March 2, 2024

Movies with Drama

Mountain Lion: Healing Film of St. Francis, rough cut streaming at Rivertown Film

Mountain Lion: Healing Film of St. Francis is a local film about family, intimate relationships, connection to the land, and the seriousness of prayer written and directed by Brooklyn Demme. This humble production led by Norris War Turtle Branham (Council Member, Sandhill Band Lenape & Cherokee … [Read more...]

RENATA, a 15 minutes film by Nancy Sovoca, streaming 1/18 – 2/24

Nancy Savoca’s first student film, made alongside husband Rich Guay at NYU in the early ’80s, deftly explores the struggles of a young mother living in The Bronx. Marianne Leone gives life to their character of Renata and her plight—weighing her own well-being against her commitment to her family. … [Read more...]

Household Saints – restored and rereleased

Nancy Savoca's magical and mysterious 1993 feature film has been unavailable for many years — it was never even released on DVD or Blu-ray – so we are excited to be able to show this brand new restoration. Household Saints, based on the novel by Francine Prose, stars Vincent D’Onofrio as Joseph … [Read more...]

JONATHAN DEMME: CLOSE UP

Jonathan Demme: Close Up Saturday, November 18 At The Nyack Center An evening of film clips and discussion, curated by Brooklyn Demme Tickets will go on sale soon! Here are three common observations about Jonathan Demme: he was well known to be liked and admired by all who met him; … [Read more...]

TORI AND LOKITA

A young boy (Tori) and a teenage girl (Lokita), who have left their home countries of Cameroon and Benin to make a new life in Belgium, navigate a range of challenging experiences. Whether finding jobs on the black market or working to send money back to their families, their friendship provides a … [Read more...]

CHILE 76

Set during the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, Chile ‘76 builds from a character study to a suspenseful thriller as it explores one woman’s precarious experience with political engagement. Carmen (Aline Kuppenheim) lives a sheltered life. She heads to her summer house in the … [Read more...]

SHOWING UP

A sculptor preparing to open a new show must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends, in Kelly Reichardt's vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art and craft. It is a deceptively simple drama about an artist's life. 2022, USA, 107 minutes, rated R for brief … [Read more...]

THE QUIET GIRL

                              Rural Ireland. 1981. Cáit is a nine-year-old girl from an over-crowded, dysfunctional and impoverished family. Quietly struggling at school and at … [Read more...]

EO

                            After being removed from a traveling circus, which is the only life he’s ever known, a gray donkey named EO begins a trek across the Polish and Italian … [Read more...]

A NEW YORK STORY

In the tumultuous summer of 2020, four entwined New Yorkers tell stories of how their lives have been shaped by the protests, the pandemic, and the unforeseen consequences of both. USA, 2021, 49 minutes "The events of 2020, in particular the explosive summer, had a profound affect on me. The … [Read more...]

THE SEASONS: Four Love Stories

                      Over the course of a year, four sets of intertwined characters are faced with turning points in their romantic lives. Each chapter takes place in a different season, with the central … [Read more...]

PERSONAL PROBLEMS, streaming 2/17 through 2/23

Operating in defiance of the racially exclusive Hollywood studio system, novelist Ishmael Reed, Rockland County based director Bill Gunn and a renegade group of artists banded together to film a “meta soap opera” about the struggles of a working class African American couple in New York City in … [Read more...]

AFTERSUN

At a fading vacation resort, an 11-year-old treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father. As a world of adolescence creeps into view, beyond her eye her father struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. Twenty years later, Sophie's tender recollections of joy and … [Read more...]

SHADES OF GRAY: An Evening of Short Films by John Gray

A seventy-minute compilation of supernatural mysteries and psychological puzzles that includes two dramas, a comedy, a spy thriller, a science fiction short, and a horror film, all by local resident John Gray. It is doubtful that anyone in our county has more experience writing and directing … [Read more...]

HELEN HAYES ON FILM: WHEN THE FIRST LADY OF BROADWAY CONQUERED HOLLYWOOD 

An evening of film clips and discussion presented by film historian John DiLeo. Event sponsor: Wright Bros. Realty. In a movie career bookended by Academy Awards—Best Actress for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), Best Supporting Actress for Airport (1970)—stage legend Helen Hayes forged a unique … [Read more...]

MURINA, screening at The Nyack Center

On a remote island along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, 17-year-old Julija spends her days diving for eel with her domineering father Ante and watching other teens party on a nearby yacht. Julija bristles at Ante’s heavy handed cruelty and resents her mother Nela’s passivity. She longs for independence … [Read more...]

HIT THE ROAD

Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds some unexpected twists and turns. A family of four – two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other a ebullient six-year-old – drive across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of the trip, they … [Read more...]

PLAYGROUND, streaming from April 15

The everyday reality of grade school is seen from a child's-eye-view as an obstacle course of degradation and abuse. Following 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel, we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the schoolyard. One day, she notices Abel being bullied by other kids, … [Read more...]

THE MACALUSO SISTERS

It is 1985 and the Macaluso sisters (Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia and Antonella) are five young, orphaned siblings who live in and work from a shabby rooftop apartment in Palermo, Sicily. They make a living by renting doves out for ceremonies of all manner. Following each gig, the doves return home … [Read more...]

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT ANIMATED, LIVE ACTION, AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Rivertown Film is pleased to bring the Oscar-Nominated Short Films to our audience in 2021. Streaming will begin on April 2. For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered in separately purchased programs – … [Read more...]