All articles by Bill DeLapp

Salt City-Bred Moviemaker Hosts His New Flick

‘Isn’t It Delicious’ screens on Friday, Dec. 12 at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre

A plume of cigarette smoke wafts provocatively through the air during the opening seconds of Isn’t It Delicious, perhaps signaling that a film noir work is about to commence. Yet that puff comes from just one of the many cigarettes chain-smoked by Joan Weldon (Kathleen Chalfant), who likes her coffin nails with the filter tips defiantly ripped off.



Cinematic Seasonings

Movie maniac Bill DeLapp runs down the yuletide’s list of upcoming releases

Everything usually gets bunched up as the movie year comes to a close, and 2014 is no different. Family-friendly flicks, which have been in short supply for much of the year, are coming out in full force to greet kids getting out of school. And there is plenty of Oscar bait in the pipeline, as studios wait until the final weeks to push out features that could have award-winning potential.



Local Filmmaker Pays Eloquent Homage in My Brother and Me

Screening on Friday, Nov. 14, at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre

Baldwinsville resident Evan Schoeberlein suffered from the bone tumor disease Ewing’s sarcoma, passing away at age 25 in July 2008. Local audiences will get to honor his memory thanks to a movie directed by his younger brother Marc Schoeberlein, 25, during the world premiere of the docudrama My Brother and Me on Friday, Nov. 14, at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre.



Cortland Rep’s Breezy Summer 2015 Slate

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s 2015 Season

Light fare is on the summertime menu for Cortland Repertory Theatre’s 2015 spritzy sixpack of selections, with nary a naval-gazing dramarama in sight.



Laggies: Slackerness in Seattle

A comedy from director Lynn Shelton

Wearing its sweetly oddball charm like a badge of honor, Laggies concerns a 28-year-old Seattle miss named Megan (Keira Knightley) who hasn’t quite got the hang of adulthood. Megan’s not quite a slacker (OK, so she’s still a sign twirler for her tax adviser dad, played by Jeff Garlin), but she definitely has some emotional lag time compared to the rest of her gang.



A Visit with Vilmos Zsigmond

Vilmos Zsigmond will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

It’s not every day when an Academy Award-winning cinematographer visits Central New York. So it will be a special occasion indeed for a visit from Hungary’s Vilmos Zsigmond, who will appear as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival’s ongoing “FilmTalks” series on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Le Moyne College.



Scene at the SALT Awards

Candid Photos from the SALT Awards

The 10th Annual SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) took place at Syracuse Stage on Sunday, October 26. Syracuse New Times Associate Editor Bill DeLapp was on hand to capture some candid moments throughout the evening.



Getting Reel at Syracuse Film Fest

Syracuse International Film Festival

This year’s Syracuse International Film Festival celebrates everything from Bollywood to Hollywood, with classic cinema mixing with short subjects from newbie filmmakers, and celebrities ranging from septuagenarian actress Sally Kirkland to talented director Nick Cassavetes, son of the late indie-film pioneer John Cassavetes.



Checking Out Chekhovian Comedy at Syracuse Stage

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Syracuse Stage

There’s nothing like a recent Tony Award winner to get the Syracuse Stage season off to a rousing start, and there’s nothing quite like Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christopher Durang’s epic dysfunctional-family comedy wears its heart on its sleeve, even as its droll humor tickles the brain waves.



Midway Drive-In Makeover in Progress

Two more Midway benefits go on this weekend.

During the first week of July, Mark Sherman, owner of Letters, Signs and Specialties in Fulton, was supposed to bring back the newly restored neon-lit portion of the Midway Drive-In marquee to the theater. The July 8 tornado that wiped out the Minetto venue’s 40-by-80-foot wood screen delayed those plans, however, until ozoner owner John Nagelschmidt started piecing together a comeback strategy. Thanks to fundraisers from T-shirt sales and other contributions, construction of the drive-in’s new steel screen is on the horizon.