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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.


WE CAN’T WAIT!

The Downing Film Center will open when state guidelines allow us to occupy 50% of our seating safely. Our screening room capacity is 56 patrons, so 50% occupancy would allow us to have 28 seats available. When we reopen, you will be able to reserve seats when you purchase advance tickets online. Our concession stand will be open with limited choices. Plexiglass barriers will be used at both the box office and the concession stand. Our screening room will also have HEPA air filtration. Patrons must wear masks except when eating in the screening room. At this time, we are hoping to reopen safely in late June or early July. By the way, we will celebrate our fifteenth anniversary on July 22!


Fri, May 7–Thu, May 20

About Endlessness

NR | 1h 16m | In Swedish with English Subtitles | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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About Endlessness is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner-of-war camp. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, About Endlessness presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.

—Magnolia Pictures


Fri, May 7–Thu, May 20

Silo

NR | 1h 16m | In English | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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Inspired by true events, Silo follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.

—Ocilloscope Films

Fri, May 7–Thu, May 20

Wet Season

NR | 1h 43m | In English and Mandarin with English Subtitles | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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As Mandarin-language teacher Ling continues with fruitless IVF treatment while taking care of her ailing father-in-law, she finds herself slowly drawn towards a promising student who seems to have been abandoned by his parents. Outside it’s monsoon season, but Ling’s inner turmoil looks set to get her into a heap of trouble. Director Anthony Chen brings this simmering Singapore-set drama to boiling point, whilst using an associative and poetic editing rhythm, repeating colors and shapes to highlight the small parallels that link people, and reveal the profound in lovely and subtle ways. With uniformly sensitive performances from the returning cast of Ilo Ilo, Chen’s Wet Season is the classy and well-measured teacher-student drama that will get you weeping this autumn.

—Strand Releasing

Fri, Apr 30–Thu, May 13

Hannah Arendt: The Women Who Saw Banality in Evil

NR | 1h 53m | In German with English Subtitles | Historical Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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Writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) goes to Israel to cover Adolf Eichmann’s war-crimes trial for The New Yorker magazine.

—Zeitgeist Films

Fri, Apr 30–Thu, May 13

My Wonderful Wanda

NR | 1h 52m | In German with English Subtitles | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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Winner of awards at Tribeca and Vancouver, My Wonderful Wanda is a delightful satire of the haves and the have-nots set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland. At the story’s center is Wanda (Agnieszka Grochowska) a Polish caretaker who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef (André Jung) the stroke-ridden patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept in navigating the tricky family dynamics between the two grown (if still childish) offspring and the elegant if controlling matriarch Elsa (an amazing Marthe Keller), along with the sporadic intervention of animals stuffed or alive. But an unexpected turn of events turns everything upside down.

—Zeitgeist Film


Fri, Apr 30–Thu, May 13

The County

NR | 1h 32m | In Icelandic with English Subtitles | Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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Inga runs a deeply indebted dairy farm in a remote valley in Iceland. After a tragic loss, she decides to rise up against the corrupt establishment exploiting her and the local community. This way the widowed farmer begins a new life on her own terms by fighting against corruption and injustice in her community.

—Dekalog Films

Friday, April 23–Thursday, May 13

8 Billion Angels

NR | 1h 16m | In English | Documentary | Watch Trailer Here

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Do we want a world of more people with less or less people with more? Today, humanity’s demand for resources vastly exceeds nature’s ability to supply them.

—Abramorama Films

Friday, April 23 – Thursday, May 13

High Ground

NR | 1h 44m | In English | Adventure/Drama | Watch Trailer Here.

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Travis never thought he would cross paths again with Australian indigenous Gutjuk, when he saved the life of this young child from the killings of the white men. Back from First World War, ex-sniper Travis recruits Gutjuk, now 19, to track down his uncle, the leader of the Aboriginal mob that terrifies the Territory. Travis has no choice but to trust the young Aboriginal and teach him to survive, while Gutjuk must take his life in his hands if he wants to find his place in between the white men and the Aborigines.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

Friday April 23 – Thursday, May 13

Queen Marie

NR | 1h 50m | In English, German and Romanian with English Subtitles | Historical Drama | Watch Trailer Here

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Devastated by the First World War and plunged into political controversy, Romania’s every hope accompanies its queen on her mission to Paris to lobby for international recognition of its great unification at the 1919 peace talks.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films


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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.