by storm becoming the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later — at the height of his success — he walked away from it all, driven to the brink ...
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Love and Friendship - with director Whit Stillman

Love and Friendship – with director Whit Stillman

In Person: Writer-director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco, Barcelona, Damsels in Distress). Friday June 22nd at 5:45 in Rhinebeck. This show will be followed by a q&a. Tickets on sale now at the Rhinebeck box office. Stillman brings a unique sense and sensibility to his adaptation of an unpublished Jane Austen novel that stars Kate Beckinsale as a sassy social climber in the 1790s who's blissfully unaware of her own self-absorption, and who doesn't let the truth get in the way of a good story, after all "facts are horrid things" ...
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Call Her Applebroog

Call Her Applebroog

The Woodstock Film Festival presents this deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. In Person: Artists Joan Snyder & Ida Applebroog, and director Beth B ...
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Indian Point

Indian Point

This Special Preview showing of Ivy Meeropol's award-wining documentatry, INDIAN POINT is a fund-raising screening for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater that still needs another year of work to fully restore the sloop to coast guard standards. In Person: Director/Producer  Ivy Meeropol and film subjects, activist Marilyn Elie and journalist Roger Witherspoon. Admission: $20; Senior Citizens: $15. For further information: or 845-265-8080 x 7113 ...
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Invitation to Dance

Invitation to Dance

This is an eye-opening insider's account of disability in 21st century America. IN PERSON: Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton ...
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Green Streets

Green Streets

The Historical Society of Woodstock's Building Fund presents Maria DeLuca and her award-winning film on community gardening at Upstate Films/Woodstock. This inspiring film documents a wide-range of culturally diverse community gardens that were established in each of New York City’s five boroughs during the 1970s and 1980s ...
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The Preppie Connection

The Preppie Connection

How to win friends when you're a blue-collar kid at an elite boarding school?:  smuggle kilos of uncut cocaine into your snooty prep school.  IN PERSON: Producer Joseph Mensch ...
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Here Come the Videofreex

Here Come the Videofreex

In the late 1960s and 1970s, a group of renegade journalists known as the Videofreex democratized the future of the media as they deployed the first handheld video cameras to report and observe the world around them.Today, thanks to cell phones, the ability to shoot video footage anywhere and anytime is taken for granted, but 45 years ago the means of video communication were controlled by the TV networks. IN PERSON: Parry Teasdale, a founding member of the Videofreex, was also deeply involved with Lanesville TV, one of the first pirate TV stations, throughout the 1970s. Parry Teasdale in Rhinebeck ...
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Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now

Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now

For the past three years, Jon Bowermaster's team has been filming in more than twenty states while conducting more than 120 interviews. Narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, the film is a direct appeal to President Obama, but it is also a very loud shout-out to every elected official in the country to carefully consider the growing evidence that proves that leaving fossil fuels in the ground is the only reasonable energy path forward. IN PERSON: Jon Bowermaster ...
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An engaging  recreation of both the glamour and oppressive mood of post-World War II America, TRUMBO stars Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo one of the most emblematic figures of Hollywood's Golden Age -- a prolific screenwriter and political activist/idealist who worked constantly and defiantly, though at significant personal and professional cost. Saturday November 28th, Woodstock, IN PERSON: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Zachary Sklar (JFK) who is the son black-listed writer George Sklar. Zach grew up in Hollywood during the 1950s and knew many of those blacklisted ...
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The Amazing Nina Simone

The Amazing Nina Simone

"The Amazing Nina Simone" tells the story of the singer, songwriter, pianist and activist, through over 50 exclusive and intimate interviews with the people who knew Nina best: her friends, family, musicians and fellow activists, including Eric Burdon (The Animals), Sam Waymon (Nina’s Brother & Longtime Band Member), Nikki Giovanni (Poet, Professor & Friend) & Marie Christine Dunham-Pratt (Nina's Lover & Friend). IN PERSON: Filmmaker Jeff Lieberman ...
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Paradise is There: A Memoir by Natalie Merchant

Paradise is There: A Memoir by Natalie Merchant

PARADISE IS THERE revisits Natalie Merchant’s multi-platinum solo debut album, Tigerlily, originally released in 1995 after she left the hit rock band 10,000 Maniacs. On the occasion of re-recording Tigerlily, she's made a memoir-style film to tell her own story, the story behind the songs and the impact Tigerlily has had on her audience. IN PERSON: Natalie Merchant Jon Bowermaster... $12 Adults /$10 Seniors /$8 Members. Tickets available now at the Rhinebeck box office.  ...
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Stray Dog

Stray Dog

After the success of WINTER'S BONE which was nominated for four Academy Awards and launched Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik could have seemingly written her own ticket, but that's naive. Instead, for her follow-up, Granik created a documentary portrait of Ron "Stray Dog" Hall (who played meth-man Thump Milton in the 2010 film) ...
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The Hunting Ground

Woodstock May 30 Rhinebeck May 31 Sat 1:30 Sunday 8:00  (US/2014/dir by Kirby Dick) PG-13 / 90 mins IN PERSON: Tara Sanders, Exhale to Inhale's program director for Upstate New York. Exhale to Inhale's mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to heal and reclaim their lives through the grounding practice of yoga. Tickets: $11 Adults / $9 Seniors and Students / $7 Members and Kids under 16.  A documentary exposé about the huge yet hidden problem of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide.  From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, a vital and frank investigation of sexual assault in the U.S. military, ...
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Pelican Dreams

