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2010 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
April Newsletter - 2nd Edition

Contents
PORTRAIT OF A CUBAN-AMERICAN ARTIST
AS A YOUNG NEW YORK FILMMAKER
featuring SEED which was filmed in the Hudson Valley in June 2009


In case you missed it, the
BATTLE OF SEXES HAS BEEN WON

WFF BENEFIT SCREENING AND RECEPTION
May 6 at Soho House

IN THEATERS

INDUSTRY NEWS

HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION NEWS

MUSIC NEWS

BOOK NOOK

SPONSOR NEWS

THE AUCTION BLOCK
Tortola Island Stay
J. Sisters Brazilian Sexy Gift Basket



WOODSTOCK CALL FOR ENTRIES

 
PORTRAIT OF THE CUBAN-AMERICAN ARTIST
AS A YOUNG NEW YORK FILMMAKER

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If you missed the special NYC event at the 92Y Tribeca, you can catch filmmaker Hugo Perez on Friday, April 30 at SUNY New Paltz or on Sunday, May 2, 3pm at the Rosendale Theater
* don't forget to vote for them for the Pepsi Reresh Project

The screening will mark the Hudson Valley premiere of SEED which was filmed locally in June of 2009.

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group tour is presenting this intimate and entertaining program of short films by Cuban-American filmmaker Hugo Perez. Titled Portrait of the Cuban-American Artist as a Young New York Filmmaker, the event showcases a diverse compilation of Hugo's short narratives and docs.

Hugo kicked off his appearance at the 92YTribeca looking dapper in a tuxedo jacket. Beer in hand, he explained why one should never drink and talk in public at the same time... Hugo continued to charm the audience throughout the evening, providing insight and background about each production -- illuminating stories about Hemingway, growing up in Miami's little Havana, his family's baby Jesus statue blinking all year long, turning Santa Fe into Miami, growing up in a household where the TV was always on, and details about SEED, which was produced in the Hudson Valley. For additional info, CLICK HERE.

 
BATTLE OF THE SEXES HAS BEEN WON! CHICKS RULE...


It was a regular old Monday night on April 12, but the IFC Center in NYC was buzzing with excitement. Not because some Hollywood celebrities were on site. Not because everyone was anxious for some fabulous premiere. No. It was because the age-old BATTLE OF THE SEXES was about to be fought and a winner determined, once and for all.

Slugging it out for the women was the tremendous and outrageous animator Signe Baumane. Dressed to the nines in a glamorous evening gown, Signe lobbied for the female animators - stressing their flair for details, desire for imagination, patience and, yes, sex... Bill Plympton, looking smashing in his tuxedo, defended the male animators whose short films, by no accident, were quick, clear and to the point... sex without hesitation.

Though very close, the final outcome went to the women by on vote! And so the age-old debate has finally been settled. Women rule!

 

ANNUAL SOHO HOUSE SPECIAL EVENT

Woodstock Film Festival benefit screening & reception

Thursday, May 6 at 7pm, join host Stephen Hays of 120dB Films for an exclusive screening and reception with complimentary cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, wine and hors d'oeuvres at SOHO HOUSE, NYC to benefit the Woodstock Film Festival.

The evening will feature an exclusive screening of Holy Rollers and special guests including Actor/Producer Danny A. Abeckasar. Inspired by actual events, Holy Rollers uses the incredible story of Hasidic Jews smuggling Ecstasy in the late ’90s as a backdrop to examine the difference between faith and “blind” faith. Sam Gold, an insulated Hasid on the cusp of manhood, is frustrated by the constraints of his beliefs and his father’s poor business decisions. When Sam is presented with an opportunity to make some real money, he is caught between life as a smuggler and the path back to God and his worlds begin to unravel.

For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

 
IN THEATERS


Convention

AJ Schnack's Convention (WFF 2009) hits theaters on May 14 courtesy of IFC Films. Stay tuned for information on screenings and venues in a city near you.

August 24th, 2008. Denver, CO. Before it even started, the Democratic National Convention was sure to be a turning point in the course of American politics. By the morning of the 25th, the city of Denver had exploded with thousands of police, government officials, protesters, reporters and citizens, each with their own separate hopes for the result of this huge event. In this breathtaking documentary, a team of uniquely talented cinematographers, producers, and directors, led by accomplished documentary filmmaker AJ Schnack, assemble together in an unprecedented effort to cover the behind the scenes perspectives of this landmark moment in our country’s history. Through the intertwining stories of several protesters, reporters from the Denver Post, the Mayor of Denver and his staff, the convention planners, and many more, “Convention” delivers a complex, beautiful and completely unique portrayal of this historic event. (Gabriel Meyers, WFF)

INDUSTRY NEWS

CALL FOR ENTRIES – INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK

Independent Film Week is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. The Project Forum is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers who have new narrative and documentary projects with key industry executives interested in identifying projects with which to become involved at the financing or distribution stage. Now accepting applications for all three sections: Emerging Narrative (for writers and writer/directors seeking producers and agents to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts), No Borders (for U.S. and international producers with partial financing on new narrative projects seeking additional partners), Spotlight on Documentaries (for U.S. filmmakers with projects in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution opportunities, and festival invitations.)

