SEPTEMBER 2005 Newsletter



September 20 at 7p Woodstock Film Festival in the City presents
HARSH BEAUTYat The Two Boots Pioneer Theater.
Join us afterwards for pizza and beer. The Two Boots Pioneer Theater is located at 155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A) in NYC (212) 591-4034.
Directed by Alessandra Zeka Harsh Beauty follows the lives of Jyothi, Usha and Hira Bai, three Eunuchs who live as women in India, as they struggle to find a place for themselves in a culture splintered by religion, caste and politics.


On August 31, the  WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL, announced its 2005 lineup for the Sept.28-Oct.2 showcase event, at Crobar, NYC.

Signed limited edition giclee prints
are available. Click here for details.


The stunning 2005 Woodstock Film Festival poster was photographed by world reknowned fashion photographer Tiziano Magni. Since first appearing in Italian Vogue in 1974, Tiziano Magni's work has been featured in numerous other prestigious editorial magazines such as Vogue France, l'Uomo Vogue, Glamour, French Elle, Vanity Fair, Italian Marie Claire, French Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Black Book, Conde Nast Traveler, Sports Illustrated, Interview and Esquire, His advertising clients include Calvin Klein, L'Oreal. Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, MaxMara, Guerlain, Lookai, Ungaro Parfum, Gianfranco Ferre, Guy Laroche, Revlon, Neiman Marcus, Bergdoff Goodman, Mazda, and Renault. Tiziano has photographed countless celebrities including Catherine Deneuve, Lou Doillon. Eva Green. Milla Jovovich, Kate Moss, Anna Kournikova, Cameron Diaz, Carolyn Murphy, Katie Holmes, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks. Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, Linda Evangelista, Julianne Moore, and many others including poster supermodel Angie Schmidt (1 Model Management).

Cover layout was designed by Ruba Abu-Nimah of Talk to the Hand Studio.


The fest will kick off Wednesday, September 28 at the Bearsville Theater with a concert featuring Bernie Worrell & the Strangers with special guest appearances by Gov't Mule's Danny Louis and Uncle Funk (Joe Beesmer, Jesse Gress, Pete Levin, and Jerry Marotta).

It wouldn't be too farfetched to call Bernie Worrell the Zelig of funk. Back in the day, he was alongside Clinton, Bootsy and everybody else who was in the deep funk of things as the musical director of Parliament Funkadelic. Throughout the years, he's popped up time and again--like an ivory-tickling, versatile Waldo--in the most intriguing places: performing with musical outfits like Bootsy's Rubber Band and Mos Def's rap-rock supergroup Black Jack Johnson; collaborating with the Talking Heads and eventually ending up in their magnificent concert film Stop Making Sense; and backing up every rapper to come out of the West Coast (in sampled form, of course). Now that he's on tour with his own backup crew, the Strangers featuring Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish of Living Color. Folks can rest assured that, in these less-than-funky times, there is still one man out there who is willing to deliver the funk--by any means necessary.


The roster of international films includes eight (9) world premieres, twelve (12) U.S. premieres, four (4) East Coast premieres and twenty-four (24) New York premieres.  There was a 33% increase in submissions this year, including a substantial increase in world cinema and music oriented entries, bringing the total number close to 1500. Participating industry leaders include Picturehouse Films, THINKFilm, The Weinstein Company, Warner Bros., Roadside Attractions, Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films, Wellspring Media, Zeitgeist, Apple Corps., 7th Floor, Emerging Pictures and IDP.

There are two simultaneous opening night films.  On Wednesday, September 28th, the East Coast Premiere of “Winter Passing,” written and directed by first time feature director Adam Rapp and starring Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, will screen at Woodstock’s Tinker Street Cinema.   The film follows actress Reese Holden (Deschanel) who has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father (Harris), a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away.  Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician (Ferrell) have moved in with her father, who now cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being.

“Dead Man’s Shoes,” written and directed by Shane Meadows (“24 7: Twenty Four Seven,” “Once Upon a Time in the Midlands”) which will screen at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck at 7:00 PM, is a thriller starring Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Jo Hartley and Seamus O’Neill, Dead Man's Shoes” is a genre-defying film blending horror, supernatural elements, comedy, and social realism. Set in a Midlands village, it explores the underbelly of contemporary rural Britain in communities where crime is unchecked and drugs, intimidation, and power games are blandly accepted as the fabric of daily life.


