Albany Film Festival

April 2, 2022 @ –
University at Albany 1400 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12222

The 2nd Annual Albany Film Festival — featuring a number of “bookish” events, and events that emphasize writing – will be presented by the NYS Writers Institute on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the University at Albany.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany.

This is a very story-focused festival, with conversations about filmmakers as storytellers, book-to-film, writing vs. visual storytelling, screenwriting, criticism, and film history and biography. The emphasis is more on conversation and Q&A with guests than on screenings of full films.

Special guests include:
— Director Derek Cianfrance and novelist Wally Lamb discussing their adaptation of Lamb’s book “I Know This Much is True” starring Mark Ruffalo

— Filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith will discuss their Oscar-nominated documentary, “Attica.”

— Award-winning actor Karen Allen (“Raiders of the Lost Ark” “Animal House”) will discuss her directorial debut, a short film based on a Carson McCuller’s story, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

— Novelist Russell Banks will join director Michael Caplan in a discussion of Caplan’s film, “Algren,” a documentary about Nelson Algren, one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century who was an important influence on Banks.”

— Screening and discussion of “The Booksellers” with director D.W. Young, exploring the world of antiquarian and rare book dealers and their bookstores.

— Screening and discussion of “Us Kids,” a 2020 American documentary film following members of the March for Our Lives movement after the shooting at the Parkland, Fla, high school in 2018, with director of Kim A. Snyder and school shooting survivor Samantha Fuentes.

— Dan Swinton’s documentary, “The Hard Places,” the powerful story of Dr. Tom Little of Delmar, who spent more than 30 years providing eye care in Afghanistan, before he was killed.

— Upstate New York premiere of “The Mental State,” based on the play of the same name by Josh Adell

— Presentation of movies filmed in the Capital Region

— Documentary celebrating 60-year anniversary of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

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