July 2004 Newsletter



What do Robert DeNiro, Deborah Harry, George Clooney, Aidan Quinn, K.L McKenna, the Emerson Inn & Spa, and The Sopranos have in common?   They are all participating in the Woodstock Film Festival¹s spectacular NOT SO SILENT AUCTION, on-line now through Saturday July 17, at Woodstock Auction.
Film memorabilia includes items from The Sopranos, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, Goodfellas, Robert Tonner Chicago Dolls... Other items include show tickets, art photos, fine art, crafts, gift certificates, services and much more.
The NOT SO SILENT AUCTION is a prelude to WFF's annual Gala Fundraiser that will take place this July at an area estate. Special invited guests include world-renowned illusionist David Blaine and actor Annabella Sciorra. The benefit is underwritten through the generosity of Irwin & Margery Gaffin of AMERIBAG. The sumptuous party is catered by Oliver Kita Fine Catering. Libations are provided care of Ruffino Wines, Grand Marnier, Hennessy Cognac, and Molson Beer. Live music features Geoff Harden & Friends. Guests will receive "goody bags" sponsored by Allure/Aveda of Rhinebeck, Anaconda Sports, the Tonner Doll Company, Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, and Woodstock Percussion.


The extended deadline for the Woodstock Film Festival call for entries ends July 10 and is exclusively available at Without a Box; the film festival submission system. For WAB's filmmakers services, click here.

Ruder Finn Printing

The July 21.2004 deadline is rapidly approaching for WOODSTOCK FILM PRE-FESTIVAL PROGRAM ADS in the upcoming 70+ page four color glossy.

Ten thousand copies will be published and printed by Catskill Mountain Region Guide and Ruder/Finn Printing for distribution throughout the Hudson Valley/Catskills, strategic New York City drops including corporate centers and colleges. The release date is set for the Woodstock Film Festival press conference in New York City, the week of September 20th. Major press, industry leaders and filmmakers attend the press conference and receive copies of the pre-festival program. For additional visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/auction.htm



The Woodstock Film Festival is presenting several six-week screenwriting workshops with screenwriter/journalist Lisa Katzman in Bearsville and in New York City (Tribeca). The goal of the workshop is to develop a feature length screenplay. Each workshop is limited to 8 people.

Workshop activities are geared for beginners as well as for individuals with some experience in this form of dramatic writing. Sessions will be balanced between working on screenplays through a sharing of work, writing exercises, and a discussion of assigned screenplays and films. Participants need a willingness write regularly outside of class, to share work in class, to be open to the process of hearing and giving feedback, and to re-writing.

First six-week sessions starts July 29 in Bearsville; July 26 in Tribeca
Second six-week session starts September 23 in Bearsville; September 13 in Tribeca
Visit screenwriting workshop for complete information

Photo by Bill Stitt
Brian Nice, New York City fashion photo, snaps shot
of model for use in Norm Thompson's soon-to-be published fall & winter catalogue. Location was in upstate local home along the Hudson River.


In May, the Woodstock Film Commission received a call from Norm Thompson, Inc regarding their fall & winter catalogue, which they hoped to produce in the Hudson Valley area. This Oregon based company offers clothing, footwear and accessories for men and women, as well as travel gear, home décor and gourmet foods.
Local production manager Bill Stitt arranged several locations including private mansions along the Hudson River and historical sites including the Clermont Mansion near Tivoli and Montgomery Place in Barrytown.
The eight to twelve man crew arrived in the Hudson Valley via the extremely convenient local Stewart Airport while models arrived from New York City by ground transportation.

Dario Da Silva and Jackie Wong, Woodstock Tango Guest Artists


Attention tangueros and tangueras!  Argentine Tango has come to Woodstock!
Woodstock Film Festival press director Ilene Marder has launched a series of tango workshops and events with some of the finest dancers & teachers  from NYC and Buenos Aires. The next event is Sunday August 1st, featuring the great Tango Argentino star ANTONIO CERVILA JUNIOR, offering  a Fundamentals Beginners class as well as classes for  dancers with more experience, followed by a Tango Milonga (Dance Party) from 4p-7p at The Colony Cafe & Arts Center in the heart of Woodstock. Interested? Check out Woodstock Tango  , or call Ilene directly at (845) 246-1122.


