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Smash His Camera
12th & Delaware


Holy Rollers
Racing Dreams




Tortola Island Stay






June 4
Woodstock Film Festival hosts special screening of
Smash His Camera

The Woodstock Film Festival will be hosting one of this year's top independent documentaries with a special one-night only screening of Smash His Camera, June 4, 8pm at the Bearsville Theater. Delicious French-inspired cuisine for pre-screening cocktail party and post-screening paparazzi party reception provided by Touché Restaurant.

Tickets are available at
To read more from Director Leon Gast, check out the Poughkeepsie Journal coverage.

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

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).


June 26
12th & Delaware

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group, in conjunction with 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 at Tinker Street in Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Academy® Award nominated filmmaker Rachel Grady.

"...casts a heart-rending light on the abortion divide..."
-LA TImes

"This excellent documentary carries us right into the battle that won't end."
-Huffington Post

For tickets, visit

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group is made possible by a grant from NYSCA.




- a compilation of shorts

How will Americans live in the 21st century? Which political and social issues will have dire consequences in 10 or 20 years? On Wednesday, June 30th, at 7:30PM at 92Y Tribeca, the Woodstock Film Festival and 92Y Tribeca are proud to present five inspired short films, created by visionary independent filmmakers (including WFF alum Tze Chun), that comment on our contemporary world by depicting a series of dystopian never-never lands of the near future.

Films will include:
Mister Green by Greg Pak won the Best Short Film Award at the Sci Fi London Film Festival.
The Rise by Garret Williams features an older couple that must forego their dreams of retirement.
Silver Sling by WFF Alum, Tze Chun has corporations offering to pay for chemically accelerated surrogate births.
Tent City by Aldo Velasco takes place in a world where housing is granted only to the powerful.
Tia And Marco by Annie J. Howell shows us a world in which all American citizens in good health are required to serve one year in a government job.

A Q&A with participating filmmakers will follow the screening.
FUTURESTATES is a co-production of the Independent Television Service (ITVS)

July 17 at the Harry Simon Auditorium at Onteora High School

Gasland won the Documentary Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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.

Q&A with filmmaker and additional panel of experts will follow the screening. Stay tuned for more Details!



Holy Rollers expands wider in NY and Cali and nationwide June 4

For those of you who missed the WFF special screening of Holy Rollers on May 6, you can now find it in theaters in select cities.To see if the film is playing near you, visit HOLY ROLLERS

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 (Jesse Eisenberg), 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.


Racing Dreams opened in select cities

The 2009 WFF Official Selection, Racing Dreams by Marshall Curry (Street Fight) is now in theaters. To view a list of theaters, CLICK HERE.

Hands gripped to the steering wheel, feet light and quick on the peddles, eyes fixed on the track, and hearts pumping out of their chests, Annabeth, Josh, and Brandon whiz past the finish line and into our hearts in Marshall Curry's “Racing Dreams.” The racers, ages 11-13, are competing in the World Karting Association’s National Championship, with dreams of becoming professional NASCAR drivers one day. Marshall's lens captures both the thrill of the races and the ups and downs his subjects deal with off the racetrack

June 18 - Cyrus

The 2010 Sundance Official Selection Cyrus, which is directed by long-tim festival friends Jay and Mark Duplass, hits theaters on June 18 care of Fox Searchlight Films. For a list of screening venues,visit Cyrus

Alone and acutely depressed, having just learned of his ex-wife’s wedding plans, John (John C. Reilly) can’t believe his luck when he encounters beautiful, charming Molly (Marisa Tomei) at a party. The two get along famously and launch a passionate affair—until Molly’s 21-year-old son, Cyrus, (Jonah Hill) enters the scene. Will Molly and Cyrus’s deep and idiosyncratic bond leave room for John?

Cyrus becomes a dark, poignant, sometimes hilarious war dance as Molly, Cyrus, and John walk the line between creepy and sympathetic. Each member of this awkward triangle teeters somewhere between bare honesty and furtive manipulation as he or she lets loose all manner of dysfunctionality. The excruciating, delightful fun is seeing where the boundaries ultimately land. (synopsis courtesy of Sundance)


Soundout For Scholarships Featuring Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, Matt Katz-Bohen Of Blondie With Special Guests Tracy Bonham, Happy Traum And Jerry Marotta, David Van Tieghem, Alex Belmont, Peter Dougan, The Woodstock Day School Rock Ensemble, And More...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Doors: 7pm

Show: 8pm

For tickets, visit Bearsville Theater

For info about the Woodstock Day School, visit them online

Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders) and JP Jones Perform at the Farm!
Saturday, May 29, 2010 - Doors 5pm, Show 6pm

JP, Chrissie and The Fairground Boys
The new project by Chrissie Hynde and
Welsh singer/songwriter JP Jones
with opening performer Joy Askew

An acoustic concert benefit for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys is the new project by Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders) and Welsh songwriter JP Jones. Co-written and co-produced by the pair, their new album Fidelity will be released on August 17.

