February 2005 Newsletter

Winter Benefit features Ballad of Jack & Rose
V-Day; Until the Violence Stops
WFF in the City, Mad Hot Ballroom Acquisition,
In Theaters, Assisted Living, Sunset Story, Ong Bak, Dear Frankie
Mitchell Rose, Paris Hilton - Sleep Disorders & Modern Daydreams,
How to Go Further: A Guide to Simple Organic Living
Woodstock Film Commission News
Awards: WGA, Independent Spirit and Oscar,
Call For Entries, Sponsor News


The Woodstock Film Festival and IFC Films  cordially  invite you to a special benefit screening for  the East Coast Premiere of Rebecca Miller's "The Ballad of Jack & Rose," starring  Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan McDonald, Jena Malone, Jason Lee and Beau Bridges.

With "The Ballad of Jack & Rose," Award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Miller ("Personal Velocity") has created a powerful and poetic feature about a man who has cut himself off from the world that refuses to live up to his ideals, and a young girl¹s sensual coming­of­age.

A Q&A with cast and crew will take place after the screening. An exclusive champagne reception will follow. To purchase tickets online for screening and reception, please  visit <http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/ballad_tix.php> or contact us at (845) 679-4265 or email  info@woodstockfilmfestival.com

Saturday, March 5th at 7PM, the Woodstock Film Festival and WAMC-Northeast Public Radio, present "Until the Violence Stops."
Following up on their successful evening with award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler and Pamela Yates, the Woodstock Film Festival and WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's Independent Film On The Air project presents "Until the Violence Stops," directed by Abby Epstein, and featuring appearances by Tantoo Cardinal, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Salma Hayek, Amy Hill, Rosie Perez, and Isabella Rossellini. After the screening, Director Abby Epstein will answer questions from the audience.
Extraordinarily empowering and heartbreakingly funny, "Until the Violence Stops" chronicles how Eve Ensler's hit off-Broadway solo show "The Vagina Monologues" grew into V-Day, an international grassroots movement to stop violence against women and girls. Tickets are are available from the Linda Norris Auditorium box office at 518 - 465 - 5233 X 4. For more information about the film, visit <http://woodstockfilmfestival.com> or <http://www.wamcarts.org/indiefilms5.html>

(Do) Talk To Strangers By Laura Zvonek
When growing up your mother always said, "Don¹t talk to strangers." Nina Davenport proves that sometimes to make a poignant film you might have to. The Woodstock Film Festival recently screened Nina¹s film Parallel Lines, as part of their WFF in the city series.  Skuawk was there to cover the
excitement and became co-pilots through the director¹s cross-country adventure.
Read the full article online at Skuawk.com <http:www.skuawk.com/film/159/do-talk-to-strangers>

"Mad Hot Ballroom," a feature documentary line produced by 2003/04 WFF staffer Brian David Cange, was acquired for distribution by Paramount Classics after opening the Slandance Film Festival.
Cinetic Media orchestrated the deal, with John Sloss and Micah Green selling the film.

"We were thrilled at the response to the film in Park City," says Cange, "Ballroom was a blast to be put together and be involved in. We have high hopes for a summer release with Paramount, they seem genuinely attune with the kids and the movie's message of hope."

Variety's Robert Koehler  wrote ""Mad Hot Ballroom" is as lovely and sweet a film as any that unspooled in January at Park City. Perky and effortlessly smooth docu, about Gotham tweens in a citywide ballroom dancing competition and in the caring adults who surround them, looks to score biz along the lines of a "Spellbound."

The film is slated for a May 13 NYC release before going wider in the weeks that follow.

