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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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COMING HOME AGAIN

Not rated | 1h 26m | In English

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A Korean American man leaves his job to care for his dying mother, who expressed her love through her cooking, in Wayne Wang’s film based on an essay by novelist Chang-rae Lee.

—Outsider Pictures

Gently explores the shared language of love between mother and son.

—Screen International

MARTIN EDEN

Not rated | 2h 9m | In Italian with English subtitles

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Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

—Kino Lorber Films

In this bold adaptation of the Jack London novel, a young writer suffers, fights and pays as he stands alone against the world.

New York Times


TEAM MARCO

PG | 1h 32m | In English

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Marco, 12, is obsessed with his iPad and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced…to go play outside. “Nonno” (Grandpa) introduces him to bocce ball and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on Marco’s grandfather and his pals.

—Samuel Goldwyn Film

WHITE RIOT

Not rated | 1h 24m | In English

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Rubika Shah’s award-winning and energising film charts a vital national protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. White Riot blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As neo-Nazis recruited the nation’s youth, RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. As co-founder Red Saunders explains: ‘We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika’.

—Modern Films

The group got things done, and the movie is especially compelling in its depiction of political organization in the analog age.

New York Times


THE ANTIDOTE

NR | 1h 42m | In English

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Made in response to the times we are living in, The Antidote is a feature documentary that weaves together stories of kindness, decency, and the power of community in America. It’s about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up and make their communities better, despite the fundamentally unkind ways of our society—which are at once facts of life in America, and yet deeply antithetical to our founding ideals.Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman and six-time Emmy winner John Hoffman, The Antidote aims to drive a national conversation about the roles that kindness, decency, compassion and respect play in a civilized, democratic society. While it’s easy to court despair in the face of monumental, structural problems, The Antidote tells stories of compassionate people intentionally leveraging the resources within themselves and their communities to give others a chance at a better life. The Antidote isn’t about an idea or a platform; there are no historians, policy wonks, or celebrities. It is simply about how we treat each other. It is about who we are and, maybe, it’s about who we can be.

—Abramorama Films

BELLY OF THE BEAST

NR | 1h 22m | In English

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When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, Belly of the Beast exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.

—bellyofthebeastfilm.com

A harrowing documentary about the practice of forced sterilization

-Midwest Film Journal


HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING

NR | 1h 33m | In English

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Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (“Taxi” and “Cats in the Cradle”) spent his fame and fortune chasing a dream to end world hunger and poverty, and in the process inspired, changed, and saved the lives of millions of people.

—Greenwich Entertainment

Moving documentary singer-songwriter Harry Chapin that makes the case that this “storyteller” cast a giant shadow across the culture

—Film Threat


SHE IS THE OCEAN

NR | 1h 37m | In English

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An in-depth exploration into the lives of nine astonishing women from the four corners of the globe who share one thing in common: a profound love for the sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the ocean the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives.In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman’s ocean life through all her ages. Starting with three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, to a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, to a cliff diver who is hailed as “The bravest woman in Germany,” She Is the Ocean captures the common thread that bonds them together. Both how it has formed their lives and given them meaning beyond the normal constraints of society.

—Blue Fox Entertainment


AGGIE

NR | 1h 31m | In English

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Aggie is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way.

—Strand Releasing

Aggie is a film every art center in the country should show to its supporters and community as its positive message is inspiring, aspiring, and beautiful.

—Film Threat


DATING AMBER

NR | 1h 32m | In English

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Dating Amber is a poignant, honest and funny look at the highs and lows of teenage life where the only way to fit in is to not be yourself, even if this goes against your very being. In Ireland during the mid-90s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. However, their ‘ideal’ arrangement begins to fall apart, forcing Eddie deeper into denial as Amber realizes that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes. Dating Amber is a love letter to all those kids who grew up in a small town and who needed to escape in order to be themselves.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

Funny and poignant with great performances and an impressive, on the nose script. Thoroughly enjoyable.

—Entertainment.ie

F11 AND BE THERE

NR | 1h 24m | In English

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For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King to Woodstock to America’s small towns and back roads, Uzzle’s photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art. An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, F11 and Be There captures the life and artistry of this most unique American photographer.

First Run Features

NYT Critic’s Pick!

Burk Uzzle, the subject of this unusually distinctive documentary, doesn’t have the name recognition of Bill Cunningham or Jay Maisel, two lensmen highlighted in recent features, but he should. The film is as beautifully composed as Uzzle’s pictures. The director Jethro Waters also shot the movie, a subtle feast of light and color.

New York Times


MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE

NR | 1h 26m | In English & French with English subtitles

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For more than a century, Black artists have traveled to Paris to liberate themselves from the racism of the United States. What made these artistic innovators choose France? And is France truly colorblind?Myth of a Colorblind France explores these questions by looking at the lives and careers of renowned African Americans who emigrated to Paris, including Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Beauford Delaney, Augusta Savage, Lois Mailou Jones, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Myth of a Colorblind France also features interviews with French scholars Michel Fabre and Francis Hofstein, sculptor Barbara Chase-Riboud, poet James Emanuel, historian Tyler Stovall, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, graffiti artist Quik, hip hop producer Ben the Glorious Bastard, African drummer Karim Toure, and many more.

—First Run Features

Artistry Abroad! A history of eminent African-Americans who have lived in France, interweaving the thoughts of Black artists residing there today with the stories of historical figures who traveled to the country beginning in the 19th century.

New York Times

SAUL & RUBY’S HOLOCAUST SURVIVAL BAND

NR | 1h 21m | In English

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Like many survivors of the Holocaust, after World War II, Saul and Ruby moved to America, started families and careers, grew old, and retired to South Florida. For them, retirement could have been the last chapter in their story. But then they decided to start a klezmer band, named the Holocaust Survivor Band. The band summons the bittersweet memories of childhood in Poland, but more than that, it is a celebration of life. In this utterly heart-affecting and enthralling film, we follow Saul and Ruby’s musical journey, which begins in total obscurity, playing in residential homes for the elderly and small Jewish community organizations, to being invited to perform at venues across the country, including a coveted performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. This unique and compelling story is about having the courage to live one’s dreams, finding purpose and meaning in life at any age, the transcendent power of music, and the importance of speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry.

-Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Holocaust Survivor Band summons the bittersweet memories of childhood, but more than that, it is a celebration of life.

New York Times


GOD OF THE PIANO

NR | 1h 20m | In Hebrew with English subtitles

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Anat (Naama Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival award for Best Actress) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, and now her family’s hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. But when the boy grows up indifferent to his destiny as a great pianist, Anat will have to stand up to her father—and her own actions.

Film Movement

Tal’s style has a simultaneous simplicity and density that has an affinity with the works of Lucrecia Martel and Michael Haneke. Rarely does a debut feature showcase a talent so fully formed. This is a remarkably potent film.

New York Times


HERB ALPERT IS…

NR | 1h 41m | In English

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Herb Alpert, legendary musician, artist and philanthropist has sold more than 72 million albums – 29 of them gold or platinum – outsold The Beatles in 1966 and co-founded A&M Records, the most successful independent record company in history. Herb Alpert Is…, directed by John Scheinfeld, looks at Herb’s extraordinary life with rare footage and interviews with colleagues like Sting and Questlove.

—Abramorama Films

This movie will likely go down as the definitive documentary about Alpert and, as such, it’s not a bad way to be remembered.

-ReelViews

THE KEEPER


NR | 1h 53m | In English

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The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

—Menemsha Films

The true story of Bert Trautmann, the German who played for Manchester City after the second world war, is a heartfelt blend of romance and football.

The Guardian


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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.