Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
July 3 – 9
Fri 4:20 7:00 9:20
Sat 4:20 7:00 9:20 
Sun 3:20 6:00 8:20
Mon-Tues 6:00 8:20
Wed 3:20 6:00 8:20
Thur 6:00 8:20
(USA / 2015 / Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
PG-13 / 104 mins. 
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in as anonymously as possible, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.
He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be. – (c) Fox Searchlight 
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Love and Mercy

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
July 3 – 9
Fri 4:15 6:50 9:15
Sat 4:15 6:50 9:15
Sun 3:15 5:50 8:15
Mon-Thur 5:50
 (US/2015/dir by Bill Pohlad)
PG-13 / 120 mins
The multi-layered story of Brian Wilson, the musical genius of the Beach Boys, features Paul Dano and John Cusack, Dano as the younger Wilson and Cusack when he’s aged.
This unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys is set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music. The film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. (C) Roadside Attractions…  Cast includes Paul Giamatti as Wilson’s controlling shrink and Elizabeth Banks as the woman who helps save his life. 
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London National Theatre: The Hard Problem

In Rhinebeck 
July 8
Wed 2:00 
(UK / 2015 / Directed by Nicholas Hytner)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors & Students / $13 Members
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).
Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one. – National Theatre Live
Unrated / 3 hours
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Coming Next...

The 34th Black Maria Film Festival: Short Film Program

July 10
Friday 7:00
Join us for a special evening of award-winning short films, followed by a q&a with festival director Jane Steuerwald. Tickets $12 Adults / $10 Seniors and Students / $8 Members and Kids under 16. 
The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films! Honoring Thomas Edison, inventor and creator of the motion picture, the festival features award-winning narrative, experimental, animated, and documentary shorts. This year’s presentation at Upstate features award-winning films from each category.
Featured titles include:
  • Umbrella House – Documentary. 10 min. by Catalina Santamaria, New York, NY. “Umbrella House” reveals the stories of the squatter community – most of them  immigrants – that took over abandoned buildings in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, reconstructed them and made them into homes.
  • SoundPrint – Experimental. 8 min. by Monteith McCollum, Vestal, NY. Explores the marks left by sonic frequencies on various materials and landscapes, natural and artificial.
  • Egghead – Experimental. 1 min. by Patrick Longstreth, Marina Del Rey, CA. A bizarre breakfast encounter explores gender roles, reproduction, and the cycle of human life.
  • Fishwife – Animation. 4 min. by Luke Jaeger, Northampton, MA. An enigmatic dancing man and a dog-headed woman celebrate the birth of a fish-child, then watch as it takes flight.
  • Steel Mill Rolling – Documentary. 12 min. by Ross Nugent, Pittsburgh, PA. Equal parts landscape, industrial and portrait film, “Steel Mill Rolling” is a document of a functioning steel mill in Western Pennsylvania.
  • The Stick Maker – Documentary. 4 min. by Curtis Albucher, Philadelphia, PA. For the Onondaga, the game of lacrosse is played for the pleasure of the Creator, and has a deep meaning for the players and their community.
  • The Ballad of Holland Island House – Animation. 4 min. by Lynn Tomlinson, Owings Mills, MD. “The Ballad of Holland Island House” tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay, brought to life through fluidly transforming animated clay-on-glass paintings.
  • Self Portrait Portrait – Documentary. 6 min. by James Hollenbaugh, Lancaster, PA. Bryan Lewis Saunders has been creating a self-portrait every day for nearly twenty years.
  • Return to Dak To – Documentary. 49 min. by Christopher Upham, San Francisco, CA. Director and combat medic Christopher Upham journeys to vibrant contemporary Vietnam with four veteran comrades.

We have all heard the clichés and assumptions often made about filmmakers working in the short form.  Most typical is that the work is meant to be a “calling card” primarily to gain access to the world of commercial feature length film.  Not true for the filmmakers who continue to push the boundaries of the moving image and who have exhibited their work for decades in the Black Maria.  We appreciate and celebrate the short form in all its permutations for its artistic challenges, aesthetics, and substance. – Black Maria Film Festival


Unrated / 98 mins.