Closing Night Films: The festival has two featured closing night films.“Lonesome Jim,” directed by Steve Buscemi and starring Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place and Seymour Cassel will screen on Sunday, October 2nd at 4:30 PM at Woodstock’s Bearsville Theatre.   Casey Affleck plays Jim, a young man who, after deciding he can’t make it on his won, moves back to his hometown in Indiana – under his parents’ roof.  He’s saved from his family’s dysfunction by a local woman and her son. 

Director Atom Egoyn’s “Where The Truth Lies” which stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth will also close the festival by screening its East Coast Premiere on Sunday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM at Woodstock’s Tinker Street Theatre.  The film, from ThinkFilm and Serendipity and based on the novel by Rupert Holmes, is a surprising, suspenseful whodunit that explores – and explodes – 1950’s Hollywood’s mythmaking machineBacon and Firth portray Lanny Morris (Bacon) and Vince Collins (Firth), the most beloved entertainers in America.  That is, until a dead beauty turns up in their hotel suite and threatens their success.


Centerpiece Film:  Directed by legendary cinematographer Lajos Koltai (“Being Julia,” “Mephisto”) “Fateless” is a historical drama based on Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz’s novel about Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.   The 2005 Woodstock Film Festival is pleased to present the US Premiere of this compelling film.


The Honorary Trailblazer Award is in its inaugural year in 2005 will be given to entertainment attorney/producer JOHN SLOSS.  The Award will be given out annually to a distinguished industry member who, through his/her pioneering approach, has carved new and uncharted territories in the film world.  Mr. Sloss embodies this award through his out of the box, forward thinking in the business side of filmmaking. John Sloss is the principal in Sloss Law Office and a founder of Cinetic Media, a consulting firm specializing in the entertainment and media industries.  He is also a partner in Independent Digital Entertainment (InDigEnt), an innovative production company dedicated to making digital features in collaboration with established filmmakers and actors. “I am humbled by this honor,” Sloss said in a statement. “People who do what we do are unaccustomed to having a light thrown on their efforts.  Nevertheless, I feel this work is essential, and it is my hope that all of those who toil to assemble financing for films will feel ennobled by this recognition.  I look forward to a wonderful weekend upstate.” For details, click here.



The Honorary Maverick Award will be presented to independent film luminary and film actor, director, STEVE BUSCEMI.    Having starred in over eighty (80) feature films, most of which have been independent, Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable and impressionable faces in  Independent Film, starring in The Coen Brothers’ “Barton Fink,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Fargo,” and “The Big Lebowski,” Quentin Tarentino’s “Resevoir Dogs“ and “Pulp Fiction,” Woody Allen’s “New York Stories,” and cult hits such as “Living In Oblivion,” “Things To Do in Denver When You’re Dead” and his feature directing debut “Trees Lounge.”    The Maverick, having long been a symbol of the Woodstock arts colony, is an award that represents an individual whose life and work is based on creativity and independent vision.  Past recipients include Woody Harrelson, Tim Robbins, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Les Blank and Mira Nair. For details, click here.


Other annual WFF awards include the Maverick Award for Excellence in Film Editing,  the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography, and awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Animated Short and Best Student Short, to be announced at the WFF Awards Ceremony, Sunday evening October 2nd at the Bearsville Theater. 


The lineup includes “212,” directed by Anthony Ng, “Automatic,” directed by Jonathon Walls, “Cavite,” directed by Neil Dela Llana and Ian Gazon, “Dead Man’s Shoes,” directed by Shane Meadows, “Duane Hopwood,” directed by Matt Mulhern, “Fateless,” directed by Lajos Koltai, “Lonesome Jim,” directed by Steve Buscemi, "Memories in the Mist," directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta, “Mutual Appreciation,” directed by Andrew Bujalski, “My Tiny Universe,” directed by Glen Scantlebury and Lucy Phillips, “Nine Lives,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia, “Police Beat,” directed by Robinson Devor, “The Puffy Chair" directed by Jay Duplass, "Rebel Without a Cause," directed by Nicholas Ray, "Room," directed by Kyle Henry, “The Roost,” directed by Ti West, “Runaway,” directed by Tim McCann, “Somersault,” directed by Cate Shorland, “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2,” directed by William Greaves, “Tennis Anyone…?, directed by Donal Logue, “Transamerica,” directed by Duncan Tucker, “Ushpizin,” directed by Gidi Dar, "Where the Truth Lies," directed by Atom Egoyan, and Winter Passing" directed by Adam Rapp.


