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Director: Don Coutts
UK / 2002 / 93 minutes
U.S. Premiere

     Upstate 9/19, 7:00pm


Tinker Street 9/20,12:00pm

Two American Mafiosi, Gino (Danny Nucci) and Settimo (Dan Hedaya), take refuge in the Glasgow café owned by their Scots/Italian cousin. But cousin Roberto (Gerald Lepkowski) isn't the tough guy they'd expected. His strengths are fish frying and stamp collecting, and he thinks Magnum 45’s are a type of ice cream.
Gino and Settimo try to repay Roberto's hospitality by chasing off a debt collector who wants his property, but their strong-arm tactics alarm him, and he realizes they aren't the PR consultants they claimed to be.

British TV vet Donald Coutts has captured some Bill Forsyth magic in "American Cousins," a sly and self-assured dramatic comedy about two New Jersey gangsters who hide out with a law-abiding cousin in Glasgow. Laffer compares favorably with such quirky regional gems as Forsyth's "Local Hero" and "Comfort and Joy," as well as "Waking Ned Devine." (Eddie Cockrell, Variety)

 Courtesy: Icon Entertainment International
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Don Coutts and Sergio Casci first got together eight years ago, when the BBC approached Don - one of Scotland’s most renowned documentary filmmakers - to direct the film “Pesce e Patate”.  Sergio, then a journalist with BBC Scotland, went along as assistant producer.  They collaborated on a short film entitled “Dead Sea Reels”, which won the Vendome Film Festival award for Best European Short Film, and Chicago Silver Images Film Festival’s “Best of Fest” award.  Their next two films, “St. Anthony’s Day Off”, a comedy, and “Rose”, a supernatural drama set in Glasgow, were extremely well received by critics and public alike. “American Cousins” is the first feature film from the director and writer team of Don Coutts and Sergio Casci.
Main Credits:
Director:  Donald Coutts
Screenwriter:  Sergio Casci
Producer:  Margaret Matheson
Executive Producers:  Robert Beyan, Keith Hayley, Charlie Savill
Cinematographer:  Jerry Kelly
Production Designer:  Andy Harris
Editor:  Lindy Cameron
Composer:  Donald Shaw
Principal Cast:  Danny Nucci, Shirley Henderson, Gerald Lepkowski, Dan Hedaya, Vincent Pastore, Russell Hunter

Director: Elliot Greenebaum
U.S.A / 2003 / 76 minutes


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Tinker Street 9/18, 5:00pm

Upstate 9/20, 2:15pm

“Assisted Living” chronicles a day in the life of Todd (Michael Bonsignore) a janitor in an assisted living facility who spends his days smoking pot and interacting with the residents for his own entertainment. Todd's detachment from his surroundings is compromised only by his unlikely friendship with Mrs. Pearlman, a resident who begins to confuse him with her son. On this particular day, Todd must choose whether or not to play the part.
“Assisted Living” was shot and staged in a real nursing home and gains much of its unique effect and style from the participation of actual residents and staff members. During much of the film, it is impossible to distinguish between what is real and what is fiction.
"[Assisted Living] will connect with audiences tired of Hollywood's sentimental portrayals of growing old. . . will also draw inevitable comparison to 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'." Variety
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Elliot Greenebaum grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. After his first year at New York University's graduate school for filmmaking, he began work on his first feature film. “Assisted Living” premiered at Slamdance, 2003. Elliot is twenty-five years old and lives in New York.
Main Credits:
Writer/Director: Elliot Greenebaum
Producers: Alan Oxman, Archie Borders, Elliot Greenebaum, Alex Laskey
Director of Photography: Marcel Cabrera
Editors: Paul Frank, Adriana Pacheco
Music: Hub Moore
Principal Cast: Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Riley, Nancy Jo Boone, Malerie Boone, Clint Vaught, Gail Benedict, Jose Albovias, The Staff & Residents of Masonic Homes of Kentucky Assisted Living
Le Declin Continue
 (Barbarian Invasions
Director: Denys Arcand  
Canada & France / 2003 / 112 minutes
Winner--Best Actress, Marie-Josée Croze, Cannes Film Festival (2003)
Winner--Best Screenplay, Denys Arcand, Cannes Film Festival (2003)

Tinker Street 9/20, 8:00pm

A divorced man in his early fifties, Remy, is hospitalized with a tumor. His ex-wife, Louise, asks their son, Sébastien, to come home. But their relationship is strained. Sebastian and his father haven’t had much to say to one another for years. He overcomes his hesitation, and flies to Montreal to help his mother and to support his father.
After his arrival, Sébastien moves heaven and earth, and disrupts the system in every way possible; to ease the ordeal that awaits his father. He reunites the merry band that was a part of Rémy’s past: relatives, friends and former mistresses. What have they become in this age of “barbarian invasions”? Is irreverence, friendship and truculence still the order of the day? Do humor, hedonism and desire still inhabit their dreams? In the age of the barbarian invasions, the decline of the American empire continues?
Featuring Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Dominique Michel, Yves Jacques, Pierre Curzi, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands, Toni Cecchinato, Mitsou Gélinas, Sophie Lorain, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Denis Bouchard, and Micheline Lanctôt.
Courtesy: Miramax Films

Quebec native Denys Arcand is one of Canada’s most successful filmmakers. Over the past forty-two years, he has worked as a director, writer, actor, editor, and cinematographer. He is renowned for his witty dialogue, and his cynical and pointed look at the state of our society.
He discovered his passion for film at the University of Montréal where he produced his first short “Seul ou avec d’autres” (Alone or with Others) in 1962. After graduation, Arcand worked for the National Film Board of Canada where, he made documentaries.
In 1970, he directed the feature-length documentary “On Est Au Coton” (Cotton Mill, Treadmill) about abuses in the textile industry.
In 1972, Arcand directed the thriller “Une Maudite Galette.” He followed up in 1973 with “Rejeanne Padovani” (1973), and with “Gina” in 1975.
His next film, the documentary “Comfort and Indifference” tackled politics, promises and the populace, following Quebec’s referendum for secession from Canada.
In 1984 Arcand returned to features with “Le Crime D’ovide Plouffe” then with his breakthrough film, “The Decline of the American Empire,” in 1986. The film, which focuses on a group of artists and intellectuals facing the issues of society and aging, was an international success.
In 1988, Arcand followed with the tragicomedy “Jesus of Montreal.” In 1991 he was one of six directors for “Montreal Sextet,” six stories about Montreal. The dark comedy, “Love and Human Remains” (1993) based on Brad Fraser’s play “Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love,” followed, then “Joyeux Calvaire” (1996) and “Stardom” (2000) about a young small-town girl thrust into the glamorous world of high fashion. “Barbarian Invasion” marks a return to the themes explored in “Decline of the American Empire.”
Arcand has won numerous awards and has been invited to Cannes six times.
Director: Adam Yaffe
USA / 2003 / 53 minutes


