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  Hoping to reclaim who she was before marriage and children, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free. A Year By The Sea is based on the book of the same name by Joan Anderson and stars Karen Allen.

The film will screen as part of the Berkshire International Film Festival on Saturday, June 4th at 12:30pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA.

  Gary Cole stars in the new independent movie Divine Access -- the film is equal parts comedy and drama. Set in the South, it’s a road movie, a buddy picture and an often sweet, thought-provoking story of redemption. It will be released in theaters on May 13th and available on VOD on May 17th. 

Cole is an actor most will recognize from his work in film and television. Selected credits include Office Space, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Veep, Pineapple Express, Entourage, The West Wing, and The Good Wife -- which will have its series finale this Sunday night on CBS.

Becky Mode, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jason Moore
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  Fully Committed starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson opens tonight at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City.

The play, written by Becky Mode, follows a day in the life of Sam. His job is to man the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's number-one restaurant. Jesse Tyler Ferguson (best known for his Emmy nominated work as Mitchell on ABC’s Modern Family) plays all 40 characters, acting out the coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics of both the would-be patrons and the staff at the very chic eatery.

Jason Moore directs this production which is scheduled for a limited run through July 24th. Moore directed the films Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Pitch Perfect. For Broadway he's directed Shrek The Musical and the Tony Award winning production of Avenue Q.

  Upstate New York Women In Film & Television (UPWIFT) and The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, will present a screening of the film, Racing Daylight on Friday, March 18th, at 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a conversation with director Nicole Quinn afterward. The movie is part of the Reel Women in Film series sponsored by UPWIFT and The Linda.

Racing Daylight was filmed in the Hudson Valley and features Oscar award-winning Ulster County resident Melissa Leo as well as Oscar nominated actor David Straithairn. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time.

Nicole Quinn joins us.

 

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Where to Invade Next

Oscar Predictions

Upcoming:

Disney's Fantasia Live in Concert - Proctors, Schenectady 2/25 Thu

Paula Poundstone - Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls 2/26 Fri

Kaki King - The Egg, Albany 2/26 Fri

Bridge Jazz Festival with Nnenna Freelon, Pierre Bensusan - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 2/26 Fri,  with  Arch Stanton Quartet, the No BS! Brass Band, and Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis- Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose 2/27 Sat 

Winter Exhibit Reception - Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson 2/28 Sun 2-4

Dover Quartet with Anthony McGill - Union College Concert Series 2/28 Sun 3pm

Dave Mason and Leon Russell - The Egg, Albany 2/28 

New Movies - Gods of Egypt, Eddie the Eagle

  Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in his new book: Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life.

Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive.

A.O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, he was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Deadpool

Upcoming:
On Screen/Sound No. 10: Pierre Vallieres, The Arbor - EMPAC, 2/18 Thu
Styx - Palace, Albany, 2/18 Thu
Glengarry Glen Ross - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, opens 2/19 Fri (thru 3/19)
Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture - Proctors, Schenectady, 2/19 Fri
Bebel Gilberto - The Egg, Albany, 2/20 Sat
The Village People - Proctors, Schenectady, 2/20 Sat
The Princess Bride - Palace, Albany, 2/22 Mon
Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape & The Justice System in a College Town - UAlbany Page Hall/New York State Writers Institute, 2/23 Tue

New movies: Son of Saul, The Lady in the Van, Race

  Shawn Stone, formerly the Arts Editor of the late Metroland, returns to our show after a brief absence to tell us about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region. 

  Whether we’re ready or not -- the holiday season is upon us. Time for family visits, parties with friends and co-workers, and attempts at general merriment. These are also the weeks and months when the best films of the year start showing up on movie theater screens.

Tim Federle’s newest mixology book combines those two interests: cocktails and movies. Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist follows Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist.

Federle is also the author of the best-selling Better Nate Than Ever and Five Six Seven Nate. His kids book is called Tommy Can’t Stop. Before he was an author he was a dancer, performing on Broadway in Gypsy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Little Mermaid, and Billy Elliot: The Musical.

