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The Woodstock Film Festival
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The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL deadline is July 12.
To apply online, and for details, visit ENTRY FORM

Be a part of the 8th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, October 10-14, 2007.

Each year, film and music lovers from around the world gather at the Woodstock Film Festival for an innovative variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an awards ceremony, and fantastic parties.

“The festival organizers have been able to achieve someting phenomenal.”
says Jonathan Sehring, President of Independent Film Channel and the 2006 WFF Trailblazer Award recipient. (Read more quotes online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com)

WFF 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.




Items include one-of-a-kind film and music memorabilia, artwork, photos, posters, getaways, and much more.

Specific items include a SOPRANOS poster signed by the entire cast, an original Barry Feinstein photograph of George Harrison's ALL THINGS MUST PASS album cover, an original WHEN WE WERE KINGS poster signed by the one and only Muhammad Ali, an Elliott Landy photo of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album cover, getaways to the luxurious Emerson Resort, the Mohonk Mountain House and the Waterfall House , 2 VIP tickets to this summer's red carpet NYC Premiere and afterparty for Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway. Other items include GOODNIGHT AND GOOD LUCK promotional material signed by actor David Strathairn... and much more.

Bidding on select items ENDS SATURDAY, JULY 14th.
Some items will continue on to the live auction, part of this year's SUMMER BENEFIT GALA

Click here to buy tickets

This year's event includes complimentary wine from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, fantastic food, great company, door prizes and musical guests the Night Owls and their repertoire from musicals and films from the 1930s through today.

"I hope you’ll join the coolest people in the Hudson Valley to celebrate and support the coolest event in the Hudson Valley, namely the Woodstock Film Festival, which is becoming known around the country as a TRUE film festival, honoring the independent, artistic spirit.  It’s not like those other film festivals swarming with agents in Prada texting on Blackberrys during screenings.  Here, people actually WATCH the films, and LOVE them (plus, there’s  the food, the music, the town, the history, the perfect scenery).

The benefit gala takes place July 14th, from 6:30 to 10pm
at the Wiltwyck Country Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, NY

For Gala tickets or more info, click here

Click here to watch the trailer

Sweet Land, produced by WFF Advisory Board member Gil Holland, is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

When Lars Torvik’s grandmother Inge dies in 2004, he is faced with a decision – sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land. Seeking advice, he turns to the memory of Inge and the stories that she had passed on to him.

Inge arrives in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry. Still, over time, Inge and Olaf slowly come to know each other, and against the backdrop of endless farmland and cathedral skies they fall in love, a man and woman united by the elemental forces of nature. Still unable to marry, they live together openly, despite the scorn of the neighbors and the disapproval of the local minister. But when his friend Frandsen’s farm is threatened by foreclosure, Olaf takes a stand, and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.

Buy it online

Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species
by Woodstock local Scott Ian Barry

(Excerpt from Chronogram, May 2007)
"Scott Ian Barry’s photographs were once described by Ansel Adams as 'striking and generous portraits.' Maybe that’s because Woodstock resident Barry focuses his viewfinder on the passion that’s ruled his life: wolves. His first book, Kingdom of the Wolves, won an award from the National Science Teacher’s Association. Now he’s created Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species, a compilation of images and essays for grown-ups." Click here to read the full article.


Woodstock Film Festival's Advisory Board member Martha Frankel has a memoir coming out from Tarcher/Penguin on Valentine's Day 2008.

Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair With Gambling tells the story of one girl's rediscovery of gambling, and how it almost ruined her life. At once side-splittingly funny, touching, and ultimately heartbreaking, Hats & Eyeglasses can be preordered on Amazon

The DAMNWELLS do Woodstock!

Indie-rock band The Damnwells will be performing at the Bearsville Theater, Friday, July 13th, with opening guests Quintus.

Singer Alex Dezen and bassist Ted Hudson met while attending Bard College. Along with the searing guitar stylings of Dave "The Furnace" Chernis and new drummer Matt Hammon, the Damnwells have been rocking out across America, even opening for the Dixie Chicks and MTV favorite, The Fray. Their latest album, Air Stereo, is available in stores now, or on iTunes.

