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DECEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER

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$100 OFF EARLY BIRD FULL FEST PASSES

WOODSTOCK HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

CHARITY BUZZ AUCTION TO TOP OFF 2012 YEAR

WFF 2013 CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS

INTERNSHIPS ARE NOW OPEN

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINEES HAIL FROM WFF

WFF FILMS MAKE THEIR PREMIERES IN NYC

IN THEATERS & ON DVD
Any Day Now
In Our Nature
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Gayby
Kumare

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The 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival featured highlights like the sold-out World Premiere of "Dear Governor Cuomo" with director Jon Bowermaster, which was followed by a musical performance featuring Natalie Merchant. Actor Tim Blake Nelson received the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award and iconic director Jonathan Demme was honored with the Maverick Award.

Other highlights featured the Academy short listed documentaries Mea Maxima Culpa and Chasing Ice, a sold out Francine- shot in the Hudson Valley with the help of the Hudson Valley Film Commission and starring Melissa Leo, and Oscar favorite The Sessions. WFF was also treated to an appearance by Boyd Tinsley from Dave Matthews Band when he brought his film Faces in the Mirror to Rhinebeck. The WFF career day attracted over 150 students who had the opportunity to discuss careers in filmmaking with established industry pros like Timothy Hutton, Lori Singer and many others.

The Hudson Valley Film Commission assisted over 60 films with their production needs. Production in the Hudson Valley is booming and brings vital economic development to the area.

We hope you are having a happy and healthy holiday season. As 2012 comes to an end we would like you to please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL or HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION to support our FILM CENTER CAPITAL CAMPAIGN.

We thank you so much for your past support, but now more than ever we need your help to keep our dream reality. We've accomplished a lot but there is still much to do.

Please visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/yearend2012.php and see the work we've accomplished and all that we still have yet to do.

EARLY BIRD FULL FESTIVAL PASSes now available $100 OFF
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You heard right! This year, we are selling Full Festival Passes starting now! You can purchase your Full Fest Pass for the 2013 through our website or at our physical location at 13 Rock City Rd.

Act now and get $100 off! It's a great holiday gift for the film buff in your life.
A limited number of passes are available each year, so don't delay!

Visit our website http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/fullfestpass.php

WFF SOUVENIER SHOP OPEN AS PART OF WOODSTOCK OPEN HOUSE
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The Holiday season is in full swing and this Friday, December 7 the Woodstock Film Festival store will be open as part of the Woodstock Holiday Open House from 5-9 pm offering 10% off everything in the store.

WFF tees, kids gear, sweatshirts, hats and posters all 10% off for one night only. Don’t forget pick up your 2013 Full Festival Pass now and you’ll save $100! Happy Holidays and we’ll see you on Friday.

CHARITY BUZZ AUCTION TO TOP OFF 2012


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The Woodstock Film Festival and Charity Buzz are bringing you an end of the year set of auctions to help support the festival's Film Center Capital Campaign. The film festival relies solely off contributions from generous supporters of the arts like yourselves and we cannot bring excellent programming to you year after year without your help!

Don't miss out on your chance to:

• Take a tour of the legendary Abbey Road Recording Studios in London
Have lunch with Norman Reedus, star of AMC's The Walking Dead and the cult classic The Boondock Saints, down in NYC, or
• Enjoy a relaxing weekend upstate at Woodstock's own Waterfall House.

All three items would make the ultimate holiday gift and money goes to benefit the festival and the unique programming and year-round events we bring the Hudson Valley each year.

ALL auctions end December 19 at 2pm EST, so don't miss out!

wff 2013 call for entries opens
Film Entries

WFF will be open for entries starting December 3 on withoutabox.com and through the WFF ENTRY PAGE

Entry fees range and student discounts apply. WFF accepts all genres of film and all lengths and is a competitive festival, offering cash prizes (up to $5k for feature narrative) as well as film services provided by our official sponsors.

