May 18, 2022

Movies with Documentary

THE AUTOMAT, streaming from May 13 through May 26

“The Automat” recounts the lost history of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, which served affordable-priced quality food to millions of New Yorkers and Philadelphians for more than a century. Found by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart in 1888, it revolutionized the nation’s restaurant … [Read more...]

FLEE, presented at the Nyack Center

In FLEE, the Grand Jury Prize winner at last year’s Sundance Festival, filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity. Amin’s life has been defined by his past and a secret he’s kept for over 20 years. Forced to leave his home country of Afghanistan … [Read more...]

HOW THEY GOT OVER, streaming at Rivertown Film from February 25

How They Got Over celebrates the spirit of gospel performers and how they helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever. Beginning in the 1920s, Black singers across the country took to the highways as the new technology of radio and records made it possible to reach a wider … [Read more...]

IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM, streaming February 4 – February 17

IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM takes us back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, In Balanchine's Classroom reveals … [Read more...]

SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF, streaming from 1/21 through 1/25

Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff was a difficult (some would say impossible) person but was also the man who kicked art films into the mainstream with outrageous marketing … [Read more...]

Atomic Cover-Up, presented with ArtsRock, ONLINE from 1/11 through 1/16

Rivertown Film and ArtsRock present the local premiere, with discussion, of "Atomic Cover-up," an award-winning first documentary by Nyack writer/filmmaker Greg Mitchell that tells the story of the US government suppression of motion picture film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by American and … [Read more...]

LITTLE GIRL

7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a little girl. As society fails to treat her like other children her age–in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties–her supportive family leads a constant battle to make her difference understood and accepted. Her mother and father have … [Read more...]

TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION, streaming from June 18

Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams —writers, celebrities, geniuses —catapulted to fame in the 1950s, sparking a friendship and rivalry spanning nearly 40 years until their deaths within a year of each other. Inextricably entwined, and fixtures of their age, they were creative powerhouses (and gay … [Read more...]

CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATER on 7/17 only

SOLD OUT! CHANGE OF VENUE! Because of rain forecast all weekend, this program has been moved to the Nyack Center, located at Broadway and Depew in Nyack, on Saturday. No further tickets are being sold. Please arrive by 7:40 for a complimentary "welcome back" drink and snack.  Can You Bring It: Bill … [Read more...]

BILL TRAYLOR: CHASING GHOSTS

Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in Alabama, and after the Civil War he farmed as a sharecropper. In the late 1920s, aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs until, in his 80s, he became homeless and started to draw and paint scenes from plantation … [Read more...]

US KIDS

An insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reigns and fight for justice at a most critical time in our nation’s history. Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, Us Kids chronicles the March For Our Lives movement over the … [Read more...]

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT ANIMATED, LIVE ACTION, AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Rivertown Film is pleased to bring the Oscar-Nominated Short Films to our audience in 2021. Streaming will begin on April 2. For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered in separately purchased programs – … [Read more...]

STRAY, streaming from March 5

Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. As they search for food and shelter, Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished … [Read more...]

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL recording available through 4/28

Rivertown Film and ROSA4Rockland, the grassroots environmental non-profit, once again teamed up to present this creative evening of award-winning shorts that combine poignant story-telling and gorgeous cinematography. As in 2020, this year’s festival will be online, but live and with local content, … [Read more...]

GUSTAV STICKLEY: AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN, streaming from March 5

The rise, fall and resurrection of the father of the American Arts and Crafts movement is chronicled in Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman, which offers an unprecedented look at the life and works of Stickley as told through interviews, archival materials, and a close examination of his most iconic … [Read more...]

M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY

M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher ( -1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, … [Read more...]

THE PRATT IN THE HAT, held through Sunday, Feb. 28. Free!

THE  PRATT IN THE HAT A Film by Susan Hillary – starring Frances Pratt 2021, 12 minutes, documentary Streaming from February 19 through 25 This is a fine-cut, pre-release streaming for Black History Month. Donations made during the streaming will benefit the Nyack NAACP. View the film … [Read more...]

MUSEUM TOWN, presented by Rivertown Film and the Arts Council of Rockland

MUSEUM TOWN tells the story of a massive museum, MASS MoCA, the town of North Adams that is its home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a post-industrial city. MASS MoCA is now the largest museum for contemporary art in the world, and it houses some of the largest works of art … [Read more...]

CITY HALL, streaming at Rivertown Film Online

City government touches upon almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us take for granted necessary services like sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support, parks, licensing bureaus, recordkeeping, as well a myriad of other activities that support the citizenry. In City Hall, through a series of … [Read more...]

HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING, presented with ArtsRock

Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (Taxi and Cats in the Cradle) spent his fame and fortune chasing a dream to end world hunger and poverty, and in the process inspired, changed, and saved the lives of millions of people. His lyrics and melodies tell us about ourselves, our lives, and our … [Read more...]