April 2007 Newsletter
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James Lyons passed away April 12 in New York. The accomplished film editor, whose work included Far From Heaven which had it's U.S premiere at the 2002 WFF, kept a weekend home in the Woodstock area. Lyons participated at the WFF on The Art of Film Editing panel in 2006, and as a juror for WFF's Maverick Award for Excellence in Editing. He will be missed.

Advisory board member Sabine Hoffman remembers Jim Lyons fondly...
"It feels unreal to write in past tense. Everyone who met Jim will notice his amazing presence! Jim and I first met at the premiere of Far From Heaven during the WFF and kept crossing paths since. I got to treasure his wide interests and humor-- Jim could talk about anything--his kindness, generosity and enthusiasm. We were thrilled when he agreed to be on the jury for Woodstock's Editing Award, and only a few months ago he spoke on a panel during the festival, sharing his experiences. He was so funny! His passion for poetry and literature is inspiring and Jim's spirit lives in the many lives he touched."

His credits include four films by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, and Poison), and Erik Skjoldjaerg's Prozac Nation, Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, Tom Gilroy's Spring Forward, and Jesse Peretz's The Chateau. His documentary credits include Silverlake, Life, and the upcoming Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, directed by Mary Jordan, and A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, directed by Esther Robinson. He also appeared as an actor in Poison, I Shot Andy Warhol, and Postcards from America

Click here to read more about Jim on Indiewire

The Woodstock Film Festival Film Series sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill will kick off May 5th at the Rosendale Theater with a special screening of
Nicole Quinn's

starring David Strathairn, Melissa Leo and Giancarlo Esposito.

RACING DAYLIGHT is the story of Sadie Stokes (Melissa Leo) who has returned to the family farm to care for her catatonic Grandma (Leclanche Durand). There have always been Stokes in Cedarsville, but Sadie and Grandma are the last. When Harry (David Strathairn), a deceased Civil War soldier beckons Sadie from a mirror, Sadie begins to take on the character of her ancestor Anna, and a rich history of love and mystery unfolds.

This magical love story of hope and forgiveness is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Hudson River Valley and the historically rich Shawangunks.

The screening will be introduced by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill.
Post screening Q&A with principal cast and crew will be hosted by US Weekly Film & DVD critic Thelma Adams.

Click here for more info



This fabulous reception, featuring delectable hors d'oeuvres, wine, and great company of emerging and established talents, serves as a benefit for the Hudson Valley Film Commission which works year round as a conduit for pre-production, production itself and post-production for filmmaking in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region.

The reception will be take place from 3:30-5:00 PM at the Bywater Bistro in Rosendale and includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and signature cocktails by Diageo

Tickets are $25 (tax deductible) and again, benefit a great cause, The Hudson Valley Film Commission. Click here to buy benefit tickets online or call (845) 810-0131

Benefit sponsor: Mary Collins Real Estate



Saturday, May 12th, at the Tinker Street Cinema, the Woodstock Film Festival Film Series sponsored by the office of Kevin A. Cahill will present GRACIE, a film by Davis Guggenheim (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) starring starring Carly Schroeder, Dermot Mulroney, Andrew Shue and Elisabeth Shue.

GRACIE is 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 is hot off the press, literally – as the Picturehouse film is slated for a theatrical release of June 1st. The screening will be introduced by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. Producer Lemore Syvan and select cast and crew will head the post screening Q&A session, hosted by Filmmaker Magazine Senior Editor Peter Bowen.

Admission is FREE for the public. For more information and to reserve tickets,
visit Woodstock Film Festival


Sunday, July 14 at the Wiltwyck Country Club

Join us for dinner, drinks, dancing and our not-so-silent auction. Featured items include a weekend stay at the Mohonk Mountain House, VIP tickets to the NY Premiere of Becoming Jane, signed Goodnight and Good Luck paraphenalia, and much more.

To purchase tickets, or to donate an auction item, click here.

