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Albany Film Festival Night at the Drive-In: What you need to know

The Albany Film Festival kicks into high gear Thursday night with our first in-person event since before the pandemic!

The details

Night at the Drive-In with the NYS Writers Institute!

Thursday, April 29, starting at 8 p.m.

Malta Drive-In Theatre

2785 State RT 9

Malta, NY 12020

Malta Drive-In phone: 518-587-6077

What's showing

The two screens at the drive-in will feature a collection of short films (see titles/directors below) along with:

“Cadillac Records,” the 2008 film about the Chicago blues scene directed by Ironweed Award winner Darnell Martin and starring Beyonce and Adrien Brody. Rated R;

“The Honeymoon Killers,” the 1970 cult classic about a pair of lovers on a killing spree written and directed by the late UAlbany professor Leonard Kastle, ranked #3 on Steve Buscemi's "Top Ten" favorite film list. Rated R;

and “Impact: Mobility and Modernity Reconsidered,” Skidmore College Professor Rik Scarce’s documentary on the barefoot running movement that won the Audience Choice Award at Austin Indie Fest in November.

Can I watch some stuff on one screen and then switch to the second screen?

Sure you can. Check the schedule down below to see what's showing on the two screens.

Can I buy popcorn and gummy bears at the drive-in?

Yes! The concession stand will be open. Here's a link with more info:

What safety precautions are you using?

Vehicles are instructed to park exactly in the middle of adjacent poles which should provide 12 feet between cars. Everyone should view movies from inside the vehicle (in seats, through an open hatchback, or from a pickup truck bed). The drive-in does allow 2 lawn chairs you provide, directly between your vehicle and the screen.

Outside the vehicle, masks must be worn.

Is there a schedule of events?

We will distribute printed programs at the drive-in. You can see a large-format image of the program at the bottom of this post, and you can print the program at home from this PDF.

Any charge or fee?

All Albany Film Festival events are free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors.

What if it rains?

Just keep your windows rolled up and you'll be nice and dry in your car.

The movie sound is broadcast in stereo over FM radio and can be heard via your car radio or a portable radio that you bring.

Bring an umbrella in case you want to walk to the snack bar or rest rooms.

Conversation with "The Honeymoon Killers" star Tony LoBianco

Tony LoBianco, star of “The Honeymoon Killers,” shares stories with NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.

"The Honeymoon Killers" was written and directed by Leonard Kastle, who was a UAlbany emeritus music professor, and filmed in the Albany area.

The original director? Martin Scorsese. Watch the interview to hear Tony tell the story about why Scorsese was fired early in the shoot.

A Brooklyn-born New Yorker, Lo BIanco's best-known film performance was as Sal Boca in the iconic Academy Award-winning film "The French Connection." He is currently in production on a new film directed and starring Ray Romano.

Drive-In Program for Thursday, April 29

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