Conversation with Show-runners Moderated by Kasi Lemmons

Live-streaming online October 1st @ 2pm EST

& available to watch on demand until October 4th

   Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. The series is directed and co-written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, and Bill Camp.

Moderating the talk will be Kasi Lemmons, who, as an actor, director, writer, producer, librettist, mentor, and educator, is one of the most powerful voices of our time. Her first feature, EVE’S BAYOU, is considered one of the essential works of the 1990s and was recently selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Her second film, THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE, opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, her third film, TALK TO ME, earned the 2008 NAACP Image Award for outstanding directing, and Fox Searchlight released her fourth film, BLACK NATIVITY, released nationwide on Thanksgiving 2013. Last year, Lemmons premiered her fifth film, HARRIET, starring Cynthia Ervio as the iconic freedom fighter. Her first libretto also premiered in 2019, in the opera FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES. She is an Arts Professor in the Graduate Film Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is currently in development for the THE SHADOW KING, a feature film based on the critically acclaimed novel by Maaza Mengiste.


Virtual Masterclass:

A Conversation with Ted Hope

Hosted by Michelle Byrd

Live-streaming online October 2nd @ 4pm EST

& available to watch on demand until October 4th

“The New Now: Defining Today’s Reality In The Film Biz & What Can You Do To Use or Change It For The Better”. The FilmBiz — be it Indie Or Corporate — has been one of constant change for over 30+ years & Hope has ridden the waves to pursue, produce, and promote what he calls “ambitiously authored” work. Through his movies, his book “HopeForFilm” (the second edition of which was released last month), and a wide range of positions including Head Of Movies for Amazon Studios, he has forged new roads & methods, but none as challenging as the ones he will explain our facing us now. If you are looking to make a film that only you can make — or want to make sure we have such diverse work to enjoy — this masterclass is a must to attend event.


The 2020 Woodstock Film Festival starts next week! This Saturday from 11am – 5pm, we will be selling tickets to our drive-in screenings and festival merchandise at a socially-distanced outdoor box office located in the parking lot of our headquarters on Rock City Road in Woodstock. Here are the details:

All patrons must wear a mask and stay six feet apart while in line

Our staff will be on hand to help

Cash and credit cards are accepted

Parking at the festival offices is prohibited, please use the nearby municipal lot

Drive-in tickets are $25 per person for each evening’s double feature

with one car limit per order

“Fiercely Independent” face masks, t-shirts, caps and posters will be

available for purchase on site