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FilmColumbia offers a rich and diverse schedule of documentaries, shorts, filmmaker Q&As and special events for film fans of all stripes to mark its 20th anniversary this year.

FilmColumbia 2019 will take place October 18– 27 in Chatham, New York and is presented by the Crandell Theatre, with festival events also taking place at the Morris Memorial and other locations in town.

FilmColumbia is programmed by Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director Peter Biskind and Co-Artistic Director Larry Kardish. Biskind is an author, film historian, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Esquire, and past executive editor of Premiere magazine. Kardish is senior curator emeritus for film and media at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Calliope Nicholas is the Managing Director of the festival and the primary programmer of the Morris Memorial schedule.

The Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, New York is the only film festival in the country operated by a prominent professional theatre company, namely, the Adirondack Theatre Festival. The film festival features panel discussions, exciting special events, and more than 100 film screenings, all taking place on six screens in downtown Glens Falls. Sharing its slogan with the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region dedicated to new plays – the Adirondack Film Festival is a place where audiences can always expect to see something new.

This year’s festival runs October 17-20. Festival Director Chad Rabinovitz and Programming Director Jessica Levandoski join us with a preview.

The Woodstock Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary will be taking place from October 2–6 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties, and Rosendale, New York.

Widely acknowledged for showcasing passionate, creative and thought-provoking work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers, this year’s festival will showcase more than 50 features from around the world, as well as many short films, and will include panels, live performances, and other special events.

The festival has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

Courtesy of Black Maria Film Festival

A festival of short films returns to Upstate Films in Rhinebeck Friday. One of the films being screened is by a local filmmaker. It’s based on a one-woman show about a woman who cares for a brother with cerebral palsy.

Tales of Europe returns to Chatham for the second year with a series of five feature-length and seven short award-winning films made by European filmmakers who journey to Greenland, Morocco and Myanmar to tell their tales.

Each of these films debuted over the last year in top international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. The Crandell Theatre has exclusive rights to show the films for the first time in the tri-state area.

The films were curated by Larry Kardish, co-artistic director of the Crandell’s annual film festival FilmColumbia and former senior curator for film at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. An Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences Scholar, he regularly attends the major international film festivals and has served as a juror at many worldwide.

Hunter Mountain Film Festival Debuts This Week

May 14, 2019

The first annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival in Greene County gets underway Thursday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with co-director Michele Peacock about what’s in store.

Glimmerglass Film Days

Nov 5, 2018
path through a lightly wooded area
Milo Stewart

Glimmerglass Film Days will explore the theme “Passages” in Cooperstown, New York November 8-12.  A program of Otsego 2000, Film Days features 31 films, 26 filmmakers and special guests, panels, receptions with local food and drink, a companion art exhibit, a pop-up bookstore, a free film for kids, and guided hikes.    

Glimmerglass Film Days was started to build an event that contributes significantly to local cultural life and attracts both residents and visitors to experience Main Street and the natural, cultural and historic resources in the Otsego Lake region.  Glimmerglass Film Days is curated by the National Gallery of Art’s Peggy Parsons. 

FilmColumbia 2018

Oct 19, 2018

FilmColumbia 2018 marks its 19th year of “small town, big movies” in Chatham, New York, October 20-28. The nine-day festival will present 50 world-class independent and international films, plus post-screening Q&As with acclaimed artists and special tributes and events, all presented by The Crandell Theatre. Screenings will take place at the Crandell and Morris Memorial venues in Chatham.

The festival is programmed by Peter Biskind, the executive and co-artistic director of FilmColumbia 2018, and co-artistic director Laurence Kardish.

For the third consecutive year, the festival will present a special tribute to an acclaimed artist with ties to Columbia County. This year’s honoree is Brian Cox, whose award-winning and exceptionally broad range of work has been showcased in some 200 movies and television programs from Braveheart to Rushmore, and includes The Bourne Identity, X-Men 2 and Deadwood.

Brian Cox joined us via phone, along with Peter Biskind and Managing Director of the festival, Calliope Nicholas in studio.

The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival will showcase 9 World Premieres, 4 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 12 East Coast Premieres and 8 New York Premieres on October 10-14th

The iconic Woodstock Film Festival was created in the year 2000. Since then, it has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

StudioFest, taking place this weekend in Phoenicia, New York, is a first-of-its-kind film festival, offering the festival’s winning short film creator a chance to shoot their debut feature film, backed and supported by experienced industry professionals.

The filmmakers had a submission deadline of August 3. Five finalists have been selected and the public is invited to attend a celebration screening of their works September 22nd at the Phoenicia Playhouse between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

We are joined by StudioFest founders – and filmmakers - Jess Jacklin and Charles Beale.

The 13th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, runs March 15 – 27 with 25 film screenings at 18 community venues across Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties in Massachusetts.