Tinker Street 9/21, 4:30pm


“Book of Danny,” is the comic and often poignant story of teen stoner, Danny Dubnow, and his desperate attempts at forging a relationship with his deadbeat dad, Harry, who is otherwise preoccupied with entrepreneurial dreams of grandeur on the form of a leather manufacturing business. Set in Washington D.C, the film reveals a side of life in the nation’s capital which exists outside the familiar marble corridors of political power – a world on which divorce, catering, lower middle class Jews, Congressman, and imported leather all make uneasy bedfellows.


Mr. Yaffe graduated from Columbia University's Graduate Film Division, where he wrote and directed the award-winning shorts, "Lester Shot From The Cannon," and "Every Good Boy". Additional screenwriting credits include "Furious," a contemporary adaptation of the Greek tragedy "Medea," and "Love Sick," the story of infamous sex-therapist, Dr. Wilhelm Reich. In 1997 RAI Television commissioned Mr. Yaffe to write "Via America," a series of eight original hour-long films depicting Italian-American life. He is also the author of the full-length play, "Cripple," which is currently being adapted for the screen. Adam resides in New York City.

Main Credits:
Screenwriter, director: Adam Yaffe
Producer: Lalou Dammond, and Michael Young
Cinematography: Pater Agliata
Composer: John Kimbrough
Editor: Ben Slatkin
Cast Daniel Randell (a Woodstock resident), Larry Block, Marcia Jean Kurtz, elaina Erika Davis, Madison Arnold, Maria Tucci, Adam Busch

Director: Nicholas Racz
Canada / 2003 / 100 minutes

Tinker Street 9/19. 1:00pm

Upstate, 9/21, 3:00pm

Sheldon Kasner, a man of quiet desperation who works as a loan manager at the Hebrew National Bank is overworked and under-appreciated. He struggles to surpass the limitations of his mundane life. Sheldon, the most unlikely of criminals, is drawn into the underworld of money laundering in a desperate attempt to overcome his mediocre existence.
Unfortunately for Sheldon, events don’t unfold as he expects and the missing two million dollars has him begging for his life. Forced to reconsider his strategy, Sheldon concocts an elaborate plan involving the Chevrah Kadisha or Burial Society – devout Jewish men who prepare dead bodies for burial.             
“The Burial Society” is a gripping, plot-twisting tale of murder and intrigue – a non-stop suspense thriller that will have audiences doubting themselves at every turn.
Courtesy: Regent Entertainment
Dropping out of an esteemed medical school three days into his first year, Nicholas went on to write the award-winning documentary Ozone & The Politics of Medicine, which was selected "One Of The Best Documentaries Of 1994" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. An award winning commercial director, "The Burial Society" is Racz's first feature film. Racz directed and wrote The Real Thing (Comedy Network), and The Hungarian Revelation (The Big Little Picture Company) which won the Telefilm Canada/Directors’ Guild of Canada KickStart Short Film Award. Nicholas directed the award-winning commercial campaign for the PETA in the United States, which premiered on "The Toniught Show with Jay Leno," and has aired around the world.

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Director: John Sayles 
U.S.A / 2003 / 95 minutes
Opening Night in Rhinebeck
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, and Lili Taylor star in an intense and provocative ensemble drama that captures six American women at one of the most emotionally charged moments of their lives, each one on the verge of adopting a baby.  Trapped together in an exotic South American motel run by the colorful Senora Munoz (Rita Moreno), they anxiously wait for the local bureaucracy to process their adoption of newborns from the nearby orphanage.  Over the weeks, they share the hope and desperation surrounding their overwhelming desires to have a child. The film is a poignant, sharp, insightful look at clashing cultures, modern maternity and the mystery of fate.
Like so many of John Sayles’ best films, “Casa de Los Babys” explores a topic with complex personal, emotional and political ramifications – adoption. In the film, adoption – specifically foreign adoption by American families -- is seen through the subjective eyes of everyone involved including the prospective mothers, birth mothers, lawyers, officials and the children themselves.  Explaining his interest in the topic, Sayles says “The debate over ‘nature vs. nurture’ is central to many of our most vital scientific, social and literary movements.  Nowhere does it get a more personal airing than in the phenomenon of adoption between cultures.  Though the statistical genetic possibilities inherent in ‘normal’ childbirth and child-rearing are staggering, out belief systems still react to the ‘otherness’ of children adopted into non-birth families and cultures.  The mix I tried for in “Casa de Los Babys” was to have a range of personal histories and attitudes among the adoptive mothers, a range of reactions to the fact of ‘foreign’ adoption among the people we meet in the local host culture, and some of the hard practical tragedy of what kids who remain unclaimed and uncared for face.”
Courtesy: IFC Films
John Sayles’ fourteenth feature film, “Casa De Los Babys,” follows the acclaimed “Sunshine State,” and “Limbo”.  Other recent Sayles’ films include “Men With Guns,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film; “Lone Star” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; “Lianna,” the story of a woman coming to terms with her lesbianism, “Baby It’s You,” a romantic comedy-drama; and the satirical “Brother From Another Planet.”
“Matewan” and “Eight Men Out” are two Sayles’ movies that were considered commercially risky and were difficult to fund. “Matewan,” the story of a 1920 miners’ strike in West Virginia, went before the camera in 1986, and a year later was part of the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. “Eight Men Out,” based on a book about the 1919 baseball World Series scandal, came to be among Sayles’ most popular efforts.  Sayles’ urban epic, “City of Hope,” won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo Film Festival. “Passion Fish,” a film about the healing relationship between a nurse and her patient (starring Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard), earned Sayles an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (and McDonnell an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress).  Other credits include “The Secret of Roan Inish,” and “Girlfight,” for which Sayles was the executive producer. Sayles’ first film was the 1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Award winner for Best Screenplay: the counterculture classic “Return Of The Secaucus Seven.”

