Derek Cianfrance returns to Schenectady

Noted director screens The Place Beyond the Pines and discusses his work, Saturday, May 5 at Proctors

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—APRIL 24, 2018—Derek Cianfrance returns to The Capital Region to screen his film The Place Beyond the Pinesat the GE Theatre at Proctors, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

A 1:30 p.m. VIP mixer with Cianfrance precedes the screening; and the Colorado-born director will speak about his experience filming in Schenectady following the show. The event will include raffles to win autographed The Place Beyond the PinesDVDs and movie posters to benefit the annual Northeast Filmmakers Lab.

Tickets $20 (screening) and $75 (mixer) are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first feature Brother Tied(1998) was filmed at the age of 23. The movie made its American premiere at The Sundance film festival and was hailed a work of “visual genius,” by Newsday. The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at six. His second feature, Blue Valentine, starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. There were no rehearsals and Cianfrance rarely shot more than one take per shot.

The Place Beyond the Pines, filmed largely in Schenectady and around the Capital Region in 2012, stars Gosling, Craig Van Hook and Eva Mendes.

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab is hosted annually by the Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that empowers emerging filmmakers to complete and present their projects in a rapidly changing media landscape by leveraging world-class industry expertise through a lab process.

Through interaction with audiences, industry experts and peers, filmmakers can acquire a greater understanding of the language and best practices needed to navigate the creative and business paths from development to marketing, from financing to completion.