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JULY 2012 NEWSLETTER


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BYRDCLIFFE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK NEWS

IN THEATERS
Union Square

ON DVD
Kassim the Dream
Fightville
On the Ice

WFF RECEIVES GENEROUS FOUNDATION GRANTS

HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION NEWS


 

BYRDCLIFFE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS






Why Stop Now Official Trailer

July 13-15 marks the inaugural Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts at the historic art colony of Woodstock. Sixteen other art based organizations will be joining the Woodstock Film Festival in celebration of the dymanic collection of talent the Hudson Valley has to offer.

WFF will be screening the Sundance 2012 Official Selection Why Stop Now, written and directed by Woodstock native Phil Dorling and founding advisory board member Ron Nyswaner. The film, looselybased on their short Predisposed, stars local resident and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Emmy nominated Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).

The film will screen at 1:30 pm on Saturday at Upstate Films in Woodstock and will have a Q&A to follow with select cast and crew members.

Buy an individual ticket for the film or experience the entire Byrdcliffe festival by purchasing a full festival pass! The pass includes admission to Friday's opening night cabaret as well as the afterparty, your choice of six other festival events and early access to Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday concert presented by Happy Traum and Paul Green presents the music of Jesus Christ Superstar.

 

SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK NEWS

The second annual Spirit of Woodstock Celebration on the Hudsonwill take place this Saturday, July 21 at the breathtaking "Ledgerock" in Hyde Park, NY.

The Spirit of Woodstock Award is rooted in the history of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture and the river that flows through and connects it. This year, WFF is proud to honor Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey for his 38 years of public service.

Presenting the award to the Congressman will be actor, local resident and longtime supporter of Hinchey, Aidan Quinn. Local songstress Sarah Fimm will be joined by talented musicians as the musical guests.

The Woodstock based restaurant Cucina, which boasts a contemporary Italian menu based on seasonal, local ingredients, has graciously offered to cater, and drinks will be provided by several sponsors including Hudson Whiskey,Hendrick's Gin, Brotherhood WineryShawangunk Hudson Valley Wine TrailWhitecliff Vinyards and Warwick Valley Winery.

Join artists, filmmakers, musicians and art lovers from the Hudson Valley and beyond for a spectacular evening by the river. If you can't attend the event, but still wish to help with our our fundraising efforts, you can make a tax-deductable doantion by visiting our website.

The Spirit of Woodstock award was handcrafted and designed by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture.

 

IN THEATERS

Union Square- July 13

WFF Official Selection 2011

Jenny (Tammy Blanchard) is on the verge of marriage, Lucy (Mira Sorvino) on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Both struggle with truths they're hiding from each other -- and from themselves. Jenny has rejected her tumultuous family and cut off communication, seeking a more ordered life far from her roots in the Bronx. And she's almost ready to commit to her longtime fiancé when her wildly outrageous sister Lucy --- the personification of all that Jenny has been trying to flee -- surprises her at this critical time. Lucy and Jenny's combustible reunion brings both of them to unforeseen places, shattering and reconstructing the worlds they have both carefully constructed. Terrific performances, a pitch-perfect script, surprising twists and turns and stunning character development highlight this funny, smart, tumultuous tale of the reluctant, passionate reunion of two estranged sisters.

 

ON DVD

Kassim the Dream- July 10

WFF 2008 Official Selection

Ugandan born American boxer Kassim "The Dream" Ouma has lived a harsh and unbelievable life. At six, Kassim was abducted and turned into a child soldier, forced to experience and perpetrate violent atrocities. Finally fleeing Uganda and training as a boxer in the U.S., he has become the Junior Middleweight Champion of the World.

In Kief Davidson's insightful and beautifully shot documentary, Kassim simultaneously prepares to return to Uganda, in the face of a possible death penalty for desertion, to reunite with his family and to win his hardest fight yet, a bout with the Middleweight Champion of the World. Kassim, despite his cruel childhood, is amazingly kind and jovial with his family, friends, competitors, fans and the frightening figures of his childhood. "Kassim The Dream" explores the drama of facing a horrifying past and rediscovering a long, lost home. (Gabriel Meyers)

Purchase the DVD here!