Director: Amy Hobby
U.S.A / 2002 / 93 minutes
New York Premiere

Mountain View 9/20, 7:30pm

Hunter 9/21, 3:00pm

Happy-go-lucky charmer Billy (Karl Geary) returns home to Coney Island, Ireland.  With plans to change his life, he buys a ramshackle potato chip truck and engages in the ludicrous courtship of his ex-girlfriend Bridget (Laura Fraser).   But Billy can’t help becoming entwined in the life he left behind--selling toilet accessories with his gruff dad (Tom Hickey), hanging out with local lowlifes and becoming persona non grata in his own hometown.   Realizing his best chance is to escape back to the States with Bridget, Billy’s tempted by a wondrously dodgy deal.
preceded by  “Good Boy”
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Director: Paxton Winters
U.S.A-Turkey / 2003 / 90 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Upstate 9/19, 9:00pm

Tinker Street 9/20, 4:00pm

Two young Americans travel to Turkey.  They find themselves on a road trip with a wealthy Turk in search of a bit of trouble, a bit of fun.  They discover a country rich in beauty, but are soon distracted by the prospects of a bigger plan.  Shot entirely on location, the protagonist’s journey from Western Europe to Asia all within the borders the country, take us through the varied cultures and sub-cultures that constitute the contradictions and ironies of Turkey.  Following two Americans as they weave their way from Istanbul to the Iranian/Syrian borders of Eastern Turkey, “Crude” takes a satirical look at patriotism, globalism, and media sensationalism in the contemporary world.

Working on various projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, Paxton Winters settled in Istanbul, where he quickly learned to speak Turkish. Paxton’s experiences in Turkey lead to his first documentary, “The Last Caravan on the Silk Road.”  From China to Turkey the director and 3 Turkish photographers form the core of an intrepid team that trace the Silk Road by camel caravan through 6 countries (China, Krgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey).  They were the first able to travel the entire 11,000 km/ 7,000 mile route following the disintegration of the Soviet Union.  The documentary takes a poignant and often ironic look at the rapid social, political, religious and economic changes effecting Central Asia. 
Mr. Winters next acclaimed project, “Damming The Euphrates,” explores the effects of a multi-million dollar dam project on the lives of people living by, or forced from, the flooded banks of the Euphrates River.  This documentary, set in southeast Turkey, continues to travel the film festival circuit worldwide.  
Both “Damming The Euphrates and “The Last Caravan On The Silk Road” have received worldwide distribution. 
“Crude,” the latest project and first feature from Paxton Winters, expands on the experimental and cinematic techniques developed during his previous documentary ventures.  Shot on location in Istanbul, Southeastern and Eastern Turkey, the Aegean Coast and New York City, “Crude” is a timely look at West meets (and exploits) East. 
Paxton was in Baghdad, Iraq this past May shooting a documentary about the Global Nomads Group (www.gng.org).   His next project will take him to Tanzania for 5 weeks to shoot a documentary for FilmAid International  (www.filmaidinternationl.org).  After 7 years in Turkey, Paxton continues to use Istanbul as a base for developing his future projects.
Director: Joseph Pierson
U.S.A / 2003 / 93 minutes

Tinker Street 9/19, 11:00am

Upstate 9/20, 4:30pm

Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, “EvenHand” tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently divorced, finds the adjustment from his previous assignment in “Sleepytown,” difficult. With his new partner, the volatile Ted Morning, he spends his days breaking up domestic disputes and attempting to make sense of a parade of lowlifes, firebugs and junkies. Morning is the original Texas cowboy, all muscle and bravado: arrest 'em first, ask questions later.
The characters and events in “EvenHand” subtly intertwine until Francis and Morning must both face the consequences of their very different approaches to the job.
Filmed on location in San Antonio, Texas, “EvenHand” is a police story, but it's not about car chases or shoot-outs. It's about two cops struggling to survive in a world where, without warning, numbing routine can give way to primal fear. Featuring Bill Sage, and Bill Dawes.

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“EvenHand” marks Joseph Pierson's first solo directorial outing. Prior to directing “EvenHand,” his most recent producing and directing credit (shared with Mr. Glascoe) is Cherry, a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber, Heather Matarazzo and David McCallum.  In 1997, Mr. Pierson and Mr. Glascoe produced Julian Po, a Cypress Films production of a Fine Line film starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks and Cherry Jones.
Before joining Cypress, Joseph worked as a freelance location manager in New York, managing several films, including Five Corners (Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro), Broken Vows (Tommy Lee Jones) and Choices (George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset).
Joseph's first job in film was working as a production assistant for Woody Allen on A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy. He then worked as a production assistant on Mr. Allen's next three films, “Zelig,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”. Other AD credits include “Splash” (NY shoot), “The Flamingo Kid” (NY shoot), “Moscow on the Hudson” (NY shoot) and “The Last Dragon”.
Main Credits: 
Cinematography by Tim Orr
Produced by Fernando S. Cano II & Joseph Pierson
Executive Produced by Jon Glascoe
Edited by Alex Albanese
Music by Joel Goodman
Songs by Mike Doughty
Screenplay by Mike Jones
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
USA / 2003 / 112 minutes

Tinker Street Cinema 9/18, 2:30pm


Set in Manhattan’s fashionable Chelsea district, amidst the neighborhood’s large and varied gay population, “The Event” is an intricately structured inquiry into one man’s death that becomes a celebration of his life.  Parker Posey stars as a District Attorney investigating the suspicious suicide of a young man, who must conduct a series of interviews with his loved ones.  The ensuing flashbacks reconstruct the man’s life and his various relationships with friends and family.  When the true (and surprising) circumstances of his death are revealed, they prove to be far less important than how he lived, how he loved, and how he was loved.

Selected to make its World Premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, “The Event” is a bittersweet drama of love, loss, and the amazing capacity we have to prevail in the face of tragedy.  Directed by Thom Fitzgerald, who earned worldwide acclaim for his haunting debut feature, “The Hanging Garden,” “The Event” confirms his status as a filmmaker of rare sensitivity, elegance, and heart.  At once utterly contemporary yet completely timeless in its concerns, the film boasts a large ensemble cast of award-winning actors, all of whom contribute enormously to the film’s towering emotional power.


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Thom Fitzgerald’s 1997 debut feature “The Hanging Garden” won over twenty international and Canadian prizes, including four Genie Awards including Best Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Peter MacNeill) and Supporting Actress (Seana McKenna). The film also won the FIPRESCI European International Critics Prize and The People’s Choice Award for Best Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, had its world premiere.