In 2012, the festival received nearly 2,000 entries ranging from all corners of the world with 130 selections making the cut.

For any questions, visit our submission FAQ page http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/entryform/entryfaq.htm

NOW ACCEPTING spring internship applications
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Ever wanted to see what goes into running a not-for-profit film festival? Interested in gaining insight into the independent film world? WFF is now accpeting Spring 2013 internship applications for college credit.

Internships generally run from late January until May with the Spring semester focusing strongly on marketing the festival as well as public relations. The Hudson Valley Film Commission is also looking for an intern to help scout locations, gather town filming information and work with officials and filmmakers to help bring production into the Hudson Valley region.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, visit the application page http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/interns.htm

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINEES HAIL FROM WFF

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The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards will be taking place Saturday, February 23 in Los Angeles, CA. Among the notable nominees this year are a few familiar faces to the Woodstock Film Festival.

Those nominated that have screened at this year's festival include; Gayby, Starlet, WFF 2012 Center Piece film The Sessions, Electrick Children and the documentary Only The Young.

Many others that have close festival ties including; Bernie (produced by festival friend Richard Linklater), Beasts of the Southern Wild (directed by WFF alum Benh Zeitlin), Saftey Not Gaurenteed (Advisory Board member Peter Saraf) and Keep the Lights On, which the film commission helped on (produced by festival friend Marie Therese Guirgis).

We wish all the nominees the best of luck on their independent journey!

WFF Films make their premiereS IN NYC

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Following the New York premiere at this year's WFF, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims' sensitive coming- of-age documentary Only The Young opens at the IFC Center in NYC for a one week run starting Friday, December 7

The two filmmakers will be doing Q&As at select shows opening weekend. For ticket information and other details, you can visit IFC.

Amidst the socioeconomic downturn infecting the California Santa Clarita Valley, three teenagers are paving their dirt road to adulthood. Garrison Saenz, Kevin Conway and Skye Elmore are high school students from the Canyon Country suburbs that deal with the average coming-of-age obstacles while simultaneously having to face much more serious issues that come with their newfound maturity and the temporary nature of their teen lives.

Also opening the first weekend in December 7-13 at Brooklyn's reRun Theater is 2011's official selection Sahkanaga. The Brooklyn screenings will run for a week so if you missed this entrancing thriller last year or simply want to see it again, visit the event page for more details

Based on true events, Sahkanaga is a chilling Southern gothic drama that follows Paul, a rural teenager with a dark side who is alienated from his emotionally distant family. After the sudden death of the corrupt town sheriff, he is hypnotically drawn to the sheriff’s granddaughter, the mysterious Lyla. When Paul stumbles on the sheriff’s body in the woods, he is so haunted by the discovery he returns to the scene and makes an even more horrific discovery – one that might involve his undertaker father.

IN THEATERS
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Any Day Now - December 14 (Limited)

*2012 WFF Official Selection

Set in the 1970s, Travis Fine’s Any Day Now explores the unique struggles of a gay couple as they fight both prejudice and the law for custody of a neglected and abandoned son of a junkie neighbor. Drag performer Rudy and district attorney Paul have only just met, yet are confident in their love for one another as well as their love and ability to care for Marco, a 14-year old boy with Down Syndrome who faces a future of foster care after his mother’s arrest. Despite Marco’s happiness, the new family is ripped apart when authorities find the two gay men as unfit caretakers for the abused teen. Any Day Now follows the intimate development of not just Rudy and Paul’s relationship with one another but the development of their love for a son that is being torn from their grasp.


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In Our Nature - December 7 (Limited)

*In Our Nature was an official selection of the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival, but the film has additional ties to the Hudson Valley. The picture starring Zach Gilford, John Slattery, Jena Malone and Gabrielle Union was shot on location in Mt. Tremper during the summer of 2011, with assistance from the Hudson Valley Film Commission. The filmmakers also used The WFF Film Center for casting and as their production headquarters during the shoot.