Pelican Dreams

In Rhinebeck Feb 8 Sun 1:00 (USA / 2014 / Directed by Judy Irving) G / 80 mins. * In person: Migratory bird rehabilitator Annie Mardiney  In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we ...
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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Rhinebeck: March 7 Sat 1:30 March 8 Sun 2:45 Woodstock: March 8 Sun 1:30 (US / 2014 / Directed by Mary Dore) Unrated / 92 mins.  In Person: Sat March 7 (Rhinebeck) 1:30 show with Nancy Kennedy editor/co-producer, and Sun March 8 (Woodstock) 1:30 show with Sheila Isenberg (NY Radical Feminists) and Carol Hanisch (NY Radical Women - Redstockings) SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. Taking us from the founding of NOW -- with ladies in hats and gloves -- to the emergence of more ...
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In Woodstock  Nov 29-30 Sat 5:00 with filmmakers Sun 5:00 (USA / 2014 / Directed by Robert Greene) *Saturday November 29th, In Person: Director Robert Greene and actress Brandy Burre With luxurious slow-motion sequences and staging worthy of a ‘50s melodrama, Robert Greene’s celebrated new film follows Brandy Burre, an actress (HBO’s The Wire) who gave up working to start a family and decided to re-start her career years later. With glimpses of her stint on The Wire and a funny peek at Burre sifting through paltry royalty checks while her daughter plays nearby, Actress presents a sharp contrast between the allure ...
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The Discoverers

The Discoverers

Coming Oct 24 Please check back (US/2014/Justin Schwarz) unrated / 104 mins  IN PERSON: Griffin Dunne  Sun Oct 26th matinee (time tba)  Lewis Birch (Dunne), a divorced, washed-up history professor now teaching at a junior college and moonlighting as a security guard hopes that his mammoth study on York, a slave who accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark, will turn his career around. He decides to take his estranged teenage children (Madeleine Martin, Devon Graye) on a road trip to an academic conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But then Birch's mother dies and the trio take a major detour ...
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Art House

August 16 Saturday 2pm (US/2014/Writer/Director Don Freeman) In Person: Filmmaker Don Freeman $15 general admission / $12 for Byrdcliffe members...The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is proud to sponsor this important documentary because of its own placement in the history of great artist-made houses in the U.S. ART HOUSE traces the trajectory of the American artist-designed home from its 19th-century roots, exploring houses created by 12 artists from diverse disciplines, including White Pines in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY and Olana, Frederic Edwin Church’s Persian-inspired home in Hudson, NY. Some artists don’t just create masterpieces — they live in them. In ...
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A Will for the Woods

A Will for the Woods

In Rhinebeck  August 24 Sunday 12:30 (USA / 2013 / Directed by Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan, and Brian Wilson) In Person: co-directors Jeremy Kaplan, Amy Browne, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson In A Will for the Woods, a man’s passionate wish for a green burial inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death. Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark discovers the movement to further ...
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A Short History of Decay

A Short History of Decay

July 27 Sunday 3:00 (USA / 2013 / Directed by Michael Maren) In Person: Writer/Director Michael Maren Generational differences provide both insight and humor in this unusual story about a failed Brooklyn writer who visits his ailing parents in Florida. Soon after Nathan’s (Bryan Greenberg) girlfriend dumps him, he learns that his father has had a stroke. Flying home to his parents’ spacious home in Florida, where his dad is recovering and his mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Nathan brings with him a New York City ennui. While he spends most of his time sitting around feeling sorry ...
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Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

In Woodstock April 5 Saturday 5:15 *followed by q&a* (USA / 2012 / Directed by Kerry Candaele) *IN PERSON: Co-producer Greg Mitchell Come get inspired! Saturday April 5th in Woodstock... From its thunderous percussion to the simplicity of its “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has inspired awe for nearly two centuries. Hailed as “a battle cry for humanity,” Following the Ninth tells the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by the symphony. In 1989, Chinese revolutionaries set up covert speakers in Tiananmen Square, playing the Ninth to drown out a speech by Premier Li Peng. The same year, ...
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BOMBAY MOVIE (with filmmaker Q&A and catered reception)

BOMBAY MOVIE (with filmmaker Q&A and catered reception)

In Rhinebeck  Saturday May 10 2:30 pm* (India, USA / 2014 / Directed by Alexandra Eaton) *In Person: Director Alexandra Eaton. The film will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A and a catered reception at Cinnamon Indian Cuisine. Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors and Students / $13 Members. ON SALE NOW at the Rhinebeck box office. In Bombay, a city of brutal working conditions and success stories so unreal they could be fairy tales, Raja Menon sets out to make a movie about the men and women who quietly serve the city’s wealthy. A far cry from India’s typical song ...
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Fellini's I VITELLONI coming to Upstate Films

I Vitelloni

In Rhinebeck  Jan 22 Wednesday 2:00   (Italy/1953/Federico Fellini) unrated/103 mins IN PERSON: Joseph Luzzi, Associate Professor of Italian at Bard College, author of the forthcoming memoir My Two Italies,  introduces and leads post-screening discussion The popularity of Fellini's second film, a tale of arrested development, made the title, which literally means "fattened calves", enter the Italian vernacular while helping secure the maestro's career as a director. In the seacoast town of Rimini, five young layabouts live in a post-adolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape. They hang out at the pool hall spending lira provided by their indulgent families ...
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In Woodstock  Dec 8 Sunday 1:00 (US/1991/dir by Oliver Stone & co-written with Zachary Sklar) R /189 mins  IN PERSON: co-screenwriter Zachary Sklar  If you were alive fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, you know where you were when you heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, and if you weren't, check out this amazing film on the "big screen" with our guest, co-screenwriter Zachary Sklar. Speculation and argument about the assassination continues. Zach Sklar, co-writer of JFK, will be on hand to discuss the controversial three hour Oliver Stone film. As he and the director ...
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Bordering on Treason

Bordering on Treason

In Woodstock January 26 Sunday 1:00* (USA / 2013 / Directed by Lorna Tychostup) In Person: Lorna Tychostup & Trish Dalton In February 2003, Lorna Tychostup, a single mother and News & Politics Editor for a local arts magazine in New Paltz, N.Y., knowingly risks her life, imprisonment, and a million dollar fine by traveling to Iraq under the threat of war. Her controversial journey is challenged in a live television broadcast as FOX News lambastes her efforts as “villainous and bordering on treason” and accuses her of aiding and abetting the enemy on the brink of war. Traveling without ...
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Beyond Iconic