Fitzgerald’s docu-comedy homage to 1950s physique magazines, “Beefcake,” featuring Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro, premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed a U.S. art house run that year. Along with several Genie nominations, “Beefcake” garnered an ACTRA award for supporting actor Jonathan Torrens.

Fitzgerald directed the television freak show “Wolfgirl,” featuring Tim Curry, Grace Jones and Lesley Ann Warren, which premiered on USA network in 2001, followed by a specialty NC-17 rated video/DVD release.  While filming that project in Romania, hew found the inspiration for his next film “The Wild Dogs,” a digitally-shot, semi-improvised drama surrounding the cull of 200,000 stray dogs wandering the streets of Bucharest, Romania. The vivid ensemble cast features Rachel Blanchard (“Road Trip”), David Hayman (“Sid and Nancy”), and Alberta Watson (“Spanking the Monkey”).

Following the completion of “The Event,” Fitzgerald filmed the epic drama “Three Needles,” starring Chloe Sevengy and Olympia Dukakis.  The film, which deals with the global AIDS crisis, will be released in 2004.

 Main Credits

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Screenwriter(s): Tim Marback, Steven Hillyer, Thom Fitzgerald
Producer(s): Bryan Hofbauer, Thom Fitzgerald
Executive Producers: Robert Flutie, Vicki Mccarty, Jeff Sackman, Chris Zimmer
Editor: Christopher Cooper
Music composer: Christophe Beck
Cast: Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, Jane Leeves, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley, Brent Carver
Director: Kate Brown
Netherlands / 2002 / 51 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Mountain View 9/21, 1:30pm

Julie is a young girl who’s far more interested in the big wide world outside of her classroom, and in particular, the possibility of sex. She’s uninterested in her studies, and particularly dislikes history and her teacher Herman, a strict, cold and cynical middle-aged man who thinks that she is a waste of space.
Their relationship becomes entangled in a series of events that explore the human psyche, sexuality, and ethics.
Screening with Amos Kolleks "Music"

Kate Brown worked her way around France and Spain working odd jobs from translating to fire juggling. In France, she developed a passion for film, which took her to the National Film & Television School in England where she graduated in 1997. She resides in Amsterdam.
Main credits: 
Director/Screenwriter: Kate Brown
Producer: Riba Filmproductions BV Arry Voorsmit
Co-Producers: VPRO television
Director of Photography: Hans Bouma
Editors: Job ter Burg
Cast: Lore Dijkman, Jack Wouterse Yoka Verbeek, Achmed Elghazaoui
Director: Nicholas Ray
U.S.A / 1950 / 94 minutes / B&W
Presented by Cineric and Sony Pictures Entertainment
to honor film restoration and preservation
Opening Night in Hunter

Hunter 9/19, 7:00pm

A reception will follow at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Center across the street from the theater

When  a screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself accused of murder and is hounded by the police, his friends and girlfriend (Gloria Grahame) begin to question his innocence when they discover his violent past.
A terrific film noir, the story of “In a lonely place,” is enhanced by the striking black and white photography of Burnett Guffey.
The restoration of the film involved digitally recreating over a dozen sections  because of deterioration and damage to the orignal negative.  The restored version has been exhibited most recently at the London Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art.
“The film's subject is the attractiveness of instability, and [Nichokas] Ray's self-examination is both narcissistic and sharply critical, in fascinating combination. It's a breathtaking work, and a key citation in the case for confession as suitable material for art. (Dave Kerr, Chicago Reader)
Courtesy: Sony Picture Entertainment

Restorer's Bio:
Grover Crisp currently manages all facets of the restoration and preservation program for the Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures feature film and television libraries for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  He has worked in the motion picture and television industry for almost 25 years, and since 1984 for the Columbia/Sony Pictures studios. 
The scope of his work ranges from conversion of hundreds of nitrate-based titles on to safety film, to restoration of 1950’s stereo soundtracks, to the application of new digital technologies for film restoration.  He has been a proponent of involving the filmmaker in the restoration process, having worked with cinematographers such as Conrad Hall, Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, and directors such as Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese and Dennis Hopper.  Some films recently restored include “Easy Rider,” “Funny Girl,” “In Cold Blood,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Oliver!,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Suddenly, Last Summer,” “On the Waterfront,” “From Here to Eternity,” “In A Lonely Place.” and “Shampoo”. Concurrent with this work is the asset management of all new film and tape assets for current feature films and television programs produced by the studio.
Crisp has presented or coordinated technical seminars and symposia about film preservation and restoration at educational institutions and film conferences in the United States and Europe.  Additionally, he coordinates and directs the activities of the Sony Pictures Film Preservation Committee, a committee concentrating on common issues of film restoration and preservation, and whose members include the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, and the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Over the last ten years, Crisp has worked with these five major film archives to jointly supervise the restoration of many Columbia Pictures films, from the silent Frank Capra film, “The Matinee Idol,” to films such as “Born Yesterday,” “Taxi Driver,” “All the King’s Men,” “The Lion In Winter,” and “On the Waterfront”.
Director: Marina de Van
France / 2002 / 93 minutes
Special screening

Tinker Street 9/19, 10:30pm

Upstate 9/20, 9:00pm

“In My Skin” is a haunting and riveting exploration of the human body as a boundary and battleground between the individual and the often-unreachable world outside.  After suffering deep gashes to her leg from an accidental fall, Esther (Marina de Van), a young research analyst, becomes preoccupied with her body and skin, especially her wounds. At first she merely caresses her arms, pinches her excess skin, or traces the cuts on her legs, but it isn't long before she is carving wounds directly and aggressively into her own body. Her boyfriend (Laurent Lucas) becomes understandably concerned and angry, but his inability to understand forces Esther into reclusion to explore her newfound practice. With increased urgency, she turns an unapologetic knife or razor upon her own skin.  Marina de Van, who not only stars but also directed and wrote “In My Skin,” has long collaborated with Francois Ozon, acting in “See The Sea” and “Sitcom,” and co-writing “Under the Sand,” and “Eight Women”.  With “In My Skin,” De Van joins a group of directors including David Cronenberg, Georges Franju and Roman Polanski who brilliantly imagine the physical manifestations of their character's innermost torments.