Nothing seems more capable of ruining Seth’s romantic weekend with his girlfriend, Andie, than his estranged father and young girlfriend crashing the party. Brian Savelson’s feature debut, In Our Nature is the story of troubled relationship between a father and his son. Seth (Zach Gilford) attempts to reconnect with his distant father, Gil (John Slattery), despite the presence of their respective girlfriends (played by Gabrielle Union and Jena Malone). Meanwhile, the women often find themselves similarly trapped within the issues surfacing between their partners, creating a dynamic and dramatic setting for the film to play its course.


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Quartet - December 28

*2012 WFF Official Selection & Opening Night Film

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a comedy starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins. The film tells the story of Reggie (Courtenay), Wilf (Connolly) and Cissy (Collins) who reside in Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Each year they stage a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday, which also raises funds for the home. Reggie’s ex-wife Jean (Smith) arrives at the home and creates tension, playing the diva part but refusing to sing in the concert.

ON DVD
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Beasts of the Southern Wild - December 4

*Directed by WFF alumni Benh Zeitlin

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. (Sundance)


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Gayby - December 11

*Not only did Jonathan Lisecki’s feature film Gayby screen at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival, but the auteur’s short film of the same name was one of the highlights of the 2010 WFF short film program, leaving audiences in stitches.

Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? Gayby is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you chose.


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Kumare- December 11 (on all VOD platforms, iTunes and cable)

*2011 WFF Official Selection

The search for spiritual fulfillment becomes grist for the mill as Hindu-American skeptic Vikram Gandhi sets out on a grand experiment to prove that religious leaders are no better than the rest of us. Vikram, through a few cosmetic changes, transforms himself, becoming the guru Sri Kumaré. Accompanied by two colleagues, the newly minted guru heads for Phoenix. His teaching? Illusion is truth, and truth is illusion, and that we don't need gurus to make ourselves happy. He soon attracts a following and Kumaré becomes a mirror for the observer. Ironically, one of his followers proclaims, "There's nothing phony about him." But what happens when the "holy man" must reveal the "hoax?" And will the student become the teacher? An orgiastic sound healing session is just one of the many delights in this smart and very funny film, part "Zelig" with a nod to a kinder, gentler "Borat."

HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION NEWS


For up to date news on local filmmaking and posts, please join us on Facebook. Sisterhood of the Night will be wrapping up production in the area this month but several shorts are scehduled for December including Sinterklass and The Lipstick Stain. Moshe Mones' Dovid Meyer is well into post production in Barrytown.

A casting call was recently posted for the upcoming feature film I Dream Too Much(shooting in February) and the Sundance Film Festival announced that Jim Mickle's locally filmed We Are What We Are will world premiere in Park City.

From the business side, Variety recently included an article headlined — MPAA study links incentives to job growth. The article points out that New York film jobs are up significantly since the state began its tax incentive program in 2004. " The number of jobs in New York's film production sector grew significantly from 32,500 in 2004 to 46,100 last year as the state sweetened its production tax incentive program, according to a study commissioned by the MPAA." Read the entire article here.

SPONSOR NEWS: BECOME A 2013 WFF SPONSOR!

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After a big THANK YOU to all our great sponsors for the 2012 year, it's already time to start thinking about next year!

Becoming a WFF sponsor provides opportunities such as exposing your brand to audiences, filmmakers and industry professionals of the best contemporary filmmaking from the US and the world. WFF features passionate, creative, captivating and affirming works by today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. This 5-day event generates large, enthusiastic audiences and a gamut of promotional opportunities for your company.

WFF Sponsorships come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We offer Presenting, Platinum, Gold and Silver levels, as well as Signature Sponsorships (new in 2012). We'll work with you to custom fit a partnership that works for your business marketing goals!

For more information or to find out how to purchase ad space, visit our sponsorship page!