2008 APRIL NEWSLETTER



CONTENTS:
SOHO HOUSE BENEFIT
COMMISSION NEWS
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
INDIE NEWS
IN THEATERS
ON TV
BOOK NOOK
MUSIC NEWS
CALL FOR ENTRIES

SPONSOR NEWS





Upcoming Events
April 15, 16, 17: FLOW: For Love of Water with director Irena Salina

April 17: Soho House Benefit

May 13: Stranger Than Fiction & Woodstock Film Festival co-present
Barbara Kopple's MY GENERATION w/ director Q&A

Sponsored in part by Diageo

May 20: Stranger Than Fiction & Woodstock Film Festival co-present
Leon Gast's WHEN WE WERE KINGS w/ director Q&A

Sponsored in part by Diageo

May 27: Stranger Than Fiction & Woodstock Film Festival co-present
Jonathan Demme's THE AGRONOMIST w/ director Q&A

Sponsored in part by Diageo



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SOHO HOUSE BENEFIT FOR WFF & HVFC

On Apil 17, Stephen Hays of 120dB Films will host a benefit for the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission at SOHO HOUSE, NY.

The evening will feature complimentary wine from City Winery, hors d'oeuvres in the white room, and a gift bag with wonderful items from Ceres Press, Docurama, Edun, Organic Nectars and others. A special 60 minute screening in the cinema will follow featuring National Geographic Channels's groundbreaking HUMAN FOOTPRINT, which was produced in New York State thanks to the efforts of the Hudson Valley Film Commission.

Special auction items for the event include:
A two night mid-week stay in the Imperial Suite at the Emerson Resort and Spa. Stay includes dinner for two at the Phoenix Restaurant and a Spa Voucher.

New York Token Cuff Links mounted in sterling silver findings from eco-artware.com

For details , visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/sohohouse.php


HVFC NEWS
FILMS FLOCK BACK TO NEW YORK!

Hours after New York State tripled its tax incentive to 30 percent under the budget approved this week, the HUDSON VALLEY FIM COMMISSION confirmed that Brant Sersen's upcoming SPLINTERHEADS from Atlantic Pictures, would shoot in the Hudson Valley. Within days, requests for locations were pouring in.

Hudson Valley Film Commissioner Laurent Rejto commented on the news. "We've been saying all along that if we can compete on an even playing field with the other states that have increased film incentives, we can bring films back to New York State where industry cast and crew members are ready, willing and able. The increase in the tax credit and the fact that it now 100% refundable in the first year will be an enormous boost to the film economy which was impacted with about $700 million dollar loss in revenue over the past tweve months." (read the entire release at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/press/releases/2008_4_taxbreaksrescue.htm

If you are interested in shooting your next film in New York's Hudson Valley, please contact us or visit www.hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org


 

 

TRIBECA KICKS OFF
The 7th Annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 23 - May 4) will feature a number of films and filmmakers that are connected to the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley including:

Idiots and Angels, directed and written by Bill Plympton.  (USA) - World Premiere, Narrative. Oscar®-nominated animator Bill Plympton sketches a Lynchian dark comedy about a morally bankrupt man scrabbling to hide the good in himself—which manifests itself in a pair of angel wings that just won’t go away.  Bill has programmed the WFF animation program since 2002 in conjunction with Signe Baumane and/or Patrick Smith.

Playing for Change: Peace Through Music, directed by Jonathan Walls and Mark Johnson. True devotees of music’s uniting power, Johnson and  Walls hauled recording equipment across four continents, capturing the unsung talents of street performers from Nepal to Argentina. The result is an inspired tribute to both music and the adventurous spirit. English, Spanish, Tibetan, Zulu with English subtitles. Jonathan and Mark were in Woodstock in 2003 with the original Playing For Change. Jonathan returned to WFF in 2005 with his feature film Automatic.

