UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY - Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy a film by Dmitri Kasterine

Saturday, March 9th. Doors Open 6:45 pm.  Film starts at 7:30 pm

Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy a film by Dmitri Kasterine

Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy  presented by Movies that Matters Beacon 

Free Screening

Saturday March 9. Doors open 6:45pm.  Film starts at 7:30pm


Dmitri Kasterine began taking pictures in Newburgh in 1996.  It wasn't the city’s reputation that drew him, but the beauty of the people and its abandoned buildings. This beauty held him and he returned regularly with his camera for 22 years. Dmitri’s book Newburgh: Portrait of a City was published in September 2012  and an exhibition was mounted on the wall of the Ritz Theater that same year.


Soon afterward Dmitri  began filming a documentary, apprenticing young people from the city as assistant producers. Incorporating his original portraits and a commentary of what drew him to Newburgh, Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy gives voice to those who live perilously, often in uninhabitable houses, in a city where education has faltered and employment is scarce. A collection of interviews together with glimpses of life and houses in ruins run through the film. We hear what is actually happening to the fabric and people of Newburgh as they face another crisis: a determined program of gentrification.


Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy  presented by Movies that Matters Beacon 

First Presbyterian Church, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St, Beacon 

Discussion with director Dmitri Kasterine after screening