CRANDELL THEATRE ANNOUNCES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s historic, single-screen movie house on Main Street in Chatham, NY, announces that its Board of Directors formally welcomed new board members Ian Hooper, Julie Raskin, and Andrew Goetz this spring. Board President Lydia Kukoff shares that “over the past several years, our board has worked to strengthen the Crandell as an organization while, at the same time, expanding our program offerings. At this exciting time, as we look toward the renovation of our beloved theatre, we are thrilled to welcome Ian, Julie, and Andrew. Each of them brings unique knowledge, experience, and energy to our efforts, and we will be enriched immeasurably by their presence on our board.” Ian Hooper has lived in Canaan, New York since 1980, and has been enjoying movies at the Crandell for more than 40 years. Hooper’s entire career was spent…

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CRANDELL THEATRE PRESENTS THE WOBBLIES, FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION WITH FILMMAKER DEBORAH SHAFFER AND PETER BISKIND

Chatham, NY (July 5, 2022). Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s historic, single-screen movie house on Main Street in Chatham, NY, presents the 1979 documentary The Wobblies on Sunday, July 10, at 1 pm. The Wobblies, directed by Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird,  chronicles the rise and fall of a unique labor union, Industrial Workers of the World. After the screening, filmmaker Deborah Shaffer will join Peter Biskind, Crandell Theatre board member and Executive Director of FilmColumbia, for a discussion and Q&A. Founded in Chicago in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changed the course of American history. This compelling documentary of the IWW (or “The Wobblies” as they were known) tells the story of workers in factories, sawmills, wheat fields, forests, mines and on the docks as they organize…

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CRANDELL THEATRE PRESENTS HELLO, BOOKSTORE FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION WITH FILM SUBJECT AND DIRECTOR

Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s oldest and largest movie house, in Chatham, New York, presents the new critically acclaimed documentary Hello, Bookstore on Friday, June 24, at 7 pm. After the screening, film subject and owner of The Bookstore Matt Tannenbaum will be in conversation with filmmaker A.B. Zax. Sharon Weinberg, owner of Chatham Bookstore, will moderate the discussion and Q&A. In Hello, Bookstore, a small town rallies to protect a beloved local bookstore in its hour of need. A landmark in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Bookstore is a magical, beatnik gem thanks to its owner, Matt Tannenbaum, whose passion for stories runs deep. Presiding at The Bookstore for over forty years, Tannenbaum is a true bard of the Berkshires and his shop is the kind of place to get lost in. This intimate portrait of The Bookstore and the family at…

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CRANDELL THEATRE PRESENTS TWO DOCUMENTARIES WITH LOCAL SUBJECTS THIS JUNE

Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s oldest and largest movie house in Chatham, New York, screens critically acclaimed commercial films, classic movies, and arthouse independents in a variety of genres. This June, the Crandell will screen two distinct documentaries each featuring local subjects: The Automat and Hello, Bookstore. Each screening will be followed by post-film Q&A with community members, film subjects, and in the case of Hello, Bookstore, the filmmaker. The Automat, playing Sunday, June 5, at 1 pm tells the 100-year story of iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, where generations of Americans enjoyed coffee and meals at communal tables. The documentary features interviews with Spencertown resident Steve Stollman, an architectural dealer who bought, sold, and restored antique commercial wood bar fixtures. His work led to the preservation of original Automat equipment and provision to exhibitions at the New York Public…

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Crandell Theatre Presents Attica: Then & Now Free Screening and Discussion of the New Documentary, ATTICA

Crandell Theatre presents the riveting 2021 documentary Attica by Emmy® winning director Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci Curry, about the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility, on Sunday, January 30 at 1 p.m. followed by a post-film discussion. Panelists include Daniel L. Meyers, the attorney who litigated the “Attica Massacre” for over 25 years, his step-son Jared Reinmuth, an author and co-writer of the graphic memoir, Big Black: Stand at Attica, Jose Pineda III, the executive director of After Incarceration, a Hudson Valley-based restorative justice nonprofit project, and Laurie Scott, director of ReEntry Columbia. Attica was nominated for three Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards including Best Historical or Biographical Documentary, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Director. It was also named Official Selection at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. This free program is produced and created by the Crandell Theatre Board of Directors…

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Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge Free Screening Set for Dec 4

Over the past four months, young people throughout Berkshire County, Columbia County, northeast Dutchess County, and northwest Litchfield County engaged with polarizing social issues by making a short film showing how they contend with problems and inequities in the world and in their communities. The Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge—an initiative run by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and the Civic Life Project, and funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation—received submissions from young people across the region by the November 14 deadline. The partners behind the challenge announced three winning short films. Yonah Sadeh, a student at Bard College at Simon’s Rock from Falls Village, Conn., received first place and $2,000 for his film on affordable housing, “In Our Backyard”; Tommy Tranfaglia, a student at Endicott College from Lenox, Mass., was awarded the $1,000 second place prize for his film on learning and attention disabilities, “Misunderstood”; and Danny Wilkinson, a student at Mount…

