August 2004 Newsletter

Elmer Bernstein - Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer - Editors Award -
What Are You Voting For?
In Theaters - On DVD - In Bookstores
Woodstock Film Commission and Local Production News
In the Raw Correction
Sponsor News - Docurama, Lowel-Light, Showbiz Software

The 2004 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL, (October 13-17) will announce its 2004 lineup on September 21. A press conference will be held at Light NYC. Tickets will be made available online and at the box office following the announcement.



The founders and staff of the Woodstock Film Festival join the world in commemorating the passing of legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, a long time Woodstock resident, friend and mentor to the WFF from its inception. Bernstein served on the WFF Advisory Board, participated in programs and judged the festival's annual film composition award, which was named for him. 
In a joint statement WFF founders Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto said:
"Elmer was a true Woodstocker and was indeed a Maverick in the Golden Age of Hollywood when films were dominated by symphonic scores. Although he was a master at orchestral composition, he was also the first to use jazz and chamber ensembles, and was a groundbreaker in writing scores to further the storyline. We are incredibly grateful that the festival was able to premiere his brilliant, last major work for the film "Far From Heaven," and we will forever remember his personal integrity, kindness and grace."
This year's 5th Anniversary 2004 Woodstock Film Festival (Oct. 13-17) will be dedicated to the landmark Academy-Award winning composer. Blaustein said the festival's Elmer Bernstein Award for Best Film Score will continue and that they are consulting with Bernstein's office as to who will judge the annual prize.
Bernstein was nominated 14 times for an Oscar, having written the scores for more than 200 films including "The Ten Commandments," "The Magnificent Seven," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Man with the Golden Arm," The Great Escape," "My Left Foot," "Animal House" and "Far From Heaven," which he scored in 2002.
"For over a hundred years, Woodstock  has been a place of dreams and magic.
It was a place of dreams for visual art, for crafts, for music, for popular music, for theater, for political philosophy, for alternative lifestyles and it is entirely fitting that Woodstock should become a place of dreams and magic for films at this time." (Elmer Bernstein, 2001 - composer, honorary WFF advisory board member, friend, mentor)



Join us in kicking off the 5th annual Woodstock Film Festival Wednesday, October 13, when seven-time Grammy Award-winning banjoist Béla Fleck will team up with renowned bassist Edgar Meyer for an evening of acoustic music at the spectacular Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.
The evening's program, which will be announced from the stage, will include original works by Fleck and Meyer as well as classical selections, including pieces from the duo's recently released, critically acclaimed album Music for Two and Fleck's multiple Grammy Award-winning recording Perpetual Motion. The evening will offer not only the three Bs­ Bach, banjo and bass­but also a bit of jazz, baroque, and bluegrass.
The documentary, "Obstinato:Making Music for Two" will be featured as part of Focus on Music during the Festival. The movie, about the Fleck/Meyer partnership, was shot on the road during the first leg of their tour by filmmaker Sascha Paladino.
Ticket will be available shortly.

The Woodstock Film Festival announces it will recognize and honor the art of  Film Editing with a new award, starting with this year's 2004 festival.  The Maverick Award for Excellence in Film Editing will be presented in two categories: Narrative Feature Film and Documentary. This year's Festival runs from October 13-17.
The jury is comprised of some of the most respected and exciting names in film editing--Sarah Flack, Sabine Hoffman, and Doug Abel:
Sarah Flack edited one of last year's most critically acclaimed and award winning films--Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation". Among its myriad of awards, "Lost in Translation" won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, and Flack received the British Academy Award for Best Editing. Her other credits include Steven Soderbergh's "Schizopolis," "The Limey" and "Full Frontal" as well as Edward Burns' upcoming "Looking for Kitty", Jim Simpson's "The Guys", John Polson's "Swimfan", and Joe Berlinger's "Blair Witch II".
Sabine Hoffman edited Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity," winner of the 2003 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Award for Best Cinematography and has recently completed Miller's upcoming feature "The Ballad of Jack and Rose."  Other credits include Rodney Evans "Brother To Brother" (special Grand Jury Prize Winner at Sundance 2004 and the Showtime Award),  Morgan J. Freeman's "Desert Blue" and "Hurricane Streets" (winner of Audience, Best Director and Best Cinematography Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival).
Doug Abel is the co-editor of the hit documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" that is currently playing to both critical and audience rave reviews. His additional credits include "Fog of War," Errol Morris's sober, beautifully edited documentary portrait of the former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert. S. McNamara; "Pootie Tang," the film starring the hugely popular sketch character that was featured on the Chris Rock Show; and Michael Moore's "The Awful Truth."


