Save the Date–Annual Members Meeting, October 21st

Film Forum members! Please join us for the Saratoga Film Forum’s Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, from 6:00–8:45 p.m. We appreciate your support, suggestions, and patronage all year long. October is an especially important month; that is when we elect new people to our Board. At this meeting, you will have a chance to meet the proposed board members and participate in the board elections.

We will also serve a light dinner and refreshments and show a free film: Manakamana (2013). Yes, we are daring to show a documentary at the Members Meetings! This film takes place in Nepal; Mana Kamana means “Heart Wish,” and the film tracks the journey of pilgrims attending an annual festival. Pilgrims used to have to hike the 1,300 meters to the shrine—now there is a cable car.  The filmmaker takes you inside the cable car, intimately filming pilgrims as they come and go, making their Heart Wish.

Manakamana was an Official Selection of the 2013 New York and Toronto Film Festivals. The Village Voice calls it “austerely magical,” and the LA Times calls it “thrillingly mysterious.”
Here is the trailer, which will give you a sense of its whimsical beauty:

Please mark your calendar for this important event. We hope to see you there.

June 10 Fact2Film film festival cancelled

Please note that the Fact2Film film festival scheduled for June 10th has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tonight’s screening of ‘Red Angel’ is CANCELLED

Tonight’s screening of the Japanese classic, ‘Red Angel’, will be postponed due to the storm. 

Please check our website for a new date for a special Town & Gown screening of Red Angel, followed by a discussion with Union College film maker in residence, Jim de Seves.

Pilates for a Purpose

On Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., drop in at Reform Pilates,18 Division Street, Suite #203, for an open Pilates Mat Class. All levels and experience are welcome. There is no charge for this class, but donations will be accepted which will benefit the Saratoga Film Forum. Please wear comfortable clothing and socks. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. For more information, call 518-871-1315 or visit

Thanks to Reform Pilates for supporting the Saratoga Film Forum!


Northshire Bookstore Sunday Deal!

Visit Northshire Bookstore  Sundays in January and receive a 20% discount with your stamped Film Forum ticket stub.





Northshire Bookstore
424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Thanks to our friends at Northshire for supporting the Saratoga Film Forum!

Volunteer Appreciation Night!–Sept. 17

Past, Present, and Future Volunteers: This is Your Night—With Free Screening!

Tues., Sept. 17,  6:30 p.m.

Featured presentation: Side Effects

Directed by Steven Soderburgh • Written by Scott Burns 106 min. • USA • 2013 •  Rated R

Please join us at our theater for refreshments, a conversation with board members, and our Volunteers Coordinator, Richard Vallone, about all the ways you can volunteer for the non-profit Film Forum, and serve your community with your support for our 21-year-old film arts organization. Veteran volunteers, share your thoughts about how to make our operation more efficient. Future volunteers, bring your questions and ideas, too.

Our film tonight—free and open for volunteers only—is Steven Soderburgh’s provocative new thriller Side Effects, with Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Mara and Tatum play a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law)—intended to treat anxiety—has unexpected side effects. A sly and stylish drama that suggests a dark commentary on America’s rising obsession with prescription drugs.

P.S. Four of our high school volunteers, Gabby Wales, Kiersten Meybaum, Sidney Smith and Alex Kissel, will have to miss our party this fall; they’re off to college, and we wish them all the best. For many years these honor students have provided our Sunday patrons with expert, enthusiastic service at our ticket table and concessions booth. From all of us—thanks for the good work!

Two New Documentaries This Weekend at The Film Forum

Film documentary buffs strike gold this weekend, when two Oscar-nominated, rapturously reviewed new docs rule the Film Forum marquee. Our regular feature, as tough and thorny as its subject, is The Gatekeepers, from Israel. Using fairly standard documentary techniques—interviews and archival footage presented in a straight-ahead chronology—director Dror Moreh scrutinizes the history of Israeli’s domestic counter-terrorism campaign since the Six-Day War. Moreh’s subject is Shin Bet, Israeli’s famous anti-terrorist intelligence agency (Shin Bet is to Mossad more or less what the FBI is to the CIA). How Moreh got six former heads of Shin Bet—men well-accustomed to keeping mum—to speak as candidly as they do, is a wonder in its own right. Perhaps, as the Boston Globe suggests, these “aging warriors of realpolitik” have simply “grown weary of carrying secrets.” But the greater marvel is how Moreh conjures from his interviews a greater narrative of ambivalence and regret—and not just about a botched air strike or a rendition gone awry, but about the futility of hard-fisted military responses to an enduring political crisis

“As a clear-eyed examination of a conflict that seems to have no end,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The Gatekeepers is powerful, provocative stuff. These six men have stood on the front lines, but they also stand on the blurry lines of right and wrong, of moral doubt, and self-doubt.”

Not to say these men are sentimental. They make no apology for their careers. But their pragmatism outstrips ideology, and what isn’t working isn’t working. Says Yaakov Peri, who ran Shin Bet from 1988 to 1994, “When you retire [from Shin Bet], you become a bit of a leftist.” The Film Forum will screen The Gatekeepers on Thursday and Friday at 7:30, and on Sunday, at 7 p.m.

After Sunday’s screening, Bard College Professor Ethan Bloch will talk about the film and lead a conversation. Dr. Bloch co-founded Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, and has co-chaired of the National Middle East Task Force of New Jewish Agenda. Born and schooled in Israel, he continues to makes Israel his home each summer.

On Saturday evening, June 1, the Film Forum presents a one-time screening of How to Survive a Plague, a gripping account of the life-saving role of New York City activist groups, Act Up and Tag, in fast-tracking the delivery of crucial medication to numberless young men diagnosed with HIV at the height of the epidemic. Instead of focusing on the disease itself, director David France celebrates the ingenuity and resolve of the self-made activists who infiltrated Big Pharma and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to desperate patients in record time. Using never-seen footage from the 1980s and ’90s, France puts viewers at the heart of the controversial actions and exultant victories of heroes in the making.

This 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a conversation with Damien Center program director and long-time AIDS activist Dorothy Nangle, and Dr. Ralph Liporace from the HIV/AIDS Division of the Albany Medical Center, and moderated by Albany community activist, Harry Faddis. How to Survive a Plague is an In the Public Interest! screenings, made possible by a grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Find. Film Forum screenings are at the Dee Sarno Theater in the Saratoga Arts Center at 320 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information about these screenings and our presenters, please visit the Now Playing page on our Web site. General admission is $7; Film Forum members and students pay $5.