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July Newsletter, Part 2

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Contents

HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Gasland

STAR POWER IN HUDSON VALLEY

IN THEATERS
The Dry Land
Smash His Camera

ON DVD
Secret of the Grain

MUSIC NEWS

BOOK NOOK

COMMUNITY NEWS

SPONSOR NEWS

LAST CHANCE TO BUY AN AD
IN THIS YEAR'S COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM

 
HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD RECIPIENT
BRUCE BERESFORD

The two-time Academy Award nominated writer/director BRUCE BERESFORD will be presented with the 2010 Honorary Maverick Award by the Woodstock Film Festival, during its Gala Award Ceremony, Saturday evening, October 2, at BSP Studios in Kingston, NY.

"We are thrilled to be presenting our Honorary Maverick Award to Bruce Beresford this year," said WFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. "Throughout his extensive body of work, Beresford has exhibited unique talent, drawing award winning performances from his actors while subtly creating stories filled with humanity, nuances and discontent. His ability to masterfully bring heart, soul, and social critique to all of his work distinguishes him as a true maverick."

"As a kid growing up in outback Australia I always wanted to be a film director," Beresford reminisced. "Now, at age 70 (!) I am so lucky to have made films all over the world, including a number in America - where I have been welcomed and made so many friends. To be honored at Woodstock is a great thrill for me, the recognition (but not the finale, I hope) of my 50 years in the film industry."

For complete details, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/awards_2010.php

   

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
HONORARY TRAILBLAZER AWARD RECIPIENT
BOB BERNEY

The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to announce that long time film distribution guru Bob Berney will be honored as the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival Trailblazer Award recipient.

Berney has been a preeminent force in the international film world for more than two decades operating four of the most successful independent film distribution and marketing companies: Apparition, Picturehouse, Newmarket Films and IFC Films. Berney's sharp eye for performances and material has brought a multitude of smart, challenging and entertaining films to the screen.

"We are honored to present our Trailblazer Award to Bob Berney," said Meira Blaustein, co-founder and director of WFF. "His innovative approach to film marketing and distribution has been admired by many in our industry and his independent and uncompromising spirit make him the epitome of a Trailblazer."

"I'm glad to be thought of as a 'trailblazer' instead of an 'industry vet,' for a change, it's very nice. I respect the spirit of the Woodstock Film Festival; it's adventuresome programming, not only in film but in music and many other art forms. The sense of community there reminds me of my days in the movie theatre business and the pure joy of experiencing something new through film in a shared environment," said Berney. "One of my favorite memories is being in Levon Helm's 'barn' after a great film and extending that creative excitement through his music. I'm very honored to be part of this year's event and glad to hang out in Woodstock for a while."

For complete details, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/awards_2010.php

 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!

GASLAND

On July 17, over 600 people filled the newly renovated auditorium at Onteora High School for a WFF screening of the powerful documentary Gasland with guests, director Josh Fox and United States Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  Gasland exposes the danger of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, which, as detailed in the film, is responsible for polluted groundwater (including tap water catching on fire) and tainted air.   The issue is a hot button topic across the Hudson Valley.  Hinchey and Fox along with WFF executive director Meira Blaustein gave an informative and emotional Q&A session after the film that set off a spate of calls and emails to local members of government in support of a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

 “Fracking” has become a hot button topic across New York State and the Delaware River Valley due to the planned drilling of over 50,000 natural gas wells, which could threaten the drinking water supply of residents throughout the states of New York (including all of New York City), Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.  You can find more information on Gasland, by going to www.Gaslandthemovie.com

The Woodstock Film Festival thanks Onteora High School and all those who attended, generously donated at the door and made Gasland such a success. 

 
STAR POWER IN HUDSON VALLEY


Bruce Beresford, Jane Fonda, Nate Woolf and Elizabeth Olsen on location with PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTADNING in Woodstock, NY
Photo credit and Copyright: Alan Carey (alancarey@hvc.rr.com)

LOCAL FILM PRODUCTION THROUGHOUT REGION

On July 22, in Woodstock, two-time Academy Award nominated director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy) began production on the film Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, starring double Oscar winner Jane Fonda, two-time nominee Catherine Keener and Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford.  Things came to a standstill at the Village Green in Woodstock as production began, bringing out star watchers and curious onlookers.

The film will be shooting throughout the Hudson Valley until the end of August, keep an eye out for the production as it moves across the Valley.  Peace, Love & Misunderstanding is seeking background performers who are members of the Screen Actors Guild for shoot days in the Woodstock area up until the end of August. For details, visit hudsonvalleyfilm.blogspot.com. For the scoop, read Jane Fonda's blog.