Larry Fessenden, winner of the 2002 Maverick Award for his feature film "Wendigo" has released "What Are You Voting For?," a comic book dealing with the upcoming election and the state of the world.

“While we want to share this work with friends and like-minded folks in New York City and up here in Woodstock," Fessenden said, "we didn’t do it to get a pat on the back, we really want to make a difference by presenting the issues in a digestible format like a comic book. Our goal is to get it to the swing states this Fall. So we’re looking into ways to distribute it. Any ideas would welcome.”

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"Particles of Truth" (Woodstock 2003) will be opening in NYC on September 17th at City Cinemas Village East 181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street
Shot in and around Manhattan's Tribeca district, "Particles of Truth," chronicles the lives of eight connected New Yorkers over an intensely emotional 48-hour period as they deal with the self-doubt, emotional dishonesty, familial ties, and potential for love.
"An emotional seesaw ride...The images are so sharp and cut so deep it's as
if Elster made them with a scalpel."--Los Angeles Times
"Authentic Romantic Warfare"--Flaunt Magazine
"Standout's DAMM FINE"--Film Threat

With much anticipation the limited theatrical release and DVD release of "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music" has been announced by Palm Pictures.
For more information please go to


Former WFF volunteer Joan Schweighardt, is the author of "Gudrun's Tapestry," the historical thriller that won a 2004 Independent Publisher Book Award Finalist medal in Historical Fiction. The book, published in 2003 by Beagle Bay Books, describes a lone woman¹s quest to stop Attila the Hun¹s annihilation of her people. Loosely based on the medieval Germanic saga, "The Nibelungenlied" - also the source of a Wagnerian opera - Gudrun¹s Tapestry is pretty heady stuff, especially for someone whose parents were poor, uneducated and did not have books in the house.

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.
Coincidentally, Schweighardt's Orange County based GreyCore Press is pleased to announce the release of the Guess Who What When & Where Picture Trivia Book Series: Movie Edition. This is the first in a unique series of picture-based trivia books that use great b&w and color photographs to test readers' knowledge of their favorite entertainment pastimes. The package features full color and classic black & white stills from more than 150 all-time favorite movies. PICTURE TRIVIA: MOVIE EDITION is positioned to be THE hottest stocking stuffer of the holiday season. Visit Guess Who What When & Where Picture Trivia Book Series: Movie Edition for more details.










