EARLY BIRD ENTRY SPECIAL, PARK CITY NEWS, HAIR HIGH SLAMDANCES, DOWN TO THE BONE,
EVERGREEN, THE 100 LOVERS OF JESUS REYNOLDS, SUPERSIZE ME, HEIR TO AN EXECUTION, MARIE AND BRUCE,
CHRYSTAL, SECOND BEST, BROTHER TO BROTHER, NOVEMBER, SPEAK,  BINGHAM MOVES ON, BARBARIANS
AND PURGATORY
, MIAMI BOUND, POWER TRIP DISTRIBUTION, YEAR ROUND EVENTS, SPONSOR UPDATE, NOSH


Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller

EARLY BIRD ENTRY SPECIAL

Our "early bird special" nests January 12th. All early entries will be discounted $5 through 5/15/04.

The fifth anniversary celebration of the fiercely independent Woodstock Film Festival, October 13-17, 2004 celebrates new voices of independent filmmakers with great films, seminars, workshops, concerts, parties and good people. Early Bird deadline: May 15, 2004. Final deadline: June 28, 2004. Awards are presented for  Best Feature,  Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film,  Best Cinematography (The Haskell Wexler Award), Best Film Score (The Elmer Bernstein Award) and Best Animation (Awarded by Bill Plympton).  Entry fees ranges from $25 - $50. For additional info visit the WFF 2004 entry form.


 

PARK CITY NEWS

A bit of Woodstock in Park City

WFF executive director Meira Blaustein and media relations rep. Ilene Marder will be making the rounds in Park City January 15 - 21. To contact Meira or Ilene, call the Prospector Square Lodge at  435-649-7100.

The following blurbs highlight project involvement by advisory board members, local productions, and past WFF participants this upcoming January in Park City.


HAIR HIGH SLAMDANCES

Animator (and WFF advisory board member) Bill Plympton will world premiere his latest animated feature “Hair High” at Slamdance. Over the course of production, viewers were able to tune in on hairhigh.com’s Anicam to watch as Bill single-handedly drew the new animated extravaganza. The pix serves up a humorous gothic high school tale with overtones of “Carrie.” Selected scenes were previewed at the 2003 WFF to eager fans at the Plympton-curated animated program. Featured voices include Dermot Mulroney, Beverly D'Angelo, Keith Carradine,  David Carradine and Martha Plimpton.

Last minute details are being crunched. “It’ll be finished by the 12th,” says Plympton who heads out to Slamdance on the 18th. “Based on the rough cut, we have it set for Slamdance, San Francisco Indiefest and the Florida Film Festival. I think it’s my breakthrough film. It’s the one that will get me out of the underground simply because of the star-studded cast. The actors are all really excited about the film and they really want to get behind it.” For more info about Hair High and Bill Plympton, visit www.plymptoons.com



"Down to the Bone" auditions in Woodstock (January 2002)

Fessenden

DOWN TO THE BONE

Last January, we reported that the Woodstock Film Commission was facilitating efforts by Susan Leber (“Margarita Happy Hour,” “The technical Writer”) to produce "Down to the Bone" in the Woodstock / Kingston, New York region. The script, which won the Screenwriting Prize at the Nantucket Film Festival and was workshopped at the Sundance Lab tells the story of a woman struggling to balance the needs of her family with her own needs, fears and desires. Director Debra Granik's short "Snake Feed" (also shot in Ulster County) won the Sundance Jury Prize in 1998.

This January, we’re thrilled to report that “Down to the Bone,” will make its premiere in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film festival. The film, which was co-produced by Anne Rosellini stars Vera Farmiga, Hugh Dillon, Clint Jordan (“Milk and Honey,” and Caridad De La Luz. The cast also features several Hudson Valley residents and crew members. Ulster County based location scout and location manager  Michele Baker was responsible for over thirty locations and was the only member of the locations department. She will be in Park City for the premiere. Another crew member was WFF alumni-extraordinaire Hannah Lewis Rosenblum, who also just finished working on “The Roost,” a Glass Eye Pix scare flic co-produced by Leber and Larry Fessenden (“Margarita Happy Hour,” “Wendigo”).

Read more about “Down to the Bone” in the Woodstock Times.or check the Sundance Guide.


