Stage & Screen

Woodstock Film Fest virtual programming

Woodstock Film Fest virtual programming

The Woodstock Film Festival is working to provide virtual programming. The “Alternative Projections” series delivers short and full-length films curated by Woodstock Film Festival’s programmers, staff and alumni that are free to stream to mailing-list subscribers. Films featured include WFF alum Marshall Curry’s Academy award-winning short The Neighbors’ Window.

Feelgood flicks for the housebound

Feelgood flicks for the housebound

Rather than cite classics that I turn to again and again, I’m going to browse through my nine years of Almanac Weekly reviews and offer digested-down descriptions of some movies that lifted my spirits. Maybe they’ll perk you up as well.

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.