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Director: Robert Parigi
U.S.A / 2003 / 95 minutes


Upstate 9/19, 9:30pm

Tinker Street 9/20, 10:15pm

Think of the last time you spent a lot of money on a new toy. Are you the kind of person who ripped off the packaging the second you got it in the door?  Did you immediately play and poke and prod and fiddle? Or did you sit and carefully read the instructions, hoping to experience every ounce of pleasure your new toy had to offer?
“Love Object” is the twisted tale of Kenneth, socially insecure technical writer who forms an obsessive relationship with “Nikki,” an anatomically accurate silicone sex doll he orders over the Internet.
Because of his experience with his new toy, “Nikki,” Kenneth’s life takes a turn for the better when his newfound romantic skills attract the attention of Lisa, a co-worker at his office.  But when the doll’s jealous personality invades his consciousness, Kenneth becomes trapped in a perverse triangle, torn between the dominating, silicone Nikki and the flesh-and-blood Lisa.
“Love Object” is a sexually charged thriller that is also a cautionary tale for our high-tech times. Featuring Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller, Udo Kier, Rip Torn.
Main Credits:
Director, screenwriter:  Robert Parigi
Producers: Kathleen Haase, Lawrence Levy
Cinematographer:  Sydney Sidell
Principal Cast:  Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller, Rip Torn, Bryan Crump, Ellen Greene, Lyle Kanouse, Udo Kier

Director: Adam Vardy
U.S.A / 2003/ 93 minutes

World Premiere

WCC 9/20, 4:15pm

Mendy is a young Brooklyn Hasid, a devout member of an ultra orthodox Jewish sect.  His entire life has been spent following the strict rules of his protective, insular and repressive community.  Mendy’s budding sexual urges confuse his solid idea of the world.  Shame, guilt and moral turmoil push him to flee the community, leaving behind his friends, family and old world-view in search of a new identity.
The story is told through Mendy’s relationship with two people, Yankel and Bianca. Yankel is a childhood friend who left the community to lead a hedonistic life. Bianca is a black Brazlian woman who bartends at a strip joint to put herself though school
Ultimately, as we watch Mendy struggle to make the choices he thinks are right for him, the film is about the humanity of its characters.
preceded by “Yo Mamaloshn
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Director:  Joe Maggio
U.S.A / 2003 / 90 minutes


Mountain View 9/20, 1:00pm

Upstate 9/21, 1:30pm


Manhattan takes on a life of its own in Maggio's clever, love-lost story. Insecure stockbroker Rick re-proposes to his wife of  ten years, only to be rebuked. The ensuing argument spills into the street and they set off into the darkness on separate paths.
By the time the sun rises on the city that never sleeps, they will have their wills tested, make unlikely connections, and rethink their whole lives. Starring Clint Jordan, Kirsten Russell, Dudley Findlay, Jr., Anthony Howard, Greg Amici, Eleanor Hutchins.
Preceded by “The Spirit of Gravity

Joe Maggio's debut feature film Virgil Bliss premiered at the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival and was acquired by First Run Features and The Sundance Channel. Virgil Bliss was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival and was nominated for two IFP Independent Spirit Awards--Best Debut Performance (Clint Jordan) and the John Cassavetes Award. Milk and Honey is Maggio's second film. He lives and works in New York City.
Main Credits:
Director, screenwriter: Joe Maggio
Executive Producer: Cedric Jeanson, John Quested
Producer: Matthew Myers, Thierry Cagianut
Cinematographer: Gordon Chou
Editor: Seth E. Anderson
Production Designer: Bryce Paul Mama
Composer: Hal Hartley
Principal Cast: Clint Jordan, Kirsten Russell, Dudley Findlay, Jr., Anthony Howard, Greg Amici, Eleanor Hutchins
Director: Alan Mindel
U.S.A / 2003 / 95 minutes
New York Premiere

Tinker Street 9/20, 6:00pm

Hunter 9/21, 5:15pm

The past meets the present when Milwaukee’s best fisherman, Albert Burroughs, a young man perceived to be mentally disabled, finds himself the target of two separate con artists out to steal his money. When his one and only friend attempts to intervene, Albert’s compelling history is unveiled, and we learn that nothing is quite what it seems in this Midwestern tale of love and deceit. Starring Troy Garity, Bruce Dern, and Randy Quaid.
“Milwaukee Minnesota,” which was co-produced by Woodstock's very own Michael Brody swept up the Jeune critique feature award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
Upon his return to Woodstock, Brody had this to say about his experience in Cannes, “I'm thrilled about it all, but I always knew something good would happen.  There where a lot of tragic twists and turns along the way, with everything that could go wrong going wrong, but this is a people business and if you’re working with the right people anything is possible.”

Milwaukee, Minnesota” is Allan Mindel's first feature film as a director. Mindel debuted on the production side when he executive produced Gus Van Sant's “My Own Private Idaho,” starring Keanu Reeves and the late River Phoenix. Mindel's other production credits include Alan Wade's “Julian Po,” Bryan Gordon's “Pie In The Sky,” Michael Goldenberg's “Bed Of Roses,” and Michael Steinberg's “Bodies, Rest And Motion”. Mindel is also the co-founder of Framework Entertainment, a talent management company whose clients include John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu and Marcia Gay Harden. Mindel began show business in the 80s when he co-founded the modeling agency Click and the talent agency Flick. As an agent, his clients included Uma Thurman, Viggo Mortensen, David Duchovny, Lorraine Bracco, Isabella Rossellini and Kelly Lynch.
Director: Allan Mindel
Producer(s): Micheal Brody, Jeff Kirshbaum
Screenwriter: R.D Murphy
Director of Photography: Bernd Heinl
Editor: David Rawlins
Composer: Micahel Convertino
Director:  Michael Burke
U.S.A / 2002 / 90 Minutes


Upstate 9/19, 7:30pm

Tinker Street 9/20, 2:00pm

“The Mudge Boy” is a powerfully honest and wonderfully subtle story about loss and longing.  Duncan Mudge is a soulful kid growing up in a small, rural American town, coming to terms with his mother's death and his father's stoicism, while developing a fragile and volatile bond with one of the town's local boys. Featuring Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, and Thomas Guiry.
Courtesy: Showtime

Michael Burke's first feature, The Mudge Boy, was selected for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in 2000. It also received first prize for the 2001 Richard Vague Production Grant and won the 2000 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award. Burke's short film, Fishbelly White, won the 1999 NYU Wasserman Award. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and now works as a special-education teacher.
Main Credits:
Director: Michael Burke
Screenwriter: Michael Burke
Executive Producer: Stanley Tucci
Producers: Elizabeth W. Alexander, Alison Benson,
Randy Ostrow
Cinematographer: Vanja Cernjul
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Thomas Guiry
Director:  Bill Fishman
U.S.A / 2002 / 90 minutes
New York Premiere

