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Hudson Valley Community College Film Festival Oct. 24 - Oct. 26 Highlighting Maureen Stapleton

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 16, 2000

To celebrate the rededication of the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Hudson Valley Community College will present a film festival the week of October 23rd, showcasing highlights of the film career of actress Maureen Stapleton.

Stapleton, the esteemed Tony, Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress, will be the guest of honor at Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday, October 26 as the college launches an endowment fund for performing arts. Initial contributions to the fund will be used for capital renovations to the college's Maureen Stapleton Theatre, which was dedicated with the actress present in 1981.

The following films will be shown. Admission will be free:

"Airport": Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Maureen Stapleton Theatre

"Interiors": Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Maureen Stapleton Theatre

"Plaza Suite": Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium; 8 p.m., Maureen Stapleton Theatre (following the Stapleton fund-raising event)

"Airport," a 1970 film with a star-studded cast including Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset and Helen Hayes, became a blueprint for big-budget disaster movies, and was spoofed in the 1980s (Airplane! And Airplane II: the Sequel). Stapleton was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress for Airport, but lost out to Hayes.

"Interiors," a serious 1978 Woody Allen film that is compared to Ingmar Bergman's film work, also brought Stapleton a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

"Plaza Suite," produced in 1971 and based on the Neil Simon play of the same name, is a comedy in three vignettes. Stapleton stars in the first vignette opposite Walter Matthau. Stapleton and Matthau play a husband who return to the same hotel suite where they spent their honeymoon 24 years earlier, but their second visit is not as romantic as the first.

The Maureen Stapleton Theatre is a 350-seat auditorium located in the college's Siek Campus Center, which was completed in 1973. It was dedicated and named for the famed actress, a Troy native who has won an Oscar award, an Emmy award and two Tony awards.

The Maureen Stapleton Theatre has been the venue for many diverse, internationally, nationally, and locally acclaimed artists who have been sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College's Cultural Affairs Program.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.