JULY 2005 Newsletter



Join us for a glamorous 1940’s style evening (black tie optional)
filled with fabulous food and wine, enchanting conversation,
'big band favorites by the MJR Quintet
and a live and silent auction
with one-of-a-kind film and objects d’art
with auctioneer Barry Cherwin.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 from 6:30 - 10pm at
Wiltwyck Country Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, NY 12401

Benefit tickets: $75
Click here to reserve tickets or call 845.679.4265
All proceeds benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and Commission and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

This event is underwritten by AmeriBag®, Inc.


What do Sin City, Daniel Day Lewis, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Steve Buscemi, Liv Tyler, Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Leveon Helm and Lorena Bobbitt have in common?  They are all featured in some way at Woodstock Film Festival’s spectacular NOT SO SILENT AUCTION.

Items include movie memorabilia, fine art, photography, concert tickets, entertainment events, and more.

For a complete listing of items, visit is on-line now through Saturday August 6 at http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/auction.htm



Suzi Yoonesi, who directed the upcoming NO SHOULDER (WFF2005) associate produced this poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating and contemporary world. The film is directed by Miranda July.

Roger Ebert calls it "This year's SIDEWAYS."

The film is currently playing at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock and Upstate Films in Rhinebeck AND at a theater near you!


, by Andrew Bujalski, world premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival. From July 29th through August 4th the film will have a special screening at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Theater in Hunter, NY.

FUNNY HA HA explores life after college, and how tough, but hilarious it can be. With one of the years best performances by Kate Dollenmayer, the film brings a “documentarian’s eye to a comical, fictional structure.”

A.O Scott from the New York Times call FUNN HA HA "unexpectadly seductive...beatiful."

For more information, please visit the FUNNY HA HA website. To check out Andrew's latest film, come to the Woodstock Film Festival this fall!

The Pierson Family
(Photo by Amy C. Elliott)


On August 17th, the IFC Film Center in NYC will premiere the theatrical release of REEL PARADISE. The Sundance hit tells the story of the Pierson family (formerly of the Hudson Valley)  at the end of a year-long adventure on a remote island in Fiji where they ran the 180 Meridian Cinema, showing free movies to the locals. The film is directed by Steve James (HOPE DREAMS, STEVIE)

John Pierson is a noted indie film maven, author of the widely celebrated book, Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes, who together with his wife Janet created the IFC cable show Split Screen. On one story for the show, John and family went to Fiji in search of the "world's most remote movie theater” . That led to the whole family moving and this wonderful documentary

For more information and acomplete release schedule,
please visit the REEL PARADISE website.


Consumed with the fear of failing, Lilli (Jennifer Elster), a skeptical young painter crosses paths on the streets of Manhattan with Morrison (Gale Harold) an obsessive compulsive writer who rarely escapes the confines of his car. In the most harrowing 48 hours of their lives they are forced to come to terms with their past in order to feel worthy of success and love. As we weave in and out of eight defective lives, Lilli and Morrison expose us to the sad truths of life as well as its wonderful possibilities.

Directed by Jennifer Elster, the film features Jennifer Elster and Gale Harold (TV's Queer as Folk).

Now available at amazon.com, Blockbuster, Virgin and other DVD outlets.



Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy's Moxie Firecracker Films (a company well known for the production of many successful and intriguing documentaries) recently filmed part of an upcoming documentary, in Kingston, and Hudson, NY. Production including local crew members, actors, and re-enactors for the period piece set in the late 1800's. According to location manager Bill Stitt of Catskill Mountain Pictures, the production company was so delighted with area locations that they moved shoots intended for elesewhere to the Hudson Valley.

Filmmaker Ian Olds, co-director of the upcoming release OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND, and TWO MEN (WFF 2005) has been scouting and casting locally for his new film, BOMB with produce Suzi Yoonesi.

