Author: Francile Albright

The Picture House is home to Pelham’s longest-running, live improv group, The Pelicants. This group is made up of high school students and led by the hilarious, and very-generous-with-his-time, Pelham resident Josh Wallach. The Pelicants typically rehearse in our theater on Tuesday nights throughout the school year, and perform on our stage and at Rockwell’s [...]

Just a little more from our instructor, Will Tiao, on his film Formosa Betrayed, and how he sees film playing a role in our current social climate. (The class is filling up and space is limited, so be sure to register soon — class begins May 6th.) What motivated you to write/act/produce Formosa Betrayed?  Formosa [...]

In May, we celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We celebrate this while we are seeing a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country. So, as much as it is a celebration of some of the many cultures that knit together the fabric of this country, it’s also an opportunity for [...]

Next Thursday, March 4th, TPH kicks off a four-week film study program for adults honoring Women’s History Month. Picture House Education Director Francile Albright introduces the instructor Clara Bingham and theme below: I met Clara in 2019, when she was honored at The Picture House for her contributions to the film industry. Learning about her incredible [...]

The focus for February’s Film Study for Adults at TPH is the life and work of August Wilson. Below, Education Director Francile Albright tells us why. During this time of deep political and cultural divide, it feels sometimes that we can no longer talk to each other. There are many important conversations that need to happen, but [...]

Dear Picture House Community,  At The Picture House, we strive to bring film education programs to every community and provide access to the arts to anyone who wishes to participate. Since having to move online in March we’ve worked hard to come up with new and creative ways to connect with our students. And today, [...]

Low Budget, Big Effect This week we’re challenging budding filmmakers to be creative AND resourceful — you don’t need a big budget to get Hollywood effects. Summer Challenge #5 asks you to make a short video using simple household items and DIY engineering.What You’ll Need Any camera, iPhone, or iPad.  iMovie app (free to download) [...]

Documentary Filmmaking — Stories from Quarantine This week we’re asking you to hone your storytelling skills by making a documentary video about the quarantine experience. Focus your lens on yourself or a family member or friend to share a real life story from this historic moment in time. Summer Challenge #4 can be enjoyed by [...]

Fast Forward This week’s Summer Film Challenge asks you to capture and reveal a process that would normally appear slow and subtle to the human eye. Like all of our challenges, Fast Forward is tailored to kids in grades K-5 but can be enjoyed by filmmaking students of all ages. What You’ll Need 1.     iPhone or iPad with [...]

This week’s Summer Film Challenge dares you to let your creativity lead the way as you put your own spin on a favorite movie scene. Like all of our challenges, Your Favorite, Your Way is tailored to kids in grades K-5 but can be enjoyed by filmmaking students of all ages who want to put their imaginations [...]