Year after year, PVJFF presents critically acclaimed films that not only entertain, but also provide opportunities for reflection, discussion, and a deeper understanding of our complex, diverse world.

We are joined by Festival Director Deb Krivoy and by director of communications for the Yiddish Book Center, Lisa Newman. The Yiddish Book Center is one of the Pioneer Valley Film Festival’s venues.

Glimmerglass Film Days

Nov 6, 2017

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a film about Jane Jacobs’ grassroots efforts to protect her neighborhood—New York City’s Greenwich Village—from car-centric, post-war development, kicks off the fifth annual Glimmerglass Film Days on Thursday at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown.

Glimmerglass Films Days continues through November 13th with 18 feature length films, 9 shorts, filmmaker talks, receptions, guided walks, a companion art exhibit, and restaurant specials. The films, made in the United States as well as Mexico, the Netherlands, Mongolia, France, New Zealand, China, Turkey, and Italy, all reflect the theme “Home.”

Film Days curator Peggy Parsons, who also directs the Film Program at the National Gallery of Art, joins us for a preview.

FilmColumbia 2017 marks 18 years of “small town, big movies” in Chatham, NY, through October 29th. The festival presents eight extraordinary days of screenings of more than 40 world-class independent and international films, plus post-screening Q&As with acclaimed artists, special tributes, and the annual screenwriting workshop, all presented by The Chatham Film Club. Screenings take place at the Crandell Theatre and Morris Memorial in Chatham.

The festival is programmed by Peter Biskind, the executive and co-artistic director of FilmColumbia 2017 and co-artistic director Laurence Kardish.

Peter Biskind joins us along with Calliope Nicholas, the Managing Director of the festival.

Celebrating 18-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 120 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday, October 11th through Sunday, October 15th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

The festival which is featuring 4 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 20 East Coast Premieres and 9 New York Premieres.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview. 

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte in WAMC's studio March 3, 2017.
Ian Pickus

I’ve been following the story of the independent film As You Are for many months now, and now that I’ve finally seen the movie, I’m thrilled to have the chance to ask its director and co-screenwriter about it. The film is based in and around the Capital Region, with references to Washington Park and another local radio station. But it’s not merely a fun game of Albany geography. With a backdrop of violence, it’s a serious, sober coming of age story about two emotional teens, their friends and their volatile families.

Glimmerglass Film Days

Nov 7, 2016

The fourth annual Glimmerglass Film Days will be held in Cooperstown on November 10th -14th. Peggy Parsons is the Film Days curator and founder and she is also the founder and director of the film program at the National Gallery of Art.

Glimmerglass Film Days explores the concept of resilience in natural and man-made worlds. Films uncover preserving Japanese sake traditions, tenacity of Babushkas in Chernobyl, deep links between African Americans and their ancestral pasts, and the founding of Greenpeace.

The festival also has us travel to South America in search of lost shamans, drugs, and cultures, and examine many other struggles closer to home. 

Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, Paint it Black, will screen twice at the Woodstock Film Festival - tonight at 6:30 at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock and Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Saugerties at 5:30 p.m. She will also participate in the festival’s "Women in Film and Media" panel on Saturday October 15 at the Kleinert James Art Center in Woodstock. Other participants in the panel are Bette Gordon, Catherine Hardwicke, and Mary Stewart Masterson. The panel is moderated by Thelma Adams.

Based on the novel of the same name by Janet Fitch, Paint it Black explores and explodes the confusion of grief when Josie’s boyfriend, Michael, commits suicide and his death brings her into the orbit of his powerful and powerfully cold and heartbroken mother, Meredith. Their strained relationship circling around who knew Michael better, who loved him more, and what can they get from - and do to - each other now that he is gone.

Tamblyn co-wrote the adaptation with Ed Dougherty. It stars Alia Shawkat as Josie and Janet McTeer as Meredith.

April 15, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts--The winner of the marathon crossed the finish line hours ago, but Boylston Street remains vibrant as friends and families cheer a steady stream of runners coming down the final stretch. Suddenly the unthinkable happens...BOOM! BOOM! Two massive blasts instantaneously transform triumph to tragedy, killing four and leaving a blood-soaked trail of shrapnel and severed limbs in their wake.

Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg focus not on the politics or sensationalism, but instead offer a patchwork of deeply moving portraits of the victims, struggling to move forward on prosthetic limbs and recreate their lives.

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing will screen twice as part of the the Woodstock Film Festival

Adirondack Theatre Festival is having a major new event on October 21st and 22nd, The Adirondack Film Festival. Featuring over 30 of the best new national and international films, the inaugural event will take place on five movie screens in four locations in downtown Glens Falls, allowing ATF to expand community programming outside of the regular summer theatre schedule.

The Adirondack Film Festival will show feature films, short films, webseries, children's films, and documentaries. In addition to film screenings, the festival will include panel discussions, meet and greet events, parties, and Q&A's with the filmmakers and casts.