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FILMCOLUMBIA 21, OCTOBER 22-31, SHOWCASES NINE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR, INCLUDING THE WINNERS OF THE GRAND PRIZE AT SUNDANCE AND THE AUDIENCE AWARD AT SXSW

FILMCOLUMBIA 21, OCTOBER 22-31, SHOWCASES NINE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR, INCLUDING THE WINNERS OF THE GRAND PRIZE AT SUNDANCE AND THE AUDIENCE AWARD AT SXSW ALSO ON TAP ARE FOUR POST-SCREENING AUDIENCE Q&A’S WITH THE FILMMAKERS TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR ALL ATTENDEES AND FESTIVAL STAFF (Chatham, NY – October 12, 2021)—This year’s FilmColumbia 21, October 22-31, in Chatham, NY, will offer nine of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year, including Flee, the Sundance Grand Prize Winner for Documentary, and Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, which claimed the Documentary Audience Award at SXSW. The festival is presented by The Crandell Theatre, and the complete FilmColumbia 2021 lineup is available at https://crandelltheatre.org/filmcolumbia/. For…

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FilmColumbia 2021 Health Protocol 

Because our community’s safety is our highest priority and in recognition of growing concerns about the spread of COVID variants and breakthrough infections, FilmColumbia 2021 will need to be different. To bring you this year’s festival, the Crandell Theatre board of directors has adopted the following health protocol for the duration of the festival, October 22 through 31, 2021: Seating capacity reduced by 50 percent to provide for buffered seating. Tickets for each film (including the Sneak Peek) sold online with seats selected at the time of purchase. Remaining tickets for individual films available at the box office 30 minutes prior to screening. All-Film Passes not available. To enter the theater viewers need to show proof of full vaccination, along with a valid I.D. Crandell staff and volunteers required to be vaccinated. Masks required to be worn at all times…

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A message from FilmColumbia’s Managing Director, Calliope Nicholas

Hello to all of our FilmColumbia fans! After a year of anticipation, the Crandell Theatre board of directors and festival organizers enthusiastically announce that FilmColumbia will once again light the screen, October 22-31, 2021. The festival features the very best upcoming films from around the world. Because our community’s safety is our highest priority and in recognition of growing concerns about the spread of COVID variants and breakthrough infections, FilmColumbia 2021 will need to be different. To bring you this year’s festival, the Crandell Theatre board of directors has adopted the following health protocol: Seating capacity reduced by 50 percent to provide for buffered seating. Tickets for each film (including the Sneak Peek) sold online with seats selected at the time of purchase. Remaining tickets for individual films available at the box office 30 minutes prior to screening. All-Film Passes…

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FilmColumbia Returns October 22-31 With Nearly 40 Films

FILMCOLUMBIA RETURNS, OCTOBER 22-31, WITH NEARLY 40 FILMS, INCLUDING NEW RELEASES FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS PEDRO ALMODOVAR, WES ANDERSON AND JAMES LAPINE, AND LAUDED PERFORMANCES FROM TIMOTHY CHALAMET, OLIVIA COLMAN, PENELOPE CRUZ, BENICIO DEL TORO, COLIN FIRTH, GLENDA JACKSON, FRANCES McDORMAND, BILL MURRAY, JOSH O’CONNOR, JOAQUIN PHOENIX, AMY SCHUMER, TILDA SWINTON AND JEFFREY WRIGHT, AMONG MANY OTHERS SCHEDULE INCLUDES WINNERS OF MAJOR AWARDS AT THE CANNES, BERLIN AND SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALS, AND MANY THAT SCREENED AT NEW YORK, TORONTO, TRIBECA, TELLURIDE AND SOUTH X SOUTHWEST HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR ALL ATTENDEES AND FESTIVAL STAFF THIS YEAR TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 4 FOR CRANDELL THEATRE MEMBERS AND OCTOBER 16 FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Chatham, NY — September 27, 2021)—FilmColumbia, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event, will return, October 22-31, after last year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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New Crandell Schedule Reflects Changes In Movie Industry And Film Viewing

The Crandell Theatre reopens July 1-4, 2021, with a Thursday through Friday schedule reflecting changes in the movie industry and viewing habits exacerbated by the 15-month closing caused by the corona virus. Thursday’s festive opening of the Crandell begins at 6:30 p.m. with music and dance presented outside the theater prior to the screening at 7:30 p.m. A complete schedule of screenings for the weekend can be found on the Crandell website, crandelltheatre.org, where tickets may be purchased on line and at the box office. Movie admission is $9 nonmembers, $8 members, and $7 for children 12 and under. According to Peter Biskind, member of the Crandell Board of Directors and Vice President of Programming, “Before the pandemic studios required the Crandell to run major films up to four weeks. The first week we would do well but by the…

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