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SOHO HOUSE: A PLACE AT THE TABLE

 

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Come and join the Woodstock Film Festival on Tuesday May 7 at Soho House in NYC for a screening of the engaging and riveting film, A Place at the Table. Hosted by Stephen Hays of 120db Films. Filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson will be there for a Q&A following the film. A reception including complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will follow the screening.

A Place at the Table is an engrossing new film that examines the paradox of hunger
in the wealthiest nation on earth. Directors Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson take
audiences on a riveting journey into the lives of three of the 50 Million Americans
who don't know where their next meal is coming from; Barbie, a Philadelphia mother
trying to pull herself out of poverty and provide a better life for her young children;
Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader whose family depends on charity food; and Tremonica, a
Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely
empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

A Place at the Table will change forever how you think about democracy, and show how we can end hunger quickly and effectively in America, forever.

All proceeds support the Woodstock Film Film Festival & New York City Coalition
Against Hunger and their Farm Fresh Initiative.

To order tickets, CLICK HERE!

TASTE OF WOODSTOCK

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Join WFF for a feast on May 22

Taste of Woodstock set forMay 22

The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce it is hosting the first annual Taste of Woodstock this spring. So mark your calendars now. The event will be held May 22 from 6-9pm throughout the town of Woodstock.

You will get the chance to taste some great selections from local Woodstock and Saugerties establishments and have a great time walking around the center of Woodstock. For tickets and more information click HERE.

Eateries currently participating in Taste of Woodstock include: Bread Alone, Catskill Mountain Pizza Company, Cucina, Garden Cafe on the Green, Landau Grill, Maria's Bazaar, Mountain Gate Restaurant, New World Home Cooking, Oriole 9; Peace, Love & Cupcakes, The Red Onion, Sun Frost Farms, Yum Yum Noodle Bar and Woodstock Wine and Liquors.

If your establishment is interested in participating, please contact WFF at info@woodstockfilmfestival.com or 845.679.4265.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ON WOODSTOCK

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The Hollywood Reporter has set its sight on Woodstock in its latest issue. The industry trade weekly has printed a piece focusing on the area's large influx of star talent including Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway. Here's an excerpt from the article.

"In recent years, this part of Ulster County has become a powerful magnet for writers, producers, directors and all manner of famous faces looking to drop off the radar. Yes, that is 007, aka Daniel Craig, in the market, doing his shopping and hitting the gym with the missus, Rachel Weisz. The actress paid $2.1 million cash for a 1785 stone house on 124 acres in the nearby hamlet of Marbletown in 2008. Last summer, two days after giving birth to her third child longtime Woodstock habitue Uma Thurman was waiting patiently for her elixir at the juice bar Press + Blend Organic, swaddled babe in arms."

To read the entire article click HERE.

TRIBECA PREVIEW

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It's April and that means it's time for the Tribeca Film Festival and we take a look at the filmmakers that have made an impact on the Woodstock Film Festival and the films and filmmakers with ties to the Hudson Valley.

WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

Birder's Guide IMGStarring: Ben Kingsley, James LeGros, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, Michael Chen, Daniela Lavender

A Birder's Guide to Everything

A Birder's Guide to Everything features two WFF Award winners. In 2005 director Rob Meyer took home the award for Best Student Short with his film Aquarium. In 2010 screenwriter Luke Matheny grabbed the same award for his short film God of Love. The film later went on to capture the Academy Award for Best Short Film at the 2011 Oscars.

Sideways meets Stand by Me in this endearing story of friendship, family and a place in bird watching’s history books. On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Starring: Melissa Leo, Marin Ireland, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Harrold, Nelson Landrieu

Bottled Up

Another film shot with support from the Hudson Valley Film Commission, stars local favorite and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.

