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May 2010 Newsletter



Smash His Camera
Mighty Uke

12th & Delaware

The Living Wake

Entre Nos



Blossom Ball

Tortola Island Stay





WFF benefit at Soho House featuring HOLY ROLLERS

New York's meatpacking district was abuzz on Tursday, May 6. The Woodstock Film Festival was in town at the exclusive Soho House, NYC, for it's annual benefit featuring a special screening of the highly anticipated film Holy Rollers. The event was hosted and sponsored by 120dB films CEO Stephen Hays, with additional support from Mary Giuliani Catering & Events, Ketel One Vodka, Hachette Book Group, Heeb Magazine and Organic Nectar.

During the Q&A following the film, actor/producer Danny A. Abeckaser candidly discussed the impetus behind the film, which stemmed from his own upbringing in an orthodox Jewish community. He was ultimately driven to tell a story that was compelling, complex, ultimately redeeming and surprisingly universal. Producer Jen Gatien talked about her love for telling strong, character-driven NY stories.

It was a terrific event. Big thanks to Soho House, the sponsors, film distributor First Independent Pictures and everyone who attended. See you next time!

Catch Holy Rollers at a theater near you. Open May 21 in Los Angels and New York City. For schedule, trailer and more, visit


June 4 - Woodstock Film Festival to host exclusive screening of Smash His Camera

The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) will be hosting one of this year's top independent documentaries with an exclusive one-night only screening of Smash His Camera, June 4, 8pm at the Bearsville Theater. Food for the reception will be provided by Touché Restaurant.

Tickets are available at

The highly touted Smash His Camera, was directed by Woodstock's own Academy Award® winner Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) and edited by Woodstock's award-winning editor Doug Abel. The film, which documents the notorious life of pioneer paparazzo Ron Gallela garnered Gast the Best Director award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Paparazzi might be the norm in our celebrity-infested times, haphazardly snapping every movement of the rich and famous. Ron Galella, though, is the original paparazzo. He elevated the celebrity snapshot into art and, at 78, remains a stalwart in the business. Dogged in his quest to photograph celebrities in unguarded moments, he defines his passion for his work by the ups and downs of his career—documenting the parade of stars at a thriving Studio 54 and having the dubious honor of being sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (his favorite subject) and having his jaw broken by Marlon Brando. (Synopsis courtesy Sundance).


The Woodstock Film Festival and Onteora Central School District will co present a special screening of MIGHTY UKE on Monday, May 17, 7pm, at the new Harry Simon Auditorium at ONTEORA HIGH SCHOOL in Boiceville. The evening will also feature performances by renowned ukulele virtuoso James Hill, and the local ukelele ensemble We Can Lele,

The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted to benefit the Onteora High School Film and Broadcasting Program.

MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyo’s highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’s instrument: The Mighty Uke. For more info, see press release

Also, On Wednesday May 12 at 7pm, Mighty Uke comes to Baruch College in Manhattan for a special screening to open the NY Ukefest. The screening is free to the public.


June 26 - 12th & Delaware

The Woodstock Film Festival presents the 2010 Sundance Official Selection, 12th & Delaware - a uniquely powerful and balanced documentary about the ongoing pro-choice/pro-life debate (courtesy of HBO Films). The matinee screening will take place June 26 at Upstate Films onTinker Street in Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and reception with filmmaker Academy® Award nominated filmmaker Rachel Grady.

"Whether you're a hardcore pro-lifer or you call yourself uncompromisingly pro-choice (or, of course, if you fall somewhere in the middle), the fantastic new documentary 12th & Delaware represents your side of the argument remarkably well." Reviews Scott Weinberg of Cinematical.

More information to follow. Tickets will be open to the public.

Date to be announced - Gasland

When filmmaker Josh Fox discovers that Natural Gas drilling is coming to his area—the Catskills/Poconos region of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania—he sets off on a 24 state journey to uncover the deep consequences of the United States’ natural gas drilling boom. What he uncovers is truly shocking—water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, chronically ill residents of drilling areas from disparate locations in the US all with the same mysterious symptoms, huge pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation well blowouts and huge gas explosions consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. These are just a few of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland.


The Living Wake opens in NYC May 14
May 15 screening at Cinema Village will be hosted by WFF!

The Living Wake, starring Mike O’Connell and Jesse Eisenberg is finally seeing its theatrical release in selected cities beginning May 14.

To show its support for the former WFF AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER, the Woodstock Film Festival and executive director Meira Blaustein will host the May 15, 5pm screening at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St., in New York City. A Q&A will follow the screening with Writer/Producer/Actor Mike O'Connel, Writer/Producer Peter Kline and Director/Producer Sol Tryon. To view the full screening schedule and to purchase tiockets, visit Cinema Village.

