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at 8th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

The suspense is over! Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix Inc., is slated to receive the prestigious Trailblazer Award at the Eighth Annual Woodstock Film Festival. “We are so excited to be including Ted Sarandos in our wonderful group of industry professionals,” enthused Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Festival. “We created the award with the intention of honoring those in the film community who have taken an innovative approach to the industry, and Ted certainly meets and exceeds those expectations.” Mr. Sarandos is following in the footsteps of WFF’s past Trailblazer Award recipients such as Jonathan Sehring of IFC Entertainment and John Sloss of Cinetic Media.

To read the full press release, click here.


The best way to take advantage of everything the festival has to offer is by purchasing a Full Festival Pass. Only 30 passes are available.

Each pass includes admission for one (1) to all screenings, panels and concerts —with priority seating up until 15 minutes prior to the event; all parties; and souvenirs, including a poster, t-shirt and cap.

Click here for more information or to purchase your Full Festival Pass.


Lee Harvey Oswald

To read the full press release,
click here.


Oscar-nominated director and Rhinebeck-local Robert Stone (GUERRILLA: THE TAKING OF PATTY HEARST, RADIO BIKINI) dissects and deconstructs the now infamous story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in his new feature lenght documentary OSWALD'S GHOST.

In addition to batting around the “whodunit” of the Kennedy assassination, Stone also focuses on the lingering, obsessing effects of the killing and his theory that it changed America forever – similar, in many ways, to 9/11 and its aftermath. “I’ve wanted to make this film ever since I saw Oliver Stone’s JFK nearly 15 years ago and witnessed the extraordinary reaction to it,” said Stone. “I’m fascinated with how people see and interpret history and the world around them.”

Stone continued, “I couldn’t be happier than to have this film premier at the Woodstock Film Festival. Not only is it a great festival that’s gaining recognition and stature with each passing year, it’s also my local film festival, so I’m right at home. My experience here with my last film, GUERILLA, was terrific. The audiences are smart and engaged and I look forward to some very lively Q&A’s. Check your prejudices and preconceptions at the door.”


Filmed in the Hudson Valley during the summer of 2006, Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut THE CAKE EATERS, explores the lives of two small town families, interconnected by tragedy, love and guilt.

While the Kimbrough family-- patriarch Easy (Bruce Dern), loyal son Beagle (Aaron Stanford) and prodigal son Guy (Jayce Bartok)-- are coping with the loss of their wife and mother from cancer, Easy's longtime affair with Marg (Elizabeth Ashley) is revealed, compounding and exacerbating feelings of resentment, grief and anger between the Kimbrough men. Meanwhile, Marg's granddaughter Georgia (Kristen Stewart) is dying of a terminal neurological disorder, and is slowly seducing Beagle.

The tumultous relationships--romantic and familial--play out to an inconclusive end. The great strength of the story is that it exists between the lines of the powerful and painfully realistic script, written by Bartok. Both Stanford and Stewart offer harrowing performances, inhabiting the furthest depths of their character's complex emotional lives.

“We did everything we could to make filming in the Catskills a reality for our production and our film is much better off because of it," said producer Jesse Scolaro. "We couldn’t have been more embraced by the local communities of Catskill and Hudson and supported by the Hudson Valley Film Commission, so we are really excited to return to present our film and once again say ‘thank you’. We’ve been coming to the Woodstock FF over the past few years and truly feel at home amongst those celebrating film, family and culture – not to mention the parties are some of the best on the festival circuit.”

Mary Stuart Masterson will be on WAMC-Northeast Public Radio's round table on August 23rd at 10:07 am.


Woodstock Home's Matson with
(from top) Dom Perignon Wine Ambassador Whitley Bouma Herbert, and designer Antony Todd


This year's Summer Benefit and Gala was our most successful yet. Thank you to everyone who participated!

There are still a number of auction items available online. To view the online auction, click here.

NYC interior designer Christopher Matson (owner of Woodstock Home) was the winner of the two VIP tickets to the Miramax red carpet premiere of Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway. Miramax and Piaget hosted the premier screening July 24th at the Landmark Sunshine Theatre in New York City.

"Becoming Jane," is the story of the great, untold romance that inspired a young Jane Austen, played by Hathaway. Willful and spirited, Jane is not ready to be tied down to anything but her writing. That is until she meets Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) a charming rogue from London who spends more time drinking and socializing than on his law studies.

Becoming Jane is now playing in select theaters. To view the trailer, click here.

