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WFF presents a reception and sneak preview of
MAGIC MEN - A film by Ted Wallach and Jason Sosnoff
This Saturday, August 24
Reception : 6:30-8:30pm
Join us at one of the most fabulous estates in Rhinebeck.
Meet and speak with the filmmakers and partake in heavy
hors d'oeuvres provided by Cucina and libations courtesy of HUDSON WHISKEY
Screening: 9pm at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY
For tickets, visit MAGIC MEN
For some, being a magician is more than making cards disappear.
This emotionally charged documentary follows the story of two troubled teenagers from Queens who have found magic as an escape from the gangs, drugs and violence that once ruled their lives. As the two struggle past countless obstacles in their paths to becoming famous magicians, they learn that certain things can't be made to vanish with a wave of the hand. Only through persistent and diligent work can the two men lead themselves to a brighter future away from the streets and onto the stage. With narration from Executive Producer and Hip-Hop luminary, Common, Magic Men is a hopeful tale that is sure to make you believe that, if you look hard enough, magic is real.
The Woodstock Film Festival will honor filmmaker and actor Peter Bogdanovich with the Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival's annual Maverick Awards on October 5 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.
The ideal candidate for WFF’s honorary Lifetime Achievement award, Peter Bogdanovich’s achievements are challenging to summarize given the extensive nature of his success and involvement in the entertainment industry. Bogdanovich entered the film world in 1966 first with The Wild Angels and then the cult classic Targets, leading to his 1971 film The Last Picture Show, perhaps his most recognized achievement. The film premiered to rave reviews, winning the NY Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Screenplay, the British Academy Award for Best Screenplay, receiving a total of eight Academy Award Nominations and going on to later be designated a National Treasure by the Library of Congress.
Bogdanovich has also found success as an actor in numerous roles including his seven-year run as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg on the hit television series The Sopranos. The filmmaker will star in the WFF Official Selection Cold Turkey at WFF 2013.
Boasting a career that has spanned over five decades, Peter Bogdanovich will be honored with WFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his vast contributions to the filmmaking world as a director, writer and actor as well as his extensive achievements as a film historian, producer, editor and critic. The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to honor Bogdanovich with this prestigious award.
To read more about Bogdanovich and the award, click HERE.
Purchase your tickets in advance for this year's Maverick Awards Ceremony HERE.
The 2013 Woodstock Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday, October 2 with a screening of Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes at the Woodstock Playhouse. The legendary jazz saxophonist will be on hand to participate in a post screening Q&A along with filmmaker Dick Fontaine. Fontaine's documentary takes audiences on a 78-minute jazz journey built around Sonny's 80th birthday concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where Rollins played along with other jazz legends like Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall and Roy Haynes.
Following the Q&A, the JD Allen Trio will celebrate the jazz legend with a live performance. Come out for this terrific event featuring one of the greatest jazz performers of all time.
A limited number of tickets are now available at a special discounted price. They will be available until tickets for the entire festival go on sale, September 12 or until they sell out.
You can purchase them HERE.
Mira Nair at WFF 2004
Photo credit: Alan Carey
Meera Gandhi of The Giving Back Foundation with 2012 award honoree
Tim Blake Nelson
Photo credit: Anjali Bermain
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce acclaimed filmmaker and activist Mira Nair as this year's honorary recipient of the 3rd annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award, which will be presented to Nair in person on Saturday evening, October 5 at WFF's annual Maverick Gala at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.
"I'm happy with the unexpected honor," Nair says. "To have my work be recognized as one that is unafraid to show that the path to peace is complicated - that makes it more than a 'normal' award. I have to hope that films can have some way of entering our hearts and minds - after all, we have only one life, and if we close our eyes to the world, what is the point? I believe in peace, I strive for it. To achieve peace, we must learn to see the world through the eyes of the other."
The Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award, now in its third year, annually honors a director, producer or actor who best delivers a message of social change and exhibits a strong compassion for philanthropy. Past recipients of this award have included actors Tim Blake Nelson and Mark Ruffalo. The partnership between the Woodstock Film Festival and The Giving Back Foundation demonstrates the commitment that both organizations have in support of humanitarian efforts through the art of film. In addition to the award, a cash prize of five thousand dollars will be given to benefit Nair's continued philanthropic efforts.
"Mira Nair is one of the icons of Bollywood and a very caring humanitarian who is an inspiration to The Giving Back Foundation," said Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder, in regard to the award honoree. "I am thrilled that she is the recipient of the 2013 Giving Back Award. Her devotion to the education of young people in the film industry personifies the mission of the Giving Back Foundation."
Nair's most recent film is The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. She is currently in production of the stage musical of her film, Monsoon Wedding, due to open on Broadway in 2014.
The Woodstock Film Festival has been releasing its shorts programs over the last few weeks including several films that shot in the Hudson Valley and docs featuring local subjects. You can find all the information on the seven programs released so far at the following links.
