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HVPG: BORDERING ON TREASON

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It's not too late to DONATE to the WFF Year End Capital Campaign. We are $5,000 away from our goal of $10,000 by the end of 2013. Please help us by making a donation so that we can make much needed repairs and renovations to our FILM CENTER.

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The Woodstock Film Festival's 15th Anniversary Festival is now open for submissions. We are looking for films in all categories including narratives, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation and teen films.

Submit your film at Woodstock Film Festival.com or through WAB.

Our Deadlines are as follows:

Early Bird April 11
Regular May 16
Late June 13
WAB Extended June 27

We are looking forward to our 15th Anniversary with lots of special year round events and programs at the Fall Festival, October 15-19. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

HVPG PRESENTS: BORDERING ON TREASON


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The Hudson Valley Programmers Group will feature its first tour of 2014 in January with Trish Dalton's BORDERING ON TREASON. The film follows former Chronogram editor Lorna Tychostup as she tours through Iraq leading up to the US invasion in 2003.

On a mission to “bring back the face of the Iraqi people” to the American public, Lorna returns with images of ordinary Iraqis she hopes will sway people against the invasion. Her controversial journey is challenged in a live television broadcast as FOX News lambastes her efforts as “villainous and bordering on treason” and accuses her of aiding and abetting the enemy on the brink of war.”

Returning to the US after each trip with stories she believes are not reaching American TV sets, Lorna travels around the country giving lectures, presenting her slide show and appearing on innumerable media outlets. The more she uncovers and reveals the realities of Iraqis and American soldiers, the more she is forced to question her original agenda and what she begins to see as her own naive idealism.

Lorna’s story, and those she crafts about the issues and people most directly affected by the war in and occupation of Iraq, raise larger questions about good and bad, left and right, Republican and Democrat and where America and Iraq connect at this juncture in history.

There will be three screenings of the film and a Q&A will follow each screening with Dalton and Tychostup:

Sunday January 26, 1pm at UPSTATE WOODSTOCK
Monday January 27, 7:15pm at the Downing Film Center, Newburgh
Tuesday January 28, 7:15pm at the Rosendale Theatre

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group (HVPG) administers a year round touring exhibit that features films by established & emerging filmmakers, with an emphasis on presenting NY State filmmakers. Screenings provide artists an opportunity to present work that is rarely exhibited and gives audiences an opportunity to interact with filmmakers. The Group consists of programmers, filmmakers, advisors and screening venues throughout the Hudson Valley. For more information please visit HVPG.org

SUNDANCE PREVIEW

Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein will once again head to Park City, Utah to cover the Sundance Film Festival. She will be on the lookout for the best in independent film and to schmooze with filmmakers and industry heavyweights. If you are going to be in Park City and want to meet up with her for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, send her an email at meira[at]woodstockfilmfestival.com.

This year's Sundance Film Festival will feature five feature films that were produced in the Hudson Valley - THE BETTER ANGELS, COLD IN JULY, HITS, I ORIGINS and JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD. For additional info, visit Hudson Valley Film Commission.

SUNDANCE: NARRATIVE PREMIERES

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Starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac

HITS

Directed by comedian David Cross and one of five films shot in the Hudson Valley (Sullivan County) to make it to Sundance in 2014, this comedy features Michael Cera, Wyatt Cenac and hundreds of Hudson Valley extras.

Hits is a comedy about a paranoid municipal worker named Dave, his The Voice–obsessed 19-year-old daughter, a wannabe teenage rapper who has an unrequited crush on the daughter, and their neighbors in a small, working-class town in upstate New York. Dave finds fame when videos of his rants at City Hall go viral, and hordes of appallingly well-meaning hipsters from Brooklyn descend on their town to make sure Dave's rights aren't trampled by "the man." (Courtesy Sundance)

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Starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi

i ORIGINS

Another Hudson Valley produced film. This picture filmed in locations across Dutchess County. The film is directed by Mike Cahill and stars Britt Marling and Michael Pitt.

Ian Gray, a PhD student studying molecular biology with a specialty in eye evolution, leaves his lab to go to a party and has an intense, but fleeting, encounter with a mysterious, masked model who escapes into the night. With only a picture of her stunning and iconic eyes, he tracks her down, and they fall in love. Their fundamentally different beliefs about life only serve to intensify their connection, and they vow to spend forever together. Years later, Ian and his lab partner, Karen, make a stunning discovery with profound existential implications. He must risk his life's work and his family to travel across the world to find the truth behind what he has found and what it may mean. (Courtesy Sundance)


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Starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson

LOVE IS STRANGE

WFF friend and alumni, Ira Sachs returns to Sundance with his latest film LOVE IS STRANGE. His previous film KEEP THE LIGHTS ON was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards.