Written and Directed by Jeffrey Blitz

Blitz, who's film SPELLBOUND won Best Documentary at the 2002 WFF and
was also nominated for an Academy Award, offers a delightfully human look at the cutthroat world of highschool debating. The disarming and quirky narrative tells the story of Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson), who joins his school's debate team to win over his crush, despite his stutter. ROCKET SCIENCE moves beyond the cliches of most coming-of-age dramas to humorously, and accurately, nail the adolescent experience.

David Strathairn as Noah Vosen

Festival favorite David Strathairn stars in the recently released

Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (GOODNIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, RACING DAYLIGHT, HEAVEN FALLS) and longtime WFF friend, plays a murderous CIA director in the third action-packed installment of the Jason Bourne saga, starring Matt Damon.

The film is currently playing in theaters everywhere. Click here for showtimes

"Scruffy and scratched Americana that recalls Townes
Van Zandt, Guy Clark and early Springsteen." Time Out

The Hudson Valley's own Felice Brothers (Simone Felice, Ian Felice, James Felice, Christmas, The Searcher, Farley) have just released their highly anticipated new album, ADVENTURES OF THE FELICE BROTHERS VOL. 1. The CD is curently only available at shows during the bands first cross country tour. Listen to songs from the new album and check out the up-to-date schedule online. The Boys will be at The Viper Room in L.A in August 28, then two nights in Austin at Emos and Ruta Maya.

To view a video clip of the band's Colony Cafe CD release concert, click here.


The Woodstock, NY-based group 3, began touring nationally in 2003 when they hit the road with Coheed and Cambria. They turned a lot of heads, winning audiences with their passion and unique brand of virtuosity. The buzz had begun, not just amongst music fans but within the industry as well.

In anticipation of their new record's 7-24-07 release, 3 hit the road with Porcupine Tree in Spring '07 touring all over the US and Canada to rave reviews. One can definitely expect to see great things from this band who has already received over 400,000 plays at, over 150,000 downloads at, and played with the likes of Coheed & Cambria, Porcupine Tree, 36 Crazyfists, Chiodos, Atreyu, Kiss Kiss, Underoath, Boys Night Out, Bad Brains, The Bronx, Straylight Run, Vendetta Red, and Your Enemies Friends, and many m

The End is Begun, dropped 7-24-07 with a release party at the Bearsville Theater and is available on iTunes. Check out the back catalogue for 3 at Planet Noise Records.

A music video shoot set in the Hudson Valley will be produced in the coming weeks.
For up-to-date tour information click here.

East Village Collective to presents photo exhibition by photojournalist Ron Haviv.

Three of every five people in the Darfur region of Sudan are children. For over four years, conflict has torn apart the lives of over 2.5 million people. More than 200,000 people have been killed. More than a million people have been displaced by ethnic and political conflict. They live in a state of siege, haunted by events of the past, continuing fear and a loss of hope for the future.

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Haviv's film WAR PHOTOGRAPHER was shown by the Woodstock Film Festival in 2002.

For more information on Haviv and CHILDREN OF DARFUR, click here.
The opening reception takes place Friday August 17, 5-7pm at the East Village Collective in Woodstock. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF for programs in Darfur.





Savage Grace

WFF is thrilled that 120b Films is a returning as a silver sponsor. They are looking forward to seeing new projects by established and emerging producers at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival.

120b Films offers a wide array of financial services to the independent producer, ranging from the cash-flowing of tax credits, minimum guarantees and pre-sales, to providing the last piece of a budget in the form of gap finance. They also provide bridge financing, finishing funds and p&a. In contrast to traditional film lenders, 120dB are willing to consider projects that do not have a completion bond and are receptive to exploring alternate forms of collateral. Managed by lifelong professionals from the banking and hedge fund world, the firm prides itself on its unconventional and producer-friendly approach to film finance. Respect, prompt attention and an open mind is assured to all submissions.

While loans are always on a last in-first out basis, producers are nevertheless invited to submit projects as they commence the capitalization process to avoid pitfalls that might prevent 120dB from assisting down the road. They are also well connected in the world of sales agents and distributors, and would be happy to make appropriate introductions. Although their maximum loan as a percentage of budget is 20%, relationships with second position lenders combined with internal resources, help 120dB to provide producers with an even larger portion of their total financial needs.

120dB Films has executive produced dozens of projects since inception. Recent titles include “Good”, Vincente Amorin’s upcoming film set in Nazi-era Germany, the British thriller “Knife Edge”, Dana Brown’s latest surf picture “Highwater” and Tom Kalin’s Cannes 2007 Director’s Fortnight entry “Savage Grace” starring Julianne Moore.

Please visit their website for more information.

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The 2007 Woodstock Film Festival is looking to fill a few positions in the following areas.

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If you have print trafficking experience, please fill out our online form.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer form.
If you are interested in an internship, please fill out our internship form.

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