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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

2014 YEAR END FUND DRIVE

SOUVENIRS AND HOLIDAY GIFTS

FILMMAKER THOUGHTS: TERRY McMAHON

IN THEATERS

ON VOD/DVD

LOCAL ART HOUSE SCREENINGS

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2014 YEAR END FUND DRIVE
2014 End of Year Fund Drive

2014 is coming to a close and we need your help.
The Film Center, which houses the Woodstock Film FEstival and Hudson Valley Film Commission NEEDS REPAIRS including:
• Replacement of roof shingles and underlayment on building and garage
• Installation of attic insulation (to keep heat in)
• Replacement of 15 windows with energy efficient units
• Electric work needs updating
• New gutters to replace broken, torn units
• Exterior painting   in the spring
• plus we have other pressing needs.

We need to raise $65,000 for the Capital Campaign to make necessary repairs and improvements. Please consider making a year end tax deductible donation to the Capital Campaign.

To make a DONATION please CLICK HERE
or you can mail a check made payable to:
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
Checks can be sent to
PO BOX 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498
or dropped off at
13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498, weekdays from 9-5pm.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

2014 WFF MERCHANDISE ON SALE
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If you're looking for WFF goodies or an ideal HOLIDAY GIFT, please consider visiting the Woodstock Film Festival store online
or in person at 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498

WFF MERCHANDISE
is available including:
• Caps
• T-shirts
• Sweatshirts
• Posters

In addition to 2014 souvenirs, we have many archival items available.

THOUGHTS FROM 2014 FILMMAKER TERRY McMAHON

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Director Terry McMahon (center) with actor Mo Dunford (left) and producer Tim Palmer

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2014 WFF Photo Gallery


WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein asked filmmakers from the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival to send us some post-festival musings. Here is a lively post from 'Patrick's Day' director Terry McMahon. His film swept the Maverick Narrative Awards (Best Narrative Feature, Best Editing and Best Cinematography). Here is an excerpt, for the full blog post click HERE.

When movie goddess Melissa Leo’s mischievous mouth moved towards the microphone to announce the “Maverick” Grand Jury Prize winner of the 15th Woodstock Film Festival she faked a dodgy brogue accent and introduced the winning film as “fuckin’ Patrick’s Day.” Rather than being offended the audience cheered because they knew Miss Leo was making a tongue-in-cheek reference to the foul-mouthed writer-director of Patrick’s Day. My name is Terry McMahon and I am that inappropriately christened “maverick” foul mouth. To anybody with delicate sensibilities who was there on the night, I apologise. When I’m nervous I succumb to a kind of cultural Tourette’s. It’s called being Irish. Or, in less polite circles, being a bastard.

 

Before I Disappear

BEFORE I DISAPPEAR
Directed by Shawn Christensen
In theaters. Click for locations

Based on the 2012 WFF Best Short Film Curfew, which went on to win the 2013 Academy Award® for best live action short, Before I Disappear opens November 28 at the IFC CENTER in NYC and other cities including North Hollywood, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Scottsdale, AZ, Houston & Lubbock, TX, Coral Gables, FL, New Orleans, LA, Greensboro, NC, and Baton Rouge, LA. For a full list of theaters and cities, check out Before I Disappear on Facebook.

Before I Disappear follows Richie (Shawn Christensen), a man who is very much inclined to commit suicide. After facing his end and deciding to take his own life, he receives a phone call from his younger sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum of Shameless), begging him to look after her daughter for a few hours. Willing to withhold death for a little while longer, Richie agrees to take care of his niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek).

What follows is an intensive glimpse into the life of a man who believes he has nothing to lose. Between his shady job with a menacing boss (Ron Perlman), a drugged-out friend with a bad temper (Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries), and an ominous twist that throws everything out of whack, Richie must find a way to hold on to what little life he has left in order to take care of his quick-witted, hard-hitting, alarmingly determined niece.


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THE IMITATION GAME
Directed by Morten Tyldum
In theaters. Click for locations

Starring fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game a biopic about WWII hero Alan Turing was an official selection of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival.

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. Directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.


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LATE PHASES
Directed by Adrián García Bogliano
In theaters and on VOD - Amazon Instant Video and iTunes

Late Phases, which was filmed in Rhinebeck, Kingsotn and Woodstock, NY,
made its East Coast debut at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival .

Crescent Bay is not the best place to live out one's golden years. Once an idyllic retirement community, the secluded neighborhood has been beset by mysterious and deadly attacks.

When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Stake Land) moves in, the residents immediately take offense to his abrasive personality. But his take-no-prisoners attitude is just what he needs to survive as it becomes clear that the increasingly violent and patterned attacks are being caused by beasts that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is harboring something truly sinister in its midst.

Written by Under The Bed scribe Eric Stolze, Late Phases is Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and Tom Noonan. 


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LITTLE WHITE LIE
Directed by Lacey Shwartz
For venues, visit Little White Lie

Little White Lie, by Woodstock filmmaker Lacey Shwartz, made its New York premiere at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival. The documentary takes a look at her own complicated family upbringing.

What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption.


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MAGICIAN:
THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES

Directed by Chuck Workman
Coming to theaters December 10

MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles’s career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.


