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, Mar 5th: 5:30
Friday, Mar 6th: 5:30
Saturday, Mar 7th: 5:30
Sunday, Mar 8th: 5:30
Thursday, Mar 12th: 8:15
Friday, Mar 13th: 8:15
Saturday, Mar 14th: 8:15
Sunday, Mar 15th: 5:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


Written & directed by Xavier Dolan. A passionate widowed single mom (Anne Dorval) finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son (Antoine Olivier Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they strive for a new sense of balance.
The film premiered on 22 May 2014, at the Cannes Film Festival, concluding with a 13-minute standing ovation. Following Dolan's receipt of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Guardian writer Xan Brooks introduced the film as "a boisterous Oedipal comedy"

Directed by Xavier Dolan
2014, 2h 19 minutes

Thursday, Mar 12th: 6:00
Friday, Mar 13th: 6:00
Saturday, Mar 14th: 6:00
Sunday, Mar 15th: 3:00
Thursday, Mar 19th: 8:15
Friday, Mar 20th: 8:15
Saturday, Mar 21st: 8:15
Sunday, Mar 22nd: 4:30
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


A film by Abderrahmane Sissako. Nominated for 2015 Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film. Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family had been spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but when their destiny changes abruptly, Kidane must face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
In French with English subtitles.
2014, 1h37m minutes

Thursday, Mar 12th: 8:00
Friday, Mar 13th: 8:00
Saturday, Mar 14th: 8:00
Sunday, Mar 15th: 5:00
Sunday, Mar 22nd: 3:00
Thursday, Mar 26th: 8:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

The movie resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971. She's Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women's International Conspiracy from Hell!). It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women's movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

Directed by Mary Dore
2014, 1h 32 minutes

Thursday, Mar 19th: 6:00
Friday, Mar 20th: 6:00
Saturday, Mar 21st: 6:00
Sunday, Mar 22nd: 5:00
Thursday, Mar 26th: 8:15
Sunday, Mar 29th: 3:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6


A film by Céline Sciamma. Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the "boys' law" in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school, and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.

Directed by Céline Sciamma
In French with English subtitles.
2014, 1h 52 minutes

Thursday, Mar 5th: 6:15
Friday, Mar 6th: 6:15
Saturday, Mar 7th: 3:00
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

Thursday, Mar 5th: 8:00
Friday, Mar 6th: 8:00
Saturday, Mar 7th: 8:00
Sunday, Mar 8th: 3:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

The Humbling

The Humbling tells the story of aging, suicidal stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggles to find passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian, Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), who has had a crush on Simon since childhood. As their relationship heats up, Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful and exuberant Pegeen. He feels more alive than ever before but with many disapproving people protesting their relationship, Simon must decide where his true passion lies. The Humbling is directed by Barry Levinson and also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Dan Hedaya and Nina Arianda.

Directed by Barry Levinson
2014, 1 hour 56 minutes

Thursday, Mar 19th: 8:00
Friday, Mar 20th: 8:00
Saturday, Mar 21st: 8:00
Sunday, Mar 22nd: 6:15
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. In Italian with English subtitles. 2014. 1h50m

Directed by Paolo Virzì
2014, 1h 50 minutes

Thursday, Mar 5th: 8:15
Friday, Mar 6th: 8:15
Saturday, Mar 7th: 4:45
Sunday, Mar 8th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Ballet 422

From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company's 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB's 422nd new ballet. Ballet 422 is an unembellished vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.

Directed by Jody Lee Lipes
2014, 1h 15 minutes

Sunday, Mar 22nd: 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.

Saturday, Mar 7th: 1:30
Saturday, Mar 14th: 3:00
Saturday, Mar 21st: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Buster Keaton Short Films

[1922-1923] The shorts presented are loaded with laughts, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity. Over the course of this period, Keaton evolved from a successful slapstick comedian into one of cinema's most inventive visual stylists, and became an enduring icon of American popular culture. Not to be missed!

1963, 1h 15 minutes

Saturday, Mar 7th: 2:00
Sunday, Mar 29th: 3:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

The Leopard

Il Gattopardo is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento -when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale).

Directed by Luchino Visconti
In Italian with English subtitles
1963, 3h 0 minutes

Sunday, Mar 8th: 4:30
Sunday, Mar 22nd: 1:15
Sunday, Mar 29th: 5:30
Sunday, Apr 5th: 3:15
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

Thursday, Mar 19th: 6:15
Friday, Mar 20th: 6:15
Saturday, Mar 21st: 6:15
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

A Night at the Opera

Grand comedy as Groucho, Chico, and Harpo cram a ship's stateroom and more with wall-to-wall gags, one-liners, musical riffs, and two hard-boiled eggs - all while helping two young hopefuls (Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones) get a break. To save the opera, our heroes must first destroy it. And they must also gain ocean passage as stowaways, pull the wool (if not the beards) over the eyes of City Hall, shred legal mumbo jumbo into a Sanity Clause, pester dowager Claypool (Margaret Dumont), and unleash so much glee that many say this is the best Marx Brothers movie ever. Seeing is believing!

Directed by Edmund Goulding, Sam Wood
1935, 1h 33 minutes

Sunday, Mar 22nd: 1:00
Member: $6, General: $8, Student: $6

Children of Paradise

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Marcel Carné's masterpiece, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. Director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps, and seers.

Directed by Marcel Carné
In French with English subtitles
1945, 3h 10 minutes

Thursday, Mar 12th: 6:15
Friday, Mar 13th: 6:15
Saturday, Mar 14th: 6:15
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
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, Mar 26th: 6:00
Friday, Mar 27th: 6:00
Saturday, Mar 28th: 6:00
Sunday, Mar 29th: 6:15
Thursday, Apr 2nd: 8:00
Friday, Apr 3rd: 8:00
Saturday, Apr 4th: 8:00
Sunday, Apr 5th: 5:00
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

Thursday, Apr 2nd: 8:15
Friday, Apr 3rd: 8:15
Saturday, Apr 4th: 8:15
Sunday, Apr 5th: 5:15
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

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