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Albany Film Festival "Passages" event starts Friday night

The Albany Film Festival comes to the University at Albany campus starting Friday night, bringing the region's first-ever projection mapping display to the Capital Region

The details

The "Passages" light and sound projection mapping display will include a narrative of the Capital Region’s cultural legacy and the history of major movies filmed on location in the area. The 195-foot wide, 45-foot high narrative light show is being launched by the NYS Writers Institute in conjunction with the Colonie film company MagicWig Productions and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” composer Joe Kraemer, an Albany native.

We invite the community to experience this dynamic public art display. It will run multiple times on the Science Library’s west facade for four consecutive nights.

We’d like to give special thanks to Chet & Karen Opalka, whose generous support of the Albany Film Festival helped bring “Passages” to the community.

What will it look like?

Imagine the largest, most brilliant movie screen you've ever seen.

It's like that but bigger and better.

The 195-foot wide, 45-foot high side of the Science Library building will dazzle.

You have to see it for yourself.

Here are some photos of the preparation.


Friday, April 30 through Monday, May 3

Showings every half hour from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Register for 30 minute time slots for each night. Each ticket is good for a party of up to 4 people.

Advance registration allows for physical distancing at the outdoor event.


Science Library, University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany NY 12222

Free parking is available in the Dutch Faculty/Staff Parking Lot and the Dutch Student Parking Lot

Here's a map showing the Dutch Faculty/Staff parking lot.

What safety precautions are you using?

Face masks must be worn by all attendees at the event. Individuals should not attend this in-person event if they—or anyone in their household—are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Any charge or fee?

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

What if it rains?

"Passages" is an outdoor event, rain or shine. You will want to bring an umbrella if it rains. You might also choose to bring a lawn chair.


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