September 2007 Newsletter
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CONTENTS:
LAUNCH PARTY LIBATION
FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED
GALLERY EVENTS AT WFF (DYLAN & HUNTER S. THOMPSON)

WIN A 2008 TOYOTA PRIUS RAFFLE
SPECIAL SCREENING & THE LAST WINTER
BOOK NOOK
LOCAL NEWS
SPONSOR NEWS

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LAUNCH PARTY LIBATION
WFF 07 KICKS OFF WITH FABULOUS PARTY IN NYC
The 8th annual WFF LAUNCH PARTY, held at LIBATION NYC, Tuesday, September 18th was a fabulous event. Over 300 people, including many movers and shakers from the NY indie film world and many filmmakers and cast members from the films in this year's festival line up, attended the high energy gathering, feting the announcement of this year's stellar line-up.

Animation programmer Bill Plympton (animation) and animator extraordinaire Signe Baumane hung out with Jack Polak (94) and Ina Soep (84), subjects of the Holocaust love story Steal a Pencil for Me, showing at the festival; sponsors Doreen Ringer Ross (BMI) and Steven Hays (120db Films) shared a drink with Woodstock concerts promoter Michael Lang and indie attorneys/producers Jonathan Gray and Robert Siegel; filmmaker Larry Fessenden (whose own film premiere, The Last Winter, was taking place two blocks away) shared a laugh with producer Gill Holland; and actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints) was flanked by friends Danielle DiGiacomo and Jordan Mattos (Indiepix), agent Rachel Sheedy and friend Amos Poe, to name a few. Sponsors Molly Thompson and Ryan Harrington of A&E Indie Fiilms, as well as press members from Brian Brooks of Indiewire to Michael Musto of The Village Voice enjoyed a drink and a chat as well. The line up was announced by senior programmer Ryan Werner and festival's Executive Director Meira Blaustein.

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FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

The Woodstock Film Festival today proudly announces its full line-up of 150 ‘fiercely independent’ films, panels, concerts, parties and special events, as it prepares to celebrate its eighth year, Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th. The arts colony festival has grown at a staggering pace, receiving more than 2000 submissions this year, setting a new record. Screenings include 8 world premieres, 7 U.S. premieres, 15 New York premieres, 9 East Coast premieres and 2 North American premieres.

Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein says she is awed by the quality of filmmaking presented by the festival this year, and credits her co-programmers Ryan Werner (senior programmer), Michael Lerman and Tom Quinn for the incredible line-up. She emphasizes that the quality of films continues to grow in substance and stature.

To see the full press release, click here.
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2007 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR PIONEERING INDIE PRODUCER CHRISTINE VACHON WITH 8th ANNUAL HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD

The Woodstock Film Festival announced today that its 8th Annual Honorary Maverick Award will be proudly presented to CHRISTINE VACHON, the pioneering, award- winning producer of unique and courageous independent films, on Saturday, October 13, 2007. The WFF celebrates its fiercely independent eighth year this October 10-14, Wednesday-Sunday, in the historic arts colony of Woodstock, New York.

Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director said:
"The Maverick Award was derived from its symbolic meaning to the Woodstock arts colony, representing an individual whose life and work is based on creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Christine Vachon's unique and courageous approach to filmmaking, coupled with her relentless support of the fiercely independent, makes her the perfect recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival Honorary Maverick Award. We were proud in 2002 to close the festival with Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon's film FAR FROM HEAVEN, and we're proud once again to close the festival with their newest and one of their most daring films, I'M NOT THERE."

Read the full release online.


CALLERY EVENTS AT WFF

DYLAN: THE WOODSTOCK YEARS, 1963-1970
Photos by Elliot Landy

Opening Reception: Sat. October 13, 3-5pm at the
Lotus Gallery, Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY
Show runs October 10-28, 2007

In this exciting photographic exhibition which includes images taken in the late 1960s but never chronicled in the press, Elliott presents an intimate look at Bob Dylan, at home and with his family, during the years he lived in the hills of Woodstock.

Elliot Landy, renowned for his iconic portraits of '60's musical legends, is one of the first music photographers to be recognized as an artist. Co-sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival in conjunction with the screening of Todd Haynes' I'm Not There...


FEAR AND LOATHING IN MEXICO...HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Images by Al Satterwhite

Opening Reception and Party, Friday, October 12, 6-8pm
East Village Collective, 8 Old Forge Road, Woodstock NY 12498
Show runs October 10-November 10, 2007

"Having photojournalistic instincts and patience allows one to wait for the right moment when photographing anything, most especially people. The 'decisive moment' is not always easily obtained without some form of patience and anticipation. I originally went to Cozumel, Mexico, to photograph Hunter for the Playboy Interview in March, 1974, at his request. I completed my assignment in 2 days, but Hunter asked me to 'hang around' for the rest of the week, so I stayed, photographing him wherever we went. In addition to the interview we went shark fishing one night which became the title of one of his later books. These photographs represent images of Hunter photographed over a week of drugs and alcohol on the island of Cozumel." (Al Satterwhite)

Presented by the Woodstock Film Festival and East Village Collective



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SPECIAL NYC PREMIERE SCREENING

RACING DAYLIGHT, which was shot entirely in the Hudson Valley was written and directed by Nicole Quinn and stars David Strathairn, Melissa Leo, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Downs, and Sabrina Lloyd. A special screening (by invitation only) is set for the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on Wednesday September 26th.

