Experience the Best of Filmmaking and Fall Foliage at FilmColumbia in Chatham, NY
Attention movie fans who are looking for a unique way to experience the beautiful fall season in upstate New York - look no further than FilmColumbia in Chatham, NY – a ten-day festival dedicated to showcasing some of the best independent films from around the world. This year's event is scheduled for late October 2023 and promises to be better than ever. The festival venue, the historic Crandell Theater has hosted the festival since its inception in 1999. And, to make your trip even more memorable, we recommend staying at The Inn at Silver Maple Farm – a charming bed and breakfast that is as cozy as it is elegant.
Film Columbia was founded in 1999 by Peter Biskind and Laurent Rejto, movie enthusiasts, who wanted to bring independent film to the Chatham area. Over the years, the festival has grown to become a beloved regional event that draws filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over. The festival has a reputation for showcasing some of the best independent movies in the country, and it has helped to put Chatham, NY, on the map as a cultural destination.
FilmColumbia features an impressive selection of films, ranging from thought-provoking dramas to uplifting comedies and everything in between. Each year, the festival's audience gets to witness movies from across the globe, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Tribeca. The festival offers both premieres and retrospectives, meaning that you'll get to see some of the most exciting new work in independent cinema while also revisiting cinematic classics from the past. There are also several special events planned throughout the festival, including Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, and parties.
The Crandell Theater
The Crandell Theater, the festival's center stage, is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in New York. Located in the heart of Chatham, this theater has been an essential landmark of the town since 1926. With its red velvet curtains, retro design, and an organ upstairs that plays in intervals of the films, it inspires nostalgia upon entering. The Crandell Theater is the heart of the festival, with a large seating area, a 50 feet screen, and state-of-the-art sound.
Why Visit Chatham, NY in the Fall
If you've never visited upstate New York in the fall, you're in for a treat. The rolling hills and forests of the region come alive with color. In Chatham, fall also marks the apple cider-making season as well as the arrival of FilmColumbia. The fest is the talk of the town during Autumn, and it is the perfect recharge to anyone's craving for films, food, and fresh air. When the FilmColumbia festival lights die down, there are plenty of things to do around town. One can take a scenic drive to the neighboring farms to pick fresh produce or savor local beers and ciders. The crisp air and clear skies make for perfect outdoor adventures, whether you're hiking through nature trails, kayaking along the Hudson River, or simply strolling through a charming town of Chatham, enjoying its rich history, delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and charming local shops.
Where to Stay near FilmColumbia Festival
The Inn at Silver Maple Farm, located just a few miles away from Crandell Theater, is the perfect home base for your FilmColumbia adventure. This historic farmhouse has been lovingly restored to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere that feels like home away from home. Each guest room is uniquely decorated with European farmhouse furniture and original artwork. In the morning, you'll be treated to a delicious homemade breakfast featuring local ingredients and seasonal flavors.
From its humble beginnings to its current status as one of the top independent film festivals in the country, Film Columbia has become a hallmark of the Chatham, NY, community. Whether you're a cinephile or just looking for a unique fall getaway, this event offers something for everyone. Book your trip today, and get ready to fall in love with Chatham and the magic of independent film.
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The Team at Silver Maple Farm