  Stewart Copeland, former drummer for the rock band The Police, will be in Woodstock this weekend to participate in the Woodstock Film Festival.

Copeland will take part in a question-and-answer session following the film, 1 Giant Leap II: What About Me? The film is co-directed by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto. Copeland and Bridgeman will take part in the q-and-a session after a screening of the film at the Woodstock Playhouse. He will also participate in the BMI Music for Film panel discussion Oct. 3.

Copeland, bass player and vocalist Sting and guitarist Andy Summers sold millions of records while in The Police.

Metroland 6/11/15

Jun 11, 2015

  Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

Director Diego Ongaro’s first feature film, Bob and the Trees, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is going to screen at the Berkshire International Film Festival on May 29th in Great Barrington.

The film is a fiction narrative and was entirely shot in the Berkshire in winter 2014 in the middle of the Polar Vortex using mostly non-professional actors.

Diego Ongaro joins us this morning along with Bob Tarasuk – the actor playing, Bob, a version of himself in the film.

 

   The Berkshire International Film Festival is presenting a special cast reunion and screening of the classic 1978 comedy, National Lampoon's Animal House, on Saturday night.

Members of Faber College's infamous Class of 1963 including Karen Allen, Peter Riegert, Mark Metcalf, Martha Smith, Jaime Widdows, and Judy Belushi will be in attendance following the film for a Q&A and a performance by Otis Day to complete the evening at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA.

Also in attendance will be the man who was at the helm of the film, director John Landis. Landis became famous for his work on Animal House - going on to direct such films as The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Coming to America, and The Three Amigos.

    “I’m mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!”

Those words, spoken by an unhinged anchorman named Howard Beale, “the mad prophet of the airwaves,” took America by storm in 1976, whenNetwork became a sensation. With a superb cast (including Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Academy Awards and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.

In Mad As Hell, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times recounts the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen.

  Nobody knows movies like Thelma Adams. So, we wanted to talk with her about this coming Sunday night’s Academy Awards and find out her thoughts on possible winners and losers on film’s biggest night.

She is an Oscarologist and has been the Yahoo! Movies Contributing Editor as well as the film critic at Us Weekly for eleven years, following six years at the New York Post. She has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle. Currently she’s the Film Editor at ZEALnyc.

She is also author of the terrific novel, Playdate.

As 2014 draws to a close, we look back at the best films of the year as determined by Shawn Stone - The Arts Editor of Metroland.

Shawn's List:
10. Calvary
9. Citizenfour
8. Le Week-End
7. A Most Wanted Man
6. Force Majeure
5. Ida
4. Under The Skin
3. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2. Boyhood
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Mark Schultz is an Olympic and two-time world champion freestyle-wrestler and a distinguished member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He and his older brother, Dave Schultz, also a wrestler, were noted for both winning Gold Medals in wrestling in the same Olympics in 1984. They were the only brother pair to win both Olympic and World championships. The remarkable story of Mark Schultz is portrayed by Channing Tatum in the new film, Foxcatcher. The book that inspired the film is entitled Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold.

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An exclusive preview of the film will be shown on Sunday, December 14th at noon at The Spectrum Theater in Albany, NY. Mark Shultz will be on hand and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Journeymen Wrestling.

  Actor, Cary Elwes, was recently in the region for an event with Northshire Bookstore which involved a screening of the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride, and a discussion of the new book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride which Elwes has co-written with Joe Layden. (The book also boasts a forward by director, Rob Reiner.)

Joe Donahue caught up with Elwes at this event and in this interview they discuss on set injuries, the re-emergence of the film almost a decade after it was released, and Elwes proves quite a good mimic.

  FilmColumbia is a five-day festival dedicated to showing world-class independent and international films. Produced by the Chatham Film Club, the festival has consistently offered its audiences an early look at films that go on to garner critical approval, major box office success and awards.

