The award-winning family film Magic Camp will screen at the Downing Film Center in Newburgh Sunday, Aug. 11 through Tuesday, Aug. 13. The premiere screening at 1 p.m. Aug. 11, will feature a “Show of Magic” by Derrin Burger of Hyde Park (New Windsor native), one of the magicians featured in the film, and a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Judd Ehrlich of Manhattan. Additional screenings will be held at 2 and 7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, and at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.
In his charming new documentary, Magic Camp, Judd Ehrlich explores the world of one group of teenagers, a group that almost by definition is outside the “norm,” as they seek to find their place in the world by attending a camp dedicated to conjuring.
For one week every July, young, aspiring illusionists go to Tannen’s Magic Camp at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. They want to prove their worth on the same stage where superstar magicians like David Blaine and David Copperfield once performed. But to get there, they need to learn more than sleight of hand and tricks of the trade. They have to find the magic inside.
Magic Camp is directed by two-time Emmy-nominated director Judd Ehrlich (Run for Your Life, Mayor of the West Side, Science Fiction Land). The film has an original score by Michael Hearst, with additional music by David Byrne, Stevie Wonder, Tanya Donelly, Calexico and Raphael Saadiq.
For all screenings, regular ticket prices for Magic Camp are as follows: general admission $8.50; senior citizens (62+) $7.00; students (16-21) $7.00; members/fans $6.00; children (15 and below) $6.00. Tickets can be purchased at the box office during box office hours or on the website at downingfilmcenter.com. For more information, visit the website or call 845-561-3686 / 800-974-8592.