Deadlines vary by section – from April 30 (for Emerging Narrative) to May 21 (for No Borders and Spotlight on Documentaries). For deadline schedule, criteria for all sections, and online applications, click www.independentfilmweek.com

 
HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION NEWS


On set with Gravity
Photos: Kara Brodgesell

Phone calls recently started pouring into the Hudson Valley Film Commission office from production companies eager to shoot their films in the Hudson Valley.

HVFC is currently working with six feature film productions – all of which are slated to start in the next five months. They range from small indies with tiny budgets and first time directors to productions to be directed by an Academy Award nominated actor and an Academy Award nominated director. Depending on the budget, each film is involved with respective unions.

For CREW AND CASTING CALLS, and more information, join us on Facebook, Twitter or Blogger.

April also welcomed several productions to the area including an adpatation of Carson McCullers A Tree A Rock A Cloud, and Pamela Romanowsky's Gravity, which filmed for four days in Mount Tremper. Gravity cast and crew members unwound nightly at La Duchesse Anne where they delighted in dirty martinis and the delectable cooking of French chef Fabrice Vittoz. Director Romanowski was particularly happy with the reception and stated, "I can see why productions love shooting up there- it's really a pleasure. I hope Minnesota will forgive me if I just set up shop in the Hudson Valley. I can't imagine wanting to shoot anywhere else."

More film productions are on their way. This week, Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) will be in the Hudson Valley filming his new adaptation of James Cain's Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet , Guy Pierce and Melissa Leo.

MUSIC NEWS

Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep

Five years in the making, Leave Your Sleep, by celebrated solo artist Natalie Merchant (the one-time voice of 10,000 Maniacs) took on what could have been a daunting task: she's adapted 19th and 20th century British and American poetry - well-known and obscure works, anonymous rhymes, children's lullabies, all of it timeless material full of direct emotion - and fashioned new songs from these words.

The compilation has been called, “Gentle, lush and magnificent,” by the Daily Telegraph and “a highly original set, anchored by both Merchant’s innate good taste and honey-coated voice,” reviewed by Q Magazine.

Kale Kaposhlin of Evolving Media Network produced the amazing interactive website that accompanied the release of the CD. "James Granell edited most of the newer videos and Jordan Matthews edited two of the pieces for Leave Your Sleep," Kaposhlin stated. "Visual designers David Perry and Andre Malkine developed the visual interface as well as the overall look & feel with Natalie. Our core software development team of Dan Stone, Teal Perry, and myself produced the custom content and streaming media web application, tying everything together into a functional set of tools."

"The streaming video is awesome and the quantity of what Natalie has chosen to share with the world is bountiful and generous to say the least." Added Kale. " This is a real treasure trove for Natalie Merchant fans and more material is being added all the time! To see and hear all the delights, visit www.nataliemerchant.com

To purchase the CD package, click here

BABY NEWS

Co-Production results in CLARA

On April 19, Kale Kaposhlin (see above) and his wife Caitlin were overjoyed to announce the birth of their daughter Clara! Kale gave the blow by blow details... "Caitlin started early labor at home on Friday evening. We moved to the birth center on Sunday morning where she labored for approximately 37 hours before pushing Clara into my waiting arms in a grand finale of magical proportions!

Mother and daughter are resting comfortably now and I am truly in awe of the magnificence of birth, the incredible strength of my wife, and the overwhelming love that I instantly feel for the sweetest little girl in the world!"

Congratulations!!

BOOK NOOK

Cinderella Cleaners, published by Scholastic Books

Cinderella Cleaners "Change of a Dress" is the first of two books released in the series from Upstate New Yorker Maya Gold.

The main character, Diana Donato is a 13-year-old aspiring actress with an after-school job at her family's dry cleaners, which she starts to use as a costume shop, borrowing outfits for different adventures.  The books are aimed at 8-12 year-olds, but older readers with a jones for theatre, fashion, Project Runway, and/or New Jersey will also enjoy them.  They're fun, fast and breezy--and priced right at $5.99.

In "Change of a Dress," Diana watches the clothes come and go from behind the counter at Cinderella Cleaners. She loves to imagine the exciting events that the different outfits might be worn to. Then one day, Diana reaches into the pocket of a fancy coat-and finds an invitation to a glittering gala in New York City. Since the coat's owner is out of town, Diana gets a wild idea... To Purchase, click here.

SPONSOR NEWS

2010 Sponsors

The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to announce that120dB Films is back on board as a 2010 sponsor. 120dB Films is a film finance company specializing in gap, pre-sale, tax credit, finishing, P&A and bridge loans. Since inception, 120dB Films has financed over thrifty five films. Their primary goal is assisting producers that have already raised a substantial portion of their required capital, to complete the necessary funding and close. They appreciate that each film is unique in terms of its financial structure and requirements, and are committed to working expeditiously with an open mind regarding terms and conditions. They do, however, strictly adhere to a "last in-first out," secured financing model. While they do not provide equity, they do have relationships with multiple parties that provide mezzanine loans, and would be happy to make introductions for projects that they endorse. For more info, visit www.120dbfilms.com

 
THE AUCTION BLOCK

You can WIN and support WFF

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This auction is for a signed first edition of Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life and a special gift basket full of waxing, nail , and body cream products from J. Sisters Products

In 1987, seven Brazilian-born sisters introduced American women to their culture's beauty rituals. Today Jocelyn, Jonice, Joyce, Jenea, Juracy and Judseia, known as the J Sisters, handles over 300 clients a day in their salon nestled in a Vanderbilt townhouse at 35 West 57th Street. Click here to bid.