The Movie House on Main Street
Rosendale is a small town in upstate New York with a population of 5,900. In 2009, the town's single screen movie theatre was slated to close after 60 years in business on Main Street. The family-owned theatre was struggling to make ends meet and faced a required conversion to a new digital projection system that would put the family out of business. The Movie House on Main Street is a documentary about the story of the Rosendale Theatre and the story of many small screen movie theaters across the United States that have closed due to an inability to sustain financially.
Teresa is a director, editor, and cinematographer. Her interest in the preservation of small single screen movie theaters emerged from her own efforts to preserve the local single screen movie theater in her hometown of Lindenhurst, NY. Teresa is interested in collective organizing models in local communities and how residents and communities can create creative solutions through acts of cooperation. She began her career in documentary film as the First Assistant Editor on the film Trouble the Water which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
Mike Cassedy is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer. His musical studies began in his hometown San Diego, studying classical piano with his father. Later, his interest turned to jazz and he attended the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Alan Pasqua, Bill Cunliffe, Shelly Berg, and John Clayton. Since moving to New York in 2003 he has performed, recorded and toured regularly with ensembles of various genres including guitarist and prog legend Francis Dunnery, minimalist ensemble Build, singer songwriter Mary Bragg, rock band Sky White Tiger and his own co-led project East West Quintet. As a composer for East West Quintet, Cassedy’s work integrates a wide range of influences including jazz, rock and classical.