June 29, 1pm Upstate Films Woodstock
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to present a tribute screening of an iconic American filmmaker. William Greaves, who is gravely ill, will be honored at the screening of his film Ralph Bunch: An American Odyssey. The filmmaker's wife, Louise and daughter, Maiya, will be on hand for a conversation following the film. The screening is made possible courtesy of Pondicherry Yoga Arts.
The documentary, narrated by Sidney Poitier, delves into the life of Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche: statesman, peace negotiator, leading intellectual and scholar. The film has been described both “a captivating portrait” by Geoffrey Gilmore of the Sundance Film Festival and “monumental” by William Sloan of the Museum of Modern Art.
William Greaves began his career in film as early as the 1950s, building his reputation as a producer, director and writer of over two hundred documentary films. Greaves has earned an Emmy and four Emmy nominations, an induction to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, an Indy from the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, the first award for Lifelong Achievement in Film and for Contributions to Black Theater by the National Black Theater and Film Festival and over 70 international film festival awards. Not only successful in filmmaking, Greaves has been a long-time member of The Actors Studio in New York and has taught acting for both film and television. The upcoming screening will be held as a tribute to Greaves' invaluable accomplishments and contributions to the world of independent film.
Continuing its tradition of film and education, the Woodstock Film Festival, in collaboration with BCDF Pictures, is launching an educational series titled DEVELOPING YOUR FILM. The series will offer group MEET UPS for East Coast Screenwriters, Directors and Producers at BCDF Pictures Studio in Kerhonkson, NY. Participants in the MEET UPS will discuss, explore and learn new ways by which to bring film projects successfully into today's market.
The Series will run July 13 and 20 from 10am-6pm. MEET UPS will be free of charge and consist of a combination of up to 20 total screenwriters, directors and producers. Each session will be led by top industry professionals or a keynote speaker who will work with the emerging and established participants towards the goal of crafting new strategies for developing and producing independent films as well as creating new creative relationships for future projects.
To apply, please fill out an application HERE.
Each participant must have completed at least one full length produced project.
WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein will be in Los Angeles for the LA Film Festival starting June 16. She will be checking the best in fiercely independent filmmaking and is looking forward to meeting with filmmakers. If you are going to be in LA for the festival make sure to drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and have a cup of coffee or a martini and talk film.
The Woodstock Film Festival presented the 1st Annual Taste of Woodstock on May 22nd and the event was a terrific hit in the community. Over 120 guests came out to enjoy a multitude of bites and tastes in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors by over 20 different area restaurants and vendors.
Foodies strolled around town taking in the ambience and eating to the heart's content. Even the weather cooperated, as the anticipated thunderstorms moved off and left a beautifully warm evening for all to enjoy.
By the end of the evening, guests were stuffed and all that was left was to vote for a winner in the various competitions. Six categories were contested and the voting was extremely close, especially in the Best Overall with only 5 votes separating the top 3.
In the end, it was Cucina snagging both the Best Overall and Best Entrée Awards. Meanwhile, The Red Onion took home the prize for Best Appetizer for their Spicy Thai Calamari Salad.
Best Side Dish went to Yum Yum Noodle Bar and their fabulous Tempura Miso Eggplant Steamed Bun with lemon aioli (yes, it is both a mouthful to say and taste!).
As one might expect, Peace, Love & Cupcakes took home the Best Dessert prize as they offered a taste of three different cupcakes including the appropriately titled "The Winner" a deep dark chocolate cupcake with serious chocolate frosting.
Finally, three beverages shared the Best Beverage award: Keegan Ales, Apothic Red and Woodstock Winery.
All in all it was a fabulous evening that raised over $8,000 for THE FILM CENTER capital campaign. The FILM CENTER located at 13 Rock City Road houses both the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. Funding will go towards building necessities including roof replacement, insulation and other needed repairs. THE FILM CENTER hopes to raise $50,000 in 2013 (In Total).
Participants in the evening included Binnewater, Bistro-to-Go, Bread Alone, Catskill Mountain Pizza Company, Corner Cupboard, Cucina; Garden Cafe on the Green, Joshua's Cafe, Keegan Ales, Landau Grill, Little Apple, Maria's Bazaar, Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant, New World Home Cooking Co., Oriole 9, Peace, Love &; Cupcakes, Radio Woodstock - WDST, The Red Onion, Sunfrost Farms, Yum Yum Noodle Bar and Woodstock Wine and Liquors. Venues offering space included Mirabai Books, Westwood Metes & Bounds, The Center for Photography and Lily's Boutique.
For photos of the event, Like Taste of Woodstock on Facebook.
The Hudson Valley Film Commission has been working with a record number of film productions in 2013.
As of June, 85 projects have been in contact with the film office for support mostly in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. In 2012, HVFC worked on over 66 projects including 11 Feature Films, TV Shows, Shorts, Music Videos, Industrials, Documentaries, and Photo Shoots.
Among others, celebrities enjoying Hudson Valley production include Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Nick Damici (Stake Land), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Marissa Tomei (The Wrestler), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island), Tom Noonan (Damages), Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Rhinebeck native Emma Roberts.
Between Us- June 21
WFF 2012 Official Selection Between Us by director Dan Mirvish makes its theatrical debut June 21 after concluding a very successful festival run. Based on the award winning play of the same name by David Hurtua, Between Us features sizzling acting performances by Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George and David Harbour.
