JUNE 2005 Newsletter

BLACK & WHITE WITH A TOUCH OF RED
AD DEADLINE
WFF IN THE CITY
PRODUCTION NEWS
IN THEATERS
ON DVD
ON THE TUBE
SPONSOR NEWS
JUNGLE SOFTWARE
MARKERTEK
DIANE SELIGMAN AWARD
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SAVE THE DATE
Woodstock Film Festival
Summer Benefit Gala & Auction

BLACK & WHITE WITH A TOUCH OF RED

Join us for a glamorous 1940’s style evening (black tie optional)
filled with fabulous food and wine,
enchanting conversation,
'big band favorites by the MJR Quintet
and a live and silent auction
with one-of-a-kind film and objects d’art
with auctioneer Barry Cherwin.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 from 6:30 - 10pm at
Wiltwyck Country Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, NY 12401

Benefit tickets: $75
Click here to reserve tickets

For info, email benefit@woodstockfilmfestival.com or call 845.679.4265
This event is underwritten by AmeriBag®, Inc.


AD DEADLINE

The CATSKILL MOUNTAIN REGION GUIDE and RUDER FINN PRINTING are pleased to announce that we will publish the
2005 WOODSTOCK FILM PRE-FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Pre-festival program ads are available in a 70+ page four color glossy 8 1/4 " x 10 3/4 " format. Ten thousand (10,000) copies of this year's pre fest program will be printed by Catskill Mountain Region Guide and Ruder/Finn Printing for distribution throughout the Hudson Valley/Catskills, strategic New York City drops including corporate centers and colleges. Deadline for ad copy is July 15, 2005. For complete info, visit WFF ADS.


"...the invaluable Occupation: Dreamland ...
an eerie portrait of a city quietly about to
explode and an unnervingly intimate look
at eight young soldiers that accords their individuality due scrutiny."
- Dennis Lim, Village Voice

"A sympathetic look at the average
joe doing duty in hell."
- Jay Weisberg, Variety

"... a gut-wrenching six weeks in the life of the 82nd Airborne Division...
a portrait of tension rising."
- Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News

WFF IN THE CITY

Join the Woodstock Film Festival at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in NYC on Tuesday, July 19th for a special screening,

Rumur Releasing and Greenhouse Pictures present
OCCUPATION:DREAMLAND

OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND is an unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A tense and grimly humorous study of the soldiers unfolds as they patrol an environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squad'‚s activities OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja. The film documents the city's waning stability before a final series of military assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed it.

Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds were given access to all operations of
the Army's 82nd Airborne. They lived with the unit 24/7, giving voice to
soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope with an
ambiguous, often lethal environment. The result is a revealing, sometimes
surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war
in the 21st century.

Join us afterwards for pizza and beer. The Two Boots Pioneer Theater is located at 155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A) in NYC (212) 591-4034.  


PRODUCTION NEWS

WINGS OF MADNESS
Principal photography has started in Paris on WINGS OF MADNESS a television documentary for NOVA based on Woodstocker Paul Hoffman's award-winning book of the same name. WINGS is the story of Alberto Santos-Dumont, the daring and flamboyant Brazilian aviation pioneer who proved to the world that heavier-than-air flight was possible by flying around the spire of the Eiffel Tower in 1901 in a cigar-shaped, hydrogen-filled balloon powered by a primitive, spark-spitted gas engine. Santos-Dumont is the only person in history to have a personal flying machine. He shrunk his airship so that he could keep it in front of his apartment on the Champs-Elysees and fly it every night to dinner at Maxim's, where the doorman would tie it along side the horses. Santos-Dumont then built the first airplane in Europe and became an overnight sensation, with the press following his every move. His picture appeared on cigar boxes and dinner plates, and he dined regularly with the Cartiers, the Rothschilds, and the Roosevelts, hosting "aerial dinners" in which his guests are at an elevated table so they could imagine how it felt to be above the world. But all this would change after Santos-Dumont witnessed the destructive capacity of flying machines in World War 1. This is the riveting story of a tormented visionary who helped usher in the modern age of technology but was ultimately driven mad by the weight of his own creation.

WINGS OF MADNESS is being produced by Docere Palace Studios in association with Pegase TV and WGBH (producer of NOVA). The English version for NOVA will be 90 minutes, and two-hour versions will air in French (France 5) and Portuguese (TV Globo in Brazil). Dramatic rights to the book are available and are controlled by the author.



on location in Callicoon

 


Still from the the film

TRANSAMERICA
Woodstock based location manager Michele Baker was called on last minute to work on the feature film TRANSAMERICA. As is often the case, outside productions come in with their own team but it doesn't always work out. It's good to know that experienced professionals like Michele are available in the area to recommend locations and resources in the area. Michele hit the fro und running. After a few days of shooting in New Jersey, production headed to Sullivan County, NY for 2 1/2 weeks, and then on to Arizona for the final 3 weeks.

"Sullivan County turned out to be a wonderful place to film, Baker recalls."  We were very well received and I appreciated the assistance and flexibility that was given to me by the locals.   Some of the towns we filmed in were Callicoon, Monticello, Roscoe, and Bethel. We were using Sullivan County to double for Virginia, Kentucky, and Arkansas.   It really worked great.   That is the true beauty of filming in the Hudson Valley and surrounding regions.   Its vast and varied looks can pass as many different states, with the added advantage of close proximity to New York City.   This saves Producers money, and that is good for all of us!"

TRANSAMEIRCA recently debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was a triumph for first time Director Duncan Tucker and for lead actor Felicity Huffman in her role as Bree.   Huffman was given a well-deserved award for her outstanding performance.   The film was picked up by the Weinstein Brothers for distribution.


LAST WINTER HITS POST
Director Larry Fessenden (WENDIGO, HABIT) is hard at work doing post production on THE LAST WINTER, which stars Ron Perlman and James Le Gros. Pix was co-written by Robert Leaver.

Principal photography wrapped in Iceland after 34 grueling days of production, and according to Leaver, "some very expensive breakfasts." With the final shot fired off at 8:45 PM in a wicked rainstorm and threatening winds, producer Sigurjon Sighvatsson congratulated the director with the observation that "now the work begins." Fessenden concurred. He is editing the film in upstate New York. For more info, visit Glass Eye Pix.


BROKEN FLOWERS

Larry also appears alongside Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange Tilda Sweinton and Julie Delpy in Jim Jarmusch's latest feature BROKEN FLOWERS, which was also edited upstate in Kingston, NY.

The film recently won the Grand Prix at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.

"I'm speechless," exclaimed Jarmusch. "It's a great honor to accept this prize on behalf of all those who worked on this film. When making a film, all the cast and crew are on equal footing. Thanks to all who made this film possible, especially Bill Murray. Without him, the screenplay would never have been written. And I thank this very strange Jury and the Festival who have also welcomed my work here throughout the years, to Thierry Frémaux, and Gilles Jacob who is one of the great gentlemen on the planet."

He added, "I would also like to say quickly that I do not believe in competition for artistic works. It's already an honor to be selected in the competition and to be here next to such great directors as Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, Amos Gitaï, Lars Von Trier, Gus Van Sant, Johnnie To and Mr. Hou Hsiao-Hsien as I am one of his students, Wim Wenders who has been so generous with me when I began making movies 20 years ago and Robert Rodriguez. I accept this award in the name of all filmmakers who follow their heart and make films that interpret their vision. We are part of the same family and it's an honor to be included in this family."



on location in Callicoon

 


Still from the the film

TRANSAMERICA
Woodstock based location manager Michele Baker was called on last minute to work on the feature film TRANSAMERICA. As is often the case, outside productions come in with their own team but it doesn't always work out. It's good to know that experienced professionals like Michele are availble in the area to recommend locations and resources in the area. Michele hit the fro und running. After a few days of shooting in New Jersey, production headed to Sullivan County, NY for 2 1/2 weeks, and then on to Arizona for the final 3 weeks.

"Sullivan County turned out to be a wonderful place to film, Baker recalls."  We were very well received and I appreciated the assistance and flexibility that was given to me by the locals.   Some of the towns we filmed in were Callicoon, Monticello, Roscoe, and Bethel. We were using Sullivan County to double for Virginia, Kentucky, and Arkansas.   It really worked great.   That is the true beauty of filming in the Hudson Valley and surrounding regions.   Its vast and varied looks can pass as many different states, with the added advantage of close proximity to New York City.   This saves Producers money, and that is good for all of us!"

TRANSAMERICA recently debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was a triumph for first time Director Duncan Tucker and for lead actor Felicity Huffman in her role as Bree.   Huffman was given a well-deserved award for her outstanding performance.   The film was picked up by the Weinstein Brothers for distribution.


 

 

 

 

IN THEATERS

WAR OF THE WORLDS
Just in case you didn't know, Steve Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS, starring Tom Cruise opens everywhere on June 29th. Critical scenes from the movie were shot right here in the Hudson Valley in Athens, NY in December of 2004. We're assuming many of the one-thousand plus local extras will be looking to spot themselves on at area screens.

Where the ACTION! is: Hudson Valley a favorite among filmmakers
By Hallie Arnold, Freeman staff (06/19/2005)
LOCATION, location, location.

The real estate mantra has taken on a new meaning in the Mid-Hudson Valley, an increasingly popular location that has attracted a major Hollywood blockbuster, several independent films and even a reality TV show.

The recent boom in entertainment production in the region has benefits far beyond getting a glimpse of stars like Tom Cruise, Peter Falk and Robin Williams at a neighborhood diner, ballfield or park. According to the Woodstock Film Commission, the productions have poured millions of dollars into the local economy, helped keep local production workers employed and drawn new visitors to the region.

In the fall of 2003, 18 locations around Ulster County were used in the filming of "The Thing About My Folks," written and directed by "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser and featuring Reiser and Falk. Prior to and during the 20-day shoot, the production company rented 40 local hotel rooms for 30 nights and hired a local crew and staff of 10. Altogether, the production put about $500,000 into the local economy in a month.

And when Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" invaded the village of Athens last fall, direct spending in the area came to about $1.5 million. The tab included $62,500 in location fees paid to the village, wages for 100 local crew members (in addition to the crew brought from California), payments of $80 per day for 1,000 local extras and the rental of 400 hotel rooms for 10 nights.

"That's literally every hotel room on this side of the Hudson," said Laurent Rejto of the Woodstock Film Commission. "The biggest expenditure is generally hotels. We want them to hire more local people, but that's the hard part. That can only happen with experience." (Read the complete article online)


MURDERBALL

The Woodstock Film Festival and WAMC, Northeast Public Radio were thrilled to present a sneak peak of MURDERBALL, June 18 as part of "Independents on the Air."

This July, the film hits theaters across the country thanks to THINKFilm and A&E Indie Films. Don't miss it!

“An astonishing sports documentary. The heart of MURDERBALL is the story of overcoming injuries and despair, and learning through rehabilitation and training not only to function in the everyday world, but to become Olympians.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

For theater info visit MURDERBALL.


SCHOOL BOARD BLUES
Glenford filmmaker Tobe Carey will show his recent Docu-Memoir, SCHOOL BOARD BLUES on Sunday, July 10 at 4PM at the Hunter Village Cinemas. Along with the feature length film, which premiered at the 2004 Woodstock Film Festival, he will show selected short subjects including, "Flags: Post 9/11", "Indian Point - Nowhere to Run" and "Stream: A Meditation." Co-producers Meg and Tobe Carey will be on hand to answer questions about "School Board Blues."More information click here


ON THE TUBE

PLAYING FOR CHANGE: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music, airs on the Sundance Channel throughout July. Directed by Mark Johnson & Jonathan Walls, PLAYING FOR CHANGE is a 70-minute musical journey of discovery that celebrates the freedom and the lives of street musicians existing in America today. Focusing on the three cities of Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York, the film brilliantly captures an array of musical styles and human moments that would otherwise slip through the cracks of society. Two of the artists who appear in the film were signed to recording contracts. The soundtrack is available on CD and broadcast rights were recently picked up by the Sundance Channel. For more info about the film, visit PLAYING FOR CHANGE .


ON DVD

I'm sure EVERYONE knows all about PURGATORY HOUSE, but just incase...to quickly refresh your memory...it's a critically acclaimed, multiple-award winning feature directed and produced by Cindy Baer that was entirely written by an at-risk then-14-year-old girl named Celeste Davis. Davis also stars in her own story opposite Jim Hanks (Tom's younger brother). The film features songs by popular artists including Natalie Merchant, Violent Femmes, and Blue Oyster Cult.

PURGATORY HOUSE is a powerful, honest look at what it's like to be a teen in today's world, and will hopefully bring attention to the lives that many lonely kids are living today. To order a DVD, visit Purgatory House


 

 

SPONSORS

JUNGLE SOFTWARE
We would like to welcome our newest sponsor Jungle Software to The Woodstock Film Festival. We will be presenting their software, Gorilla, to our winning filmmakers.

Gorilla is production software especially designed for independent filmmakers. It handles budgeting, scheduling, cast, crew, locations, accounting, editing notes, and even film festival submissions. Gorilla is reasonably priced, easy to learn, and really helps indie filmmakers stay organized through the otherwise difficult process of film production. You can learn more about Gorilla by clicking the following link: http://www.junglesoftware.com


Markertek is the presenting sponsor of the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival

MARKERTEK OPEN

The 8th Annual Markertek Open charitable golf tournament will be held at noon, on Saturday July 9th at the Nevele Grande. The beneficiary of the 2005 Markertek Open is the Regional Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

The Food Bank of the HV is a branch of the larger Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which together serve over 900 charitable, member agencies. Each year, the Regional Food Bank provides over 18 MILLION pounds of food to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, medical rehab, day care and senior centers

To support the Markertek Open & the Food Bank through sponsorship, raffle prizes or donations, please contact Victoria Langling or Patricia Lieske at Markertek 1.800.522.2025 or email victoria@towerpower.com or pat@towerpower.com


DIANE SELIGMAN AWARDS

The Woodstock Film Festival and grant maker Lowel-Light , will support, promote and reward the next generation of inspired filmmakers with an annual cash/in-kind awards valued at $10,000.

In memory of Diane Seligman , a beautiful person who celebrated life in the way she lived, and for all those who knew Diane and in whom she lives, the DIANE SELIGMAN AWARD is presented to the "Best Short Narrative" and "Best Student Short" to honor films that are vibrant, life affirming and created by filmmakers filled with energy, creativity and passion. Three other in-kind awards will be presented for "Beat Feature," "Best Documentary," and Best short doc."

Diane Seligman: Diane was a beautiful, loving, and giving person. She touched and inspired all who knew her. As a teenager in the 1960's, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and was the lone survivor in a large experimental treatment group. Against the odds and medical advice, she gave life to and raised a son and a daughter. She passed away on Feb 27,2004 from respiratory complications caused by the radiation that had originally helped to save her. Diane lived in the moment, in the flow, in harmony with the life force & source with grace and dignity. She was grateful for every day.


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

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