The Art Mission Opens the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival

The Art Mission and Theatre is present the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival, October 12 – 16.  It opens with a keynote address by Scott MacDonald, whose book, ‘Binghamton Babylon’ inspired the festival.  It culminates with the Rod Serling Film Festival.  In between are film retrospectives and new avant-garde works of film. We hear from Tim Mollen of the Art Mission board of directors, and general manager Rebecca Sheriff about the festival, and the chance encounter on a New York City subway car that uncovered the rich history of film-making at the Binghamton campus.


Photo credit: Art Mission Theatre



Rod Serling Film Fest Winners to Share the Screen with Filmmakers

WSKG Youth has announced an exciting new partnership with the Art Mission and Theater! The nine winning films of the 2016 Rod Serling Film Fest will be screened as part of Binghamton Babylon, a new film festival celebrating Binghamton, New York’s central role in the development of avant-garde film in the late 1960s and 1970s. This four-day festival will feature the newest and most compelling avant-garde films from across the world, along with a retrospective of films made in Binghamton, hands-on filmmaking workshops, and a special keynote address by Scott MacDonald, cinematic historian and author of Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department 1967-1977. Learn more on the Facebook event page.  
Inspiring the Next Generation of Filmmakers
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Rod Serling Film Festival will take place during Binghamton Babylon in partnership with the Art Mission and Theater. The Rod Serling Film Fest, a video contest for youth in kindergarten through Grade 12, honors the work of Rod Serling and celebrates the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Two screenings of the winning films will be held at 4:00pm and 5:30pm on the 16th. 



Learn more about Binghamton Babylon and the film festival partnership from the press conference held on August 23, 2016 courtesy of NewsChannel 34.

Watch Two New Episodes of Late Fringe!

WSKG Arts weekly tour through the minds of New York State’s best and brightest filmmakers continues with these two episodes of Late Fringe. The first episode looks at the political films of Akram Shibly. Akram was able to spend time in a Syrian refugee camp and the images and words he was able to capture are truly remarkable. These are showcased in “Waiting at the Door” and the interviews that Akram holds with the children of the camp are eye opening. We also showcase “Heal the World”, which again looks at war through the eyes of innocent children.

The Second Episode of Late Fringe is Here!

Join WSKG Arts as we celebrate the work of regional filmmakers with our brand new series, Late Fringe. Host Phil Westcott navigates us around the state as we view exciting and thought provoking films every Saturday night at midnight. Grab your favorite movie snack and sit down for three short features. The first film is “The Luna and the Tide”, directed by Ben Davis and the beachside visuals are both breathtaking and emotionally compelling. The second feature was a winner in last year’s Rod Serling Film Festival and is directed by The Anderson Brothers.

Watch the First Episode of Late Fringe!

WSKG Arts is proud to present its latest locally produced series, Late Fringe! Hosted by WSKG’s Phil Westcott, this weekly program showcases the talented filmmakers of New York State. Each episode contains short films stretching across all genres of film. From narrative to documentary, comedy to drama, the surreal to ‘normal’, this show promises to have something for every fan of short films.

Our debut episode features three short films with the first being We Often Cross The Lines, directed and edited by Andrew DesGaines and based on a poem by Steven T. Licardi. This short feature is a harrowing look at one man’s struggle to overcome his addiction and blends the fine line between control and self destruction.

Late Fringe Premieres This Saturday

WSKG is proud to present its latest locally produced show, Late Fringe, a half hour program showcasing the talented filmmakers of New York State. Hosted by Phil Westcott, Late Fringe aims to entertain each week with films that range from the surreal to the experimental. Whether you enjoy dramas or comedies, documentaries or narrative shorts, there will be something for every film buff to sink their teeth into each and every Saturday night. Please enjoy this Late Fringe promo and tune in every Saturday night following Austin City Limits on WSKG-TV for a brand new episode!

Remember to check back here as full episodes will be available for streaming at!

'Late Fringe' Brings Short Film, Regional Filmmakers to WSKG TV

What forces control the mind? What simmers beneath the surface? And what is the distance between perception and reality? Late Fringe, a new show from WSKG Arts, explores these answers and more, through the eyes of short-film makers working in New York State. Tune in for a showcase of films shot, directed and acted by regional and student filmmakers.

Making Movies in the Southern Tier

Is the Southern Tier becoming the Hollywood of Upstate New York? Thanks to the Binghamton Film Initiative, over a dozen films have been shot around the Binghamton area over the past couple years. This segment features an interview with director Ethan Alexis Scarduzio, and he explains why shooting a film upstate has major advantages over filming in a bigger city. We also see some scenes from Ethan’s film “Cul De Sac”, which was filmed in and around Broome County in the Summer of 2015.

Leave a comment if you have seen a movie being filmed in the Southern Tier and tell us what your reaction was!

Binghamton Film Initiative

WSKG’s Arts & Culture Short Series examines the Binghamton Film Initiative, an organization founded by two Binghamton University students who were looking for an outlet to produce narrative films. Nearly two years later the group has produced over 15 films and show no signs of slowing down. BFI is a student-founded initiative aimed at encouraging students from both the Binghamton University Theatre and Cinema departments to participate in projects together by connecting online. By utilizing the skills and resources of each department, the goal is to promote students from any department or major to create and distribute unique content. This segment features interviews with BFI co-founders Tyler Downey and and Jared Biunno, plus behind-the-scenes footage from one of their movie sets.

Watch all of BFI’s student produced films!