In this modern-day drama, Oscar®-winner Melissa Leo beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with loving an addict. Complaining of back pain months after a car accident, Sylvie’s (Marin Ireland) addiction to painkillers is clear to everyone except her mother, Faye (Leo). A promising solution appears in Becket (Josh Hamilton), but relationships and loyalty are soon tested when his feelings fall in an unexpected place. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Starring: Shiloh Fernandez, Haley Bennett, Josh Salatin, Colby Minifie, Logan Miller, Dana Eskelson

Deep Powder

Mo Ogrodnik makes his return to feature filmmaking after 16 years for this snowy drama shot in the Hudson Valley with help from the Hudson Valley Film Commission

Natasha is a reckless boarding school senior tabbed by her exclusive club to make its yearly cocaine run to Ecuador. Coming along for the ride is Danny, a twenty-year-old aspiring hockey player from the other side of the tracks, who may just discover that he has fallen for the wrong girl. Starring up-and-comers Haley Bennett and Shiloh Fernandez, this ’80s-set love story based on true events is a sexy, fast-paced and intense drama. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2004 WFF Maverick Award recipient Mira Nair's newest drama, film by Hudson Valley resident Declan Quinn, makes its North American premiere at Tribeca.

Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) returns with another spellbinding adaptation of a celebrated best seller. Pakistan-born Changez (Riz Ahmed) turns a Princeton degree into a cushy life on Wall Street with a gorgeous girlfriend (Kate Hudson). Then the Twin Towers fall, and his American dream shatters amid interrogations and overwhelming national distrust. He soon questions his allegiances, as this thriller exposes the dangers of being a stranger in your own land. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Starring: Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve

Some Velvet Morning

Neil Labute's latest drama makes its premiere at Tribeca. The auteur's short film BFF was an official selection of WFF 2012.

Fred arrives at Velvet’s doorstep, suitcases in tow. He tells her that he has finally left his wife to be with her, news to Velvet since she has not seen him in years and is now with Fred’s recently married son. As Fred’s hopes crash to earth during a conversation brimming with passion, remorse, humor and anger, the twisted heart of a fascinating relationship is revealed. Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve star in this spirited living room drama. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
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Big Men

Rachel Boynton's political documentary Our Brand is Crisis was an official selection of WFF 2005. The filmmaker's newest exposé centers on big oil in Africa and havoc they bring.

For her latest industrial exposé, Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) gained unprecedented access to Africa's oil companies. The result is a gripping account of the costly personal tolls levied when American corporate interests pursue oil in places like Ghana and the Niger River Delta. Executive produced by Steven Shainberg and Brad Pitt, Big Men investigates the caustic blend of ambition, corruption and greed that threatens to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Dancing in Jaffa

2009 WFF Alum Hilla Medalia (After the Storm) returns with the premiere of her latest documentary. She follows ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he brings dance to a mixed class of Israeli and Palestinian children.

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine stars in this charming documentary that offers a unique perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Three diverse Jaffa-based schools host Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms program. Ballroom basics are taught to an ethnically mixed group of children, the most passionate members of which are trained for a citywide competition. What results is a sweet and incredibly moving tale filled with moments of truth, poignancy and hope. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Gasland Part II

Josh Fox joined the Woodstock Film Festival for a special screening of his Oscar nominated documentary Gasland at Onteora High School in July 2010. The sold out event was extremely popular and featured a a Q&A with the director and former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

Two years ago, Josh Fox introduced us to hydraulic fracturing with his Oscar®-nominated exposé Gasland. Now this once-touted energy source has become a widely discussed, contentious topic. In his follow-up, Fox reveals the extreme circumstances facing those affected by fracking, from earthquakes to the use of federal anti-terror psychological operations tactics. Gasland Part II is the definitive proof that issues raised by fracking cannot be ignored for long. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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The Genius of Marian

The Genius of Marian co-director Anna Fitch is a 2011 WFF Alum, but her music video: The Burning Wigs of Sedition by The Extra Action Marching Band could not be a more far cry from her new feature documentary. Where the music video was a rollicking, erotic and wildly exotic ride, The Genius of Marian is a delicate portrait of director Banker White's mother who is afflicted with Alzheimer's as well as grandmother who passed away from the disease.

