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How can an open society address demands for security without compromising democracy? State of Fear dramatizes the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it embarks on a "war" against terror, a "war" potentially without end, all too easily exploited by unscrupulous leaders seeking personal political gain. The film follows events in Peru, yet it serves a as cautionary tale for a nation.
For 25 years, Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures have been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films on issues of human rights and the quest for justice. Through the use of film and digital technologies, Yates seeks to engage, educate and increase understanding of human rights amongst the public at large and policy makers, contributing to informed decisions on issues of social change and the public good.
"Critically important!" Variety
|FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER with Irena Salina
Water is the essence of life, sustaining every being on this planet. Without water, there would simply be no plants, no animals, and no people. But the global water supply isn't just at risk, it's already in crisis.
Flow: For Love Of Water, a new film by Irena Salina, highlights the local intimacies of an emerging global catastrophe: African plumbers reconnect shantytown water pipes under cover of darkness to ensure a community's survival; a Californian scientist forces awareness of shockingly toxic public water sources; a ‘Big Water’ CEO argues privatization is the wave of the future; a “Water Guru” in India sparks new community water initiatives in hundreds of villages; a Canadian author uncovers the corporate profiteering that drives global water business.
With an unflinching focus on politics, pollution and human rights, Flow: For Love of Water ensures that the precarious relationship between humanity and water can no longer be ignored. While specifics of locality and issue may differ, the message is the same; water, and our future as a species, is quickly drying up. Armed with a thirst for survival, people around the world are fighting for their birthright; unless we instigate change, we face a world in which only those that can pay for their water will survive. FLOW: For Love of Water, is a catalyst for people everywhere: the time has come to turn the tide and we can't wait any longer. Visit FLOW for more info
The South by Southwest (SXSW) film conference and festival kicks off today with a banner schedule of films, panels, parties and special events. Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) programmer Michael Lerman will world premiere his romantic drama Natural Causes, which he co-directed with the Cannon Brothers (play trailer). WFF co-founder/director Laurent Rejto is at SXSW speaking at Mentors: Festival Programmers.
Many other WFF friends and associates will be in Austin premiering new films or participating in the conference. Look for Danielle and Jordan from Indiepix, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, director Ron Mann, Ellen Spiro & Phil Donahue (Body of War), Jesse Scolaro and Allen Bain (7th Floor), Sascha Paladino (Throw Down Your Heart), Denny Tedesco (The Wrecking Crew), David Schwimmer (Run, Fat Boy, Run), Alex Gibney (Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson), David Zellner (Goliath), The Duplass Brothers (Baghead), Bill PLympton (Shut Eye Hotel), Nina Gilden Seavey (The Matador), Doug Benson in Michael Blieden's Super High Me, Michael Almereyda (New Orleans Mon Amour) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfy director Julian Schnabel with Lou Reed's Berlin. All the highlights are available online at www.sxsw.com
A film by Dean Budnick
March 14 at Cinema Village in NYC
A First Run Features release
Archival footage, soundboard recordings and the work of a dozen digital animators help to relate the story of celebrated Tribeca nightclub Wetlands Preserve, which fostered the music of the Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Ben Harper while simultaneously supporting a social and environmental activism center from February 1989 through September 2001. Watch trailer.
UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA)
In select theaters on March 19 from Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Company
Under The Same Moon ("La Misma Luna") tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. Riggen's film is not only a heartwarming family story; she also offers subtle commentary on the much-debated issue of illegal immigration
Woodstock cameraman Larry Revene recently received a call from a colleague he had not heard from in twenty years. He was asked if he could help out a French documentary filmmaker stuck in Baghdad without a cameraman. Larry answered:
Revene, or "Laurence of Suburbia" as he is often called, covers insurgent activity and Army interaction with the locals for the documentary. They (six guys and three Humvees)visit several houses every day just to talk to people, and they don't go into any Iraqi homes without being plied with food and Chai (tea). Revene carefully avoids asking for interviews to avoid jeopardizing anyone.