A scene from "Assisted Living"
"ASSISTED LIVING" still alive and kicking!
Gen Art winner (Jury AND Audience), Slamdance Winner & 2003 Woodstock Film Festivals best feature, "Assisted Living" is now in it's third week on the screen in New York City and at other theaters across the country.
Director Elliot Greenebaum says "Assisted Living" is doing remarkably well given that there are countless films -- all sexier, all with grandiose ad budgets, all able yell louder in the marketplace, and still our film has already been invited to 20 cities. For those of you in New York, New Haven, Louisville, Lexington, DC, make sure that your community gets to see the film before it's gone.  The film travels to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and cities across Texas (Dallas, Plano, Houston & Austin) soon.  Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco & Los Angeles will follow. For up to date info, visit   <http://www.assistedlivingthemovie.com> and check out the February 27 New York Times article.

"A transforming, moving experience." - The New Yorker
"Surprisingly fresh and quite moving." - Newsday
"Gently filmed, quietly thoughtful, sometimes almost heartbreaking" -
Christian Science Monitor

"Sunset Story," (WFF2003) directed by Laura Gabbert, opens in theaters Friday, Feb 25th in New York City and in LA, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle in late Feb/early March. Visit Sunset Story for more info.

What the critics are saying:
Terrific film....Tremendously moving. (Henry Sheehan, NPR)

A pitch-perfect paean to friends..."Sunset Story" has such an abundance of wisdom and courage and plenty of warmth and humor, that it lingers in the heart long after it's over. (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times)

"Wonderful.....It's a film and a pair of people you won't soon forget." 3 1/2 stars! Charming.....insightful. (NY Magazine)

ONG BAK - THE THAI WARRIOR from Magnolia Distribution
February 11th, "Onk Bak" <http://www.ongbakmovie.com> (WFF 2004) opened at theaters across the country. In the 1970s, Hong Kong gave the world Bruce Lee, the kung fu hero who still casts a long shadow over the industry. In the 1980s, Jackie Chan's blend of physical comedy and amazing stuntwork made him an international star. In the 1990s, Jet Li seemingly defied gravity in a string of films that revolutionized martial arts movie-making. Now, the first decade of the new century has already spawned a unique superstar. He hails from Thailand, and his name is Tony Jaa. Don;t miss him in ONG BAK, at a theater near you.
"Fans of action movies will find much to appreciate in this symphony of flying limbs, breaking bones and elaborately staged chases and confrontations." -- A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
Also in release from Magnolia is Robert Stone's documentary "Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst" Visit <http://www.magpictures.com> for schedule info and more.

Miramax is releasing Dear Frankie (WFF 2004) March 4th. "Dear Frankie" is a heartwarming, often humorous tale of nine year old Frankie and his mom, Lizzie, who have been on the move ever since he can remember.  To protect her son from the truth about his dad, Lizzie has invented a story to satisfy Frankie's curiosity. She regularly writes Frankie a letter from his make-believe father who works aboard a ship traveling to exotic lands. However, Lizzie soon finds out his 'father's' ship will be arriving in a few days and she must choose between telling Frankie the truth and hatching a desperate plan to find the perfect stranger to play the perfect father.
Variety's David Rooney wrote "Material that might have turned to standard dysfunctional family treacle in other hands is given stirring poignancy, warmth and emotional insight."
For more info, visit <http://www.miramax.com/dearfrankie>
Also in theaters from Miramax is the Best Foreign Pix Oscar Nominated "The Chorus" (WFF 2004).


If you've never had a "Modern Daydream," or if you need to "Learn to Speak Body," or are interested in examining "Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders," check out director Mitchell Rose's new streaming website at   <http://www.mitchellrose.com>

Speaking of sleeping disorders, the rumor has it that Mitchell slept with Paris Hilton almost every night for a year and a half. After some prodding, he admits that by "with" Mitchell means that they were about 75 feet apart—she was his upstairs neighbor—the sleeping occurring concurrently if not concentrically. Video of the two sleeping together could not be found on Mitchell’s website.