Mountain View 9/19, 5:00pm

A humorous memoir from former Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan recalling the bands rapid rise to fame and the 1967 tour that brought them to the hippest city in the world--London.
At the legendary nightclub, The Speakesy, Howard is introduced to The Beatles, Brian Jones, Donovan, Graham Nash, and Jimi Hendrix. Over the course of dinner, they exchanges life stories, and insights into the uppers and downers of fame. Featuring Royale Watkins, Jason Boggs, John Corbett, George Wendt, and Justin Henry.
Director:  John O'Brien
U.S.A / 2003 /  105 minutes

Upstate 9/20, 7:00pm

Tinker Street 9/21, 10:00am

Sick of suburbia, Natalie and Richard Newman move to rural Vermont where they expect the unspoiled setting and the indigenous values to rejuvenate their marriage. Natalie wants to start a family. Richard, who has grown children from a first marriage, does not. As a compromise they build a trophy house. The construction of the dreamhouse inevitably leads to a visit from the local tax assessor. This confrontation introduces the Newmans to George Lyford, a lister, farmer, and somewhat xenophobic native. Over the course of two inspections, Natalie and George develop a flirtation, which results in George becoming Natalie's handyman.
A love story about a friendship.  A psychiatrist and his young second wife move from Connecticut to Vermont.  They build their dream house.  They are miserable. Natalie, the wife, finds a local lister (tax assessor) to be a better listener than her husband.  George, the old Vermonter, mixing humor and humility, guides Natalie through a course that could be called "Introduction to Community 101."  Nosey Parker is an exploration of professional and non-professional a! cting (Natalie and Richard are SAG actors, George is a Vermont farmer), a complex portrait of the changing American landscape (just as applicable to Ulster and Duchess counties as it is to Vermont), and an elegy to old-timers.
John O'Brien grew up in Tunbridge, Vermont, the town chronicled in his "Tunbridge Trilogy."  "Nosey Parker" is the final installment in this triptych.  O'Brien graduated from Harvard College in 1985.  In addition to making movies, O'Brien runs a sheep farm, coaches debate at his old high school, and is a justice of the peace.

Main Credits:
Director: John O'Brien
Screenwriter: John O'Brien (story); Cast improvisation (screenplay)
Producers: John O'Brien
Cinematographer: David Parry
Editor: John O'Brien
Music: Band improvisation
Cast: George Lyford, Natalie Picoe, Richard Snee

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Director:  Jennifer Elster
U.S.A / 2003 / 101 minutes

Mountain View 9/20, 5:15pm

Hunter 9/21, 12:30pm

Lilli Black is cursed with bad luck and a head full of painful memories that keep coming to the surface as she contends with her drug-addict father's slow march toward death. Morrison Wiley is a neurotic recluse who spends much of his time in his car writing. The two form a bond that falls somewhere between affection and co-dependence in this stylistic parable about life, love, and the fear of falling. Featuring Jennifer Elster, Gale Harold, Susan Floyd, Larry Pine, Leslie Lyles, Mark Margolis.
“N.Y. indie airily pulls off what Hollywood mightily strives for -- a believable romantic comedy.” -Variety
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Preceded by  “Dear Sweet, Emma

Jennifer Elster was raised in New York City and received her Bachelor of Arts at NYU in psychology and writing. She has written, cast, produced, and directed two short films, dirty and ill will, which premiered at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival and screened at the 2002 Women in the Director's Chair Festival. Throughout her education and filmmaking career, she has been involved in the conceptualizing, casting, and styling of music videos and photo shoots for artists who include David Bowie, Garbage, Fiona Apple, Nine Inch Nails, Method Man, Moby, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rosselini, Liv Tyler, Kate Winslet, and Chloë Sevigny. Her work has received several awards and appeared in the magazines The Face, Big, Rolling Stone, and Time, to name a few. Elster marks her feature film debut with Particles of Truth, which she wrote, produced, directed, and in which she stars.
Main Credits:
Director, Producer, Screenwriter: Jennifer Elster
Co-Producer: Lewis Helfer, Terry Leonard
Cinematographer: Toshiro Yamaguchi
Editor: Ron Len
Production Designer: Cherish Magennis
Principal Cast: Jennifer Elster, Gale Harold, Susan Floyd, Larry Pine, Leslie Lyles, Mark Margolis
Director: Peter Hedges
U.S.A / 2003 / 80 minutes

East Coast Premiere


 Tinker Street, 9/18 @ 7pm

Tinker Street, 9/18 @ 9:00pm

Twenty-one-year-old April Burns (Katie Holmes) lives with her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke) in a dilapidated tenement on New York City’s Lower East Side. Though April has never been on good terms with her mother, Joy (Patricia Clarkson), Bobby convinces her to host her family for Thanksgiving.
If preparing a holiday feast isn’t enough pressure, April discovers that her oven is broken. With Bobby out on a mysterious errand, April is left to search the building for an apartment with a working oven.
April must appeal to an array of neighbors, who until now have only been strangers in the hallway. Eugene and Evette (Isaiah Whitlock and Lillias White), an African-American couple, have their own meal to make, but they let April use their oven for an hour. Now April has to find another oven to finish the job. The Chinese family downstairs might save the day, if only they spoke English. April thinks the answer to her problem might be Wayne (Sean Hayes), the proud owner of a brand new, self-cleaning convection oven. Meanwhile, Bobby’s meeting with an associate, Latrell (SisQo), unexpectedly goes awry.
While April struggles to get her bird cooked and Bobby tries to complete his errand, the Burns family heads down the highway recounting April’s failures. April's father, Jim (Oliver Platt), is determined to create an experience that will become a nice memory, but Joy persists in undermining his plans. Perfect-daughter Beth (Alison Pill) reminds everyone of her sister’s shortcomings, Grandma Dottie (Alice Drummond) can barely remember anyone’s name, and the youngest child, Timmy (John Gallagher, Jr.), manages to dodge emotional bullets by photographing every awkward moment.
Poignant and funny, “Pieces of April” is an up-close look at an extraordinary day in the life of the not-so-ordinary Burns family.
Courtesy: United Artists
Preceded by “The Long and the Short of It
See also Making a Low Budget Indie Film: "Pieces of April," a case study & book signing
Writer/Director Peter Hedges’ first novel, “What's Eating Gilbert Grape,” was published in 1991 by Poseidon Press (Simon & Schuster). Selected by the Book of the Month Club and translated into twelve languages, it became the basis for the acclaimed 1993 film of the same name, which Peter also wrote, starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. His second novel, “An Ocean in Iowa,” was published in 1998 by Hyperion Press.
Peter has also written for the stage, and his plays “Baby Anger” (Playwrights Horizons), “Good as New” (Manhattan Class Company), and “Imagining Brad” (Circle Repertory Theater) have all been published by Dramatists Play Service. He has been commissioned by the Roundabout Theater/Nederlander Organization to write a new play.
His screenplay adaptation of Jane Hamilton's “A Map of the World” starred Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore. Other adaptations include Nick Hornby's “About a Boy” for Universal Pictures, starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collete, and Harry Kondoleon's “Diary of a Lost Boy” for Fox Searchlight. “Pieces of April” marks his directorial debut.

