February 2007 Newsletter
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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, Thelma Adams, Robert Downey, Zachary Sklar, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Ethan Hawke, Matt Dillon, Rosie Perez and many others.

To apply online, and for details, visit

Cherry Valley

Wetlands Preserved

Woodstockers head for Texas for exciting SXSW WORLD PREMIERES involving WFF ALUMNI...

Co-founder and Director of Development Laurent Rejto and Programmer Michael Lerman will be making the rounds at SXSW in Austin, Texas March 9-17.

Laurent will be doing a mentor session on March 11 at 1pm The focus is festivals and markets aqnd their vitality in today’s filmmaking scene. Learn what to do - and more importantly, what not to do - when it comes to festival submissions, festival attendance, and beyond. Registrants are invited to sign up for 15-minute slots with each mentor, on the morning of the sessions.

Contact Laurent at laurent@woodstockfilmfestival.com or Mike at mike@woodstockfilmfestival.com

Crazy Sexy Cancer
Just weeks after being diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage IV vascular cancer, 31-year-old Woodstock resident Kris Carr began shooting this irreverent and uplifting documentary. Through her own experiences and those of four other remarkable women, Crazy Sexy Cancer chronicles the search to discover the true meaning of “healing.” As funny as it is frightening, as joyous as it is angry, Crazy Sexy Cancer challenges perceptions of the disease, and takes a bold and intimate look at what it’s like to have a potentially terminal disease when life is just beginning. Kris is an award-winning actress, a photographer, and writer. This is her first feature length documentary after working in shorts and the theater. Her advice-from-the-trenches "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" book, a practical (and funny) survival guide with insights of other young women with cancer, will be published this fall under the new skirt! imprint of The Globe Pequot Press.

Adam Rapp's Blackbird, an unlikely, junk-ballad-of-a-love story follows a displaced veteran of the first Gulf War, and a 17-year-old Midwestern runaway amid the tough, lovelorn streets of mid-1990s New York City. Novelist and playwright Rapp's debut feature film, Winter Passing, opened the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival.

Imagine the Sound
Perenial WFF favorite Ron Mann will premiere his remastered Imagine the Sound, at SXSW March 12, 2007. A tribute to the artists who helped shape the avant-garde jazz movement of the 1960s, the film features interviews and performances by Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Archie Shepp and Bill Dixon.

, a feature that was shot in Jeffersonville, Delhi and Oneonta, will world premiere at SXSW. Two estranged sisters reunite five years after the death of their parents. Now in their early twenties, Rosie and Sonia each struggle to make it on their own. When the anticipated party is not what Rosie expects, Sonia's true agenda is revealed. The sisters begin to revisit their treacherous history. As Sonia slugs vodka and Rosie eats pills, their journey becomes dark and dangerous.

Quiet City
Adam Katz's sophomore effort follows Jamie who, after arriving lost in Brooklyn, asks Charlie for directions. Nothing to do and nothing but time leads the new friends to bowls of coleslaw, footraces in the park, art shows, and after-parties. Katz's Dance Party USA was screened at the 2006 WFF.

Trigger Man
Inspired by true events, and featuring Larry Fessenden, Ti West follows the story of three hunters who mysteriously became the hunted. Trigger Man follows The Roost (which screened at WFF 2005)

James Blunt: Return to Kosovo
Director Steven Cantor follows Platinum-selling musician (and former soldier) James Blunt to the battlefield at which he served, for an emotional journey of reflection. Cantor's mockumentary Endsville was shown at the inaugural WFF in 2000.

And some SXSW Regional Premieres that screened at the 2006 WFF include...

After the Wedding, WFF's 2006 Centerpiece Screening and Audience Award winner directed by Susanne Bier. A Danish man returns home after 20 years to attend a wedding that becomes a landmark meeting between past and future, putting him in the dilemma of his life.

Cherry Valley
Directed by Patrick Steward.
Three film students travel to the small town of Cherry Valley to investigate a ghost in their friend's house. Expecting to find nothing, they arrive to find that the entire town may be haunted. Features WFF advisory board member Jeremiah Newton

Wetlands Preserved: the Story of an Activist Rock Club
The story of a truly original New York rock club, featuring Dave Matthews, Blues Traveler, Warren Hayes, and ?uestlove, which fused music with activism, earning an army of famous fans in the process. Directed by Dean Budnick.


Swati, whose debut album Small Gods, was recorded at Allaire Studios in Shokan will also be performing at SXSW. Small Gods will be released in April by indie label Bluhammock Music. Click here for music and SXSW schedule.

A note from the producer

We have decided to put the trailer on youtube to get the buzz  going…enjoy..... 
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Because it is youtube the quality is not perfect and the sound is a little off. 
You can see it in it's full glory, up on our website in a few weeks. 

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Co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein, and Deputy Director Nikki Goldbeck will be on hand at the Miami International Film Festival, March 2-11. To contact Meira, email meira@woodstockfilmfestival.com or call (845) 679-4265

Some WFF related films:

After the Wedding (directed by Susanne Bier) WFF's 2006 Centerpiece Screening and Audience Award winner.

Padre Nuestro, featuring Paola Mendoza, award winner at WFF 2006 for Autumn Eyes.

The Shovel (directed by Nicholas Childs) WFF's 2006 Best Short winner, features Oscar Nominated David Strathairn.


Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis' (State of Fear - WFF 2005) began production in September on a new doc about the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Holland's The Hague. The first organization of it's kind, the ICC is a permanent international judicial entity with the ability to try individuals for crimes against humanity when national governments don't. The Court of Last Resort (working title) hopes to explore "how much the ICC has contributed [to ongoing peace talks in war-torn Uganda] and how justice will be done in an ongoing conflict situation." The month of December was spent in the crowded IDP camps of northern Uganda where Yates, Onis and their crew (affectionately dubbed "The Dutch Masters") spoke to victims of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), with whom the Ugandan government is now in peace talks. For more on the ICC, Uganda and Skylight Oictures's adventures in HD video visit their website.


BEST WISHES to of all of the following Oscar nominees

Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)
Nominated for Best Motion Picture (A Big Beach/Bona Fide Production), Original screenplay (Michael Arndt), Supporting Actor,
*WFF presented a special screening with producer (and WFF advisory board member) Peter Saraf.

The Illusionist ((Yari Film Group) )
Nominated for Achievement in cinematography (Dick Pope)
*WFF presented a special NYC screening.

Jesus Camp (Magnolia Pictures)
Nominated for Best documentary feature
A Loki Films Production
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
(directors previous film "Boys of Baraka won 2005 Audience Award for Best doc)

After the Wedding- Denmark
Nominated for Best foreign language film of the year
A Zentropa Entertainments 16 Production
(Audience Award winner at 2006 WFF)

Days of Glory (Indigènes) - Algeria
Nominated for Best foreign language film of the year
A Tessalit Production
(opening night film at 2006 WFF)

Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)
Nominated for Best live action short film
A Peliculas Pendelton and Tus Ojos Production
Javier Fesser and Luis Manso
(Winner of best short film at 2005 WFF)


This year's Grammy Awards proved a triumphant return for the Dixie Chicks who won five honors including best song ("I'm Not Ready to Make Nice"), best country album and best overall album for Taking the Long Way. After lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticized President Bush in 2003 the Dixie Chicks endured large-scale media blacklisting, political criticism and even death threats.

The film Shut Up & Sing, which won WFF's 2006 Audience Award for best documentary follows the Dixie Chicks during the three years following their infamous comment. Co-director Barbara Kopple was honored as 2006 Maverick Award recipient.



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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 http://woodstockfilmfestival.com