James Schamus and Jack Shear

2019 FilmColumbia Festival Kick-Off Party Photos

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.

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Links to News Stories about FilmColumbia

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…

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Cannes in Chatham

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…

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FilmColumbia Marks Its 20th Anniversary, October 18-27

FilmColumbia marks its 20th anniversary, October 18-27, with nearly 60 films, including new releases from acclaimed directors Noah Baumbach, Alex Gibney, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick and the late Agnes Varda, and lauded performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Isabelle Huppert, Scarlett Johansson, Clive Owen, Michael Shannon, Marisa Tomei and Alfre Woodard, among many…

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20th Film Columbia Festival Program Schedule

FilmColumbia announces its 20th festival program schedule, October 18-27 with a lineup of more than 60 preeminent films, including this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Printed program guides will be available Friday, October 4 at the Crandell and in local shops and food establishments.

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James Schamus

James Schamus Honored at 20th FilmColumbia Festival

James Schamus, longtime key player in the independent filmmaking world, will be honored at the 2019 FilmColumbia festival, at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, New York. On October 18–19, four of Schamus’ films will be shown, followed by a Q&A conducted by Peter Biskind, film historian, cultural critic, and festival director. Saturday evening, October 19th,…

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Press Release – October 15, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018, OCTOBER 20-28, GOES INTERACTIVE WITH PANEL DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY INSIDERS AND Q&A’S WITH FILMMAKERS TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL, WITH MORE THAN 50 WORLD-CLASS FILMS OVER NINE DAYS, ARE ON SALE NOW FOR CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Chatham, NY–October 15, 2018)—FilmColumbia 2018, Columbia County’s…

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Press Release – October 8, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018, OCTOBER 20-28, WILL OFFER AN ECLECTIC ARRAY OF FEATURES, SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES AT MORRIS MEMORIAL, MANY WITH AREA CONNECTIONS, AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FILM LOVERS “[R]EVOLUTION IS UNCOMFORTABLE,” A LIVE, MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE FEATURING INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES, WILL BE PRESENTED AT…

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Press Release – October 1, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018 WILL KICK OFF WITH A MULTI-DAY TRIBUTE TO ACCLAIMED ACTOR BRIAN COX, INCLUDING SCREENINGS OF FOUR OF HIS FILMS, A Q&A SESSION WITH THE ACTOR AND A SPECIAL BENEFIT RECEPTION, OCTOBER 19-20 TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 20-28, AND THE BENEFIT GO ON SALE OCTOBER 6…

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Press Release – September 24, 2018

Media Contact: Robyn Coe (818) 287-1237 robynpc@gmail.com FILMCOLUMBIA 2018, OCTOBER 20-28, WILL FEATURE A TOTAL OF 50 FILMS FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS STEVE MCQUEEN, FREDERICK WISEMAN AND ORSON WELLES, AMONG OTHERS, AS WELL AS THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S PALM D‘OR AT CANNES AND MOVIES CELEBRATED AT THE TORONTO, NEW YORK, VENICE, SUNDANCE AND TRIBECA FILM…

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Chatham, N.Y., Film Club looks beyond FilmColumbia Festival

By Richard Houdek, Special to the Eagle CHATHAM, N.Y. — Annie Brody identifies herself as a proponent of “smaller is good.” “I like the idea of the close-knit feeling here,” she explained, discussing her recent appointment as executive director of the Chatham Film Club, and the first person to occupy the position in the club’s…

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