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VIRTUAL CINEMA SCREENINGS

Although the Downing Film Center remains closed, film distributors are partnering with us to provide online access to their films, so you can indulge your love of cinema from home. In addition, you’ll be supporting the Downing because a portion of each ticket purchase will go to the film center!

Scroll down for information about the films currently available for streaming. Be aware that to support the Downing, you must use the purchasing links in our eNews or on this website. Click here for additional information about this virtual cinema program.

The Downing Film Center Will REOPEN!

The Downing Film Center will reopen on Friday, October 1, after being closed since March 15, 2020! For the first few weeks, showings will be limited to Fri, Sat, Sun and Thu.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the theater or on our website. Patrons will now be able to select their seats, either online or in person at the box office. These seats will be strictly first-come first-served.

After thoughtful consideration by our Board of Directors and input from some of our patrons and staff and in recognition of growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 variants, the Downing will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, paired with valid photo ID, every day, for all screenings at the theater. Acceptable proofs include a vaccination card, a legible copy of the card on your phone, or the New York State Excelsior Pass, paired with your photo ID. Results from COVID-19 testing will NOT be accepted. Patrons will not be permitted inside the facility without proof of vaccination.

In addition, masks will be required of all patrons and staff and may be removed only while you are seated in the theater and eating before the feature begins.

Please stay tuned for further information before opening day on October 1.


CASHIER/PROJECTIONIST

We are looking for a self-starter with a passion for film; good people skills; leadership qualities; computer literacy; the ability to multitask; and a flexible schedule, including weekdays, weekends, evenings, and holidays.
This is a part-time position (usually up to 10 hours per week, but could occasionally be more).

Click here for an application. Mail the completed application to Downing Film Center, 19 Front Street, Newburgh, NY 12550; OR scan and attach the completed application to an email at downingfilmcenter@gmail.com.

The Downing Film Center is an equal-opportunity employer.


Fri, Sep 17–Thu, Oct 7

Red Post on Escher Street

NR | 2h 28m | In Japanese with English Subtitles Comedy/Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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When filmmaker Tadashi Kobayashi begins to hold open auditions for a new studio-sponsored film, a wave of experienced and aspiring actors scramble to apply, yearning for a chance to work with the genius director. Behind the scenes, however, Kobayashi struggles to finish the script on schedule and the production quickly spirals out of control. Recalling the spirit of Irma Vep and Day for Night, Red Post on Escher Street from legendary director Sion Sono (whose latest film, Prisoners of the Ghostland, starring Nicolas Cage is currently in theaters) is a bitingly funny paean to the creative spirit.

—Grasshopper Films

Fri, Sep 17–Thu, Oct 7

Searching for Mr. Rugoff

NR | 1h 34m | In English | Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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The documentary Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, who was the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff was a difficult (some would say impossible) person but was also the man who kicked art films into the mainstream with outrageous marketing schemes and pure bluster. Rugoff’s impact on cinema culture in the United States is inestimable, and his influence on the art film business—from the studio classics divisions to the independent film movement to the rise of the Weinsteins—is undeniable. Yet, mysteriously, Rugoff has become a virtually forgotten figure. The story is told through the eyes of former employee Ira Deutchman, who sets out to find the truth about the man who had such a major impact on his life, and to understand how such an important figure could have disappeared so completely.

Deutchman Company Inc.


Fri, Sep 17–Thu, Oct 7

The Outsider

NR | 1h 23m | In English | Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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Michael Shulan was a struggling novelist and owner of a storefront space in New York’s trendy Soho neighborhood. The attacks on the World Trade Center changed his life forever. He turned his Prince Street space into a now famous crowdsourced photo exhibit called “here Is new york:a democracy of photographs” Over the course of five years, he became known as one of the world’s leading experts on 9/11 photography. Then, the lifelong outsider was invited to be part of something big. Shulan was named the Creative Director of the National 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero.

-Abramorama Films


Fri, Sep 10–Thu, Sep 30

Dogs

NR | 1h 44m | In Romanian with English Subtitles Drama/Thriller | Watch Trailer Here

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Dogs begins with an elegant tracking shot through a marshland near the Black Sea, eventually landing on a severed foot, bobbing in the swampy water. Soon after, we meet Roman (Dragoș Bucur, star of the classic Romanian noir Police, Adjective), who has just arrived on a vast plot of vacant land bequeathed to him by his late grandfather, known locally as Uncle Alecu. While selling off Uncle Alecu’s property, Roman learns that the land came into his family under murky circumstances. Then, after coming upon mysterious midnight meetings on the land, Roman discovers exactly what happened on Uncle Alecu’s watch, and why it will be both difficult and dangerous to sell his land: The squatters, led by the fearsome Samir (Snowpiercer’s Vlad Ivanov), are a gang of criminals so dangerous that the local police captain (Romanian cinema legend Gheorghe Visu) is powerless to protect him. After his friend disappears and the detached, chewed-up foot washes up, Roman must either cut his losses or stay and fight.

