Columbia County Happenings: FilmColumbia Marks Its 20th Anniversary, October 18-27

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Hosted by The Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia is an annual eight-day festival of world-class films representing major studios, independents, international films, animated features, documentaries and children’s short films.

2019 marks FilmColumbia’s 20th anniversary, with nearly 60 films, including new releases from acclaimed directors Noah Baumbach, Alex Gibney, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick and the late Agnes Varda, and lauded performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Isabelle Huppert, Scarlett Johansson, Clive Owen, Michael Shannon, Marisa Tomei and Alfre Woodard, among many others.

Schedule includes winners of five major awards at Cannes, inluding the Palme d’Or, and major movies screened at the Toronto, New York, Venice, Berlin, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals.

For the fourth consecutive year, the festival will present a special tribute to an acclaimed artist with ties to Columbia County. This year’s honoree is producer, distributor, writer and director James Schamus, who has been a key player in the independent filmmaking world for 30 years. FilmColumbia 2019 will honor Schamus on October 18-19 with film screenings, a Q&A and a special benefit reception.

Click/tap here for more about the events and movies. The complete FilmColumbia 2019 schedule is available now at


Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
Movies are screened throughout the days and evenings


Movies are shown in three locations in Chatham Village (Chatham, NY 12037):
The Crandall Theater (48 Main Street)
Tracy Memorial Village Hall (77 Main Street)
Morris Memorial (17 Park Row)


Crandell Theatre Members: $11
General Public $13

EVENING FILMS (5pm onwards, Crandell Theatre only)
Crandell Theatre Members: $14
Non-Memberships $17

Gold Pass (Access to all films and events, except Kick-Off Party)
Members: $220
General Public: $275

All Film Pass (Access to films only, does not include events)
Members: $200
General Public $250

Children’s International Film Program (Saturday, October 26, 10:30am) – Free

After School Filmmaking Project (Sunday, October 27, 11:00am) – Free


Makers on Main Street, Thursday, October 24, 4:30-6:30 pm, Main St. -$15 plus $2 drinks

Friday Night Pub Party at People’s Pub, Friday, October 25, 10pm- Free, Cash Bar

Art of Film Editing with Bob Eisenhardt, Saturday, October 26, 10am-12pm, Tracy Memorial, $15

Blue Plate, Post-Sneak Party, Saturday, October 27, 10:15 pm – $15/Cash Bar


For more information, including online ticket purchases, visit


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