July 2006 Newsletter
The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) has its final summer screenings scheduled for Woodstock in the City, its screening series held at the Makor Screening Room (35 West 67th Street) and sponsored by Indiepix.net.
THE LAST WESTERN will screen Thursday, July 20 at 7:30pm, and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Chris Deaux and a reception hosted by Indiepix.net.
Welcome to Pioneertown, California, a dusty outpost perched on the edge of the Mojave Desert in the shadow of Los Angeles. Built in 1946 as the backdrop for some of Hollywood's last B-Westerns and television serials, by the mid-1950s Pioneertown was a virtual ghost town, a hangout for motorcycle gangs, dope dealers, and desert rats. A few of the hearty drifters stayed on and moved into the decaying old west storefronts, creating a surreal 21st Century version of Hollywood's 1950s version of the Wild West: real cowboys, outlaws, and desert drifters surviving in the crumbling film sets of near forgotten B-Western movies. The Last Western chronicles the bygone era of the B-Western and the colorful citizens of Pioneertown who thrive on the town's Wild West past and celebrate the remarkable freedom afforded by living life outside the lines in Hollywood's version of America's last, great Western town. For more info, visit 7th Art Releasing .
CROSSING ARIZONA will screen Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30pm, and will be followed by a Q&A with NYC-based documentary filmmakers Joseph Mathew and Dan DeVivo. Indiepix.net will host the reception.
Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers. Most are Mexican men in search of work, but increasingly they are women and children wanting to join their husbands and fathers. This influx of migrants and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor, and national security. Crossing Arizona examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods. Humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives. Political activists rally against anti-migrant ballot initiatives and try to counter rampant fear mongering. Farmers who depend on the illegal work force face each day with the fear that they may lose their workers to a border patrol sweep. And now there are the Minutemen, an armed citizen patrol group taking border security into their own hands. As up-to-date as the nightly news, but far more in-depth, Crossing Arizona is an indispensable primer on what is already turning into the most divisive issue of this election year.
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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
The Woodstock Film Festival in association with Fox Searchlight, presents a sneak preview of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE on Saturday, July 22, 2006, 1:00pm, at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Peter Saraf.
Tickets purchased in advance are $10. The cost on the day of the event is $15.
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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE tells the story of the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families ever seen on motion picture screens. Together, the motley six-member family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, CA, to fulfill the deepest wish of seven-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreak, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarrely funny landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge.
Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to the hilarious and heartfelt film following its 2006 Sundance Film Festival world premiere, which inspired the audience to a rare standing ovation. Marking the feature film directorial debut for renowned music video directors (and husband-and-wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and the first feature script penned by Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE stars an award-winning ensemble cast led by Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, and Greg Kinnear.
"Riveting from start to finish.
The Illusionist is true movie magic."
Pete Hammond, Maxim
Director Neil Burger, who will be in attendance at the screening follows up INTERVIEW WITH AN ASSASSIN, which won best feature film at the 2002 Woodstock FIlm Festival, with what NPR's Bob Montello calls, ""Romantic, smart... gorgeous!"
THE ILLUSIONIST stars Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits: Norton as mysterious stage magician Eisenheim, and Giamatti as Vienna's shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl, with Jessica Biel sharing the screen as the beautiful Sophie von Teschen. When word of Eisenheim's astounding illusions reaches the powerful and pragmatic Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), the ruler attends one of the magician's shows in order to debunk Eisenheim during the performance. But when the Prince's intended, Sophie von Teschen, assists the magician onstage, Eisenheim and Sophie recognize each other from their childhoods and a dormant love affair is rekindled. As the clandestine romance continues, Uhl is charged by Leopold to intensify his efforts to expose Eisenheim, even while the magician gains a devoted and vocal public following. With Uhl doggedly searching for the reasons and the man behind the trickery, Eisenheim prepares to execute his greatest illusion yet.
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On Saturday, August 12, Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa presents
Join us and special guests on Saturday, August 12, 2006 for delectable food, drink, and company from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Tickets are tax deductible and contributors are eligible for door prizes, including a magnificent stay at the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, located at 220 North Road in Milton, NY.
The Hudson Valley Film Commission would like to thank the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa for the incredible hospitality, Main Course Caterers for the wonderful food, Benmarl Winery for the delectable wine, Stephen Bruce Design for the lovely flowers, Tovey Halleck sculptures, and Bayla Laks for her idyllic harp music.
The Hudson Valley Film Commission (formerly known as Woodstock Film Commission), a division of the Woodstock Film Festival, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video, and media production in the Hudson Valley Catskill Region.
REGION OFFERS FILMMAKERS WORLDS OF OPPORTUNITY
By Joshua M. Rinaldi, Freeman staff 07/19/2006
WHEN Steven Spielberg shot part of his blockbuster "The War of the Worlds" in Greene County in 2004, he rented 400 hotel rooms for a week and pumped $1.5 million into the local economy.
While recognizing that's the exception and not the rule, it's a performance the Hudson Valley Film Commission is striving to repeat.
"That's a lot of money that wouldn't otherwise be here," said Laurent Rejto, director of the commission.
The commission is a partner with the Woodstock Film Festival, an annual event that drew 10,000 people to Woodstock and the surrounding area last fall. Both organizations were formed in 2000 as not-for-profit entities, though at the time, the commission had a slightly more limiting name: the Woodstock Film Commission.
The job was the same - bring filmmakers and the financial benefits that come with them to the area - but after bringing filmmakers to five counties, Rejto said it was time for a new name. So the Hudson Valley Film Commission was born.
As a result of the commission's efforts, Rejto said, the region attracted three film shoots this month: "The Cake Eaters" wrapped its local work last week; "Superheroes" begins shooting Friday; and "Racing Daylight" has been shooting since July 1.
And while he admits the revenue from these ventures isn't anywhere near what was brought in by "The War of the Worlds," Rejto said the productions still help the local economy.
The commission not only works to attract filmmakers and producers to the area, it also helps them find resources and people once they're here. This can include extras, equipment or accommodations, among other things.
To advertise its services, the commission maintains a Web site and a Myspace page. Rejto also uses word of mouth when he visits film festivals, and he likes to remind filmmakers that three past films made in the Hudson Valley - "Personal Velocity," "Down to the Bone" and "Stephanie Daly" - all placed high at the noted Sundance Film Festival.
"What we like to tell people is that if you shoot your film in the Hudson Valley, you'll win Sundance," Rejto said. "I don't know if anybody's bought that yet."
Read the rest of the story online at the Daily Freeman.
For more information about the benefit, visit the Web site www.hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org
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