Dekanalog Films

Fri, Sep 10–Thu, Sep 30

Here for Life

NR | 1h 27m | In English | Documentary| Watch Trailer Here

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An uncommon story told on common ground by ten Londoners. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system stacked against them. They dance, steal and eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents.

—Grasshopper Films

Fri, Sep 10–Thu, Sep 30

Memory House

NR | 1h 27m | In Portuguese with English Subtitles | Drama Watch Trailer Here

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In this audacious debut feature, João Paulo Miranda Maria conjures a surreal image of the racial and social rifts in modern day Brazil. Cristovam (played by Cinema Novo icon Antônio Pitanga), an Indigenous Black man from the rural North, moves to an industrialized Southern town populated by the descendants of Austrian ex-pats to work in a milk factory. Immediately confronted with their virulent racism, he becomes more and more estranged from the white world. Upon discovering an abandoned house filled with objects reminding him of his origins, Cristovam begins a spiritual and physical metamorphosis.     

—Film Movement

Fri, Sep 3–Thu, Sep 23

Not Going Quietly

NR | 1h 36m | In English | Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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A rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Senator Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Ady and a motley crew of activists ignite a once-in-a-generation political movement called “Be a Hero.” Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice and Ady holds groundbreaking interviews with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Through his journey, Ady discovers that collective action and speaking truth to power offers hope for his family and millions of others.

—Greenwich Entertainment


Fri, Sep 3–Thu, Sep 23

The Big Scary “S” Word

NR | 1h 22m | In English | Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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Featuring interviews with Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cornel West, and Naomi Klein, The Big Scary “S” Word explores the rich history of the American socialist movement. Weaving together hidden episodes of history and verité footage, the film shows that, contrary to popular belief, socialism is in fact deeply American and led to popular government programs such as public schools and Medicare. Activists and journalists explain how the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street bailout, the Occupy Movement, and the ascension of politicians like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have pushed a new generation to embrace the language of socialism.

—Greenwich Entertainment


Fri, Sep 3–Thu, Sep 23

Wildland

NR | 1h 15m | In Danish with English Subtitles | Drama Watch Trailer Here

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Following a car accident, which kills her mother, 17-year-old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt and her aunt’s grown sons. The home is filled with physical tenderness and love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life. When an unforeseen murder pressures the family and their loyalty to each other, tension builds as love and violence become impossible to separate. Ida is faced with the same question her mother faced before her: What are you willing to sacrifice for your family?

—Grasshopper Films


Fri, Aug 27–Thu, Sep 23

Angels Are Made of Light

NR | 1h 57m | In Pahto with English Subtitles Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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A stirring and beautiful documentary from Academy Award-nominated director James Longley (Iraq in Fragments), Angels Are Made of Light traces the lives of young students and their teachers at a school in the old city of Kabul. Interweaving the modern history of Afghanistan with present-day portraits, the film offers an intimate and nuanced vision of a society living in the shadow of war.

—Grasshopper Films

Fri, Aug 27–Thu, Sep 23

Buckley’s Chance

NR | 1h 39m | In English | Adventure/Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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A year after the loss of his father, 12-year-old Ridley and his mother, Gloria, move from New York City to Western Australian to live with Ridley’s estranged grandfather. Ridley ends up lost, deep in the Outback without a soul in sight. He comes across a wild dog, entangled in an old barbed-wire fence. As he saves the dingo from certain death, the two form an unexpected bond and embark on an epic journey of adventure and survival to find their way home.

—Vertical Entertainment


Fri, Aug 27–Thu, Sep 23

Final Set

NR | 1h 45m | In French and English | Drama/Sports Watch Trailer Here

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Once described as a young professional tennis prodigy, Thomas (Cesar-winner Alex Lutz) never had the career in the game he had hoped for. At 37, he decides to return to the French Open at Rolland Garros, in spite of his declining physical fitness and shattered knee. Although his wife Eve (Ana Girardot) and mother Judith (Oscar-nominee Kirstin Scott Thomas) advise him to give up on his unlikely ambition, Thomas obsessively perseveres. He will have to face his own demons as well as the intense competitive qualifying rounds to reach the tournament and eventually face a young tennis genius who disturbingly reminds him of his younger self.

