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Check out these film screenings in advance of our Albany Film Festival

In advance of our 3rd Annual Albany Film Festival, to take place on Saturday, April 1, we’re screening four films, each with tie-ins to the festival.

We kick off our film series on Friday, Feb. 3, with “The Ice Storm,” Ang Lee’s 1997 drama starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and Sigourney Weaver.

Based on Rick Moody’s 1994 novel of the same, the film screenplay was written by James Schamus, a frequent collaborator of Ang Lee.

Both Rick Moody and James Schamus are scheduled to attend our Albany Film Festival,

along with director-screenwriter Julie Dash, film editor Amy Carey Linton (“Daughters of the Dust”),

and Stephen Lang (“Last Exit to Brooklyn”), who is currently starring in "Avatar: The Way of Water.”

All four film screenings, free and open to the public, will be held at Page Hall on the UAlbany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203.

7 p.m. Friday, February 3

(United States, 1997, 112 minutes, color, Rated R) Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci and Sigourney Weaver.

Set in suburban Connecticut in 1973, this acclaimed adaptation of Rick Moody’s novel tells the story of middle-class families who experiment with casual sex and substance abuse and find their lives spiraling out of control. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or and James Schamus won the award for Best Screenplay at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.


7 p.m. Friday, February 10

(United States, 1991, 113 minutes, color, Rated PG) Directed by Julie Dash. Starring Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara-O.

Named one of “The Greatest Films of All Time” by the 2022 Sight and Sound Critics' poll of major critics—which is conducted only once each decade — "Daughters of the Dust" tells the story of three generations of Gullah women on the island of St. Helena, off the coast of South Carolina.

7 p.m. Friday, February 17

Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

(United States, 2016, 110 minutes, color, Rated R) Directed by James Schamus. Starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts.

Major American screenwriter James Schamus — known for his many collaborations with director Ang Lee — adapted and directed this film based on Philip Roth’s 2008 novel about an awkward and introverted young Jewish man who enrolls in a Christian college in Ohio in order to escape being drafted into the Korean War.

7 p.m. Friday, March 3

(United States, 1989, 102 minutes, color, Rated R) Directed by Uli Edel. Starring Stephen Lang, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Burt Young.

Set in the working class underbelly of Brooklyn in the 1950s, amid a milieu of union corruption, prostitution and violence, this award-winning film stars Stephen Lang as a factory shop steward who falls in love with a transgender woman. Desmond Nakano adapted the script from the underground classic 1964 novel by Hubert Selby Jr., the subject of obscenity trials and book bans.

Speaking of films...

there is still time to submit your film short for our Albany Film Festival Film Short Contest.

Awards/certificates and monetary prizes will also be given out for the following awards:

  • Best Overall Short Film--$500

  • Best Overall Student Short Film--$300

  • Best Comedic Short Film--$150

  • Best Dramatic Short Film--$150

  • Best Experimental Short Film--$150

  • Best Documentary Short Film--$150

More information at Deadline: January 31, 2023


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