The Festival will also feature a contest where local actors, directors, and writers (of all skill-levels) will be invited to create a film in 48hrs. They will provide the equipment - you make the movie! Audiences will vote on their favorites and awards will be presented to the winners. 

Festival Director, Chad Rabinowitz joins us to tell us more. 

FilmColumbia celebrates seventeen years of “Small town, big movies” in Hudson and Chatham, NY this October 22-30 with a week of world-class independent and international films presented by The Chatham Film Club.

Executive and co-artistic director of the festival Peter Biskind and Managing Director Calliope Nicholas join us now with a preview of this year’s FilmColumbia offerings.

Bette Gordon is a director and independent filmmaker best known for her film Variety (1984), Luminous Motion (2000), and Handsome Harry (2010) Toronto. She has been the subject of retrospectives at IFC Cinema, Anthology Film Archives and The Walker Art Center.

Josh Charles is an actor best known for his work in Dead Poets Society, Sports Night, and The Good Wife.

They join us to discuss their new film The Drowning, directed by Gordon and starring Charles along with Julia Styles, and Avan Jogia. The thriller will screen twice at this year's Woodstock Film Festival

WFF Poster by Mary Frank
Mary Frank

Celebrating 17-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

The festival which is featuring 5 World Premieres, 6 North American Premieres, 5 US Premieres, 11 East Coast Premieres and 14 New York Premieres.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

  The 4th Annual Beacon Independent Film Festival gets underway later this week - September 16th - 18th where they will screen features, shorts, documentaries and more.

Panel discussions, food vendors, green space, interactive activities for kids and adults make it an event for the whole family.

Terry Nelson is the Executive Director of the festival and we welcome him to The Roundtable this morning.

Robert Klein with Fred Willard in "Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg"
Adirondack Film Society

The 15th Lake Placid Film Forum is being held this week.  After a few years of struggling, the event has regained its footing and is bringing notable films and filmmakers to the Olympic village.

BIFF 2016 - Bruce Dern

Jun 1, 2016

  Bruce Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. He turns 80-years old on Saturday – the same day he will be honored with a tribute at the Berkshire International Film Festival.

He will be in conversation with famed film director Douglas Trumbull, who directed Dern in the 1972 classic, Silent Running. Their talk will be followed by a screening of the Oscar nominated Nebraska at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington at 7PM.

  Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc provides a broad range of community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts.

On Sunday, April 3, the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host the 2016 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival at Crosby Elementary School in Pittsfield, Mass. The Festival begins at noon and will feature short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements.

Jessica McNair, Family Advocate & Adult Family Care Case Manager for Berkshire County Arc is here to tell us more.

  A long weekend of films, receptions, Q&A with filmmakers, hikes, and more are planned for Glimmerglass Film Days, November 5-9 in Cooperstown, NY. “Sacred Places” is the theme of the third annual festival, curated by central New York native Margaret Parsons, founder and director of the film program at the National Gallery of Art.

The selected films explore places of natural and cultural significance, around the world and close to home. Filmmakers and experts in their field will be on hand throughout the event to introduce films and answer questions, enriching the audience’s experience. The Festival also will feature shorts from the Black Maria Film Festival, and receptions with local foods and locally crafted brews and spirits.

  The St. Lawrence International Film Festival will go beyond all borders from Ottawa and Brockville, Canada into Canton and Potsdam, New York. They are celebrating cinema with over 25 films, 7 panels, and 8 special screenings over four days from October 22nd to October 25th.

The schedule includes an opening gala featuring a 35th Anniversary Screening of The Blues Brothers, a panel about Digital Shorts and the new media of laughter, a panel about James Bond, short film programs, narrative features, and much more.

Adam Paul is the Executive Director and Founder of The St. Lawrence International Film Festival and he joins us.

FilmColumbia is a weeklong festival dedicated to showing world-class independent and international films. Hosted by Chatham Film Club, the festival consistently offers their audience early looks at films that go on to win critical approval and awards.

This year’s festival kicks-off on Monday, October 19th and runs through October 25th with films screening in Chatham and Hudson, NY.  Peter Biskind is the Executive Director and Co-programmer of FilmColumbia, he joins us now along with festival Director, Calliope Nicholas.

  Stewart Copeland, former drummer for the rock band The Police, will be in Woodstock this weekend to participate in the Woodstock Film Festival.

Copeland will take part in a question-and-answer session following the film, 1 Giant Leap II: What About Me? The film is co-directed by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto. Copeland and Bridgeman will take part in the q-and-a session after a screening of the film at the Woodstock Playhouse. He will also participate in the BMI Music for Film panel discussion Oct. 3.

Copeland, bass player and vocalist Sting and guitarist Andy Summers sold millions of records while in The Police.

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