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April 5th, the Woodstock Film Festival and B-Side Film will present a special screening of the music documentary BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES, at the Bearsville Theater.

Given the longstanding love affair between musicians and the town of Woodstock, it’s only fitting that the Woodstock Film Festival present BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES, which tells the story of American music at this precarious moment.

Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence musical innovation. The answers they found on this journey–ultimately, the promise that the future holds–are what makes BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES both riveting and exhilarating.

Musician Bret Mosley will perform before and after the screening, and the film will be introduced by Kate Pierson of the B-52’s. 

Tickets can be purchased online at Woodstock Film Festival

If you cannot make the screening, but would like to purchase the DVD, visit




The Woodstock Film Festival Film Series sponsored by the office of Kevin A. Cahill will kick off May 5th at Rosendale Theater with a special screening of
starring David Strathairn, Melissa Leo and Giancarlo Esposito.

What happens when time collides?

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.

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, but reservations are required and will be available starting April 1. No reservations for GRACIE will be taken until then.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit Woodstock Film Festival

Woodstock filmmaker Kris Carr with
WFF's Laurent Rejto at
Super Sexy Cancer/TLC party during SXSW


Jennifer Venditti's directing debut, BILLY THE KID - a coming of age documentary about a teen outsider who meets obstacles with courage and determination - won the jury prize for Best Documentary at this month's SXSW film festival. The film was co-produced by Venditti and Chiemi Karasawa (A SEASON OF MADNESS). Bob Alexander (of INDIEPIX) served as executive producer.

Woodstock filmmaker Kris Carr’s documentary CRAZY SEXY CANCER celebrated its World Premiere at SXSW.  An irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman looking for a cure and finding her life. Weeks after she was diagnosed, filmmaker Kris Carr began documenting her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative expression, Kris shares her wild journey with exuberance, humor and sass.

“This film totally rocked. I’ve just seen
the future and the future is Air!”
– Filmstalker

On March 23 at the Angelika in NYC, Docurama Films presents its first theatrical release. While many of their documentaries tackle tough social issues, AIR GUITAR NATION takes on the greatest challenge of all: the world of invisible rock-n-roll.

Full of triumph and disappointment, patriotic spirit and political tension—and, of course, invisible guitars—AIR GUITAR NATION (WFF 2006) and filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz take audiences on an inspiring, exhilarating, and ultimately hilarious journey that delves deep to find out what it truly takes to become the best in the world and find the inner meaning of the chant, “Make Air, Not War.” For more info, visit Air Guitar Nation

WFF's 2006 Centerpiece Screening and Audience Award winner AFTER THE WEDDING, directed by Susanne Bier, opens in theaters on March 30. The narrative feature follows a Danish man who 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. For dates and times, visit IFC Films.


A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America whereby Christian youth must take up the leadership of the conservative Christian movement.

JESUS CAMP, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (The Boys of Baraka), follows Levi, Rachael, Tory and a number of other young children to Pastor Becky Fischer's Kids on Fire summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in God's army. The film follows these children at camp as they hone their prophetic gifts and are schooled in how to take back America for Christ. The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.

JESUS CAMP was executive produced by A&E Indie Films and released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures


David Torn
David Torn's PREZENS is a collision of the organic and the synthetic, of technology and physicality; it's the sound of a something more real than simple reality.

Torn's first recording for ECM since his watershed CLOUD ABOUT MERCURYof 20 years ago, PREZENS features the influential guitarist, studio sage and film composer in league with three of New York City's more fearless improvising musicians -- alto saxophonist Tim Berne, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Tom Rainey, longtime cohorts of each other. In early spring 2005, they gathered in a studio in the Hudson River Valley to record a dozen hours of collective improvisation, drawing on several years of experience playing live together in Manhattan and Brooklyn clubs, as well as at festivals in Canada and Europe. Yet PREZENS is no documentary record, with Torn having "magicked" the tapes -- remixing, reshaping, recomposing the music after its performance to create discrete collages of power and beauty, by turns ambient and volatile. Much as a work of fiction can sometimes reveal more about an event than mere journalistic reportage, prezens offers another point of view on the facts of the band in the room. That is, it's not so much the sound of the band in the room as the sound of the band inside Torn's head.

