January 2005 Newsletter

CONTENT:
CALL FOR ENTRIES - YEAR ROUND EVENTS (MESSENGERS, PARALLEL LINES, THE BALLAD OF JACK & ROSE)
PARK CITY NEWS - THE BALLAD OF JACK & ROSE, LOGGERHEADS,
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE 2 1/2, REEL PARADISE,
DUANE HOPWOOD, SAVING FACE, LONESOME JIM, STEAL ME, PROTOCOLS OF ZION, ENRON, THE RING OF FIRE, NEW YORK DOLL,
SHORTS AT SUNDANCE (VICTORIA PARA CHINO, RYAN, FLOTSAM/JETSAM)
SLAMDANCE HIGHLIGHTS (
FOXY AND THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD, MAD HOT BALLROOM)
IN THEATERS (THE CHORUS, I LIKE KILLING FLIES, CHAIN, MILK & HONEY
ON DVD, ON THE TUBE
(MTV, POWER TRIP), SPONSOR NEWS

 


Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller



Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller



CALL FOR ENTRIES - EARLY BIRD ENTRY SPECIAL

Our "early bird special" nests January 14th. All early entries will be discounted until 5/13/04. Visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/entryform/2005.htm  for details.
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20 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE
Some of the best investments for your film festival buck can be found at these 20 (it sounds like you're going to list the 20 festivals/events) film events by Jennifer M. Wood

One might think that New York City was where all the film action was happening in this state, but since its introduction only four years ago, the Woodstock Film Festival is proving that isn't true. Since its founding, the event has made fast friends in members of the press and the film industry. It has also built a reputation as a festival with impeccable taste. With such advisory board members as Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles, casting director Ellen Chenoweth, director-actor-producer Griffin Dunne, actor Ethan Hawke and United Artists' Bingham Ray supporting the cause, a trip to Woodstock certainly can't hurt your chances of making a few worthwhile industry connections.
(Movie Maker Magazine)

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The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2005) is currently accepting submissions in all categories. Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film Score, Best Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services are given out in each category. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary.

Jurors, and industry participants have included Bob Berney (Newmarket), Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Marc Urman (thinkFILM), Bingham Ray, James Schamus (Focus Features), Fisher Stevens (Greenstreet Productions), John Sloss (Cinetic Media), Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures), Ron Mann (Films We Like), John Pierson (Grainy Pictures), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Peter Saraf (Telegraph Films), Mira Nair, Todd Haynes, Woody Harrelson, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Lili Taylor, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Leon Gast, Liz Garbus, Brett Morgen, Thelma Adams, Robert Downey, Zachary Sklar, Ellen Chenoweth, Annie Nocenti, and many others.

Programmers include Ryan Werner of Wellspring Media and Tom Quinn of Magnolia Pictures
(features), Bill Plympton & Signe Baumane (animation), and others.

Entry fees range from $25-$50. To apply online, and for details, visit
http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/entryform/2005.htm or use Without A Box


YEAR ROUND EVENTS - COMING UP

February  in Woodstock
MESSENGERS at Can Film Festival
Philip Farha's "Messengers," which was postponed due to freezing rain, has been rescheduled for February February 12 @ 8pm.

For details, visit
http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/yearroundevents.htm


February  in NYC
PARALLEL LINES

Directed by Nina Davenport

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2004 Woodstock Film Festival

"Funny, unabashedly entertaining and personal." (Indiewire)

Join us Tuesday, February 15 @ 7pm at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in NYC for Nina Davenport's "Parallel Lines."