Fightville- July 10

WFF 2011 Official Selection

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial, gladiatorial sideshow into a billion-dollar phenomenon. But in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, men test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion. In the hands of this talented veteran filmmaking team, “Fightville” focuses not only on the battle in the cage, but on the meaning of the fight. With terrific cinematography and storytelling, "Fightville" introduces you to the boys who train at the Gladiators Academy, each struggling to escape childhood pain, lives of crime and dissolution by channeling trauma through fighting. Fighting is, for them, a spiritual process.

A fascinating, thought-provoking, tense and dramatic peek into a fascinating subculture, as well as an exploration of what champions are really made of.

Purchase the DVD here!


On the Ice- July 10

WFF Official Selection 2011, Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative, Haskell Wexler awarded for Best Cinematography

Set amidst the frozen landscape and the unrelenting summer sun of America’s northernmost city- Barrow, Alaska, “On the Ice” is Andrew MacLean’s stunning feature debut. Two Iñupiat teens, Qalli and Aivaaq, struggle with the daily monotony of life- listening to rap music, drinking and seal hunting. This tedium explodes when the unthinkable happens, and an argument between the two teens and another friend ends in tragedy. Shocked and horrified, the two make an ill-fated pact to cover up the accident and their choice leads them to construct a poorly built tower of lies. In addition to brilliant cinematography, “On the Ice” features standout performances by Josiah Patkotak as the guilt-ridden Qalli, Frank Irelan as the troubled Aivaaq and Teddy Kyle Smith as Qalli’s stoic father. “On the Ice” combines the stark loneliness of “The Sweet Hereafter” with a coming-of-age tale about misplaced honor and desperation. (Michael Burke)

Purchase the DVD here!

 

WFF GENEROUS FOUNDATION GRANTS





KLOCK FOUNDATION

The Woodstock Film Festival would like to extend a big thank you to the three generous organizations who recently awarded WFF with grants for the 2012 fiscal year.

The Dutchess County Arts Council, in connection with Ulster County, has presented WFF with a grant for a Rosendale Outreach Program.

Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation granted WFF's Youth Initiative support for annual educational programs like Career Day, where aspiring high school filmmakers meet with industry professionals and learn firsthand about the everyday workings of the art, craft and business of filmmaking.

The Klock Foundation has also once again generously aided WFF with a grant as we continue to improve our film center and yearround events.

WFF relies on the help of its surrounding counties and local businesses to keep showcasing the most fiercely independent films and year round events from the Hudson Valley and beyond. If you would like to help us continue and grow please contact us, we would love to talk to you.

 

Hudson Valley Film Commmission News


One Mile Gallery


SPAF


IN MY SKIN at Tech City

This past June, the film DOOMSDAYS wrapped production in the region. It’s currently being edited with Chad Smith at Remote Access Post in Clinton Corners. On July 7th, DOOMSDAYS producer Janet Hicks and director Edmund Mullins, held an opening at their One Mile Gallery in Kingston. Film related guests in attendance included Justin Rice (HARMONY & ME), Mark Hogancamp (MARWENCOL), Rachel Weisz (THE CONSTANT GARDENER) and James Bond himself – Daniel Craig.

Two other films that wrapped in June include THE CONTEST and Jim Mickle’s WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. Both productions ended their shoots at the newest certified soundstage in the area, the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory

It’s been a scorching hot July so far and the Hudson Valley Film Commission is ablaze with new film projects.

IN MY SKIN, directed by Alex Rodriguez, began shooting on July 6 at Tech City and also at locations throughout Kingston.

Top crewmembers included many Hudson Valley locals including producer Amanda Warman and production designer Greg Meola. Dozens of local students participated as actors in the film’s prom scene.

When discussing the shoot, Rodriguez said, “It was fantastic. Couldn't have asked for a better location, cast and crew.”

Meanwhile shooting continues on the German production of three more KATIE FFORDE novels. The crew is based in Dutchess Couinty with filming taking place across the Hudson Valley through the beginning of fall.
One Mile Gallery

Beginning July 12, Leah Meyerhoff ‘s UNICORNS will begin filming in Orange County. The film touches upon female innocence and the struggle of growing up within troubled circumstances. By incorporating a sense of fantasy and love, Meyerhoff  hopes to weave an intricate tale of girlhood.

The Future States short PROMISED LAND is also set to film this July in the Accord area. The PBS funded production discusses the demise of the environment and the difficult choices that have to be made in a wrecked world. Several cast and crew calls have gone out for the film on the HVFC Facebook group page. 

HVFC is currently working to bring over 40 projects to the region. Enjoy the hot summer weather and keep a look out for film crews near you.