The lineup includesThe American Ruling Class,” directed by John Kirby, Anytown USA,” directed by Kristian Fraga, Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt," directed by Margaret Brown, “The Boys of Baraka,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, “Bruce & Me,” directed by Oren Siedler, "The Concert for Bangladesh," directed by Saul Swimmer, "The Devil’s Miner," directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, “Favela Rising,” directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary, “Instrumental,” directed by Gabriel Shalom, “Learning to Swallow,” directed by Danielle Beverly, “Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream," directed by Stuart Samuels, “New York Doll,” directed by Greg Whiteley, “Our Brand is Crisis,” directed by Rachel Boynton, "The Outsider," directed by Nick Jarecki, “Press On,” directed by Gillian Grisman, “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic,” directed by Liam Lynch,  “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” directed by Hank Rogerson, “State of Fear,” directed by Pamela Yates, “Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth,” directed by Philip Di Fiore, "TV Party," directed by Danny Vinick, "Troop 1500," directed by Ellen Spiro, "Unknown White Male," directed by Rupert Murray, and “Zizek,” directed by Astra Taylor.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:  Woodstock Film Festival’s annual program of feature films, docs and panels that focus on music brings the first screening in over 33 years ofThe Concert for Bangladesh,” the filmed version of the first benefit concert of its kind featuring George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.   The screening will take place in a dance-party setting at the Bearsville Theatre on Friday, September 30th at 10:00 PM.

Additionally, in a tribute to James Dean, the Woodstock Film Festival will screen Rebel Without a Cause (in glorious cinevision)on Friday, September 30th (the anniversary of James Deans’ death) at 7:00 PM at the CMF Theatre in Hunter, NY.



Over 85 WORLD CLASS SHORTS will be screened in different theme shows including Animation (programmed by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane), Animation for Kids of All Ages, Man, Woman, Together, The Great Idea, Food & Film, Short Docs, Reel NYx10, and the Youth Forum, which features shorts by teens from around the world.

Animation veterans Signe Baumane (“Woman,” “Natasha,” “Five F*cking Fables”) and Bill Plympton (“Hair High,” “Guard Dog,” “The Tune,” “Mutant Aliens”) programmed the WWF 2005 lineup of animated films and each contributed a piece to the festival.  In 2004, their selections include “Ryan,” which went on to win both the Woodstock Award then the Oscar. Plympton’s “Guard Dog,” and “Gopher Broke” were also nominated. ) For details about their 2005 selections, visit Animation online.

Shot by veterans and emerging moviemakers across the globe and around the corner, 2005 shorts explore a wide range of contemporary issues.   Themed programs include Man, Woman, Together, The Great Idea, Food & Film, Short Docs, Reel NYx10, and the Youth Forum, which features shorts by teens from around the world. See details about each program online.

For details, visit CONCERTS

The Woodstock Film Festival’s focus on music brings rare live concerts to festival goers each year. 

Wednesday, September 28th: Bernie Worrell and the Strangers will perform at the Bearsville Theatre at 8:00 PM for the opening night concert.  Special guest appearances include Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule and Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun of Living Colour. 

Friday, September 30th: The Cassettes and Bradford Reed will perform at the Colony at 8:30 PM. 

Saturday, October 1st:  BMI and WACBIZ present SEE IT HEAR FIRST featuring an acoustic cafe with several emerging artists; then an electric cafe with singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik


For details, visit PANELS

2005 Panels cover a wide array of topics with some of the industries top industry members. Select panels include:

Horror!: Modern Day Catharsis & Box Office Bonanza with Larry Fessenden, Stuart Samuels, Ty West ("The Roost") and rogue auteur Douglas Buck.

