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2009 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
WFF WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU AND YOURS
May you be surrounded by friends and family and may your stomach
Sex trafficking and the documentary "REDLIGHT" will be the subject of conversation on Larry King Live on CNN on Tuesday November 22 at 9pm EST. Guests will include Lisa Ling, Ashley Judd, and UNICEF ambassador and actress Lucy Liu, who attended and premiered "REDLIGHT at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival.
Narrated and co-produced by Lucy Liu, "REDLIGHT" is a powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world. The film, directed by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni was produced over a four year period and focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia.
Our good friends at STRANGER THAN FICTION are screening DOUBLE DARE, a double-barreled, action-packed documentary about two Hollywood stuntwomen, Jeannie Epper and Zoë Bell. Jeannie, who refuses to retire at sixty-four, doubled for "Wonder Woman" in the 70's, and Zoë landed the coveted job doubling "Xena" at the age of eighteen. With star-studded interviews and rollicking live-action stunt sequences, DOUBLE DARE is a candid look at two strong, dedicated women who pursue tough careers in male-dominated Tinseltown.
The film follows Jeannie and Zoë's daily struggles to stay employed, stay thin and stay sane-against the backdrops of Xena,Wonder Woman,6 Feet Under, and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, among others. It features interviews with Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Lucy Lawless and Lynda Carter. Directed by Amanda Micheli who received an Academy Award, the IDA award and a national POV broadcast for her first film, JUST FOR THE RIDE (her recent film LA CORONA was also nominated for an Academy Award).
A 2003/2004 film festival favorite, DOUBLE DARE won the Audience Award at AFI, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Sonoma Valley Film Festival as well as Best Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival.
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The Academy has released it's annual Documentary Short-List. Reduced from 89 qualifying documentary features, 15 are now short-listed. Of those 15 selected, two have recently screened at the Woodstock Film Festival. GARBAGE DREAMS -Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.), which screened at the 10th Annual Festival and recieved the James Lyons Award for Best Editing in a Documentary and UNDER OUR SKIN -Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures), which screened in 2008's Festival. The Woodstock Film Festival would like to congratulate ALL films that have been shor-listed for this year's 82nd Annual Academy Awards.
The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010.
GARBAGE DREAMS follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for 'garbage people.' Far ahead of any modern 'Green' initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.
UNDER OUR SKIN: Andy Abrahams Wilson's first feature documentary is a landmark film that breaks the silence on the shadowy and long misunderstood Lyme disease. While seeking to explain why thousands are misdiagnosed each year and told that it is "all in their heads," UNDER OUR SKIN navigates the complicated web of factors that have kept patients from getting the care they need while revealing potential ties to Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig's disease.
ME AND ORSON WELLES
An official Selection of the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival, ME AND ORSON WELLES is the story of a teenager brimming with passion yet directionless, who stumbles upon Orson Welles on the streets of New York. He is miraculously cast as Lucius in Welles’ Mercury Theater production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – the play that would catapult the twenty two year old Welles to Broadway and later Hollywood fame.
“I wasn’t going to do this film if I didn’t have an ‘Orson’.” 2009 Honorary Mavrick Award Recipient Richard Linklater states about his latest movie. It’s a challenge but sometimes movies about famous historical figures do hit their mark; Peter O’Toole still is T.E. Lawrence, ditto Warren Beatty’s portrayal of Jack Reed, and now we have Christian McKay as Orson Welles.
But equally captivating is Zac Efron as protagonist Richard Samuels. Based upon author Robert Kaplow’s real life experience, this is a coming of age story set amidst the dramas of the theater, both on and off stage.
Fast paced, funny and inspired, ME AND ORSON WELLES is both intimate and epic. When the spotlight is on the brilliant and unpredictable Welles, the film becomes larger than life; when focused on Samuels, it is an endearing portrait of a young man trying to find himself.
UP IN THE AIR
The Closing Night Film of the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival is being released nation wide!
From Jason Reitman, the Oscar®-nominated director of Juno, comes Up in the Air, the timely odyssey of Ryan Bingham (Oscar® winner George Clooney), a corporate downsizer and consummate modern business traveler who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly finds himself ready to make a real connection.
When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga), Ryan’s boss (Jason Bateman), inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert (Anna Kendrick), threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home.
Cast/Featuring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey.
Currently in production: Scareflix feature #8 - STAKE LAND
If you were driving up Route 28 through Andes, NY on Friday, November 13th, and feared that vampires and armed marauders had taken over – FEAR NOT. Shotgun carrying vigilantes were simply battling two vampires on the set of STAKE LAND, a Glass Eye Pix feature film production directed by Andes resident, Jim Mickle.
View STAKE LAND teaser online at CLICK HERE
As we approach the 2009 holiday season, consider stocking up on some colorful mugs (and caps) or frame a limited edition signed Milton Glaser poster for that film or design aficionado in your life. We still have a small number of 10th anniversary t-shirts available as well.
Would you like to see YOUR COMPANY LOGO OR BANNER ON THE HEADER OF THIS NEWSLETTER going out to 15,000 monthly? How about on key banners and marketing materials during the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival?
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