It’s a year of anniversaries in and for Woodstock. It’s a special one for the Woodstock Film Festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary with a year round flurry of activities in anticipation of its actual October 2-October 6 outing — from screenwriting classes and staged readings to a variety of screenings and the WFF’s annual Taste of Woodstock event.
Saugerties filmmaker Katie Cokinos said she plans to use drones, video shot from kayaks and interviews with locals to explore the topic of the lower Esopus Creek.
Having previously created large-scale images of Elvis, Einstein, the Statue of Liberty and Jimi Hendrix in a field in Ellenville by expertly manipulating a lawnmower, Roger Baker fired up his push-mower by Sandburg Creek and began crafting Beethoven’s eyes in May 2016. The completed drawing on the living canvas of grass culminated in a series of performances of Beethoven’s music held on-site. Days later, as the grass grew and the dark and light areas melded together, the image vanished. It lives on in John Hazard’s new film.
After being without a movie theater since last August, the Hudson Valley Mall will once again host Friday-night movies. Here’s what’s showing.
The closures will occur on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 from around 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. The miniseries, set to star local favorite Mark Ruffalo as a pair of troubled identical twins, takes place over several decades in the 20th century. Ruffalo, perhaps best known for his portrayal of physicist Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series and a supporter of many local causes, will also co-produce the miniseries. The production is also shooting on location in Poughkeepsie and other Dutchess spots.
Here’s the cast lined up for Jarmusch’s soon-to-be-released The Dead Don’t Die: Adam Driver (star of his most recent fiction feature, Paterson), Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Rosie Perez, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Glover, Luka Sabbat, Tom Waits and RZA. Carol Kane, Iggy Pop and Sara Driver all play zombies. So does a young actress from New Paltz, Sophia Weinman – one of many locals hired as extras for the movie, filmed mostly in and around Fleischmanns in Delaware County.
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14: Bessie Award-winning choreographer Ephrat Asherie, artist-in-residence this year at Bard College, makes her Fisher Center debut with Odeon, a high-energy, hybrid dance work set to and inspired by the music of early-20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, played live.
Saturday, April 13: Amidst the current furor over the inhumane treatment of refugees detained and families separated at the US/Mexico border, public attention has been diverted away from what is undeniably the largest-scale humanitarian crisis of this time: the plight of the millions fleeing civil war in Syria. Following the noon screening, filmmaker Joshua Bennett will join a panel discussion that also includes Lea Matheson, senior advisor on migration and humanitarian issues in the Office of the President at the UN.
The wait is almost over: According to a representative of Owosso, Michigan-based Neighborhood Cinema Group, the new luxury seating cinema at the Hudson Valley Mall will open for business on Friday, April 19.
This Friday, April 5, John A. Coleman Catholic High School will open their production of Matilda, a musical based on the novel by Roald Dahl. The production is directed by Lisë Hopson, the longtime Coleman theater director and choreographer who came out of retirement to tackle the musical.