Dark Waters

Inspired by the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family by representing West Virginia farmers who believe their cattle and crops were poisoned by toxic waste dumped by DuPont in local landfills.

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Marriage Story

This compassionate and probing portrait of a disintegrating marriage, written and directed by Vassar alum, Noah (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, GREENBERG, FRANCES HA, KICKING AND SCREAMING) Baumbach, is his own incredibly well-acted KRAMER VS KRAMER.
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Honey Boy

HONEY BOY, written by and starring Shia LaBeouf (PEANUT BUTTER FALCON) goes in search of himself and takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father as he struggles to deal with his frayed mental health in this most cathartic and engaging film.

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Uncut Gems

For Adam Sandler’s Howard Ratner – NYC diamond dealer, suburban husband/father, womanizer, and above all else, gambler – life is a quest for a big score.
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The third feature from writer-director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha, It Comes at Night), Waves casts its lens on an African American family in south Florida — assembling a riveting saga out of fraught exchanges, constant motion, a killer soundtrack, and the dramatic tale of a domestic life caving in.
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JoJo Rabbit

Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival… And yet, not everyone will like JoJo Rabbit, and at times you’ll wonder if you should. A coming-of-age comedy whose hero is a 10 year-old German boy during World War II who wants to be a Nazi/Adolf Hitler as comic relief? As it walks some precarious high wires, Taika Waititi’s latest (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) takes a risky premise and delivers a piece of grandly entertaining provocation.
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Lifting Harriet Tubman from the pages of history, Kasi Lemmons’ portrait of the powerful American icon evokes the surge of faith, principle, and raw courage that drove her to repeatedly risk her life.
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One Child Nation

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning.
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Official Secrets

In the run-up to the Shock and Awe attack on Iraq, Keira Knightley is Katharine Gun — a British intelligence officer who risked everything to expose a US plot to force UN delegates to support the Iraq war.
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The Laundromat

Friday, October 11th at 8:15 in Rhinebeck: Film, Q&A, and book signing with author Jake Bernstein. Each ticket includes a copy of The Laundromat (previously published as Secrecy World) by Jake Bernstein, courtesy of Netflix. Jake will sign books before the film begins.
CLICK here for Tickets (2 free per courtesy of Netflix)  (*If asked for a code, enter: UpstateFilms)

The film is adapted from Secrecy World by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein, and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Erin Brockovich, The Limey, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, Contagion, Side Effects…)
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Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. A visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

A modern-day adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon stars Shia LaBeouf as an outlaw fisherman who takes a wrestling-obsessed young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) under his wing.
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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Based on the wryly funny bestseller by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is an inspiring comedy about a loving mom (Cate Blanchett) who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family.
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Sword of Trust

“Mel (Marc Maron) is a cantankerous pawnshop owner in Alabama who spends most of his time swindling customers while trying and failing to get his man-child employee Nathaniel (Jon Bass) to do any work. When Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her wife Mary (Michaela Watkins) try to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from Cynthia’s recently deceased grandfather, he tries to get the better of them…
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A smart psychological thriller with a cast including Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, & Octavia Spencer, Luce tells the complicated story of a poster child for the American Dream who may be in great trouble.
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Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Wednesday, August 28th at 8:15 in Rhinebeck
Upstate Films and SunCommon present this FREE screening of filmmaker James Redford’s journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. The screening will be accompanied by a brief presentation from a representative from Citizen’s Climate Lobby, a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
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Jamie Bell stars as Bryon Widner, a young man raised by skinheads who underwent operations to remove his racist tattoos after turning his back on hatred and violence with the support of a mother of three and a Black activist.
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Curing the Incurable?

Saturday, August 3rd at 1:30 in Woodstock. Presented by Radio Woodstock 104, director Gary Null will lead a q&a following the film. Suggested donation $10. 
Acclaimed natural health and nutrition expert Gary Null, in his newest film, interviews medical experts, doctors, nurses, and psychologists, who are using new techniques, cutting edge science, along with breakthrough methods, to restore people to optimal health.
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Fantastic Fungi

(11/30 screening features Q&A with producers Steve Apkon and Martina Hale after the show.)

