June 2007 Newsletter

CONTENTS:
PETER MAX POSTERS WFF
ALI, DYLAN, HARRISON FEATURED AT NOT SO SILENT AUCTION
SUMMER GALA
CRAZY SEXY CANCER
SERIES WRAP
ON DVD
BOOK NOOK
LOCAL PRODUCTION NEWS

SPONSOR NEWS
MARKERTEK

CALL FOR ENTRIES

IN MEMORY
FOR LOVE OF JULIAN



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PETER MAX POSTERS WFF

Talk about a match made in heaven! Innovator of what has become known as the Cosmic ‘60s art movement, Peter Max has created this year’s official commemorative Woodstock Film Festival poster.

"Woodstock is synonymous with creative energy, rock-n-roll, and free spirits,” said Max. “This tradition continues with the Woodstock Film Festival and all of the wonderful, independent film makers it is featuring and supporting."

In addition to the Festival’s commercial usage of this image, 100 18” x 24” limited edition 2007 WFF posters will be individually signed and personally dedicated by Peter Max.

“This is a very small run of prints and an amazing opportunity to own a real work of art that is significant to the Woodstock Film Festival as well as the area’s history and the town itself,” added WFF executive director Meira Blaustein.

Only a few signed and dedicated Peter Max posters remain.
Click here to order yours.







ALI, DYLAN, HARRISION FEATURED AT NOT SO SILENT AUCTION
A smattering of global influence will converge at the Woodstock Film Festival Summer Benefit Gala and Auction, where Bob Dylan meets a movie premiere, Muhammad Ali challenges George Harrison and a night at the super classy Mohonk Mountain Resort confronts Nero Wolfe.

The auction has already begun bidding online, and most items will end bidding on July 14, with the notable exception of a signed and dedicated poster by legendary artist Peter Max. That auction will end June 20.

Select items as of June 12, include:

If you are interested in bidding or donating an Auction item, visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/auction/auction.php

*Many ONLINE BIDS will end at 10 am on Saturday, July 14.
Some items will continue on to the live auction, an exciting part of the
DANCING UNDER THE STARS Summer Benefit Gala





DANCING UNDER THE STARS
Get dressed to the nines, eat, drink, dance, and rub elbows with friends, in support of the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission.

Join us at the annual Summer Benefit Gala on July 14th.

This year's event includes a full array of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, select entrée choices & dessert, and live auction, with musical guests The Night Owls.

The benefit will take place July 14th, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the Wiltwyck Country Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, NY.

Gala Tickets can be purchased at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/summer-gala-2007.php




CRAZY SEXY CANCER

In conjunction with WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Independents on the Air the Woodstock Film Festival presents CRAZY SEXY CANCER directed by Kris Carr, Friday, June 29, 8pm at The Linda, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY

An irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman looking for a cure and finding her life. Weeks after she was diagnosed, filmmaker Kris Carr began documenting her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative expression, Kris shares her wild journey with exuberance, humor and sass.

Kris, who will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening, is an award-winning actress, a photographer, and writer from Woodstock, NY. This is her first feature length documentary after working in shorts and the theater. Her advice-from-the-trenches "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" book, a practical (and funny) survival guide with insights of other young women with cancer, will be published this fall under the new Skirt! imprint of The Globe Pequot Press.

For tickets, visit WAMC. For more info, visit Crazy Sexy Cancer


THAT'S A WRAP!
WFF FILM SERIES

This month saw the end of the Woodstock Film Festival Film Series sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. Thanks to the generosity of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, the festival hosted a number of screenings including Racing Daylight, Gracie, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, and The Mitch Show.

Assemblyman Cahill was on hand to introduce each of the films at the free screenings, and cast and crew were available for post-screening Q&A's.
For more information of the films screened, or WFF year-round events information, click here.


HVPG
June 3rd marked the end of the inaugural Hudson Valley Programmers Group touring series sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. The series featured filmmaker Mitchell Rose and his highly acclaimed The Mitch Show.

Rose performed his hilariously innovative film-performance mashup at several venues across the Hudson Valley, including The Linda in Albany, Children's Media Project in Poughkeepsie and Woodstock's own Bearsville Theater.

Didn't make it? Can't get enough? Visit mitchellrose.com for more short films from the man hailed by the New York Times as "a rare and wonderful talent."

For up-to-date information on future HVPG programming, visit hvpg.org


ON DVD

SHERRYBABY
Sherrybaby, which screened as part of the Woodstock in the City Screening Series in summer of 2006 is the story of former heroin addict Sherry Swanson who, after serving a three-year prison sentence for robbery, returns to home to New Jersey. Now clean and sober, she is eager to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis, who has been cared for by her brother Bobby and his wife Lynn, but is unprepared for the demands of the world into which she’s returned. 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. Click here to order the dvd


CRUEL & UNUSUAL
A moving documentary by Woodstock local Janet Baus, Dan Hunt and Reid Williams, Cruel and Unusual tells a the story of several transgender women incarcerated in men's prisons. Most states separate prisoners by genitalia alone, so pre-op, transgender women are placed in men’s correctional facilities, where they find themselves vulnerable and preyed upon. Cruel and Unusual is a frank, often unsettling documentary, that portrays the challenges faced by these women.

