Stage & Screen

Filmmaker Josh Ruben returns to the community he loves

Filmmaker Josh Ruben returns to the community he loves

Although he left the Hudson Valley to pursue the performer’s life almost two decades ago, actor-writer-director Josh Ruben, Onteora Class of 2001, is realizing hard-won dreams back on home turf. He spent 14 days last winter in a Cooper Lake cabin, directing and starring in his self-penned horror comedy Scare Me, his feature debut. AMC’s streaming horror platform, Shudder, acquired the work, which screened at Sundance in January (one reviewer called it “exceptionally funny”).

Burnt Orange Heresy screens at Upstate Woodstock

Burnt Orange Heresy screens at Upstate Woodstock

How do you make a modern film noir that’s worldly enough to tackle the strange shape of today’s undulating economics? We checked in with producer Bill Horberg, a Woodstock resident, who’ll be screening his latest work, The Burnt Orange Heresy, at Upstate Films Woodstock as a benefit for the Woodstock Film Festival at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 29 at Upstate Films Woodstock, 132 Tinker Street. 

Bardavon hosts Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Gala

Bardavon hosts Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Gala

Saturday/Sunday, Feb. 29/Mar. 1: “The repertory is varied and engaging – a spectacular celebration of dance in all of its forms,” says VRDT director John Meehan, professor of Dance who holds the Frances D. Fergusson Chair at Vassar. “We are very excited to bring back Larry Keigwin’s Caffeinated, which The New York Times described as ‘a hilarious, jittery mix of aerobics, cheerleading, ballet and boxing that seems to use every note of Philip Glass’ Glasspiece No. 3.’”

Alicia Svigals, Donald Sosin accompany silent film The Ancient Law at Ashokan Center

Alicia Svigals, Donald Sosin accompany silent film The Ancient Law at Ashokan Center

Saturday, Feb. 29: The Ancient Law is a landmark in Weimar cinema. It is the story of a rabbi’s son who leaves his shtetl home in Galicia and makes his way to Vienna, where an archduchess at the imperial court falls in love with him. The movie draws a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity. Alicia Svigals is founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. Donald Sosin has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art and the Kennedy Center.