March 2010, PART II





Neil Young Trunk Show
The Eclipse












The Woodstock Film Festival and IFC Center Present:
The Battle of the Sexes: Animated!

It's a war that's been going on for eons - the Battle of the Sexes: Animated! Well, finally it will be resolved - mark your calendars! The Woodstock Film Festival and the IFC Center will present Battle of the Sexes: Animated! Monday, April 12 at 9pm, at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, NYC.

Famed animators and Woodstock Film Festival Animation Programmers Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane will square off toe-to-toe by showing the funniest, sexiest animated cartoons in a 5-round match to discover which gender makes the hottest cartoons! Screenings will be followed with a Q&A and battle with select animators and programmers.

And get this - the audience gets to decide the winner! Yes! The paying public will end this age - old controversy, once and for all declaring the winner!

For more information, click here, For tickets, visit IFC Center



Portrait of the Cuban-American Artist as a Young New York Filmmaker

Hugo Perez is a filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. Throughout April and May, his story is coming to a theater near you. As part of the Hudson Valley Programmers Group tour, Hugo will share his experiences producing documentaries in Cuba, making the transition from non-fiction to fiction filmmaking and his experiences as a Latino filmmaker who has been described as a ‘Latino Almodovar.’ 

Four of Hugo's critically acclaimed short films will be screened and followed with a conversation and Q&A. Films screening will include the NY Premiere of SEED, along with festival favorites Betty La Flaca and The Old Man and Hemingway, and never before screened scenes from Hugos' feature film work-in-progress,.

WOODSTOCK IN THE CITY & HVPG screening takes place
Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 pm at the 92Y Tribeca (click here for tickets)

HUDSON VALLEY PROGRAMMERS GROUP upstate screenings are scheduled for
Friday, April 30 at CSB Auditorium, 7pm SUNY New Paltz
Sunday, May 2 at 3pm at the Rosendale Theater (with reception to follow)

The filmmaker will be present for Q&A at all screenings.
The Hudson Valley Programmers Group tours are made possible by a grant from the
New York State Council for the Arts



Woodstock Film Festival Presents Holy Rollers

Thursday, May 6 at 7pm , join our host Stephen Hays of 120dB Films and special guests including Actor/Producer Danny A. Abeckasar for an exclusive screening and reception at SOHO HOUSE, NYC to benefit the Woodstock Film Festival.

The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guests , including actor/producer Danny A. Abeckaser and a reception with complimentary cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, wine and hors d'oeuvres. The event is being sponsored by 120 dB Films, Mary Giuliani Catering & Events, Ciroc Vodka, Heeb Magazine and Hachette Book Group.

Inspired by actual events, Holy Rollers uses the incredible story of Hasidic Jews smuggling Ecstasy in the late ’90s as a backdrop to examine the difference between faith and “blind” faith. Sam Gold, an insulated Hasid on the cusp of manhood, is frustrated by the constraints of his beliefs and his father’s poor business decisions. When Sam is presented with an opportunity to make some real money, he is caught between life as a smuggler and the path back to God and his worlds begin to unravel.

For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.


Ron Galella pursuing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in New York City in 1971. Image copyright and courtesy Ron Galella, Ltd.

Coming Soon from Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Programmers Group:

Smash His Camera was a 2010 Official Sundance Film Festival Selection and Winner of Best Director- US Documentary (Congrats to long-time festival friend, Leon Gast) and is on its way to a special screening in Woodstock! Date to be announced soon!

12th And Delaware was also a 2010 Official SFF Selection and was nominated for Grand Jury Prize- US Documentary and will tour throughout the Hudson Valley in June! Stay tuned for more information.

Additional spring screenings will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.


Neil Young Trunk Show

2009 Woodstock FIlm Festival official selection Neil Young Trunk Show (Directed by Academy Award® Winner and Woodstock Film Festival friend Jonathan Demme) hit theatres March 19. For a complete list of screenings and venues visit trunkshowmovie.com/

Neil Young Trunk Show: A showcase of Neil Young's soul in the musical and spiritual sense. Young is featured in the middle of the stage full of personal icons, at times alone in the center of a circle of his beloved acoustic guitars, at others in the midst of much-beloved musicians including Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Ralph Molina, Anthony Crawford and wife, Pegi Young. We follow the assembling and presenting of a concert in an intimate fashion, catching lighter moments backstage and between songs with Neil, the band and the crew.

The Eclipse

The Eclipse (WFF2009) by Dublin's Conor McPherson opens March 26 courtesy of Magnolia Pictures (see details).

In what seems almost a holy ritual set to melancholy music, silent servers set the stage in an elegant dining room in preparation for the Cobh Literary Festival held in a lovely Irish seaside town. It is in this insular world of the festival that Michael Farr (Ciarin Hinds), a widower, father and woodworking teacher serves as a volunteer assigned to shepherding best selling author Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle) to various events. Her book, "The Eclipse," a novel of the paranormal, is woven throughout with ghostly apparitions. Such otherworldly visions have lately begun to haunt Michael, still reeling from the death of his wife. Also in attendance is Lena’s one time lover, the philandering novelist Nicholas Holden, played with perfect pitch by Aidan Quinn as an arrogant and cynical alcoholic still in pursuit of Lena. Lush cinematography, brilliant performances and a haunting score deftly balance the truly scary moments with a delicacy seldom found in films dealing with the supernatural. "The Eclipse" easily and gracefully transcends the limitations of genre to become a parable of reaching across the void and learning to let go in order to come to terms with, and reconcile, life’s inevitable losses. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)



Tiger on TV

2009 Official WFF Selection The Tiger Next Door was picked by the Los Angeles Times as its "Prime Choice" for tv Thursday, March 25.