Margarita Girls in Woodstock

THE 100 LOVERS OF JESUS REYNOLDS

The “Margarita Happy Hour” love fest continues with “MHH” director Ilya Chaiken,  helming “The 100 Lovers Of Jesus Reynolds.” The short film, which screens prior to “Down to the Bone,” was scribed by “MHH” cast member Holly Ramos. Cast features Anthony Howard, Viva A. Ruiz, and “MHH” alumni Ramos and three time WFF participant Eleanor Hutchins (MHH, Operation Midnight Climax, Milk & Honey). The film centers on Jesus as she recount the loves of her life.


EVERGREEN

Hudson Valley/Newburgh resident Enid Zentelis makes her feature directorial debut with "Evergreen." Pix explores issues of poverty, family, love and envy with humor and honesty, against the cinematic backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Cast features Cara Seymour, Mary Kay Place, Noah Fleiss, Gary Farmer, Lynn Cohen, Addie Land, And Bruce Davison. Music is by John Stirratt of Wilco and NYC band Mendoza Line.

Zentelis and the project were selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Writer's Lab in 2000. In addition, "Evergreen" was selected for a Sundance-produced live reading as well as extensive production support from Kodak, Panavision and Deluxe. "Evergreen" also won Zentelis a 2002 NYFA Grant in screenwriting. Read more.


Hans ten Broeke

SUPER SIZE ME

Hudson Valley resident and Emmy-Award winning recording engineer Hans Ten Broeke of Red Cottage Productions in Ulster County's West Park is responsible for all the Audio Post-Production work including sound design and final mix for "Super Size Me", a scathingly tongue in cheek documentary comedy about fast food and obesity. The doc makes its premiere in the feature doc competition category. The Morgan Spurlock pix, which is repped by John Sloss' Cinetic Media, will also appear at the US Arts Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado this March. Read more.


HEIR TO AN EXECUTION

Marc Levin (“Godfathers and Sons,” “Street Time”) is one of the producers of “Heir to an Execution” in documentary competition at Sundance. Through the eyes of director, producer and Rosenberg granddaughter, Ivy Meeropol, this personal, gripping doc explores the hysteria and psychological aftermath regarding the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953. Read more.


 

MARIE AND BRUCE

WFF Advisory board member, actor, director, producer Griffin Dunne appears with Julianne Moore (“Far from Heaven”) and Matthew Broderick in Tom Cairns “Marie and Bruce.” Casting director for pix was part time Hudson-Valley resident Juliet Taylor.

Based on a play by Wallace Shawn, the film is a dark but comical study of the breakdown of a couple's marriage. Read more.


 

CHRYSTAL

Anthony Katagas (producer for Michael Almeyreda’s “This So Called Disaster," and "Hamlet” ) line produced Ray McKinnon’s “Chrystal,” which screens in dramatic competition.

Billy Bob Thornton plays Joe, who, while being pursued by the law and high on drugs, plunged the family car off the road with his beautiful wife Chrystal and their young son inside. Sixteen years later, upon his release from prison, Joe must come to terms with his past. Read more.


 

SECOND BEST

Katagas also appears in Park City with Eric Weber’s “Second Best,” screening in American Spectrum. The ensemble cast features Joe Pantoliano, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety, Bronson Pinchot, and Jennifer Tilly in a story about a group of Jersey guys who examine their lives, and dreams when their longtime friend, a successful Hollywood producer, has a homecoming. Read more.


BROTHER TO BROTHER

WFF Advisory Board member Sabine Hoffman takes time off from editing Rebecca Miller’s “Snake and the Rose” to support her editorial work on Rodney Evans “Brother to Brother,” starring Anthony Mackie, and Roger Robinson. The film follows an unlikely friendship between a gay art student facing timeless challenges and an elderly homeless man, who it turns out, was a cultural icon during the Harlem Renaissance of the twenties.  Read more.


Courteney Cox in "November"

NOVEMBER

InDigEnt, a partnership between IFC Productions, filmmaker Gary Winick, and Cinetic Media's John Sloss (a WFF advisory board member) is back in dramatic competition with “November.” Prior InDigEnt films include “Personal Velocity,” “Tadpole,” “Chelsea Walls,” “Pieces of April.” Helmed by Greg Harrison, the film stars Courteney Cox, James LeGros, Michael Ealy, Nora Dunn, Nick Offerman, and Anne Archer. Cox who last appeared opposite Vincent Gallo in Justin McCarthy’s indie pix “Get Well Soon,” plays Sophie Jacobs, an L.A photographer whose life starts to fall apart after her boyfriend is shot as an innocent bystander during a robbery. Read more.


