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

Saturday, Jul 11th: 9:00

Moondust, a film by Scott Reeder

This film is by Scott Reeder whose work is on view at Retrospective, 711 Warren, Hudson.
What do you get when a painter directs a film as if it's a painting? Part color theory turned decade retrospective turned contemporary dystopian comedy. The film follows a staff at a once popular fictional moon resort (Mars is more the rage now-a-days, obviously). Reeder simultaneously worked on the film and his painting, often exhibiting art that also later functioned as sets for the movie and casting friends, non-actors. The artist was interested in organic interactions between the amateur actors and the painted sets. Through the years, Reeder conceptualized plots and character development through distinct color themes that allowed for a unified appearance despite low definition video quality and the actors' fluctuating appearances.

Directed by Scott Reeder
2014, 1h 45 minutes

Friday, Jul 31st: 8:00
Saturday, Aug 1st: 6:00
Sunday, Aug 2nd: 7:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

The Third Man

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime - and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas's evocative zither score; Graham Greene's razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker's dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.

Directed by Carol Reed
1949, 1h 43 minutes

Friday, Jul 31st: 8:00
Saturday, Aug 1st: 6:00
Sunday, Aug 2nd: 7:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Fritz Lang's M

A simple, haunting phrase whistled off-screen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who is the murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann. In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

Directed by Fritz Lang
In German with English subtitles
1931, 1h 50 minutes

Friday, Jul 17th: 6:00
Saturday, Jul 18th: 6:00
Sunday, Jul 19th: 5:30
Friday, Jul 24th: 8:30
Saturday, Jul 25th: 8:00
Sunday, Jul 26th: 7:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Like his previous features Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, master Swedish director Roy Andersson takes up the theme of "being a human being" with this meticulously crafted, dreamlike black comedy. Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, a thirsty King Charles XII of Sweden en route to battle, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life's grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all.

Directed by Roy Andersson
2014, 1h 40 minutes

Friday, Jul 17th: 7:00
Saturday, Jul 18th: 7:00
Sunday, Jul 19th: 3:00
Saturday, Jul 25th: 7:00
Sunday, Jul 26th: 7:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

A Master Builder

Directed by Jonathan Demme; written by Wallace Shawn, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen; created for the stage by André Gregory.

Written in 1892, the play chronicles the career and personal relationships of Halvard Solness, a man who has let nothing stand in his way. Demme has directed in a minimalist style which he describes as "an old -fashioned haunted house movie." The production was developed over a 14-year period and features Wallace Shawn, André Gregory, Julie Hagerty, Lisa Joyce, Larry Pine, Jeff Biehl, Emily Cass McDonnell.

"Wally Shawn at his most audacious." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times. "Madly, bitingly, chilling alive. Lisa Joyce is like a siren from the fjord - sexy and funny . . . a thrilling performance. It brings the genius of Ibsen to the screen in a way I never thought was possible." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine. 2015. 2h07m

The movie to be shown in Screening Room 2 [SR2]

Directed by Jonathan Demme
2015, 2h 7 minutes

Friday, Jul 17th: 7:45
Saturday, Jul 18th: 7:45
Sunday, Jul 19th: 7:30
Friday, Jul 24th: 8:30
Saturday, Jul 25th: 5:30
Sunday, Jul 26th: 4:30
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

The Tribe

Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics' Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors - with no need for subtitles or voice over - resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level. In sign languages.

Directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
2015, 2h 12 minutes

Saturday, Aug 1st: 4:00
Sunday, Aug 2nd: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein is a humorous portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers. This selftortured eccentric, who preferred detective fiction and the musicals of Carmen Miranda to Aristotle, is a fitting subject for director Derek Jarman's irreverent imagination. A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining work about modern philosophy and the dark genius that revolutionized it.

See the trailer here.

Directed by Derek Jarman
1993, 1h 10 minutes

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