Director: Alison Bagnal
U.S.A / 2003 / 98 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Bearsville 9/19, 7:00pm


Hunter 9/20, 6:30pm

Savannah Haske vaults into the “One to Watch” category with her fearless performance in writer-director Alison Bagnall's feature debut about a troubled young woman living with her father on the family farm. Scarred by her mother's abandonment, the child-like Fannie lives inwardly, caring for her pigs and looking after an elderly woman, while channeling her bottled up sexuality into lilting, evocative country songs. Until, that is, she fixates on a slick city stranger who steals into town (Dean Wareham of Luna and Galaxie 500 fame). In a film by turns bittersweet and nakedly raw, Bagnall, who co-wrote “Buffalo '66” with Vincent Gallo, captures the fever logic of two obsessive worlds colliding.
Preceded by "Furry's Blues"
Main Credits:
Director: Alison Bagnall
Screenwriter: Alison Bagnall, Savannah Haske
Producer: Alison Dickey
Cinematographer: Rufus Standefer
Editor: Cushla Dillon
Music: Dusty Trails, Dean Wareham
Cast: Savannah Haske, Dean Wareham,
Robert John Burke, John C. Reilly

Director: Cindy Baer
U.S.A / 2003 / 96 minutes

World Premiere

Bearsville 9/20, 6:30pm

Upstate 9/21, 3:30pm

"Purgatory House" heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in American narrative.  Celeste Davis was 14 years old when she completed writing the screenplay, and 15 when she starred in this semi-autobiographical digital feature.  As a result, "Purgatory House" is a living, breathing snapshot of how it truly feels to be a teen in today’s world, undiluted by adult sensibility.  

Told darkly with quirky, fantastical elements, "Purgatory House" is about the choices teens must make and the consequences they face in an all-too-real existence where the presence of drugs, suicide, and guns in school are a part of everyday life.  And death.  At once a confused fantasy of self-discovery and a startlingly aware portrait of lost innocence, "Purgatory House" begins where most stories end, as it chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teenage girl who has abandoned her life of turmoil and drug addiction in search of unconditional love.  Located somewhere between Heaven and Hell, the Purgatory House is a shelter for dead, wayward teens --a haunting parallel to the world she was trying to leave behind.  As Silver watches the people she used to know, in voyeuristic moments glimpsed over a giant television set, she begins to realize that there are some things from which you cannot run away.  She must choose whether she will accept her drab existence, or discover within herself the power to change.  Her guides along the road to self-enlightenment include God herself (played by Jim Hanks), a wry Saint (also played by Jim Hanks), and a motley group of fellow teenage souls condemned to the Purgatory House.     

Director Cindy Baer has taken great care in preserving the unpolished naiveté and raw innocence of adolescence while delivering a stylish, compelling narrative.  The ambitious visual effects of "Purgatory House," which include extensive blue and green screen compositing and computer animation, sets a new standard for what can be accomplished in the miniDV format. Told in non-linear fashion and peppered with moments of visionary wonder, this groundbreaking digital feature dances delicately between childhood and adulthood, between worlds both real and dreamed.  

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preceded by  “Come, Lovely
Director Cindy Baer began her career as an actress performing in 19 full-stage by the age of 21.  The following year Cindy moved from Boston to Los Angeles, where she created a successful children's entertainment company which she operated for 7 years before selling it in 2001. Highlights of her L.A. stage credits include playing Essie in the critically acclaimed production of “You Can't Take It With You,” and Jill in the 30th anniversary production of  “Butterflies are Free” at the Matrix Theatre. Her favorite film and TV credits include lead roles in "Eclipse," and "Liberating Dorothy," , guest-starring roles on “Unsolved Mysteries” and “America’s Most Wanted", and of course, a cameo in "Purgatory House". In 2000 Cindy co-founded the non-profit Mosaic Theatre Company, whose mission is to get kids excited about creating art, music and theatre as an alternative to negative outlets.  She then directed their first production “Troy Story” for the 2001 NoHo Arts Festival.  Cindy joined the Big Sisters of Los Angeles program in 1997, and was matched with her then-11-year-old “little sister” and screenwriter-to-be, Celeste Davis.  Four years later, Cindy makes her feature-directing debut with "Purgatory House"

 Celeste Davis began writing "Purgatory House" as an outlet for her troubles at the age of 13. She had lost interest in school, and was struggling with all of the relationships in her life.  Drug use was all around, and seemed a tempting escape. With alcoholism in her family, she tried to avoid drinking and drugs, as she ached to connect with something.  She began to write a story which mirrored her own life in certain ways, portraying her real-life struggles to fit in, to process peer pressure, to find meaning in her life, and to create a relationship with herself and with God.  It was an honest and uncensored look into the mind of today’s teenage girl, bluntly portraying what it means to feel powerful, to be wanted, and to be afraid of making the wrong choices.  Never having acted before stepping on to the set of "Purgatory House," Celeste makes her acting debut as the lead character, Silver Strand.  

Director, Producer: Cindy Baer
Screenwriter: Celeste Marie Davis (14-years-old)
Associate Producers: Traci Glodery and Matthew Irving
Exec. Producer: Free Dream Pictures LLC
Cinematographer: Christopher S. Nibley
Editor: K.J. Gruca
Poduction Designer: James W. Thompson Jr.
Music Composer: John Swihart
Cast: Celeste Marie Davis, Jim Hanks, Devin Witt, Johnny Pacar, Rhiannon Main, Howard Lockie, Scott Clark
Director: Billy Ray
U.S.A / 2003 /

East Coast Premiere

Tinker Street, 9/21 @ 6pm


"Shattered Glass" stars Hayden Christensen as Stephen Glass, a staff writer for the respected current events and policy magazine The New Republic and a freelance feature writer for publications such as Rolling Stone, Harper¹s

and George. By the mid-90s, Glass' articles had turned him into one of the most sought-after young journalists in Washington, but a bizarre chain of events chronicled in Buzz Bissinger's September, 1998 Vanity Fair article upon which "Shattered Glass" is based suddenly stopped his career in its tracks. "Shattered Glass" is a study of a very talented and at the same time very flawed character. It is also a look inside our culture's noblest profession, one that protects our most precious freedoms by revealing the truth, and what happens when our trust in that profession is called into question. And with the recent revelations at The New York Times, one of this country's most respected newspapers, the issue seems to be pandemic.

