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FilmColumbia Announces 2015 Festival Events

October 22, 2015

FilmColumbia announces a diverse mix of film events including Q&As, filmmaker appearances, celebrations and industry insider panel discussions scheduled throughout this year’s 7-day festival in Hudson and Chatham, NY. Saturday, October 24, 10:00am at the Tracy Memorial, 77 Main Street in Chatham, festival Executive Director and Vanity Fair contributing editor Peter Biskind, author of seven books on film and culture, Read more

FilmColumbia Announces World-Class Films  for 2015 Festival

October 9, 2015

FilmColumbia, the local international film festival offering a roster of films from all over the world for seven days this October, announces notable films screening at the 16th annual festival October 19-25 in Hudson and Chatham, New York. FilmColumbia will present thirty-two narrative features and seven documentaries from countries including Bengal, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, India, Italy, Read more

The Crandell Theatre Moves Ahead

June 23, 2015

Some things don’t change until, eventually, they do. The Crandell Theatre, the not-for-profit movie theater in Chatham, NY, is currently undergoing a number of changes. Over the past two years, major renovations have been made to the building, with more to come. In April, the theater began offering more films more often and with more choices of times. Previously, one Read more

Farm Film Fest 2015 Takes Place at the Crandell Theatre on March 15

March 6, 2015

One sure sign of coming spring is Farm Film Fest, to be held at the historic Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY, on Sunday, March 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The seventh annual afternoon festival is devoted to films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues. The event is cosponsored by the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Read more

Crandell Theatre Gets Major Upgrade to Heating and Ventilation System

March 2, 2015

Crandell Theatre patrons will be pleased to hear that plans for a new heating and air conditioning system in the theatre are underway. As part of its ongoing improvement of the Crandell, the Chatham Film Club is embarking on one of its most critical projects: replacing the heating and ventilation system in the main auditorium as well as the ceiling. Read more

Chatham Film Club Elects New Officers

February 13, 2015

At their annual meeting in January, the Chatham Film Club’s Board of Directors elected two new officers:  Lael Locke as Secretary and Susan Van Tassel as Treasurer. Fred Ulrich was re-elected President, and Peter Biskind was re-elected Vice President. Long-time area resident, Lael Locke has served as Village of Chatham Trustee and currently chairs the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update Committee. Read more

Hooray For Hollywood Film Festival at the Crandell Theatre, February 14 & 15

February 3, 2015

In celebration of the upcoming Academy Awards, The Chatham Film Club is screening four classic films in the upcoming Hooray for Hollywood mini-film festival.   This is a rare opportunity to see these classic films on the big screen, two films will be screened each day, on Saturday, February 14th & Sunday, February 15th, starting with The Bad and The Beautiful AT 1 PM.   A 1952 Read more

Chatham Film Club Offers Oscar Challenge and Hollywood Mini-Festival

January 26, 2015

It’s that time of year again for movie fans. As the excitement builds for the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22, the Crandell Theatre holds its own contest called the “Crandell Oscar Challenge.” The Challenge ballot asks participants to predict the films and individuals nominated by the Academy in each of its 24 categories. In addition, this month the Read more

Chatham Film Club and WMHT Co-host Free Preview Screening of Downton Abbey Season 5 Premiere

December 19, 2014

The Chatham Film Club and WMHT cohost a free screening of the premiere episode of MASTERPIECE Downton Abbey Season 5 at the Crandell Theatre on Saturday, December 27, at 4 p.m. The screening is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a ticket, RSVP online at or call the Chatham Film Club at 518-392-3445. Doors Read more

Chatham Film Club Reviews Key Changes in 2014 and Looks to the New Year

December 19, 2014

At its last Board of Directors meeting of the year, the Chatham Film Club reviewed highlights from 2014 and began the strategic planning process for 2015. The past year saw key changes and improvements at the Crandell Theatre, with more planned for the future. The year began with the election of Fred Ulrich as Board President; Susan Van Tassel joined Read more

Call for Entries: Farm Film Fest 7

December 15, 2014


Entries are now being accepted for Farm Film Fest 7, an annual event sponsored by the Chatham Agricultural Partnership, the Columbia Land Conservancy, and the Chatham Film Club. The event will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the historic Crandell Theatre in Chatham, New York. The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues and Read more

