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REPORT FROM LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Our reporter at the Venice Biennale describes a breathtaking installation based on archangels in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

FilmColumbia: Exquisite ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ a complicated yet simple story of doomed lovers

The slow burn of their enveloping passion is beautifully done, a very tender love story.

FilmColumbia: 20th anniversary festival a treasure trove of films from all over the world

As I perused this years film catalogue for FilmColumbia, I saw some films that could be classified as pure entertainment but others that really will spark controversy and understanding of what is happening in our social/political world.

FilmColumbia to celebrate 20 years

The 10-day festival will feature more than 60 world-class independent and international features and documentaries, plus post-screening question-and-answer sessions with artists, and special tributes and events.

REVIEW: New York Film Festival 2019, Part 1

Another film made by a young and talented director to watch for in the future is “Fire will Come” by Olivier Laxe, a wonderfully made Spanish film, beautiful to look at but also enigmatic, shot in a gorgeous mountain area where the love of nature is evident in every frame.

Bits & Bytes: W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award for Ochoa; Farm Film Fest; ‘Stranger in the Attic’ reading

Farm Film Fest will screen films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers and farming issues both local and national.

FilmColumbia: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ explores the consequences of secrets past

In his first film set in Spain, director Asghar Farhadi continues to provoke and examine his usual themes of class and gender struggles.

FilmColumbia 2018: Nine days, 50 films

The nine-day festival will present 50 world-class independent and international films, plus post-screening question-and-answer sessions with acclaimed artists and special tributes and events.

Bits & Bytes: Celebrate Stephentown; dancing fairy workshop; ‘Look & See’ film screening; ‘Art Collectors; An Inquisitive Gene’; Hay Day Fair

In celebration of Herman Melville, who saw fairies dancing on the side of Mount Greylock and wrote about them in his short story “The Piazza,” families participating in the workshop will create fanciful 16-inch-high wireform figures.

Bits & Bytes: ‘W.E.B. Du Bois: Born by a Golden River’; ‘Wednesday’s Child’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Galactic Landscapes’ at Berkshire Museum; ‘Tales of Europe’...

The Crandell Theatre will serve as the exclusive regional host for the premiere of “Tales of Europe,” a series of five new and acclaimed contemporary films from France and Italy.

PS21 unveils new building and a new era for arts and culture in Chatham

Over the past decade, PS21 has built up a reputation in Columbia County and the larger upstate New York area as an ideal place for weekenders and locals alike to escape to on a Saturday night to absorb a bit of culture.

Bits & Bytes: PI Power Trio at Hancock Shaker Village; ‘Fuddy Meers’ at the Whit; Teens Night Out art workshops; Columbia County Youth Theatre...

Teens can spark their imaginations and creative thinking this summer with art workshops run by IS183 Art School of the Berkshires on the first Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

FilmColumbia: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a triumph for Frances McDormand

Humans are often viciously flawed but perhaps they can be redeemed. This treatise on humanity – damaged but capable of changing – won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

FilmColumbia: ‘Lady Bird,’ Greta Gerwig’s autobiographical directorial debut

Gotham Awards/Independent Film Project deservedly nominated Gerwig for Breakthrough Director and Best Screenplay and Ronan for Best Actress.

FilmColumbia: ‘Loveless,’ divorce, Russian-style

Divorce’s effect may never have been shown in such a brutal way.

FilmColumbia: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ Annette Bening is brilliant

They say that 90 percent of directing is casting – if so, this film is golden.

FilmColumbia: “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

Many indigenous musicians chose to identify themselves as African or Mexican as there was often more prejudice against Native Americans.
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