Beyond Iconic

In Rhinebeck  December 8 Sunday 1:00 IN PERSON: Hanna Sawka (US/2012/dir by Hanna Sawka) unrated / 75 mins James Dean used with permission from James Dean, Inc. A master class on life, a portrait of a life fully realized: BEYOND ICONIC introduces Dennis Stock in his own words and through hundreds of his famous photographs, which include images from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Jazz, hippies, the American social landscape, architecture, landscapes and nature. James Dean walks down Broadway, his shoulders hunched against the drizzle. The greatest legends of jazz, from Louis Armstrong to the cool Miles Davis, ...
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In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

Next Week In Woodstock  Nov 24 Sun 1:00 (UK/2013/dir by Tomas Leach) IN PERSON: Filmmaker Tomas Leach... ($10 & $8 members) According to filmmaker Tomas Leach his subject, Saul Leiter, the octogenarian, limelight-shy New Yorker, helped usher in the use of color photography, and could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apt (a la Bill Cunningham). An intimate and personal ...
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Paris Was A Woman

Next Week In Rhinebeck  Nov 23 Sat 1:00 (US / 1996 / Greta Schiller  Andrea Weiss) IN PERSON: Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss will discuss the film A film portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors (including Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris. Greta Schiller's award-winning documentary explores the extraordinary women, many of whom were lesbian or bisexual, in the Left Bank's thriving cultural scene between the wars. Through Schiller's exceptional filmmaking, and Andrea Weiss's brilliant research and screenwriting, we come to know the living, ...
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Morton Downey Jr

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

In Rhinebeck  August 4 Sunday 2:30 IN PERSON: Seth Kramer and Jim Langan (US/2013/dir by Seth Kramer/Daniel Miller) R / 90 mins. Morton Downey, Jr, son of an immensely popular singer and entertainer couldn't make it himself as a singer, so this former friend to the Kennedy's reinvented himself and became television's trash talk pioneer whose life soon became as messy as his manner. Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late '80s, Downey tore apart ...
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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

In Rhinebeck  July 10   Wednesday 8:15   (USA / 2012 / Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre) Unrated / 106 mins.  In Person: Marina Abramovic Tickets: $12 Adults / $11 Seniors and Students / $10 Members In Akers' and Dupre's captivating documentary, cameras follow performance artist Marina Abromovic as she works to open a retrospective of her life's work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The central performance of the exhibition requires her to sit silently at a table with a single museum-goer at a time. The popularity and novelty of this performance led to ...
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All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert

In Rhinebeck  July 28   Sunday 3:00   (US / 2012 / Directed by Vivian Ducat) Unrated / 78 mins. In Person: Winfred Rembert and director Vivian Ducat Winfred Rembert relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings of cotton fields, juke joints, churches and work gangs he remembers from his youth spent in the Jim Crow South. In a series of intimate reminiscences, he shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.  A glowing portrait of how an artist -- and his art -- is made.  All Me is ...
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My Father Evgeni

My Father Evgeni

In Rhinebeck April 21 Sunday Matinee 3:30pm (Ukraine, US  / 2010 / dir by Andrei Zagdansky) 77 mins/unrated IN PERSON: Filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky. Q&A will follow the film screening. Tickets: $10 Adults / $9 Seniors and Students / $8 Members Andrei Zagdansky (Interpretation of Dreams) returns to Upstate Films with a film about his father that captures a moment of historical time as it masterfully weaves archival footage of the waning of the Soviet state, imagery of New York, and of Kiev and its now abandoned Popular Science Film Studio where his father was chief.  All  this Zagdansky blends to ...
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Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York

In Woodstock June 30 Sun 2pm  $10   (US/2012/dir by Nina Roseblum & Daniel Allentuck in association with Mary Engel) UR /75 mins  In Person: Nina Rosenblum & Daniel Allentuck... presented in collaboration with The Center for Photography Woodstock In the 1930s and '40s the Photo League had a profound influence on American photography. Twelve years in the making, this is the story of the life and times of the legendary organization of amateur and professional photographers that flourished in NYC during the dark days of the 1930s and up til 1951. The League was the brainchild of two City ...
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Orchestra of Exiles

Orchestra of Exiles

In Woodstock June 15 Sat 1:15 (USA, Israel / 2011 / directed by Josh Aronson) Unrated / 85 mins. Benefit for MAVERICK CONCERTS. In Person: Director Josh Aronson. Tickets $15, available through Maverick (845.679.8217). From Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson (SOUND AND FURY), ORCHESTRA OF EXILES  reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world's greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Palestine Philharmonic (which would become the Israeli Philharmonic).  In the early 1930s Hitler began forcing Jewish musicians out of orchestras across ...
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Street Journeys

Street Journeys

in Woodstock March 2 Saturday 2:30 (2012 / Directed by Tracy Christian) Unrated / 58 mins In Person: Director Tracy Christian. ** Click HERE to purchase tickets through Woodstock Film Festival ** Proceeds will be split between WFF & The Shangilia Foundation. "I made this film because I wanted to bring to light a happy story out of Africa. The grim tale of the impoverished country and starving children has been told before. This is a film about triumph over adversity, hope over despair." - Tracy Christian In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief ...
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Dear Gov. Cuomo

Dear Gov. Cuomo

in Rhinebeck Feb 10 Sun 1:00 IN PERSON: Jon Bowermaster (US / 2012 / dir Jon Bowermaster) unrated / 75mins Last spring, with the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York, a unique coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front door step, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing.  The goal of the varied participants - actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin & Wood, ...
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Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