Susan Koch and Jeff Werner (Mario's Story) and Jedd and Todd Wider (Beyond Conviction) screen the acclaimed 2006 Homeless World Cup documentary Kicking It, Hudson Valley resident Philippe Petit, is featured in Man on Wire, the Duplass Brothers (Puffy Chair) will screen the newly renamed /untiled film formerly known as Baghead featuring hudson valley native Ross Partridge. Also screening is Julian Schnabel's documentary Lou Reed's Berlin, Dana O'Keefe's short The New Yorkist, (edited by Tze Chun) and Poughkeepsie native Christopher Bell's Bigger, Stronger, Faster. For detailed info and trailers, visit Tribeca Film Festival

Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein will attend Tribeca, representing the WFF  and covering it for the Poughkeepsie Journal. To reach Meira at Tribeca contact 914.466.5728 or e-mail info@woodstockfilmfestival.com  
Starting April 23, you can read Meira's Tribeca blog at www.peaceloveandmovies.blogspot.com, or read the reporting in the paper at www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage


INDIE NEWS
MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL

Al Gore ecently named MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL the 2008 Reel Current Award winner. The Award will be presented by Mr.Gore on April 18th at the Nashville Film Festival. The documentary, which was executive produced by WFF advisory board member Gill Holland will be playing at Lincoln Center in NYC on Earth Day April 22nd, 6:00 PM, as part of their Green Screen series.

Across Southern Appalachia mountaintop removal coal mining is leveling forests destroying communities and threating water supplies so that all of us can enjoy cheap electricity. This compelling documentary film explores the issue. The film features interviews with coal industry officials, citizen conservation groups, scientists, physicians and coal field activists including Larry Gibson, Maria Gunnoe, Ed Wiley , Julia Bonds and Jeff Goodell author of Big Coal Americas Dirty Energy Secret. Music from Sarah Hawker, Julie Miller, Donna the Buffalo and John Specker is featured in the film. The film is the second feature documentary release from Haw River Films (hawriverfilms.com) located in Pittsboro North Carolina.



(from Indiewire.com)
- iW NEWS (from Indiewire.com)
Janet Pierson Named New Producer of SXSW Film Fest
Dentler Heading to Cinetic

[Former Hudson Valley resident] Janet Pierson has been named the new producer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference, the organization has just announced. Matt Dentler, who has served as producer of the fest since 2004, has accepted a position in New York City to head the marketing and programming operations of Cinetic Media's new digital rights management unit, the festival said in an announcement. Pierson has a long history in the independent film world. In 1986 she and husband John Pierson began producer rep work that eventually lead to the release of groundbreaking work including "Roger and Me," "She's Gotta Have It," "Slacker" and "Clerks." A board member of the Austin Film Society, she was the co-creator of the TV series "Split Screen" on the Independent Film Channel. "I've been a huge fan and supporter of SXSW Film since its inception, " commented Pierson in a statement. "I'm thrilled now to take on the challenge of continuing its exciting growth." [Brian Brooks]

 

 

IN THEATERS

BODY OF WAR
A film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue

This wrenching documentary examines the cost of war for one extraordinary young man. Compelled to serve his country after 9/11, 22-year-old Tomas Young joined the army; on his fourth day in Iraq, he took a bullet in the spine and was left paralyzed from the waist down. Now back home with a Purple Heart and unanswered questions about why he and thousands of others have paid so dearly, Tomas begins to come to terms with his disability and finds his own passionate voice against the war.

Now screening at the IFC Center and other theaters across the country


 


Oren Jacoby accepts the 2007 Documentary Editing award for Constantine's Sword

CONSTANTINE'S SWORD
A Film by Oren Jacoby

Winner of the 2007 WFF Documentary Editing Award opens April 18 in NY
from First Run Features

Why are intolerance, violence and war so deeply ingrained in religion?
Why did the Cross become a rallying symbol for persecution?
How does one man who loves the Church confront its history of crusade and conquest?

Constantine's Sword, the latest film by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby, is an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning.

Carroll, a National Book Award winner and columnist for the Boston Globe, is a practicing Catholic whose search for the truth leads him to confront persecution and violence in the name of God - today and in the Church's past. He discovers a terrible legacy that reverberates across the centuries- from the Emperor Constantine's vision of the cross as a sword and symbol of power, to the rise of genocidal antisemitism, to modern-day wars and conflicts sparked by religious extremism.

