Gunks Climbing Film Festival 2020 poster

October 10, 2020 – Gunks Climbing Film Festival

The Gunks Climbing Film Festival is ON!

The Event is SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. If you intend to cancel, please request a refund so someone else can attend from the waiting list. The waiting list has been closed, we now have over 20 people waiting for tickets.

The GCC is happy to be announcing the 2020 Gunks Climbing Film Festival, sponsored by Rock and Snow on October 10th, outdoors at the Stone Mountain Farm at 310 River Road Ext in New Paltz (Google Maps).

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Our program this year is abbreviated due to the pandemic, but we are pleased to be bringing the focus back to the Gunks this year, headlined by a biopic of the Gunks’ own Rich Romano. In “A Day with the Bank Manager,” an unsung hero in the Gunks, Rich Romano, aka the bank manager, has his own eccentric way of climbing. He has put up climbs in the Gunks since the 70’s, a number of which are unrepeated and dangerous. We go back in time and visit Rich and then bring you back to present day.

Following the main event we will be hosting a live Q&A with Rich and Dom Azoto, the filmmaker, so stick around!

We’ll also be premiering “Conserve: Climbing and Stewardship in the Shawangunks,” a new short film by Chris Vultaggio, looking into the history of impact in the famed Shawangunks, as told by numerous Gunks luminaries, and what the changing landscape of our communities means for our natural world.

Due to Covid, we are operating under the NYS guidelines for event gatherings and will be offering our limited program on October 10 this year. Our event will be outside, and will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. This means designated areas for viewing, mandatory face masks, and other relevant social distancing restrictions. If you are sick, have a fever or were recently exposed to someone with Covid-19 – STAY HOME! Also please note that as per New York State restrictions, stay home if you’re from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19. Let’s all do our part to keep our fellow Gunks community members and their families healthy.

Our venue is a large and beautiful space, but will be restricted to 200 guests, and all tickets must be purchased online in advance. You will receive a PDF ticket with a QR Code that you must bring (or show on your mobile phone) to be admitted.

“Doors” open at 6:30pm, showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 plus ticketing processing fees.

Come early, find a spot socially distanced from others, and have something to eat! This year we are lucky to have two food options onsite, the Hudson Valley Baba Food Truck as well as the Rail Trail Café. So come from climbing, and come hungry – but BYOB. This includes water.

Also, bring your own low-back chair*, pad, or blanket for seating on the ground. October nights can be chilly, so dress warmly, and bring lots of layers or a blanket to snuggle under.  (*high-back chairs will be relegated to the back or sides in order to not block anyone’s view). Also bring a headlamp/flashlight and don’t forget your face mask!

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Gunks Climbing Film Festival 2020 poster

Summary of What to Bring:

  • low-back chairs, pads or blankets to sit on
  • wear warm clothes, bring extra layers, blankets, etc.
  • face mask
  • hand sanitizer (we will have some there, but best to have your own)
  • money if you plan to buy food
  • something to drink
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • your film fest tickets – with QR code either printed out or on your mobile device

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