On THE CAKE EATERS set with producer Jesse Scolaro,
director Mary Stuart Masterson
and actor Elizabeth Ashley

by Randy Burgess
Reproduced from the March 2007 issue Hudson Valley Magazine

It's Hollywood on the Hudson: More and more A-list moviemakers are choosing the Valley as the backdrop for big (and small) budget films. Why? You'll have to ask the Hudson Valley Film Commission.

Last summer, I read an article in a local paper that described how, in March 2005, filmmakers had descended on a series of locales in Orange and Ulster counties and used them as stand-ins for rural Wisconsin.These locations included the Sky Top Motel in Kingston, the Reservoir Dairy Deli in Shokan, and the Phoenicia Diner. This seemed both magical and bizarre to me. How, I wondered, could an ordinary diner, whose pancakes and sausages I was intimately familiar with, be transplanted to a Midwestern state I’ve never even visited? And why had the filmmakers picked the Valley for their sleight of hand? This demanded investigation.

Read the entire article online

‘[Alternative Video] is like what
the barber shop used to be…’           


‘There are more opinions
[at Alternative Video] than you
can shake a stick at.
This place is a cultural collective…’


Alternative Video calls it a day  
by Shannon Gallagher
reprinted from the Woodstock Times (3/7/07)

One of the more diverse cultural resources in the region will fall victim to the grinding pressure put on small local venues by competition from large corporate entities when, on March 27, Alternative Video on Route 28 will close its broken door for good. After more than a decade providing the greater Woodstock community with a diverse and unusual film collection, owner Barbara Salzman has made the difficult decision to move on, citing the pressures of rising gas prices and the increasing presence of online rental libraries such as Netflix.  (to read the entire article, click here)

WFF advisory board member
Martha Frankel


Reprinted from "No longer seeing the world through red-framed glasses,"
by Kathryn Heidecker, Daily Freeman staff

THE RED-FRAMED rims through which Martha Frankel saw the world for 25 years became her signature - until this month, when she received an "eyeglass makeover" on Rachael Ray's TV talk show.

"Women know how to pick men better than they know how to pick glasses - and we all know we're not doing so well with that," Frankel said during a recent interview at the Bread Alone café in Boiceville.

The award-winning entertainment journalist and Boiceville resident has traveled the globe interviewing stars like Robert DeNiro and Elizabeth Taylor, and her work appears in magazines as diverse as Cosmopolitan and The New Yorker.

Read the rest of this article online at Daily Freeman






A&E INDIE FILMS is back on board as a silver sponsor.
As the feature documentary production arm of A&E Networks, A&E IndieFilms is committed to developing the work of outstanding independent filmmakers and helping them reach the broadest possible audience. A&E IndieFilms acquires, commissions and provides finishing funds for feature documentaries in addition to co-branding select theatrical releases, including feature docs acquired for airing following their theatrical runs.

Sony Pictures Classics recently secured the rights to A&E IndieFilms' Sundance competition doc, MY KID COULD PAINT THAT, and the 2006 production of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's JESUS CAMP (released theatrically by Magnolia Films) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

In 2005, A&E IndieFilms partnered with Thinkfilm on the Oscar-nominated, Sundance-winning documentary MURDERBALL. Also, Oscar nominee Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes and The Kid Stays in the Picture) is directing AMERICAN TEEN, a film on high school students in Indiana. A&E IndieFilms has partnered with Newmarket Films (Picturehouse) on ROCK SCHOOL. And EARING WITNESS, a powerful documentary by Barbara Kopple, Marijana Wotton and Bob Eisenhardt on women journalists in combat zones, which was produced and telecast under the A&E IndieFilms banner.

In 2005, A&E IndieFilms became the founding sponsor of a $25,000 works-in-progress grant with the International Documentary Association. In 2006, Heineken will match that grant -- and the winner will receive a total of $50,000. Also, A&E IndieFilms founded the Non-fiction grant for students in Columbia University's film program.

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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

Save the date
and mark your calendars for July 14th! Woodstock Film Festival’s sixth annual “NOT So Silent Auction” is appearing at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston, NY as part of the annual summer gala. Click here to donate an auction item, Airline tickets, an island retreat, lunch with a celebrity, dinner for two, a spa day, a rare bottle of wine, a photography session, autographed film posters or instruments, artwork, photographs, memorabilia, sports tickets, Broadway tickets, concert tickets, tennis lessons, ski or snowboard passes, a htoel or B&B stay...

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