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Albany Film Festival

Albany Film Festival logoApril 2, 2022

University at Albany
10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Free and open to the public


The 2nd annual Albany Film Festival, presented by the NYS Writers Institute, is on Saturday, April 2 at the University at Albany. The festival features "bookish" events exploring the craft of diverse storytelling in cinema, foster a deeper understanding of social justice and celebrate the human experience in all its dimensions.

Enjoy full-length and short film screenings, special guests from the film industry, in-depth panel discussions, short film contest awards and the Ironweed Award winners.

2022 special guests include:

  • Director Derek Cianfrance and novelist Wally Lamb discussing their adapation of Lamb's book "I Know This Much is True" starring Mark Ruffalo.
  • Filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith will discuss their Oscar-nominated documentary, “Attica.”
  • Award-winning actor Karen Allen (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”) will discuss her directorial debut, a short film based on a Carson McCuller’s story, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.
  • Novelist Russell Banks will join director Michael Caplan in a discussion of Caplan’s film, “Algren,” a documentary about Nelson Algren, one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century who was an important influence on Banks.”

The event will take place on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus at 1400 Washington Avenue. Click here for maps, free parking locations, and more information. 

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