Rhinebeck Woodstock Sept 15 Sept 16 Sat, 1:30 Sun, 1:30 (2011 dir by Mary Lance) unrated / 79 mins In Person: Mary Lance & Ben Daitz Mary Lance (DIEGO RIVERA:I PAINT WHAT I SEE, AGNES MARTIN: WITH MY BACK TO THE WORLD) returns to Upstate Films with her new film BLUE ALCHEMY about the beauty and importance of indigo, the blue dye that’s been in use worldwide for millenia. BLUE ALCHEMY explores and reveals the beauty and importance of indigo, the blue dye that’s been in use worldwide for millennia and is laden with symbolic meaning and was once a ...
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Dano & DeNiro

Being Flynn

Presented by The Dutchess County Arts Council September 9 Sunday 1pm (US, 2011 dir by Paul Weitz) R /102 mins IN PERSON: NICK FLYNN Tickets $15 General Admission / $12 Members. For tickets, call DCAC at 845-454-3222 or email Click here for film description. Book signing, wine, and tapas reception with the author and other celebrities, additional $20 at Terrapin Restaurant. Writer-director Paul (ABOUT A BOY and IN GOOD COMPANY) Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons based on Nick Flynn’s arresting memoir. Based on a true story, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is shocked ...
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American Masters: Robert Capa In Love & War

American Masters: Robert Capa In Love & War

One show Woodstock November 11 Sunday 1:30 *Free screening* (US / 2003 / dir by Anne Makepeace) unrated / 90 mins  IN PERSON: Filmmaker Anne Makepeace Celebrated as the "Greatest War Photographer in the World," Hungarian-born Robert Capa (1913-1954) began his career shooting the 1936 Spanish Civil War, where he first achieved fame. The world’s pre-eminent documentarian of 20th C war, he photographed five epic conflicts on three different continents. The handsome and dashing Capa had time to play poker with Hemingway, photograph Picasso, and have an affair with Ingrid Bergman. He was also the lone photographer to land with ...
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Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands

Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands

*FREE SCREENING. IN PERSON: filmmaker Jeanne Vitale and Enviromental Conservationist Laura Heady If you are concerned about clean drinking water, flooding, human health, wildlife or climate change, you need to learn about our under-valued wetlands. “Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands” is a 25-minute documentary by Hudson Valley native Jeanne Vitale that promotes awareness of our wetland resources. This video discusses the economic and environmental values of wetlands, the role they play in protecting water quality, and what local residents can do to help ...
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Rain in a Dry Land

In RHINEBECK Tues May 22 at 8:00 (US / 2006 / dir by Anne Makepeace) UR / 82 mins. * In Person: Director Anne Makepeace Capturing the strangeness of contemporary America through the eyes of new immigrants, Rain in a Dry Land tells the story of two Bantu families who relocate from refugee camps to homes in urban America after managing to escape the 1991 civil war in Somalia. While they learn about staircases in a Cultural Orientation class, in a most haunting image, Arbai and her daughters descend the steps of their new house like nervous mountaineers. And while ...
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Hell and Back Again

Hell and Back Again

In RHINEBECK Sun May 20 at 5:45 (2011 / USA / dir by Danfung Dennis) UR / 88 mins. * In Person: Iraq Veteran Derek McGee Pushing 2nd Battalion through the rocky barren landscape of southern Afghanistan, Sgt. Nathan Harris is wounded just before completing a mission deep into Taliban territory.  Hell and Back Again viscerally depicts the emotional and physical hazards of a wounded soldiers' return home. With a metal bar holding his shattered leg together, Sgt. Harris endures painful physical therapies and an increasing reliance on prescription medication like Oxycontin.  The film deftly toggles between the frenzy of ...
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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

In RHINEBECK Sun May 20 3:00 (US / 2011 / dir by Constance Marks & Philip Shane) Unrated / 80 mins. * In Person: Patrick Wadden and guests from ARM OF THE SEA PUPPET THEATER Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo tells an inspiring story about the oft unrecognized talent behind one of America's most adored characters. Initially mocked for “playing with dolls,” Kevin Clash started out making his own puppets as an adolescent in Baltimore in the 1970s. After becoming the first African American puppeteer to join the Jim Henson organization via the film Labyrinth, he joined the Muppet ...
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What We Need is the Impossible! A Program of Documentary Shorts by Sam Green

What We Need is the Impossible! A Program of Documentary Shorts by Sam Green

In RHINEBECK Wed May 23 at 6:00 (US / Dir by Sam Green) Unrated / 80 mins. * In Person: Director Sam Green The inspirational San Fransisco-based documentarian Sam Green (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) has been mak­ing award-winning short doc­u­men­taries since the late 1990s. For one night, he returns to Upstate for this special program. Films include: UTOPIA PART 3: visit Southern China to explore the world’s largest shop­ping mall, which is actu­ally nearly com­pletely empty. lot 63, grave c: an elegy for Mered­ith Hunter, the young man who was killed by Hells Angels at the noto­ri­ous 1969 Alta­mont con­cert. THE ...
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Kati With an I