Some things are better kept private, even among the best of friends. This is a lesson that couples Grace and Carlo (Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs), and Sharyl and George (Melissa George, David Harbour) learn the hard way. Taking place over two evenings set several years apart, the couples’ friendship becomes undone during two nights of frank conversation about sex, money and religion. Confrontation erupts as they realize their lives have moved in irrevocably different directions. As each couple’s fractured relationship is revealed in front of the other, the collateral damage is an old friendship. Based on Joe Hurtua’s award winning play, Dan Mirvish’s film features wonderfully emotional and complicated performances from all four accomplished actors who learn why some things should be kept just Between Us. –Michael Burke
In case you missed it in theaters or at its 2011 screening at the Woodstock Film Festival, the critically acclaimed film, Ponies, is now available on VOD. In his directorial debut, Nick Sandow presents a film that has been called “a riveting piece of work” by the NY Times and is a NY Times Critics’ Pick. The film is available on Amazon and other streaming venues.
While searching for their small piece of the American Dream, immigrants Drazen (John Ventimiglia) and Wallace (Kevin Corrigan) get sidetracked by the world of off-track betting, dragging Drazen’s cabdriver friend Ken along with them. Though Wallace knows to quit while he’s ahead, Drazen can’t seem to stop, slowly driving himself into a dangerous addiction, telling himself that if he can just win some more money he can buy his daughter a fancy First Communion dress. Eventually bad luck begins to get the best of him, and one last act of desperation leads to an explosive ending.
An actor himself, Sandow masterfully directs three amazing performances, from extremely talented veterans Ventimiglia and Corrigan, as well as newcomer Babs Olusanmokun, creating a fascinating character study. Like the thrilling horse races the men wager their meager earnings away on, Ponies will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last shot. -Emily Suttmeier
Stranger Things- June 9
The film, Stranger Things, first hit the screens during its debut at the Woodstock Festival in 2010 and during its theatrical debut at the reRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn. Now this Best Narrative Feature winner will be hitting television and computer screens – starting on June 11 the film will be available on VOD. The film also won Best U.K. Feature at the Raindance Film Festival, Best Directing at the BendFilm Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, and was a NY Times Critics’ Pick. The film will be available on Amazon for rental and purchase on June 9.
Stranger Things tells of the unusual and touching bond that forms between the
isolated Oona and homeless Mani. Set against the backdrop of a quiet seaside village in England, this beautifully shot tale of one stranger reaching out to another is the feature debut of Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal. Together, they have crafted a film that explores grief and loneliness, but has at its heart a unique and distinctive pair who are able to find solidarity and surprising intimacy in one another’s company. Through minimal and nuanced filmmaking, Burke and Eyal deliver a compelling work that reveals a level of maturity and sensitivity rarely found in first-time directors. New faces Akhtar and Collins are magnetic in the central roles. -Jacob Brades
Lindsey Webster's new album
Lindsey Webster Album Release
Woodstock native Lindsey Webster is already a local favorite, performing at last year’s Friday Night Filmmaker Party at SPAF. This year, the singer has even bigger plans in store: May 31st was the release of her self titled debut CD, featuring songs such as “I Do,” “Don’t Go,” and “Be Cool.” Webster along with Keith Slattery, her producer, created six of the twelve songs on the CD while the rest were composed by local musicians. The Washbourne House, a local domestic violence shelter, will receive a portion of the proceeds.
The CD release party was held at The Bearsville Theater and included performances by Miss G & Chris Gilli and special guests Jay Collins and Connor Kennedy.
Webster has a number of shows coming up. For more information, including show dates, visit her WEBSITE.
Connor Kennedy CD Release
Connor Kennedy Album Release Party
Woodstocker Connor Kennedy (no not that Conor Kennedy) will be holding a CD release party and concert on June 29 at Levon Helm Studios. The young rocker and his band will be performing along with special guests Mike & Ruthy as well as a special performance by students from the Paul Green Rock Academy.
It's sure to be a great show.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and you can purchase them online at Levon Helm Studios.
Another Woodstock musician, Jules Schear teamed up with LA Native Pal Shazar earlier this year for Shear Shazar. If you missed it, we suggest you head over to the Shear-Sharzar to order the CD.
Jules Shear is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He wrote the Cyndi Lauper hit single All Through The Night and The Bangles' hit If She Knew What She Wants, and had a hit as a performer with Steady, which reached number 57 on the US charts in 1985.
For more information, including show dates, visit their WEBSITE.
Interested in a free afternoon of food, art, music and more? Join Catskill Mountainkeeper as they host BARNFEST 2013, to be held at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock on June 22. The event will at once celebrate the thriving culture of the Catskills region and honor Chevy Chase and and Jayni Chase, Founders of the Center for Environmental Education, for their lifetime commitment to the environment. Chevy was born and raised in Woodstock.
The event will feature honored speaker Ben Hewitt, author of The Town that Food Saved and Making Supper Safe, as well as a multitude of honored guests and live musical performances. Happy Traum, Levon Helm, the Paul Green Rock Academy and Pure Gravy are just a few of many guests to be featured.
Not only will there be live guests and music, the event also boasts a variety of kid's activities, film screenings and local vendors that are sure to provide fun for the whole family.
Visit www.catskillmountainkeeper.org for more information and a full list of guests and scheduled events.
The Woodstock Film Festival welcomes back Markertek, a founding sponsor of the Woodstock Film Festival.
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The Woodstock Film Festival's Call for Entries Regular Deadline has now come and gone! Don't despair though you still have time to submit through our Withoutabox Extended Deadline. Hurry over to withoutabox.com by June 21 for shorts and June 28 for features. Submit your feature, short, music video or teen film for consideration for the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. WFF 2013 arrives October 2-6. 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)
*Over the past three years, WFF has selected three Oscar nominees for best short.
Two of the films (Curfew & God of Love) won WFF and Oscar.
In 2012, two WFF short docs were also nominated for an Oscar.