LAUNCH PARTY LIBATION
Animation programmer Bill Plympton (animation) and animator extraordinaire Signe Baumane hung out with Jack Polak (94) and Ina Soep (84), subjects of the Holocaust love story Steal a Pencil for Me, showing at the festival; sponsors Doreen Ringer Ross (BMI) and Steven Hays (120db Films) shared a drink with Woodstock concerts promoter Michael Lang and indie attorneys/producers Jonathan Gray and Robert Siegel; filmmaker Larry Fessenden (whose own film premiere, The Last Winter, was taking place two blocks away) shared a laugh with producer Gill Holland; and actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints) was flanked by friends Danielle DiGiacomo and Jordan Mattos (Indiepix), agent Rachel Sheedy and friend Amos Poe, to name a few. Sponsors Molly Thompson and Ryan Harrington of A&E Indie Fiilms, as well as press members from Brian Brooks of Indiewire to Michael Musto of The Village Voice enjoyed a drink and a chat as well. The line up was announced by senior programmer Ryan Werner and festival's Executive Director Meira Blaustein.
The Woodstock Film Festival today proudly announces its full line-up of 150 ‘fiercely independent’ films, panels, concerts, parties and special events, as it prepares to celebrate its eighth year, Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th. The arts colony festival has grown at a staggering pace, receiving more than 2000 submissions this year, setting a new record. Screenings include 8 world premieres, 7 U.S. premieres, 15 New York premieres, 9 East Coast premieres and 2 North American premieres.
Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein says she is awed by the quality of filmmaking presented by the festival this year, and credits her co-programmers Ryan Werner (senior programmer), Michael Lerman and Tom Quinn for the incredible line-up. She emphasizes that the quality of films continues to grow in substance and stature.
The Woodstock Film Festival announced today that its 8th Annual Honorary Maverick Award will be proudly presented to CHRISTINE VACHON, the pioneering, award- winning producer of unique and courageous independent films, on Saturday, October 13, 2007. The WFF celebrates its fiercely independent eighth year this October 10-14, Wednesday-Sunday, in the historic arts colony of Woodstock, New York.
Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director said:
|CALLERY EVENTS AT WFF
DYLAN: THE WOODSTOCK YEARS, 1963-1970
Opening Reception: Sat. October 13, 3-5pm
In this exciting photographic exhibition which includes images taken in the late 1960s but never chronicled in the press, Elliott presents an intimate look at Bob Dylan, at home and with his family, during the years he lived in the hills of Woodstock.
Elliot Landy, renowned for his iconic portraits of '60's musical legends, is one of the first music photographers to be recognized as an artist. Co-sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival in conjunction with the screening of Todd Haynes' I'm Not There...
|FEAR AND LOATHING IN MEXICO...HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Images by Al Satterwhite
Opening Reception and Party, Friday, October 12, 6-8pm
"Having photojournalistic instincts and patience allows one to wait for the right moment when photographing anything, most especially people. The 'decisive moment' is not always easily obtained without some form of patience and anticipation. I originally went to Cozumel, Mexico, to photograph Hunter for the Playboy Interview in March, 1974, at his request. I completed my assignment in 2 days, but Hunter asked me to 'hang around' for the rest of the week, so I stayed, photographing him wherever we went. In addition to the interview we went shark fishing one night which became the title of one of his later books. These photographs represent images of Hunter photographed over a week of drugs and alcohol on the island of Cozumel." (Al Satterwhite)
Presented by the Woodstock Film Festival and East Village Collective
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SPECIAL NYC PREMIERE SCREENING
RACING DAYLIGHT, which was shot entirely in the Hudson Valley was written and directed by Nicole Quinn and stars David Strathairn, Melissa Leo, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Downs, and Sabrina Lloyd. A special screening (by invitation only) is set for the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on Wednesday September 26th.
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 where the film was made.
THE LAST WINTER OPENS
THE LAST WINTER, by local director/actor/environmentalist and horror master Larry Fessenden has opened in select theaters to rave reviews.
Guillermo Del Toro (PAN'S LABYRINTH) says "Larry Fessenden is one of the most original voices to emerge in the
horror field and THE LAST WINTER is his most accomplished work to date.
He brings the Gothic trappings of the old classics to shocking new life."
In addition to THE LAST WINTER, Larry can currently be seen in Neil Jordan's THE BRAVE one starring Jodie Foster , and he is involved either as a producer or actor in four upcoming 2007 WFF films, including TRIGGER MAN and LIBERTY KID.
The autobiographical book tells the story of Hoffman's childhood in Greenwich Village with a brilliant, bohemian, Ping-Pong-hustling father and his eventual escape into the world of competitive chess.
KING'S GAMBIT is
available at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, local bookstores or online. Upcoming signings include Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, NYC on Sept. 25, Tuesday at 7pm.
A counterculture love triangle set in the backwoods counterculture of the Pacific Northwest in the '70s, Clearcut appeared on Ten Best lists from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Bay Times and Out.com, and won a Henry Miller Award.
As well as being involved in the visual arts of television, print, & film production,
During the month of September, his work will be on exhibit at the Bank of America in Woodstock. “I have had paintings exhibited in Woodstock before,” says Bill, “but this is a one-man-show. And it’s really exciting for me to see twenty of my pieces hanging in one space -- it makes me see things in my work I hadn’t seen before.”
“It’s been a busy summer for Catskill Mountain Pictures,” says Joan Knight, “we did all the location work for “The Human Footprint," the National Geographic Television Channel special, helped them with casting, and when it became time to start location photography, they asked Bill to sign on as assistant director. For us, the project ran from April through August. And we've been busy since then, doing a project for Vanity Fair Magazine, and an independent short feature among others.”
Bill’s paintings will be at the Bank of America throughout the month of September.
"I can currently be seen in the film NO RESERVATIONS, playing the supporting role of John. The film stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, and Patricia Clarkson, and opened in theaters nationwide on July 27th. It was an amazing project to be a part of, and I just attended the premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.
1001 WDST RADIO WOODSTOCK is back on board as a superstar sponsor.
Woodstock’s independent radio station, signed on April 29, 1980. Over the past 24 years they have built an audience in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, and Columbia Counties, as well as the surrounding area, which has come to rely on them for an eclectic adult album mix. To listen to WDST or for more info, visit the WDST website.
Luminary Publishing was born in the summer of 1993, with the aim of nourishing and supporting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley.
One of the company's projects is the free, monthly Chronogram - "A Mid-Hudson Magazine of Events and Ideas." The magazine is distributed in counties abutting the mighty Hudson River, including Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Columbia, Orange and Putnam. Check them out online at chronogram.com
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