Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

FILM: “Some Kind of Joy” Profiles Architecture Firm That Designed EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 27th, 2017

In 2001, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and his practice won the architectural competition for the design of EMPAC at RPI in Troy. Throughout the building’s construction, the collaboration between Grimshaw Architects (now just Grimshaw) and RPI was very close in all details of this extraordinary project.

Tonight (Monday, March 27) EMPAC and the Rensselaer School of Architecture will screen the new documentary Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings at 6pm in the EMPAC Theater. Admission is free. The film will be introduced by Grimshaw partner William Horgan, who was the lead project architect for EMPAC.


The Palace Theatre Announces New Show

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Jeff Strange (Donnybrook Fair) and Jimmy Kelly (the Jimmy Kelly Band) have teamed up to write Find Your Way Home, an Irish musical stage drama, which had its world premiere at Dublin, Ireland’s Civic Theatre in November.

Now folks in Greater Nippertown will have a chance to get their first peek of the show. Albany’s Palace Theatre will be screening the first act of the musical – filmed at the world premiere – at 4pm on Sunday, March 26.

In addition to the screening, the Palace event will also feature a Q&A with Strange and Kelly, as well as live musical performances by the New McKrells, Ronan Tynan (the Irish Tenors), Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman) and Andy Cooney.

Tickets are $25; $65 for VIP tickets including a pre-show meet-and-greet with the performers and writers over tea and Irish scones beginning at 2pm.

PS: You can also catch Jeff Strange teaming up with his old Donnybrook Fair bandmate Kevin McKrell in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 7pm tonight (Wednesday, March 15).

“As You Are” Opens Today @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Back to where it all began…

“As You Are,” the dramatic coming of age movie directed and co-written by Albany native Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and filmed around Greater Nippertown, is having its Albany premiere today Friday (March 3) at the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres.

The Special Jury Award-winning film of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival – starring Owen Campbell (“Boardwalk Empire”), Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) – opens its week-long run today with a special 7pm benefit screening for Youth FX, the teen filmmaking program that helped during the Albany shoot.

Joris-Peyrafitte, co-writer Madison Harrison and producer Joseph Mastantuono (all Albany natives) will be joined by cast members Mary Stuart Masterson (“Benny & Joon,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Some Kind of Wonderful”) and Owen Campbell (“The Americans,” “Boardwalk Empire”) for a Q&A session following the benefit screening.

“Watering the Flowers” Film Series Continues @ EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Tonight (Wednesday, March 1) EMPAC at RPI in Troy kicks off the second half of the Watering the Flowers film series, which will feature the work of EMPAC artists-in-residence throughout the Spring 2017 season.

Started in Fall 2016, Watering the Flowers takes its title from cinema pioneer Georges Méliès’ 1896 film of the same name, which was itself a copy of a Lumiere brothers film and was in turn endlessly copied and referenced by fellow filmmakers. In a similar way, this film series aims to “water the flowers” by allowing current artists-in-residence to screen the films that influence them.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FREE: African-American Film Fest @ Crandall Library

Monday, February 6th, 2017

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center in Glens Falls is hosting its 18th annual African-American Film Festival throughout February.

The four films will be screened at 6:30pm on Tuesdays, and admission is free. The series kicks off on Tuesday (February 7) with the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend.”

Here’s the schedule of films:


FREE: NYS Writers Institute Schedule for 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Film directors…

From classic films to a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, from a British television personality to a Supreme Court Justice, from a National Book Award winning novelist to a MacArthur Foundation Grant winning jazz violinist, the New York State Writers Institute’s schedule of free events has been announced for the winter and sporing seasons, and there are plenty of golden opportunities to hear greats of the literary world and beyond.

Most events take place on the University of Albany campus, and admission is free for all of them.

Here’s the full schedule:

Robert Coover, award-winning fiction writer
Seminar: 4:15pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Reading: 8pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Robert Coover, pioneer of experimental and electronic fiction, is celebrated for work that reinvents and reimagines the art of storytelling. The New York Times has called him “a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force.” He is the author of more than 25 books, including the novels “The Origin of the Brunists” (1966), which received the William Faulkner Award for best first novel; “The Public Burning” (1977), nominated for a National Book Award; and the story collection “A Night at the Movies” (1987), winner of the Rea Award. His new novel, “Huck Out West” (2017), picks up where Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” leaves off – on the eve of the Civil War. In a starred review Booklist described the book as “a near-masterpiece…a surprisingly tender, touching paean to the power of storytelling and the pains of growing up.”

Shaka Senghor, author and prison reform activist
Lecture: 7pm, “Your Worst Deeds Do Not Define You,” UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom
Reception: 5:30-6:45pm, UAlbany Campus Center’s Patroon Room
Shaka Senghor is the author of the memoir “Writing My Wrongs” (2016), a New York Times bestseller that candidly recounts his life growing up in an abusive household in Detroit during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic, his 19-year incarceration for murder at the age of 19, and the tools he used to confront his past and construct his future. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams praised the book describing it as “a profound story of neglect, violence, discovery, redemption and inspiration….Prepare to have your preconceptions shattered.” Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform.


FILMS: Rock/Docs @ the Madison Theater

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

In conjunction with Patrick Harbron‘s photography exhibition, “Rock & Roll Icons” – on view through February 12 – the Albany Institute of History & Art is presenting the Rock/Docs film series at the Madison Theater throughout the month.

Films will be screened at 7pm on Thursdays, and the series will feature a short introductory talk prior to the screening of each film. Tickets are $10; $8 students & seniors.

Here’s the complete schedule of films in the Rock/Docs series:


BEST OF 2016: Paste’s Top 10 Comedy Specials

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too.

The editors and writers at Paste have compiled a list of their Top 10 Comedy Specials of the Year.

And, yeah, we all are in need of a laugh after this year, so here it is:


Caffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!Leave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsThe LindaHudson SoundsCapital Repertory Theater