On Saturday, March 14, the Hudson Opera House presents The Lives of Hamilton Fish, a cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that won Best Picture at the 2014 New England Underground Film Festival. The brainchild of Rachel Mason–who will perform the songs live for this screening– wrote, directed and stars in the film, much of it was shot on location at historic sites in the Hudson Valley.
The musical film follows two men–a serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish–who died one day apart in 1936. Hamilton Fish II, was a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State and Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer. A newspaper editor becomes obsessed with this coincidence after publishing their obituaries on his front page. The film’s story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice, as a surreal tale unfolds where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey. At the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street.