Kati With an I

In WOODSTOCK Thu May 24 at 7:30 (US / 2010 / Dir by Robert Greene) UR / 86 mins. * In Person: Director Robert Greene A story that is familiar to every person and rarely captured cinematically, the uncomfortable transition out of childhood is brought to the screen by debut filmmaker Robert Greene. He follows Kati living in rural Alabama during the last months before her high school graduation.  At first the details of her situation are shadowy, and the revelation of "what happened" is parsed throughout the build up to graduation day and her departure to rejoin her parents, ...
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in Rhinebeck April 14 Saturday, 7pm In Person: Writer/Director John Sayles with producing partner Maggie Renzi (USA / 2010 / written and directed by John Sayles) unrated / 128 mins Tickets on sale now at box office in Rhinebeck: $10 Adults / $9 Seniors & Students / $8 Members When not making films such as MATEWAN, 8 MEN OUT, SECRET OF ROAN INISH, LONESTAR, PASSION FISH, LIMBO, RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7, BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, John Sayles, the doyen of independent filmmaking, has been writing fiction and winning awards. His latest film (his seventeenth) takes place in 1900 as ...
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When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

in Rhinebeck March 15 Friday 10pm, $5 all tickets... (US / 1996 / dir by Leon Gast) PG / 84 mins  IN PERSON: Post-screening discussion with Leon Gast moderated by Woodstock Writers Festival’s Martha Frankel Leon Gast's Academy Award winning best feature documentary  about the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974 is YOUNG RHINEBECK's first film in its Teen Film Series. The film is not just about the historical heavyweight championship fight match -- it also speaks to issues of identity, culture and self-esteem. Held in 1974 in Zaire, now ...
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everyday sunshine

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

November 12th & 13th Sat 8:30  in Woodstock Sun 5:45 in Rhinebeck (US /2010 / Dir by Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler) Unrated / 107 mins. In Person: Director Chris Metzler With a blistering combination of punk and funk, Fishbone demolished the walls of genre and challenged the music industry to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. At the heart of the band are lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher, who tell how the group rose from the shifting fault-lines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America ...
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mothers of bedford

Mothers of Bedford

In Rhinebeck October 22 Sat 8:30 (US / 2011 / Dir by Jenifer McShane) Unrated / 93 mins In Person: Director Jenifer McShane & editor Toby Shimin Being a mom can be difficult at the best of times, but imagine trying to raise your children from prison. In Mothers of Bedford, filmmaker Jenifer McShane follows the stories of five mothers incarcerated at New York's only maximum security prison. While trying to nurture relationships with their children and play central roles in their lives, inmates experience the normal frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of hosting family holidays ...
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El Perro Del Hortelano

El Perro Del Hortelano

ONE SHOW ONLY Sunday, August 22, in Woodstock Sun 4:30 (Peru / 2009 / dir by Renzo Zanelli) IN PERSON: Directors Renzo Zanelli & Annika Beaulieu, Sunday, August 22nd, 4:30 pm. Filmed in the Peruvian Amazon with a cast and crew comprised of indigenous and international volunteers, this ambitious feature tells the story of Brus, an artist whose efforts to organize his community to stop oil extraction on native lands are undermined by friend and foe alike. Nearly co-opted by a local NGO and manipulated by the subversive work of an American researcher, Brus explores the surreal world of volunteerism ...
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12th & Delaware

12th & Delaware

Saturday, June 26th Tickets Now Available - Click Here 3:00 pm in Woodstock (US / 2010 / dir by Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing) IN PERSON: Q&A with Directors Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing Click here for Tickets! From the creators of Jesus Camp and The Boys of Baraka comes this powerful film about the abortion battle as it plays out in a Florida town where pro-life and pro-choice facilities share the same intersection. Using skillful cinema-verite observation, the film exposes the molten core of America's most intractable conflict. On one side of the street, pro-life volunteers paint a terrifying ...
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The City Of Your Final Destination

The City Of Your Final Destination

May 14 - 16 Fri 4:45 Sat 4:45 Sun 3:45 - Last Show (UK / 2010 / dir by James Ivory) James (Remains of the Day, Howard's End, A Room with a View) Ivory's latest film is an adaptation by long-time collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala of Peter Cameron's 2002 novel. It's a gently witty tale of a young Iranian-American doctoral student who's determined to write the authorized biography of Jules Gund, a dead Uruguayan novelist. Both Omar (Omar Metwally) and his girlfriend Deirdre (Alexandra Maria Lara) are academics. Omar has won a grant to write the author's biography, but when ...
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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

August 9 One show only - 3PM - special event with Director Gini Reticker (US / 2008 / dir by Gini Reticker) * IN-PERSON: Director Gini Reticker, Sunday, August 9th, 3:00pm, Tickets at regular price An uplifting and engaging political documentary about Liberia’s women protestors and their struggle to depose a corrupt dictator. In 1997, the former warlord Charles Taylor became president of Liberia. His ruling strategy was to keep the nation in a state of upheaval via constant, bloody civil war. Liberia’s women, having had enough, gathered together despite their religious differences and used whatever means they could think ...
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Blue Gold

Blue Gold

Free Show Saturday, July 25th 11:30 AM (US / 2008 / dir. by Sam Bozzo) * IN-PERSON: Guest Speaker Skip Backus of the Omega Institute This shocking documentary sheds light on the world's rapidly approaching water crisis. The world's fresh water is disappearing. As we pollute and waste away our very limited supply, corporate giants are working to make the building block of our globe a commodity, privatizing developing countries' fresh water. In the midst of this, military control of water is rising, setting the stage for world water wars. This bracing and far-reaching film, based on a book of ...
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Jane Aaron, animation artist, selected films
Jonas Aarons, critic/man about town, classic film series
Richard Adams, filmmaker, Citizens
Perry Miller Adato, filmmaker, When This You See, Remember Me
Jay Presson Allen, screenwriter, Just Tell Me What You Want
Stephen Andors, political science, How Yukong Moved the Mountains
Dan Anker, filmmaker, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Ralph Arlyck, filmmaker, Hyde Park, Sean, Current Events, An Acquired Taste, Following Sean
David Arner, composer/pianist with silent films
Bill Arnold, community educator, Longtime Companion, Buddies

