Summer Film Frenzy begins Thursday, Aug. 11

We kick off our August Film Frenzy this Thursday with “The Music of Strangers”, a beautiful documentary about The Silk Road Ensemble, an amazing group of international musicians (virtuosos all), assembled by Yo Yo Ma. From filmmaker Morgan Neville,  director of the Academy Award winning documentary  “20 Feet From Stardom” (which we screened two years ago…), The Music of Strangers takes you on a journey around the world, and shows you a side of Yo Yo Ma you haven’t seen. Ma is the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually.  The film and the music are very entertaining, and you will meet other virtuoso artists who play instruments you may not be familiar with. “Beautifully shot, deeply philosophical Documentary”       Washington Post “I don’t think Yo Yo sees himself as a cellist…He sees himself as someone who wants to change the world, and half the time he happens to be carrying a cello”.          Wall Street Journal Two screenings of  Music of Strangers:   When?          Thursday, August 11, at 7 pm, with opening reception and discussion to follow. Sunday, August 14th at 4 pm, with discussion to follow. Where?        Spring  Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Spring NY (At Regent St.) Tickets are $8/$6 for members and students with ID

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(T)error is a real-life Thriller

This week, we are screening (T)error, a documentary takes you first hand into an FBI sting investigation. More than a thriller however, we get a glimpse of how the FBI actually uses informants to try to identify terrorists before they commit acts of terror.

These methods are dependent upon the talents of people who have perhaps ended up as an informant not by choice. A surprise twist towards the end of the film makes this story even more bizarre and unsettling and provides an even deeper lens into the process.

(T)error won the Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature. It is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting investigation. The filmmakers were fellows at the 2014 Sundance Edit and Story Lab, and received the Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca All Access program in 2013.

Here’s a recent article from Filmmaker Magazine, with an interview with the directors.

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Thank you Oscar Party Attendees

Thank you to all the patrons and friends who attended our Oscar Party on Oscar Night. It was a successful event for us – reconnecting with patrons and friends, and providing some financial boost to assist with innovative programming in 2016.

Join us on Feb. 28th to Celebrate 23 Years of Distinctive Film, Conversation and Community

Join us on Feb. 28th to Celebrate 23 Years of Distinctive Film, Conversation & Community.

In 1993, a group of friends and neighbors dreamed of creating a local film organization. From the beginning, they sought not just to create a movie house; they wanted to present films that fostered intelligent discussion and education as well as entertainment. Since then, we’ve had a few names, and numerous locations. Despite many changes, in the film business and our city, we’re still dedicated to presenting high quality, distinctive films for entertainment, education and discussion.

Our path has always differed from the for-profit theater model: affordable concessions and tickets and we’re run almost entirely by volunteers. Unlike many local non-profits, we have not focused a lot on fundraising. With the changing film business, that will have to change.

The business is consolidating around blockbusters and non-theatrical Indie screenings.  (The two big buyers at Sundance this year were Netflix and Amazon…) That is a clear signal that we must change our business model.  That said, we won’t let go of our commitment to great film, great discussion, and community.

So…we truly hope you will join us for the Oscar Night fundraising event two weeks from today (Sunday, Feb. 28th, 7 pm at Longfellow’s Restaurant, 500 Union Ave.)  Come as you are…or dress to reflect a favorite movie, character, or genre; we’re movie lovers!  We realize that not everyone is Hollywood-obsessed.  But…the party will be more fun if your attire reflects your film sensibilities.  Movie star? OK. Or reflect your love of a film, a genre, or a character. We will also create a photo-essay that reflects your film interests and passions…

Tickets are $60 ($50 for members). Upgrade your ticket: $10 for a day pass to Oscar-nominated shorts (6 hours of film) on Saturday, 2/27 (1 – 7 pm).

Purchase your tickets on our website: www.saratogafilmforum.org

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