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MENTOR
Directed by Alix Lambert
For deatils, visit Mentor

The powerful documentary, Mentor was an official selection at the 2014 Woodstock FIlm Festival.

At first glance, Mentor, Ohio, seems like any other wholesome midwestern town, even earning a spot in Money Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Live. But Mentor’s tree-lined streets and marching bands could not prevent the spate of teen suicides caused by relentless bullying and an indifferent school system.

The Vidovic family came to Mentor to escape the war in Croatia only to have their daughter Sladjana commit suicide at age 16 after years of relentless bullying. More interested in maintaining its image than in helping protect vulnerable students, Mentor High School failed to punish the perpetrators.

Eric Mohat, 17, hardly seemed the type to be targeted by bullies. Active in musical theatre, he seemed like a happy kid. Until the day he committed suicide, the family had no idea of the bullying he endured.

Devastating, illuminating and buttressed with a haunting score, director Lambert skillfully documents bullying in the internet age and makes us wonder if Mentor is just the tip of the iceberg. This film is thought provoking and unforgettable. –Barbara Pokras, ACE

ON VOD/DVD

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ALL RELATIVE
Now Available on ITUNES

2014 Official Selection ALL RELATIVE, directed by J.C. Khoury has made its way to VOD.

When Harry (Jonathan Sadowski), a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace (Sara Paxton), he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcée (Connie Nielsen), Harry successfully courts Grace. But when he's introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point in this wildly engaging mix of comedy and drama.


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AMERICAN COMMUNE
Now Available on VOD
Check times on twitter @americancommune

2013 WFF Official Selection AMERICAN COMMUNE, directed by Rene Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo is now available on VOD. The film is also available on DVD from the American Commune WEBSITE.

In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by a Jewish mother from Beverly Hills and a Puerto Rican father from the Bronx, filmmakers and sisters Rena and Nadine return for the first time since leaving in 1985. Finally ready to face the past after years of hiding their upbringing, they chart the rise and fall of America’s largest utopian socialist experiment and their own family tree. The nascent idealism of a community destroyed, in part, by its own success is reflected in the personal story of a family unit split apart by differences. AMERICAN COMMUNE finds inspiration in failure, humor in deprivation and, most surprisingly, that communal values are alive and well in the next generation.

LOCAL ART HOUSES
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ROSENDALE THEATRE (@rosendalefilm)
Spiral Up Kids with Special Guest Marco Benevento
Saturday, December 6, 1pm
$10, $5 for Kids, $25 for family of 4
For tickets vist Brown Paper Tickets

The Rosendale Theatre presents a benefit concert for the Rondout Valley Food Pantry's Weekend Backpack Program.

Spiral Up Kids has been sound-tracking the family experience since 2009. Their improvisational and interactive shows unite audiences young and old with spirited sing-alongs, impromptu audience participation, and most importantly lots of wild and crazy dancing! Spiral Up Kids blends an earthy jamband style with layers of sweet vocal harmonies to create an originally infectious roots based sound.

They will be joined by keyboard wizard Marco Benevento who has been fronting and touring with his own band for several years. He is currently touring and promoting his new album Swift. Benevento also plays with The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Friends and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.



UPSTATE FILMS (@upstatefilms)
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Free Screening for MEMBERS ONLY
Upstate Rhinebeck, Saturday, December 20, TBA

Upstate Films is presenting a special free screening for its members of Frank Capra's classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. You've seen it on DVD or television, but catch it on the big screen. Hurry now and become a member of Upstate Films so you can be a part of this special screening. The screening will be Saturday, December 20 at a time to be determined. Check the Upstate Films Website for more information.

“As a young man, George (James Stewart) dreams of shaking the dust from his shoes and traveling to far-off lands, but one thing and then another keeps him at home – especially his responsibility to the family savings and loan association, which is the only thing standing between Bedford Falls and the greed of Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), the avaricious local banker. George marries his high school sweetheart (Donna Reed, in her first starring role), settles down to raise a family, and helps half the poor folks in town buy homes where they can raise their own. Then, when George’s absentminded uncle (Thomas Mitchell) misplaces some bank funds during the Christmas season, it looks as if the evil Potter will have his way after all. George loses hope and despairs, and is standing on a bridge contemplating suicide when an Angel 2nd Class named Clarence (Henry Travers) saves him and shows him what life in Bedford Falls would have been like without him.” – Roger Ebert

LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
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KATE PIERSON: GUITARS & MICROPHONES
Kate Pierson of the B-52's Announces Solo Album, Shares "Mister Sister" Video Featuring Fred Armisen
Guitars and Microphones features collaborations with Sia (who executive produced) and the Strokes' Nick Valensi

Kate Pierson, founding member of the B-52's, has announced her debut solo album. It's called Guitars and Microphones, and it's out February 17 via Lazy Meadow/Kobalt. Below, check out the video for the single "Mister Sister", which stars Fred Armisen and was directed by Monica Coleman.

On Guitars and Microphones, Pierson collaborated on songwriting with the album's executive producer, Sia. The LP was produced by Tim Anderson and also features the Strokes' Nick Valensi. Check out the tracklist below the video.