Jerome Badanes, screenwriter, Images Before My Eyes
Bruce Baillie, filmmaker, Castro Street, etc.
Nancy Baker, editor, American Heart, Streetwise
Mirra Bank, filmmaker, Anonymous Was a Woman
Sanjib Baruah, political science, Phantom India, Apu Trilogy
Noah Baumbach, filmmaker, Kicking & Screaming
Ann Beattie, novelist, Chilly Scenes of Winter
Anne Belle, filmmaker, Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter, Dirty Dancing
Alan Berliner, filmmaker, Family Album, Intimate Stranger
Joe Berlinger, filmmaker, Brothers Keeper
Laura Bialis, filmmaker, Tak for Alt; Daybreak Berlin
Mario Bick, anthropologist, Bye Bye Brazil; The Life & Times of Hank Greenberg
Stephanie Black, filmmaker, H-2 Worker; Life & Debt
Don Blakeney, producer, Utu
Les Blank, filmmaker, Garlic is as Good as 10 Mothers
Victoria Blythe, prof, Carrington
Donald Bogle, author, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, & Bucks
Anne Bohlen, filmmaker, Blood in the Face
Lizzie Borden, director, Working Girls
Nat Boxer, sound, The Conversation
Jacob Brackman, screenwriter, King of Marvin Gardens, producer, Days of Heaven
Elizabeth Bracco, actress, Mystery Train,
Bill Brand, filmmaker, Home Less Home
Steve Brand, filmmaker, Kaddish
Robert Breer, animator
George Breidenbach, anthropologist, Wedding Camels
Eric Breitbart, filmmaker, I Paint What I See
Tom Brener, film & video artist, Rhinecliff, Tesla, A Sense of Place
Arthur Bressan, Jr., director, Buddies
Hilary Brougher, wr/dir, The Sticky Fingers of Time
Barry Brown, editor, The War at Home
Carolyn Brown, filmmaker, Dune Dance
Diana Brown, anthropologist, Bye Bye Brazil
Tony Buba, filmmaker, Lightning Over Braddock
Brenda Buffalino, dancer/choreographer, No Maps On My Taps
Steve Buscemi, actor, Mystery Train; filmmaker, Animal Factory

John Canemaker, animator
Tobe Carey, filmmaker, Deep Water
Olivia Carrescia, filmmaker, Todos Santos
Patricia Charbonneau, actress, Desert Hearts
Ellen Chenoweth, casting director, Affliction
David Chertok, jazz films
Godfrey Cheshire, critic, Leila
Prof. Bruce Chilton, author, Anchoress
Laurel Chiten, filmmaker, The Jew & The Lotus
Shirley Clarke, filmmaker, Ornette
Michelle Clifton, filmmaker, Henry Hudson’s River
Jeff Cohen, media activist, F.A.I.R., Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky
Norman & Sara Cohen, producers, The Gig, The Luckiest Man in the World
Kathy Collins, filmmaker, Losing Ground
Maury Colow, activist, Forever Activists
John Columbus, curator, Black Maria Festival
Robert Cormier, author, I Am the Cheese
RJ Cutler, filmmaker, A Perfect Candidate
Jay Craven, director, Where the Rivers Flow North
Judith Crist, critic, Tomorrow, City of Hope
Bill C. Davis, playwright/screenwriter, Mass Appeal

Hamid Dabashi, scholar/critic, Kandahar
Natalie Z. Davis, scholar/author, The Return of Martin Guerre
Peter Davis, filmmaker, Generations of Resistance, The Borscht Belt
Nick Day, filmmaker, Shortcut to Nirvana
Emile de Antonio, filmmaker, Painters Painting, In the Year of the Pig
Jonathan Demme, director, Handle with Care, Philadelphia, Cousin Bobby
Jim deSeve, filmmaker, Tying the Knot
Devil Music Ensemble, composers/musicians, Big Stakes, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu
Tom Dewitt, film & video artist
Paul Dooley, actor, Breaking Away
Joseph Dorman, filmmaker, Arguing the World
Colette Dowling, author, Mildred Pierce
Dennis Doros, film restoration, Queen Kelly
Sara Driver, filmmaker, Sleepwalk
Nihaya Dugan, activist, Palestine is Still the Issue
Griffin Dunne, filmmaker, Addicted to Love; Lisa Picard is Famous

David Edelstein, critic, Carnival Of Souls
Ken Eisen, critic, Satantango
John Eskow, screenwriter, Air America
Marilyn Ethceverry, psychotherapist, The Boys of St. Vincents

Melanie Ferrera, author, The Future of Food
Guillermo and Javier Fesser, The Miracle of P. Tinto
Larry Fessenden, filmmaker, Wendigo; screenwriter’s forum
Hamilton Fish III, producer, Hotel Terminus
Holly Fisher, filmmaker, Bullets for Breakfast
Father Josesph Fitzpatrick, Romero
Jeff Folmsbee, producer, Luggage of the Gods
Allan Frankovich, filmmaker, The Houses Are Full of Smoke
Doug Freilich, filmmaker, The Dolphin Dilemma
Ellen Frick, filmmaker, Another Side of Peace
Gyula Gazdag, director, Hungarian Fairytale

Liz Garbus, filmmaker, The Farm: Angola, USA, Nazi Officer’s Wife, Girlhood
Leon Gast, filmmaker, When We Were Kings
Emmaia Gelman, activist, Palenstine is Still the Issue
John Gerassi, scholar/author, Burn
Gretchen Gerzina, film prof, Carrington
Alex Gibney, filmmaker, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Enron
Frank Gilroy, writer/director, The Luckiest Man in the World
Bob Giraldi, filmmaker, Dinner Rush
Jill Godmilow, writer/director, Far From Poland, Waiting for The Moon
Marilyn Goldin, writer/ Triumph of Love
Marina Goldovskaia, Soviet filmmaker
Al Goldstein, publisher Screw Magazine
Steve Gomer, writer/director, Sweet Lorraine
Richard Gordon, filmmaker, The Long Bow Trilogy
Lotte Goslar, performer, Dolly, Lotte, & Maria
Lisa Gossels, filmmaker, The Children of Chabannes
Debra Granik, wr/dir Down to the Bone
Patti Greaney, producer, Dinner Rush
Andre Gregory, theatre director/actor, My Dinner With Andre
Roger Greenspun, critic, The Man Who Loved Women
Gary Griffen, filmmaker, Whitetail Country, Wild Turkey, Moose:Spirit of the North
George Griffin, animator
Tom Gunning, film scholar, Videodrome
Leonid Gurevich, Soviet filmmaker