Featuring The Charlatan, In the Blind, Last Remarks, Late Spring and On the House
“Conversations," examines human relationships through the art of dialogue and speech, probing the audience to find a deeper understanding through subtexts and reading between the lines. “Conversations" features two films that were produced locally in the Hudson Valley (On the House & In the Blind).
Featuring The Big Leap, The Compositor, The Exit Room, Hunger and Promised Land
“Dystopia”, the first of our featured shorts programs, focuses on modern paranoia and fears surrounding the current informational age in which we live. The program will confront issues including economic crises, technological dependence and post-apocalyptic survival, spanning across generations of struggle and hardships. The films are international in scope but three of the selections were produced locally in the Hudson Valley (The Exit Room, Promised Land, The Compositor).
Featuring 1982, Boneshaker, The Early Birds, Relics, The Earth, The Way I Left It, Time 2 Split and We Could Be Your Parents.
“Family," explores the structures and strengths of familial ties, redefining conventional roles and responsibility. “Family" features one film (Relics) that was locally produced in the Hudson Valley.
Featuring Above the Sea, Close Your Eyes, Made In Chinatown, Mobile Homes and The River.
"She Won," delves into the nuanced relationships of women across the years. Each short film addresses a different aspect of womanship, from the challenges of maturity to the fight for empowerment in a patriarchal landscape.
Featuring The Biggest Fear, Care, Cloisters, Keys. Wallet. Phone., Mr. Lamb and Social Butterfly.
"She Too," comments on the themes of She Won but focuses more specifically on the hidden, internal struggles of women. "She Too" features three world premieres, two of which that were filmed locally in the Hudson Valley (Mr. Lamb & The Cloisters).
SHORT DOCS I
Featuring Aerodrome, Disarming Falcons, Eddie Adams: Saigon '68 and First Name: Jogger, Last Name: John
Short Docs I features four films with local ties to the Hudson Valley, two of which are world premieres.
SHORT DOCS II
Featuring The Beast and the Angel, Poustinia, and Where Beasts Dwell.
Short Docs II profiles three extroardinary artists who each work in unique mediums. Each film explores the myriad of difficulties and challenges that come with the creative process.
Full Fest Passes on Sale Now!
WFF is a little over a month away, but don't wait to get your FULL FESTIVAL PASS. Full Fest Passes are the best way to enjoy the Woodstock Film Festival giving you full access to every WFF event (except for Concerts) including parties and the Annual Maverick Awards. Passes are very limited.
The WFF lineup will be announced the first week of September so please do not wait to get your passes until then, it might be too late. Click HERE for FULL FEST PASSES.
2013 WFF Merch Designs
The 2013 Woodstock Film Festival merchandise has been selling like mad since going on sale at our box office and online. The designs are all based on the Commemorative WFF Poster artwork by local artist Scott Michael Ackerman.
Unisex and ladies sizes tee shirts are available as well as the 2013 Commemorative Poster in both signed and unsigned versions. Get them while they are still available because once they are gone they will be gone forever.
Stop by our box office at 11 Rock City Rd. or purchase online HERE.
The Woodstock Film Festival is looking for...YOU! We are searching for great volunteers for our 14th Annual Festival, October 2-6.
Why should you join the magic that is the Woodstock Film Festival?
As a member of our volunteer crew, you will get the opportunity to see new films, make new friends, and experience the magic of the festival with some great insider insight. We are looking for help from anyone and everyone interested in art direction, box office, venue management, and more!
Learn something new.
Students interested in pursuing a film career are encouraged to join our volunteer team. Working with our volunteer team presents a great opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes view of what goes into a film after it has completed production.
We show our appreciation.
All of our volunteers receive a festival badge, 2013 crew member T-shirt, special training, and vouchers to see films or film panels hosted by industry professionals.
You can make a difference.
By contributing your time and abilities as a member of the volunteer crew, you play an integral role in making our annual festival program a reality. We are proud to be able to promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity and we could not do it without you.
We are especially looking for new volunteers in the Saugerties area as WFF will be screening films in Saugerties for the first time in 2013.
If you have volunteered in the past we will be in contact in the next month or so to see if you are interested in volunteering again, but please feel free to fill out the volunteer application form especially if your contact information has changed.
OR contact Nina Herzog, our Volunteer Coordinator. Email: email@example.com Phone: 845-679-4265
RADIO WOODSTOCK PRESENTS TWO CONCERTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Woodstock Film Festival sponsor WDST 100.1, Radio Woodstock will present two concerts this Labor Day weekend at OPUS 40.
OPUS 40 Sculpture Park is one of the Hudson Valley’s most spectacular locations and on Saturday, August 31 Radio Woodstock and Catskill-region natives The Felice Brothers will present the inaugural Felice County Fair featuring performances from The Felice Brothers, Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers, Marco Benevento, Connor Kennedy, and The Paul Green Rock Academy. The Felice County Fair will feature local Hudson Valley food trucks, beer and wine from Keegan Ales, and other activities for a full day of fun for the whole family. Gates open at 12pm and music goes on through dusk.
