October 2007 Newsletter
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CONTENTS:

STAFF PICKS
FILMMAKER AND INDUSTRY ROSTER
SNEAK PEEK
2007 SOUVENIRS NOW AVAILABLE
WFF IN THE NEWS
WIN A 2008 TOYOTA PRIUS RAFFLE
DYLAN LOOK ALIKE CONTEST
BOOK NOOK

SPONSOR NEWS

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View our commemorative
program online. Please note that tickets cannot be purchased through the commemorative program.

NIK'S PIKS AND THE BEST OF BABS
Overwhelmed by the pleuthura of choices in this year's line-up? Here are some suggestions from two Woodstock Film Festival "insiders"... Deputy Director Nikki Goldbeck and film reviewer Barbara Pokras.

NIK'S PIKS
August Evening directed by Chris Eska
Nomadak, Tx directed by Raul de la Fuente
The Cool School directed by Morgan Neville
Operation Filmmaker directed by Nina Davenport

BEST OF BABS
How to Cook Your Life directed by Dorris Dorrie
Dark Matter directed by Chen Shi-Zheng
Moving Midway directed by Godfrey Cheshire

Internet Orders end October 9
The best and easiest way to order tickets and to see updated schedules, film descriptions and other festival information is online. From September 18-October 9, advance single-admission tickets can be purchased through our secure website at tickets.
Advance orders will be sent by USPS mail through Oct. 7
For more, see ticket info


2007 WFF INDUSTRY and FILMMAKER ROSTER

Some industry and filmmakers expected to attend the festival include: Alexie Gilmore, Amy Gossels, Bill Plaympton, Brett Morgen, Christine Vachon, Dade Hayes, David D'Arcy, Donna Dickman, Doreen Ringer-Ross, Giancarlo Esposito, Gill Holland, Ira Schrek, Jason Kliot, Jeff Lipsky, John Sloss, John Sebastian, Joana Vicente, Jonathan Gray, Karen Durbin, Katie Roumel, Larry Fessenden, Leon Gast, Liz Ogilvie, Mary Stuart Masterson, Melissa Leo, Molly Thompson, Norman Reedus, Patricia Clarkson, Patrick Smith, Peter Bowen, Rick Torn, Robert Seigel, Robert Stone, Ron Mann, Ron Nyswaner, Ryan Harrington, Signe Baumane, Steven Beer, Ted Sarandos, Thelma Adams,Tom Quinn, Wendy Lidell and many more...

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SNEAK PEEK
THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM
Directed by Joni Mitchell and Jean Grand-Maitre

Bearsville Theater
Wed., Oct. 10, 7:00pm

Join us as we kick off the festival with food, refreshments and a SNEAK PEEK of
THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM.


Legendary Canadian artist Joni Mitchell, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed choreographer Jean Grand-Maître of the Alberta Ballet Company created "The Fiddle and The Drum," a special ballet that speaks volumes of Joni Mitchell's life-long concerns about environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind.

This narrative ballet was performed to 49 minutes of Mitchell's provocative music. This ballet is a celebration of the profoundly humanistic questions and testimonies that are expressed so poetically by Mitchell, a world-renowned poet. Three art forms combine as Alberta Ballet's commanding dancers move their powerful bodies and their ethereal souls within a protective world of sound, color and texture that Ms. Mitchell has created.

The dynamic set was fully designed by Mitchell and includes the first release of Mitchell's latest artwork, which is projected on a large canvas drum-style screen during the ballet.


GET EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!
8th ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
SOUVENIRS HAVE ARRIVED!

We have it all: 2007 Peter Max T-Shirts and posters, WFF track hoodies, caps, mugs, booty shorts and even underwear!

Merchandise is available online, or at our new Box Office at 34 Tinker Street (in the center of Woodstock, across from Joshua's).

Merch will be available at select venues during the festival.

Click here to shop online!


WFF IN THE NEWS
IN WOODSTOCK, REDEFINING FESTIVAL
By Cynthia Werthamer
Published in the New York Times, September 30, 2007


EVEN if you are not a child of the ’60s, chances are the word “Woodstock” evokes images of flower-powered pilgrims gathering for that most famous of rock festivals. But Meira Blaustein wants the fabled town (where the concert wasn’t held) to be known for something else: world-class cinema. In homage to both past and present, the eighth annual Woodstock Film Festival arrives on Oct. 10 with a nod to both the town’s rock ’n’ roll roots and the future of cinema.

“This festival has risen from the essence of what Woodstock is, the Colony of the Arts,” said Ms. Blaustein, the festival’s executive director and co-founder. “The first criterion of our programming is artistic merit, because the festival is an extension of the artistic image and character of Woodstock.”

