July 15, 2024

Movies with Rockland Filmmaker

MOUNTAIN LION: Healing Film of St. Francis

On Friday July 26, Rockland County filmmaker Brooklyn Demme will share his debut fictional feature film at the Cultural Arts Theatre of Rockland Community College. Mountain Lion: Healing Film of St. Francis is an intense drama about personal relationships, mental health, and family dynamics, that … [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...]

GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME

Directed by Daniel Wolff Produced by Bonnie Elder Yassky and Brooklyn Demme Cinematography by Jonathan Demme Edited by Marta Renzi 2023, USA, 70 minutes Undeterred by decades of prejudice, post-Katrina neglect, and ongoing appropriation of their traditions, three generations of the … [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...]

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...]

Rockland in Motion 2022

      If you were to make a short film, what would it be about? Rockland in Motion provides an answer from fourteen 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 … [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...]

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...]

Rockland in Motion 2021: Program 2

Rivertown Film proudly presents Rockland in Motion 2021, an annual virtual gallery of short films that are hand made by our county's filmmakers.  This year their work includes music, drama, comedy, poetry, and documentary, and like last year, quite a few incorporate dance, which, like film, is an … [Read more...]

Rockland in Motion 2021: Program 1

Rivertown Film proudly presents Rockland in Motion 2021, an annual virtual gallery of short films that are hand made by our county's filmmakers.  This year their work includes music, drama, comedy, poetry, and documentary, and like last year, quite a few incorporate dance, which, like film, is an … [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...]

THE PRATT IN THE HAT, held through Sunday, Feb. 28. Free!

THE  PRATT IN THE HAT A Film by Susan Hillary – starring Frances Pratt 2021, 12 minutes, documentary Streaming from February 19 through 25 This is a fine-cut, pre-release streaming for Black History Month. Donations made during the streaming will benefit the Nyack NAACP. View the film … [Read more...]

LOSING GROUND and THE CRUZ BROTHERS AND MISS MALLOY, two films by Kathleen Collins

Piermont based writer and director Kathleen Collins (1942 – 1988) made two groundbreaking films, both available for streaming: The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy (50 minutes; 1980) and the feature film, Losing Ground (1982), which was just selected for the prestigious National Film Registry for their … [Read more...]

ROCKLAND IN MOTION: Program 2

    Program 2 of Rockland in Motion begins on Wednesday, September 30, and streams continuously through Tuesday, October 13. VIEW PROGRAM 2 HERE   Sponsored by   There will be a Zoom discussion on Wednesday, October 7, at 6:30. The discussion host is Nana Kwame … [Read more...]

ROCKLAND IN MOTION: Short Films with Roots in Rockland

 A series of 20 short films made by filmmakers with roots in Rockland County Sponsored by Emerald Medicare   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 … [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...]