2016: Our Year in Review

Ah 2016, what a year it was…

We introduced three brand-new Film + Media screening series alongside the return of our summer flicks; Music reverberated louder and longer than ever in our industrial church; Art of all disciplines from all walks of life was on view and ready for interaction; and we redoubled our dedication towards our Food + Community,  supporting environmental and economical sustainability. Stay tuned in early 2017 for a full recap of all that went down in our industrial church this past year. In the meantime, here are some highlights…

Film + Media

2016 was a landmark year for film + media at Basilica, with a fair amount of firsts! From 24-HOUR DRONE once again warming up projectors and 1980s CRT TV monitors at the start of the season thanks to our event collaborator Second Ward Foundation, and our first video art commission by Alon Koppel, to the wide variety of feature films in our annual Summer Screenings series (including HOMELAND, a five-hour endurance documentary about the US-led Iraq invasion of 2002, and a visit from a celebrated underground art house filmmaker Charles Atlas with a screening of his classic ALL HAIL THE NEW PURITAN), to the brand-new Non-Fiction Screening series featuring timely takes on global issues alongside PETER AND THE FARM, a portrait of a farmer by Basilica’s own Tony Stone, to two new and free community mini-series that brought Bollywood and classic kids’ flicks to local audiences, to Kiln Films, our steadfast-and-strange collection of under-the-radar films and videos installed inside Basilica’s former forge and foundry brick kiln, which paid homage to cultural monoliths of the human and nonhuman variety such as Tony Conrad and and ancient standing stones.

Music

Our industrial cathedral was awash in sounds of all stripes this year as we presented pioneering people such as Rufus Wainwright and Amanda Palmer, and delighted DRONE devotees with our second annual 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC, the spring answer to early autumn’s Basilica SoundScape, which turned five years old with a brand new partnership with Brandon Stosuy’s new project The Creative Independent. Sound art and music co-mingled to points beyond recognition in a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), co-presented with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and The John Cage Trust and broadcast by Wave Farm / WGXC as part of our new Read & Feed event, as well as in an exhibition of sonic academic inquiry by the Columbia University Sound Art MFA program and a holiday procession of old-school cassette boomboxes — Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night — courtesy of partner the Hudson Opera House. And our annual (FREAK) FLAG DAY expanded into an all-day-all-night celebration of music, dancing and community.

Art

Six years in, we were excited to host our first official visual Artist in Residence, Dylan Kraus, who contributed in many ways — exhibition curation, one-of-a-kind 24-HOUR DRONE merch, tattoos (!) — to our 2016 season. Magical Trailblazing Woman of Dance Twyla Tharp graced our halls in a pre-season call to arms (and legs). Our Back Gallery hosted more exhibitions in succession than in ever before, giving rise to an official Back Gallery Series, featuring James Concannon + Jack Walls, Dylan Kraus + Rose Salane, Marc Swanson + Jeff Bailey Gallery, and documentary photographers Atish Saha + Bryan MacCormack. Our annual events saw an increased visual presence overall, in all nooks and crannies in and around Basilica — sometimes spilling out into the streets beyond! We hosted a powerful triad of female artists twice over — first in a Darkwave Comedy Hour at (FREAK) FLAG DAY: Annie Bielski, Alexandra Tatarsky and KIZU and then again at Basilica SoundScape: Cal Lane, Lisa Laratta and Heather Benjamin. And the beloved, Brooklyn-born performance series CATCH came back up river to hang with us again.

Food + Community

What a year for community! Double the Farm & Flea with the unveiling of the Spring Market on Mother’s Day weekend as bookend to our Holiday Market during Thanksgiving Weekend, a delicious pairing of Hudson Valley-made edibles on the rise at Hudson Valley Cider & Cheese Tasting and Market, co-presented by Glynwood, the debut of a new festival for food and literature called Read & Feed with our co-presenters the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, free film screenings for old and young, the return of wunderkind jugglers from Gregory the Great Academy throwing fire around our industrial church like WHAT… and… the birth of Baby Basilica, an scale-model-turned-art-piece-turned-parade-float by local artist Matt Bua! We welcomed the return of Hudson’s Chamber of Commerce’s Buy Local Business Expo. And wait until you hear about all the carbon our  perennial supporter, Green Mountain Energy, has offset while being on-site… in our monument to industries past. Hooray for our tiny-but-mighty city nestled between the ancient Taconic foothills and the grand Hudson River!