A Sundance Filmmaker Lab project entitled STEPHANIE DALEY starring Tilda Swinton (upcoming THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, THE DEEP END, ORLANDO) and Amber Tamblyn (JOAN OF ARCADIA, SISTERHOOD OF TRAVELING PANTS) is currently prepping to shoot locally in the Tannersville, Catskill, Kinston area. More info to follow.


Join Levon Helm at his comfortable Catskills home in Woodstock, New York, for a night of hard-rocking fun. In Helm’s state of the art studio, The Barn, enjoy live music performed by The Levon Helm Band and other special guests. Upcoming dates include:

July 30, 05
August 13, 05
August 27, 05 
September 10, 05
September 24, 05
October 8, 05
October 22, 05
November 12, 05
November 26, 05

For more information, please visit Levon Helm’s website



INFORMATION, a short play by local screenwriter/playwright, Nicole Quinn, was recently performed at Samuel French’s Off Off Broad New Short Play Festival on July 14th at 7:30 PM.

INFORMATION was adapted from the short film commissioned by Vassar College and Children’s Media Project to encourage young adults in open discussion about rape, sexual assault, and power abuse.

Local playwright Tom Cherwin will present two of his one-act comedies, PSYCHO THERAPYand HERB AND JENNIFERin an evening of dinner theater at the Blue Mountain Bistro on Friday, August 12 (fresh from a July 23 appearance in the Samuel French Short Play Festival in NYC). For complete information, visit www.bluemountainbistro.com or call Tom at 246-1710.


1001 WDST RADIO WOODSTOCK is back on board as a superstar sponsor.

Woodstock’s independent radio station, signed on April 29, 1980. Over the past 24 years they have built an audience in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, and Columbia Counties, as well as the surrounding area, which has come to rely on them for an eclectic adult album mix. To listen to WDST or for more info, visit the WDST website.




The following industry sponsors/participants are back on board for 2005. We're proud that they have been a part of the festival since it's incpetion and we are very grateful for their support.

BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in all genres of music. For more information, please visit the BMI website.

KODAK produces many products used in the film industry, including 35mm, super 16, and 16mm film, digital cameras, and supplies. For more information, please visit the KODAK website.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), is a labor union representing professional writers in film, television, and radio. Their members write for animation, for entertainment, for network, and local news operations, for independent stations in major cities, and for any other media production companies which are signatory to Guild agreements. For more information, please visit the WGAE website.


Markertek is the presenting sponsor of the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival


Markertek is one of the nation's largest direct marketers of broadcast & studio recording supplies and equipment. Whether you've visited them before or recently discovered them, you'll find that their way of doing business is simple. Markertek is the best professional supply solution for customers because they are the easiest, simplest, and most efficient place to find and buy everything you need for your studio or project.


The Woodstock Film Festival and grant maker Lowel-Light , will support, promote and reward the next generation of inspired filmmakers with an annual cash/in-kind awards valued at $10,000.

In memory of Diane Seligman , a beautiful person who celebrated life in the way she lived, and for all those who knew Diane and in whom she lives, the DIANE SELIGMAN AWARD is presented to the "Best Short Narrative" and "Best Student Short" to honor films that are vibrant, life affirming and created by filmmakers filled with energy, creativity and passion. Three other in-kind awards will be presented for "Beat Feature," "Best Documentary," and Best short doc."

Diane Seligman: Diane was a beautiful, loving, and giving person. She touched and inspired all who knew her. As a teenager in the 1960's, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and was the lone survivor in a large experimental treatment group. Against the odds and medical advice, she gave life to and raised a son and a daughter. She passed away on Feb 27,2004 from respiratory complications caused by the radiation that had originally helped to save her. Diane lived in the moment, in the flow, in harmony with the life force & source with grace and dignity. She was grateful for every day.

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 promote artists, culture, inspired learning, diversity, and sustainable economic development through film, video and media production and exhibition. The Woodstock Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.

Want to sponsor the 2005 Woodstock FIlm Festival? For info, call (845) 679-4265
or visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/sponsorwoodstock.htm

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