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

Friday, Apr 17th: 6:00
Saturday, Apr 18th: 6:00
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

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

Friday, Apr 24th: 6:30
Saturday, Apr 25th: 6:30
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

Thursday, Apr 2nd: 6:00
Friday, Apr 3rd: 6:00
Saturday, Apr 4th: 6:00
Sunday, Apr 5th: 3:00
Thursday, Apr 9th: 8:00
Friday, Apr 10th: 8:00
Saturday, Apr 11th: 8:00
Sunday, Apr 12th: 5:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


A film by Johanna Hamilton. Before Watergate, Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden, there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. In 2014, the members of the Citizens' Commission decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. This is their story.

Directed by Johanna Hamilton
2014, 1h 19 minutes

Thursday, Apr 2nd: 6:15
Friday, Apr 3rd: 6:15
Saturday, Apr 4th: 6:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Over the Years and Through the Lens

This Mussmann/Bruce Production is a movie created by Linda with voice and music by Claudia.

Since the beginning of their collaboration in 1976, Linda and Claudia have created and assembled a remarkable body of images, words, and music. This short movie is a compilation of 8mm films taken by Linda 30 years ago and, later, transferred to digital form. Claudia uses the words from a 1982 production, "The Nebraska of Questions," as the starting point for creating the musical score. This project is in homage to John Cage and Merce Cunningham whose work influenced the process by which "Over the Years and Through the Lens" was constructed.

Directed by Linda Mussmann
2015, 1 hour (tops)0 minutes

Sunday, Apr 19th: 3:45

Kill City Signing and Presentation with Author, Ash Thayer

Book signing and slide presentation by author and photographer Ash Thayer who talks about "Kill City," her new book of photographs which documents her time living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan among young squatters in the 1990s. The event is presented in conjunction with Karen Schoemer Bookseller.

Thursday, Apr 2nd: 8:00
Friday, Apr 3rd: 8:00
Saturday, Apr 4th: 8:00
Sunday, Apr 5th: 5:00
Sunday, Apr 12th: 1:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

An Honest Liar

Produced and directed by Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom. An Honest Liar is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived.

Directed by Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom
2014, 1h 30 minutes

Sunday, Apr 19th: 4:15
Friday, Apr 24th: 6:00
Saturday, Apr 25th: 6:00
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

Thursday, Apr 23rd: 8:00pm
$10 and sliding scale

Silent Movies with Original and Improvised Music currated by Shannikia McIntosh

  • -A Trip to The Moon (directed by George Meliés, 1902)
  • with an original composition by Melora Crager (Rasputina) performed by Melora and The Calico Indians. 15m.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari (directed by Robert Wiene, 1920)
  • with live improvisational music featuring Patrick Higgins (Z's), John Rosenthal, Aron Sanchez (Buke and Gase), Saviour Self (Colin LaClair and Logan Visscher).

Directed by George Meliés, Robert Wiene
1920, 1h 11 minutes

Thursday, Apr 2nd: 8:15
Friday, Apr 3rd: 8:15
Saturday, Apr 4th: 8:15
Sunday, Apr 5th: 5:15
Thursday, Apr 9th: 6:00
Friday, Apr 10th: 6:00
Saturday, Apr 11th: 6:00
Sunday, Apr 12th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she's mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it - and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she's seen in the movies. Indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

Directed by Nathan Zellner
In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
2014, 1h 45 minutes

Thursday, Apr 9th: 6:30
Friday, Apr 10th: 6:30
Saturday, Apr 11th: 6:30
Sunday, Apr 12th: 3:30
Friday, Apr 17th: 8:00
Saturday, Apr 18th: 8:00
Sunday, Apr 19th: 6:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

The Sturgeon Queens

"The World's Greatest Feminist Fishmonger" - The New Republic. Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer.

Directed by Julie Cohen
2014, 54 minutes

Thursday, Apr 9th: 8:15
Friday, Apr 10th: 8:15
Saturday, Apr 11th: 8:15
Sunday, Apr 12th: 5:15
Thursday, Apr 16th: 7:30
Friday, Apr 17th: 8:15
Saturday, Apr 18th: 8:15
Sunday, Apr 19th: 6:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

The Wrecking Crew

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown, the Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. And now, a film tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. Produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, the film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom, and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn't matter if it was Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds, or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American "west coast sound" a dominant cultural force around the world.

Directed by Denny Tedesco
2015, 1hour 40 minutes

Friday, Apr 17th: 6:15
Saturday, Apr 18th: 6:15
Friday, Apr 24th: 8:15
Saturday, Apr 25th: 8:15
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

Saturday, Apr 25th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Buster Keaton's The General

Orson Welles said that Buster Keaton's The General, made in 1926, is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." As always, Keaton performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey more emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema.

Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman
1926, 1 hour 15 minutes

Wednesday, Apr 22nd: 7:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

An EARTH DAY World-wide Première Screening of PLANETARY

On April 22, 2015, theaters around the globe will be screening Planetary, the provocative and breathtaking film from the Planetary Collective directed by Guy Reid. Some of the greatest thinkers of our time offer insights on how to achieve a sustaining global society. With intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison, environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, and the 17th Karmapa.

Directed by Guy Reid
2015, 1h 24 minutes

Sunday, Apr 5th: 3:15
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

Saturday, Apr 11th: 3:00
Saturday, Apr 18th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Charlie Chaplin's The Circus

Mistaken for a pickpocket and pursued by a peace officer into a circus tent, the Little Tramp becomes a star when delighted patrons think his escape from John law is an act. Featuring the Tramp's teetering tightrope walk while monkeys cling to his head.

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
1928, 1 hour 10 minutes

Friday, Apr 24th: 8:00
Saturday, Apr 25th: 8:00
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

Friday, Apr 24th: 8:00
Saturday, Apr 25th: 8:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Busby Berkeley Golddiggers '33

A Broadway producer has the talent, the tunes, the theater, and everything else he needs to put on a show - except the dough. Not to worry, say Ginger Rogers, Ruby Keeler, and the chorus decked out in giant coins. Everyone will soon be singing "We're in the Money." Joan Blondell brings the show to a close with "Remember My Forgotten Man."

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
1933, 1 hour 37 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.

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