Variety calls The Living Wake, "Precise, hilarious and mind-expanding..." It is a dark comedy set in a timeless storybook universe. Self-proclaimed artist and genius K. Roth Binew, has one day to live. Binew sets out to hand out invitations to his final party, a living wake.
For more info, visit The Living Wake

Entre Nos to hit theaters May 14, Sneak Peak May 7-9

The 2009 Official WFF Selection, Entre Nos is set to hit theaters in select cities. ''We are having special screenings in Jackson Heights May 7-9th and our official opening in NYC will be May 14th at Quad cinemas," Director Paolo Mendoza told WFF, "so if you want to have a NYC adventure come out to Jackson Heights, have some amazing Columbian food, watch Entre Nos and then if you're really down go dance the night away at a Salsa club!''

Entre Nos is the story of Colombian immigrant Mariana and her two small children who suddenly find themselves in the fight of their lives. Soon, life spirals downwards. Long nights on benches and under bridges, and collecting cans for money turn into a daily routine.

For a complete list os screenings visit Entre Nos

Cropsey, a documentary which peels back the layers of fact and fiction behind one of New York's most disturbing unsolved mysteries, will debut theatrically on Friday, June 4 at New York City's IFC Center. Voted to Indiewire’s Top 10 Undistributed Films from 2009 by Variety and Filmmaker Magazine, Cropsey will also screen in Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Boston, and across the Northeast where the urban legend is well known. Cinema Purgatorio is handling additional bookings (

The film screened at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2009 and the filmmakers hope to show it now in venues across the Hudson Valley. "I'm really looking forward to returning with the film to the Hudson Valley" said Director, Joshua Zeman. "The urban legend of the CROPSEY MANIAC originated back in the 40's & 50's at the Boy Scout and Jewish sleepaway camps of the Catskills. It eventually migrated down to the tri-state area where it was co-opted by the kids on Staten Island as the name for their own local boogyman. Our Q&A at Woodstock was one of the most engaging we ever had. People just really understood our message about the island being a dumping ground and what that does to the psyche of the community. I don't know where we are playing yet in the Hudson Valley, but I am sure we will find some great venues for the film".


HVFC is now working with six feature film productions – all of which are slated to start in the next five months. They range from small indies with tiny budgets and first time directors to productions to be directed by an Academy Award nominated actor and an Academy Award nominated director. Depending on the budget, each film is involved with respective unions.

One of the many highlights includes Higher Ground, which will mark the directorial debut of Academy® Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Down to the Bone).

Just announced is Peak Road Productions' Mother's House - a poignant ghost story starring Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order, Oz, What About Bob?).

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Larry Beinhardt's Salvation Boulevard is slated for the silver screen

A long-time Woodstock resident Beinhardt, also penned the novel American Hero on which the film Wag The Dog was based.

Salvation Boulevard will star Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly and Marisa Tomei, Oscar® Nominees Greg Kinnear and Ed Harris and Jim Gaffigan and Pierce Brosnan are all in the cast. The film is to be directed by George Ratliff (Joshua, Hell House) and produced by Mandalay's Oscar® Winner Cathy Schulman (Crash) and Celine Rattray.

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The Endometriosis Foundation of America Presents the 2nd Annual Blossom Ball

Join fellow Woodstockers and festival friends Mary and Ryan Giuliani with host Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef" this May 20th at the New York Public Library, as they raise awareness and funding for a cure for a disease that effects 5.5 million woman in America: Endometriosis.

Endometriosis (from endo, "inside," and metra, "womb") is a debilitating gynecological medical condition in females in which endometrial-like cells appear and flourish in areas outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the ovaries.

Join more than 700 influential attendees at the event, committee members include Padma Lakshmi, Eileen Guggenheim, Cindi Leive, Diana Taylor, Helena Christensen, Donna D'Cruz, Pamela Fiori, Amy Sacco, Monica Seles and Gail Simmons among others. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the event, visit Blossom Ball

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You can WIN and support WFF and HVFC Capital Campaign!

Please consider supporting the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission CAPITAL CAMPAIGN by bidding on this amazing one week stay at the GOLDEN PAVILION VILLA. Privately situated on 4 beautifully landscaped acres onTortola in the British Virgin Islands, this new 5000 sq. ft. Balinese-inspired villa has 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. It features stunning 180 degree ocean views, a heated infinity pool, hot tub, outdoor fire pit, billiards room, media room, office with fax/pc/wifi, gym, A/C in all primary rooms, 29’ powerboat and short walk to a perfect sandy beach.

The dates of stay must be coordinated with the owner and must be scheduled between April 18 and December 18. The value of the stay is $14,000 per week. *Share the experience with a few other couples and it's comparable to a hotel stay. Chef services are not included but available for extra. For additional info or to bid on this amazing package, visit online..



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