2008 FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

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CONTENTS:
HVFC TO PRESENT HUMAN FOOTPRINT SCREENING
LOCAL ACADEMY NODS

IN THEATERS
BOOKNOOK
2008 CALL FOR ENTRIES

SPONSOR NEWS


 



 

 

HUMAN FOOTPRINT

Thursday, April 10, 8pm at the Bearsville Theater, witness the lifetime consumption of an average American at a special sneak preview of National Geeographic's world premiere special HUMAN FOOTPRINT. Stay tuned for ticket info.

From 3,96 diapers to 43, 371 cans of soda to 28,433 showers and everything in between, cradle-to-grave consumtion is literally laid out before your eyes.

ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas anchors the journey that reveals what each of us will eat, drink, wear and use during our typpical time on the planet.

Last summer, the Hudson Valley Film Commission worked diligently to convince Touch Productions to produce this National Geographic documentary special in the Hudson Valley. THEY DID, and over the summer months of 2007, local film crews and actors worked with UK director Clive Maltby and the team from Touch Productions to present what an average American consumes–and discards–in a lifetime, all in one place at one time via a series of dramatic, revealing and informative visual demonstrations.

Premiering on Sunday, April 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, National Geographic Channel (NGC) presents HUMAN FOOTPRINT, a groundbreaking special anchored by ABC News; Elizabeth Varga, which follows the cradle-to-grave consumption of an average American boy and girl.

HUMAN FOOTPRINT is part of National Geographic Channel's Preserve Our Planet initiative – developed in collaboration with the National Geographic Society – dedicated to providing relevant conservation information and practical everyday tips across all platforms of the organization. The initiative includes a robust web site – www.preserveourplanter.com with additional solutions for reducing your carbon footprint. In March, NGC will also have a dedicated microsite with additional details at www.nghumanfootprint.com. The Human Footprint is also a major initiative of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and helps the organization target conservation efforts. Learn more at www.wcs.org/humanfootprint

For additional info, contact info@hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org


UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Year round programming is in full gear. Look for upcoming screenings throughout the Hudson Valley, Albany and New York City. Upcoming titles include RACING DAYLIGHT with Nicole Quinn, MY GENERATION with Barbara Kopple, THE AGRONOMIST with Jonathan Demme, STATE OF FEAR with Pamela Yates and FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER with Irena Salina.

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LOCAL ACADEMY NODS

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2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards nominations include:

AMERICAN GANGSTER, which was partially shot at Stewart Airport in Orange County, NY received the following nomaitnations:
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Achievement in Art Direction

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (the opening night film of the 2007 WFF) received four nominations including:
Achievement in Cinematography
Achievement in Directing (Julian Schnabel)
Achievement in Film Editing
Adapted Screenplay

FREEHELD which was directed by Hudson Valley native Cynthia Wade and featured at the 2007 WFF is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject

I’M NOT THERE (the closing night film of the 2007 WFF directed by Todd Haynes and produced by Christine Vachon) is nominated for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Cate Blanchett)

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, written by Nancy Oliver (special screening at WFF 2007) is nominated for Original Screenplay

MICHAEL CLAYTON
, which was partially shot in Orange County, NY received 7 nominations including:
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Geaorge Clooney)
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Tilda Swinton)
Achievement in Directing (Tony Gilroy)
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Original Screenplay (Tony Gilroy)

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Half of this dynamic duo directing team likes to unwind at their Hudson Valley home. We'd like to think the Hudson Valley inspires movie magic.
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Achievement in Cinematography
Achievement in Directing
Achievement in Film Editing
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Achievement in Sound Editing
Achievement in Sound Mixing
Adapted Screenplay

SALIM BABA, from Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello, received the award for best short doc at the 2007 WFF and a Academy Award nomination for
Best Documentary Short Subject

WAR/DANCE (winner of audience award and Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the 2007 WFF, received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature

As a side note, we would like to congratulate WFF Advisory Board member Ellen Chenoweth for the astounding number of nominations she was involved with as casting director for NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role) and MICHAEL CLAYTON (Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role)

Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!
To print your blank ballot for this Sunday's screening, click here


 
IN THEATERS
ATTENTION CULTURED PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES
Stick around after the Oscars for THE MITCH SHOW!

WFF multi-alum Mitchell Rose who premiered his THE MITCH SHOW at the WFF in 2006 is about to have his West Coast premiere at REDCAT, the alternative arts theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  THE MITCH SHOW is a film/performance mashup. Not only does Mitchell present his hilarious, innovative films, but he also leads several comic audience-participation performance pieces. The result is pure cineformatainment and it happens Thursday Feb 28 at 8:30pm.

"In the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati -- funny and sad and more than the sum of both." The Washington Post

Tickets and info, CLICK HERE.


BOOKNOOK

Advisory board member Martha Frankel has just published her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling (Tarcher/Penguin). After receiving some great reviews, she was chosen as one of Border's Books Original Voices, and will be reading around Woodstock, in Manhattan, at the Harvard Coop, and other places. Check it out on her website, www.marthafrankel.com


(February 2008) Meet her at a bakery on a miserable morning of freezing rain and treacherous roads in the Catskills, not far from Woodstock, and in five minutes you will feel not only as if you have known Martha Frankel all your life, but as if you still have one of her sweaters. Ms. Frankel, who is 57, throws off more warmth than the rental car. Read more...


Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller



CALL FOR ENTRIES - EARLY BIRD ENTRY SPECIAL

The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Oct 1-5, 2008) 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, Apple Computers, Final Draft, Post Factory, A&E Indie Films, Docurama, Kodak, Baseline, Markertek, and others.

Industry participants have included Steve Buscemi, Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films), Jonathan Sehring (IFC), Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Mark Urman (THINKfilm), Bingham Ray (Kimmel Entertainmen), 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), Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Andrew Hurwitz, Ira Schreck, 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, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Ethan Hawke, Matt Dillon, Rosie Perez and many others.

To apply online, and for details, visit ENTRY FORM


The HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION (HVFC) creates sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production in the Hudson Valley-Catskills. New, competitive state tax incentives will soon be available making New York's Hudson Valley the ideal place to shoot your next project.

HVFC works year round to assist independent and studio features, print, television, new media, short films, student projects and TV advertising. HVFC provides technical, location and talent guidance, referrals, networking opportunities and promotion. An online production directory of area film professionals and services is available at www.HudsonValleyFilmCommission.org

HVFC has attracted some exceptional film productions to the region, with A-list talent including Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Willem Dafoe, Robin Williams, Peter Falk, and Timothy Hutton, and companies such as Paramount, National Geographic, HBO, A&E and The History Channel. Productions of this kind are an economic boon in a very competitive market and simultaneously attract tourism and visibility to the region. Reports indicate that after Thelma & Louise was shot in Canyonlands, Utah, visitor numbers rose by 22.6%. Countless other examples demonstrate that particular films create tourism opportunities.

For more information, visit www.HudsonValleyFilmCommission.org


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.

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