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Sunday, June 3, 7:30pm (doors open)
The Mitch Show is more than just a retrospective of offbeat comic short films spanning the oeuvre of the artiste, it's a film/performance mashup. Not only does Mitchell present his hilarious, innovative films, but he also leads several comic audience-participation performance pieces. The result is pure cineformatainment.
"Mr. Rose is a rare and wonderful talent," pronounces The New York Times, the heaviest newspaper in the world. And all this… can be yours!
As can be plainly discovered on MitchellRose.com, Mr. Rose is the former housemate of Paris Hilton. Let the art begin.
The screening is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. Admission is FREE for the public, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve tickets online, or call (845) 810-0131.
THE MITCH SHOW will also be presented on Friday, June 1, at 8pm
"An important documentary"
Saturday, June 9, 1pm
The screening is sponsored and will be introduced by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. A post screening Q&A with Director Thomas Allen Harris will follow.
The 2007 WFF NOT SO SILENT AUCTION is now online
Auction items can be viewed online at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/auction/auction.php
ONLINE BIDDING will end at 10am on Saturday, July 14. Some items will continue on to the live auction, which is a part to the DANCING UNDER THE STARS Summer Benefit Gala.
This year's event includes delicious drinks, fantastic food and a silent and live auction, with musical guests the Night Owls. Come out to support the Woodstock Film Festivl, Hudson Valley Film Commission and, get dressed to the nines, eat, dance and rub some elbows. The benefit will take place July 14th, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the Wiltwyck Country Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, NY.
2007 WFF POSTER DESIGNED BY FAMED ARTIST
"Woodstock is synonymous with creative energy, rock-n-roll, and free spirits,” said Max. “This tradition continues with the Woodstock Film Festival and all of the wonderful, independent film makers it is featuring and supporting."
Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director, enthused, “Given Peter’s strong positions on environmental, human and animal rights, it’s simply the most natural fit that he design our poster. We are thrilled beyond belief to have an artist of his caliber promoting the Festival and creating an image that depicts the independent spirit, pursuit of dreams and fun that the Festival represents.”
In addition to the Festival’s commercial usage of this image, 100 18” x 24” limited edition 2007 WFF posters will be individually signed and dedicated by Max personally, and available online. Click here for details
“This is a very small run of prints and an amazing opportunity to own a real work of art that is significant to the Woodstock Film Festival as well as the area’s history and the town itself,” added Blaustein.
Max’s collaboration with Woodstock is long and varied. In 1989, he created the world’s largest rock-and-roll stage for the Moscow Music Peace Festival, set to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. Then, in 1999, Max set a record (beating his own) for painting the largest mural: a 600-foot stage for the 1999 Woodstock celebration.
Michael Lang, creator of the Woodstock Music Festival & Concert, said,“Woodstock has always been close to Peter’s heart and throughout our long friendship he has been incredibly generous with his unique talent.”
Participants who attended the May 11 Aperture workshop presented by Apple representative Bahram Foroughi at the Woodstock Film Festival headquarteres in Woodstock, were exposed to an intensive three hour workshop on photo management applications. and treated to a nice lunch. To download trial Aperture software, click here. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops of DVD Studio Pro and the upcoming Final Cut Studio 2.
Jackie Borock with Ira Schrek
at 2006 WFF Entertainment Law Panel
The Woodstock Film Festival, The Hudson Valley Film Commission and Seven21 Media Center will present a seminar on LEGAL ISSUES FOR FILMMAKERS by Jackie Borock, Esq. on June 13, 2007, 7 pm, at Seven21 Media Center, 721 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401.
Photo caption: From left to right: Kosmorama's programmer Sindre Kartvedt, Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein, and former WFF intern and Kosmorama staff member Jorgen Risvik, at the closing night dinner at Kosmorama in Trondheim, Norway.
Photo by Adam Blaustein Rejto
KOSMORAMA AND THE NORWEIGIAN INTERN
The Woodstock Film Festival has worked with interns from all over the US and abroad. They've been in integral part of the festival and staff tries to stay in touch with them after they are gone. In keeping with that spirit, it was a real pleasure when Jorgen Risvik, a former intern from Norway, approached WFF executive director Meira Blaustein to participate as a juror and panelist at the Kosmorama Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway.
During Meira's stay at Kosmorama, she watched over a dozen films by emerging filmmakers from around the world. Films were screened in a state-of-the-art multiplex located in the center of town, just minutes from the beautiful Brittania Hotel where festival guests were hosted.
In addition to the many screenings, Meira met with filmmakers and industry from Nordic countries and Europe, learning about Norway's film culture and the wonderful people in it. She gave interviews to local papers, magazines and on the radio, where she talked about Woodstock, the Hudson Valley Film Commission, and sat on a panel discussing independent film in the US. And of course she ate plenty of salmon and drank plenty of beer.
Meira returned to Woodstock with wonderful memories and great new
friends, and the hope to further nurture the relationship between
Woodstock, Norway and other European film festivals.
RACING DAYLIGHT FOLLOW-UP
The fabulous reception featured delectable hors d'oeuvres, wine, and the great company of emerging and established talents.
