Chatham Film Club makes gift to Regional Food Bank

CHATHAM–Thanks to two sell-out screenings of the new film Taking Woodstock at the Crandell Theatre July 30, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is receiving a donation of $11,250. The Chatham Film Club sponsored the special showing of the film to raise funds for its campaign to purchase the historic theater. The Regional Food Bank was chosen to benefit as well.

“We’re pleased to be able to partner with another important community organization that helps so many of our neighbors in these difficult times,” Sandi Knakal, president of the film club, said in a press release from the club. In all, 10 food pantries in Columbia County will benefit from the donation.

More than 1,000 people came to view the film. In line before the shows, many moviegoers anticipated seeing local spots and people they knew, since the movie was filmed in and around Columbia County.  Ang Lee, the film’s director, and James Schamus, the screenwriter and producer, were present and spoke to the audience. Elliot Tiber, author of the book on which the film is based, also attended. With proceeds from the showing as well as a tent party on the green, the film club raised $21,000 for its campaign to purchase the theatre.

In the release Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank, thanked Mr. Schamus, a part-time resident of Ghent, and the Chatham Film Club for inviting the food bank to be part of the event. He said that many hungry people in Columbia County would benefit from the money.

Based in Latham, the Regional Food Bank distributes donations of food to charitable organizations in 23 counties.

The Chatham Film Club shows films the last Sunday of each month and hosts FilmColumbia, an annual film festival, which will take place this year October 22 to 25 at the Crandell. For more information about the film club and the Preserve the Crandell Campaign, go to the website www.chathamfilmclub.com or call (518) 392-3445.

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