"New Yorker Nina Davenport was in San Diego at the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A few weeks afterwards she took a six-week-long road trip back to her home town, with only her video camera and random meetings with friendly strangers for companionship. She documented their simple transient intimacies along with her own thoughtful ruminations; the result is this warm and humane essay-style documentary that engages the viewer in the kind of dialogue possible in the days after the tragedy, a poignant memento of a fleeting vulnerable communal moment that already seems relegated to memory." (Jeff Economy for WFF)

Two Boots Pioneer Theater is located at 155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A) in NYC


March 
IFC Films and the Woodstock Film Festival
invite you to a special benefit screening of

THE BALLAD OF JACK & ROSE
Directed by Rebecca Miller

Join us on March 19 at 1pm for a benefit screening and a reception for IFC’s production of Rebecca Miller's "The Ballad of Jack & Rose," starring Daniel Day Lewis, Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan McDonald, Jena Malone, Jason Lee and Beau Bridges.

With "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Miller ("Angela," "Personal Velocity") has created a powerful and poetic feature about a man who has cut himself off from the world that refuses to live up to his ideals, and a young girl’s sensual coming–of–age. (see Park City news below for more about The Ballad of Jack and Rose")

For reservations, contact us at (845) 679-4265 email or info@woodstockfilmfestival.com

PARK CITY NEWS
Woodstockers head for Park City

WFF executive director Meira Blaustein will be making the rounds in Park City January 15 - 21
(she will be there January 20-26). To contact Meira, call the Park Regency at (435) 645-7531

Live reports from Sundance can be heard on Monday, January 24 on 100.1 FM WDST-FM at 9:30am
and on WAMC Northeast Public Radio at 10:07am


The following information regards project involvement by WFF advisory board members,
local productions, and past WFF participants at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.



Daniel Day-Lewis (Jack) in a scene from "The Ballad of Jack & Rose"directed by Rebecca Miller. An IFC Films release.
Photo credit: Nicole Rivelli
THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE
Directed by Rebecca Miller

Advisory board members Lemore Syvan (producer) and Sabine Hoffman (editor) will be in Park City to celebrate the world premiere of Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity" follow-up, "The Ballad of Jack and Rose."

Miller's "Personal Velocity," based on her collection of short stories, won the Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize and the Excellence in Cinematography Award (Ellen Kuras). Kuras returns to lens "Ballad."

With "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," Rebecca Miller has created a poetic third feature about a young girl's sensual coming-of-age and a man who has cut himself off from the world that refuses to live up to his ideals.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=5225 for more info and scheduling or visit Elevation Filmworks  or IFC Films


Kip Pardue in "Loggerheads"
LOGGERHEADS
Directed by Tim Kirkman

Inspired by a true story, "Loggerheads," is a moving NC story of adoption and finding your true family from "Dear Jesse" director Tim Kirkman and starring Kip Pardue, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Sarandon, Michael Kelly and Tess Harper.
   
WFF advisory board members included producer Gill Holland (LaSalle/Holland) and executive producer Stephen Hays, whose newly formed company, 120db Films, offers financial services specializing in gap, finishing and bridge loans to the independent film industry.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=1609  for more info and scheduling or visit LaSalle/Holland or 120db Films

Location Photo
Left to right: Anthony MacGowan, sound recordist, Bill Stitt, line producer
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE 2 1/2
Directed by William Greaves

Bill Stitt, co-commissioner of the Woodstock Film Commissioner (remove), was line producer for William Greaves' "SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE 2 1/2." The film was executive produced by Steve Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi. Phil Parmet ("Driving to Ground Zero") was involved as one of the cinematographers.

In the 1960s cauldron of the Vietnam War and the civil rights and feminist movements, filmmaker/actor William Greaves began a brilliant cinematic experiment that examined the power dynamics of narrative filmmaking in "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One." Thirty years and two wars later, the veteran director has now profoundly advanced this inquiry with "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2," an even more thorough and penetrating examination of race, gender, and the dynamics involved in the filmmaking process.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=4784 for more info and scheduling or visit William Greaves Productions

REEL PARADISE
Directed by Steve James

Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "Stevie") directs this documentary about indie film rep John Pierson and family, and their move from New York States Hudson Valley to Fiji, where they screened free movies for the local population in the world's most remote movie theater.

There is no truth to the rumor that The Meridian Cinema. (named for its proximity to the international dateline) is built half in today and half in tomorrow. Talk about scheduling snafus.

