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2009 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
December Newsletter

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Contents:

SUPPORT OUR CONTINUED EFFORTS

SPECIAL SCREENING: CRUDE

SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

SUNDANCE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
SMASH HIS CAMERA

FILM NEWS
PATH LIGHTS

MUSIC NEWS:
NORAH JONES
LEVON HELM GRAMMY NOD

BOOKNOOK
THE RELUCTANT ADVENTURER
WOODSTOCK VISION

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
WOODSTOCK OPEN HOUSE
4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY FIASCO
CASINO NIGHT

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
SPONSOR NEWS





 
SUPPORT OUR CONTINUED EFFORTS




Dear Friends

We'd like to take a moment to thank you for your past support. We recognize that without you, the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) could not conitnue and that Hudson Valley Film Commission (HVFC) would not be able to attract and support regional film production.

The 10th Annual Woodstock Film Festival has come and gone. By many accounts it was our biggest success yet! We presented over 150 events and saw tremendous participation from filmmakers, industry members and filmgoers. Screening highlights included Up in the Air, The Messenger, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Me and Orson Welles, Garbage Dreams, Junior, October Country, to name a few. Festival guests featured emerging filmmakers and A-list talent including Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Demme, Vera Farmiga, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Ted Hope, Barbara Kopple, Richard Linklater, Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman and many others.

Your support is needed so we can continue to present world-class films, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

Click here to read more and to support WFF

 
CRUDE: THE REAL PRICE OF OIL

CRUDE is set to screen at Upstate Films beginning Friday, December 4th.

Director Joe Berlinger will be attending an exclusive screening in association with the Woodstock Film Festival followed by a special Q&A on Sunday, December 6 at 2pm.

Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe
Berlinger (BROTHER'S KEEPER, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

CRITICS ARE CALLING CRUDE...:
“Thorough and impassioned… intelligently and artfully made.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“A fascinating case study of real world political action.” - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

“A powerhouse of a documentary! This one means to shake you. And in Berlinger’s hands, it does.” -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


 
2010 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED


2010 nominations were announced Tuesday Dec 1st. WFF would like to congratulate all the nominees and wish them luck, including the following 2009 (and 2008) Woodstock Film Festival Official participants and friends:

  • EASIER WITH PRACTICE- Best First Feature
  • EASIER WITH PRACTICE, Kyle Patrick Alvarez- Acura Someone to Watch Award
  • THE MESSENGER- Best First Feature
  • THE MESSENGER, Samantha Morton- Best Supporting Female
  • THE MESSENGER, Woody Harrelson- Best Supporting Male
  • THE MESSENGER, Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman- Best Screenplay
  • ME AND ORSON WELLES, Christian McKay- Best Supporting Male
  • MORE THAN A GANE - Best Documentary Feature
  • OCTOBER COUNTRY- Best Documentary Feature
  • THE NEW YEAR PARADE - John Cassavetes Award
  • ADVENTURELAND, Greg Mottola, - Best Screenplay (produced by WFF honorary Trailblazer Ted Hope)

    WFF is also incredibly proud and thrilled that two part time Ulster County residents were honored with nominations.

  • Larry Fessenden is nominated for the Plaget Producers Award
  • Casting director Ellen Chenoweth, and Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Rachel Tenner, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Aaron Wolff will be honored with the Robert Altman Award for their ensemble work on A SERIOUS MAN

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    SUNDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT


    Gast in home studio


    Gast at 2009 WFF

    SMASH HIS CAMERA

    The Woodstock Film Festival would like to congratulate friend, advisory board member and Woodstock resident, Leon Gast on the World Premiere of his latest documentary SMASH HIS CAMERA, scheduled for 2010's Sundance Film Festival.

    The documentary, which will screen in the US Documentary Competition is the story of notorious, reviled paparazzo Ron Galella who opened a Pandora’s Box of issues from right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him and Marlon Brando broke his jaw.