After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school where George works, he is fired from his longtime job, and the couple can no longer afford their New York City apartment. As a temporary solution, George moves in with the two gay cops next door, while Ben moves to Brooklyn to live with his nephew, Eliot; Eliot’s wife, Kate; and their teenage son. As Ben and George struggle to secure a new apartment, the pain of living apart and their presence in two foreign households test the resilience and relationships of all involved. (Courtesy Sundance)

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Starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss
and Ted Danson

THE ONE I LOVE

Sundance darlings Mark and Jay Duplass return with THE ONE I LOVE, a film they produced starring Mark, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson.

Ethan and Sophie are a married couple on the brink of separation. At the urging of their therapist, they escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. What starts off as a relaxing and tranquil retreat soon spirals into a dizzyingly bizarre experience that forces the couple to reflect upon the complexities of their troubled partnership. Over the course of a few days, Ethan and Sophie work diligently to rediscover their better selves and embrace the unexpected as everything they once thought was real becomes more and more surreal. (Courtesy Sundance)


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Starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni

THEY CAME TOGETHER

2013 WFF Panelist Paul Rudd stars in THEY CAME TOGETHER, along with funny woman Amy Poehler. The film is directed by David Wain of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER fame.

They Came Together relates the epic love story of Joel, a corporate executive for Candy Systems and Research, a mega candy store chain, and Molly, the owner of a small sweet shop called Upper Sweet Side. When Joel is tasked with shutting down Molly’s mom-and-pop operation, the unlikely lovers find themselves hurtled into a whirlwind romance. From quaint bookstores and coffee shops to neurotic family members and psychotic ex-lovers, Joel and Molly must face some harrowing obstacles on their path to true love. (Courtesy Sundance)

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Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

Another Sundance favorite, director Greg Araki who has been lucky enough to have all ten of his feature films screen at Sundance returns with the drama WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD based on the novel of the same name. Araki is an alum of WFF way back in 2001 with his music video from the band the Micronauts and their song "The Jag." The film stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants).

It’s 1988. On the surface, Kat’s home life seems perfect. A normal, college-bound teenager, she listens to Depeche Mode, hangs out with her tragically hip pals, and is critical of her parents. She’s also having her first romance with, literally, the boy next door and is starting to feel comfortable in her own skin—all under the watchful eye of her glamorous, but disturbed, homemaker mother. When her mother mysteriously vanishes, Kat and her father suppress their emotions and try to resume their lives. Years later, Kat’s subconscious is consumed by images of her mother, whose peculiar disappearance she can’t fully comprehend. (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES



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FINDING FELA

Academy Award winning director and three time WFF Alum, Alex Gibney (CLIENT 9 (2010), FREAKONOMICS (2010), MEA MAXIMA CULPA (2012)) takes his latest documentary to Sundance.

No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s—and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism—than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native Nigeria by storm, the pioneering musician’s confrontational Afrobeat sound soon spread throughout the continent and beyond, even as it made determined enemies of the repressive Nigerian military regime. As a result of continued persecution, increasingly unorthodox behavior, and, eventually, complications due to HIV, Kuti’s final years saw his musical output and influence wane. (Courtesy Sundance)


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LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Rory Kennedy, winner of the 2002 WFF Best Documentary Award, profiles the final days of the Vietnam War in his new documentary.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. With the specter of a Communist victory looming and only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country, the United States prepares to withdraw. As they begin to realize the reality of certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confront a moral quandary: obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens, or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, heroes emerge as a small handful of Americans take matters into their own hands. (Courtesy Sundance)

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MITT

2005 WFF Alum Greg Whiteley (NY DOLL) provides an inside view to Mitt Romney's campaign for the presidency in 2012.

Mitt offers a refreshingly candid view of the private moments of a major presidential contender. The film invites the audience into the room with Mitt Romney and his tight-knit family during his two recent attempts to gain the presidency.

A notably private person, Romney was conflicted about putting his wife and family through the rigors and exposure of mounting a campaign. After Senator John McCain defeated him in the 2008 primary, it seemed unlikely Romney would run again. The story picks up four years later as Romney secures the Republican nomination and faces President Obama in their first debate. (Courtesy Sundance)

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We Are the Giant

WE ARE THE GIANT

Julie Goldman has been a juror at WFF on multiple occasions and she produces this documentary taking a broader impact of the Arab Spring.

