Local spots on the big screen

winter frozen dreams

From Winter of Frozen Dreams: yep, that's Schenectady.

A couple of films that were shot in the Capital Region have surfaced lately.

The Skeptic, which was shot in Saratoga and a few other local spots, opens at the Spectrum on Friday. The film's writer/director, Tennyson Bardwell, will be at the theater for a post-screening talk Friday and Saturday evening.

Bardwell told the Gazette recently that Upstate New York is a good place to make movies because there's "not a jaded film community like you see in L.A. or New York." The centerpiece location of the The Skeptic is the Batcheller Mansion in Saratoga -- it's all over the film's trailer.

The other locally-shot movie is Winter of Frozen Dreams, which is based on "the bizarre tale of a brilliant biochemistry student who lead a shocking double life." It was shot at many locations around Schenectady -- in fact, First Prize Mike's shows up prominently in the trailer. WoFD is already available on DVD -- and it's scheduled to be shown at Proctors on May 14.

So are these movies any good?

The aggregated reviews on Metacritic for The Skeptic are not positive -- the Village Voice calls it a "TV-grade suspenser" and NYT's Stephen Holden says he'd rather watch "a bunch of teenagers terrorized by chain-saw-wielding zombies." The reviews for Winter of Frozen Dreams are worse -- one reviewer said "this lady's lame tale stole a hour and a half of our entertainment energies" and a Netflix user review called it "a slow-paced, confusing movie, with a dull script and mediocre acting."


What, something upstaters are not jaded about? That guy's obviously an outsider.

Early reviews of The Skeptic are unanimously negative:


You could also add the award winning documentary 'So Right So Smart" to your list. They shot a few scenes right in Clifton Park. The documentary will be screening at the Palace Theatre in Albany on May 30th.


@corey: We're on it. We've already interviewed the director. The interview should pop up on AOA in the near future.

My favorite local movie was Zombie Police of Schenectady. Although, when you think about it, that was more of a masterpiece than a movie.

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