For information on the recently released documentary GOLDEN DAYS, which chronicles the Damnwells fall from commercial grace, click here.
For more information, or to give a listen, click here.

The Sostenuto Foundation presents the
August 4, 5-11pm
Featuring Lee Shaw, Virginia Mayhew, Rebecca Coupe Franks, Nina Sheldon, Peggy Stern, Hugh Brodie, Ed Schuller, Tani Tabbal, Kenny Wessel, Lew Scott, Thomas Martin Lopez, Ken McGloin, to name a few.

The outdoor event is free, and is held on the corner of Wall & Front Streets, in historic uptown Kingston. Music begins at 5 PM, rain or shine. In the advent of rain, the Festival will be held at BSP, on Wall Street.

“This festival had a lot that made it special-- the spirit from which it all blossomed, the fact that all of us share a lifetime and commitment to this wonderful artform: jazz, the lack of any pretension and or competition, the feeling of friendship and support, the fact that it happened on Wall Street,Kingston.” –Sumi Tonooka

“I have had many people make mention of it to me: how thrilled they were about the event, the location, the talent, the set up, the sound...and with hopes that it can materialize again next year!”--  Betty MacDonald

"Where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women."


Woodstock local Ben Andersen just celebrated his four year anniversary with Pixar, and worked as an animator on the #1 movie in America, Ratatouille.

Andersen, an effects artist, took a moment to tell us about what he does:
"[I] do algorithm based animation, essentially. You wouldn't want someone to hand animate a million rain drops or hand animate smoke, fire, liquids, explosions, fields of grain blowing in the wind, etc. Effects artists do this sort of animation. I've done effects, rendering, which is essentially digital janitorial work, and cloth/hair simulation, which is sort of like effects, but relates specifically to clothing, drapes, table clothes, long hair, etc.

Click here to watch the trailer.


We are thrilled to announce Indiepix is back on board as a silver sponsor of the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival .

Indiepix offers DVD and download-to-own distribution for a selection of high-quality, curated films plucked from the best of the festival circuit. Indiepix's mission is to get these films out there. They're the equivalent of a smart thrift shopper - passionately rummaging through undistributed work to pick out that gem of a film no one has seen but ought to.

They also believe that the filmmaker should reap the benefit of their work, and make enough money back to fund a future project. Indiepix posits itself as a potent force in independent filmmaking as filmmakers start to realize the benefits of our profit sharing model - in which they retain their rights and keep a significant portion of sales. Our filmmakers receive 60% of the revenue from all sales, and for our selected spotlight filmmakers, we advertise, plan events, and arrange screenings.

Their best-selling titles include such award-winning works as Alex Karpovsky's visionary mockumentary THE HOLE STORY (which garnered him a spot in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM 2006), Dominic DeJoseph's deadpan portrait of one of America's last train porters, JOHNNY BERLIN (executive produced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe), COCAINE ANGEL, the first film by another of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 picks, Michael Tully, which got great reviews in the New York Post and the New York Times, Ry Russo-Young's MARION, and WE ARE THE CHILDREN, Dianna Dilworth's captivating look at Michael Jackson fans during his infamous trial. Coming soon is actress-director Paola Mendoza's (star of the Sundance Grand Jury winner PADRE NUESTRO) documentary AUTUMN'S EYES.

And they have a catalog of over 2500 titles, all independent, and many hard-to-find, from distributors such as Kino International, New Yorker, and the Criterion Collections, with prices that are cheaper than Amazon!

Join them online us at www.Indiepix.net and participate in the discovery and development of talent that will shape the art of film in years to come.




Disc Makers is back on board as our official COMPLIMENTARY CD SPONSOR, which features composers from 2007 WFF films.

Disc Makers is DVD manufacturing made easy for independent filmmakers. Dedicated to the independent artist since 1959. Sign up today at www.discmakers.com/woodstock, or call 1-800-237-6666. or call

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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 Woodstock Film Festival