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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL TO HOLD BENEFIT SCREENING OF
OSCAR®-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “MAN ON WIRE” AT TINKER STREET CINEMA

FAMED LOCAL HIGH WIRE ARTIST PHILIPPE PETIT TO DO SPECIAL Q&A

(Woodstock, NY) – April 1st, 2009. MAN ON WIRE, the Oscar®-winning documentary, will be presented by WFF at Woodstock’s Tinker Street Cinema for a special matinee screening May 2nd at 3pm. The film will be followed by an intimate Q&A with high wire legend Philippe Petit; presented by and benefiting the 10th Anniversary of The Woodstock Film Festival.

On August 7th 1974, Philippe Petit, stepped out on a steel cable illegally rigged between New York’s Twin Towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the high wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail for the spectacular event that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.” Based on Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds (newly released in paperback and re-titled Man on Wire), the film provides a rare glimpse into this audacious high-wire world with still photographs, stunning footage and reenactments. With interviews shot in the Catskill Region of upstate New York, Petit relives his WTC adventure, “To me, it's really so simple, that life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion. To refuse to taper yourself to the rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge. Then you will live your life on the tightrope.”

Up against The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which screened at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival, and other noted documentaries like Werner Herzog’s Antarctica film Encounters at the End of the World, MAN ON WIRE took home the 2009 Academy Award® for “Best Documentary Feature,” an award also won in previous years by films like An Inconvenient Truth and March of the Penguins.

In addition to walking the high wire, Philippe writes, draws, gives lectures and workshops, performs close-up magic and street-juggling, practices lock-picking and 18th-Century timber framing, plays chess, studies French wines and was once seen bullfighting in Peru. Philippe is a born multi-talented artist who is sure to engage his audience  in an inspiring Q&A.

Tickets sales for the May 2nd screening are open to the public and can be purchased online at
http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/manonwire.php

   

ABOUT PHILIPPE PETIT:
Philippe Petit, universal poet laureate of the high wire, was born in France. He took his first steps on the wire at age 16, and while performing on five continents, he taught himself Spanish, German, Russian and English, and developed a keen appreciation for architecture and engineering.

Petit is most known for his 1974 walk on a high wire illegally stretched between the rooftops of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, making eight crossings over the course of an hour, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of New York. He’s performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the globe, crowning such architectural monuments as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Philippe was presented with the prestigious James Parks Morton Interfaith Award and was recently made Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

His book, To Reach the Clouds (newly released in paperback and re-titled Man on Wire), which recounts Philippe’s WTC adventure, is the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary film, Man On Wire, as well as a feature film with a tentative release date of 2012. Philippe continues to give lectures and workshops internationally and his seventh book, L’Art du Pickpocket, was recently published in Paris; he is now at work on his eighth, On Building a Barn.


ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL:

The 10th annual Woodstock Film Festival takes place September 30 through October 4, 2009.

The “fiercely independent” festival in the colony of the arts will include more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events featured at venues in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale. For more information, visit www.Woodstockfilmfestival.com . Since 2000, the Woodstock Film Festival has established itself as one of the foremost independent film events in the country by premiering exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. WFF’s sister organization, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production throughout the region.

P.O Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 - (845) 679-4265
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