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Bourne Again: Tony Gilroy on the Art of Suspense – A WFF and MASS MoCA Special Event [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Tony Gilroy

The Williamstown Film Festival and MASS MoCA, which have collaborated on new films and film events for 15 years, welcome film director-screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Gilroy to MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center at 8pm on Friday (November 7) for an evening titled Tony Gilroy: The Art of Suspense.

Ever wonder how filmmakers keep the audience biting their nails and on the edge of their seats until the final frame’s big reveal? Special guest and film veteran Tony Gilroy pulls back the curtain on the art of suspense in this original presentation. Gilroy talks about the colorful history of suspense on the screen, illustrating the discussion with clips from his own work (including “The Bourne Legacy” and “Michael Clayton”), as well as classics from the genre which have inspired him. Following the event, a reception will be held at Lickety Split.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.


Little Cinema to Host “Women in Film” Series @ Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

In Pittsfield, the Berkshire Museum’s innovative Little Cinema will host a new film series beginning on Thursday (November 6) and continuing into 2015, selected by curator Nannina Stearn. Behind the Camera: Women in Film opens with The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the earliest feature-length animated film, created by Lotte Reiniger in the 1920s. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.

About Behind the Camera: Women in Film

“The first narrative film was created in 1896; it was directed by a woman. The first person to win two Oscars for screenwriting (in 1930 and 1932) was a woman,” says Nannina Stearn. “The first person to make a feature length-animated film in 1926 was a woman. Back in the 1920s half of all films were written by women, and almost every film was edited by one. More than any other art form, cinema was developed equally by men and women, and yet today women struggle to find parity with their male counterparts. In 2013 only 16 percent of the top creative jobs in films were filled by women, and in the past 15 years that number has never risen above 19 percent.”

With Behind the Camera: Women in Film, the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative want to shine a light on that 16 percent, with special screenings highlighting the contributions women today are making to film, and celebrating the rich history women have as innovators in the medium.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

The Classic Movie Schedule for the Palace Theatre Kicks off Tonight

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Yes, the Classic Movie Series is back on the Palace Theatre’s big screen complete with vintage trailers, cartoons and more movie surprises…

The series kicks off at 7pm tonight with the annual October screening of the participatory cult classic horror/comedy/musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” featuring the live shadowcast by The Kids of Albany. Tickets for this special screening are $7.

Tickets for all other movies are $5; $3 for kids. And season passes to see every film in the series can be purchased for half price.

Here’s the Palace’s complete Classic Movie Series schedule for 2014-2015:


DVD: Albany’s “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” Comes to DVD/Digital Download

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Filmed in Albany, “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” is the feature-length documentary about urban pick-up playground basketball – hard-nosed, physical and brimming over with in-the-paint pushing, shoving and more. After limited release in theaters and a tour to a number of film festivals, the movie is being released today (Tuesday, October 14) on DVD and digital download from Virgil Films.

The Graveyard is the nickname for the hoops courts on Madison Avenue in Albany’s Washington Park. But “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” – directed and produced by filmmakers Basil Anastassiou (who is also one of the featured athletes in the film) and Paul Kentoffio, and co-produced by Keith Pickard – isn’t really merely a basketball movie at all. Rather, it’s basketball as a metaphor for life, as the movie gradually broadens its scope and shifts its focus the the off-court, every-day lives of the b-ballers, revealing the dreams and disappointments, the hope and heart of the players who battle it out in Washington Park each weekend.

GO HERE to read review of “Ballin’ at the Graveyard”…

Real Good for FREE: Silent Film Spectacular @ Albany Public Library

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Albany Public Library is back with its annual Silent Film Spectacular series that matches a half-dozen classic silent movies, ranging from the dramatic to the macabre, with Local 518 bands who have composed new original soundtracks that they will perform live to accompany the screenings.

The series of screenings/performances take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 7p on four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday (October 8), as well as a pair of 2pm Sunday matinees. All performances are FREE.

Here’s the round-up of this year’s Silent Film Spectacular programs:

With music by Blacklight Lighthouse
Wednesday, October 8, 7pm
F.W. Murnau used innovative special effects in his 1926 interpretation of Goethe’s classic tale of good versus evil. Blacklight Lighthouse creates loops and samples layered with acoustic and electronic instrumentation resulting in an oculauditory experience that will delight the audience.


The Egg Announces New Concert

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Egg is Albany will play host to a special Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert at 7pm on Saturday, November 1. The show pays tribute to the Texas blues-rock guitarslinger Johnny Winter – who performed several times at The Egg and who passed away in July.

The concert will feature the members of Winter’s his most recent band – Paul Nelson on guitar, Scott Spray on bass and Tommy Curiale on drums.

They will be joined by vocalist Jay Stollman, as well as a trio of very special guest guitarists – Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Debbie Davies.

The evening will kick off with a screening of Greg Olliver’s feature-length documentary film, “Down & Dirty: The Johnny Winter Story.”

Tickets for the Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert are priced at $29.50 and are currently available only to members of The Egg. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday (October 2).

A Bloody Powerful “Sweeney Todd” Live from Lincoln Center on PBS-TV [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Jay Armstron Johnson emotes.

Jay Armstron Johnson emotes.

Preview and review by Larry Murray

A miscarriage of justice in London led the barber Benjamin Barker to spend years in an Australian penal colony doing hard labor for a crime he did not commit. When he returned he changed his name to Sweeney Todd, reopened his barber shop on Fleet Street, and looked for an opportunity to even the score with Judge Turpin who raped his wife and sent him away. In the meantime, he began to slash the throats of customers, sending their dead bodies down a chute where they became the filling for Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies. It was a happy business arrangement. Her veal pies were a hit.

A few years ago, we speculated as to whether Sweeney Todd actually existed. It has been one of our most popular articles. Now we look at how it works on tape, on television. For theater goers, PBS-TV (WMHT-TV) is the place to be at 9pm on Friday (September 26).

In the hands of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd became an almost operatic story of murder and cannibalism, one which won him two Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Who could possibly criticize it? Certainly not anyone who has seen it.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Schedule of Concerts, Films, Events

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

As we announced yesterday, the fall season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media kicks off on Saturday with the fourth annual free outdoor StoryHarvest community celebration in the nearby Freedom Square in Troy, featuring performances by Nation Beat and Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra.

But there are plenty of other events scheduled at Troy’s Sanctuary throughout the rest of the year – ranging from concerts to films and speakers. Highlights include musical performances by the alt LA-based band Las Cafeteras, jazz pianist Myra Melford and the genre-bending Jaimeo Brown Transcendence; a talk by radical environmentalist Leslie James Pickering; screenings of new films (with the filmmakers) including “The Yes Men Are Revolting” and another on the highly controversial subject of Palestinian rights, and much more.

Admission to events is by donation: $10 suggested ($5 student/low income) unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the fall schedule for the Sanctuary for Independent Media:


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