"Shattered Glass" is jointly produced by Cruise / Wagner Productions and Baumgarten Merims in association with Forest Park Pictures. The film's executive producers are Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner of Cruise / Wagner as well as Lions Gate executives Michael Paseornek, Marc Butan and Tom Ortenberg. "Shattered Glass" is being produced by Craig Baumgarten, Adam Merims, Gaye Hirsch and Tove Christensen. A Lions Gate production, "Shattered Glass" will be distributed worldwide by the company in 2003.

 Courtesy: Lions Gate Films


Billy Ray co-wrote the screenplay for last year's "Hart's War" starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrel. Earlier credits include co-writing the script for the feature "Volcano," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche. His television work includes the screenplay for TNT's Legalese. Next year will see the release of Paramount's "Suspect Zero," starring Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart, and Carrie-Anne Moss, which Ray also co-wrote.

He's currently writing a screenplay for Cruise/#Wagner productions entitled "Sarkin-Untitled," and is also working on the screenplay "Imagine" for director Rob Reiner at Castle Rock.

Adam L. Penenberg is a well-known investigative journalist who has written for The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, Inside, Playboy and Mother Jones. He garnered national attention in 1998 for exposing a fabricated New Republic story on hacker crime by Stephen Glass, as portrayed in a movie, "“Shattered Glass” (Lion’s Gate/Tom Cruise Production Co.).  His Dec. 1999 cover story for Forbes, “The End of Privacy,” in which he had a detective investigate him, was a top newsstand seller and read into the Congressional Record during hearings on privacy, while his cover story for Inside magazine on “Ginger” that outed millionaire inventor Dean Kamen’s secret invention led to him appearing on the Today Show with Katie Couric. He was also interviewed on MSNBC, CNBC, CBC, and CNN (“Moneyline” and “Headline News”) and the story
was covered on more than 150 news shows across the U.S. and Canada and in a slew of print publications, including The Boston Globe, Toronto Star and USA Today.

A chapter of his first book, Spooked: Espionage in Corporate America (Perseus Books) was excerpted in The New York Times Sunday Magazine in Dec. 2000, and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. His second book: Tragic Indifference: One Man’s Battle With the Auto Industry Over the Dangers of SUVs (HarperCollins, pub. Fall 2003) was optioned by Warner Bros.
as a starring vehicle for Michael Douglas.
Director: Adam Nadler
U.S.A / 2003 / 96 minutes

World Premiere

Mountain View 9/20, 11:00am

“Shoot George” is a screwball comedy about George Baxter, a pacifistic young screenwriter who dreams of writing movies with a message of peace and nonviolence. When George mysteriously discovers a 9mm handgun on his doorstep, however, he is seduced by the weapon’s power, accidentally shoots a jealous rival, and ends up on New York’s Most-Wanted List.

Adam Nadler is a New York-based independent filmmaker. His short film The Magic Violin; or, How do you get to Carnegie Hall? (distributed by Tapestry) has been broadcast on The Movie Channel and overseas, and was presented at Lincoln Center at the premier of the “Movies for Kids” series. Adam is proud to have written, directed, and edited his first feature film, "Shoot George," which recently won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Arlene’s Grocery Picture Show in New York City. He just completed work on a new horror/comedy screenplay, entitled TUNNELMAN!.
Director: Aisling Walsh
Ireland / 2002 / 93 minutes
Aidan Quinn will be part of the Q&A
following the Upstate screening

Tinker Street 9/19, 6:00pm

Upstate 9/21, 1:00pm

For the boys who end up at a Catholic reformatory school in 1939 Ireland, attending classes is an exercise in abuse and fear. But new lay teacher William (Aidan Quinn), whose own past has elements of the fascist terror the boys must endure, becomes the boys’ protector after standing up to the school’s prefect. Quinn turns in a quietly courageous performance in this chilling tale of institutionalized abuse that went unquestioned for far too long. Featuring Aidain Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Alan Devlin, John Travers, and Chris Newman.

Irish director Aisling Walsh has a list of well-known film and television credits. The recent Sinners won five awards, including one for best director, at the Shanghai TV Festival. Her other film credits include Beyond Justice and the acclaimed Joyriders. Her television credits include Trial and Retribution 2 and 5 and the BAFTA award-winning Doctor Finlay. Aisling's short film, Hostage, won the Gold Plaque Award at the Chicago Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Tours Film Festival.
Main Credits:
Director: Aisling Walsh
Producers: Tristan Orpen Lynch, Dominic Wright, John McDonnell, Kevin Byron-Murphy
Screenwriter: Patrick Galvin
Editor: Bryan Oates
Cast: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin
Director: Lone Scherfig
Den/UK/Swe/Fr (in English) 
2002 / 106 minutes

Tinker Street 9/19, 8:30pm

Upstate 9/21, 5:15pm

In present-day Glasgow, a tragic-comic love triangle unfolds between the suicidal title character (Jamie Sives), his brother Harbour (Adrian Rawlins) and single mother Alice (Shirley Henderson). Wilbur, in between suicide attempts, teaches nursery school children. Harbour runs the family firm, a dilapidated second-hand bookshop where Alice is a regular customer, making ends meet by selling the abandoned books she finds during her job as a hospital cleaner. Attracted to both brothers, she marries Harbour – only to find he’s secretly suffering from a life-threatening ailment…
“With her profoundly moving follow up to “Italian For Beginners”…  Scherfig moves into a more traditional mode of cinema – complete with lush cinematography, rich lighting and a moving musical score.”  (Erin Free, FilmInk Magazine)
Courtesy: THINKFilm

Tinker Street, Upstate Films and the Catskill Mountain Foundation Theater are 35mm facilities.
Upstate and CMFT will also screen beta sp and digibeta films.
Bearsville, Mountain View, WCC are are beta sp & digibeta


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