Weaving past into present, filmmakers Banker White (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) and Anna Fitch immerse the audience in the daily life of White’s mother, Pam. Her Alzheimer’s threatens to wipe out the memory of her own mother, Marian, a celebrated artist who died of the same disease. Beautifully edited, The Genius of Marian retraces both women’s lives to paint a complex and powerful contemporary portrait of motherhood, chronic illness and legacy. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)

 

MIDNIGHT

Dark Touch IMGStarring: Marie Missy Keating, Marcella Plunkett, Padraic Delaney, Aidan Gillen, Charlotte Flyvhom

Dark Touch

Filmmaker Marina de Van's film In My Skin was an official selection of the Woodstock Film Festival all the way back in 2003. Now the French director brings her latest thriller to Tribeca.

In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve’s explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Neve has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Haunted objects, an eerie score and a moody, oneiric look complement this intense and frightening peek into child abuse and the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)

 

TFF SPOTLIGHT FILMS

Any Price IMGStarring: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Chelcie Ross

At Any Price

2007 WFF Maverick Award nominee Christine Vachon produced this new drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Effron.

Gregarious local businessman Henry Whipple runs a successful midsize seed-farming empire in the robust farm country of rural Iowa, a legacy in which he takes great pride and hopes to someday leave to his son, Dean. But rebellious Dean has big dreams of becoming a race car driver and no interest in carrying on the business of a father he does not respect. Amid the familial tensions, Henry’s ethics and expansion practices are called into question by a government investigation, and the family must unify or risk losing everything in this intriguing heartland drama. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)

 


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The Director

In 2007 director Christina Voros brought her short film The Ladies to WFF. Now she has finished her second documentary feature about Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini.

In 2004, Frida Giannini joined the House of Gucci to spearhead women’s accessories. Her first line, inspired by ’60s floral, may have been critically polarizing but later became a huge commercial success. Two years later, her modern vision and exceptional talent propelled her to the post of creative director. Now the leading force behind one of fashion’s biggest brands, Giannini’s humble demeanor and distinct vision have transformed a new era for Gucci. -Curtesy of Tribeca (SEE MORE)


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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Chiemmi Karasawa is a three time WFF Alum, having produced films that screened in consecutive festivals from 2006-2008 (A Season of Madness, Billy the Kid and the Oscar nominated The Betrayal- Nerakhoon). She also sat on a panel in 2008. Now the long time producer and film professional makes her directorial debut with a film about Broadway legend Elaine Stritch.

At eighty-seven years old, Elaine Stritch is taking her show on the road one last time. This uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner, playing cities across the U.S., is captured both on and off stage in this compelling chronicle of a true legend. Along the way, Stritch tells stories about her many Broadway roles like Mame, shares secrets about her leading men and is brutally honest about aging. With interviews from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince and others, director Chiemi Karasawa blends rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité to reach beyond Stritch’s brassy exterior to reveal a dimensional portrait of a complex woman and an inspiring artist. (SEE MORE)

IN THEATERS
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Beyond Iconic - Sunday, April 21st

After completely selling out at Upstate Films/Woodstock, the Rosendale Theatre is bringing Beyond Iconic back to the Hudson Valley audiences. Beyond Iconic was directed and produced by filmmaker Hanna Sawka, who grew up in High Falls NY. This 75-minute film was mainly shot in Woodstock, and documents the Magnum photographer Dennis Stock, who created some of the most famous images in the world. His photograph of James Dean in Times Square is on BBC's list of the 100 most famous photographs, as well as many of his others that have been considered in collections around the world.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Hanna Sawka and a live music performance featuring the composers and musicians who scored the film at the Rosendale Cafe at 9:00PM.


