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

Friday, Apr 25th: 7:45
Saturday, Apr 26th: 7:45
Sunday, Apr 27th: 2:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

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

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

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
Thursday, May 8th: 7:45
Saturday, May 10th: 7:45
Sunday, May 11th: 3:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

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

Thursday, May 8th: 5:30
Saturday, May 10th: 5:30
Sunday, May 11th: 1:00
Thursday, May 15th: 7:45
Friday, May 16th: 7:45
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's film was shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal. Each of its 11 shots lasts as long as a one-way ride, which corresponds to the duration of a roll of 16mm film. Manakamana is thrillingly mysterious in its effects: a staged documentary, a cross between science fiction and ethnography, an airborne version of an Andy Warhol screen test. Working within a 5-by-5-foot glass and metal box, Spray and Velez have made an endlessly suggestive film that both describes and transcends the bounds of time and space. Winner of the Filmmakers of the Present prize at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival. The film was produced through the Harvard Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

Directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
2013, 118 minutes

Thursday, May 15th: 5:30
Friday, May 16th: 5:30
Saturday, May 17th: 5:15
Sunday, May 18th: 1:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Sol Lewitt

"Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach," Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) said in a rare audio-interview from 1974. Notoriously camera-shy, Lewitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews. In the first ever documentary about the artist, a work made by Chris Teerink with the blessing of LeWitt's estate, the pioneering conceptual American artist comes alive. LeWitt's artwork often involved simple ideas, communicated simply - often with a set of instructions sent by fax - that generated astounding visual and intellectual complexity. For example, to create Wall drawing #801: Spiral, a white line spiraled down the black wall of a cupola 3.2 miles long. The film documents the piece's 2011 installation in Maastricht, the Netherlands, which takes eight assistants 30 days to complete; when the painstaking work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is the transformative. Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, Sol LeWitt sensitively explores the artist's work and philosophy.

Directed by Chris Teerink
2013, 72 minutes

Saturday, May 17th: 5:15
Sunday, May 18th: 3:15
Thursday, May 22nd: 5:30
Friday, May 23rd: 5:30
Thursday, May 29th: 7:45
Friday, May 30th: 7:45
Saturday, May 31st: 7:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Bicycling with Molière

In this warm, funny, literate comedy, two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except with regard to their love for performing Molière's The Misanthrope. Lambert Wilson (star of Of Gods and Men and the voice of Ernest in the recently released animation, Ernest and Celestine) plays Gauthier: tall, handsome, and the beneficiary of a leading role in a wildly popular, wildly ridiculous soap opera; he is a beloved cosmetic surgeon who "saves lives." Regarding the random nature of his good fortune, Gauthier is both embarrassed and defensive; he seeks to re-establish his acting bona-fides by starring in and directing Molière on the Paris stage. Fabrice Luchini (who previously worked with Le Guay in Women on the 6th Floor) plays Serge, a serious actor-turned middle-aged curmudgeon who has met with far less professional success. He has renounced the stage to live on the glorious île de Ré, located off France's Atlantic coast. Gauthier arrives on Serge's turf to try to convince his pal (Luchini is, in fact, a Molière expert) to return to Paris to play opposite him in a new production of The Misanthrope. When not arguing or rehearsing scenes while biking along the island's windswept beaches, they consider their options - as personified by a local porn actress and an attractive Italian divorceée - as well as the ever-present lure of island real estate. - Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum.

Directed by Philippe Le Guay
2013, 72 minutes

Thursday, May 22nd: 7:45
Friday, May 23rd: 7:45
Thursday, May 29th: 5:30
Friday, May 30th: 5:30
Saturday, May 31st: 5:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China's Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world - the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water- intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. Watermark is directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, and is the third part of Burtynsky's Water project, which includes a book, Burtynsky: Water, and a major photographic exhibition. Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier and three years in the making, it is a logical extension of the trio's previous collaboration, Manufactured Landscapes. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it's gone. 2013. 90 mins.

Directed by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal
2013, 90 minutes

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