James Schamus, long-time key player in the independent film world, was honored at the benefit opening the 20th anniversary of FilmColumbia at the home of Jack Shear on Saturday, October 19. The event, which raises funds to support year-round Crandell programs, was co-chaired by Tina Lang and Nicholas Haylett, both of Kinderhook.
To give an insider’s look at this year’s festival, we’ve collected some of the most interesting press from around the region. Check back frequently to read new stories and listen to the latest interviews. FilmColumbia: Exquisite ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ a complicated yet simple story of doomed lovers Berkshire Eagle, October 26, 2019 Excerpt:This is an exquisite film shown at this year’s FilmColumbia, perhaps one of the most beautiful films I have seen in a very long time. It is a complicated yet simple story of doomed lovers. Their slow motion seduction of each other develops into a short-lived rapturous romance. Read the entire article. FilmColumbia: Gorgeous, inspiring ‘Varda by Agnes’ highlights Varda’s joie de vivre Berkshire Eagle, October 24, 2019 Excerpt:Tucked into the FilmColumbia film festival is a gorgeous, inspiring film that I hope will be seen…
Excerpted from the October 11, 2019 edition of the Berkshire Eagle. FilmColumbia is a festival for early adopters. While Sundance and Cannes are destinations for top-notch movie premieres, FilmColumbia has often been one of the next landing spots for those films. “We are basically, in some ways — and I love this — a very modest, regional, local festival bringing to our neck of the woods films that might not otherwise play, and it doesn’t matter to us if they’ve been shown at many other film festivals,” said Laurence Kardish, co-artistic director of the Chatham, N.Y., festival. “In fact, that’s where we make our discoveries.” Read the entire article.
Excerpted from the September 28 edition of the Columbia Paper. The Village Planning Board met for a special meeting Monday, September 23 to review and approve the plans for a new single screen movie theater at 4 Depot Square, currently a vacant lot. The new building that will house the movie theater, faces the historic train station and sits next to the Herrington’s building supply store, will be built by Jack Shear and run by the Crandell Theatre. The Crandell, a 534 seat single screen movie theater at 48 Main Street, is owned by a not-for-profit organization. Read the entire article.