Click here to view trailer.


STEPHANIE DALEY, opens in theaters April 20 at the Angelika in NYC, and April 27 in L.A. On May 11, it will begin a weeklong run at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.

Director Hillary Brougher (a New Paltz native) produced her project in the Hudson Valley with settings in Hunter, Tannersville, Catskill, and Kingston areas.

The film stars Tilda Swinton, Timothy Hutton, Amber Tamblyn, and Hudson Valley resident Melissa Leo. 

Swinton plays pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane who is hired to learn the truth behind the case of 16-year-old Stephanie Daley, who is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant.

STEPHANIE DALEY won the Waldo Salt screenwriting prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival. The Hudson Valley Film Commission provided help with locations, casting calls and referrals.  




Next month will mark Rhinebeck's Upstate Films 35th year in business. Founders Steve and Didi will be celebrating their continued success with a series of film screenings hand chosen by local industry professionals and long-time friends of the organization. A demonstrative best from years of independent film, the screenings will be followed by discussions with those actors, directors, screenwriters and others who chose them.

For up-to-date information and schedules, visit their website.


SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL catapults the audience into the hilarious, heartbreaking, and ultimately remarkable life of one of the most irreverent and revered storytellers of our time. A five-person ensemble performs the wit and the wisdom that are found in the words of Spalding Gray.

NOW PLAYING at the Minetta Lane Theater
Special discount for WFF Supporters
Enter code ANGEL1 for $45 tickets

Click here to purchase tickets or for more information

"Joyous, devastating, moving, powerful!" -NY Times
"Spalding Gray was one-of-a-kind." -The New Yorker
"A gifted cast!" The Star-Ledger



The opening night film of the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival. Director Douglas McGrath's biographical drama stars Toby Jones as iconoclastic writer Truman Capote, whose investigation into the grisly murders of a rural Kansas family has unintended consequences. While probing the psyches of the killers (played by Daniel Craig and Lee Pace) as research for his soon-to-be best seller In Cold Blood, Capote forms an attachment to one of the convicted men. Sandra Bullock and Jeff Daniels also star.


The co-opening night film of the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival got an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film and won the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for its ensemble cast .

This exquisite production tells the story of a group of North African soldiers who helped liberate France from Hitler's troops in World War II.

In 1949, most young North Africans had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war, Said, Abdelkader, Messaoud and Yassir enlisted in the French Army, along with 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers," to liberate the "fatherland" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion.

The story Bouchareb tells is something no classic has tackled before -- that of patriots fighting for a homeland that didn't treat them with égalité. (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly)

Ashley Judd stars in Come Early Morning, which screened at the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival. The film marks the writing and directing debut of Golden Globe-nominated actress Joey Lauren Adams (The Break-Up, Chasing Amy). The story draws loosely on Adams' own experiences of growing up in the South, and is infused with an insider's knowledge of life in a small town. Come Early Morning tells the story of Lucy (Judd), a hard-working, Southern woman, whose personal life has been reduced to a spiral of late nights and one-night stands. When Lucy meets Cal (Jeffrey Donovan), a newcomer to town, she is finally forced to confront her fears as he challenges her accept a more meaningful relationship. Lucy must decide whether to push Cal away or face the demons that have left her incapable of intimacy and growth. She begins a spiritual journey toward love and redemption that takes her, and the film, to an entirely unexpected and original place.

This beautiful adaptation of the children's classic is directed by WFF alumni and InDigEnt co-founder Gary Winick (Personal Velocity, Pieces of April, Pizza, Lonesome Jim). Featured voices include 2005 Maverick Award Honoree Steve Buscemi as Templeton the Rat.


Local band MECHANICAL BULL celebrated the release of their debut CD, March 31st at the Bearsville Theater.

