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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.

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.