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, Apr 30th: 6:30
General: $10, Student: $7.50

Detour (1945)

It was made by a tiny studio for around $20,000 dollars, it runs 68 minutes, and it's as dark and dreamy as they come. - After taking the car, clothes, and identity of a dead man (Haskell), hitchhiker Al Roberts (Tom Neal) picks up beautiful but sullen Vera (Ann Savage), who suddenly breaks the silence by asking, "What did you do with the body?" It turns out that Vera had earlier accepted a ride from Haskell and has immediately spotted Roberts as a ringer. Vera forces Roberts to continue his pose so that he can collect from Haskell's millionaire father, who hasn't seen his son in years.

1945, 68 minutes

Thursday, Apr 30th: 6:00
Friday, May 1st: 6:00
Saturday, May 2nd: 6:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault

A film by Fons Elders. Part one of Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues documents the now-legendary 1971 debate between two very different heroes of the intellectual Left: linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and cultural theorist and historian of ideas Michel Foucault. Brought together to discuss their divergent views on the concept of human nature, these two heavyweights trace arguments that resonant well into 21st century politics and thought. At the time, both thinkers were not only heroes within academia, but within the burgeoning counterculture as well, making this meeting one of the most important intellectual events of the early 1970s.

Directed by Fons Elders
2012, 1h 20 minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 1:00
Sunday, May 3rd: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Sputnik Mania

At the height of the Cold War, Sputnik almost provoked World War III, were it not for a private agreement between two ex-generals . . . Historians say that there have been three great shocks that brought America to its knees. The events of Pearl Harbor, 9/11, and the launch of Sputnik. Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, this thrilling film reveals the dramatic and fast-moving story of what happened to America after the Soviet Union's launch of the world's first artificial satellite. Sputnik placed the U.S. and the USSR on a collision-course missile and space race. 2007. 1h27m

Directed by David Hoffman
2007, 1h 27 minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 6:20
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Jean Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir

Directed by Max Cacopardo. In this rare documentary, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century, intimately discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society. They were interviewed in 1967 by Canadian journalist Madeleine Gobeil and Les Temps Modernes editor Claude Lanzmann (who later produced Shoah, the epic documentary on the Holocaust).

Directed by Max Cacopardo
2005, 1h minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Awake- The Life of Yogananda

Awake is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which is a go-to-book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. It was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad and was also a point of entry into Eastern mysticism for George Harrison, Russell Simmons, and countless yogis. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accesible to a modern audience. Awake is ultimately the story of mankind itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

Directed by Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman
2014, 87 minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 1:15
Thursday, Apr 30th: 8:00
Friday, May 1st: 8:00
Saturday, May 2nd: 8:00
Sunday, May 3rd: 5:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Amour Fou

Heinrich is a melancholy young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich's controversial "The Marquise of O," finds his plan intriguing, and she agrees to navigate the uncharted journey towards a suicide pact with him. Amour Fou - inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel - goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love.

Directed by Jessica Hausner
In German with English subtitles.
2014, 1h 36 minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 5:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Paris was a Woman

Movie: PARIS WAS A WOMAN [1996] Directed by Greta Schiller who utilizes groundbreaking research and newly discovered home movies. This is a portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors (including Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century.

Directed by Greta Schiller
1996, 1 hour 15 minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 10:00am - 12:00

Death Café

TSL hosts the Third Death Café of Columbia County in the Café space . About Death Café: People, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to "increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
See more at the death cafe website.

Sunday, Apr 26th: 3:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


Derrida is a playful, personal and theoretical portrait of the internationally renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida who is best known for originating the movement known as "deconstruction."

Directed by Amy Ziering Kofman
2002, 1h 25 minutes

Sunday, Apr 26th: 5:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Human Capital

Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzì's taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character's perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.

See the trailer here.

Directed by Paolo Virzì
In Italian with English subtitles
2014, 1h 50 minutes

Thursday, May 7th: 6:00
Friday, May 8th: 6:00
Saturday, May 9th: 6:00
Sunday, May 10th: 5:00
Thursday, May 14th: 8:15
Friday, May 15th: 8:15
Saturday, May 16th: 8:15
Sunday, May 17th: 7:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Rebels of the Neon God

Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with this, his groundbreaking first feature. The loosely structured plot involves Hsiao-kang, a despondent cram school student, who becomes obsessed with young petty thief Ah-tze, after Ah-tze smashes the rearview mirror of a taxi driven by Hsiao- kang's father. Hsiao-kang stalks Ah-tze and his buddy Ah-ping as they hang out in the film's iconic arcade (featuring a telling poster of James Dean on the wall) and other locales around Taipei, and ultimately takes his revenge.

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Mandarin, with English subtitles
1992/2014, 1h 46 minutes

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