Since late 2010, more than a dozen nations have experienced popular uprisings that have collectively been called the Arab Spring. Protests, buoyed by predominantly young participants and social-media organizing, have exposed repression and led to regime changes. What does it mean to take part in a collective action that has the potential to unseat dictators and bring previously undreamt-of freedoms to a people? (Courtesy Sundance)


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Whitey: United States of America VS James J. Bulger

WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS JAMES J. BULGER

Joe Berlinger is a two time WFF Alum including in 2013 with HANK: FIVE YEARS FROM THE BRINK. He has been nominated for an Oscar and seven Emmy's and his new documentary delves in to the mystery of gangster Whitey Bulger.

Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger wielded a mystique as the Robin Hood of South Boston. Fabricated in his hometown, Bulger’s legend captured the imagination of the entire country. Separating the man from the myth, this riveting documentary challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking new allegations. (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: US DRAMATIC COMPETITION


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Starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell

COLD IN JULY

Filmmaker Jim Mickle is no stranger to the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley. In 2003, WFF screened Mickle's NYU short THE UNDERDOGS. The feature STAKE LAND followed and then last year's WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. Both of those films were shot in the Hudson Valley, as was COLD IN JULY, which shot summer-2013 with featured locations in Esopus, Kingston and Woodstock. The film stars Michael C. Hall, Sam Sheppard and Don Johnson.

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on reven. (Courtesy Sundance)


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Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

2008 WFF Alum Joe Swanberg (NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS) is back at Sundance once again with HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Swanberg stars along with Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick.

It’s almost Christmas, and Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend. Without a real plan, she moves into her brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law, Kelly’s, spacious bachelor-pad basement in Chicago. As she reconnects with old friends and attempts to put her life back together, she continues to self-sabotage by repeatedly getting drunk and high. Kelly becomes fed up with Jenny’s immature behavior but soon realizes that she, too, feels stuck. As Christmas draws near, Jenny and Kelly realize that they can offer each other the solace and support they’ve both been craving. (Courtesy Sundance)



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Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR stars local resident and 2011 Giving Back Honoree Mark Ruffalo.

The year is 1978, and the Stewart family is struggling to hold it together. Cameron, a bipolar father, has had a nervous breakdown that leaves him unemployable, and Maggie, a hardworking mother, can’t quite make ends meet. Despite Cameron’s aristocratic pedigree and the couple’s top-notch education, they’re broke. When Maggie decides to accept ascholarship to pursue he MBA in New York, , she must leave her daughters, Faith and Amelia, in Boston with their now-somewhat-convalesced father. So begins an untamed, unpredictable, 18-month experiment as eccentric, exuberant Cameron takes over primary parenting of his precocious, sensitive little girls. (Courtesy Sundance)



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Starring Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Madisen Beaty with Judy Greer and Liv Tyler

JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD

Another Hudson Valley produced film that shot in Orange and Sullivan Counties over February and March of 2013. The film features Liv Tyler and Judy Greer and is directed by Carter Smith.

In a wintry small town, the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river. Adam, the star of his cross-country team, becomes fascinated with Jamie—a boy nobody really knew or interacted with, except occasionally to bully him. When Jamie’s ghost begins to appear both to Adam and Gracie, the classmate who discovered the body, Adam is caught between two worlds. He has a budding romance with Gracie, but he also feels a deep connection to Jamie, who brings him closer to the world of the undead. (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: US DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
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Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

Jeremiah Zagar brought the 2008 WFF Official Selection IN A DREAM. He returns to Sundance for the second time with CAPTIVATED the story of the Pamela Smart trial.

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned in, and reality TV was born. Pulsating with sex, drugs, betrayal, and murder, the trial inspired 20 years of television shows, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant. (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: NEW FRONTIERS

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Starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger,
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THE BETTER ANGELS

The fifth and final Hudson Valley film at Sundance 2014 is the long awaited Terrance Malick produced THE BETTER ANGELS, by first time director A.J. Edwards. Formerly titled The Green Blade Rises, the film was shot in Ulster County in the fall of 2012 using locations like the Mohonk Mountain Preserve. The film is set in Illinois in the early 19th Century and delves into the childhood of Abraham Lincoln.

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: NEXT


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Starring Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Karrie Crouse, Elizabeth McKee, Alice Olivia Clarke, Emmsjé Gauti

LAND HO!

Director Aaron Katz is a 2006 WFF Alum. He brought his narrative feature debut DANCE PARTY, USA to Woodstock and his new film, which was filmed in Iceland will make its World Premiere at Sundance. The film is also produced by Mynette Louie who has produced a number of WFF Official Selections.

Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, Mitch, a brassy former surgeon, convinces mild-mannered Colin, his ex-brother-in-law, to holiday with him in Iceland. The pair set off through Reykjavik ice bars, trendy spas, and adventurous restaurants in an attempt to reclaim their youth, but they quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself, no matter how far you travel.

Land Ho! is a bawdy road-trip comedy as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. Iceland's vast and haunting landscapes—moss-coated cliffs, fog-shrouded mountains, geothermal pools, and otherworldly Northern Lights—form a primordial Eden and the perfect backdrop for Mitch and Colin's adventures. (Courtesy Sundance)

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Starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume

LISTEN UP PHILLIP

Jason Schwartzman stars in LISTEN UP PHILLIP, produced by Katie Stern who also produced FRANCINE, which was filmed in the Hudson Valley and was a special screening as part of the Hudson Valley Programmers Group at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival.

Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol, Ike Zimmerman, offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject—himself. (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: SPOTLIGHT


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Starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

It's been five years since Hudson Valley Resident Jim Jarmusch has had a new picture hit movie screens, but the long wait is now over as his ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE winds down its festival tour and heads to theaters this spring.

Set against the desolation of the once-vibrant cities of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction the world is going, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured at least several centuries, but their debauched, romantic idyll is soon disrupted by the woman’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise, but fragile, outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? (Courtesy Sundance)

SUNDANCE: WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

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Web Junkie

WEB JUNKIE

Filmmaker Hilla Medalia is a 2009 Alum of WFF with her documentary AFTER THE STORM. In her newest film she travels to China to explore Internet addiction.

China is one of the first countries in the world to label overuse of the Internet a clinical condition. To combat what authorities deem the greatest social crisis for youth today, the Chinese government has created treatment facilities to detox and cure teenagers of their addictions to online life.

But what starts out as an already-fascinating look at ways that technology may be destroying the lives of Chinese youth quickly becomes something more. As the unorthodox psychological sessions continue and the teenage boys begin to share with their parents the reasons why they feel more connected to disassociated voices in cyberspace than to their families, Web Junkie chronicles the results of a nation going through one of most drastic transformations in human history. In honest and wrenching ways that transcend national borders, this film is a thoughtful examination of a society in flux and a technology-addled generation on the precipice of an unknown future.
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SUNDANCE: SHORTS


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Starring Diandra Forrest, Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna

AFRONAUTS

Frances Bodomo's short film BONESHAKER was a 2013 WFF Official Selection.

It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon in this film inspired by true events. (Courtesy Sundance)

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Starring Carlo Alban, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Hisham Tawfiq, Venida Evans, Dante E. Clark

THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST

Director Moon Molsen is a two time WFF Alum. His previous two short films POP FOUL (2006) and CRAZY BEATS STRONG EVERY TIME (2011) were both WFF Official Selections. POP FOUL took home the Diane Seligman Award for BEST STUDENT SHORT.

Two army casualty-notification officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver some news to Sayeeda Porter about her son serving in the war overseas. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain't willing to hear it. (Courtesy Sundance)


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Starring Owen Campbell, Tobias Campbell, Birgit Huppuch

JONATHAN'S CHEST

Christopher Radcliffe was the co-director along with Lauren Wolkstein of the 2011 short film THE STRANGE ONES, which was an Official Selection of WFF. Wolkstein also produced Radcliffe's new film JONATHAN'S CHEST. Wolkstein's latest directorial effort SOCIAL BUTTERFLY screened at WFF 2013.

Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother—who disappeared years earlier. (Courtesy Sundance)

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Starring Don McKellar, John Dilworth

SUBCONSCIOUS PASSWORD

2013 WFF Official Selection SUBCONCIOUS PASSWORD will screen at Sundace 2014. Director Chris Landreth also won Best Animated Short at WFF 2004 with his film RYAN, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Chris Landreth, the director of the Academy Award–winning short Ryan, plays Charles, a man paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend’s name. Thus begins a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious—complete with animated celebrity guests. (Courtesy Sundance)

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SLAMDANCE

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Who Took Johnny

WHO TOOK JOHNNY

Suki Hawley brought two films to WFF. In the inaugural film festival in 2000 her narrative debut RADIATION screened and in 2002 her documentary HORNS AND HALOS was an Official Selection.

An examination of the infamous thirty-year-old cold case of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on Johnny's mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened to her son. Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny. (Courtesy of SLAMDANCE.com)


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Starring Baard Owe, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Gethin Anthony



COPENHAGEN

Mark Raso brings his feature debut to Sundance. The filmmaker screened his captivating short film UNDER at WFF 2012.