The film is executive produced by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier of View Askew.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=447 for more info and scheduling or http://reelparadise.com



David Schwimmer as Duane Hopwood and Chance Kelly as Tommy,
Photo: John Clifford
DUANE HOPWOOD
Directed by Matt Mulhern

Lemore Syvan will be pulling double duty with "Duane Hopwood," which she co-produced with Marc Turtletaub, and Melissa Marr. Matt Mulhern helms the pic, which features David Schwimmer, and Janeane Garofalo.

"Duane Hopwood" is about a divorced father working the night shift at an Atlantic City casino. When his relationship with his young daughters and ex-wife are jeopardized by a run-in with the law, he struggles to get his life - and family - back together.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=1477
for more info and scheduling or visit Elevation Filmworks

SAVING FACE
Directed by Alice Wu

Sabine Hoffman, WFF advisory board member and founder of WFF's editing award, will also be pulling double duty in Sundance for her editing work on "Saving Grace," which is already slated for release by SONY Picture Classics.

The film follows a Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother and their reluctance to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=6506  for more info and scheduling or visit SONY Picture Classics


Tyler and Affleck
LONESOME JIM
Directed by Steve Buscemi

Advisory board member John Sloss, Gary Winick ("Sam the Man") and the rest of the InDigEnt team continue their winning filmmaking formula with "Lonesome Jim," which features several part-time upstaters including Steve Buscemi and Liv Tyler. Lenser Phil Parmet was at WFF 2003 with "Driving to Ground Zero."

The story follows the return of 28-year-old Jim to his hometown in Indiana, where he is forced, after failing to make it on his own, to move back in with his parents and deal with crippling family obligations. Casey Affleck plays Jim and Liv Tyler plays a woman Jim meets in a local bar, whose young son begins treating him like a father.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=1944 for more info and scheduling or visit InDigEnt


Annette Vait, Laurent Rejto and Melissa Painter at WFF 2004
BMI dinner
STEAL ME
Directed and written by Melissa Painter

We've been lucky and thrilled to have had Melissa visit Woodstock with her two prior films "Wildflowers" (WFF 2000) and "Admissions" (WFF 2004)

"Steal Me" is about a 15 year old kleptomaniac with a mother fixation, who finds his way into the small town family of his dreams. The cast features Cara Seymour, Danny Alexander, Hunter Parrish, John Terry, Paz de la Huerta and Toby Poser.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=4245 for more info and scheduling


Marc Levin at WFF 2003
PROTOCOLS OF ZION
Directed by Marc Levin

Marc Levin, who attended WFF 2003 with "The Blues: Godfathers and Sons," will be in Sundance with special screenings of his new film "Protocols of Zion."

Noting an alarming upsurge of antisemitic sentiment in the U.S. and around the world after 9/11, veteran documentarian Marc Levin takes to the streets to measure the temperature of what Elie Wiesel calls "the oldest collective bigotry in history."

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=4189  for more info and scheduling

ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM
(a.k.a) ENRON: RISE AND FALL

Directed by Richard LaGravenese & Alex Gibney

Another "Blues" alumni -- Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and director, Alex Gibney ("The Blues," "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," "Lightning in a Bottle") visits Park City with "Enron: Rise and Fall," a suspenseful, dark comic, and ultimately tragic inside-story of one of history's greatest business scandals.

LaGravenese, who was honored for his screenwriting at the 1998 Hudson Film Festival, is best know for his adaptation of "The Horse Whisperer" and "The Bridges of Madison County."

Pic will be released by Magnolia Pictures.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=5062  for more info and scheduling


THE RING OF FIRE
Directed by Dan Klores and Ron Berger

The team that brought you "The Boys of Second Street Park," (WFF 2003) brings you
"The Ring of Fire," a story of violence, love, sex, politics and media centered around the life Emile Griffith, a six-time world welterweight champion.

Dan Klores also heads up Dan Klores Communications, which did PR for WFF in 2004.

