BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES
For the fourth consecutive year, the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series forms the bulk of Basilica’s film program, celebrating the cross-cultural potential of documentary filmmaking through FREE community screenings and discussions with filmmakers. We are dedicated to screening documentary films and to presenting films produced and directed by local emerging filmmakers whenever possible.
The series has hosted Albert Maysles, Daniel McCabe, Stephanie Wang-Breal, the Safdie Brothers, John Waters, Jon Bowermaster, Barbara Hammer, Kidlat Tahimik, Marie Losier, Theo Anthony, Charles Atlas and many others in Basilica’s 150-seat North Hall cinema.
YOUTH FILM PROGRAMS
Basilica’s film and media program also includes monthly FREE Sunday family matinees. Our youth film programs, which in 2019 were produced in partnership with YouthFX, the Hudson Area Public Library, and the New York International Children’s Film Festival, aim to broaden access to free international film and animation screenings while providing mentorship for K-12 students.
BASILICA FILM PROGRAM: THE HISTORY
We believe that the shared experience of watching film on the big screen is truly transformative. It has the power to connect individuals and inspire movements that shape our communities on a local and global sale. Film served as Basilica’s creative launchpad ten years ago, bringing filmmakers and film lovers alike to our 150-seat North Hall theater for an atypical cinematic experience.
As Basilica has transformed and evolved over the past decade, so has our film program. Beginning with the Basilica Screening Series in 2010, which presented new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films and media art, our film program grew to include Basilicascope in 2013 and 2014, an intimate, weekend-long festival celebrating the furthest extremes in motion picture accomplishment.
In 2016, Basilica Hudson partnered with Chris Boekmann of True/False Film Fest and focused the screening series on the documentary genre, formally launching the free Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series. In 2018, Basilica expanded its film program to focus on teens and youth engagement in partnership with the Hudson Area Library, NeXt Doc and YouthFX, as well as two festival partners, True/False Film Fest and New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation.
FILM + MEDIA PARTNERS
Berkshire International Film Festival
Oceans 8 Films
Hudson Area Library
New York International Children’s Film Festival
The Film Desk
Chris Boekmann of True/False Film Festival
Cinema Conservancy, a program of Artists Public Domain
Image credit: Dark Star exhibition at Basilica Hudson