After weeks of traveling through Europe, the immature William finds himself in Copenhagen, the place of his father's birth. He befriends the youthful Effy, who works in William's hotel as part of an internship program, and they set off to find William's last living relative. Effy's mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges William unlike any woman ever has. As the attraction builds, he must come to grips with destabilizing elements of his family's sordid past. (Courtesy of SLAMDANCE.com)

VISTING THE FAROES

Visting Utah isn't the only travelling that Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein is doing. In early December she traveled to the Faroe Islands to jury GEYTIN, the film competition in the Faroes named after the man who journeyed throughout the Faroe Islands in the 70’s and 80’s along with a 16 mm projector, screening movies in various remote areas. Additionally she ran a workshop for the Faroese filmmakers.

“I arrived into a snow storm and left a week later in the rain, yet the magic of the Faroes cast its spell on my soul,” said Meira. “A remote place of contrasts set in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Iceland and Denmark, the Faroes are a cluster of islands that are both rugged and raw yet sweet and sophisticated; an enchanting combination. There, among the moss covered old wooden homes and the waves crashing into the docks under a luminous blue light I discovered talented young filmmakers and artists driven to create. Together we explored and developed their individual projects while also planting the seeds for a Faroese Filmmakers Collective, the start of what could very well be a growing film community in all its various facets at the Faroes. Days of watching films, meeting with many of the government ministers (of culture, industry, tourism and more) to explore the benefits of film in the Faroes, braving the wind in raw, stunning nature and visiting Faroese art museums were followed by exquisite nightly dinners with my co-jurors. After the final night where the Geytin awards were handed out at the beautiful Nordic House, I left the Faroes and my newly found friends with the plan to come back. So leave your calendars open and your adventurous spirit intact, there may be a Woodstock Film Festival trip in store to the Faroes in the not too distant future.”

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IN THEATERS
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THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL
January 10

WFF 2013 Official Selection The Truth About Emanuel gets its big screen premiere January 10 in a limited release. The film stars Jessica Biel as Linda who is a new mother in a new town who manages to find companionship in her neighbor Emanuel, a troubled teenager who refuses to forgive herself for the death of her own mother. Emanuel quickly becomes Linda’s closest friend and confidant when she begins baby sitting Linda’s infant daughter Chloe, immersing herself into Linda’s personal life as she grows increasingly distant from her own family. Gregorini follows Emanuel’s search for intimacy, whether it be from the false maternal presence that Linda provides or the delicate yet distant affections from Claude, a boy from the train who catches her eye. As Emanuel grows closer to Linda, she finds herself drowned in the secrets of Linda’s jarring reality and the women struggle to stay afloat as old memories tempt their lost minds beneath the waves. –Chandra Knotts

ON TELEVISION
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TRUE DETECTIVE
January 12

Two time WFF Alum Cary Fukunaga makes his television directorial debut with HBO's new series TRUE DETECTIVE. The drama stars WFF alum Woody Harrelson and soon to be Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey. The series premieres Sunday, January 12 at 9pm. You can catch a preview at HBO.com.

Fukunaga won the Diane Seligman award in 2004 for Best Student Short for his film VICTORIA PARA CHINO and then returned in 2008 as the Cinematographer for the short film SIKUMI (ON THE ICE), which also won the Diane Seligman Award for Best Student Short. Fukunaga has gone on to direct the award winning film SIN NOMBRE (Best Director at Sundance 2009), which was also nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. He also directed the Oscar nominated JANE EYRE (2011).

VOD & DVD
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STREET JOURNEYS
Now on iTunes VOD

Tracy Christian's STREET JOURNEY's, which screened in early 2013 as part of WFF's year round programming is now out on iTunes VOD.

In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim realities of poverty, hope for the future is dim, until renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu restores the children's spirit through the healing power of theater. When an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test, it’s up to the children to draw on their strength, and glean lessons of faith, family, and the rising of their spirit without their mentor. This inspiring documentary chronicles the triumphant journey from the makeshift stage of a small Nairobi church to the bright lights of Broadway. A FilmBuff Presentation.


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WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
Available now on VOD
Available on Blu-ray and DVD 1/7

Jim Mickle's Hudson-Valley-produced feature received an 84% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was called one of the best thrillers of the year by Salon, Mother Jones and many other critics.

A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.

MUSIC NEWS
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The Paul Green Rock Academy is presenting it's latest music concert at the Woodstock Playhouse. The Academy will perform the Music of Frank Zappa, January 10-11 at 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased at woodstockplayhouse.org and at The Golden Notebook.

SPONSOR THE 2014 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL!

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After a big THANK YOU to all our great sponsors for the 2013, it's time to start thinking about our 15th Anniversary in 2014, October 15-19.

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. 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!