The ClimbUp for consideration in the festival's Spotlight category is The Climb, filmed largely in Columbia County in 2018. The film won the Coup de Coeur prize in Cannes and was a hit in Telluride and Toronto. It's the tale of buddies Kyle and Mike as they embark long bike ride in the south of France just before Kyle is about to be married. Early in the ride, Mike reveals he's slept with the bride-to-be. Producer Noah Lang, a Hudson Valley native, found the Hudson Valley filmmaking experience "comfortable, economically viable, collaborative, and visually impactful."
Black Bear is set in a remote Adirondacks cabin, where a creative couple find themselves caught up in a "dark game of deception" when a filmmaker comes to visit from out of town. She claims to be looking for inspiration to end her creative block, but she's willing to go way over the line to get there, and a tense tale of deceit, gender dynamics, and inner demons unfolds. Just how convoluted can life get for the sake of art? The psychological drama features Aubrey Plaza of "Parks & Rec" fame, Sarah Gadon, and Christopher Abbott. Some filming happened in the Hudson Valley in summer 2019.
Shirley, based on a novel by Susan Merrill, follows a young couple that goes to stay with an aging college professor and his wife, famous horror writer Shirley Jackson. The deal is supposed to be that young Rose will clean house and take care of Shirley, but as things unfold it would seem that Fred and Rose are being manipulated into inspiring Shirley's next horror tale. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, and Logan Lerman, the film was made in summer 2018 and shot in Greene and Ulster counties and at Vassar College.
Save Yourselves!, a wacky sci-fi satire of our modern age. "Having access to locations that appear to be so remote while actually being five to 10 minutes away from real amenities and comforts was a dream," say writer-directors Eleanor Wilson and Alex Fischer of their local filming experience. "Special shout out to Krumville!"
His directorial debut, Scare Me, is a "metafictional horror comedy" that draws atmospheric darkness from a power outage in a Catskills cabin (yikes), where a frustrated copywriter and a smug horror novelist decide to while away the hours with a story contest—after all, what is there to be afraid of? Losing one's illusions? Scare Me has been picked up by AMC Networks’ genre streaming service Shudder for distribution in North America, the UK, and Ireland, so high-five Ruben if you see him around.