Then on Sunday, September 1, WDST will welcome banjo master Béla Fleck in an intimate performance with his wife, American clawhammer banjoist and singer Abigail Washburn, along with special guests Mike and Ruthy and Elijah & The Moon. Food will be available from a selection of local food trucks, beer and wine will be provided by Blue Point and Bronx Breweries. Gates open at 3pm and music will go on through dusk.
General Admission Tickets and VIP Tickets are on-sale now for both at radiowoodstock.com/concerts.
First Annual Summer Hoot
For an enjoyable, family-family way to conclude the summer, check out the first annual Summer Hoot, taking place from August 23rd-25th for an atmosphere of good music, food, art, nature and community. Many bands and musicians will take the stage including Lindsey Webster, The Stacks, Mike + Ruthy and Natalie Merchant to name a few. The Levon Helm biopic Ain’t In It For My Health will also screen at the festival. The concerts will take place at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY. Proceeds will benefit the Ashokan’s nature programs for children.
You can purchase tickets at the Woodstock Music Shop at 6 Rock City Road in Woodstock or online HERE.
The concert schedule, lineup and more information can be found at: homeofthehoot.com
Three documentaries that were official selections at WFF 2012 are making their way either to DVD or to online video in the next month.
Dear Governor Cuomo... Now Available
The anti-fracking music documentary is now available on multiple online platforms. You can find it at the following links.
On a rainy night in May, a unique coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front door step, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in twenty-four hours, and it was show time.
The goal of the extremely varied participants, many of whom had never met before this night, was to explain in clear terms the threats of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using song. The cord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers. New Yorkers Against Fracking.
Under the musical direction of Natalie Merchant, the event was filmed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney. The film features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and musicians ranging from Joan Osborne and Citizen Cope to Medeski Martin and Wood and The Felice Brothers. The film was written and directed by Hudson Valley filmmaker Jon Bowermaster.
Chasing Ice- Sept 10
This beautifully shot and stirring environmentally film will make its way to DVD on September 10. The picture details the rapidly melting arctic glaciers and the damaging effects their disappearence is having on the global climate.
Photographer James Balog has been reshaping how we see the environment through his photography for over 30 years, shooting for top magazines like National Geographic. However in 2007 Balog became more directly involved with environmental activism, creating the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) after years of photographing glaciers and witnessing the rapidly vanishing ice sheets across the globe. In Jeff Orlowski’s feature debut, we see in vivid detail the results of the years of photographic research the EIS has compiled, dramatically depicting the effect global warming is having on the world’s biggest glaciers. The EIS team used time-lapse cameras to record the changing Arctic landscape. Beautiful cinematography and magnificent vistas along with Balog’s photography compliment a look into the previously unseen world of glacial melting, including the largest ice calving event ever captured on film. Balog’s work showcases the beauty of glacial ice, and how fleeting its life span may really be. – Michael Burke
One Track Heart- Sept 23
In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel was living every teenager’s dream. He was offered the chance to record with a rock band- the soon-to-be Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all of his possessions and moved from suburban Long Island halfway across the world to India, where he studied under Neem Karoli Baba.
In Jeremy Frindel’s beautiful feature film debut, Kagel searches for happiness and fulfillment, struggling over the years with depression and drug abuse. After the death of his mentor, Jeffrey turned to music to help get his life back on track. Emerging as Krishna Das, he became a world-renowned chant master and spiritual leader, helping to bring what he had learned to the West. Featuring interviews with Rick Rubin (Grammy-winning producer) and Ram Das (LSD icon Richard Alpert) among others. One Track Heart shows how one man’s spiritual awakening continues to transform the lives of people all over the world. –Heather Olin
Nestled between popular and historic locales Saugerties and Woodstock, the rustic and uniquely elegant barnstyle vacation rental and event space sits perched on approximately four acres of lush private property overlooking magnificent mountain views. Whether staying for a vacation or a quaint country wedding, Barn on the Pond offers guests endless possibilities in rural entertainment and leisure by combining modern luxuries and amenities with Old-World charm – redefining the country getaway experience.
To find out more information about scheduling a vacation, planning an event or seeing picturies of this beautiful property visit barnonthepond.com.
Consider purchasing an ad in the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival Commemorative Program. You will get your business noticed to over 10,000 festival attendees as well as online all year in the digital edition of the program.
Check all the information online HERE.
There you can also find information on sponsoring this Newsletter, which reaches over 18,000 recipients!
Another great bargain is buying an ad to play in front of every film screening at the Woodstock Film Festival. You can find information HERE.
Finally if you just want to contribute to the festival visit our donor page. You will be mentioned in our program with a great big thank you and get great swag.