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=5601  for more info and scheduling or contract
Liza Burnett at Liza_Burnett@dkcnews.com


From left: Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Johnny Thunders
NEW YORK DOLL
Directed by Greg Whiteley

This doc focuses on Arthur "Killer" Kane, a recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, and his chance at reuniting with the band, The New York Dolls, after a thirty year hiatus.

The New York Dolls reunited in 2004 for the UK Meltdown festival and a follow-up CD and DVD. Lead singer and Hudson Valley resident David Johansen was joined by original members Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur "Killer" Kane to perform old favorites like "Lookin' for a Kiss" and "Trash." In addition to his persona as Buster Poindexter, Johansen has become an accomplished actor appearing in the TV show "Oz," and his films include "The Tic Code," "The
Deli," and "Married to the Mob."

Visit http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=5688  for more info and scheduling.


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SHORTS IN SUNDANCE

VICTORIA PARA CHINO

Directed by Cary Fukunaga

In 2003 a refrigerated truck carrying more than eighty undocumented immigrants from the Mexican border drove into the heartland of Texas, where a deadly combination of heat and overcrowding led to tragedy. This is the story about that journey.

"WOW!! A masterful short. Fukunaga uses a confined space with broad emotion and suspense." (LR for WFF)

For more info, visit
http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=2148

 

RYAN
Directed by Chris Landreth

An animated tribute to Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Thirty years ago, at the National Film Board of Canada, Ryan produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Today, Ryan lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change in downtown Montreal. How could such an artistic genius follow this path? Produced by Steven Hoban, Marcy Page, Mark Smith. Produced by Copper Heart Entertainment in co- production with The National
Film Board Of Canada.

For more info, visit
http://festival.sundance.org/2005/filmguide/popup.aspx?film=3070


FLOTSAM/JETSAM + FOXY AND THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD
The Zellner Brothers, who were at Woodstock with their hilarious short, "The
Virile Man," are world premiering NOT ONE, but two new shorts in Park City.
"Flotsam/Jetsam" will screen at the Sundance Film Festival, while "Foxy and
the Weight of the World" will screen at Slamdance.

For more info about Nathan and David, visit
http://.fortHQ.com


MAD HOT BALLROOM
Speaking of Slamdance, "Mad Hot Ballroom," a feature documentary film co-produced by WFF staffer Brian David Cange with Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell, will screen as this year's Opening Night film.

Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that “cool” teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the merengue, rumba, tango, (delete the) foxtrot and swing.

For more info and schedule info, visit
http://www.slamdance.com/2005/festival/film_detail.asp?film_id=603

IN THEATERS

THE CHORUS


Opening Friday, January 14, is The Chorus (Les Choristes) the French entry
for Best Foreign Language Film.

Clement Mathieu, an unemployed music teacher, is hired as a supervisor at a boarding school for troubled youth.  Immediately upon his arrival, he witnesses how the boys constantly act up and torture would-be teachers. Rachin, the school director, resorts to harsh punishments and a strong fist in an attempt to keep the pupils in line. Optimistic and positive-minded, Mathieu chooses alternate methods of punishment for the rowdy children so that they don’t have to face Rachin’s whip. Gradually he earns the students’ trust, and he decides to start a school chorus to introduce the students to his musical passion.  His class takes to the experiment, the musical
structure begets discipline among the students, and the overall life at school improves. Rachin, jealous of Mathieu’s success, quickly disbands it, but word about the chorus gets out to the school’s board, who request a concert.  However, without  Rachin’s permission to rehearse, many obstacles stand in Mathieu’s way. Will he and his chorus be able to pull off the concert that the school’s future hinges on?

For more info, visit
http://www.miramaxscreenings.com/screenings?id=208


I LIKE KILLING FLIES at MOMA
"I Like Killing Flies" (WFF 2004) will screen at the Museum of Modern Arts premiere series on Friday, January 14 at 5pm. This film portrait of the family-owned restaurant Shopsin's, brims with energy and irreverence, capturing the genuine New York character of a neighborhood landmark. While cooking up a variety of wild dishes, chef Kenny talks bluntly about everything from food and sex to politics and a city in transition, contemplating the future of the thirty-five-year-old institution as it is forced to relocate.

CHAIN at MOMA
Jem Cohen's "Chain" will screen at the Museum of Modern Art in the Premieres Series on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 5:30 pm

“Heartbreaking and trance-inducing at once.
The characters are very affecting and could not be more real.”
Luc Sante

Actual malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers worldwide are joined into one contemporary “superlandscape” which shapes the lives of two women caught within it. One is a corporate businesswoman, the other a young drifter.

CHAIN has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
(Turning Leaf/Someone to Watch Award)


Clint Jordan in "Milk & Honey"
MILK & HONEY
Directed by Joe Maggio

On Friday, January 21 (delete st), Joe Maggio's "Milk & Honey" (WFF 2003) opens at the Quad Cinema in NYC.

Manhattan takes on a life of its own in Maggio's clever, love-lost story. Insecure stockbroker Rick re-proposes to his wife of  ten years, only to be rebuked. The ensuing argument spills into the street and they set off into the darkness on separate paths. Features Clint Jordan, Kirsten Russell, Dudley Findlay, Jr., Anthony Howard, Greg Amici, and Eleanor Hutchins.

For more info, visit
http://www.wellspring.com

ON DVD
We're happy to let you know that Mika Ronkainen's "Screaming Men" (WFF 2004) is now available on DVD. "Screaming Men" is a film about power, nationalism, intransigence and firm belief in your own art. The creative process of conductor Sirviö often leads to conflicts between the choir and the outside world - sometimes also within the choir. The film follows the choir both in Finland and on international concert trips (France, Japan, and Iceland) during a time span of five years. Similarly to the choir, the documentary walks the thin line between the dead serious and the absurd. For more, visit http://klaffi.com/store

  ON THE TUBE

MTV REALITY SHOW COMES TO WOODSTOCK SCHOOL
Will he be 'Made'? MTV puts Onteora teen in the spotlight
By Blaise Schweitzer, Freeman staff 01/09/2005

Dov Rubenstein of Mt. Tremper is taking self-revelation to a new height this week with a nationally televised "tryout" for his Onteora High School wrestling team.

This is all with some unusual machinations from the MTV program "Made," which will air Rubenstein's efforts Thursday at 10 p.m.

"Made" has been described as a series that is supposed to draw on experts to give youths the skills and advice they need to "make it" in disparate fields.

Rubenstein, a 16-year-old Onteora High School junior, was selected to be part of the MTV program last year after he agreed to make a wrestling team tryout part of his national television debut.
Click here to read the entire article from The Daily Freeman


SoHo House in New York City will have a  special screening of Power Trip, Friday Jan 14, 7PM & 9PM, with Q&A by director Paul Devlin. RSVP cmissanelli@nyc.rr.com.

The US broadcast premiere of  Power Trip is presented by the PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Susan Sarandon, Tuesday January 25 at 10PM.  Local PBS schedules may vary, so please Click Here to check local listing in your area.

 
Please spread the word about these upcoming screenings. More info at

Sande SHurin AMERICA'S TOP MODEL
A belated mention for local acting coach Sande Shurin who appeared late last year on the UPN TV series, "America's Top Model."

Sande Shurin, creator of her own acting technique, Transformational Acting, coached the aspiring models for the third season episode of UPN's hot reality show, which is hosted by the show's creator, Tyra Banks. Taye Diggs, currently starring in UPN's "Kevin Hill," appeared as the secret guest celebrity.

Sande's partner Bruce Levy appeared as himself (talent agent) in Robert Margolis’ film “The Definition of Insanity.” (WFF 2004)



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The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501 (C) 3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, diversity, and sustainable economic development through film, video and media production and exhibition. The Woodstock Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.

Want to sponsor the 2005 Woodstock FIlm Festival? For info, call (845) 679-4265 or visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/sponsorwoodstock.htm