August 19, 2022

Film Archives

SUMMER OF SOUL, presented by Garner Arts Center and Rivertown Film

Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer for The Roots and bandleader for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. USA, 2021, 118 minutes, documentary. This … [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...]

INSPIRED! 2022: The Recording

A free streaming. For the very first time, Rivertown Film is exhibiting a recording of our signature fundraising event, the widely acclaimed Inspired! We are making it available for FREE, thanks to the agreement of the participants, as a thank you to our community for supporting us for twenty years. … [Read more...]


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...]

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...]

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...]


People who create are inspirations to us all. But what inspires them? Find out at Rivertown Film's 7th Inspired! on Friday, April 8. It has been two years since Rivertown Film has been able to present a live fundraiser, the most important part of our income, yet we've kept showing and discussing an … [Read more...]

FLEE, presented at the Nyack Center

In FLEE, the Grand Jury Prize winner at last year’s Sundance Festival, filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity. Amin’s life has been defined by his past and a secret he’s kept for over 20 years. Forced to leave his home country of Afghanistan … [Read more...]

HOW THEY GOT OVER, streaming at Rivertown Film from February 25

How They Got Over celebrates the spirit of gospel performers and how they helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever. Beginning in the 1920s, Black singers across the country took to the highways as the new technology of radio and records made it possible to reach a wider … [Read more...]

IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM, streaming February 4 – February 17

IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM takes us back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, In Balanchine's Classroom reveals … [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...]


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...]


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...]


We are sorry to report that this event has been canceled, and refunds have been sent to ticket buyers. If you have have questions or have not received a refund, please send an email to We will reschedule Trivia Night in the future. Garry Leavy from Let’s Go Trivia will … [Read more...]


7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a little girl. As society fails to treat her like other children her age–in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties–her supportive family leads a constant battle to make her difference understood and accepted. Her mother and father have … [Read more...]


Final week! Must end on Oct 28. Renowned forester and writer Peter Wohlleben guides us through his understanding of how trees work as he discusses, debates and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed, and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind them of which … [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...]

Rivertown Film’s 20th Anniversary

    20 years ago today-September 15th, 2001, to be exact - the Rivertown Film Society was born. The timing was auspicious because there had been a tragic and unprecedented attack on the United States - and on New York City in particular — only three days earlier. The country, New York, … [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...]