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Villeneuve delivers a worthy screen rendition of Dune, finally

Villeneuve delivers a worthy screen rendition of Dune, finally

If you’re not a fan of the science fiction genre, on the page or onscreen, you may feel a little baffled right now about why the arrival of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One is being hailed as such a big deal. There are people out there saying that they’ve been waiting for this movie all their lives — or since Frank Herbert’s novel Dune was published in 1965, whichever is more recent. Few works in the SF canon have been so profoundly influential — including on such filmmakers as George Lucas, whose Star Wars universe made free use of many of Herbert’s narrative and worldbuilding concepts.

Jennifer Delora stars in Apples in Winter at New Paltz’s Denizen Theatre

Jennifer Delora stars in Apples in Winter at New Paltz’s Denizen Theatre

The Denizen discovered the multitudinous talents of deaf actor Jennifer Delora, an Ulster County native whose four-decade career has taken many surprising twists and turns before bringing her back home again. Delora will star in the one-woman show Apples in Winter, Denizen’s first in-person indoor production since the pandemic hit, opening this Friday, October 22, and running until November 14.

Brave Girls at Rosendale Theatre October 22 & 24

Brave Girls at Rosendale Theatre October 22 & 24

Rosendale Theatre will present the independent film Brave Girls, directed by Ellie Walton and Yashaswi Desai, on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 24 at 2 p.m. The 71-minute documentary tells the story of three teenaged girls living in a small village in western India who get the chance to go to school and complete their tenth-grade exams.

2021 Woodstock Film Fest calls it a wrap

2021 Woodstock Film Fest calls it a wrap

After remarks by Congressman Antonio Delgado and state senator Michelle Hinchey, the Woodstock Film Festival announced the film, Mass directed by Fran Kranz as its Best Narrative Feature and Storm Lake, directed by Jerry Risius and Beth Levison as its Best Documentary Feature at its annual Jury award winners at a ceremony at the Woodstock Playhouse, Saturday, October 2.

Screening of Leon Gast’s When We Were Kings will highlight filmmaker’s career

Screening of Leon Gast’s When We Were Kings will highlight filmmaker’s career

The epic story of Leon Gast’s more than two-decade quest to get his film, When We Were Kings, the Oscar winning documentary of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s Heavyweight Championship bout in Zaire in 1974, made, will surely be recounted along with a showing of the film, as the Woodstock Film Festival presents a Special Tribute to Gast at 4:45 p.m. Friday October 1 at the Bearsville Theater.

Choreographers unveil new dances at Unison’s “Behind Closed Doors” this Sunday

Choreographers unveil new dances at Unison’s “Behind Closed Doors” this Sunday

Ever wonder what was happening with professional artists during that long stretch of time when we couldn’t, for safety’s sake, go out and see or hear their work in a public place? According to Alexandra Baer, director of Unison Arts in New Paltz, the work went on, even if it wasn’t generating any income. “Because of COVID, people were practicing their arts behind closed doors,” she says. “They were dancing in their living rooms, writing poetry in their closets, playing music in their basements.”

Woodstock Film Festival is back, live, September 29-October 3

Woodstock Film Festival is back, live, September 29-October 3

Like every other arts organization or venue that depends on the physical gathering of an audience in a common space, the Woodstock Film Festival was forced to reinvent itself last year. Most of the 100+ movies it presented in 2020 were streamed online (as were the panel discussions), but about 30 films could be seen on a big screen — in one of three local drive-in theaters.