Be Here Now: Against The Current

October 22nd, 2009, 12:50 pm by Sara

On the five year anniversary of the death of his pregnant wife, a thirty something financial writer decides to mark the day by swimming the length of the Hudson River, all 150-miles of it, accompanied by two friends in a boat (Justin Kirk, of Weeds fame, and Elizabeth Reaser). The film premiered at Sundance and has been making the rounds of the festival circuit.

Against The Current is playing TONIGHT (October 22) at 6:15pm at FilmColmbia Festival at the Crandall Theatre in Chatham, followed by a Q&A with director Peter Callahan.

(Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the The FilmColumbia Festival offers topnotch foreign and independent films. Here’s the complete festival schedule.)

If you miss the screening tonight, you can catch it on Saturday, October 24 at the Hunter Center of MASS MoCA at 8pm as part of the Williamstown Film Festival’s 11th season. The Galleries will be open until 7:30 PM. Party with food from Lickety Split and cash bar follows in MASS MoCA lobby.


Woodstock Film Fest: Where Music Meets Movies

October 1st, 2009, 3:00 pm by Greg

We love movies. We love music. And we really love movies about music.

When you host a film festival in a town named Woodstock, the collision of movies and music is – well, let’s just say – pretty much unavoidable. Here are a few of the music-related movies that are slated to be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival this weekend:

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Pretty scary, eh kids? Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Fest @ The Madison Theater

October 1st, 2009, 10:56 am by Sara

BloodFangsAndClawsMadisonStarting Friday, October 2 through the following week, you can catch several locally-made horror movies at the Madison Theater in Albany. Dr. GriGri will be your host, introducing the following short films:

Jay Ruzicka:KAZZULA


Frank Palangi: two parts of a multi part anthology, THE LOST

Michael Kazlo II: CRYPTID (premiere)

Show times on Friday and Saturday nights will be 7pm and 12midnight. Contact the Madison Theater for the show times during the week.

This event coincides with the premiere of the new Woody Harrelson movie, “Zombieland.” With the purchase of a ticket to the Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Fest, you have the opportunity of buying a ticket to “Zombieland” at the reduced price of $6.

Homegrown shorts @ Woodstock Film Festival

August 26th, 2009, 1:16 pm by Greg

We recently told you about some of the locally made feature films slated to be screened at the tenth annual Woodstock Film Festival from Wednesday, September 30-Sunday, October 4.

In addition, quite a number of homegrown short films that will also be showcased during the fest, including these:

“The 4th of July Parade” (World Premiere): is a touching mother and daughter story directed by Miranda Rhyne and filmed in Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston, Catskill.

“A Horse is Not a Metaphor”: An award-winning experimental film by Woodstock resident Barbara Hammer explores the trials of surviving and thriving with cancer. Music by Meredith Monk.

“The Bell” (World Premiere): Directed by Erik Weigel, the movie was filmed at the Woodstock Day School and narrated by Martin Sheen.

“Knife Point”: Directed by Delaware County native Carlo
Mirabella-Davis, the film was shot in East Meredith, Delhi, Oneonta, and Hamden.

“Love and Roadkill”: Produced by James Ivory and directed by John David Allen, the movie was filmed entirely in Columbia

“Music We Are”: Filmed entirely in Catskill, director Mirav Ozeri documents the creative process of Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci as they record their latest album.

“OOOM: Out of Our Minds”: A mythical, musical journey conceived by Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins) and filmed by Tony Stone, this mini-epic movie was shot in the Hudson Valley on high definition video fueled entirely by solar power.

“Stooge” (World Premiere): Director Mickey Breitenstein explores relationships, monogamy and infidelity in this movie filmed in a Woodstock barn.

Homegrown features @ Woodstock Film Festival

August 24th, 2009, 2:46 pm by Greg

WFF_hor_onblackThe tenth annual Woodstock Film Festival – held from Wednesday, September 30 thru Friday, October 4 – will host a number of films that were made in the Hudson Valley or by local residents.

Here are a few of the local feature films slated to be showcased:

“Against the Current” (East Coast Premiere): A heartfelt drama about a man determined to swim the length of the Hudson River. Directed by Peter Callahan, the film stars Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk and Elizabeth Reaser.

“The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (East Coast Premiere): The tale of a successful young musician who returns home to collaborate with a childhood friend. Directed by Scott Rosenbaum and produced by Joe White, the film stars Lukas Haas, Peter Fonda and Ruby Dee.

“October Country” (New York Premiere): The debut documentary by directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher tells the story of a family haunted by war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse as it portrays the hardships of blue-collar life in the Mohawk Valley.

“Splinterheads” (East Coast Premiere): A romantic comedy directed by Brant Sersen and starring Thomas Middleditch and Rachel Taylor features several scenes shot in Pine Bush, New Paltz and High Falls.

The Future of Opera

August 21st, 2009, 3:41 pm by Sara

This is an excerpt of the background video created for Wagner’s “Siegfried” by Urano Films, using 14 simultaneous projectors. It was presented at Ciudad de las Ciencias y Artes (City of the Arts and the Sciences) in Valencia, Spain, last summer.

Conservatives may scoff, but opera has always combined all the art forms, so why not video? This is eyepopping stuff and it works spectacularly with the music.

SIEGFRIED from Martin Inda on Vimeo.

8/7/74: 35 years ago today…

August 7th, 2009, 11:08 am by Greg

French high-wire artist (and I do mean “artist”) Philippe Petit made his famous stroll between the World Trade Center Towers – more than 100 stories above the street.

Go out and rent British director James March’s documentary film, “Man On Wire.”

Real Good For Free: The Ballston Spa Film Festival, 8/6-8

August 4th, 2009, 8:55 am by Greg

The inaugural Ballston Spa Film Festival was held last summer, screening 28 films over the course of two evenings.

This year the fest is back, and it is indeed growing.

The second annual Ballston Spa Film Festival has expanded to 49 films over the course of three nights and will be held Thursday-Saturday, August 6-8 in Wiswall Park and the Malta Avenue School in Ballston Spa. There is no admission charge to any of the films that are being screened.

So what will you find at the fest?

Ray Liotta and Henry Rollins appear in Max Kuger’s short film, “Boyz Up.” Skidmore College’s Aaron Davis screens his animated short, “The Cheater.” G. Gordon Liddy stars in Silvana Jakick’s comedy, “The Rehearsal.” Director Michalina Almindo and writer-actor Kevin Craig West offer their award-winning short, “Distractions.”

And I have absolutely no idea just what to expect, but just from the title, I’m pretty jazzed about seeing Daniel DeFabio’s “Extreme Yoga Smackdown.”

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