New Siding Replaces the Old at the Crandell Theatre

August 8, 2014

The back of the Crandell Theatre facing Kinderhook Street is getting new siding, as the Chatham Film Club oversees the completion of exterior improvements to the building. The film club has a long-term mission to improve the 87-year-old building and retain it as an integral part of Main Street in Chatham. Aaron Gaylord of AG Carpentry is the lead contractor for Read more

Crandell Theatre Installs New Hearing and Vision Assistance System

June 13, 2014

The Crandell Theatre has recently installed a hearing and vision assistance system that is ADA-compliant. The system includes a personal wireless audio receiver and a closed caption display. The wireless audio receiver delivers amplified sound for the hearing impaired and descriptive audio for the visually impaired through a set of plug-in head phones. The receiver is the size of a Read more

Crandell Theatre Undertakes Building Improvements

June 2, 2014


June 2, 2014 As part of its ongoing improvement of the Crandell Theatre, the Chatham Film Club is conducting major work in two areas. The film club is replacing the existing electrical system that has been in the theatre since construction in 1926. It is also installing a new drainage system with hook-up to the storm drains in the Village Read more

The Chatham Film Club After School Filmmaking Project Debuts Original Films by Columbia County Students

April 27, 2014


April 27, 2014 The Chatham Film Club’s real–life filmmaking experience for area middle school students is a wrap. Simultaneous after school filmmaking projects at Chatham Middle School, the Walter B. Howard Elementary School in New Lebanon and Hudson Junior High School have been produced, acted and edited into “rough cut” form from students’ original stories, and are now in post–production, Read more

The Chatham Film Club Creates After School Filmmaking Project for Columbia County Middle School Students

March 24, 2014


March 24, 2014 The Chatham Film Club has created a real-life filmmaking experience for area middle school students. Sponsored by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Columbia Arts and Humanities Project and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, after school filmmaking workshops led by Patrick Toole at the Chatham Middle School and Walter B. Howard Elementary School in New Lebanon and Isabel Read more

Chatham Film Club Name New Board Member

March 17, 2014


March 17, 2014 At its March meeting, the Chatham Film Club Board of Directors welcomed Susan Van Tassel as its newest member. A Ghent native, Van Tassel owns an accounting business which serves the needs of both small non-profit organizations and area for-profit businesses. She previously spent seven years with the Columbia Land Conservancy as Accounting and Office Coordinator. Over Read more

Film Festival Celebrates the Roots of Farming in America

March 8, 2014


March 8, 2014 Now celebrating its sixth year, it is time again for the annual Farm Film Fest, sponsored by the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy. This year the program is organized with an hour long film at the beginning and end of the festival, surrounding six varied and well executed farming related shorts. The Read more

Chatham Film Club announces contest winners

March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014 For the second year in a row, over 100 patrons tested their movie knowledge in the Crandell Oscar Challenge. With the final ballots counted, the winner was Debra Goldman of Spencertown. Ms. Goldman, who also won the top prize in last year’s contest, correctly picked the winners in 22 of 24 categories and also correctly guessed that Read more

Chatham Film Club Names New President

January 19, 2014


January 19, 2014 The board of directors of the Chatham Film Club, owner of the historic Crandell Theatre, has announced the election of Fred Ulrich as its new president. Ulrich succeeds Sandi Knakal, who had been president of the Film Club since 2002, succeeding founder Carole Roseman. Knakal led the non-profit organization during a critical time in its history – Read more

Call for Entries for Farm Film Fest VI

January 2, 2014


January 2, 2014 Contact: Mary Gail Biebel, The Chatham Film Club & The Chatham Agricultural Partnership; 392-5108; email hidden; JavaScript is required Entries are now being accepted for Farm Film Fest VI, an annual event sponsored by the Chatham Agricultural Partnership, the Columbia Land Conservancy, and the Chatham Film Club. The event will take place on Sunday, March 16, at Read more

