From left, Alyshia Ochse, Toby Nichols and Jami Page in “Desolation”

IFC film shot locally to screen at Capitol

Published Dec 28, 2017 at 4:00pm

The newly-released horror movie, “Desolation,” will be shown at the Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., on Friday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 each evening. The nationally-distributed movie by IFC was shot in Utica and in the Adirondack mountains.

Directed by Sam Patton, the story centers around a recently widowed woman (Jami Page) who takes a hiking trip to the Adirondacks with her son (Toby Nichols) and her best friend (Alyshia Oscse) to scatter the ashes of her late husband. Separated from civilization in the isolated wilderness of the Adirondacks, the trio encounters a strange hiker (Claulde Dehanel) who seems intent on following them.

Birth.Movies.Death wrote, “Sam Patton’s creepy camping picture boils genre down to its essence,” while Heather Wixson of The Daily Dead notes, “‘Desolation’ served as a great reminder to me that camping is just something I never need to do in my life. Ever.” Reviewing the movie in The New York Times, Jeanette Catsoulis writes, “this debut effort from the director Sam Patton is notable mainly for the beautifully organic performances of its two female leads. In tandem with Matt Anderson and Michael Larson-Kangas’s surprisingly sensitive script, the women create a believably intimate bond between their beleaguered characters.”

The movie’s Upstate New York premiere screenings will take place at the Capitol. The Friday show will be preceded by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director and producer, Sam Patton and Mara Barr, via Skype. It is expected the discussion will center on the decision to shoot the film in and around central New York and the impact this decision had on the narrative and characters, as well as the cast and crew. A recorded version of the question-and-answer will be screened before the Saturday show. The 89-minute movie is not rated, but parents should observe discretion in allowing children to attend due to intense situations and violence.

Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the Capitol Box Office and online at