MAD HOT BALLROOM
BREAKING NEWS - CANNES
AT A THEATER NEAR YOU (Double Dare, Funny Ha Ha, A League of
STILL IN THEATERS (Assisted Living)
ON DVD (Acts of Worship, Blue Rodeo)
BOOKNOOK (Mission from Mars)
CALL FOR ENTRIES - 27TH
ANNUAL IFP MARKET
SUMMER SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
PRESENTS MAD HOT BALLROOM
The Woodstock Film
Festival invites parents, kids and anyone who enjoy independent film
to a sneak preview benefit screening of Paramount Classics MAD
HOT BALLROOM, April 30 at 1PM at the Tinker Street Cinema in
Woodstock, NY. The film is directed by part time Hudson Valley
resident, Marilyn Agrelo, and was line produced by Brian David Cange,
another part time upstate resident, and 2003/04 WFF staffer. The
filmmakers will present the film and be available for Q&A afterwards.
MAD HOT BALLROOM
is an inspiring look inside the lives of New York City school kids on
a journey into the world of ballroom dancing – a new and unexpected
arena where they discover home truths about attitude, movement,
style and commitment. Told from the candid, sometimes hilarious
perspective of the boys and girls themselves, the picture chronicles
their transformation from typical urban kids to “ladies and
gentlemen,” as their school teams aim towards a final citywide
competition. The film will be releases in selected theaters on May 13.
are available online at
Mad Hot Ballroom tickets
Melissa Leo with
Sam Rockwell and Peter Riegert at
the 2004 Woodstock FIlm Festival
3 FILMS WITH
LOCAL TIES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED IN COMPETITION
at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, which runs May 11-22.
"The Three Burials of Melquiades
Estrada," U.S., Tommy Lee Jones features Hudson Valley actor Melissa
"Broken Flowers," France-U.S., is
directed by part time upstater Jim Jarmusch and was edited locally in
(from 11/04 newsletter)
Sharon Stone, Jessica
Lange, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Sevigny recently starred alongside Bill
Murray in director Jim Jarmusch's "Untitled Project." Filming took
place in northern New Jersey and upstate New York. Local
Larry Fessenden, who is in Iceland directing his follow-up to "Wendigo"
got to punch Bill Murray out for several takes in his appearance as
Will. The WFC set the filmmakers up with post production digs in
Kingston, NY so the entire film will be edited locally.
"Last Days," directed by Gus Van Sant,
was shot in the Hudson Valley.
(from 11/04 newsletter) Gus Van Sant (“Elephant,”
“Gerry,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Finding Forrester”) recently shot "Last
Days," about Kurt Cobain entirely in the Peekskill area.
"Last Days" will have a
semi-documentary visual style and won't really offer any conclusions
as to why a Cobain-like character (Michael Pitt) killed himself,
although there will be plenty of hints and suggestions in this
Travis and Vincent set the scene
WOODSTOCK FILM COMMISSION NEWS
and Vincent Peone, both Saugerties natives and student filmmakers
attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC, recently produced “EARTH
TO ANYONE” in the Hudson Valley. Locations included some exquisite
historical settings for the story, which focuses on a bright young
kid living on a farm in the 1960's who is fascinated with
extraterrestrials. The film features Adam Rejto, Jill Knell,
and Ray Wasik.
The second day of production was
delayed due to rain, which caused massive flooding in the upstate
region. Rescheduled for April 17, production took place at the
historic Tack Tavern (circa 1710) in Stone Ridge, NY. The Tavern,
which was purchased by Emily Crane in 1917 is a historic landmark that
has hosted a variety of guests over the past 295 years including
George Washington’s troops (the General slept across the street),
Jacqueline Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, and Lily Tomlin, among others.
