Film At The Linda

WAMC has, since the opening of The Linda, hosted a variety of film presentations with an overall focus on socially relevant cinema. While our Documentary Film Program maintains this basic format, we continue to present films and film events of all genres.

WAMC is committed to solidifying The Linda’s place as one of the region's resident film exhibitors by presenting film that reflects the station's commitment to social discourse and community support. We hope that you will find this website a useful tool with information on upcoming film events at the Linda, calendar postings for regional film events beyond the Linda, past broadcasts on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on film related topics and links to film resources and organizations to help you connect with the film community as a whole.

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Upcoming Films


Thursday 4/17 - Film 7:00 PM - $8.00

Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.

This Months Film:TINY

After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it's time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.

From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed "Tiny Housers" live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners' stories and the design innovations that make them work.

When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives into the tension between settling down and staying adrift, between preserving a parcel of land that he loves and developing it. Merete begins to ask her own questions about settling down, and both walk away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that became bigger than they'd ever imagined.

TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.

This evenings musical performer


Jack Empie began playing guitar spontaneously on a Christmas Day when he discovered a guitar (intended for his younger brother) under the tree. Jack went on to study music at Berkley College and Towson University. His diverse range makes it difficult to place his music in a particular genre but his personal voice is discernible to even an unsophisticated listener. Jack has worked as a professional musician in bands and as a solo performer since he was a teenager. His passion for music is infectious because of his joy in sharing and relating it others. He is presently working to release a new CD and continues to perform at various local venues.

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2014 Knickerbocker Film Festival

Tuesday 4/22 - Film 6:30 PM - $10.00

Albany's only citywide film festival. Celebrating five years of bringing a Capital City to Life through Film. Presenting selected films from across the capitol region and the world, along with a question and answer panel from filmmakers present.

Festival screenings are taking place on Monday, April 21st (7 p.m.) and Thursday, April 24th (6:30 p.m.) at the Madison, Tuesday, April 22nd (6:30 p.m.) for WAMC's The Linda, and Wednesday, April 23rd (6:30 p.m.) at Spectrum 8 Theaters.

The Knickerbocker Film Festival (KFF) was concieved by Joseph A. Alindato in early 2009. Having access to the Madison Theater and a launchpad of LarkFEST 2009, Alindato along with Joseph M. Bonilla Jr. and Richard A. Fazio, led the charge of bringing a film festival to the Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany.

The first festival ran from February 26th through March 4, 2010 - screening seven films selected out of over thirty-five submitted from mainly the Capital Region, but from also as far as North Carolina. At the end of the week-long festival, the Knickerbocker Film Awards + Party (featuring the acclaimed MIRK) descended upon Elda's on Lark.

It only made sense to continue the festival - but to bring a larger scope of "bringing the Capital City to life." In 2011, the festival grew to two venues: the venerable Spectrum 8 theaters and the Madison Theater - with the awards show taking place at Pearl Street Pub.

2013 brought back the Spectrum 8, a encore presentation at The Linda, and an awards show at DeJohn's on Lark that tied in the Knickerbocker Ledger's first ever Capital Region '30 Under 30'.

Now in it's fifth year, the Knickerbocker Film Festival continues its tradition of being a citywide film festival in the heart of New York State's Capital City.

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These are a few of the films we are considering screening here at The Linda. If you would like to comment or have a film suggestion of your own, please e-mail us at:

CLEAR CUT: The Story of Philomath, Oregon

In the rural Oregon logging town of Philomath, every high school graduate has their college tuition paid thanks to the generosity of local lumber baron Rex Clemens. But when a new schools Superintendent arrives from Chicago, the administrators of the scholarship become concerned over the increasingly "liberal" direction of the schools. The conflict between the old-time loggers and the "urban immigrants" escalates dramatically, and the scholarship administrators deliver an ultimatum: either the superintendent leaves, or the scholarship is withdrawn, leaving the town's children without money for college.

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The Flaw makes one thing clear from the outset -- there was nothing simple about the U.S. financial collapse of 2007. Within minutes, experts had identified plenty of culprits: market failure, a credit culture, a wage crisis, a debt crisis, and upward redistribution of income. That's economic shorthand for fasten your seatbelt.
David Sington's rigorously constructed analysis of the meltdown, told entirely by economists, brokers, bankers, and borrowers, plays like a financial whodunit. Moving past the usual suspects, it creates a vivid historical context through which to view twentieth-century American capitalism.
Bolstered by graphics and animation (ironically plucked from postwar cartoons extolling free markets) the film renders complex ideas digestible and argues that capitalism has changed in the last 30 years -- and not for the better. Once sold on consumer power through borrowing and a higher standard of living, we realize we bought into a lie. The Flaw has burst the bubble.

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It's easy to forget that each time we turn on a light, we are contributing to the ecological damage caused by the coal that generates electricity in this country. The Last Mountain gives us plenty of reasons to remember. Contaminated air, soil, and water; coal dust, cancer clusters, and toxic sludge are all by-products of this widespread energy source.
Focusing on the devastating effects of mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia's Coal River Valley, filmmaker Bill Haney illustrates the way residents and activists are standing up to the industry and major employer that is so deeply embedded in the region. With strong support from Bobby Kennedy Jr. and grassroots organizations, awareness is rising in the battle over Appalachian mountaintop mining. Forces are aligning to prevent coal removal on Coal River Mountain and preserve the region's precious natural resources. Superb storytelling and exquisite photography combine to remind us that this environmental calamity impacts us all.


From its opening scene, where a terminally ill cancer patient takes a lethal dose of Seconal and literally dies on camera, it becomes shockingly clear that How to Die in Oregon is a special film. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands.
In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson (Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival) gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether -- and when -- to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

The Elephant in the Living Room

The Elephant in the Living Room is a documentary film about the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets. Director Michael Webber follows the journey of two men at the heart of the issue. One, Tim Harrison, a man whose mission is to protect exotic animals and the public, and the other, Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to keep his two pet African lions that he loves like his own family.

The Elephant in the Living Room is screening at Rosendale and Spectrum Theatres . Sarah LaDuke of WAMC's The Roundtable speaks with one of the subjects of the film, Tim Harrison. Tim is a decorated police officer, firefighter and paramedic. In his career, Harrison has captured and rescued literally hundreds of lions, tigers, alligators, bears and deadly snakes, all in the United States.

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