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FilmWorks Forum

FilmWorks Forum is a non-profit community service presenting interesting and inspiring independent and documentary films. Screenings are followed by a discussion with people involved in the creation of the film… filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, actors, sharing their experience in making the film and why a particular project was created or funded. This continuing festival of the filmed arts began in 1997 and is currently in its 18th year.

Screenings are generally held on Sundays and are open to the public free of charge.

Submit Your Film: We encourage filmmakers interested in submitting their film to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call our office at 860-435-2897. We look for films that are relevant to the cultural, environmental and political climate of our times and that have a close connection to our region and the interests of our communities.

Collaborate: We are always open to collaborations with regional nonprofit organizations to screen films that are of mutual interest to our communities. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Suggest a Film: Your input into the selection of these films is vitally important. We welcome any suggestion that you have and any leads to filmmakers who may want to screen a film that fits the criteria. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Hudson:                                                River at Risk

The Hudson:                                River at Risk

2 Hrs.

Sunday, August 16th – 11:30 a.m.

A FilmWorks Forum presentation of three important short films outlining the current risks facing our beloved river and its environs.


Each film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Filmmaker & Director Jon Bowermaster:

Panel participants include:
Jon Bowermaster: Filmmaker/Moderator
Ned Sullivan, President, Scenic Hudson
Didi Barrett, NYS Assemblymember
Cliff Weathers, Communications Director, Riverkeeper

Listen to WHDD’s Marshall Miles interview Jon Bowermaster & Ned Sullivan about this event.

For many years, the Hudson river, like so many waterways, was treated like an infinite waste barrel, a receptacle for poisonous chemicals, hazardous waste, trash of all descriptions. But in the past forty years, thanks to a committed group of environmentalists and their agencies (Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater and more) the river has become markedly cleaner. While it is still an under-utilized natural resource, increasingly it is used by boaters, kayakers, even swimmers as a recreational playground. But the river, in the words of Riverkeeper’s John Lipscomb, has “had a foot on its neck” for more than one hundred years and still today, despite the efforts to clean it up, there are environmental risks and concerns.

Since it is our hometown river (Oceans 8 Films are headquartered here in the Hudson Valley), Bowermaster and his crew decided to take a closer look at several of the more prominent risks: – The boom in transportation of crude oil down the river by barge and rail car – The always-problematic aging nuclear power plant at Indian Point – The impact of the building of a replacement to the Tappan Zee Bridge and its ultimate teardown – the largest construction project in North America.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Civic Life Project: 2015 Student Documentaries

The Civic Life Project: 2015 Student Documentaries

A Special Presentation by The Salisbury Forum in Collaboration with FilmWorks Forum

Sunday, June 7 – Doors Open at 11:00 a.m. show starts 11:30 p.m.

Should marijuana be legalized in Connecticut? Why is there so much mistrust between police and minority youths? Can teenagers live without social media? What happens when they try to give up their cell phones and tablets for two weeks? Are many children being over-medicated for ADD and ADHD?

These are some of the complex and controversial subjects student film makers tackled this year under the Civic Life Project. Many of these high school juniors and seniors found their views changed when they started asking questions and getting answers.

Students at the Stamford Academy charter school had never really talked to a police officer before starting their documentary on police “Mistrust.” Housey students are finding out what life is really like for a gay, lesbian or transgender teenager. Another group is working on the controversial issues involved in teaching about religions in a public school.

Please join us to see these interesting and provocative films and hear from the student filmmakers on why they chose their subjects and what they have learned.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Salisbury Forum presents              Kids For Cash

Salisbury Forum presents         Kids For Cash

Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Salisbury Forum and Filmworks Forum of The Moviehouse present:

Kids for Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious scandal that rocked the nation when it first came to light in 2009. Beginning in the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania elected a charismatic judge who was hell-bent on keeping kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were ripped from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent dared to question this harsh brand of justice, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers where the kids—most of them only in their early teens—were incarcerated. Exposing the hidden scandal behind the headlines, KIDS FOR CASH unfolds like a real-life thriller. In a major dramatic coup, the film features extensive, exclusive access to the judges behind the scheme. Now serving a 28 year sentence in federal prison, the former juvenile court judge at the heart of the scandal shares his ulterior motives.

Before the film: In a short video, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT), who has made improving juvenile justice one of his legislative goals, introduced the film.
Screening was followed by a Q&A with Director Robert May

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Alive Inside

Alive Inside

1 Hr 45 Mins

A Special Screening
Sunday, November 9 – 11 a.m.
Sponsored by Senior Behavioral Health at Sharon Hospital and Filmworks Forum.

Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia — many of them alone in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease pain and awaken these fading minds. Joy and life are resuscitated, and our cultural fears over aging are confronted. Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

A FREE Community Event.

Following the Screening
A Special Dementia Forum with Doctors from Sharon Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Unit.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Civic Life Project

The Civic Life Project

The Salisbury Forum/FilmWorks Forum collaboration with The Civic Life Project

SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING Drugs, Guns, Redemption & Edward Snowden: Stories from Young Filmmakers Exploring the Drug Culture, Gun Violence, Sexual Assault and NSA Surveillance.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Admission: FREE

The Civic Life Project is an alternative to the standard High School Civics Class. The project is a collaboration with high school teachers, which allows educators to use filmmaking to transform the classroom into a laboratory for civics. The Civic Life Project brings professional journalists and filmmakers into the classroom to mentor students as they produce a short documentary film. By capturing the imagination of students, filmmaking offers a unique approach to education; where students discover that education can go beyond the classroom. The goal is to empower students, teaching them that they have a voice and the power to transform their community.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic

Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic


A Special Screening of Award-Winning Film ‘Human Terrain’ with Filmmaker James Der Derian
Presented by the SALISBURY FORUM in collaboration with the FilmWorks Forum of The Moviehouse.

‘Human Terrain’is two stories in one. The first exposes a new Pentagon effort to enlist the best and the brightest in a struggle for hearts and minds. Facing long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military initiates ‘Human Terrain Systems’, a controversial program that seeks to make cultural awareness the centerpiece of the new counterinsurgency strategy. Designed to embed social scientists with combat troops, the program swiftly comes under attack as a misguided and unethical effort to gather intelligence and target enemies. Gaining rare access to war games in the Mojave Desert and training exercises at Quantico and Fort Leavenworth, Human Terrain takes the viewer into the heart of the war machine and a shadowy collaboration between American academics and the military.

Open to the Public, Free of Charge

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Ghost Bird

Ghost Bird


FilmWorks Forum in collaboration with the Audubon Sharon presents a Feature Documentary filmed in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas
Directed by: Scott Crocker

Synopsis: Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, Ghost Bird explores
the limits of certainty, the seductive power of hope, and how one phantom woodpecker
changed a sleepy Southern town forever.

Q&A following the screening
with Patrick M. Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Connecticut

Mr. Comins is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford , and has worked in the bird conservation arena for the last 15 years. Patrick has deep Yankee roots. His family has lived in Connecticut since 1635, a legacy that strengthens his deep personal commitment to conserving the habitats and character of the state. He began his career with the Connecticut Audubon Society doing bird surveys on the coast at the McKinney NWR and then worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a biological technician at the Refuge. He has been with Audubon Connecticut as the Director of Bird Conservation for Connecticut since 2000, overseeing Connecticut ’s Important Bird Areas and other conservation programs.He is the principal author of Protecting Connecticut’s Grassland Heritage and President of the ConnecticutOrnithological Association and was the 2007 recipient of their Mabel Osgood Wright Award.

Open to the Public Free of Charge

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FilmWorks Forum Presents



FilmWorks Forum in collaboration with the American Farmland Trust
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Directed by: Ana Sofia Joanes

FRESH” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future. FRESH addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action America has been waiting for.

Following the screening: Panel discussion with leaders in the Hudson Valley farm and food movement.

American Farmland Trust
David Haight, New York Director of American Farmland Trust

Winter Sun Farms
Jim Hyland, President

Great Performances/ Katchkie Farm
Liz Neumark

Edible Hudson Valley Nancy Brannigan Painter

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FilmWorks Forum Presents



18 Minutes, followed by Q&A

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Open to the Public, Free of Charge

In celebrating local filmmakers, we are proud to announce a free private screening at the Moviehouse of the film “Michael” directed by alum of Indian Mountain School, Hotchkiss, and most recently New York University,  Harry Bainbridge

Shot entirely at Indian Mountain School, “Michael,” a short drama, chronicles the experience of one boy at a youth boarding school on September 11, 2001. A poignant investigation of society’s expectations of loss versus the real experience of it, the film is both personal and universal, drawing on the director’s autobiography to expose the surrealness felt by all in the immediate aftermath of tragedy. Michael must grapple with the ghost of his father, a man whom he never knew, but who defines him, and whose death before Michael’s birth in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was publicly lamented, but privately withheld. Michael explores the experience of absence on an occasion that privileges those who know somebody who died’ over those who remain outsiders.

After the film the director and main stars of the film, Adam McKoy (Michael), and Lizzie Devlin (Claire), will hold a Q and A, followed by a reception. The screening and reception are free, open to all in the community, and all who come will receive a free DVD of the film.

Hear WHDD’s Marshall Miles interview with Mr. Bainbridge

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