Independent Film Week
Woodstock Film Festival


Upcoming Events

May 17: A Movie and a Concert!
Presented by the Bearsville Theater and Co-Sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival
In Search of Paradise Meat Loaf documentary and Kasim Sultan concert
At Bearsville Theater

May 20: Stranger Than Fiction & Woodstock Film Festival co-present
Leon Gast's Academy Award® winning WHEN WE WERE KINGS
Q&A with director Leon Gast, executive producer David Sonenberg and editor Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
At IFC Center, NYC

May 27: Stranger Than Fiction & Woodstock Film Festival co-present
Jonathan Demme's THE AGRONOMIST
Q&A with Academy Award® winning director Jonathan Demme, producer Peter Saraf,
executive producer Daniel Wolff and film subject Michele Montas.
At IFC Center, NYC

Courtesy The Film Panel Notetaker


Woodstock Film Festival's co presentation with the STRANGER THAN FICTION documentary film series at the IFC Center in NYC started on a high note Tuesday night with the sold out screening of MY GENERATION. Two-time Academy-Award® winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple crafted a masterful tapestry of different generations, spanning from the Woodstock music concert of 1969, through those of 1994 (in Saugerties, NY) and 1999 (in Rome, NY). And with the 40th anniversary of Woodstock 69 fast approaching, the relevance of the film, which focuses on the similarities and differences between generations, is more timely now than ever. The film had not screened in public since 2000, and judging from the reaction of the audience members who packed the house, it was as seminal today as it was then.

Following the screening, the audience was treated to a fabulous Q&A with director Barbara Kopple, concert producer Michael Lang, and one of the concerts top staff members Lee Blumer. The Q&A was hosted by Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. The audience got a rare insight into the challenges faced by concert planners and attendees, and a birds eye perspective from those who created it. Read more details about the Q&A from the Film Panel Notetaker.

Raphaela Niehausen who represented STRANGER THAN FICTION in the absence of founder and programmer Thom Powers (away at the Cannes Film Festival) helped with crowd control as the lively conversation spilled out into the street and over to La Lanterna where the after party, sponsored by CIROC Vodka , went on late into the night. All in all it was a fabulous event.

Next Tuesday, don't miss one of the pivotal documentaries of the 1990s, constructed from footage that was shelved for 22 years. Hear the filmmakers discuss the incredible story behind the Academy-Award® winning film WHEN WE WERE KINGS. Director Leon Gast, executive producer David Sonenberg and editor Jeffery Levy-Hinte will be present for Q&A, with another CIROC Vodka after-party to follow. Click here to order advance tickets to WHEN WE WERE KINGS

Presented by the Bearsville Theater and Co-Sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival

Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Meat Loaf) performs with special guest, guitar player extraordinaire, Jesse Gress (Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin Band) and long time band mate, Doug Kennedy at the Bearsville Theater on Saturday, May 17th.

In addition to the concert, there will be a screening of the new Meat Loaf documentary movie IN SEARCH OF PARADISE. Produced and directed by Bruce David Klein, this intimate and highly-entertaining theatrical feature documentary, which premiered in NYC in March 2008, reveals surprising sides of actor, performer, and multi-platinum rock icon Meat Loaf whose fertile creative mind are in constant flux . It contains concert footage and band interviews.

In addition to living and getting married in Woodstock, Meat Loaf’s 1977 history-breaking release Bat out of hell was produced in town by Todd Rundgren.

The movie is FREE with the purchase of a ticket to the concert. Doors open at 6:30pm. Movie: 7:30pm. Kasim Sulton Show Time: 9:30pm
Click here to puchase tickets or call (845) 679-4406


A belated THANK YOU!!! to those who joined us and our very gracious host, Steven Hays (of 120dbfilms) on April 17 at Soho House to support the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission.

We're very grateful to those who contributed and participated to help us with our continued efforts to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

Specific WFF programs include Exposure, World Cinema, Youth at Risk, Music in Film, Year-Round Screenings and our capital campaign. YOUR SUPPORT also helps the film commission continue with its work to bring sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting regional film, video and media production.
If you could not make the screening and reception but would still like to contribute, please click here.

We also want to make sure to thank City Winery for the personalized Woodstock Film Festival wine. And we'd like to thank the following for amazing goody bag items. Ceres Press, Docurama DVDs, Eco-Artware, Edun Clothing Company,
The Emerson Resort & Spa, Metro Green + Business, National Geographic, Organic Nectars


While there was a sense that something like this was coming, it was awful to wake up on the morning of May 9th to read that both Picturehouse and Warner Independent are no longer. Bob Berney is truly one of the most amazing individuals in the independent film industry. Not only he is brilliant in marketing, responsible for the huge success of films like MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, but he is also one of those with a very special, keen eye to the intimate film, with that unique quality that would appeal to many. A friendly, warm, accessible and absolutely brilliant individual, Bob is one of the very few every filmmaker wishes to have on their side. We were very fortunate to have him at the Woodstock Film Festival and hope to have him again soon! He is the best!

The Woodstock Film Festival has had the good opportunity to screen a good number of both Picturehouse and Warner Independent films, including INFAMOUS, THE PAINTED VEIL, USHPIZIN, GRACIE and more. Both were such great indie houses with so many strong films.

What will happen now to the people in both companies? What will now happen to the state of independent film? It's a very sad day for independent film.
See article about this in Indiewire


The Woodstock Film Festival is presenting a six-week screenwriting workshop with screenwriter/filmmaker/journalist Lisa Katzman in Woodstock. The goal of the workshop, which will run from June 3 to July 8, is to develop a short screenplay or the first half of a feature-length screenplay. The workshop is limited to eight people. (For those interested in completing a feature-length screenplay the workshop will continue from July 15 through August 19.)

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

For complete information about the workshop, visit Screenwriting Workshop
To register or for more information, please contact Lisa Katzman via email at lisakat@rcn.com or by phone at (347) 200-1855.


In a National Geographic special event, The Human Footprint (shot almost entirely in New York's Hudson Valley) reveals the extraordinary impact that each of our lives has on the world around us. In a playful, surprising and thought-provoking portrait of our time on earth, National Geographic demonstrates, in a series of remarkable visuals, what makes up an average human life today and how everything we do has impact on the world around us. In this unique journey through life, it shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you'll consume and how much youve got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on Earth.

If you missed the special Hudson Valley Film Commission screening or the TV airing, order it now on DVD.


Emerging Narrative Deadline is EXTENDED to May 15. Submit your project today to the “Project Forum” of Independent Film Week (Sept. 14-19, NYC), formerly known as the IFP Market. The “Project Forum” is comprised of three sections for new works in development: Emerging Narrative (writers, directors seeking producers), No Borders (producers with partial financing) & Spotlight on Documentaries (filmmakers in production or post). In 2007, more than 1,000 industry professionals attended Independent Film Week; more than 2000 pitch meetings were arranged with buyers; more than $100,000 total value in the form of cash, product donations & services were awarded.
* NEW! If your project is selected, participation is FREE.
* Deadlines: Emerging Narrative (May 15)
* No Borders (Domestic) & Spotlight on Documentaries (May 23).
* IFP membership required prior submission. Click HERE to submit.

Maverick Award - Designed by Steve Heller

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


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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