"I'm getting Pierre a lot of good footage. He had to go back to Paris, so I'm solo now, with the US Army angels covering my butt. They are so young, but they take real good care of me, and for that I'm thankful."
Revene goes on patrol every day with a unit, which is never made up of the same men, but is under same commander. Three Humvees to a unit, they patrol Dorha, the Muhala that their unit is attached to. The soldiers know all the people in an area about four square miles. Patrols run around the clock with two units in a sector at a time, and there are local militia and Iraqi police. Four- and five-year-old kids run free in the streets, oblivious to a quick trip to eternity. (More news from Larry soon.)
It has over an hour of bonus features, including deleted scenes, extended interviews, new material with Kris, and a healing yoga routine by award-winning instructor Rodney Yee. It is widely available in stores and online, including www.crazysexycancer.com.
”Hip and humorous, intimate and empowering, this cutting-edge documentary shatters old stigmas with the force of spirit, redefining what it means to truly live – not just for those struggling with cancer, but for anyone who needs a personal revolution."
Betty Levine's new book An Endless Harvest was recently released by Manorville Publishing. The idea for the book was inspired by the many questions Betty fielded over the years from members of Woodstock's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) regarding proper use and storage of healthy produce.
An Endless Harvest is being marketed as “a resource book for people who are concerned about healthy food.” For more information visit www.anendlessharvest.com
“Reducing the carbon footprint of our diets is a key element of environmental stewardship. An Endless Harvest helps make this a reality by demonstrating how to make local, seasonal produce an integral—and enjoyable—part of our diet.”
Levine was born in rural North Carolina. After working for 30 years in the NYC publishing industry, she moved Woodstock where she has been the manager of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) since 1996.
The Black Crowes Release First Album In Seven Years.
After 7 long years, on March 4th The Black Crowes release WARPAINT, their first album of all-new studio material on their own Silver Arrow Records.
Produced and mixed by Paul Stacey at Allaire Studios, Woodstock, NY, the album features 11 songs, all of which were written by Chris and Rich Robinson, except “God’s Got It” by the Reverend Charlie Jackson. The album builds compellingly on the band’s trademark adventurous brew of rock, blues, country, soul and gospel.
WARPAINT marks the recording debut of two new band members—guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall--who join Chris and Rich and drummer Steve Gorman and bassist Sven Pipien. Dickinson, of North Mississippi Allstars, officially steps in to replace producer/guitarist Paul Stacey, whose position with the band was always intended to be temporary. The Black Crowes are deeply appreciative that Stacey committed his genuine talent and time to the band and their performances for most of 2007. (For details, see www.blackcrowes.org)
The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Oct 1-5, 2008) 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, Apple Computers, Final Draft, Post Factory, A&E Indie Films, Docurama, Kodak, Baseline, Markertek, and others.
Industry participants have included Steve Buscemi, Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films), Jonathan Sehring (IFC), Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Mark Urman (THINKfilm), Bingham Ray (Kimmel Entertainmen), 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), Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Andrew Hurwitz, Ira Schreck, 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, Thelma Adams, Robert Downey, Zachary Sklar, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Ethan Hawke, Matt Dillon, Rosie Perez and many others.
To apply online, and for details, visit ENTRY FORM
One of Woodstock’s most beautiful estates! This magnificent stone house on 36 acres dates back to 1912. In 1998, the Current owners restored the original portion of the house & added a fabulous master bedroom & sitting room suite on the 1st floor. The construction was done withgreat care to match the original house. The estate includes a 3 story, 6694 square foot stone house w/covered bluestone patio in back & covered side porch with pillars facing another bluestone patio; a 2 car detached Stone garage with guest apartmentt over it.
Lighted tennis court, beautifully sited oversized swimming pool, pond, one part of the property is on the millstream. The Front property has beautiful meadows; the gardens are professionally designed & enclosed with a deer fence. The home has mountain views & many walking trails in the woods behind the house & trails leading to the Sawkill stream. The amenities & description of the house are too numerous to detail in this listing. Please call listing broker for more details at (845) 679-7321 ext.108
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