    "We tried to make it so that audiences would not just be looking at stills," said Gast by telephone. "We tried to do something artistic and Woodstock was a great setting for that. The producers loved coming up here, and eating at The Bear and other places in town. We were about to do just about all the post production in my studio, which is fifty feet from the house. The editor was Doug Abel [also from Woodstock]. He's probably the best editor I've worked with in my 40-50 years in the business. Justin Martinez was assistant editor and he did some second unit photography and much more. It was a real pleasure."

    Gast is known for making such seminal documentaries as HELL'S ANGELS FOREVER and the Oscar-winning chronicle of the 1974 landmark fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, WHEN WE WERE KINGS (1996). He is especially noted for presenting his subjects with rare compassion and insight.

    STAY TUNED for many more Sundance announcements involving local filmmakers

     
    FILM NEWS


    Sluser has been to WFF three times
    with The Retreat, Who You Know
    and Path Lights

    DAVID LYNCH TELEVISION PRESENTS SHORT FILM PATH LIGHTS

    by By Emily Riemer from Paste Magazine.com

    The David Lynch Foundation’s website will debut a short film by Zachary Sluser called Path Lights for one week. DLF.tv will be screening PATH LIGHTS exclusively before the film heads on a tour of the festival circuit starting in 2010. (It already appeared [world premiered] at the Woodstock Film Festival in Oct. 2009.)

    The film is based on a short fiction work of same name by Tom Drury, published in The New Yorker in Oct. 2005. Drury also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the comedy-noir story, which is set in Southern California and centers on Bobby, played by John Hawkes (The Perfect Storm). Bobby is a voice actor who is out walking his dogs in the Pasadena arroyo when a beer bottle falls out of the sky and almost hits him on the head, launching him on an admittedly specious investigation of the bottle-dropping culprit, which leads him on a bizarre and circuitous internal and external journey. Lynch is a vocal proponent of Transcendental Meditation techniques, and he launched DLF.tv, an online TV channel to showcase “high quality video content” that “celebrates consciousness, creativity and bliss.”

    In consideration of what aficionados often say is an anti-cinematic way to watch a film, director Sluser has offered some tips so that viewers will properly appreciate his artistic effort. Sluser encourages users to view the film in full screen and HD mode, to turn off instant messenger and other noisemaking applications, and to listen on headphones instead of through laptop speakers, which won’t pick up all of the lower-frequency sounds.

    In addition to offering a platform from which to showcase PATH LIGHTS, DLF.tv came to the set of the film for two of the four-and-a-half day shoot this past May in order to capture some footage for several exclusive, behind-the-scenes featurettes now available on its website.

    Watch the behind-the-scenes teaser trailer for Path Lights on DLF.tv:

     
    MUSIC NEWS

    NEW RELEASE FROM NORAH JONES: THE FALL

    EMI’s Blue Note Records releases Norah Jones' 4th Album.

    Norah (a part time Ulster County resident) has taken a new direction on the THE FALL, experimenting with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris. Jones also put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer).


    GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY:
    Daryl Hall, Levon Helm, Jimmy Sturr and Steve Earle

    Read the entire article by John Barry in the Poughkeepsie Journal

    Longtime Woodstock resident Levon Helm has earned his second consecutive Grammy nomination - with a nod for "Electric Dirt" - in the 2010 category for Best Americana Album, Vocal or Instrumental.

    Helm's last album release, "Dirt Farmer," won a 2008 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

    "This is wonderful," Helm said at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night. "This is wonderful. It's a great payback for all the musicians. There is going to be a lot of joy in mudville."

    Other Nominees include:

  • Together Through Life – Bob Dylan [Columbia]
  • Willie And The Wheel – Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel [Bismeaux Records]
  • Wilco (The Album) - Wilco [Nonesuch]
  • Little Honey – Lucinda Williams [Lost Highway Records]
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    BOOKNOOK

     

    THE RELUCTANT ADVENTURER

    The UPDATED kindle edition of THE RELUCTANT ADVENTURER
    by Thomas Rejto and translated by Laurent Rejto is now available from Amazon!