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Cruise & Spielberg

Dafoe in "Spiderman"

Dafoe filming in New Paltz
Other movies to shoot in Ulster County
By Nicole Edwards - February 15, 2005 - Excerpted from Poughkeepsie Journal
Laurent Rejto has referred to parts of Ulster County as the ''Hollywood of the Hudson Valley.''
Rejto, director of the Woodstock Film Commission, said he is amazed that within three months, award-winning actors have been working in the area -- and it looks like there are more to come.
Tom Cruise was the center of local attention in Athens, Greene County, in December, as Steven Spielberg shot scenes for his upcoming film ''War of the Worlds.'' The commission has been notified that "The Night Listener" with Robin Williams and Toni Collette is scheduled to begin shooting in Orange and Ulster counties in March.
And yet another Hollywood actor, Willem Dafoe, noted for his roles in the "Spider-Man" series and "Platoon," has been spotted this month shooting his upcoming movie "Before It Had a Name."  For the complete article, visit the Poughkeepsie Journal
The film commission also recently announced that they are seeking local Hudson Valley SAG and non-SAG actors for upcoming ADR work for CA Sound Inc, which is currently working on features for Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen and upcoming Merchant/Ivory production.

Awards season is upon us and we're thrilled to find friends, associates and past participants amongst the nominees and winners.


Charles Grodin hosted the Writers Guild of America event in New York, where part time Woodstocker Jim Taylor picked up the award for Best Adapted screenplay with partner/director Alexander Payne for "Sideways, which is based on the novel by Rex Pickett.

Also picking up an award was Woodstock resident David Smilow and the rest of the writing staff for Guiding Light, the sole nominee for Best Daytime Serial

The Writers Guild of America, East and west represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, radio, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. The unions conduct numerous programs, seminars, and events throughout the world on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers.

Hosted annually on the beach in Santa Monica, the Independent Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring filmmakers of independent vision. The 20th Independent Spirit Awards will be held Saturday, February 26, 2005 and televised on Bravo.

Nominees include
"Sideways" for Best Feature.
"Brother to Brother" (Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof) and "The Woodsman" (Nicole Kassell, Lee Daniels) for Best First Feature ( awarded to director and producer).
"Down to the Bone" (Debra Granik, Richard Lieske Producers: Susan Leber, Anne Rosellini) and "Unknown Soldier" (Sean Bachrodt, Seth Eisman, Chachi Senior, Ferenc Toth) for the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
"Sideways" (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor) and "Before Sunset" (Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke) and  "Brother to Brother" (Rodney Evans) for Best Screenplay."
Vera Farmiga ("Down to the Bone") and Kyra Sedgwick (Cavedweller) for Best Female Lead.
Kevin Bacon ("The Woodsman") for Best Male Lead.
Aidan Quinn ("Cavedweller") for Best Supporting Lead.
"Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed" & "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" for Best Doc.
Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini for "Farmingville" for DirectTV/IFC Truer that fiction award.

The big ceremony takes place Sunday, February 27 at the Kodak Pavilion.

"The Chorus" (WFF2004) is up for best foreign language film of the year

Best animated short film nominees include "Guard Dog" by Bill Plympton and "Ryan" by Chris Landreth. Both films screened at the 2004 Woodstock Film Festival with "Ryan" winning in the animated category, which was programmed by Bill and animator Signe Baumane.

"Sideways" (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor) and "Before Sunset" (Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke) are both up for Best Adapted screenplay.

"Super Size Me" & "Tupac: Resurrection" are nominated for Best Documentary. "Music for Super Size Me was produced by Ulster County resident Hans Ten Broeke. Tupac/MTV Producer Lauren Lazin hails from New York's Hudson Valley.

Complete info is available at <http://www.oscars.org/77academyawards/noms.html>

Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller


Named one of 20 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE by Movie Maker Magazine

The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2005) is currently accepting submissions in all categories. Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film Score, Best Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services are given out in each category. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary.

Entry fees range from $25-$50. To apply online, and for details, visit
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