Film Story and Screenwriter: With James Toback, William Greaves, L.M. Kit Carson, Kyle Henry & Lewis Lapham

Actors Dialogue ­ featuring Janeane Garafolo and Steve Buscemi.

Post Post -Pre-Distribution: PR, Film Festival Strategy, Marketing and Selling Your Indie Film with Liesl Copland, Ron Mann, and Jeanne R. Berney. Moderated And curated by Seth Carmichael.

Indie Film Revival: This panel looks at how the independent film business has changed in just the past few years, and what new opportunities have emerged for independent filmmakers to finance, produce, and sell their films. Featuring Eugene Hernandez, Steven C. Beer, Jason Kliot, Joanna Vincente, and Marc Urman.

Reality Show: Politics, Film, and Real Life. Moderator David D'Arcy with Bob Berney, Bingham Ray, Mark Urman, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Boyton, and Andrew Hurwitz.

Music For Film Film: featuring Michael Bacon, Kevin Bacon, Nic Harcourt, Tracy Mcknight, and Duncan Sheik. Moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross of BMI.

Amazing Women in Film: Presented by New York Women in Film & Television. Moderated by Thelma Adams (US Weekly). Featuring Terry Lawler, Melissa Leo, Anne Walker-McBay, Ariana Bocco, Debra Zimmerman, Michelle Byrd, and Ellen Kuras.

From Novel to Screen: What's the difference between writing prose and screenplays? How does a story evolve as it moves from one form to the other? Featuring Kim Wozencraft ("Rush" starring Jennifer Jason Leigh; new novel "Wanted" optioned by Warner Brothers/Plan B for Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston), Paul Hoffman ("Wings of Madness," currently in production), Nina Shengold (Writers Guild Award winner for "Labor of Love"; just-released novel "Clearcut") and award-winning independent publisher Joan Schweighardt of GreyCore Press and author ("Virtual Silence," "Gudrun's Tapestry"). Moderated by author, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Zachary Sklar ("JFK," "The Feast of the Goat")


Nina Shengold's first novel "Clearcut" is grabbing great reviews. From
the Sunday Washington Post: "In the 1970's Pacific Northwest, a red-hot love
triangle blisters between Earley, a dedicated loner; Reed, the college-boy hitchhiker he picks up; and Zan, the cagey, sexy woman Reed followed from Berkeley... Bursting with period detail and smoldering with sexual tension, Shengold's debut satisfies as both a beach read and a literary novel. Grade: A. "Entertainment Weekly gave the book a B+, and the Oregonian (Portland OR) called it "Jules et Jim with hoedads." Shengold is on WFF's Books Into Film Panel on Sunday, 10/2; Suzi Yoonessi's short film No Shoulder, with a screenplay by Shengold and starring Melissa Leo & Samantha Sloyan, will also appear at the Festival.

For more information, visit Nina Shengold’s Website.


Reality Check is back on board for 2005 as a MAJOR SPONSOR and as the sponsor of the YOUTH CAREER DAY and YOUTH FORUM.

Reality Check is a New York organization created by teens to expose the tricks, lies and manipulation that the tobacco industry relentlessly uses to get us to smoke.
For more information, visit the Reality Check website.

Violet Magazine has com on board as a superstar sponsor. The magazine focuses on Modern Family Living. Pick up the most recent issue featuring Kristin Hume and Donovan Leitch on the cover, at a newstand near you, or visit Violet Magazine online.

Cool 92.9 is on board as a supporting sponsor. The radio station specializes in oldies music, news, solid gold jukebox and contests. As part of Clear Channel, the station operates a decentralized business structure, where all stations are locally programmed and operate to serve their individual communities. Clear Channel provides the local stations with "professionalized," higher quality radio by utilizing extensive research mechanisms to target over 101 million unique listeners each week.

Disc Makers is back on board as our official COMPLIMENTARY CD SPONSOR, Which features composers from 2005 WFF films.

Disc Makers is DVD manufacturing made easy for independent filmmakers. Dedicated to the independent artist since 1959. Sign up today at Discmakers, or call 1-800-237-6666.


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