This year’s festival kicks-off today and runs through Sunday in Chatham and Hudson, NY. In addition to screenings of anticipated films like The Imitation Game, Low Down, Birdman (and many others) the festival includes industry panels, filmmaker events, and great parties. 

Vanity Fair

 

     This year’s Woodstock Film Festival will inaugurate a new award at their Maverick Awards Gala when they present the Fiercely Independent Award to producer, actor, director, writer - Mark Duplass. We welcome him to the show and speak with him about the award, working with his brother, their new HBO show, and more.

  

  Celebrating 15-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday October 15th through Sunday October 19th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

Gayle Forman - If I Stay

Aug 20, 2014

For 17 year old Mia, life can’t be the same, as her spirit is hanging in limbo after her family’s car crashes, leaving her the only potential survivor. So begins Gale Forman's young adult novel If I Stay.  Throughout the novel, and now the movie being released this Friday (8/22), we’re brought into a world no one should ever have to face – to choose to live or die - and we follow Mia as she makes this hard decision while in a coma.

   

    Love them or love to hate them, embrace the glitter (however scratchy it may be) or deny the lure of those toe-tapping tunes - movie musicals have a storied - and serenaded - place in American popular culture.

Richard Barrios worked in the music and film industries before turning to film history with his award-winning book, A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. His encore to that book is the new book, Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter.

Metroland 8/7/14

Aug 7, 2014

    Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

BIFF - "Fort Tilden"

May 29, 2014

    The narrative feature, Fort Tilden, will screen twice at The Berkshire International Film Festival this weekend. Tomorrow at 9pm at The Triplex in Great Barrington and Saturday at 2pm at The Beacon in Pittsfield.

The film is the full-length feature debut co-written and co-directed by Sarah Violet Bliss and Charles Rodgers.

    Cherien Dabis is a Palestinian American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. When her debut feature-length film, Amreeka, was released in 2009, she was named one of Variety magazine's "10 Directors to Watch."

Her new feature, May in the Summer, is a culture clash drama-comedy and is tonight’s opening night film at the 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival.

In the film, May Brennan (played by Dabis) returns from New York City to her childhood home of Amman, Jordan for her wedding. Shortly after reuniting with her sisters and their long-since divorced parents, myriad familial and cultural conflicts lead May to question the big step she is about to take.

Cherien Dabis is in The Berkshires ready for the screening at BIFF tonight and she joins us, now.

        The Room is a 2003 independent romantic drama film starring Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote, directed, and produced the feature - using his own money.

The Room is also completely ridiculous - with characters who show up and disappear without any conventional attention to their development, ludicrously unnatural dialogue, and footage reused - obviously - in more than one scene.

    

  Nobody knows movies like Thelma Adams. So, we wanted to talk with her about Sunday night’s Academy Awards and find out her thoughts on possible winners and losers on film’s biggest night.

She is currently a Yahoo! Movies Contributing Editor, film critic and Oscarologist. She was the film critic at Us Weekly for eleven years from 2000 to 2011, following six years at the New York Post. She has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle.

            As 2013 draws to a close, we look back at the best films of the year as determined by Shawn Stone - The Arts Editor of Metroland, The Alternative News Weekly of New York’s Capital Region.

Shawn's List:
10. Rush
9. American Hustle
8. Passion
7. Blue is the Warmest Color
6. Spring Breakers
5. Frances Ha
4. Fruitvale Station
3. The World's End
2. Before Midnight
1. Gravity

    Celebrating 14-years of innovative filmmakers and filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 6th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

The festival which is featuring 25 world premieres, includes such special events such as the Kick-Off Screening with Dick Fontaine's Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes with Sonny Rollins as the special guest and a performance by The JD Allen Trio. In addition, the inaugural keynote speech will be delivered by Slava Rubin, the CEO of Indiegogo.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us this morning for a preview.

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