Events & Programs



With member support, TSL has built an 84-seat theater, complete with classic 1940s theater chairs. The New York Times called TSL "The place to see independent film in Columbia County, NY."

TSL presents movies that offer a uniquely critical edge and poignant points of view, frequently hosting filmmakers who engage in discussions with the audience afterwards.

The box office opens one hour before show time. TSL accepts check and cash. There is a $2 surcharge for Visa or Mastercard. There are no reservations for movies.

Upcoming Movies

Thursday, Sep 18th: 6:00
Friday, Sep 19th: 6:00
Thursday, Sep 25th: 7:45
Friday, Sep 26th: 7:45
Saturday, Sep 27th: 6:00
Sunday, Sep 28th: 1:00

Expedition to the End of the World

An epic adventure film for the 21st century, Expedition takes an irreverent, philosophical look at humanity and our effect on the world around us. On a three-mast schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, a crew sets sail for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of Northeast Greenland. Curiosity, grand pathos and a liberating dose of humor come together in this superbly styled film, where one breathtaking image after the other seduces the viewer into a world of almost alien beauty. A film conceived and brought to life on a grand scale, and featuring an extraordinary soundtrack that ranges from the majesty and uplift of Mozart to the violence and raw power of Metallica, Expedition is like a long-forgotten childhood dream, brought to life by grown artists, scientists, and philosophers.

Directed by Daniel Dencik
In Danish with English subtitles
2013, 90 minutes

Thursday, Sep 18th: 7:45
Friday, Sep 19th: 7:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Rocks in my Pockets

In the new animated gem, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval - all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stopmotion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.

Directed by Signe Baumane
2014, 88 minutes

Saturday, Sep 20th: 6:00
Sunday, Sep 21st: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

This Ain't No Mouse Music

Directed by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music - music that's the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Born a German Count, Strachwitz came to the US as a teenager in 1947. There he saw a film that would change his life forever: New Orleans, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American roots music - New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Cajun, Zydeco, and Norteño. Strachwitz is the legendary founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. From Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, join Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez, and the Treme Brass Band for a delightful hip-shaking romp, as Strachwitz continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.

Directed by Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling
2014, 93 minutes

Thursday, Oct 2nd: 8:00
Friday, Oct 3rd: 8:00

Man with a Movie Camera

A Memorable 1920s black & white silent film, accompanied by original music composed, and performed live, by musicians Claudia Bruce, Bryce Courbois, and Ogden Courbois.

An experimental 1929 silent documentary film about life as it is lived by Russian director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova, this film is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Startingly modern, this film utilizes a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create a work of amazing power and energy.

This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film.

Directed by Dziga Vertov
1929, 68 minutes

Thursday, Sep 25th: 6:00
Friday, Sep 26th: 6:00
Saturday, Sep 27th: 7:45
Sunday, Sep 28th: 2:45
Thursday, Oct 2nd: 6:00
Friday, Oct 3rd: 6:00
Sunday, Oct 5th: 1:00

Through a Lens Darkly

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book, Reflections in Black, this film (Willis is also a co-producer) casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.

Directed by Thomas Allen Harris and Deborah Willis
2014, 92 minutes

Saturday, Sep 20th: 7:50
Saturday, Sep 27th: 2:15
Saturday, Oct 4th: 4:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

A Coffee in Berlin

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty- something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

Directed by Jan Ole Gerster
In German with English subtitles
2013, 88 minutes

Sunday, Sep 21st: 1:00
Saturday, Sep 27th: 4:00
Sunday, Oct 5th: 2:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Closed Curtain

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again, and stunningly, he has created a masterpiece that not only lives up to his earlier, pre-ban work but surpasses it in many ways. In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.

Directed by Jafar Panahi
In Farsi with English subtitles
2014, 107 minutes

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