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2009 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
October Newsletter, part 2

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Contents:

GOTHAM AWARD NOMINEES
SPOTLIGHT: GLASS EYE PIX

ACQUISITION NEWS
IN THEATERS

LOCAL NEWS:
KILLIAN MANSFIELD: NEVER MIND THE PITY
VICTORIA LANGLING HONORED

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
SPONSOR NEWS







Ted Hope wrestles Trailblazer Award away from presenter Geoff Gilmore at 2009 Woodstock Film Festival

GOTHAM AWARD NOMINEES

The 2009 Gotham Independent Film Award nominations were announced earlier this week, and we were delighted to see many familiar names from the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival!

Congratulations to the following nominees:

Best Ensemble Performance for Adventureland, which was produced by Ted Hope, recipient of the Honorary Trailblazer Award at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival.
See his accceptance speech online.


Cruz Angeles, Marie Topete and son
at 2009 Woodstock FIlm Festival

Breakthrough Director to Cruz Angeles, director of Don't Let Me Drown (winner of the Lee Marvin Award for Best Narrative Feature and the James Lyons Editing Award for Narrative Feature at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival)


Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster at
2009 Woodstock Film Festival

Breakthrough Actor to Ben Foster, for The Messenger, the Opening Night film at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival.


Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher at
2009 Woodstock Film Festival

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You to October Country, directed and produced by Michael Palmieri and Donal Moshel. The film recently screened as part of the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival Documentary lineup.

Gotham Award winners will be announced on November 30th 2009. Good luck to all nominees.



Kunkle, Fessenden and Phok


Maggio and crew check the shot
on location with Bitter Feast

SPOTLIGHT: GLASS EYE PIX

Filmmaker Magazine recently featured the talent and hard work of Glass Eye Pix, whose founder Larry Fessenden, has been involved with the Woodstock Film Festival from its inception. Several of his directorial efforts have screened at WFF over the years, including Wendigo (2004) and The Last Winter (2006).

The Glass Eye Pix scareflix lineup has been keeping the Hudson Valley very busy with film production. Joe Maggio's Bitter Feast shot in August and September. Jim Mickle's Stake-Land is set for production in November and James Felix McKenney's Hypothermia this coming winter. The slate of films is a huge boost to the local economy and emerging filmmakers.

"In a time of independent film 'crisis,' when so many filmmakers are having problems getting their films into production much less on screens, Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix has quietly become one of the indie scene's most productive and longest-running companies..."
Click to read more..

As a director, Larry is set to helm the remake of the spanish horror film Orphanage, with Guillermo del Toro producing. We're crossing our fingers that it will also film in the Hudson Valley. Congratulations to Fessenden and the whole Glass Eye Pix crew for this much-deserved recognition from Filmmaker!


AQUISITION NEWS


Jason Ritter signs in
at the Woodstock Film Festival


Scott Rosenbaum, Laurent Rejto, Joe White
at the Woodstock Film Festival

MEDIA 8 ENTERTAINMENT PICKS UP PERFECT AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL

THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL, which had its East Coast Premiere at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival, was just acquired by Media 8 Entertainment. The film stars Kevin Zeggers, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning and Peter Fonda. Congratulations to Scott Rosenbaum, Joseph White and the whole team!

In THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL, a pair of longtime friends channel their talent and passion for music into a cross-country road trip that brings them face to face with their past, present, and future. A world famous musician, whose debut album is a huge hit, retreats to his hometown after his sophomore effort flops.

There he reconnects with his long lost best friend and fellow musician, the son of a punk rock guitar legend, who became a middle school music teacher. The reunion forces the two to recall their youthful ambitions and reexamine the choices they've made. Accompanied by a raucous crew of musicians, they set off on a cathartic journey along historic Route 66 that brings them closer to each other, their history and their destiny.


NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW

Ron Mann's distribution company Films We Like just picked up the Canadian theatrical rights to Jonathan Demme's NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, which premiered at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival and will be released in the U.S by Abramorama.

Jonathan Demme presents NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, with Young in the middle of a stage full of personal icons, at times alone in the center of a circle of his beloved acoustic guitars, at others in the midst of a handful of much-beloved musicians Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Ralph Molina, Anthony 'sweetpea' Crawford and wife, Pegi Young.

There are delicately offered piano/guitar/voice numbers like "Ambulance Blues" and "Mexico"; mesmerizing electric travelogues into the artist's psyche ("No Hidden Path"); searing, chaotic anthems like "Hurricane" and 'Spirit Road"; and rarely performed pieces, like 'Harvest" that provide glimpses of Young's less public persona.

Check out Jonathan Demme on the BMI Music in Film Panel moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross, and also featuring Tom Dicillo (When You're Strange), Tze Chun (Children of Invention) and composer T. Griffin.


KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS
Special Edition Collectors Box (USB)

Perennial WFF favorite Ron Mann also announced the release of his film KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS (WFF2008) on USB flach drive.

KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS is the first film released on a 4GB re-usable USB flash drive! It includes:
• a Mushroom-themed 4 GB reusable USB flash drive (plugs into your computer’s USB port) Portable, re-usable and great for storage!
• Flash drive contains the feature film Know Your Mushrooms, Formatted for Mac and PC. AppleTV and iPod. Quicktime 7 required.
• Dried Alaska Morel mushrooms hand-picked by the film’s star, Larry Evans, the “Indiana Jones of Mushrooms”
• A booklet with an original essay about the film by Canadian film critic, Jennie Punter
• Packaged in a hand-crafted collectable wooden box

This MUST HAVE can only be bought through dvdswelike.com!


IN THEATERS


Uma, Thelma and Katherine at
2009 Woodstock Film Festival

MOTHERHOOD
Opening October 23 in select cities courtesy of Freestyle Releasing

From writer/director Katherine Dieckmann, the acclaimed filmmaker of Diggers and A Good Baby, comes MOTHERHOOD, starring Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. Eliza wants it all - motherhood, a writing career, an egalitarian marriage but with the accumulation of minor crises on a daily basis, her wants may prove unattainable. A wise, warm and gentle comedy, MOTHERHOOD has much to teach about finding meaning and passion in the shared sacrifices of parenthood.

From Thelma Adams
On the road to meeting amazing women in film at our annual Woodstock Film Festival panel, I met Katherine Dieckmann and Uma Thurman. Here’s are two interviews
Hanging with Motherhood Writer-Director Katherine Dieckmann in The Huffington Post
and
Uma Thurman: I Can't Help Overdoing Things as a Mom in iVillage Enterntainment

View Amazing Women in Film Panel clips online featuring Uma Thurman, Barbara Hammer, Pam Koffler, Katherine Dieckmann, Signe Baumane, Mira Nair discussing issues pertaining to women in cinema.

 

(UNTITLED)
In select theaters October 23 courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

In Jonathan Parker's (UNTITLED). A fashionable contemporary art gallerist in Chelsea, New York falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic satire of the state of contemporary art. Adam Goldberg plays the composer, whose work calls for paper crumpling, glass breaking and bucket kicking. Marley Shelton plays the gorgeous Chelsea gallerist whose latest show features an artist (played by Vinnie Jones) who employs taxidermy and household objects. Further complicating the affair is the composer's brother, played by Eion Bailey, whose highly commercial art work - the financial backbone of the gallery - is sold to corporate clients discreetly out of the gallery's back room.


THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
In select theaters on November 6
courtesy of Overture Films

Starring Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey and a star-studded ensemble cast, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS explores the "unbelievable" events inspired by the true story of the U.S. military's unit of pyschic soldiers. The film follows Bob Wilton (McGregor), a reporter in search of his next big story, and out of commission psychic soldier Lyn Cassady (Clooney) as they search for Cassady's former commanding officer Bill Django (Bridges), founder of the top secret psychic soldier's program, who has recently gone missing.


THE MESSENGER
In select theaters November 13 courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Oren Moverman, THE MESSENGER is a powerful and tender story about a returned war hero making his first steps toward a normal life. The film brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

Read Stewart Nusbaumer's Huffington Post review of THE MESSENGER online... "If you want to watch an entertaining movie, go to your local multiplex. If you want your emotions shot out of a cannon, go see The Messenger."

See coverage of The Messenger at WFF with Oren Moverman, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi, Woody Harrelson and Lawrence Inglee online


LOCAL NEWS:

HOW KILLIAN MANSFIELD'S DYING DREAM TURNED INTO THE MAKING OF A MIRACULOUS ALBUM

New York Magazine wrote an extremely moving article on the late Killian Mansfield, a beloved local musician who accomplished so much in his short life. Click here to read the article.

Killian's album, Somewhere Else, is available on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Killian Mansfield Foundation. The current beneficiary of the Killian Mansfield Foundation is the Hope & Heroes Children's Cancer Fund, which sustains an excellent Integrative Therapies Program. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.killianmansfield.org.


VICTORIA LANGLING HONORED BY STATE SENATE

Long time supporter and dear friend of the Woodstock Film Festival, Victoria Langling, was recently honored as our District's 2009 "Woman of Distinction." Victoria was acknowledged for her positive impact on the lives of area residents through her many volunteering efforts with organizations such as the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Family of Woodstock, and of course the Woodstock Film Festival, to name a few. Read the full article here.

Congratulations to Victoria - we could not agree more with this distinction!


HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FROM WFF

As we approach the 2009 holiday season, consider stocking up on some colorful mugs (and caps) or frame a limited edition signed Milton Glaser poster for that film or design afficinado in your life. We still have a small number of 10th anniversary t-shirts available as well.
Click here to visit our online shop
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SPONSOR NEWS

If you are interested in becoming a 2010 Woodstock Film Festival sponsor,
please contact us regarding sponsorship opportunities. Each year film and music lovers gather at the Woodstock Film Festival from around the world for an exhilarating variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an awards ceremony, and superlative parties. For more info, visit SPONSOR WOODSTOCK