Here’s what’s coming up in December at The Linda – we hope to see you there.
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THE REEL WOMEN IN FILM SERIES
Friday, December 2, 2016 8:00 PM
The upstate New York chapter of Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) in partnership with The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio presents:
A Celebration of the First Woman Filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché
Three short, silent films representative of the first director’s work will be presented: A House Divided, Fool and His Money, Falling Leaves followed by a Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green who is currently making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché
The Reel Women in Film series focusing the spotlight on women filmmakers and their films. Each evening presents a film followed by a conversation with the women instrumental in its creation.
Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director and the first film studio owner. She made her first film, by her own account, in 1896 at age 23. She went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films. Alice Guy-Blaché was not only the first female director, but the first director to implement cinematic techniques during the dawn of the art form, such as the use of the close-up and directing actors to play non-theatrically . She had signs in her studio that reminded actors to “Be Natural” She can be considered the first director (male or female), because she was the first to give direction to actors and to separate her role from the cameraman. Surprisingly, this pioneer of cinema was largely forgotten for decades. The films run around 15 minutes each followed by a Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green, who is currently making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché for which she has been conducting extensive research for the past five years with an amazing team of detectives . (The Q&A will be Skyped in live from L.A.) Ms. Green’s efforts have made many new discoveries that change the way early cinema is known. She has secured support for the restoration of films by Alice Guy-Blaché, as well as the creation of an archive. Audience members will have the opportunity to view never-before-seen sneak-peeks from Ms. Green’s documentary. Films will be introduced and Q&As moderated by UPWIFT President, film director and cinema educator Hanna Sawka.
Upstate Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media, energizing the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. UPWIFT is a volunteer based organization, reaching from the base of the Hudson Valley to the crown of the Capital District Region, and joining over 40 other Women in Film & Television chapters with 10,000 global members.
ARTIST WESITE As a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, Steve Forbert traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk-rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. Still, critics raved about Steve’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and the crowds at CBGB’s club in New York accepted him alongside those acts. “I’ve never been interested in changing what I do to fit emerging trends,” Forbert observes. “Looking back on it, I was helping to keep a particular American songwriting tradition alive at a time when it wasn’t in the spotlight.”
After his first two records came a plethora of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Little Stevie Orbit, Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. In October 2012, 35 years after his first album, Steve released an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships — emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make,” explains Forbert. “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”
Friday, December 9, 2016 7:30 PM Saturday, December 10, 2016 7:30 PM
This December 9th and 10th, Confetti Stage will present David Sedaris’ curdled classic, The Santaland Diaries. For everyone who gets nauseous at the mere mention of “Dominic the Donkey”, “Black Friday Door-busters”, and “That one must-have toy of the season!”, here is the Christmas show that understands, and provides an antidote to Holiday Overload.
The Santaland Diaries is a wicked comedy detailing one man’s time working as an elf in the very special purgatory that is, was, and will always be Macy’s Santaland. Adapted from real-life experiences, the show’s hero tells a story of horrible children, worse parents, long hours of cheek-breaking smiles, dashed attempts at love and fortune, and then, possibly, a moment of surprising revelation.
This is a fabulously dark comedy, a true joy to perform, and the one holiday show this season that doesn’t need an insulin chaser.
About Confetti Stage
The award-winning Confetti Stage was incorporated in 2004 and produced its inaugural production, ‘night, Mother, by Marsha Norman in January 2005. Since then, the company has successfully brought to the stage over 40 productions. Confetti Stage has performed in several Capital Region communities and as far away as Carmel, IN. Confetti Stage prides itself on bringing quality performances to its community and allowing artists to expand their talents while collaborating to bring about a final product. Confetti Stage offers a full season of quality community theatre every year, as well as the area’s only 100% local Short Play Festival. Confetti Stage is a proud member of the American Association of Community Theatre and the Theatre Association of New York State.
Thursday, December 15, 2016 Reception at 6PM Film at 7PM
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, music by Jack Empie, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.
This Months Film: TREE MAN WITH DIRECTOR JON REINER IN ATTENDANCE
Every holiday season, hundreds of Christmas tree sellers from across North America descend upon the streets of New York City to ply their trade. Having left their homes and families behind, they endure the adversity of a migrant’s survival living out of their cars and vans. François, a “Tree Man” and father of three from Québec, returns to the same Manhattan street corner every year to deliver the magic of the season. Tree Man explores François’ journey and the relationships that sustain him – with his customers, employees and the people of his adopted neighborhood. While he may sell trees for a living, it is his role as the neighborhood Tree Man that draws the community closer together and gives meaning to his grueling month far from home.
It’s time once again for The Linda’s free West Point Band Christmas concert. Dedicated to their craft and their country, the active duty Army Soldiers of the Benny Havens Band support events that celebrate the best America has to offer. They serve as the house band for formal dances, social and ceremonial functions, and major sporting events at the United States Military Academy. The band performs locally in the New York City region for patriotic and armed forces related occasions and events hosted by The United Nations, The Wounded Warrior Project, The 9/11 Memorial Foundation, and others. The band travels the nation in support of West Point and U.S. Army recruiting efforts, and has appeared on national television programs including Fox News’ Fox and Friends, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s The Today Show. A performance by the Benny Havens band features dynamic lead vocals, searing guitars, an infectious groove, and exciting on-stage choreography to engage and entertain their audiences. Named for famed historic local tavern keeper Benny Havens, the band has earned an important place in the modern day traditions of the Corps of Cadets, and in the West Point mission to “train, educate, and inspire.”
THE AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE LINDA PRESENTS: LeE HARVeY OsMOND
Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck
ARTIST WEBSITE Lee Harvey Osmond, stylized as LeE HARVeY OsMOND, is a project of musician Tom Wilson. Wilson is a Canadian rock and folk musician from Hamilton, Ont. He’s won three Junos and released 14 albums including three solo records, but he doesn’t confine himself to just writing and performing music. He dabbles in movies, painting, and is currently working on his first book. Wilson’s eclectic musical style has ranged from the psychobilly / R&B sounds of the Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse. When Wilson released 2015’s Beautiful Scars, his third album under his alternate moniker, Lee Harvey Osmond, he was just beginning to grasp the full irony of using an assumed identity. Turns out Wilson had been living his entire life under one — a fact he didn’t learn until his 55th birthday, when his cousin confessed she was really his mother and his heritage was Mohawk, not Irish. That’s why the cover depicts Wilson as a powerful and raw figure, warrior-like — someone who looks as if he’s still wild. “That’s actually how I feel as an artist,” Wilson explains. “At 56, I’m just emerging from the woods, with all of this new knowledge of who I am.” A prolific songwriter, he has supplied material for Billy Ray Cyrus, Murray McLauchlan, Colin James, and Mavis Staples. His songs also appear in television, as well as motion pictures.
Michael Eck ARTIST WEBSITE Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck is a respected songwriter; a nationally exhibited painter; and an award-winning cultural critic and freelance writer. He is also a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Berkshire Ramblers and the Frank Jaklitsch Trio. “Somewhere between lovelorn cowpoke and sardonic folkster is nose-pierced Albany NY dad Michael Eck, whose sharp lyrics and quick-witted guitar reflect all over like a broken mirror and shine with liberation like a tossed-aside wedding ring.” Natasha Stovall, The Village Voice
The American Roots Series at The Linda presents programs showcasing this intimate and tradition-rich musical phenomenon, and is made possible by the support of the New York Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.