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Inuk- April 26

WFF 2010 Official selection Inuk will finally be getting a theatrical release this spring. A festival favorite during its run in 2010 it's sure to be a crowd pleaser. If you haven't seen it already be sure to catch it.

Mike Magidson’s feature narrative debut is a stunning coming of age adventure featuring dynamic performances by amateur Inuit actors akin to or surpassing any professional. “Inuk” is the story of a 16-year-old boy who is taken from his broken family life in the capital city of Greenland and placed in a home for troubled youth in the remote north of the country. What follows is a dramatic, arctic journey as Inuk and the other teens at the center are led on a cross-ice voyage where they will be forced to grow into adulthood and face their troubled pasts.

Introducing Gaba Petersen in the breakthrough title role and Ole Jorgen Hammeken in a spellbinding turn as Ikuma, the quiet Inuit hunter who leads the excursion while confronting his own inner demons. Breathtaking cinematography highlights the immaculate winter landscapes of Greenland creating another character entirely from the snow and ice. “Inuk” is a powerfully moving piece, set amongst the dangerous world of the Arctic, that will remain frozen in your memory long after the final frame. (Michael Burke)


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The Happy House- May 3

In 2011 the feature film The Happy House shot in the Hudson Valley.

The Hudson Valley Film Commission helped the film with location and crew referrals. A number of locals worked on the picture including former WFF crew member Greg Meola who served as Production Designer.

The film will open at Cinema Village in New York City on the May 3rd.

Their relationship on the rocks, a young Brooklyn couple heads to a remote B&B to work things out. But from the moment they arrive at The Happy House it's one disaster after another, and they soon begin to suspect they've wandered into a real life horror movie. Events escalate from weird to terrifying as they contend with the house's batty owner, her imposing son, a moody Swedish lepidopterist, a pedantic English professor, an extraordinarily rare butterfly, the world's best blueberry muffins, a .44 Magnum, a demented serial killer, and one very strict rule book.- Curtesy First Run Features

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The Woodstock Writers Festival April 18-21

It's that time of year again! For 3 1/2 days, The Woodstock Writers Festival is filling the worlds coolest town in the world with the hottest names in literature. Come out from April 18th through the 21st for a weekend of reading, writing, and revelry! This is an event you don't want to miss, jam packed with story slams, comedy, music, poetry and so much more!

A Woodstock Writer's Workshop is being held on Friday April 19th from 9 am to 5 pm for $225 dollars a ticket; this fee also includes lunch. This workshop is an enlightening experience for those aspiring writers who would love the chance to learn from world class instructors in beautiful, private homes located in Woodstock.

As many of the events are selling out quickly, don't miss you're chance to relax in the beautiful town of Woodstock, while indulging in your passion for writing and reading! Go to http://woodstockwritersfestival.com/index.html to get your tickets now!

120db Films

The Woodstock FIlm Festival is thrilled and very grateful to have 120 dB Films back on board.

120 dB Films
is a finance company specializing in gap, pre-sale, tax credit, finishing, P&A and bridge loans to the entertainment industry. Since inception, 120 dB Films has financed over fifty 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.

The principals at 120 dB Films 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 compelling projects that they endorse.

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Submit your feature, short, music video or teen film for consideration for the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. WFF 2013 arrives October 2-6. You can also submit through Withoutabox.com. It’s shaping up to be our best year yet and we want you to be a part of it.

Honoring unique vision and artistic quality, WFF's COMPETITIVE Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services valued at well over $50,000 are given out. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary. (See 2012 Award winners)

Awards are sponsored by Gigantic Pictures, The Giving Back Foundation, Films We Like, Technicolor Postworks NY, Blue Sky Stydios, Lowel Light, Panavision. See 2012 Award winners

Over the past three years, WFF has selected three Oscar nominees for best short (two won WFF and Oscar). In 2012, two WFF short docs were nominated for Oscar.