9/28 Staff Picks

Look At Us Now, Mother! 

"Mother knows best" hardly applies to Mildred Abramowitz Kirschernbaum, the ascerbic, hypercritical and sometimes downright nasty mother of Gayle Kirschernbaum, documentarian and director of today's Staff Documentary Pick, LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER! With wit, humor and compassion, Gayle, a bulldog of a daughter, is determined to understand, forgive and cherish her mother before it's too late. But how? Forgiveness is easy to roll off the lips, but what if you'd been criticized and made to feel deficient all your life by the one person who means the most? What if the only safe love is the four-legged kind? Gayle and Mildred travel the road to forgiveness with alternately hilarious and poignant stops along the way. Gayle's journals, starting at age eight, reveal an acutely sensitive child who can't understand what she's done wrong. Was she born into the wrong family? Should she have been a boy? Gerald, Gayle's downtrodden father, seems to think so. So does her therapist. You won't want to miss this delightful, searingly honest and intimate mother-daughter story.

Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
10/1/2015, 3:00PM $10

Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/3/2015, 9:00PM $10


Today's Narrative Feature Staff Pick, THE GRACE OF JAKE, follows recently released from prison drifter/musician, Jake, as he steals a car and hits the road for small town Arkansas, intent on exacting revenge against the father he never knew. Although he never met the man, Jake blames him for all of life's troubles, starting with his mother's death. Arriving in this dustbowl town with only a guitar to sustain him, Jake discovers nothing is as he imagined. THE GRACE OF JAKE is, at its core, the story of a man who finds redemption through friendship, faith and his deep-rooted love of gospel music, which bonds him with the locals and sets him on a righteous path. Religion, however, is backdrop to the music. Grammy-nominated director Chris Hicky proves his musical aptitude by wisely casting Jake La Botz, who learned his trade from old Mississippi bluesmen, as lead man. The soul-filled music is extraordinary, the acting genuine, and the tempo in perfect harmony with the surroundings. From crop dusters to gospel churches, this compassionate film captures the essence of the Arkansas delta.

Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Sat. 10/3/2015, 5:00PM $10
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Sun. 10/4/2015, 12:30PM 

Animation Panel:What Makes Animation So... Animated?

What is it about an animated story that can make us laugh, or shiver with fear, or well up with tears in a uniquely profound way? From hand drawn animation by independent filmmaker, Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton, to computer animation and studio production by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne, this panel will delve into the thought process behind the artistry and the intense labor that goes into creating the final pieces. The audience will be treated to special clips from the panelists' works, including clips from Osborne's upcoming, highly anticipated animated film The Little Prince.

Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK
10/4/2015, 2:00PM $15