Local film production this month has been searing with big name productions including Jarmusch, Spielberg, Cruise and Kasdan coming to the area for scouting, and shooting.
Meanwhile ABL Communications has been filming Allen Blumberg's 1950s Noir independent feature "Ghost Dance," and Nautica shot a catalog spread with Michele Baker finding locations.
On July 29 & 30, CBS News Productions shot part of an upcoming Henry Lee Lucas documentary in Woodstock and surrounding area.
When the word went out from the Woodstock Film Commission website that Desireena Almoradie of CBS News Productions was searching for the look and feel of Appalachia in the 30's for an upcoming A&E biography show on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, Catskill Mountain Pictures' Bill Stitt immediately got in touch with her.  He learned that they were also seeking a 1970's trailer (that someone might have lived in), a 1970's automobile to use as a
picture car, as well as roads, woods, and assorted other possibilities.
"I knew we had it all right here," Bill says, "starting with Snyder's farm, just west of Saugerties.  We sent them pictures, and in less than a week they came to view possibilities and make decisions.  They had a pretty good time, I think.  While we were having lunch at Brio's in Phoenicia, as if on cue, a black bear showed up and rummaged through a dumpster across the street.  They couldn't believe it."
Then, the morning of July 29th, a cast & crew from New York arrived on location at Snyder's, where they discovered that in addition to the "Appalachian" setting & buildings, lots of extras were thrown in: a horse named Bucky, 2 geese, 6 goslings, 6 piglets, and more than 400 chickens. "We brought set dressing and props from the city, but didn't use any of it." said producer Kevin Huffman.  "Everything we needed was there.  You can't reproduce the kind of authenticity and mood of a place like Snyder's farm -- you have to go there."
Catering was by Stone Pony of Saugerties.  Ken Snyder, who owns the farm, turned out to be an extra himself, when he was asked to play a john, opposite Diane Rice, who played Viola, Henry Lee Lucas's less than savory mother.
The next day, the cast & crew turned up at Ray's Cabins: "Simpler Times", just outside of Phoenicia, where Kim Hoy, her mother, and aunt -- all from Kingston -- keep trailers on the banks of the Esopus River.  "They brought their whole family," said producer Kevin Huffman, "and it was great.  They were interested, cordial, and involved.  It was fun for everybody."  Lisa
Pugliese, and her daughters, Victoria and Linzey Pugliese were among those present, and the girls (Kim Hoy's nieces) were recruited and cast as extras.
"When we arrived -- around lunch time on the 30th -- to see how things were going," says Bill,  "it looked more like a neighborhood cookout than a film set. Some of the people from the area had been fishing in the Esopus, so there was fresh trout as well as hot dogs.  Cast, crew, family and friends all gathered around a delicious-smelling barbeque and everyone pitched in to help."
After lunch, they wrapped and moved on to Arthur Vogel's Willow Automotive to pick up a red 1972 Oldsmobile convertible and shoot on-the-road material, using nearby back roads.  Arthur and his truck were also recruited as extras, for a scene in which the young Lucas and his girlfriend were hitchhiking and picked up by a trucker.
Director Andrew Rothstein said they were delighted with the locations. "They couldn't have been more perfect;" he said, "they brought the story to life in a way that would otherwise be impossible.  And the people were wonderful."
"We'll be back for more projects," says producer Kevin Huffman, "this shoot proved that we can afford to shoot on location, get tremendous production value, look like we're thousands of miles away from New York, yet still be less than an hour and a half from the city."


Father-son Team on TV show 'American Choppers' to Buy New York Printing Plant
By Michael Levensohn (The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.)
RISMedia, July 29, 2004 (KRT)—The Teutuls are at it again.

Paul Sr. and Paul Jr., the father-son team behind the cable television hit "American Choppers," are buying the former Walden Graphics printing plant at 10 Factory St.

They're planning to move their specialty motorcycle-building business, Orange County Choppers -- as well as production of the show that documents their work -- to the 33,000-square-foot printing plant, which closed in March.

The deal is expected to close shortly. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Read more)

Democrat Photo by Jeanne Sager

JEFFERSONVILLE MAYOR ED Justus points to a Main Street that is headed for a substantial makeover courtesy of The Learning Channel and “Trading Spaces” star Genevieve Gorder this August.


Jeff Readies For National Spotlight

By Jeanne Sager (Excerpted from Sullivan County Democrat)
JEFFERSONVILLE — July 27, 2004 – Jeffersonville doesn’t need a “Clean Sweep,” and they don’t want to “trade spaces” . . . but they’re ready for an overhaul.
A “Town Haul,” that is.

Yes, the cable television network that has made a nation take a new look at chicken feathers . . . as wall coverings . . . and riveted viewers with the business of revamping, rehabbing and, basically, rehousing is coming to Sullivan County.

