FilmColumbia Festival Opens Tonight

FilmColumbia Festival Opens Tonight at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY. The festival runs from October 17-21.

Now in its thirteenth year, the FilmColumbia Festival will screen more films than ever before—many of them prizewinners from prestigious international film festivals—including narrative and documentary features, animated and live-action short films, and several by Hudson Valley filmmakers. Hotly anticipated films at this year’s festival include Dustin Hoffman‘s first credited role as director (Quartet); Bill Murray as FDR (Hyde Park on the Hudson); The Sessions aka The Surrogate (a sensation at Sundance this year); David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook; the eagerly-awaited first feature by the Sopranos‘ David Chase (Not Fade Away); Melissa Leo‘s new film, shot in the Hudson Valley (Francine); and Cloud Atlas, a three-hour collaboration between co-directors Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix), starring Tom HanksHalle BerryHugh GrantSusan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent. On the documentary front, look for Ken Burns‘ latest, The Central Park Five and FilmColumbia alum Alex Gibney‘s third film to play the festival, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Internationally, this seems to be the year ofIsabelle Huppert, starring in both Anne Fontaine‘s latest, My Worst Nightmare, and Sang-Soo Hong‘s In Another Country, nominated for Cannes’ Palme d’Or. FilmColumbia will also screen features and shorts from Argentina, Australia, Iran, Italy and Cuba (part of an exchange program with the Havana Film Festival).

You can download the full schedule by visiting’s schedule page here.

As of Wed, 10/17, tickets will be available at FilmColumbia Headquarters at the Tracy Memorial Hall, Main Street, Chatham, at the traffic circle.

Ticket Pricing:
Crandell/Morris Venues
Day Films: Chatham Film Club Members $8 Non-Members $10

Evening Films (as of 4:30PM)
Chatham Film Club Members $12, Non-Members $15

Saturday Children’s Program: Free

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