At its heart, Constantine's Sword is a detective story, as Carroll journeys both into his own past - where he comes to terms with his father's role as a three-star General in the U.S. Air Force preparing for nuclear war - and into the wider world, where he uncovers evidence of church-sanctioned violence against Jews, Muslims, and others. Visiting the Air Force Academy, he and Jacoby expose how some evangelical Christians are proselytizing inside our country's armed forces and reveal the dangerous consequences of religious influence on American foreign policy.

Warning of what happens when military power and religious fervor are joined, Constantine's Sword asks the timely question: Is the fanaticism that threatens the world today fueled by our own deeply held beliefs? Watch trailer.


TV NEWS
Sascha Paladino (Obstinato) has been a very busy man. In addition to his new documentary Throw Down Your Heart, Paladino recently premiered his television show NI HAO, KAI-LAN on Nickelodeon. The show is a brand new preschool show that he's been working on for the past two years, as producer/head writer.

"Ni hao!" That means "hi" in Chinese--and that's how Kai-lan greets you every day! Kai-lan Chow is an exuberant Chinese-American preschooler, five and three quarters years old, who wants you to come play with her and her best friends.

Kai-lan's world is infused with Chinese culture and is brimming with magical sights and sounds, and everywhere you turn there's something amazing and beautiful to see. Along the way, she and her bilingual buddies speak in English and Chinese, but they always need kids' help to find creative solutions to the daily dilemmas that come their way!

"Ni Hao, Kai-lan" is the next generation of preschool television programming that introduces the psychology of biculturalism. If Dora and Diego popularized bilingualism, Kai-lan will weave together being bilingual and bicultural. "Ni Hao, Kai-lan" reinforces the idea that being bicultural and bilingual is being American.

For more on the show, check out NI HAO, KAI-LAN


 

BOOKNOOK

This spring, HarperCollins Children’s Books proudly presents
DONíT BUMP THE GLUMP! And Other Fantasies. Originally published in 1964, this is Shel Silverstein’s first ever poetry collection. Remembered by longtime Silverstein fans as ‘Uncle Shelby’s Zoo,’ DONíT BUMP THE GLUMP! has been highly sought after as a collector’s item and eagerly anticipated by fans everywhere.

Don’t Bump The Glump! is a menagerie of silly and scary creatures illustrated by the author in stunning ink and watercolor washes—the only children’s book he created in full color. Step inside this most unusual bestiary and meet a number of outrageous characters including the Wild Gazite, the Flying Festoon, the Slithergadee, and the One-Legged Zantz. Now available again after more than thirty years, this richly rendered collection of 45 poems will mesmerize Shel Silverstein fans of all ages.


MUSIC NEWS
BODY OF WAR is an intimate feature documentary about 25-year-old Tomas Young, who was paralyzed from a bullet to his spine while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. His story about dealing with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war so moved Eddie Vedder that he wrote the song No More for the film. That song headlines the 2-CD set Body Of War: Songs That Inspired An Iraq War Veteran, a musical anti-war statement that spans genres and generations, from country to punk, hip-hop to Modern Rock. The songs collected here are the sounds that have helped to inspire me and keep me going as I struggle to find the strength to deal with my new physical limitations while trying to find the energy to fight when many parts of my body and brain are telling me to stop.... Each song you hear you're hearing because I found a meaning in it that helped focus a number of emotions and turn them into something that I hope will ultimately be positive. (Tomas Young )

Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller

CALL FOR ENTRIES

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


SPONSOR NEWS
BASELINE returns as a Maverick Award Sponsor for the 2008 festival.

Baseline has created a process whereby cast, crew and filmmakers may submit their credits for inclusion in the Baseline database. Through www.inbaseline.com, you can now ensure your involvement in a project will be permanently acknowledged, archived and distributed to professional and consumer audiences the world over, including every major studio, network, agency, and major web portals such as Yahoo, Variety, E! Online, Hollywood.com, and more....


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