Parties & Openings
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
March 31 – Hudson
Lil' Deb's Commitment Ceremony
Woodstock Nation Lives!
There was a redawning of the Age of Aquarius on Thursday, July 30 in Chatham, as a throng more than 1,000 strong, many wearing tie-dyed tees, poured into town to attend two screenings at the Crandell Theatre of Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee‘s latest film, Taking Woodstock, which was shot last Summer and Fall on locations in Columbia and Northern Dutchess Counties. “Sometimes you make a movie, and the town is hostile,” Lee told a rapt audience minutes before the lights went down. Maybe some towns, but not ours. “The motel owner was so happy, he had a stroke,” Lee said of the proprietor of his principal set, a derelict motel in New Lebanon. “Then he came back to life. And there was a lady who brought cookies to the set. Every day the Cookie Lady just showed up. The Ice Storm,” he continued, referring to his much-lauded 1997 drama, “was about the hangover of the 70s. Taking Woodstock gave me back my innocence.” And, if the Chatham Film Club, sponsor of the event, holds sway, this premiere will help give back to the people of Chatham the certainty that their one-screen movie palace will be around for at least another eighty-three years.
Taking Woostock producer and screenwriter James Schamus, a Ghent resident and Chatham Film Club member, meets the press; Ang Lee greets the audience.
Tony Quirino, second generation owner of the Crandell, wants to retire; Catham-Film-Club board members, such as Vanity Fair writer Peter Biskind, hope to fill his shoes.
Chef Danyell, of Georgia Ray’s Kitchen, catered the gala (that cole slaw!), with an assist from Short Order Specialist Tommy Carlucci; Taking Woodstock extras Collette Kulas, Jeannette Olsen, and Kurt Smith
Doris Cassar, Gary Delemeester, Sue Chiafullo, and Jeff Daly; Hank Flick with two young filmmakers Kimberly Wilcox and Jamaica Gilmore, who were conducting interviews at the party for a documentary memoir about the making of Taking Woodstock.
As the crowd stood on line to enter the theater, a truck bearing an giant, rigid-plastic swimming-pool liner inched down traffic-choked Main Street, adding an aptly hallucinatory touch to the scene.
Jessica Bowen, Joan Lekakis, Elena Pavlov, Don Lumpkin; Linda Gamello, Chris Hayes
Sundog Solar‘s Jody Rael; David (separated-at-birth-from Jim) Morrison
Academy Award-winning animators Frank and Caroline Mouris (in mauve top); Paul Miller, who got stuck on the way to Woodstock forty years ago, with his daughter Zoe Miller.
Screenwriter John Orloff, Paige Orloff, Jocelyn Zuckerman, Jennifer Baum; and Jennifer Capala
John Perotti, Joan Perotti and Joe Guest; Robert & Kim Swidler
The theater was completely sold out for both the 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. shows. If the building had rafters, they’d have been hanging from them.