"Hailing from that hotbed of country music, Woodstock, New York, [Mechanical Bull's] back story seems to be a bit of a mystery the members all have sketchy or non-existent backgrounds. Chase Pierson plays guitar and sings, Adam Widoff is on guitar, George Quinn plays bass, and local hero Chris Zaloom is on steel.

And then theres an elusive vocalist; Avalon Peacock, who seems to be a European fashion model on holiday. Albeit, one with an amazing, emotive voice." - David Malachowski

Click here to buy the cd

MITCH MYERS debuts his tales of history and imagination
featuring many Woodstock luminaries with

THE BOY WHO CRIED FREEBIRD incorporates factual reporting, oral
storytelling and comedy to blend social satire with historical fact in
this collection of music-oriented parables, serious artist profiles
and edgy, offbeat essays.

Music writer Myers is knowledgeable not only about rock but also about
blues, jazz, country, folk, metal and electronic sounds, and he is also
extremely funny – a potent combination that makes this collection of essays
an insightful and entertaining look at popular music culture. – Publishers Weekly

The Boy Who Cried Freebird is like an extraordinary jam session, mixing
fiction, biography, anecdotes and fantasy into a rhythmic nirvana that is as
compelling as it is hilariously absurd. – Blog Critics Magazine

Adam and Michael Lang


by Adam Blaustein-Rejto
Reproduced from the May 2007 issue of The Weekly Reader

Read Adam's winning interview with WFF friend and Woodstock concert founder Michael Lang, in the Weekly Reader.

"As a friend of the family, I've known Michael Lang for a long time. He's always been very nice, but I never had a chance to talk to him about the famous concert he created. So one day, I invited him over to our home, where we sat down and talked about this experience. The interview taught me that a lot of musicians were activists and how one man could put together a gigantic concert. I also learned that no matter how prepared you are, you always have to be able to improvise..."

Click here to read the full interview.



BASELINE has come on board as a Maverick Award Sponsor for the 2007 festival.

Baseline has created a process whereby cast, crew and filmmakers may submit their credits for inclusion in the Baseline database. Through www.inbaseline.com, you can now ensure your involvement in a project will be permanently acknowledged, archived and distributed to professional and consumer audiences the world over, including every major studio, network, agency, and major web portals such as Yahoo, Variety, E! Online, Hollywood.com, and more....

MARKERTEK Launches Quarterly News Magazine
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Markertek also Launches Daily On-Line News Channel

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The Markertek News Channel is geared toward broadcast, audio and multimedia professionals, and is updated daily.Unlike other news sources, we cover news from a “tech” perspective, with daily tech terms and solutions for the working professional. We feature original content, and readers can subscribe to the channel as an RSS feed so as not to miss a word!

Real industry news without the fluff—that’s the MarkertekNews Channel. Check it out!

Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller

The Woodstock Film Festival
was selected one of a dozen film festivals to visit by TravelSmart



The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Oct 10-14, 2007) 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 Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services are given out in each category. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary. Award sponsors have included Lowel-Light, Baseline Studio Systems, Apple Computers, Final Draft, Post Factory, A&E Indie Films, Markertek, and others.

Industry participants have included Steve Buscemi, Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films), Jonathan Sehring (IFC), Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Jeanne Berney, Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Mark Urman (THINKfilm), Bingham Ray (IFC), James Schamus (Focus Features), Fisher Stevens (Greenstreet Productions), John Sloss (Cinetic Media), Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures), Ron Mann (Films We Like), John Pierson (Grainy Pictures), John Anderson, Ryan Werner (IFC), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Andrew Hurwitz, Mira Nair, Todd Haynes, Woody Harrelson, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Lili Taylor, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Leon Gast, Liz Garbus, Brett Morgen, Robert Downey, Zachary Sklar, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Ethan Hawke, Matt Dillon, Rosie Perez and many others.

To apply online, and for details, visit

The Woodstock Film Festival is a nonprofit organization which presents 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 Hudson Valley Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting
and supporting film, video, and media production.

For information, call (845) 679-4265 or visit Woodstock Film Festival