WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
Announces World Premiere of the re-edited,
1 GIANT LEAP II: WHAT ABOUT ME? In conjunction with the BMI Music For Film Panel
Featuring Stewart Copeland (The Police), Krishna Das, and Director Duncan Bridgeman
(Woodstock, NY) July 6, 2015 - On the heels of this year’s much anticipated
Kickoff Event featuring Cuban superstar Carlos Varela and Jackson Browne, the Woodstock Film Festival (Sept 30- Oct 4) is excited
to announce the musically fueled re-cut, re-mastered World Premiere of 1 GIANT LEAP II: WHAT ABOUT ME?, co-directed by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto.
The non-linear, globe-trotting, and visually exhilerating film features appearances by Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle, Tom Robbins, Tim Robbins,
Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Billy Conolly, Gabrielle Roth, Deepak Chopra, Ram Das, Bhagavan Das, Krishna Das, Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, Speech, Baaba Maal, Maxi Jazz, Carlos Santana, Stewart Copeland, and many more.
Following the success of their double Grammy nominated film & album 1 Giant Leap, Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto went back on the road visiting 50 locations. The result is a lovingly pieced film that takes an inspiring and entertaining look at our collective insanity: How we are needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, addicted to status, wounded by childhood and unable to stop thinking, but how we still manage to be inspired and creative.
The project had an unexpected sting in the tail- a seven year battle with the corporate media giant for the rights to release their film.
“It’s been a long time in the making and we now are proud to premiere the HD version of 1 Giant Leap II : What About Me? at the Woodstock Film Festival,” said Bridgeman.
1 Giant Leap II: What About Me? will screen on Friday evening, October 2, 5pm at the Woodstock Playhouse. Join the director Duncan Bridgeman, Stewart Copeland and Krishna Das for Q&A following the film.
The film will screen in collaboration with the annual BMI Music for Film Panel. The panel will take place Saturday, October 3, 12:00 PM at the Kleinert James Gallery in Woodstock.
Join BMI's VP of Film & TV, Doreen Ringer Ross as she chats with composer/musician Stewart Copeland
(drummer for The Police, composer for Wall Street and Rumble Fish), Krishna Das and filmmaker/recording artist Duncan Bridgeman about their dynamic collaboration on this project.
For tickets and more information on the BMI Music in Film Panel CLICK HERE
Stewart Copeland has spent more than three decades in the forefront of contemporary music as rock star, acclaimed film composer and documentary filmmaker, while concurrently moving between the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, world and chamber music. As the polyrhythmic drumming founder of The Police, Stewart introduced Sting and Andy Summers to the worlds of reggae and punk music, and with Sting’s songs and Summers’ complex guitar harmonies the band became an iconic force in rock music from the ‘80s through the present day.
Stewart spent twenty years as a successful film and TV composer, working for among others: Francis Ford Coppola on Rumble Fish , Oliver Stone on Wall Street and on TV shows like The Equalizer. Beginning in parallel to his film and rock music work Copeland also began to write opera, ballets and ‘serious’ orchestral concert pieces. Commissions and performances have ranged from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of his score and edit of the 1925 black and white MGM silent film classic Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ.
About Krishna Das:
Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with easily assessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called "yoga's rockstar." With a remarkable soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das- known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD- has taken the call- and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon adn the best-selling chant artist of all time. His album 'Live Anada' (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age Album category.
About the Directors:
The pair of Bridgeman and Catto has been making music together since 1995. After Chris Blackwell funded their travel around the world, the first 1 Giant Leap film and album was made. With their first double Grammy nominated film & album, 1 Giant Leap, the two “realized an idea for a unique style of filmmaking” to create “a non-linear music led celebration of what it is to be a human in the crazy world we are all born into.”
Following the success of 1 Giant Leap, Bridgeman & Catto traversed the globe, collecting wisdom and musical jewels from 50 different locations, to compose an inspiring and entertaining meditation on “a more specific idea that unifies us,” what Bridgeman describes as “our collective insanity: how we are ego-driven, needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, addicted to status, wounded by childhood and unable to stop thinking, but how we still manage to be inspired and creative.”
Stay tuned for more upcoming announcements regarding the OPENING NIGHT FILM, and other events, by following the festival on social media and visiting www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.
About the Woodstock Film Festival:
CELEBRATE OUR SWEET 16 WITH US Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals world wide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.
The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 16th Anniversary, September 30-October 4, 2015, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.