—Film Movement


Fri, Aug 27–Thu, Sep 23

She Ball

R | 1h 37m | In English | Drama/Comedy| Watch Trailer Here

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On a mission to save his Inglewood community center, Avery Watts (Nick Cannon) enlists a talented basketball player, Shelby (Melody Rae), to help him win the grand prize in a street ball tournament. Together, Avery and Shelby challenge local politicians, gangs and their own stereotypes to save their community.

—Vertical Entertainment

Fri, Aug 20 – Thu, Sep 23

Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power

NR | 1h 23m | In English | Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power, a feature length documentary, tells the complex story of Representative Barbara Lee, a steadfast voice for human rights, peace and economic and racial justice in the US Congress who cut her teeth as a volunteer for the Black Panther Party and was the lone vote in opposition to the broad authorization of military force following the September 11 attacks. In 2001, she issued a strident warning in the House of Representatives: “Let us not become the evil we deplore,” and today she continues that clarion call, demanding that Congress stand up to a president who has escalated tensions with numerous foreign governments, while seeding division within his own country. Truth to Power reveals how many of the challenges faced by Barbara Lee early in her life provided her with the motivation and commitment to improve the lives of others throughout her tenure as an elected representative. With unique access to a sitting member of Congress, this film not only introduces the public to Barbara Lee but to many others such as Senator Cory Booker, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, CNN commentator Van Jones, actor Danny Glover and author Alice Walker who all share insights about what makes Barbara Lee unique as a public servant and as a truth-telling African American woman.

—Greenwich Entertainment

Fri, Aug 20 – Thu, Sep 23

The Evening Hour

NR | 1h 54m | In English | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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The autumnal mountains of southern Appalachia hold a haunting power within which Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger), maintains an uneasy equilibrium, looking after the old and infirm in the community while selling their excess painkillers to local addicts to help make ends meet. But when an old friend, Terry Rose (Cosmo Jarvis), returns with dangerous new plans that threaten the fragile balance Cole has crafted amidst the addiction, economic stress and environmental devastation that have his declining mining town in a stranglehold, his world and identity are thrown into deep disarray. Life is pushed even further out of balance by the sudden homecoming of Cole’s estranged mother, Ruby (Lili Taylor), increasing conflict with the region’s true drug dealer, Everett (Marc Menchaca) and shifting relationships with two local women: Charlotte (Stacy Martin) and Lacy (Kerry Bishé). Faced with an impossible set of choices and intensifying pressure from all sides, Cole soon decides that he has to take action to save the tight-knit fabric of family, friendship, land and history that binds everything and everyone he loves.

—Strand Releasing


Fri, Aug 20–Thu, Sep 23

The God Committee

NR | 1h 38m | In English | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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When a donor heart unexpectedly arrives at a New York hospital, an organ transplant committee must convene within one hour to decide which of three other patients deserves the life-saving heart. God’s work is now left in the hands of five doctors, including Boxer (Kelsey Grammer), a cynical but brilliant heart surgeon; Jordan (Julia Stiles), an idealistic up-and-comer; and Gilroy (Janeane Garofalo), a weary bureaucrat. As the debate over the heart heats up, ethics and bribes clash, leaving the committee members to question what’s more valuable: morals or money?      

—Vertical Entertainment


Fri, Aug 20–Thu, Sep 23

The Hidden Life of Trees

PG | 1h 40m | In German with English Subtitles Documentary| Watch Trailer Here

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When Peter Wohlleben published his book The Hidden Life of Trees in 2015, he quickly entered bestseller lists. The forester wrote vividly about his experience that trees are able to communicate with each other, a thesis explored here.

—MFI Media


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Who Are We

The Downing Film Center is 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit arts organization dedicated to presenting quality films, not always available locally, and providing cinematic programming from around the world in collaboration with and for the benefit of the Hudson Valley’s diverse communities. The Downing is a free-speech theater that neither censors nor endorses.

Where Are We

The Downing is located at 19 Front Street in Newburgh, New York, on the bottom floor of the former Yellow Bird Gallery building. Our entrance is directly across Front Street from Billy Joe’s Ribworks. Free parking is available in the Newburgh–Beacon Ferry lot, on Water Street, and in the lot behind the theater (access via Carpenter Street). On weekdays, you may find a spot on Front Street.

Seating

Although purchasing an advance ticket guarantees you a seat, it doesn’t guarantee you a particular seat or group of seats—seating is first-come first-served.

The Downing has only 55 seats, so arrive early for the best selection. The screening room opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please don’t save seats for members of your party who have not yet purchased a ticket. 

Accessibility

The Downing Film Center is handicapped accessible. If you need our lift and elevator, please let us know in advance. We also ask that you arrive 35–40 minutes before showtime so that we can assist you before the theater gets busy.

We also have assistive listening technology (headphones and closed captioning glasses). Please see our FAQ for details.