Jeffersonville is the first village in the nation to have captured the eye and imagination of Genevieve Gorder, a designer who has come to national prominence as the funky, free-spirited (and free-footed) chick who runs barefoot while helping recreate a room in just two days on TLC’s “Trading Spaces.”

According to Jeff Mayor Ed Justus, Gorder will spend a number of weeks in the village this summer and fall putting together an initial six-episode run. (Read More)


Excerpted from The New York Times - August 17, 2004 - By GLENN COLLINS
[NY] State lawmakers have approved the first tax credit to benefit film and television productions in New York, and many in the industry say the incentive will help lure more film productions to the city and the state and counter the flight of film jobs to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
Passed as part of the budget approved last Wednesday by the Senate and Assembly, the legislation commits the state to contributing $25 million annually for four years - a total of $100 million - in offering a 10 percent tax credit on the so-called below-the-line production costs, largely for blue-collar technicians and crew members. Actors' wages and the cost of
other creative work like scriptwriting are not included. (read the rest at
new York Times .com

In the July 2004 newsletter we mistakenly stated that Chad Sarno's latest culinary foothold was In the Raw, located at 65 Tinker Street in Woodstock. For the record, Woodstock resident and Woodstock Film Festival supporter Barbara Banfield is the sole owner and proprietor of In the Raw and is not in partnership with either Vibewise or Chad Sarno of Vital Creations. Barbara's website can be seen at Woodstock in the Raw.
We apologize for any confusion or misperceptions created by this error.









Reality Check is now the official sponsor of the 2004 Woodstock Film Festival youth initiative. Reality Check is a New York organization created by teens to expose the tricks, lies and manipulation that the tobacco industry relentlessly uses to get us to smoke.
3rd St. R & D Production Services and Rock n' Roll Radios are back as an equipment/tech sponsor
Docurama, Lowel-Light and have all come on board as award sponsors for the 2004 Woodstock Film Festival.

3rd St. R & D Production Services is a nationwide supplier of very large scale temporary communications systems for Special Events, Festivals, and Production Support; as well as large-scale concert sound, lighting, and logistics. For more info call Greg at (417) 336-4045 or visit

Founded in 1999 by parent company New Video Group Inc., Docurama is the only label dedicated exclusively to bringing critically acclaimed and cutting-edge documentary films to the home entertainment marketplace. Since its launch, Docurama has released over 100 award-winning and highly acclaimed documentary titles including DA Pennebaker’s Bob Dylan: "Don't Look Back," "The Brandon Teena Story," "Southern Comfort," "Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy," "Weather Underground," "Farmingville," and the recent theatrical phenomenon "Rivers and Tides," as well as both seasons of Michael Moore’s "The Awful Truth."

Lowel lighting equipment is ideal for use in digital imaging, film, video, and still photographic production. Their lights, controls, mounts and kits are designed and built for rugged dependable use, ease of operation & portability. Choosing the right equipment is first a matter of determining your specific technical and aesthetic requirements. Lowel Light products are available through Markertek and other resellers.

For over 25 years, Media Services has been a premier employer-of-record payroll company that handles crew and talent payroll for feature, television, commercial, corporate, and Internet productions world-wide. Along with our fully staffed music and residual payroll departments, Media Services offers production accounting services in our offices, or on-site at your production. is Media Services' discount retailer of the top production and accounting software in the industry. From prep to post-production, has incredible prices on screenwriting, scheduling, budgeting, and all your software needs.

WFF presenting sponsor, Markertek is one of the nation's largest direct marketers of broadcast & studio recording supplies and equipment. Whether you've visited them before or recently discovered them, you'll find that their way of doing business is simple. Markertek is the best professional supply solution for customers because they are the easiest, simplest, and most efficient place to find and buy everything you need for your studio or project. They have the most products in stock anywhere and ship quickly from warehouse distribution centers located on both coasts of the USA.

Their team is the best in the industry because they support the customers through all phases of their needs. Markertek customers are backed by a name they can trust.

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

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