AT A THEATER NEAR YOU
Winner of best documentary and best editing awards at the 2004
Woodstock Film Festival, DOUBLE DARE is being released theatrically
this month by Balcony Releasing. The film opens in L.A. on April 22,
N.Y. and Chicago on May 6, and Boston on May 13, followed by select
cities around the country. Director Amanda Micheli, Stuntwomen Jeannie
Epper and Zoë Bell and other "special guests" will appear in person
opening night in L.A., N.Y., and Boston. To see the trailer and
complete schedule info, visit
DOUBLE DARE is a double-barreled, action-packed documentary about two
Hollywood stuntwomen, Jeannie Epper and Zoë Bell. Jeannie, who refuses
to retire at sixty-four, doubled for Wonder Woman in the 70's, and Zoë
landed the coveted job of doubling for Xena at the age of eighteen.
Director Amanda Micheli creates a bittersweet portrait of two
dedicated women in male-dominated Tinseltown as they struggle to stay
working, stay thin, and stay sane.
FUNNY HA HA
Bujalski’s FUNNY HA HA, which world premiered at the 2002 WFF, is
being released theatrically on April 29 by Goodbye Cruel Releasing. In
NYC, the film opens at Cinema
Village April 29 (Andrew's birthday!).
who won the prestigious 2004 IFP Someone to Watch Award for the film,
will be doing a Q&A after the 7ish and the 9ish screenings. Times are
not set. Visit
Funny Ha Ha for updates.
The feature narrative
follows a twenty-three-year-old girl (Marnie) living alone in Boston.
We join her as she ping-pongs between several awkward and ill-advised
boy situations, all the while gamely attempting to maintain her humor
The ONION called the film "Invigoratingly Original",
FILM COMMENT called it "Wonderful!" and INDIEWIRE said "It's a film
that dares to show life as it is really lived."
13, Magnolia Pictures is releasing Christopher Browne’s LEAGUE OF
ORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Doc follows four professional bowlers’ whose
lives are interrupted when their league is purchased by a trio of
Microsoft programmers who hire a Nike marketing guru to turn
professional bowling into the next second-tier sports franchise.
Magnolia Pictures for more info
"Like a cross between Errol
and Todd Solondz" - New York Times
with observant, graceful touches that suggest the assured hand of a
veteran filmmaker." - Washington Post
STILL IN THEATERS
With an appearance on
Charlie Rose and coverage from the New York Times Magazine, it's no
understatement to suggest that ASSISTED LIVING (WFF 2003) has done a
phenomenal job with self distribution. The Hollywood Studios rejected
ASSISTED LIVING because they thought it was "unusual," "genre-less"
and "too hard to market." Today, riding a wave of great publicity and
buoyed by grassroots assistance ASSISTED LIVING opened in the Studios'
backyard in two LA area theatres. Spread the word and check out
"One of the strongest
debuts for a young American indie moviemaker in several years. A
stirringly realistic, humane c -drama, full of invention, truth and
life." - Chicago Tribune
ACTS OF WORSHIP
ACTS OF WORSHIP
Hart Sharp Video recently released
OF WORSHIP (WFF 2002), by Rosemary Rodriguez. The DVD/VHS is
now available at major outlets including Blockbuster, Netflix,
Amazon.com, and Bestbuy.com.
The film is a story of addiction,
friendship, loss, contradiction and redemption involving Alix, a
homeless addict, and Digna, a successful photographer, on Manhattan’s
Lower East Side. As Digna befriends Alix and attempts to set her on
the path to recovery, both women find their emotional and ethical
cores put to the test.
Rodriguez recently helmed an episode for
Third Watch ("Too Little,
Too Late"), which aired
April 8 on NBC.
MANN WINS 2005 JUNO AWARD, MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR
Mann (“Grass,” “Go Further”) recently won a JUNO (the Canadian
equivalent to the Grammy) for his tribute DVD, “BLUE RODEO: In
The DVD also recently
went triple platinum in Canada!!!