Melissa Hacker, filmmaker, My Knees Were Jumping
Dolly Hall, producer, Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
Hilary Harris, filmmaker, Organism
Hal Hartley, filmmaker, Henry Fool
Phil Hartman, director, No Picnic
Molly Haskell, critic/author, Bringing Up Baby
Ethan Hawke, actor, Hamlet
Curtis Hayes, activist, Freedom on My Mind
Todd Haynes, filmmaker, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Sally Heckel, filmmaker, A Jury of Her Peers
Johanna Heer, director of photography, Sugarbaby
Chris Hegedus, filmmaker, The War Room
Gary Hill, video artist
Jim Hoberman, critic, The Wages of Fear
Jeremiah Horrigan, critic, Patti Rocks
Mikhail Horowitz, writer/performer
Ellen Hovde, editor, Grey Gardens
Steve Hutkins, writer/producer, A Sense of Place
Peter Hutton, filmmaker, sel. films

James Ivory, director, Autobiography of a Princess, Roseland, Maurice,Slaves of New York, The Golden Bowl

Nora Jacobsen, filmmaker, My Mother’s Early Lovers
Jim Jarmusch, filmmaker, Broken Flowers
Tom Johnson, filmmaker, The World of Tomorrow

Pauline Kael, critic, The Lady Eve
Connie Kaiserman, director, My Little Girl
Joel Katz, filmmaker, Strange Fruit
Sally Keil, therapist, Jung: The World Within
Kelly the Kestrel, Kesrel’s Eye
Fred Keller, director, Tuck Everlasting, Eyes of the Amaryllis
David Kendall, writer/director, Luggage of the Gods
Jay Kent, filmmaker, Abnaki
Cambiz Khosravi, filmmaker, You Don’t Know Me
Richard Kilberg, writer/producer, Huey Long, Adam Clayton Powell
Fred Kimball, wr/actor, Looking for Richard
Peter Kinoy, editor, When The Mountains Tremble
Laura Kirk, co-wr/actor, Lisa Picard is Famous
Stuart Klawans, critic, TriColeurs Trilogy
Jim Klein, filmmaker, Seeing Red
James Klosty, dir of photog., Dune Dance
Howard Koch, screenwriter, Casablanca, Mission to Moscow, Letter From an Unknown Woman
Steven Kolpan, video artist
Doris Kornish, producer, No Picnic
Karen Kramer, filmmaker, Haitian Song
Lisa Kreuger, filmmaker, Manny & Lo; scrwriter’s forum
Don Krim, distributor, Queen Kelly
Jerry Kupfer, producer, Dancemaker
Karyn Kusama, filmmaker, Girlfight

Mary Lance, filmmaker, I Paint What I See
Carole Langer, filmmaker, Radium City
James Lasdun, writer, Sunday
Joe Lauro, co-filmmaker, Louis Prima: The Wildest
Rachel Leibling, filmmaker, High Lonesome
Mickey Lemmle, filmmaker, Compassion in Exile, Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
Robbie Leppzer, filmmaker, An Act of Conscience
Nina Lieberman, Into the Arms of Strangers
Allie Light, filmmaker, Rachel’s Daughters
David Linton, critic, Shakespeare Trailer Talk
Jennie Livingston, filmmaker, Paris Is Burning
Lexy Lovell, filmmaker, Riding the Rails
John Lowenthal, filmmaker, The Trials of Alger Hiss
Abby Luby, video artist
Danny Lyon, filmmaker, Willie, Born to Film
Mark Lytle, historian, Wild Boys of the Road

Robert Machover, filmmaker, The Great Weirton Steal
Janielle Mahan, filmmaker, Taking Back the Hudson
Alex Mamlet, filmmaker, Fighter
James Mangold, filmmaker, Heavy
Joseph Mankiewicz, director, All About Eve
Woyciech Marczcewski. director, Nightmares, Shivers
Barbara Margolis, filmmaker, Are We Winning, Mommy?
Janet Maslin, critic, September 30, 1955
Molly Mason, composer, Brothers KeeperM Katherine Matheson, filmmaker, Comedienne
Montieth McCollum, filmmaker, Hybrid
Tom McDonough, director of photography, Best Boy
Ross McElwee, filmmaker, Sherman’s March
Anna McClellan, Dialogues with Madwomen
Craig McKay, editor, Some Mother’s Son
Matti Megged, schoar, We Are All Arab Jews in Israel
Adolfas Mekas, filmmaker, Hallelujah the Hills
Ismail Merchant, producer/director, Courtesans of Bombay,Ballad of the Sad Cafe, In Custody, Cotton Mary, Mystic Masseur
Robert Mickelson, producer, Hard Choices
Susan Minot, novelist/screenwriter, Stealing Beauty
Linda Montano, video artist
Brett Morgen, filmmaker, The Kid Stays in the Picture
Andrew Morreale, editor, Listen Up
Errol Morris, filmmaker, Vernon, Florida
Christopher Munch, filmmaker, The Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day
Margaret Murphy, filmmaker, They Are Their Own Gifts

Chitra Neogy, filmmaker, A Journey within a Journey
George Nierenberg, filmmaker, Say Amen, Somebody
Stephen Ning, filmmaker, Freckled Rice
Annie Nocenti, writer, screenwriter’s forum
Laurie Noller, filmmaker, Hub Cap World
Tom Noonan, filmmaker, The Wife; screenwriter’s forum
Ron Nyswaner, screenwriter/director, Prince of Pennsylvania, writer , Philadelphia