The women’s stories are interwoven with commentary by lawyers and prison custodians who discuss the problems transgender inmates face; chief among them is the authorities’ complete refusal to recognize Gender Identity Disorder as a legitimate medical condition. Disturbing evidence suggests that thirty percent of all transgender people have been imprisoned —three times the national average. Eye-opening and caustic in its depiction of the blatant discrimination transgender people endure, this documentary will leave you with much to think about. Click here to buy the dvd

AN UNREASONABLE MAN
With rare archival footage and over forty on-camera interviews conducted over the past two years, An Unreasonable Man traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half-century.

The film was presented by Woodstock Film Festival, IFC First Take and Red Envelope Entertainment, and first screened at the IFC Center of NYC in December 2006.

For more information on the film, visit An Unreasonable Man.
To buy the dvd, click here

What's YOUR footprint?
Click here to find out!

LOCAL PRODUCTION NEWS
HUMAN FOOTPRINT
Touch Productions has started production on the National Geographic documentary in New York's Hudson Valley.

The documentary tells the story of an average life, a 2,475,576,000 second journey
from the cradle to the grave, revealing the extraordinary impact that each
of our lives has on the world around us.

The film has hired cast and crew locally, and is currently shooting at locations around the Hudson Valley including Kingston's mega-compound,Tech City.

Click here for more information on the Hudson Valley Film Commission and stay tuned for more news.



L.A. Ink's Kat Von D

HUDSON VALLEY NATIVE LANDS JOB WITH L.A. INK
Rhinebeck native Seth Gallagher is rocking out as Production Coordinator on L.A. Ink, a spin-off of the popular series Miami Ink. This new reality series follows Miami favorite Kat Von D home to L.A. to start her own shop, High Voltage.

Gallagher, a 2006 graduate of Connecticut College, has been racking up indie credits since his graduation, first as a PA on Jeremiah Chechik's The Bronx is Burning, and then as Assistant Production Coordinator on Jeff Balsmeyer's Snappers.

For more info on L.A. Ink, click here


BOOK NOOK
WFF FRIEND AND EDITOR WORKS ON DISHWASHER
Woodstock based editor Tom Cherwin has been following the success of a book he recently edited with pride. Based on a series of self-published zines of the same title, Dishwasher is the insightful and raucously funny memoir of Pete Jordan, aka Dishwasher Pete. A travelogue of sorts, chronicling Jordan's adventures in kitchens as he attempts to "bust suds" in restaurants across America, couch surfing and penny pinching along the way.

To read an excerpt from the book, and for more information on Dishwasher, click here

To buy a signed copy of the book, visit readingfrenzy.com


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CALL FOR ENTRIES

June 6, 2007 (postmark) - Final Deadline: July 12, 2007

The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Oct 10-14, 2007) 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 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. Award sponsors have included Lowel-Light, Baseline Studio Systems, Apple Computers, Final Draft, Post Factory, A&E Indie Films, Markertek, and others.

Industry participants have included Steve Buscemi, Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films), Jonathan Sehring (IFC), Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Jeanne Berney, Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Mark Urman (THINKfilm), Bingham Ray (IFC), 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), John Anderson, Ryan Werner (IFC), 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, Robert Downey, Zachary Sklar, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Ethan Hawke, Matt Dillon, Rosie Perez and many others.

To apply online, and for details, visit ENTRY FORM




Julian Pelle Blaustein Rejto

IN MEMORY
Julian Pelle Blaustein Rejto, son of Woodstock Film Festival co-founders Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto, passed away on Sunday, June 10th, 2007. He was 18 years old.

Julian, who was born five weeks premature and severely disabled, was the subject of the documentary FOR LOVE OF JULIAN, written and directed by his mother, and narrated by Susan Sarandon. All those who worked on the film were volunteers whose lives had been touched by Julian. They wanted to help bring his story to life and to make it count, and they did.

From his first hours of life to his last, people said Julian was a trooper. He had a love for life that transcended all odds and all his disabilities. His middle name, Pelle, means miracle in Hebrew, and thoughts of the movie “Pelle the Conqueror” and the great soccer player Pele were vivid in his parents’ minds when they named him. Julian conquered many odds and overcame many obstacles, until finally, he could do it no more.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Julian Pelle Blaustein Rejto’s name to the Center for Discovery. Click here to read the complete obituary.


The Woodstock Film Festival is a nonprofit organization which presents 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 Hudson Valley Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting
and supporting film, video, and media production.

For information, call (845) 679-4265 or visit Woodstock Film Festival