    Set in Europe during World War II, THE RELUCTANT ADVENTURER follows childhood friends who are drawn into a life of deportation, resistance, forced labor, misery, splendor and love. It is a timeless novel about youth, recklessness, audacity, anguish and friendship.

    WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT ADVENTURER...:

    "Rejto writes in a voice that is warm and knowing. A wonderful read."Details Magazine

    "Fascinating!" –Peter Medak, film director (The Ruling Class)

    "It is an impressive and admirable story..." –Michael Korda, novelist

    "A great read -- the kind of book that stays with you. This terrifying war-time tale is told though the eyes of a narrator too young and full of life to be terrified. The Reluctant Adventurer is a story of love, friendship, and adventure; it is warm and humorous and informative and just a bit magical.... not unlike the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
    –Joan Schweighardt, Greycore Press




    Elliot Landy at 2009 WFF screening of
    Woodstock: Now and Then
    by Barbara Kopple (left)

    Elliot Landy's WOODSTOCK VISION, THE SPIRIT OF A GENERATION, makes a great gift for the holidays with nearly 300 photographs, many of which were never published before.

    The first part of the book describes Elliot's photographic journey and experiences in the Sixties. His well-known images of Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), The Band (Music From Big Pink and The Band), Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills), Van Morrison (Moondance), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and the '69 Woodstock Festival—were a reflection of Elliot's belief that unity of purpose, shared consciousness, and freedom to behave as we wished, coupled with the power of music to liberate the soul, would set people free. The book is not only about rock musicians but also includes unusual images of peace demonstrations and humorous celebrity event photos showing the absurdity of Star worship. This series of photos was taken while working with New York City Underground newspapers in an effort to help create a more just and intelligent society.

    The second part is a 90-page section of photographs and stories about the Woodstock Festival which preserve the true vision and spirituality of the Festival and the time. It contains personal first-hand accounts from some of the producers, builders, hippies and straights who created and attended the Festival; and describes the spirituality, trials and tribulations, and the sheer joy of being there. It is a celebration of a time that continues to inspire succeeding generations

    To see some pages from the book and read more about it, and to order a signed copy directly from Elliot, visit http://www.Landyvision.com

     
    COMMUNITY EVENTS

    WOODSTOCK OPEN HOUSE
    Ho ho ho - tis the season for the Woodstock Open House
    This Friday the fourth of December. All of the stores in town will be open late so that you can spend your hard-earned cash (buy local when you can!)

    Bar Scott and friends will be singing their hearts out at The Woodstock Artists' Association Museum at 7pm. That's the gallery in the middle of town across from Oriole 9.

    Be there or be a grouch


    4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY FIASCO
    with Peter Schickele, Gilles Malkine And Mikhail Horowitz

    Once again, Peter Schickele, Gilles Malkine and Mikhail Horowitz will not be held liable for soiled pants or wet seats at the fourth consecutive comedy and musical debacle on Saturday, Dec 5 at the Bearsville Theater. To reserve tickets, click here



    CASINO NIGHT TO BENEFIT LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA

    This is a great event which is being produced by longtime WFF venue manager Glenn Warnock. It'll take place the night BEFORE New Year’s Eve on December 30, 2009 at the Skytop Steakhouse from 6pm on. For $20, you’ll get to "gamble" with $2000 in chips, then use your winnings to buy tickets for a chance at some fabulous prizes!

    All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
    Email casinonightfundraiser@gmail.com by 12/25 for extra chips/chances to win!


    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 aficionado in your life. We still have a small number of 10th anniversary t-shirts available as well.
    Click here to visit our online shop
    or stop in while shopping in Woodstock


    SPONSOR NEWS

    Would you like to see YOUR COMPANY LOGO OR BANNER ON THE HEADER OF THIS NEWSLETTER going out to 15,000 monthly? How about on key banners and marketing materials during the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival?

    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.