Ron's DVD celebrating
20 years of Blue Rodeo features a reunion concert with the original 5
members i.e. Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor, Bazil Donovan, Bob Wiseman and
Cleave Anderson! The DVD also includes twelve historic performances;
an appreciation written by Paul Quarrington; two brand new songs; and
even burning Snowmen!
Purchase BLUE RODEO: IN
STEREOVISION from the
A Month of Sundays
MISSION OF MARS
By: Bonnie Langston, Freeman staff
A former resident of Kerhonkson has been
chosen to be part of the Discover Great New Writers Program, which
takes place at Barnes & Noble bookstores across the nation during May,
June and July.
She is Julie Mars, and her book is
"A Month of Sundays:
Searching for the Spirit and My Sister," published
by GreyCore Press of Pine Bush. A book signing is scheduled for 7 p.m.
June 11 at Ariel Booksellers in New Paltz.
The nonfiction work takes readers not
only on a journey with Mars to Upstate New York as she cares for her
sister, Shirley, a victim of pancreatic cancer. It also takes them on
her spiritual search, visiting religious institutions ranging from a
Baptist church to an Islamic Center during a month's worth of Sundays.
Mars, a writing teacher at a community
college in Albuquerque, also is the author of the novel "The Secret
Keepers" (GreyCore). She is putting the "final polish" on a humorous
novel about an "over-educated, menopausal New Yorker who gives up her
life in the semi-fast lane, her career aspirations, and possibly her
husband" to become an organic farmer in upstate New York. Mars herself
was born in New York State, at West Point, where her father was a
She lived during the mid- to late 1990s
in Ulster County, where she belonged to a writing group with published
authors Nina Shengold, Laura Cunningham, David Smilow and Becky Stowe.
In addition, the screenplay "Bensonville," which she co-wrote with
Julie Reichert, was read a few years ago in the Hudson Valley Film
Festival. The film [reading] was directed by Meira Blaustein,
co-founder of the Woodstock Film Festival.
the full interview with Julie Mars at
The Daily freeman
FOR ENTRIES - 27TH ANNUAL IFP MARKET
"Future Independent Film Classics Begin Here"
to know more about attending the 27th Annual IFP Market &
Consider attending one of our many informational sessions with Wendy
Sax and other staff members. It’s a great opportunity to receive
advice about the goals of the different sections, the many ways
independent filmmakers have used the IFP Market to advance their
work in the marketplace over the last 25 years. Rolling deadlines
begin May 2.
THAN $150,000 IN AWARDS
Awards- $5,000 screenplay, $5,000 short and two $5,000 awards for
African-American filmmakers. More than $100,000 in goods and
SUBMISSION & REGISTRATION FEES
-Registration: $200-$450 (paid on acceptance)
-Students attend free
INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS
Rolling deadlines Begin- May 2
-September 18-23, New York City
CALL FOR ENTRIES
– WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
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
Entry fees range from $25-$50. To apply
online, and for details, visit
WFF Call for Entries
SUMMER SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS in Bearsville and Tribeca
Six-week workshop begins starts June 2
in Bearsville, and June 6 in Tribeca.
The Woodstock Film Festival is presenting
six-week screenwriting workshops with screenwriter/journalist Lisa
Katzman in Bearsville and in New York City (Tribeca). The goal of the
workshop is to develop a feature length screenplay. Each workshop is
limited to eight people.
Workshop activities are geared for
beginners as well as for individuals with some experience in this form
of dramatic writing. Sessions will be balanced between working on
screenplays through a sharing of work, writing exercises, and a
discussion of assigned screenplays and films. Participants need a
willingness write regularly outside of class, to share work in class,
to be open to the process of hearing and giving feedback, and to
In Bearsville, a six-week workshop will
be held between Thursday, June 2 and July 7. In Tribeca, another
six-work workshop will be held from Monday, June 6 through July 11.
All workshops sessions will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fee is
additional info, registrants should visit
WFF Screenwriting Workshop or contact the Woodstock Film Festival
office by email at
or phone (845) 679-4265.
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