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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

Saturday, Apr 19th: 1:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6
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Ilya & Emily Kabakov: Enter Here

A documentary by Amei Wallach in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum. Enter Here is a double portrait in film of the lives and work of Russia's most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia. Two decades after he fled the Soviet Union, Ilya Kabakov overcomes his fears to install six walkthrough installations in venues, including the Pushkin Museum, throughout Moscow, where he was once forbidden to exhibit his art. Amidst the cacophony of a city and a country in dizzying transition, he comes face to face with the memories that have made him who he is. Enter Here explores the ways in which art can outwit oppression, illuminate what comes next, and transcend its time, resonating with repressed societies today.

As Ilya Kabakov says, "My mentality is Soviet, but it is irony. Irony...It is not possible for me to talk real. The real for me is idiotic. I'm Soviet, I'm Russian, and it is not possible to talk simply. That is stupid. Irony is a reflection about life. You can never talk in a real way about this."

Directed by Amei Wallach
2013, 103 minutes

Thursday, Apr 17th: 7:50
Friday, Apr 18th: 7:50
Saturday, Apr 19th: 7:45
Sunday, Apr 20th: 3:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6
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Particle Fever

"MIND-BLOWING. Delightfully dramatic. A fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientist...(with) a compelling and diverse collection of characters. Enormously suspenseful, I can hardly wait for the sequel." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times.

This film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and to find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

Directed by Mark Levinson
2014, 120 minutes

Saturday, Apr 19th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6
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Nostalghia

This is Andrei Tarkovsky's brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile. It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return. Tarkovsky explained that in Russian the word "nostalghia" conveys "the love for your homeland and the melancholy that arises from being far away." This debilitating form of homesickness is embodied in the film by Andrei (Oleg Yankovsky, The Mirror), a Russian intellectual doing research in Italy. He becomes obsessed with the Botticelli-like beauty of his translator Eugenia (Domiziana Giordano), as well as with the apocalyptic ramblings of a self-destructive wanderer named Domenico (Erland Josephson, The Sacrifice). Written with frequent Michelangelo Antonioni collaborator Tonino Guerra (L'Avventura), Nostalghia is a mystical and mysterious collision of East and West, shot with the tactile beauty that only Tarkovsky can provide. As J. Hoberman wrote, "Nostalghia is not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours."

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
1983, 125 minutes

Thursday, Apr 17th: 5:30
Friday, Apr 18th: 5:30
Saturday, Apr 19th: 5:30
Sunday, Apr 20th: 1:00
Thursday, Apr 24th: 7:45
Friday, Apr 25th: 7:45
Saturday, Apr 26th: 7:45
Sunday, Apr 27th: 2:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6
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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

"A true-life story so rife with melodrama, exotic lifestyles, sexual intrigue, and suspicious deaths that it's surprising no film has been made about it until now."- Hollywood Reporter Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos' "Adam and Eve", others flock there - including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Things were never the same. To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor.

Directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
2013, 120 minutes

Thursday, Apr 24th: 6:00
Friday, Apr 25th: 6:00
Saturday, Apr 26th: 6:00
Sunday, Apr 27th: 1:00
Thursday, May 1st: 7:45
Friday, May 2nd: 7:45
Saturday, May 3rd: 7:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6
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The Missing Picture

The movie recounts Director Rithy Panh's firsthand experience of how his family and friends suffered at the hands of the Pol Pot's communist regime. It tells of how citizens were rounded up and taken to labor camps and how personal effects were destroyed. Since most of the existing recorded artifacts of that time are propaganda footage, Panh utilizes beautifully-sculpted clay figurines and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. His recollections of his family and friends before and after the regime's rule are poignantly told through a narrator's poetic voice as written by Panh. The Missing Picture is a unique documentary that manages to recreate a historical moment that would never be told if not for the sheer creative mind of Panh's innovative storytelling method. English narration. 2013. 92 mins.

Directed by Rithy Panh
2013, 92 minutes

Thursday, May 1st: 6:00
Friday, May 2nd: 6:00
Saturday, May 3rd: 6:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6
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Finding Vivian Maier

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, this intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America's most accomplished and insightful street photographers. After moving to France and back, in 1951, Maier took up work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. In her leisure, however, she ventured into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, Vivian also indulged in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.

"That rare case of a genuine undiscovered artist, she left behind a huge trove of pictures that rank her with the great American mid-century street photographers. The best pictures bring to life a fantastic swath of history that now needs to be rewritten to include her." - New York Times.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
2013, 84 minutes

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