Indeed, Woodstock, nestled at the base of Overlook Mountain in the Catskills, abounds in galleries, showcases for the performance arts, and artist and recording studios.

“The whole town celebrates the festival,” Ms. Blaustein said. “Everyone is out and about to soak up the atmosphere, experience the vibe and meet people.”

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WOODSTOCK FEST ROCKIN' OUT
By Addie Morfoot
Posted by Variety, September 27, 2007

"When indie filmmakers Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto launched the Woodstock Film Festival in 2000, they welcomed 2,500 attendees. This year they expect 15,000 at the eighth annual event.

Despite the significant increase in turnout, Blaustein insists that their objective is not to become an East Coast version of Sundance.

"The goal has never been to make it big," Blaustein explains. "It shouldn't double in size and it shouldn't stretch much farther than it already has. We don't want hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the area. That would be counterproductive."

Fest organizers might have their hands full keeping the masses away from Woodstock as the film lineup grows in prestige."

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WIN A 2008 TOYOTA PRIUS RAFFLE
With Your Help we can continue to offer the world’s premier independent films, highlight emerging talent and present intimate panel discussions for adults and youth, featuring top actors and industry insiders.

With Your Help we will support our region’s economic base along with the local film and artistic community by bringing more production to our area.

Click here to consider a tax-deductible gift of $100, $500, $5000, or more.
Any contribution will be accepted with great gratitude.

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Take a chance, live green, and support the WFF with one donation!

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BOB DYLAN LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST
in conjunction with the screening of Todd Haynes' I'M NOT THERE
and DYLAN: THE WOODSTOCK YEARS,
A Photo Exhibit by Elliott Landy

Saturday, Oct. 13th, 2007
3-7pm, Judging at 6:15pm
at the Lotus Gallery, Rock City Road, Woodstock

As in I'M NOT THERE (WFF 2007 Closing Night Film), which dramatizes the life and music of the legendary musical icon in a series of seven shifting personae--poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock-n-roll, born-again Christian martyr, played by different actors of various ages and sex--entrants don't have to look exactly like Dylan, just embody the era or essence of one of his many personal incarnations. 

"I wish that for just one time,
You could stand inside my shoes,
And just for that one moment I could be you..." (Positively 4th Street)


AND DON'T FORGET...

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


BOOK NOOK
2007 WFF BOOK SIGNINGS
in conjunction with
THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK

SEE THE MOVIE, MEET THE AUTHORS!

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME
by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep

Sunday, October 14th, 2007 following the 12:45pm screening

Jaap and Ina Polak, the subjects of Michele Ohayon's moving Holocaust love story STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, will be available after the screening on Sunday for a book signing. The documentary is based on the book of the same name, a manuscript translated from Dutch to English by the Polak's daughter to commemorate their 30th wedding anniversary.


A KILLER LIFE: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond
by Christine Vachon

Sunday, October 14, 3pm at the Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street in Woodstock

2007 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award recipient Christine Vachon’s latest work A KILLER LIFE will be on sale at the Golden Notebook during the festival.

Here is an account of a filmmaker who looks straight into the eye of the Hollywood blockbuster storm and dares not to blink.In A Killer Life, Christine Vachon follows up her independent producing handbook, Shooting to Kill, with a behind-the-scenes memoir of the battle between creativity and commerce -- and a renegade's rise to being one of the most powerful female producers in independent film today.A Killer Life traces the early years Vachon spent producing such controversial and critically acclaimed movies as Poison, Happiness, and Kids, films that paved the way for Academy Award-winning triumphs like Boys Don't Cry. She recounts the birth and rise of independent film and the evolution of her company, Killer Films, revealing the stories behind star castings and firings and films that never got made; how sexuality factors into the films she produces; and how the often lethal combination of finance and creativity affects what we see on the big screen.Intelligent and tough as nails, but endearingly self-effacing, Vachon's account of her filmmaking experiences, and the successes and failures that have made Killer Films one of the few truly independent film companies in New York, is a thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking read for filmmakers and fans alike. (from books.google.com)


PEANUTS: THE ART OF CHARLES SCHULZ
by Chip Kidd

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
after the 7:30pm screening of GOOD OL' CHARLES SCHULZ
at the Woodstock Town Hall

Well-known Charles Schulz biographer Chip Kidd will hold a book signing of his beautiful album, Peanuts: The Art of Charles Schulz, sure to dazzle fans of the late Charles M. Schulz and his art. The book provides an unprecedented look at the work of the most brilliant and beloved cartoonist of the twentieth century.


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