FilmColumbia announces the slate of films and events for the 13th annual film festival, to be held here October 17-21. This year’s festival will bring more stars and filmmakers to Columbia County’s hometown than ever before, along with prize-winning films and audience favorites from international festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, New York and Sundance.
Now in its thirteenth year, the FilmColumbia Festival will screen more films than ever before—many of them prizewinners from prestigious international film festivals—including narrative and documentary features, animated and live-action short films, and several by Hudson Valley filmmakers. Hotly anticipated films at this year’s festival include Dustin Hoffman‘s first credited role as director (Quartet); Bill Murray as FDR (Hyde Park on the Hudson); The Sessions aka The Surrogate (a sensation at Sundance this year); David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook; the eagerly-awaited first feature by the Sopranos‘ David Chase (Not Fade Away); Melissa Leo‘s new film, shot in the Hudson Valley (Francine); and Cloud Atlas, a three-hour collaboration between co-directors Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix), starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent. On the documentary front, look for Ken Burns‘ latest, The Central Park Five and FilmColumbia alum Alex Gibney‘s third film to play the festival, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Internationally, this seems to be the year ofIsabelle Huppert, starring in both Anne Fontaine‘s latest, My Worst Nightmare, and Sang-Soo Hong‘s In Another Country, nominated for Cannes’ Palme d’Or. FilmColumbia will also screen features and shorts from Argentina, Australia, Iran, Italy and Cuba (part of an exchange program with the Havana Film Festival).
A Forum for Filmmakers and Films — New this year, the first annual FilmColumbia Screenwriting Lab, launched in late September, toasts its ten soon-to-be-known graduates with a live reading by noted actors during the festival. Filmmakers planning to accompany their films to Main Street include David Chase (Not Fade Away), Alex Gibney (Mea Maxima Culpa), and James Schamus with writer Richard Nelson (Hyde Park on the Hudson); actress Kristanna Loken (Terminator) will be on hand to answer questions after the screening of Love Orchard, shot in the area. Film lovers and filmmakers mix at festivities such as “Cinematic Sips: Cocktails on Film” (in which two of our favorite things go well together); the Friday night pub party, at Peint O Gwrw on Main Street; and the Saturday Night Sneak Peak, which keeps audiences guessing ’til the red curtains part. (This year’s Sneak, according to the program, is “a masterpiece by a world-class director, distinguished by two brilliant performances” that “leaves audiences stunned.”) Followed by drinks and small bites at the neighboring Blue Plate Restaurant.
Download a pdf of the complete lineup.
Ticket sales for Chatham Film Club members will open online as well as in person at the Crandell Theatre on Sunday, 9/23.
Ticket sales for General Public will be available online as well as in person at the Crandell Theatre as of Sunday, 9/30.