December 10, 2022

Film Archives

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...]

Hopper: An American Love Story, presented by The Edward Hopper House Museum and Rivertown Film

Filmmaker Phil Grabsky's new documentary Hopper: An American Love Story been released in October 2022 to coincide with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition, "Edward Hopper’s New York" and Edward Hopper House Museum's "Edward Hopper’s Hudson River Boyhood and Emerging Artistic Vision." The … [Read more...]

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

                      This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving … [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...]

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...]

WE ARE ALREADY DANCING: The Return of Marta Renzi

This program was originally scheduled for July 13 but had to be cancelled a few hours before it was to begin. We are pleased to be able to reschedule it for Augst 24, or August 26 in case of rain. Award-winning short films spanning 2 decades. Since 2006, choreographer, filmmaker, and Rockland … [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...]

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

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...]

INSPIRED! #7

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...]