Community Film Picks: Night of the Hunter
Fri, Apr 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Bushel is pleased to present a screening of Night of the Hunter (1955), an American film noir thriller directed by Charles Laughton, and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish. See trailer here. Doors at 6:45 pm; screening begins at 7 pm. This program is free to attend. There is seating for 30. Many thanks to Nancy Diamond and Saira McLaren for picking this film!

Based on the 1953 novel of the same name, Night of the Hunter follows a serial killer who poses as a preacher and charms an unsuspecting widow in order to get his hands on stolen bank loot that was hidden by her executed husband. The film borrows techniques from silent films, and has influenced directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Robert Altman, and Martin Scorsese. Night of the Hunter has been described as “equal parts Griffith and German Expressionism, Capra and Grimm, it is also thoroughly American, a collage of fragments from our collective dream life.“

This film was selected by artists Nancy Diamond and Saira McLaren, in conjunction with their two-person exhibition, Inside Voice, on view at Bushel, April 8–30. They will lead an informal discussion following the screening.


Nancy Diamond was born in New York City and now lives and works in upstate NY. She received a BFA in painting and film from Rhode Island School of Design. For the past 25 years, she has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in the US and abroad. She has received grants and awards from organizations including The National Endowment for the Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe/Walenta space program residency.

Saira McLaren is a Canadian artist living and working in the Western Catskills. Her work is rooted in landscape, both the external and internal world we move through. Perceptions of reality, repressions, and illusions are explored in the intersection of representation and abstraction. McLaren has mounted solo exhibitions at Sargent’s Daughters in New York and has been included group exhibitions in Toronto, Los Angeles and Dusseldorf. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, New York Magazine, and TimeOut.


Community Film Picks is a once-a-month film night at Bushel taking place on third Fridays at 7 pm. Bushel invites the community to propose films for future screenings. For information please send us an email.