Help us keep doing all of this and more in 2017… donate now!

Image credits: Samantha Marble for The Creative Independent, Courtesy Heathen Films, Samantha Marble for The Creative Independent, Maria Baranova for CATCH, Jeff Newell

Save the dates for 2017

Save the dates for our 2017 annual programs

24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC — Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market — Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7
(FREAK) FLAG DAY — Saturday, June 10
Summer Screening Series — June / July / August
Basilica SoundScape — September 15, 16 + 17
Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series — September / October / November
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market — November 24, 25 + 26

Photo by Eric Harvey Brown

STANDING ROCK doc screening this Saturday

Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 7pm

Open to the public | Suggested donation

Basilica welcomes Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno to our North Hall for a special rough-cut screening of his work-in-progress documentary, STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK, this Saturday, December 10 at 7pm. Admission is pay-what-you-wish, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will go towards wintertime supplies for the Standing Rock encampment, with any leftover funds supporting this documentary project directly.

Culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock — including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters — STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK is an ongoing documentary project, still being shot on location, chronicling the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west.

A Q&A with the director will immediately follow the screening.  All are welcome. Please RSVP on our facebook event page here.

Winter Walk this Saturday in Hudson

Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 4PM

Open to the public | FREE!

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GATHER FOR UNSILENT NIGHT @ BASILICA HUDSON

Basilica Hudson is excited to be the launch pad for the Unsilent Night procession!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Winter Walk, the Hudson Opera House is very proud to present the Hudson-debut of Unsilent Night, a magical community musical parade composed by Phil Kline. Participants walk together as Kline’s original four-part composition plays from their personal devices, creating a unique and luminous soundscape (“one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter” – Time Out). Kline himself will conduct the event, meeting revelers at Basilica Hudson for a 4pm prep. Participants will be assigned their parts to play through their own portable sound system before proceeding to Front and Warren Street for the 5pm step off. The parade leads us to the 7th Street Park for its crescendo, and will be broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7FM and streamed online at wgxc.org. Find out how to participate at the official Unsilent Night website and learn more at the Hudson Opera House website.

Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series | PETER AND THE FARM

BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES
CO-CURATED WITH CHRIS BOECKMANN OF TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST
PETER AND THE FARM
SPECIAL HOMETOWN SCREENING WITH PETER AND DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE!
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Image Credit: PETER AND THE FARM, Tony Stone

Sunday, October 30 | 7PM

PETER AND THE FARM, Tony Stone, 2015, 1hr 31min

//$5- $10 sliding scale at the door

Basilica Hudson is proud to announce the expansion of its Screenings Series through a new collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative nonfiction film. The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrates and interrogates the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors. The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrates and interrogates the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors, featuring films by Brett Story, Kristen Johnson, Zhao Liang, Mehrdad Oskouei, and Tony Stone.

BASILICA FARM & FLEA HOLIDAY MARKET

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November 25 – 27

Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as the Anti-Black Friday big sister goddess, Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents. Basilica Farm & Flea is inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley.

Thanks for joining RUFUS WAINWRIGHT in supporting Basilica!

Saturday, October 22 | 8PM

R Wainwright

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General concert tickets begin at $50. Ticket packages including preferred seating, special gifts, and bar options are also available.

Join Basilica Hudson for a special fundraising event featuring extraordinary singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright performing live in our raw industrial church. The event will begin with a conversation between longtime friends Wainwright and Basilica Hudson Director and Co-Founder, musician Melissa Auf der Maur, who grew up together in the vibrant culture of Montreal.

Inaugural Non-Fiction Screening Series ends

BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES
CO-CURATED WITH CHRIS BOECKMANN OF TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

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Image Credit: CAMERAPERSON, Kristen Johnson, 2016, Rwanda, by Gini Reticker

//$5- $10 sliding scale at the door

Basilica Hudson is proud to announce the expansion of its Screenings Series through a new collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative nonfiction film. The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrates and interrogates the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors. The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrates and interrogates the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors, featuring films by Brett Story, Kristen Johnson, Zhao Liang, Mehrdad Oskouei, and Tony Stone.