IN THEATERS (AND ON TV)
GRACIE, directed by David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) tells the inspirational, touching story of a sixteen-year-old girl, who, after a family tragedy changed her life, fought for and won the right for girls everywhere to play competitive soccer. The film is set in 1978 and inspired by the Shue family’s real life events.
GRACIE was produced by WFF advisory board member Lemore Syvan. "What is so special about this film is that each person that sees it can take a different message from it." Syvan says. "All the messages that are inherent, however, do have one thing in common: Empowerment; the idea that when you put your mind to something, anything can be accomplished. Then, of course, there are lessons about grief, loss, and how you can turn a negative situation into one that is positive and inspirational. This is a story about family, and how when you stick together, any obstacle can be overcome. So, the message that I take away with it is power - power of the family and power of the individual. The story has a sense of time and place that is timeless. It is so universal, so entrenched in so many cultures over so many periods of time that it is a story that is accessible to all people."
Click here for theaters and showtimes
BETTY LA FLACA & ORPHEUS
BETTY LA FLACA is the story of Skinny Betty, who might just as well not exist given the lack of attention she gets from men, including her boyfriend Carlos. Her co-worker, Reina, recommends she have some work done to enlarge and enhance the most important part of the body--her butt. When Betty arrives at the homegrown 'clinica' in Olga's living room in the Bronx, she has no idea how much impact a little 'work' will have on her life.
On May 30, 2007 at 7:30pm, join M30A Films for the
New York City Benefit Screening of IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ORPHEUS
a work-in-progress documentary
by Hugo Perez. When the Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti was shot and buried in a mass grave in 1944 after a two-month death march, he did not know whether his poems would survive. Eighteen months later, when his body was exhumed, a notebook was found in his coat pocket that contained his final poems— poems that documented his final months as a prisoner of the Axis powers. Read more about the film at M30A Films.
THE PAINTED VEIL
When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.
LOCAL PRODUCTION NEWS
The documentary, produced by National Geographic and a UK based Production
FLY FASHION FILMS
On Monday, May 4, in West Hurley, NY, director Tiziano Magni shot a new
FLY is a unique platform that brings together artists from all creative disciplines (fashion, art, music, photography, dance, film) and uses the power of film to showcase their work and reaches a highly targeted audience through a mix of traditional and online distribution channels.
For more information, visiton FLY.
THE FELICE BROTHERS LP/DOWNLOAD OUT
May 14th sees the vinyl LP and download release of the highly anticipated debut album ‘Tonight At The Arizona‘ from The Felice Brothers.
Already getting rave reviews, “a gripping intro for these shores” (Uncut) and “warm and wonderful” (Clash Magazine), this limited release vinyl includes the entire album on CD for free.
You can watch a live version of ‘Ballad of Lou the Welterweight’ shot at a sound check by Vice Magazine at Southpaw in Brooklyn.
Mark Donato & Other Independent Artists At the High Falls Cafe On 5/17
Good news for those of you planning to rent a DVD of "Boraxo" next Thursday evening and suffer through Ron Reagan’s performance as a Pakistani mule-driver attempting to rescue a digital goddess from a vast electronic desert...There’s a better alternative of LIVE performance at the High Falls Cafe featuring Mark Donato as a singer-songwriter musically exploring the liquid labyrinth of life’s existential jar of half-sour pickles, a performance sure to be fraught with around-the-corner perspectives and rhythmic wit... And isn’t that what alternatives are all about?
Live music venues in the Catskill-Hudson Valley have dwindled in counter-pace to the expansion of cable TV channels, DVDs, video games and other forms of household entertainment. This is a notion that major marketers of recorded music should keep in mind as they try to figure out how to charge, fine or sue concert attendees for listening to music they own the "intellectual rights" to without giving them a taste. A vanishing community-based experience to be cherished, live performance insists tribally that it’s not a reality show unless you’re actually THERE yourself.Click here to read the full article. Click here to buy the cd
This rich alphabet book, by locals Steve Charney and David Goldbeck, is actually two books in one -- it will not be put aside after a child learns the alphabet. It will provide ongoing learning and pleasure for children (and parents) as they progress from beginning readers into grade-school and beyond.
Part One teaches the ABC’s via twenty-six funny and clever poems about both common and unusual fruits and vegetables. Each poem, written by Steve Charney, a Jim Henson writer, is exuberantly illustrated by Maria Burgaleta Larson.
Part Two by David Goldbeck goes "beyond the ABC's" -- bringing children to a comfortable connection with these foods. This remarkable feat is accomplished through a wonderful mix of jokes, tongue twisters, unusual facts, poems, kid-friendly recipes, shopping tips and the like.
The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond is available in bookstores or order directly from Ceres Press, PO Box 87, Woodstock NY 12498 for $16.95 plus $4.50 S/H. (845) 679-5573. For online discounts visit HealthyHighways.com
LOWEL-LIGHTwill again support, promote, and reward the next generation of inspired filmmakers with cash/in-kind awards to be awarded at the festival.
In memory of Diane Seligman , 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.
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 February 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 and source with grace and dignity. She was grateful for every day.
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