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Opus 40: Back to the Stone Age

This summer Harvey Fite's Opus 40 will host a gamut of music, film, and theater programming, including the Sunset Sessions concert series, and Stockade Sunday Cabarets.


Drive-Ins & Outdoor Movies Happening in the Hudson Valley Summer 2021

From traditional drive-in theaters to pop-up movie events in parks and parking lots, the Hudson Valley is offering up a plethora of outdoor film experiences this summer.


Upstate Films to Close Woodstock Cinema and Hit the Road with a Projector

Now under new management, Upstate Films is rolling out a series of changes, the biggest of which is closing the Woodstock location. The flagship cinema in Rhinebeck is set to reopen early summer for regular screenings, and in the meantime you can rent out the entire theater with your pals to screen one of the five Best Picture Oscar nominees. This July will also see the launch of the Hudson Valley Picture Show, Upstate Film's new traveling outdoor theater, popping up at locations like Opus 40, and Kaatsbaan through early fall.


The Moviehouse in Millerton Slated to Reopen by June Under New Owners

Built originally as a Grange Hall in 1903, the building that houses the Moviehouse in Millerton has been a community hub from the start.


A Tangled Web

Sarah Pirozek’s feminist indie thriller #Like is streaming on AppleTV+.
Sarah Pirozek’s feminist indie thriller #Like is streaming on AppleTV+.


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Storms the Stage, the Screen...and Possibly the Oscars?

A Review of the Latest Film Adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 Play
Late, great playwright August Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle" is a 10-play, decade-by-decade chronicle of the life, culture, and experiences of Black Americans throughout the 20th century. The Netflix production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, featuring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, is a film adaptation of one of the cycle's most famous plays, adapted for screen with aplomb by director George C. Wolfe.


Going (Back) to the Movies: Local Cinemas Grapple with Reopening Amid a Second Wave

Dan Fisher rushed back to the movies after they reopened in October.


Story Screen Reopens for Indoor Movies in Beacon

With drastically reduced capacity and increased cleaning protocols, this lil' Beacon theater is making the return of indoor movie-going viable
It’s been a bad year for theaters, like 500-year-flood bad.


Conspiracy on Hudson: Benedict Arnold's Trail of Treason Runs through the Hudson Valley

In the latest installment of her Youtube channel "The Curious World," titles "Conspiracy on Hudson, Bridget Barbara retraces John André’s journey from Haverstraw, onwards to Tarrytown, and, finally, to Tappan.


Fiercely Independent And Socially Distant

Woodstock Film Festival Successfully Pivots to Forge Ahead in the Pandemic
No movie theaters and no crowds is a scary prospect for an indie film festival, whose entire premise is based on bringing large groups of people together to watch quality film in close quarters. But they say “necessity is the mother of invention,” and the pandemic forced Woodstock Film Festival cofounder Meira Blaustein and her team to think outside the box—leading to a mixed format, part livestream from home, part drive-in festival, whose successful new components will broaden the scope of future festivals to come.


Screen Time: Woodstock Film Festival Heads to the Drive In (and the Interwebs)

Now Including the Full 2020 Film Lineup
The Woodstock Film Festival goes online and al fresco this year, with drive-in screenings September 30-October 4.


New and Upcoming Hudson Valley Films and Series for Your Fall Watch List

Though filming may have ground to a halt this spring and summer due to COVID, 2019 was a bang-up year for the Hudson Valley film industry, and all the movies and series shot here then are now getting ready for their releases on a streaming platform near you. From a documentary about the life and career of the prosecutor responsible for the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (made by their granddaughter) to a sci-fi horror anthology to a zany '80s cult classic, here are some films shot locally or made by local directors for your fall watch list.


Pop-Up Drive-In Movie Experiences

With no clear reopening date in sight, indoor movie theaters are taking a queue from their outdoor counterparts, organizing pop-up drive-ins to fill the movie-going void. In addition to the age-old Hudson Valley drive-ins, here is a list of pop-up outdoor movie series to catch in this summer of social distancing.


Zany '80s Comedy "Chief Zabu" Released 34 Years After Filming

A Q&A with co-director Neil Cohen
Chief Zabu, a low-budget indie comedy made in 1986 in the Hudson Valley about a New York real estate developer who dreams of having political power was never released. On August 7, it became available on various streaming platforms.


From Pop Culture to Cop Culture

How writers of cop TV shows like “SWAT” are wrestling with the genre’s influence on real police officers
Writers of cop-centric television shows reconsider their portrayals of policing in the US amidst an ongoing wave of protests against police brutality.



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Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents Ellen Perantoni in the Hallway Art Gallery - 9 Vassar Street @ Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents Ellen Perantoni in the Hallway Art Gallery - 9 Vassar Street

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31 — The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center proudly presents the works of renowned artist Ellen...
Fritz Vogt Drawings: A Sense of Place @ Canajoharie Library & Arkell Museum

Fritz Vogt Drawings: A Sense of Place

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 — Between 1890 and 1900 itinerant folk artist Fritz G. Vogt roamed the...

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