The special 43 minute TV version will premiere on Animal Planet at 9pm EST.

The Tiger Next Door tells the story of one man named Dennis Hill who has been breeding and selling tigers from his home in Flat Rock, Indiana for 15 years. Read More...

The documentary is also available in feature length form on DVD. Click here to purchase.



The Men Who Stare At Goats Now on DVD

2009 Official WFF Selection The Men Who Stare At Goats (with an all-star cast including George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey) was released on DVD Tuesday, March 23, 2009. Click here to purchase.

The Men Who Stare At Goats: In a comedic look at real life events that are almost too bizarre to believe, a reporter discovers a top-secret wing of the U.S. military when he accompanies an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission.


SAVE THE DATE! June 5th: Annual HVFC Fundraiser!

You may have read in the Daily Freeman or latest newsletter that the Ulster County IDA is showing their strong support of the Hudson Valley Film Commission, which attracts filmmakers to the area and provides support for everything from pre-production to post-production. It is “an important part of the creative economy,” said Lance Matteson, chief executive officer of the Industrial Development Agency and president of the Ulster County Development Corp which was responsible for a $30k grant.

Laurent Rejto said the film commission is intent on bringing film productions to the area but said that the non profit organization, which does not charge any fees, still needs to raise another $40,000 to meet its frugal annual budget of $70,000.

You can support film, economic development and the Film Commission by making your contribution and attending the Annual HVFC Fundraiser!

We expect a great turn out of filmmakers, local actors, politicians and industry professionals representing all the surrounding counties that benefit from the work of the Hudson Valley Film Commission.

The film industry brings in $5+ billion annually to the New York State economy. It is a vital component to economic development in the Hudson Valley. Stay Tuned for More Details.

A fundraising mixer and auction event is scheduled
for June 5 at BSP Studios. SAVE THE DATE

To make a tax deductible contribution, click DONATE





Woodstock Film Festival Call For Entries

The 11th annual WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (Sept 29-Oct 3, 2010) is currently accepting submissions in all categories. Early deadline May 21. Final deadline June 21. Entry fee range from $10 - $50.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a uniquely intimate, casual and friendly event, where highly respected industry "movers and shakers" mingle freely with emerging filmmakers, providing excellent networking opportunities in a fun and stimulating environment. Honoring quality, the 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 valued at $50,000 are given out. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary. To see 2009 details and jurors visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/entryform/index.htm

Award sponsors have included Lowel-Light, Panavision, Final Draft, Post Factory, A&E Indie Films, Markertek, The Lee Marvin Estate, the James Lyons estate and others.

WFF jurors and participants have included Academy Award® winners Marcia Gay Harden, Timothy Hutton, Barbara Kopple, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tim Robbins, Ang Lee and Haskell Wexler and Academy Award® nominees Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Vera Farmiga, Melissa Leo, Laura Linney, Ron Nyswaner, James Schamus, David Strathairn and Stanley Tucci, as well as industry pros and actors such as Kevin Bacon, Steve Buscemi, Matt Dillon, Ted Hope, Mira Nair, Parker Posey, Aidan Quinn, Liev Schreiber, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, John Sloss and Christine Vachon.

To apply online and for additional info visit woodstockfilmfestival.com/entryform/index.htm



Ulster County's Ralph and Ralph's debut cd Opposites now available!

Ralph & Ralph's debut CD, Opposites, is a lushly produced musical journey with four unique voices, tons of different instruments, catchy, beautiful melodies and fun, thoughtful lyrics!

"We like to sing about things kids and their grownups are feeling and thinking about - ('cause we know your kids are very deep thinkers!) - and we like to do it in a big fun musical way!" For more information and to listen online visit www.ralphandralphmusic.com



Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz and The Caregiver is now available at local bookstores

In this pair of moving, gracefully poignant novellas, sisters Pokras and Yariv explore the world of the elderly with deft humor and heart-wrenching detail.

About the Authors:
Long-time WFF friend, Barbara Pokras is an Emmy award–winning film editor and a member of American Cinema Editors, Inc. and of the Motion Pictures Editors Guild. She taught in the Cinema Department of the University of Southern California. She lives in Upstate New York.

Fran Pokras Yariv is the author of two screenplays and five novels, including Last Exit and Safe Haven. She was awarded a Writers Guild of America, East, Foundation Fellowship in screenwriting. She lives in Pasadena, California.

To purchase Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz and the Caregiver: Two Stories, click here.



First collaborative Hudson Valley Hunger Banquet

On Sunday, March 28, 5-7pm, at BSP (323 Wall street, Kingston NY 12401) eleven hunger relief organizations in the Hudson Valley will be coming together to host the first collaborative hunger event, a Hunger Banquet at Backstage Productions.

Few experiences bring to life the inequalities in our world more powerfully than an Oxfam Hunger Banquet event.  Unique and memorable, The Hunger Banquet event allows participants to experience firsthand how our decisions affect others in the world.  Click here for ticket info


About Mary Giuliani Catering & Events:
Mary Giuliani is one of NY's most sought-after caterers and event planners. Since establishing her catering company in 2005, Mary Giuliani has quickly garnered a list of corporate clients such as Warner Brothers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Carolina Herrera. On any given night, she can be spotted pleasing the palates of clients ranging from Bulgari, Cartier, Ferragamo and Zaco Posen to Sheryl Crow, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani, among many others. Known for catering high-end cocktail parties for as many as 300, Giuliani has also worked on film festival and premiere after-parties for as many as 1,500. For details, visit www.marygiuliani.com