Film has been at the center of Basilica Hudson’s programming since its founding. The Basilica Screening Series (launched at our founding in 2010) has presented an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings.
Programmed by Basilica Co-Founder Tony Stone, with a range of collaborators over the seasons and presented in Basilica’s 150-seat North Hall cinema, the series has hosted Albert Maysles, the Safdie Brothers, John Waters, Barbara Hammer, Kidlat Tahimik, Marie Losier, Theo Anthony, Charles Atlas and many others.
In 2013 and 2014, in addition to the regular Screening Series, Basilica Hudson also created an entire weekend devoted to film. BasilicaScope was an intimate festival celebrating the furthest extremes in motion picture accomplishment, which celebrated the work of Alex Cox, Deborah Stratman, Jem Cohen, Jacqueline Goss and others.
In 2016, Basilica Hudson partnered with Chris Boekmann of True/False Film Fest and focused the screening series on the documentary genre, formally launching Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series on select Thursday evenings, June-August. We also added a FREE community series of Sunday matinees, once per month June-August.
In 2018, the program aims to expand add a teen/youth component, and increase the number of screenings overall. New for 2018, Basilica’s film program will also see the launch of Watch + Talk, a new FREE series, including both Non-Fiction documentary screenings and Family Friendly matinee screenings, focused on introducing young audiences to the power of film, working in partnership with two local collaborators around the teen/youth component, the Hudson Area Library and NeXt Doc, and two festival partners, True/False Film Fest and New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Watch + Talk is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Basilica Film Screenings are made possible, in part, by a generous in-kind projector loan from Second Ward Foundation.
FILM + MEDIA PARTNERS
Cinema Conservancy, a program of Artists Public Domain
The Film Desk
Chris Boekmann of True/False Film Festival
Hudson Area Library
New York International Children’s Film Festival
Image credit: Dark Star exhibition at Basilica Hudson