Students and Alumni of PACE will be in attendance along with Nicole Quinn (writer/director), and key cast and crew members who will be taking part in a question and answer session after the film.

RACING DAYLIGHT is the story of Sadie Stokes (Melissa Leo) who has returned to the family farm to care for her catatonic Grandma (Leclanche Durand). There have always been Stokes in Cedarsville, but Sadie and Grandma are the last. When Harry (David Strathairn), a deceased Civil War soldier beckons Sadie from a mirror, Sadie begins to take on the character of her ancestor Anna, and a rich history of love and mystery unfolds.

This magical love story of hope and forgiveness is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Hudson River Valley and the historically rich Shawangunks where the film was made.

WFF screened RACING DAYLIGHT as part of this past summer's screening series sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill.


THE LAST WINTER OPENS

THE LAST WINTER, by local director/actor/environmentalist and horror master Larry Fessenden has opened in select theaters to rave reviews.

Guillermo Del Toro (PAN'S LABYRINTH) says "Larry Fessenden is one of the most original voices to emerge in the horror field and THE LAST WINTER is his most accomplished work to date. He brings the Gothic trappings of the old classics to shocking new life."

The New York Times says "elegantly restrained horror ... metaphorically resonant ... Feverishly Real, Terrifying. Larry Fessenden is among the most thoughtful Americans
working on the lower-budget end of this oft-abused and mindlessly corrupted genre."

In addition to THE LAST WINTER, Larry can currently be seen in Neil Jordan's THE BRAVE one starring Jodie Foster , and he is involved either as a producer or actor in four upcoming 2007 WFF films, including TRIGGER MAN and LIBERTY KID.




BOOK NOOK
KING'S GAMBIT:
A SON, A FATHER, AND THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS GAME
by Paul Hoffman

The autobiographical book tells the story of Hoffman's childhood in Greenwich Village with a brilliant, bohemian, Ping-Pong-hustling father and his eventual escape into the world of competitive chess.

"Hoffman's masterful, exhaustive tale of chess, its soaring triumphs and crushing discontents is filled with enough international intrigue and warped, shady characters to pass for the latest James Bond sequel... Hoffman has achieved something singular: a winning, book about the 'royal game' that will satisfy the general reader, kibitzer and grandmaster alike." -Publisher's Weekly

KING'S GAMBIT is available at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, local bookstores or online. Upcoming signings include Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, NYC on Sept. 25, Tuesday at 7pm.


CLEARCUT OPTIONED
2005 WFF screenwriting panelist Nina Shengold's novel CLEARCUT (Anchor Books) has been optioned by Vancouver-based production company with director Scott Smith (Falling Angels, Rollercoaster) attached to direct.

A counterculture love triangle set in the backwoods counterculture of the Pacific Northwest in the '70s, Clearcut appeared on Ten Best lists from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Bay Times and Out.com, and won a Henry Miller Award.

Buy Clearcut online.



"Portrait of Sophie," oil on canvas

LOCAL NEWS

As well as being involved in the visual arts of television, print, & film production,
Bill Stitt of Catskill Mountain Pictures has another visual interest: painting.

During the month of September, his work will be on exhibit at the Bank of America in Woodstock. “I have had paintings exhibited in Woodstock before,” says Bill, “but this is a one-man-show. And it’s really exciting for me to see twenty of my pieces hanging in one space -- it makes me see things in my work I hadn’t seen before.”

“It’s been a busy summer for Catskill Mountain Pictures,” says Joan Knight, “we did all the location work for “The Human Footprint," the National Geographic Television Channel special, helped them with casting, and when it became time to start location photography, they asked Bill to sign on as assistant director. For us, the project ran from April through August. And we've been busy since then, doing a project for Vanity Fair Magazine, and an independent short feature among others.”

Bill’s paintings will be at the Bank of America throughout the month of September.



Eric Silver at the No Reservations premiere
at the Ziegfeld Theater

NO RESERVATIONS
Hudson Valley local Eric Silver catches WFF up on some of his recent activity...

"I can currently be seen in the film NO RESERVATIONS, playing the supporting role of John. The film stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, and Patricia Clarkson, and opened in theaters nationwide on July 27th. It was an amazing project to be a part of, and I just attended the premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.

I also had a role in the upcoming Ridley Scott Film, AMERICAN GANGSTER, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, which is coming out in theaters in November. I hope you're enjoying the summer and everything is going well with the plannning for this year's film festival. Looking forward to it as always. It's such a wonderful festival to be able to come home to."


  MEDIA SPONSORS

1001 WDST RADIO WOODSTOCK is back on board as a superstar sponsor.

Woodstock’s independent radio station, signed on April 29, 1980. Over the past 24 years they have built an audience in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, and Columbia Counties, as well as the surrounding area, which has come to rely on them for an eclectic adult album mix. To listen to WDST or for more info, visit the WDST website.


CHRONOGRAM

Luminary Publishing was born in the summer of 1993, with the aim of nourishing and supporting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley.

One of the company's projects is the free, monthly Chronogram - "A Mid-Hudson Magazine of Events and Ideas." The magazine is distributed in counties abutting the mighty Hudson River, including Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Columbia, Orange and Putnam. Check them out online at chronogram.com


VARIETY

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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