May 27, 2017

Film Archives

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

ON-LINE advance sales end at 3:00 PM, but a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. This documentary about the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin speaks to the present moment with enormous clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing lessons from … [Read more...]

IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, presented by Rockland Farm Alliance

  Based on author and food advocate Michael Pollan's 2008 book, In Defense of Food explores the risks of diet-related diseases, and the value of eating healthy foods. That book was inspired by a speech that writer and Piermont resident, Joan Gussow shared with Michael in 2003. This film … [Read more...]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by Rockland Organized for a Sustainability and a Safe Aquifer (ROSA) and Rivertown Film

Get high on nature at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on 4/20. celebrates the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. It is the largest environmental film festival held in the US. After the festival launches in Nevada City, … [Read more...]

NERUDA

This biopic about the hot-blooded Chilean poet and leftist politician Pablo Neruda facing an emerging dictatorship in Chile illuminates the endless struggle between political authority and the creative imagination. In 1948, Neruda is engaged in a rhetorical war with Chile’s president, who is moving … [Read more...]

1984: A Special Screening Sponsored by Rivertown Film

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." On that bright cold day, April 4, 1984, Winston Smith began rebelling against his government – by keeping a diary - in George Orwell’s warning of things to come. On this same day in 2017, cinemas, arts groups and … [Read more...]

McCullers Centennial: A TREE. A ROCK. A CLOUD and A DOMESTIC DILEMMA

The reservation list for the Carson McCullers Centennial screening is completely full. There may be cancellations, in which case new reservation will be taken, so check the ordering fields below regularly. An evening in honor of Carson McCullers, a resident of Nyack from 1945 to 1967. After … [Read more...]

WIENER-DOG

The “hero” of this film is a dachshund who goes by several different names and has a variety of owners. This anthology of darkly comic vignettes follows the canine through a dizzying array of experiences, from narrowly escaping being euthanized to being strapped with explosives. His dignity provides … [Read more...]

The 3rd Annual INSPIRED!

  The creative process is a mystery, known only to the artist. Or is it?     Not always. On Saturday, February 25, Rivertown Film gives our guests a peek into this “mystery.” Thirteen artists from various disciplines—photographer, filmmaker, singer, dancer, sculptor, … [Read more...]

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI

Meet the Filmmaker: Bill Siegel, via Skype Muhammad Ali was the most famous, loudest and baddest of Americans to refuse to serve during the Vietnam War. His embrace of Islam— specifically the Nation of Islam— led to his stance on the war and his journey to the Supreme Court. There is no smoothing … [Read more...]

EVERYBODY KNOWS. . . ELIZABETH MURRAY

Online advance sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 7:30. An intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray, only the fifth women to have a career retrospective at MoMA. The film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and her … [Read more...]

MIA MADRE

While shooting a difficult film and dealing with an outsized American actor, Margherita learns that her mother is dying. The narrartive shifts between her different states of consciousness— reveries and reminiscences. Her life, her mother and her movie may be falling apart, but Margherita holds on, … [Read more...]

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS

This study in full force fame concentrates on the years through August 1966, when the Beatles quit touring after a run that left thousands of screaming fans with sore throats. Though other artists – Sinatra, Presley – inspired the same response, the pace and scale of the Beatles is astonishing. … [Read more...]

LITTLE MEN

Meet the Filmmaker, via Skype: director Ira Sachs Jake and Tony are two middle school boys from very different backgrounds whose paths cross in Brooklyn: Jake, is from an upscale family, and Tony, a working class Latino who is being raised mostly by his mother, Leonor. Leonor runs a dress shop in … [Read more...]

DANCE TO THE MOVIES: a benefit for Rivertown Film

  Dance to some of the great film dance sequences of all time at Rivertown Film’s fourth Dance to the Movies extravaganza. Join us at Nyack’s famous West Gate Lounge and dance to a sensational DJ and great dance clips from films like Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Grease, and Dirty Dancing; … [Read more...]

ZERO DAYS

Meet the Filmmaker: Oscar winning director Alex Gibney This sobering documentary focuses on the spread of computer malware – specifically Stuxnet, which the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility. The nightmare of push-button nuclear annihilation has … [Read more...]

FRANKENSTEIN (1931) With Live Music Score, Presented by ArtsRock, Arts Angels, & Rivertown Film

The 1931 horror classic FRANKENSTEIN was made without any underscoring. Now contemporary classical composer and conductor Michael Shapiro has written music to accompany the entire film. See the Boris Karloff classic on the BIG SCREEN while hearing 15 members of the THE CHAPPAQUA ORCHESTRA conducted … [Read more...]

ON MEDITATION

  Meet the Filmmaker: Director Rebecca Dreyfus. Take Part: After the film and discussion, a ten minute group meditation will be led by Linda Fitzpatrick, a meditation teacher for the American Meditation Society. A look at the deeply personal practice of meditation through profiles of … [Read more...]

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern

  Meet the Filmmakers: Executive Producers Nimitt Mankad and Declan Baldwin. In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six children with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the modern world, challenging … [Read more...]

MARY POPPINS (raindate) Free at Artopee Way Drive In

In stuffy old London, a super-nanny descends (from the sky, via umbrella) on a dysfunctional family with precocious children and proceeds to employ some rather remarkable skills, a bit of magic, and a teaspoon of sugar, to improve their lives. This classic musical received a record (in its day) 13 … [Read more...]

SHAUN THE SHEEP: WEATHER CANCELLATION

HOT, STORMY AND GENERALLY UNSTABLE WEATHER is keeping the sheep in the barn and forcing a cancellation of BOTH the screening on 8/12 AND the publicized rain date of Saturday, 8/13. We will reschedule soon.   All is well at Mossy Bottom Farm, except for the fact that the animals will do … [Read more...]