Beacon Film Festival Celebrates Hudson Valley Filmmakers

The Beacon Theatre screens feature films, shorts, and more Feb. 7-10

The Beacon Film Festival – Freeze Frame is in its third year and has grown to a four-day cinema extravaganza, featuring three different genres of film from three Hudson Valley filmmakers. The festival runs from Thursday, Feb. 7,to Sunday, Feb. 10, and will feature the full-length film Collar, presented by Willy-Gilly Productions of Goshen, N.Y.; an award-winning documentary, The Linguists, presented by Ironbound Films, Inc. of Garrison; and three music videos, filmed here in the Hudson Valley by local director Jarek Zabczynski.

The Beacon Film Festival – Freeze Frame will offer a wide variety of films, from animation, feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, local student films, stills of film production, Q-and-A director panels and a reception with live music.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $5

  • Local student films from Vassar College
  • Jarek Zabczynski’s music videos, “Change” by Theory, “Single Drop of You” by Adam Pascal and Larry Edoff, and “We’ll Be Alright” by Theory
  • Q-and-A panel with Zabczynski and other young local directors

Friday, Feb. 8 – CANCELLED

Tickets: $18

  • 7 p.m. Visioneers, directed by Jared Drake and starring Zach Galifianakis
  • 9 p.m. The Linguists, a documentary directed and produced by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger: This documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2008 to rave reviews and went on to become a Sundance Film Festival Special Selection. There are over 7,000 languages in the world today, and scientists estimate that over half of them will be gone before the end of this century. On average, one language is gone every two weeks. Scientists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson journey around the world to try and document the last gasp of a language on the verge of extinction.
  • Q-and-A with Kramer and Newberger

Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. – CANCELLED

Tickets: $5

Animated family movie The Land of Point, narrated by Ringo Starr and other animated family favorites

Saturday, Feb. 9 – RESCHEDULED FROM FRIDAY

Tickets: $18

  • 3 p.m. The Visioneers, directed by Jared Drake and starring Zach Galifianakis
  • 9 p.m. The Linguists, a documentary directed and produced by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger: This documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2008 to rave reviews and went on to become a Sundance Film Festival Special Selection. There are over 7,000 languages in the world today, and scientists estimate that over half of them will be gone before the end of this century. On average, one language is gone every two weeks. Scientists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson journey around the world to try and document the last gasp of a language on the verge of extinction.
  • Q-and-A with Kramer and Newberger
  • Q-and-A with Wilson & Gill, followed by a reception and entertainment by the classic rock and blues band The Back Again Band

Saturday, Feb. 9

Tickets: $18

  • 7 p.m. Film shorts: Girl Clown, screenplay by Crystal Scott, and When Harry Grows Up, screenplay by Mark Nickelburg
  • 8 p.m. Feature film Collar, produced by Nan A. Gill, written and directed by David Patrick Wilson, and filmed in Middletown: After a lifetime of poor judgment, Police Officer T.J. Williams feels like his entire world is raining down on him. Will he find the right road to redemption and recovery and take the first steps out of this unholy nightmare? Starring Tom Sizemore, Rebecca DeMornay, Richard Roundtree and David Patrick Wilson.
  • 9 p.m. Q-and-A with Wilson & Gill, followed by a reception and entertainment by the classic rock and blues band The Back Again Band

Sunday, Feb. 10

Tickets: $18

  • 2 p.m. Documentary American Scream, directed by Michael Stephenson: Can Halloween be taken too far? Three Massachusetts families show just how far they are willing to go to celebrate their favorite holiday.
  • 3:30 p.m. Indie Game: The Movie, a documentary directed by Lisanna Pajot and James Swirsky: This is the journey of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Tickets: $18

  • 7 p.m. Best Worst Movie, a documentary directed by Michael Stephenson, who takes a look at the movie voted “Worst Film of all Time,” Troll 2, and how it made the climb to cherished cult classic
  • 9 p.m. Troll 2, a feature film directed by Claudio Fragasso: A vacationing family finds out the entire town is inhabited by goblins disguised as humans.
  • 10:15 p.m. Short film New Dawn, screenplay by Lloyd LeBaron

Day or weekend passes can also be purchased. For more information about pricing and films being screened, including trailers, synopses and photos, visit the Beacon Theatre’s website.


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