FilmColumbia

Crandall Theater in Chatham

One of the sites for FilmColumbia screenings.

By Jessica Pasko

It might not be Cannes or Sundance, but the lineup at this week's Chatham's FilmColumbia is still pretty impressive.

The annual festival is bringing four days of films to this adorable Columbia County village, including the new Charlie Kaufman film Synechode, New York.

And there's a lot more to look forward to.

This year's schedule has a mix of features and documentaries, and even a few short films, including Sittin' on a Million, the doc about infamous Troy madam Mame Faye. There's also a screen-writing competition, mystery sneak previews, a children's film collection, trivia events and film panels. It's actually kind of overwhelming.

Here are some of the highlights we're looking forward to checking out:

Sunshine Cleaning
This Sundance-nominated black comedy tells the story of two sisters, played by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, who make ends meet by tidying up crime scenes in Albuquerque.
Showing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Crandell Theatre

Waltz With Bashir
This film focuses on Israel's 1982 war with Lebanon and the slaughter of Palestianians in the refuge camps. It combines interviews with veterans and therapists, with live footage and animation.
Showing at 5 p.m., Friday at Crandell Theatre

Synecdoche, New York
Showing Friday, 7 p.m. at Crandell Theatre

Animation for Grownups
It's pretty self-explanatory, but this annual program will present the best of award-winning and cutting edge animations. You know, for grown-ups.
Showing Saturday, 1 p.m. at Morris Memorial

The American Ruling Class
Harper's editor Lewis Lapham's documentary focuses on whether or not there's a ruling class in the U.S. through interviews with pundits like Walter Cronkite, Barbara Ehrenreich and the late Robert Altman.
Showing Sunday, 3 p.m. at Morris Memorial

There's lots more, too. You can check out the entire schedule on the festival's web site. Tickets are available for pre-sale online and by phone, or you can buy tickets the day of. Most films cost $7-$10 and a four-day full festival pass is $110. Students get a discount.

Chatham's a cute town with several good restaurants -- why not make it a whole day?

Comments

God bless the Crandall. For those of us living in rural Rensselaer or Columbia Counties, this theater is a godsend. And with a great new sound system to boot, this place (while still a one-theater room) mops the floor with the ass of Regal/Hoyts/whatever-the-name-of-the-Empire is now...

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The Capital Region's home ownership rate ticked upward last year for the first time in a while

Another few bits for the apartments / rents discussion... The home ownership rate in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area ticked upward for the first time since... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Welcome to summer. Have a lemonade and some freshly-picked stuff to do. There's baseball, strawberries, jazz, wine ... all kinds of fun things to make... (more)

Dog poop is a universal issue

One of the bits from this Ian Bogost article about the topics that frequently pop up on Nextdoor: The dog-pop-in-other-people's-trash-cans issue is everywhere and all... (more)

No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

Tucked in at the end of a state Department of Environmental Conservation digest of agency police officer encounters -- titled "Strange Rattle in the Engine... (more)

Here's the design of that Henry Johnson commemorative medallion

Here's that how that coin-shaped medallion to honor Henry Johnson turned out. It will debut at a free event at The Palace June 27 at... (more)

Recent Comments

Troy has way more parking downtown than any other city I visit. There are 3 parking garages downtown and 2 are within 1000ft of Monument Square. There are public surface lots nearby. Outside the downtown core there is tons of street parking with few to no restrictions. It is unrealistic to expect cities to have parking directly in front of your destination like the suburbs. That's WHY they're different classifications.

No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

...has 2 comments, most recently from Ellen

Albany City Hall carillon concerts

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tim

Where to take foreign language classes

...has 6 comments, most recently from BrĂ­d

Five takeaways from the start of the fifth major effort to redevelop 1 Monument Square

...has 9 comments, most recently from RedBarron

Morning Blend for Jun 20

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace