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Albany Film Festival Kickoff

Friday, March 27, 2020

Sample of 3D Projection Mapping


The kickoff to the inaugural Albany Film Festival will include illuminating the night sky and exterior of the Science Library on the uptown UAlbany campus with a dazzling 3D immersive light show that will be the first of its kind for Albany. The technology is known as projection mapping and it will include a narrative of the Capital Region’s cultural legacy and the history of major movies filmed on location in the area. Students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages are invited to experience this dynamic public art display. It will run multiple times on the Science Library’s west façade for four consecutive nights and can be viewed from great distances.


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Rosie Perez

Acclaimed actress
Eric Haze, artist

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Kasi Lemmons

Director and
screenwriter of HARRIET

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Director of

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Author of

To our first film festival!

An exploration of the intersection of writing and film. Located on UAlbany's Uptown Campus where all the venues are under one roof! 


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A limited number of Albany Film Festival VIP passes are available for $75 each.

Pass holders will receive:

  • A colorful lanyard and VIP badge that will identify you as a supporter of the Albany Film Festival

  • Advanced, priority seating for all Albany Film Festival events, including workshops, screenings, panel discussions, presentations, and evening award ceremony.

  • Access to a private reception with food and beverage following the evening award ceremony that will allow you to mix and mingle with award recipients, featured filmmakers and special guests.

A Special Thanks

to our Sponsors



Chet & Karen Opalka

UAlbany Speaker Series



June DeSorbo

Film Albany

The Touhey Family Foundation



Ellen Jabbur

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

University Auxiliary Services


Add a Zero Productions

A. Andrew Casano, MD & Bella Pipas

Brown & Weinraub, PLLC

Foy Fund

Paul & Mary Grondahl

Honest Weight Food Co-op

William & Mary Krackeler

Cecilia Lauenstein & Ronald Nadeau

Betsy Lopez

Herb and Cynthia Shultz

Hon. Leonard A. Weiss