Hey all you health conscious food lovers...  Woodstock FIlm Festival special events coordinator Lisa Protter and her company Vibewise recently joined forces with world renowned raw food chef, Chad Sarno, to bring healthy gourmet living to everyone.  While Chad is in the U.K. this month handling all the food services for the Fresh Festival, Europe's largest raw foods festival, Vibewise, is scheduling workshops and lectures at various culinary schools around the country, as well as select catering events.  We're also in development on a food and beauty products line, several broadcast projects and Chad's second book and a fine dining experience. .

Abram Lewis-Rosenblum appears in
national Dunkin Donuts ad


Woodstock native Abram Lewis-Rosenblum left town several years ago to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. He knew commercials were a good way to finance a more legitimate acting career. The only problem was landing one. He needed a good agent and luck. He was introduced to Osbrink's by a good friend and after some classes to freshen him up, he was signed. He made the rounds auditioning for four months, got a few callbacks but no jobs. Earlier this spring, he went for a Dunkin Donuts audition. A few weeks after getting a callback and meeting with the Director, Abram¹s agent called with the news, BUT, it was April 1st and her didn't believe her. He had already been told, earlier that day, that his car had been wrecked April Fools! Luckily, the agent was not pulling his chain.

Since there aren't that many Dunkin Donuts in California, a set was built using the frame of a pastry shop out in Orange County. The ad is currently running nationally and Abram is using the money to finance acting classes and to pay rent until the next job. The next step is to make inroads into more legitimate acting gigs.

In addition to the ad, Abram has worked on a couple independent films. "It is my hope," he says, "that it will make its East Coast debut at the Woodstock Film Festival in the near future and that I can be doing the Q&A instead of directing cars the way I did when I volunteered in 2002." Hire Abram for your next project at abramlr@yahoo.com

"Engrossing" ­ TV GUIDE
"Surprisingly Suspenseful" ­ VARIETY
"1 of the 10 best films of 2003" ­ BOSTON PHOENIX.

SHELTER DOGS documentary now available on VHS/DVD!

SHELTER DOGS, the HBO documentary profiling a year in the life of an unforgettable Ulster County animal shelter, screened to a sold-out audience at the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival (this film was so popular that we had to add a last-minute second screening).

For those of you that missed the Hudson Valley premiere, good news! SHELTER DOGS is now available on DVD and VHS. Directed by Hudson Valley native Cynthia Wade, the film explores the controversial ethical dilemmas faced by an Accord, NY shelter owner, while celebrating the breathtaking beauty of Ulster County.

To purchase a VHS or DVD, visit http://www.shelterdogs.org/tapesdvds.htm




The Woodstock Film Festival complimentary CD recognizes the importance of music in film by promoting film composers and bands. We'd like to thank Planet Noise Records for their continued support.

Planet Noise Records was created to promote music following a single principle: Great music transcends genre. Based on that philosophy, the label does not follow any trend but hopes instead to start one. Join musicians Joey Eppard, Rex Fowler, Three, Geez Louise and the folks at Planet Noise as they journey to discover new and exciting music in a boundless variety of styles.

Check for Joey Eppard on tour. For other artist information including licensing, contact Tom Benton at Planet Noise Records.


DISC MAKERS has come on board as an award sponsor.

Disc Makers is DVD manufacturing made easy for independent filmmakers. Dedicated to the independent artist since 1959. Woodstock Film Festival website visitors receive:
- a free 48-page ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RELEASING YOUR FILM ON DVD - a $7.95 value, filled with important resources and tips for releasing and selling your independent film on DVD.
- the free Independent Filmmaker's Edge newsletter, packed with tips, opportunities, equipment profiles, festival, workshop, and grants listings, and discount coupons. Sign up today at Discmakers, or call 1-800-237-6666.

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The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501 (C) 3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. The Woodstock Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.

The Woodstock FIlm Festival is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency

The Woodstock Film Festival newsletter is compiled and written by Laurent Rejto. If you would like to contribute a story idea, email Laurent@woodstockfilmfestival.com.

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