The Chatham Film Club Announces FilmColumbia 2013 Program Preview September 22

September 17, 2013


(Chatham, New York) September 17, 2013 – The Chatham Film Club announces an exclusive, members-only preview of the 2013 FilmColumbia Festival lineup, showing at the Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY. On Sunday, September 22 at 2:30pm, Festival Executive Director and Co-Programmer Peter Biskind, Director Calliope Nicholas and Co-Programmer Laurence Kardish will host this insider preview of films slated Read more

Huge step forward for Crandell Theatre

May 9, 2013

The Chatham Film Club has announced that the Crandell Theatre will complete a major step in its digital conversion and theatre upgrade project this month. The fundraising campaign begun last October has raised sufficient funds to replace the existing 35 mm equipment with a new, state of the art digital projector, projection booth renovation, improvements to the theatre sound system Read more

And the Winner Is…

March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013 Over 100 patrons submitted ballots for the Crandell Oscar Challenge in hopes of winning a book for movie passes. When all of the ballots were counted, the winner was Debra Goldman of Spencertown. Ms. Goldman correctly predicted the winners in 20 of 24 categories and also correctly guessed that Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” would receive the highest number of Oscars, Read more

Crandell Theatre Catches Oscar Fever

January 21, 2013

January 21, 2013 The Oscar nominations have been announced and the countdown to the February 24th awards night has begun. The Crandell is proud to say that 19 of the films nominated for Oscars this year have played on its single screen; in fact, 3 of these films (“Amour,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Sessions”) had their upstate premieres at the Read more

Chatham Film Club Names a New Board Member

January 8, 2013

January 28, 2013 The Chatham Film Club recently named Sharon Grubin to its Board of Directors. A part-time resident of Austerlitz for nearly 30 years, Grubin retired in 2012 after a lengthy and impressive legal career, the last 12 years of which were spent as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc., the largest not-for-profit performing Read more

Chatham Film Club hires its first director

October 2, 2012

Tuesday October 2, 2012 The Chatham Film Club has an executive director for the first time in its 14-year history. The film club’s board of directors recently hired Annie Brody, an administrator and consultant with experience in nonprofit and small- business program management, marketing, and community service. She lives in Canaan, N,Y. ” The board is very pleased that Annie Read more

Crandell Theatre Looks Ahead to Digital Future

September 5, 2012

September 5, 2012 Coming quickly down the road is a huge change in the movie-making world: soon all movies will be produced in digital format rather than 35 millimeter film. Joining theaters around the country, the Crandell Theatre is making plans to meet this enormous challenge. The movie industry has been working toward the change for some time. The reason Read more

Crandell Theatre Façade Restoration Complete

August 19, 2012

August 19, 2012 After only five weeks of construction, the fabric-wrapped scaffolding has been removed to unveil the wonderfully restored façade of the Crandell Theatre. Under the supervision of Aaron Gaylord of AG Carpentry in Chatham, a host of other local contractors including TD Smith Stonemasonry, Hudson River Contracting, (Brian’s painting company), Leggett Electric, and Sausbier’s Awning took on the Read more

The Crandell Gets a Facelift

July 5, 2012

July 5, 2012 Pedestrians on Chatham’s Main Street will have to detour around the Crandell Theatre for the next few weeks as a major façade restoration project gets underway. On July 9th, scaffolding will be erected in front of the theatre, the first step in an undertaking that will result in a rebuilt parapet atop the marquee, a section of Read more

Chatham Film Club Gains Two New Board Members

June 7, 2012

June 7, 2012 The Chatham Film Club’s Board of Directors approved two new members at a recent meeting in Chatham. Both are full-time residents of Columbia County, enthusiastic movie-goers, and active participants in the local community. Sara McWilliams, East Chatham, brings financial, volunteer recruitment, and community outreach skills to the board. Through her executive search company, Kent McWiliams, she provides Read more

What’s New at the Crandell? Popcorn!

April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012 The Crandell Theatre has always had popcorn, of course. Popcorn is a must for any movie theatre. But now, in an effort to enhance the experience of moviegoing, the theatre is offering real butter and recycled bags. The little theatre on Main Street is a unique attraction in the Village of Chatham, NY. Its loyal base of Read more