Additionally, two more productions kicked off including: Francine starring Oscar nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River, Treme), which will be filming until August 14, and Mother’s Housestarring Law and Order: Criminal Intent’s Kathryn Erbe.  Meanwhile, production is also continuing on three German films: Second Thyme Around, Harriet's Dream and To Hell with David.

Without doubt, film production in the Hudson Valley is booming with more great films to come.

 
IN THEATERS

The Dry Land opens in Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas on July 30. The film, which the Woodstock Film Festival presented on July 10 to a sold out crowd in Rosendale, NY tells the story of James (Ryan O’Nan) who returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small-town life. His wife (America Ferrera) and his mother (Melissa Leo) offer support, but they can’t fully understand the pain and suffering he feels.  This moving story of redemption extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative and  is about one man’s journey to rebuild what he’s lost.

The Dry Land is a magnificent film that deserves your support. Please check your local listings for times and venues.

You can also follow the film via the Internet. Follow it on Twitter (@thedrylandmovie), join the Facebook group (www.facebook.com/thedryland), or visit www.thedrylandmovie.com.  The film will then be shown in additional cities starting August 13.


Last month, the Woodstock Film Festival screened Leon Gast’s pulsating documentary Smash His Camera, and we are delighted to announce that it will be opening in New York City on July 30.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship.  [Synopsis courtesy of Magnolia Pictures]

For more information on times and dates please visit the website www.magpictures.com/smashhiscamera.

 
ON DVD

The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le Mulet) , which screened at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival, is released on DVD this week through The Criterion Collection and is now available.

This award winning turbulent family drama depicts the life of Tunisian immigrants trying to survive in a modern French harbor city. Aging boat worker Slimane Beiji has spent his life providing for his family. After being laid off, he decides to open a restaurant premiering his ex-wife's couscous recipe, but is faced with the complex bureaucracy involved in starting a business.

Abdellatif Kechiche's The Secret of the Grain tells a heartfelt and simple story of family, culture and food.

 
MUSIC NEWS

WALL STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Seventh Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, September 4 in Kingston, NY.

The festival, which is free and open to all, will feature a plethora of renowned musicians from the world of jazz, including guitarists Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, known for their fusion of traditional and modern jazz. Also performing will be saxophonist Claire Daly and pianist Dena Derose, both of whom have won considerable praise from fans and the industry alike.

Estrella Samba Y Salsa will also perform their high-octane style of jazz that is guaranteed to have everyone dancing. For more information of times, venues and acts, visit the website www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com.


FESTIVAL OF THE VOICE

Coming to Phoenicia from August 13-15 will be the Festival of the Voice, celebrating the human voice as an “instrument of peace, healing and artistic expression, through presenting world class performances of opera, song, baroque and choral music, and the vocal arts of traditional cultures.” The Festival of the Voice will present 3 days of performances, including an opening night gala event featuring world renowned soprano Elizabeth Futral. For information or to purchase tickets please go to www.phoeniciavoicefest.com.

 
COMMUNITY NEWS

SAUGERTIES CHEF/OWNER WINS ON FOOD NETWORK'S 'CHOPPED'
By Timothy Malcolm / Times Herald-Record

Ric Orlando, owner and chef of New World Home Cooking in Saugerties [and host of the annual opening night party for the Woodstock Film Festival], won Tuesday night's episode of Food Network's "Chopped." The show pits four chefs against one another to create dishes using provided ingredients.

Orlando created "Misty Mountain Trout," "Rum-Raisin Jerk Quail" and "Papaya Curd Tart with Stinky Cheese." His jerk quail was said to "might be the best dish I've ever had on 'Chopped,'" according to judge Marc Murphy.

"I've catered 300-person weddings in the mud out of the back of a Volvo wagon, but this was definitely the greatest cooking challenge I've ever had," Orlando said in a press release.

The three dishes Orlando created will be available at New World Home Cooking for one month, starting Friday. New World is at 1411 Route 212 in Saugerties.

 
BOOKNOOK

Joan Knight and Bill Stitt of Catskill Mountain Pictures are happy to announce the publication of their book, Remembering a Visit with Tasha Tudor, in which Joan tells the story of a day they spent twenty years ago with the renowned children’s book author and illustrator at her secluded home in Vermont.  The book is illustrated with photographs taken by Bill on that day.

Joan and Bill welcomed members from Media Factory, the book’s publisher, to their home in Woodstock.  Joan recounts meeting the delegation for the first time, “after introductions were made, the first thing they asked was whether we could direct them to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival!”

Available for the time being exclusively in Japanese, the book can be ordered through amazon.com Japan. 'I've written a number of books," says Joan, "but this is the first book I've written that I can't read."

 
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