Michael McKean Presented the Gold Medal Student Academy Award in the Narrative Category to New York University student Jessica Sharzer.

SPEAK

Jessica Shrazer, whose short film, "The Wormhole," (WFF 2002) won numerous awards including a 2002 Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards®, makes her feature directorial debut with “Speak,” an American Spectrum admission. The film made under the banner of "Showtime Independent Films" marks the first time Showtime (a 2003 WFF sponsor) has financed movies directly for the independent theatrical marketplace. The film is produced by NY based producer Fred Berner.

“Speak,” starring Kristen Stewart ("Panic Room," "The Safety of Objects") is a modern tragicomedy, that follows a wickedly observant, winning young girl's recovery from rape while she, literally, finds her voice again. Read more.


  IN OTHER NEWS:

BINGHAM RAY MOVES ON

On Thursday, January 8, 2004, news releases announced that Bingham Ray (a much-beloved WFF advisory board member) was stepping down as president of United Artists, MGM Studios specialty division.

Ray’s roster at UA included Peter Hedges “Pieces of April,” Danis Tanovic's "No Man's Land," and Michael Moore’s  doc superhit "Bowling for Columbine." Upcoming films included Siddiq Barmaq's "Osama," Michael Winterbottom's "Code 46," Lucky McKee's “May” follow-up "The Woods," and Terry Zwigoff's "Art School Confidential."

Read the full story in Indiewire

In related news, Reuters reported on January 9, 2004 that merger talks had broken off between Time Warner and MGM. Stay tuned for more MGM merger news.


BARBARIANS AND PURGATORY LAUDED

Two films, which premiered at the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival, found themselves at the top of the list on Entertainment Insiders Best Films of 2003. In third place behind “LOTR” and “Seabiscuit” was Denys Arcand's “Les Invasions Barbares,” from Miramax. In fourth place was Cindy Baer’s “Purgatory House.” PH, which world premiered in Woodstock is, remarkably, still available for distribution. CALLING ALL DISTRIBUTORS! This was the coolest tween offering of 2003.

Read the complete Entertainment Insiders list at Best Films of 2003


POWER TRIP DISTRIBUTION

From Indiewire
BIZ: Artistic License to Switch on "Power Trip" in Theaters
(by Brian Brooks, January 7, 2004)

North American distribution rights to Paul Devlin's documentary, "Power Trip" has been acquired by Artistic License, the New York-based film company announced Monday. The film screened during a two-week engagement at New York's Film Forum and received a best documentary nomination for the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held next month. Read the Full Story @ indieWIRE.com


MINNESOTA MIAMI BOUND

Milwaukee, Minnesota,” co-produced by Woodstocker Michael Brody will screen at the Miami International Film festival, which kicks off on January 10. Also screening in the Sunshine State is Laura Gabbert's "Sunset Story", and Ron Mann’s “Go Further.” Also Miami bound is Jake Davis' short film "Come, Lovely," which was shot entirely in the HUdson Valley with help from the Woodstock Film Commission.

Visit Miami International Film festival for more info.


 

YEAR ROUND SCREENINGS

February 8 at Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street

“Forbidden Wedding,” a film by Flavia Flores is a gentle love story about human sexuality, the rights of the disabled, and faith. "Forbidden Wedding" is the story of Hedir, a paraplegic man in Brazil, who was forbidden to marry his love because the Catholic Church suspected that he was sexually impotent. According to Vatican Law 1084, a person who cannot copulate cannot get married in the Church. This film documents Hedir's struggle to get married and the impact his story had on his small town and Brazil. An intimate account of their personal story and an exploration of disability rights, sexuality, and faith.

 February 11 at Inquiring Mind in Saugerties

“Off The Charts: The Song-Poem Story,” a film by Jamie Meltzer, is a fascinating, at times unsettling, documentary that exposes the strange underworld of the song-poem industry. In this little known subculture, "ordinary people" respond to come-on ads on the back pages of magazines ("Send in Your Lyrics and Make $50,000 in royalties!"), mailing in their heartfelt but often bizarre poems to "music industry" companies that, for a fee, turn those poems into real recordings. Through interviews with several song-poem writers, the jaded producers and musicians who set their words to music, and a few of the growing number of zealous song-poem connoisseurs, “Off The Charts” explores a truly unique, never-before-seen slice of Gothic Americana. (Jamie, a visiting professor at Vassar, will appear at the screening)

For more info, visit year round events.



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