FANTASTIC FUNGI is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.
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A film that celebrates the defiant spirit of all the female athletes who have challenged the sporting world’s entrenched sexism, Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989.
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This Changes Everything

In Person: Director Tom Donahue. Friday, August 16th at 8:15pm in Rhinebeck. Co-presented by the Woodstock Film Festival. 
Told first-hand by some of the industry’s leading voices — including Executive Producer Geena Davis, living legends like Meryl Streep, and younger talent such as Yara Shahidi and Chloe Moretz — THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING uncovers what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry… the under-representation and misrepresentation of women.
Click here to purchase tickets through the Woodstock Film Festival website in advance
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The Silence of Others

Sunday, August 11th, followed by post-screening discussion with Guillermo Fesser
Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A powerful and poetic cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past.
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In celebration of Plastic Free July, Upstate Films and SunCommon co-present this FREE screening! Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.
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The 38th Annual Black Maria Short Film Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films Friday August 2nd! Named after Thomas Edison’s film studio, dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name, the program features a collection of award-winning works — including animation, narrative, and documentary films chosen by the festival jury. Immediately following the screening, Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will conduct a Q & A with the audience, along with filmmaker Seth Kramer & writer/performer Ann Talman. The show begins at 8:15pm and will take place at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.
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The Woodstock Film Festival presents: The Great Hack

Sunday, July 21st at 1:30 in Woodstock
Director Jehane Noujaim & Executive Producer Sarah E. Johnson will be in attendance at this screening for a Q&A. Tickets $15
From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.
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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The latest film in a growing collection of Bay Area gentrification narratives that includes Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy and last year’s Blindspotting, Joe Talbot’s funny, heartfelt, and achingly bittersweet feature tells its story from the perspective of someone who lived it, and who can’t bear to leave their hometown behind.
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The Dead Don’t Die

From writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers, Paterson…) comes a star-studded horror comedy featuring a cast of Jarmusch regulars (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits), along with newcomers Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, & Carol Kane.
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The Secret Garden

This summer, you can read the book, watch the film, and see a live performance of The Secret Garden! The live production is currently running at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (click here for details). And on Sunday, July 14th at 12:30pm, Upstate Films and Oblong Books will co-present a special screening of the 1993 film adaptation starring Maggie Smith, followed by an informal book group discussion. Click here to purchase film screening tickets in advance. Click here to purchase the book online through Oblong Books.
Following a silent film version in 1919 and a dramatic rendition in 1949, Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden became the third, and to date the most definitive, adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel for the big screen. Both a critical and a commercial success at the time of its release, Maggie Smith received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the film, and the British Film Institute today includes it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
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Late Night

Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, the prickly host of a long-running network talk show, who sees the writing on the wall – she’s going to be replaced – and goes into crisis mode bringing in her first and only female staff writer (Mindy Kaling).
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In Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever play Molly and Amy, respectively, best friends and overachieving middle-class Los Angeles high-school seniors approaching graduation day. Read More

From Farms to Incubators

Saturday June 29th at 1pm in Rhinebeck, join us for a work-in-progress screening and discussion about women at the forefront of science and farming. The discussion will be moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, President and Founder of Food Tank, an organization highlighting stories of hope and success in the food system. Panelists also include investigative journalist and filmmaker Amy Wu; Le Vuong, Founder and CEO of Fishrock Laboratories; Tinia Pina, sustainability professional and Founder & CEO of Re-Nuble, and Lindsey Shute from Hearty Roots Farm. This is a FREE screening. Donations taken at the door will benefit the completion of the Farms to Incubators initiative, which includes the documentary and an upcoming book.
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Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee had already been recognized as a filmmaker to watch with his student Academy award winner Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, and then with his hit indie feature SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT. But it is DO THE RIGHT THING that solidified his reputation as a major creative talent. Now, on the 30th anniversary of its release(!), it is, unfortunately, timely as ever with its exploration of racial tensions that explode.
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Hail Satan?

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon).
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A struggling Mumbai street photographer who’s pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit in the new film by writer/director Ritesh (The Lunchbox) Batra.
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White Crow

In 1961, while a young man of 22, Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of dance, comes from Russia’s St Petersburg to Paris as a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company.
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TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school.
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