Beyond and back again with Derek Cianfrance

Appearance supports Northeast Filmmaker’s Lab
Derek Cianfrance in front of Schenectady City Hall during filming of "The Place Beyond the Pines."
Derek Cianfrance in front of Schenectady City Hall during filming of "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Derek Cianfrance, director of “The Place Beyond the Pines,” is coming back to Schenectady this weekend.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Cianfrance will be screening the film and host a Q & A session afterward at Proctors. There will also be a VIP mixer before the screening starting at 1:30 p.m.

The event brings back a director who really put Schenectady on the map again in terms of film.

“Pines,” which starred Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, was filmed in 2012 mostly in Schenectady and across the Capital Region.

“Some of the businesses and folks that were seen in the movie were thrilled to welcome Derek back to Schenectady,” said Donna Pennell of the Schenectady Film Commission.

Businesses like the Dairy Circus and Aumiller’s Pharmacy played a role in the film, as well as Christian Brothers Academy.

Cianfrance is coming back to support the Northeast Filmmaker’s Lab, which is hosted by the Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange. The Lab is a yearly event which helps to foster local filmmakers and projects through workshops, screenings and networking opportunities.

One such filmmaker was Brad Robinson, who showed his short film “Ghosts of New York,” at the Lab in 2017. After attending, he brought up the idea of bringing Cianfrance back to Schenectady and doing a fundraiser for the Lab. Robinson had worked with Cianfrance in the past on his film “Blue Valentine,” as a second assistant director. It didn’t take long to get everyone on board, including the people at Proctors and the Schenectady Film Commision.

“FILMschenectady has been involved in hosting and sponsoring the Northeast Filmmakers Lab for the past two years and supports the return of “The Place Beyond the Pines” to Schenectady. Familiar locations and familiar faces are seen throughout the film, now people will have a rare opportunity to watch the movie with the director and participate in a Q&A,” Pennell said.

Tickets for the screening are $20 and $50 for the mixer and screening. Tickets are available at the Box Office at Proctors (432 State Street, Schenectady), by phone 518-346-6204 or online

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