Films of the Hudson Valley Programming

 

 

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2017 Hudson Valley Programming

the strange ones

Two travelers, a young man and a boy, appear to be on an adventure across an undefined remote American landscape. We assume they are two brothers on vacation, yet something feels off kilter. Who are these men and what are they after? 

SUBMISSION

Ted Swenson is a published author working as a creative writing professor, with a comfortable marriage and a passion for his work. But as the guidance he provides to a gifted student intensifies, Submission, based on the best-selling novel Blue Angel by Hudson Valley resident Francine Prose, delves into a deeper story, exploring issues as creative envy and the pressure of personal expectations as Swenson tries to navigate the slippery slope from teacher to Guru, admirer to manipulator.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: THE FIGHT FOR A BLACK MIDDLE CLASS WITH BOB HERBERT

A disappearing middle class is one of the hot button political issues of the day, but middle class black Americans are the hardest hit. Celebrated veteran journalist Bob Herbert takes us on an illuminating journey through American history

THE LAST PIG

he Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential and self-reflective, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season.

OTHER FEATURE FILMS OF PREVIOUS YEARS

11:55

Returning to his hometown, US Marine Nelson Sanchez finds himself trapped by the violent past he had tried to escape.

halfway to zen

Nick's father has Alzheimers, an ex-wife, who left him for Celine and adaughter who now identifies as a boy. Nick embarks on a crash course in fatherhood while facing other difficulties

LINER NOTES

When Alice's estranged rock star father Jake Sampson, turns up dead, she seeks out Jake's original guitarist

MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED

Delicate beauty and a fragile soul characterize Sam, a young woman living in a group home for the mentally and physically challenged.

THE TICKET

After a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. 

GROWING UP SMITH (GOOD OL' BOY)

All 10-year-old Smith wants to do is watch TV, play and hang out with the girl-next-door. But things are not that easy when he has his father pushing his Indian heritage on him

I DREAM TOO MUCH

A girl finds herself in upstate New York, caring for her reclusive great aunt. The aunt's past resurfaces and bolsters their spirits.

THE FLY ROOM

During Betsey’s visit to her father’s lab, she is drawn to his study of fruit flies, but she soon receives an unorthodox education.

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

A teen's budding romance takes a turn for the worse when her Prince Charming starts to reveal his volatile side.    

late phases

A retirement community is plagued by mysterious and deadly attacks until a grizzled war veteran moves in

 

the sisterhood of night

A teenager's claim that she was victimized by a secret society of her peers whips up hysteria and throws their town into the national spotlight.

 

uncertain terms

Robbie flees city life and takes refuge in his aunt's house, a makeshift home for pregnant teenagers.

a birder's guide to everything

On the eve of his father's remarriage, a teenage birding enthusiast leads his friends on a road trip to find an extremely rare duck.

to be forever wild

A crew of artists explore New York's Catskills Mountains, landscapes that have captured America's imagination.

first winter

Stranded at a remote farmhouse with no heat, no power and a dwindling food supply, the people of a yoga retreat face the possibility that they may not survive.

rhymes with banana

Two struggling actresses escape into a fantasy world to cope with rejection. 

bitter feast

A celebrity chef  cooks up a revenge plot against the food critic who slammed his cuisine.

dont go in the woods

A band heads to the woods to write new songs. Hoping to emerge with new music, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.

some dogs bite

Casey, a 14-year-old in foster care, kidnaps his infant brother and forces his older brother to join him on the road to search for their father.

MARWENCOL

After recovering from a brutal attack that left him in a coma, Mark builds a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard

windfall

Residents of a rural upstate New York town discover the dark side of wind-energy development when they look into going green.

AGAINST THE CURRENT

A man tries to overcome his tragic past by swimming the 150-mile expanse of the lower Hudson River.

splinterheads

When a traveling carnival comes to a small town, a lifelong slacker meets the girl of his dreams and wakes up to the life he has yet to begin living.

neil young trunk show

2009 documentary and concert film by Jonathan Demme, featuring Neil Young

 

 

the cake eaters

The death of the Kimbrough family matriarch affects the three male survivors of the clan.

 

oswald's ghost

Filmmaker Robert Stone examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

 

blackballed: the bobby dukes story

After years of self-exile, a disgraced paintball champion (Rob Corddry) returns to assemble a makeshift team.

down to the bone

Down to the Bone is an acid jazz group led by British DJ Stuart Wade, who formed the band in 1996 with Chris Morgans. The group is very popular in the UK, where it is "hailed as the kings of UK jazz groove."

guerilla: the taking of patty hearst

The bizarre story of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. In 1974, Hearst was kidnapped by a fringe domestic terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army.

strange fruit

The first short documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic song