January 2006 Sundance Newsletter

CONTENTS:
CALL FOR ENTRIES
PARK CITY NEWS

SPONSOR NEWS


While in Sundance make sure to visit the
NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE FOR MOTION PICTURES AND TELEVISION DEVEVELOPMENT
at 608 Main Street from 9am to 5pm everyday.
They'll be serving real NY bagels and coffee everyday!


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CALL FOR ENTRIES - EARLY BIRD ENTRY SPECIAL

Our "early bird special" nests January 15th. See ENTRY FORM  for details.

The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Oct 11-15, 2006) 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.

Industry participants have included Steve Buscemi, Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films), Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Jeanne Berney, Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Mark 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), Andrew Hurwitz, 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, and many others.

Entry fees range from $25-$55. To apply online, and for details, visit
ENTRY FORM

20 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE
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 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)


PARK CITY NEWS
Woodstockers head for Park City

WFF executive director Meira Blaustein will be making the rounds in Park City January 19-25.
To contact Meira, email Meira@woodstockfilmfestival.com or call the Park Regency at (435) 645-7531

Live reports from Sundance can be heard on Tuesday, January 24 on 100.1 FM WDST-FM at 9:30am
and on WAMC Northeast Public Radio at 11:07am


The following information regards involvement in projects at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival by
WFF advisory board members, local productions, and past WFF participants.



THE NIGHT LISTENER

THE NIGHT LISTENER
Directed by Patrick Stettner

In February 2005, the Woodstock Film Commission was contacted by Hart/Sharp Entertainment, which had previously filmed YOU CAN COUNT ON ME in the area. Location managers Bill Stitt and Michele Baker scoured Ulster and Orange counties to find locations that could stand in for rural Wisconsin for THE NIGHT LISTENER, a thriller based on the 2000 novel by Armistead Maupin.

The film stars Robin Williams as Gabriel Noone, a late-night radio storyteller who befriends Pete Lomax, a 13-year-old listener of his syndicated show whose horrific past draws Noone into an unusual father-son relationship. Maupin, who adapted his book for the film, was on set every day as an adviser. For additional information read Hallie Arnold’s Daily Freeman article . For Sundance screening times, click here. For more info, visiti THE NIGHT LISTENER.


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Melissa Leo
photo from RACING DAYLIGHT

STEPHANIE DALEY
Directed by Hilary Brougher

In August 2005, New Paltz native Hilary Brougher whose first feature film THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME was edited by advisory board member Sabine Hoffman, locally produced her Sundance Filmmaker Lab project entitled STEPHANIE DALEY locally in the Tannersville, Catskill, and Phoenicia area.

The film features Tilda Swinton (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, BROKEN FLOWERS,  THUMBSUCKER, ORLANDO) Amber Tamblyn (JOAN OF ARCADIA, SISTERHOOD OF TRAVELING PANTS), and Hudson Valley resident Melissa Leo (21 GRAMS, NO SHOULDER, PATCH, THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA). 

Swinton plays pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane, who is hired to learn the truth behind the case of 16-year-old Stephanie Daley, who is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant.

Hilary Brougher grew up in upstate New York, and started making super-8 movies at age 14. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After film school, she worked in film production for several years. In 1996, Brougher wrote and directed her first feature, THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME, which premiered at the 1997 Venice, Rotterdam, and Toronto International Film Festivals, and was edited by WFF Advisory Board member Sabine Hoffman.

The film is in Dramatic Competition at Sundance. For screening times and additional info, click here.



LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Producer Peter Saraf (EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, ADAPTATION) heads to Sundance for the premiere of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Alan Arkin.

A typically awkward Hoover family dinner is interrupted by the news that Olive, a seven year old, slightly pudgy, aspiring beauty queen, has the unexpected opportunity to compete in the finals of the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Southern California. No one wants to let her down, and with the family’s money tied up in Richard’s business venture, they’re left with only one option--a family road trip in their old VW bus.

What follows is a nine hundred mile trip into the heart of what makes these atypical people your typical American family. Excitement, disappointment, friendship, and loss all culminate in the strange, heightened world of a child beauty pageant, where winning and losing take on an important new meaning for the Hoovers.

Visit BIG BEACH FILMS for more info.



SHERRYBABY

SHERRYBABY
Directed by Laurie Collyer

Advisory board member and producer Lemore Syvan (THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, DUANE HOPWOOD) heads back to Sundance for the premiere of SHEERYBABY, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson (Gyllenhaal) begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who has been cared for in her absence by her brother Bobby (Brad Henke) and his wife Lynn (Bridget Barkan).

Unprepared for the demands of the world she’s stepped back into, Sherry’s hopes of staying clean, getting a job, and becoming a responsible mother are challenged by the realities of unemployment, halfway houses, and parole restrictions. Bobby and Lynn’s concerns about Sherry’s ability to care for Alexis, and her inability to prove them wrong, threaten to destroy the already delicate relationship she has with her daughter, as well as her newfound sobriety.

Disillusioned and haunted by wounds from her childhood, Sherry is eventually confronted with life-altering questions about her own survival and what it means to be a good mother. Ultimately she learns that as the harsh realities of life often get in the way of her best intentions, sometimes it’s best to take life one small step at a time.

For more info, visit SHERRYBABY



THE ILLUSIONIST

THE ILLUSIONIST
Directed by Neil Burger

Neil Burger, winner of the 2002 WFF award for Best Feature Narrative with his film INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN will be in Sundance with his new film, THE ILLUSIONIST, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, and Rufus Sewell.

Set in 1900 Vienna, this romantic thriller is the story of Eisenheim, a brilliant mysterious magician bent on solving a puzzle that has eluded him since childhood. His ability to mesmerize crowds and his apparent attraction to the crown prince's fiancée–Duchess von Teschen–threatens the prince and ignites suspicion from Chief Inspector Uhl. When the duchess is murdered, Eisenheim summons extraordinary powers in a desperate attempt to overcome Uhl, prove the prince guilty, and bring down the monarchy before it destroys him. 

For more info, visit THE ILLUSIONIST



HASKELL WEXLER

WHO NEEDS SLEEP?
Directed by Lisa Leeman and Haskell Wexler

Long time WFF friend, supporter, and Award-presenter Haskell Wexler -- best known as an activist director and legendary cinematographer for films including WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, BOUND FOR GLORY, and COMING HOME -- will be in Sundance with WHO NEEDS SLEEP?

The documentary looks at the problems of sleep deprivation and long hours on Hollywood sets. Seven years in the making and spurred by a co-worker's unnecessary death on a film set, WHO NEEDS SLEEP? is both a biting admonition of an industry that places corporate greed above workers' safety and a passionate cry for change. (David Courier)

For more info, visit WHO NEEDS SLEEP?



OFF THE BLACK

OFF THE BLACK
Directed by James Ponsoldt

Advisory board member and editor Sabine Hoffman (THE BALLAD OF JACK & ROSE, ) edits OFF THE BLACK by director James Ponsoldt, whose short film JUNEBUG AND HURRICANE screened at the 2004 WFF.

The film stars Nick Nolte as Ray, an aging baseball umpire who missed his calling as a baseball player and follows his developing friendship with David, a teenage pitcher who can't refuse Ray's demands after being caught vandalizing his house. OFF THE BLACK develops patiently and rewardingly, pulling us deeper into the inner lives of its characters with each redemptive discovery, and exploring what it means to be a son, a father, a man...sometimes all at once. (Joseph Beyer)

The film also stars Trevor Morgan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sonia Feigelson, Sally Kirkland, and Timothy Hutton. For more info, visit OFF THE BLACK



FACTOTUM

FACTOTUM
Directed by Bent Hamer

Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, and Fisher Stevens star in FACTOTUM, an adaptation of the Charles Bukowski novel. The screenplay was adapted by Hamer and Jim Stark.

Henry Chinaski (Dillon) works in factories and warehouses to support what he really wants to do: drink, bet on the horses, take up with women as rootless as he is and, above all, write stories that no one wants to publish.

FACTOTUM (which means "man of many jobs")is the story of a man living on the edge, of a writer who is willing to risk everything to make sure that his life is his poetry.

Visit FACTOTUM for more.



OLD JOY

OLD JOY
Directed by Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt, whose film THEN A YEAR screened at the 2002 WFF, will screen her feature film OLD JOY at Sundance. Todd Haynes (FAR FROM HEAVEN) is executive producer.

OLD JOY is a beautiful account of two friends who reunite for a camping trip that takes them through a series of emotional and spiritual discoveries, set against the back drop of Oregon's stunning Cascade Mountains. The film stars singer/songwriter Will Oldham and Danial London (Rent, Patch Adams) and has a music score by Yo Lo Tengo.

Visit OLD JOY for more info



WHAT REMAINS

WHAT REMAINS
Directed by Steven Cantor

Steven Cantor, whose hilarious mockumentary ENDSVILLE (with Jim Gaffigan, now in STEPHANIE DALEY) graced the screens of the inaugural Woodstock FIlm Festival will be at Sundance with WHAT REMAINS, his documentary about the controversial photographer Sally Mann.

In 1994, filmmaker Steven Cantor successfully captured an innovative artist at work in his award-winning short film Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann. Blood Ties centered on a series of photographs (published in Mann's book Immediate Family) that catapulted her to national prominence, as well as her share of controversy. Twelve years later, Cantor returns to the Festival with What Remains, a feature-length film on Mann's new seminal work: a photo series revolving around various aspects of death and decay.

Cantor recently completed work as d irector and producer of the HBO documentary series Family Bonds.Visit WHAT REMAINS for more info



SALVAGE

SALVAGE
Directed by Jeffrey Crook and Joshua Crook

The Crook Brothers, whose film THE FITTEST played the 2004 WFF, will have a midnight movie at SUNDANCE.

SALVAGE has been described as a bloody GROUNDHOG DAY, in which a college student is stalked and murdered by a serial killer - but then wakes up to relive the day over and over again.

For more info, visit SALVAGE



ETHAN HAWKE presents
the 2005 WFF Trailblazer Award
to JOHN SLOSS

 

 

TRAILBLAZING

2006 Trailblazer Award recipient John Sloss and his company Cinetic willagain be in Sundance representing some of the finest fare available including:

CARGO (Premiere Screenings, World Premiere)
Directed by Clive Gordon

THE GROUND TRUTH (Documentary Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by
Patricia Foulkrod

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Premiere Screenings, World Premiere)
Dirtected
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

ONE LAST DANCE (World Dramatic Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by
Max Makowski  

PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS (Dramatic Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by
Maria Maggenti

QUINCEANERA (Dramatic Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland  

THE SASQUATCH DUMPLING GANG (Slamdance, World Premiere)
Directed by Tim Skousen

STEPHANIE DALEY (Dramatic Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by Hilary Brougher

THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT (Documentary Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

WORDPLAY (Documentary Competition, World Premiere)
Directed by Patrick Creadon


For complete info, visit
CINETIC MEDIA SLATE (opens PDF file)



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