John O’Brien, filmmaker, Vermont is for Lovers; The Man with the Plan; Nosey Parker
Geoff O’Connor, filmmaker, Contact: The Yanomani

Meg Partridge, filmmaker M D.A. Pennebaker, filmmaker, Don’t Look Back
Tony Pemberton, filmmaker, Beyond the Ocean
Hart Perry, Jr., director of photography, Harlan County, USA
Patricia Pia-Celerier, feminist, Story of Women
Larry Pine, actor, Hullabaloo Over Georgie & Bonnie’s Pictures
Sarah Plant, composer, Juliette of the Herbs
Bill Plympton, animator
Ed Pomerantz, writer, Caught
Lourdes Portillo, filmmaker, The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
Al Prego, Lincoln Brigade vet, The Good Fight
Francine Prose, novelist, Household Saints
John Pruitt, film prof, Apu Trilogy, Grand Illusion, Caro Dario

Aidan Quinn, actor, Songcatcher

Michael Raine, critic, Stray Dog
Mark Rappaport, filmmaker, Imposters
Alan & Susan Raymond, filmmakers, I Am A Promise; Children in War
Julia Reichert, filmmaker, Seeing Red
Rosetta Reitz, Shouters & Wailers
Maggie Renzi, actress/producer, Return of the Secaucus Seven, Lonestar, Men with Guns, Limbo, Silver City
Bruce Ricker, filimmaker, Last of the Blue Devils
Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche, holy man, Lord of the Dance
Scott Ritter, filmmaker/weapons inspector, In Shifting Sands
Richard Robbins, composer, Mystic Masseur
Amy Robinson, producer, Head Over Heels
Richard Rogers, filmmaker, Living At Risk
Peter Rose, film & video artist
Ralph Rosenblum, editor, Take the Money and Run
Justus Rosenberg, political science, Circle of Deceit
Neal Rosenthal, wine importer, Mondovino
Sally Roy, producer, Pipe Dream
Jon Rubin, film artist
Oren Rudavsky, filmmaker, A Life Apart

Stuart Samuels, producer, Visions of Light
Ed Sanders, poet, Poetry in Motion, The Beat Generation
Hank Sapoznik, composer, Life & Times of Hank Greenberg
Iriving Saraf, filmmaker, Rachel’s Daughters
Nancy Savoca, director, Household Saints, Reno: Rebel Without a Pause
John Sayles, filmmaker, Breaking In, Matewan, Lonestar, Limbo, Men with Guns, Silver City
Danny Schechter, Weapons of Mass Deception
Greta Schiller, filmmaker, Before Stonewall
Rob Schumer, filmmaker, Bluegrass Journey
Campbell Scott, actor/producer The Secret Lives of Dentists, filmmaker Off The Map
Steve Segal, animator M Robert Seidman, writer, Ulysses
Leo Seltzer, filmmaker, Film & Photo League
Deborah Shaffer, filmmaker, Dance of Hope, The Wobblies, Fire From the Mountain, From the Ashes
John Patrick Shanley, screenwriter/director, Five Corners
Wallace Shawn, playwright/screenwriter/actor, Simon, My Dinner With Andre, The Fever, Vanya on 42nd Street, The Designated Mourner
Nina Shengold, writer, screenwriter’s forum
Larry Silk, editor, Pumping Iron
Sam Sills, filmmaker, The Good Fight
Zack Sklar, writer, JFK; screenwriter’s forum
Andrew Silver, director, Return
Michael Small, composer, Klute
Ross Spears, filmmaker, Agee, Long Shadows
Scott Spencer, writer, Act of Vengeance; Waking the Dead
Julie Sperling, filmmaker, The Dolphin Dilemma
Jim Spione, filmmaker, American Farm
James Steerman, film prof., The Wild Bunch, Rear Window
Patrick Stettner, filmmaker, The Business of Strangers
Tish Streeten, filmmaker, Juliette of the Herbs
Whit Stillman, filmmaker, Metropolitan, Barcelona
Robert Stone, filmmaker, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
David Strathairn, actor, Good Night and Good Luck
Yale Strom, filmmaker, The Last Klezmer; Carpati
Fred Sullivan, filmmaker, Beer Drinker’s Guide

Renee Tajima, filmmaker, Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Jim Taylor, writer, Sideways, screenwriter’s forum
Lili Taylor, actress, Arizona Dream
Julie Taymor, filmmaker, TITUS
Karen Thorsen, filmmaker, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
Judith Thurman, writer, early cinema
Deirdre Tower, curator, Dance on Camera
Donna Tracy, raptor expert, Kestrel’s Eye
Joe Tropiano, writer, screenwriter’s forum
George Trow, writer, Savages
Thupten Tsering, writer, Windhorse
John Turturro, dir/actor, Illuminata

Jay Ungar, composer, Brothers Keeper
Michael Uys, filmmaker, Riding the Rails

David Van Taylor, filmmaker, A Perfect Candidate
Janine Vega, poet, The Beat Generation
Ilse-Marie Vogel, author, Daybreak Berlin

Josh Waletzky, filmmaker, Partisans of Vilna
Wayne Wang, director, Chan Is Missing
William Weaver, critic, Caro Dario
Claudia Weill, director, Girlfriends
Herman Weinberg, author, Blonde Venus
Linda Weintraub, curator, Camille Claudel
Iverson White, filmmaker, Dark Exodus
Tom Wolf, art critic, Running Fence
Jane Wolfson, biologist, Microcosmos
Roger Woolger, therapist, Matter of Heart
Clark Worswick, director, Agent on Ice
Stuart Wurtzel, production designer, The Chosen

Karen Young, actress, The Wife
Sol Yurick, novelist, The Warriors

Paul Zehrer, ed, Listen Up!, wr/dir, Blessing
Marina Zvereva, Russian filmmaker