July 19, 2024

Movies with Meet the Filmmaker

AMERICAN RIVER

Mary Bruno spent her childhood along one of the most polluted waterways in America. Decades later, she wrote An American River: From Paradise to Superfund (2012) and eventually teamed with filmmaker Scott Morris and river-guide Carl Alderson to kayak the river of her youth and tell its story with a … [Read more...]

HAVE YOU GOT IT YET? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd

Cult icon, enigma, recluse… the life of Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, is full of unanswered questions. Until now. Piecing together his comet-like rise to pop stardom, his creative and destructive impulses, breakdown, exit from the band and subsequent life alone, this feature length … [Read more...]

WHAT HAPPENED TO JACKSON AVENUE: A Story of Urban Renewal

  A PHOENIX THEATRE ENSEMBLE PRODUCTION WHAT HAPPENED TO JACKSON AVENUE: A Story of Urban Renewal A Documentary Film by Hakima Alem and Rudi Gohl In the summer of 2019 Clara Francesca, Elise Stone, and Craig Smith from Phoenix Theatre Ensemble  were meeting with Bill Batson, Nyack … [Read more...]

JIMMY IN SAIGON

JIMMY IN SAIGON begins as a personal exploration into the mysterious death and radical life of Jimmy McDowell, an American 24-year-old Vietnam veteran who died as a civilian in Saigon in 1972, when filmmaker Peter McDowell was only five. While investigating Jimmy’s drug use and sexuality, Peter … [Read more...]

RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island

RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island, is an award-winning documentary about the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear reactor meltdown, the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history. It focuses on never-before-told stories of four intrepid homemakers, two lawyers who took the local … [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...]

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...]

THE WOBBLIES, streaming from September 1 through Sept 9

“Solidarity! All for One and One for All!” 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 … [Read more...]

VIRGIN BLACKTOP: A New York Skate Odyssey – FREE in Memorial Park, Nyack

“VIRGIN BLACKTOP: A New York Skate Odyssey" is an uplifting and sometimes heart-breaking coming-of-age story about a funky crew of suburban New York City kids. To be specific, they were Rockland kids. When they met in 1977, they had nothing in common except a passion for skateboarding. Despite their … [Read more...]

GABBY GIFFORDS WON’T BACK DOWN, Meet the Filmmaker, presented with Moms Demand Action Rockland

The extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, her fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011, and her life as one of the most effective activists in the battle for gun violence prevention and in promoting understanding of the language condition aphasia. … [Read more...]

THE AUTOMAT, streaming from May 13 through May 26

“The Automat” recounts the lost history of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, which served affordable-priced quality food to millions of New Yorkers and Philadelphians for more than a century. Found by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart in 1888, it revolutionized the nation’s restaurant … [Read more...]

SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF, streaming from 1/21 through 1/25

Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff was a difficult (some would say impossible) person but was also the man who kicked art films into the mainstream with outrageous marketing … [Read more...]

Atomic Cover-Up, presented with ArtsRock, ONLINE from 1/11 through 1/16

Rivertown Film and ArtsRock present the local premiere, with discussion, of "Atomic Cover-up," an award-winning first documentary by Nyack writer/filmmaker Greg Mitchell that tells the story of the US government suppression of motion picture film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by American and … [Read more...]

ROCKLAND IN MOTION 2021 REDUX

If you were to make a short film, what would it be about? Rockland in Motion provides an answer from eighteen of our Rockland County neighbors. Filmmakers have been living and working in Rockland County since early in the silent era, some providing their talents to the commercial film and television … [Read more...]

Rockland in Motion 2021

Filmmakers have been living and working in Rockland County since early in the silent era, some providing their talents to the commercial film and television industries, others working independently, and many doing both. Some see themselves as artists, often working in disciplines such as visual art, … [Read more...]

GANJA & HESS

Directed by Bill Gunn, with Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn, Sam Waymon. USA, 1973, 110 minutes, rated R for sex, nudity, and blood. All tickets: $8.00. Sign up to be alerted when tickets go on sale by sending an email to film@jameschingroup.com. Flirting with the conventions of … [Read more...]

CATNIP NATION, streaming from Aug. 4 at 6PM to Aug. 6 at 6PM, AND August 12, 6PM to August 13, 6PM

The last opportunity for streaming CATNIP NATION will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 13. The discussion on Zoom begins at 7:30. Would you risk arrest for a cat? A stray cat? Would you disassociate yourself from your longtime political allies and upset your status quo to protect cats? Stray … [Read more...]

THE UNIVERSITY, presented by Rivertown Film and the Center for Safety and Change

This premier screening is free, but registration is required in order to receive a link to the film and to the discussion with the filmmaker. Abbey is a college freshman with hopes of starting a life away from home, traveling the world, and falling in love. Within the first few months of being on … [Read more...]

TAPE, presented online by Rivertown Film and Center for Safety and Change

Based on true events, TAPE is the story of two aspiring actresses who cross paths with the darker side of the entertainment industry. In order to inspire her own courage, Rosa pierces her tongue, cuts her wrists, and shaves her head, as a ritualistic homage to Shakespeare’s Lavinia from Titus … [Read more...]

LOST IN THE STARS, presented by Rockland Center for the Arts

Rivertown Film is honored to be a Community Partner for LOST IN THE STARS, a portrait of Maxwell Anderson, the great 20th-century playwright and a resident of South Mountain Road from the 1920s until the 1950s. His plays, musicals, and movies include Key Largo, The Bad Seed, What Price Glory, Anne … [Read more...]