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VIRTUAL CINEMA SCREENINGS

Although the Downing Film Center remains temporarily 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!

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RBG

PG | 1h 37m | In English

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An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.

—Magnolia Pictures

This woman is a force, and the great service this clear-eyed and admiring documentary provides is to emphasize not just Ginsburg’s work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.

Los Angeles Times


Ava

R | 1h 37m | In English

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Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

—Vertical Entertainment

Chastain is utterly convincing in another tough-as-nails role.

Hollywood Reporter


The Artist’s Wife

R | 1h 34m | In English

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Claire (Lena Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself.

—Strand Releasing

The Artist’s Wife is a solid drama with excellent acting by its two leads and periphery cast.

—Sci-Fi Weekly

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

NR | 1h 54m | In English

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A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind

—Zeitgeist Films

One of the surprising and moving lessons of this revealing film is how often the most gifted people are unappreciated.

Hollywood Reporter


We Are Many

NR | 1h 40m | In English

In Commemoration of International Day of Peace, September 21

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On February 15, 2003, up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. We Are Many is the never-before-told story of the largest demonstration in human history, and how the movement created by a small band of activists changed the world. This fearless, thought-provoking documentary is the remarkable inside story behind the first ever global demonstration, and it’s surprising and unreported legacy.

—Area 23.com

The only film I’ve ever watched where the audience started clapping halfway through

Huffington Post

Native Son

NR | 1h 48m | In English | 1951

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In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.       

—Kino Lorber

Genuine noir…an essential and previously missing link in mid-20th-century cinema.

Film Comment


The Ground Between Us

NR | 84m | In English

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Begins screenings on Saturday, September 26, National Public Lands Day

The Ground Between Us tells the story of three families fighting for their future in Alaska, Oregon, and Utah as executive orders and presidential proclamations threaten to change their lives forever. Across the country a debate is raging over a huge swath of America’s public land, putting millions of acres under at risk. As monuments are torn down and wildlife refuges opened to oil exploration, the American public are risking everything to preserve the places they love. As public land make headlines in every community newspaper and television station in the country, we are left to ask, can they become the uniting factor in a divided America?

—Together Films

Blackbird

R | 1h 38m | In English

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Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS on her own terms. The couple is planning a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer (Kate Winslet) and Anna (Mia Wasikowska). Joining the collective farewell are Lily’s son in law (Rainn Wilson), her lifelong friend (Lindsay Duncan), daughter’s partner (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and grandson (Anson Boon). Her story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life.

—Screen Media Films

A moving drama showcasing a fantastic ensemble cast, this leaves a sweet taste lingering afterwards,alongside the sorrow.

—Cinevue


Space Dogs

NR | 1h 31m | In Russian with English subtitles

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Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, Space Dogs accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.

—Icarus Films

A fascinating impressionistic documentary by Kresmer and Peter….The alienness of humanity, when seen from another perspective, is evident throughout the film.

—Cinevue


#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump

NR | 1h 23m | In English

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Is Donald Trump fit to hold the office of President of the United States? #Unfit presents an eye-opening analysis of the behavior, psyche, condition and stability of Donald Trump. It takes a sociological look at the electorate that chose him, and the collective effect he is having on our culture and institutions. During the 2016 campaign, mental health professionals felt policy-bound from speaking publicly. Now, after years of observation, for the first time ever, they have decided enough is enough.

—Dark Star Pictures

As headlines, most of these insights may sound like old news. Yet #Unfit finds perceptive nuances within them.

Variety


The Dark Divide

NR | 1h 47m | In English

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The Dark Divide is based on the true story of renowned butterfly expert Dr. Robert Pyle’s (David Cross) perilous 1995 journey across one of America’s largest undeveloped wildlands. At the urging of his dying wife Thea (Debra Messing), the shy author finds himself in over his head on an epic, life-changing expedition through Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest in search of new species of butterflies. Over the course of his six-week adventure Pyle battles self-doubt, the grueling trail, and the people and creatures who call this forest home. And, somewhere deep in the heart of The Dark Divide, he makes a discovery that challenges everything he knows about the natural world.

—Strike Back Studios

Unchained from the Hollywood system’s artifice, the filmmaker displays a real knack for creating a meditative mood, stringing together poignant sequences, and eliciting an unexpectedly powerful performance from his lead.

—Film Threat

Alone

R | 1h 23m | In English

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Alone follows a writer seeking peace and solitude in the countryside in an attempt to recover from tragedy and finish her book. However, as the welcoming country house turns into a living hell, she soon realizes that her inner demons are not the worst of her problems.

—Magnolia Pictures

A tense, muscular suspense exercise.

Variety


Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

NR | 1h 38m | In English

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If it hadn’t been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Greg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. This fascinating documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. Director Mary Wharton assembles a star cast including Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Nelson, Dylan and Bono and fills the soundtrack with Southern rock, gospel, jazz, and classical.

—Greenwich Entertainment

Watching Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, it’s hard not to be stirred by the testimonials, from people like Dylan and Nelson and Bono, to Carter’s fine-grained humanity.

Variety


Eternal Beauty


R | 1h 35m | In English

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This movie follows Jane (Sally Hawkins) who, after being left at the altar, had a breakdown spiralled into a chaotic episode of schizophrenia lasting twenty years in which love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide. Things change when she begins a darkly comic romance with Mike (David Thewlis), a failed musician and fellow lost soul.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

Creating a highly unusual and welcome look at schizophrenia that neither demonizes those with the condition nor patronizes them as suffering martyrs, British drama Eternal Beauty pulls off a tricky feat.

Hollywood Reporter


From the Vine

NR | 1h 37m | In English

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Mark Gentile, an attorney and automotive company executive, travels to Italy after a major humiliation in business. He returns to the tiny village of Acerenza, visiting the vineyard where he grew up and finds it in a state of disrepair. Mark gets an idea to bring the overgrown property back to life and start producing wine again. Mark convinces various denizens of Acerenza, each with their own comedic personality, to aid him in this seemingly impractical effort, promising everyone a share in the business if it is successful. Concerned about his sudden and lengthy trip, Mark is joined by his wife Marina, and his twenty-something daughter, Laura, who’s purpose is lost. But when Mark gets a serious offer to run another company, he abruptly packs up and heads home, leaving his daughter to run the winery, something she never planned to do as a career. Laura is furious with Mark, but then learns that his choice will ultimately benefit the vineyard and bring true prosperity to Acerenza.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

Playing a restless CEO fleeing his corporate and familial responsibilities in Toronto for the vineyards of Italy, Pantoliano gives a curious edge to the film, turning a stock hero into something a titch more complicated and compelling.

Globe and Mail


Critical Thinking

NR | 1h 57m | In English

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Based on a true story from 1998, five LatinX and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.

—Vertical Entertainment

A chronicle about surviving despite the odds and in face of the consequences, Critical Thinking reminds us all the importance of planning our next move.

Hollywood Reporter


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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.