For tickets, see Woodstock Animal Sanctuary

June 4-6: Radio Woodstock presents 6th Annual MOUNTAIN JAM

Radio Woodstock and guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) are proud to announce that the Mountain Jam Music Festival will return to Hunter, NY from Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Gov't Mule will anchor the multi-band bill for the sixth year in a row with two headlining performances. Haynes' fellow Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks will introduce a new band featuring his wife, singer Susan Tedeschi, to Mountain Jam. The new group will feature an original mixture of rock, soul, blues and roots songs by Trucks and Tedeschi, both of whom received 2010 Grammy Award nominations. Mountain Jam favorites Michael Franti & Spearhead will make an exclusive northeast summer festival appearance with their return to Mountain Jam for a 5th consecutive year.

Among others, the 2010 Mountain Jam lineup also features Levon Helm & Friends, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Les Claypool and Palenville's very own Simon Felice, as well as The Duke and the King.


Woodstock Author Marshall Karp to do local book signing for latest CUT, PASTE, KILL

After receiving a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, Cut, Paste Kill, the fourth in the Lomax and Biggs series, will celebrate it's official launch party Tuesday June 8 from 7-9 pm at Barnes and Noble, Ulster Plaza, 1177 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. If you're unable to attend but want a signed book, please call the store at 845-336-0590.

Cut, Paste Kill is a lot like Eat, Pray, Love only without all that food, prayer and sex. As usual, the body count piles up, only this time each one is found with a scrapbook that documents the motive for killing the victim.  If you’re a scrapbooker or a serial killer this one’s for you.

To purchase, visit Cut, Paste Kill

TBS is now developing The Rabbit Factory, the first installment in the Lomax and Biggs series.


HVFC has been working around the clock assisting many productions that have started or are slated to shoot in the Hudson Valley this summer. Its not too late to get involved in any of the 7 productions shooting this summer. For complete info and to view the HVFC directory, visit Hudson Valley Film Commission. The following are featured posts from two Hudson Valley Feature Film productions.

Another upcoming feature film is looking to shoot this summer in the Hudson Valley region from mid-July to mid-August. They are need of a major location (a horse farm) with a masculine/rustic looking home, a barn, stables/paddocks and smaller caretaker's home. The main house should have a rugged feel both on the exterior and interior, where property and home are not so strikingly maintained that it detracts from the lived-in, country feel that they need to create. Specifically, the interior should have 3-4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with a kitchen, den, and living/family room. They are certainly willing to production design, but, a wood-panel, grainy feel (darker color palette) to the rooms is of utmost importance, functioning as their starting point. Ideally, there will also be water on the property--brook, stream, pond. Additionally, stables and paddocks will be part of the set. See details at Hudson Valley Film Commission


The feature film FRANCINE is looking for a small, modest, downtrodden house where they can film for one day. Please email if you have photos or the perfect candidate in Kingston, Port Ewen, Esopus area.


For up to date posts regarding location needs, CREW CALLS, CASTING CALLS and more join us on Facebook, Twitter or Blogger.


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 on Tortola 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..


It's not every day that we are treated to luxury here at the festival... we're used to sweat equity and hard work, eating our meals in front of our computers... but Wednesday night, we were spoiled with an exquisite spread. Touché Restaurant, on Rte 212 in Woodstock, as you may have heard, is catering the June 4 Smash His Camera event with their French-inspired cuisine. WFF executive director Meira Blaustein and office manager Heidi Johnson were invited to their beautiful restaurant to taste a sampling of dishes, some to be served on June 4.

The evening started out with an incredible, grilled Caesar salad (who knew romaine was so good grilled!?), with a delicately placed crouton perfectly soaked in oil with fresh anchovy. Barbara, restaurant owner and chef (who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris) followed the salad with a remarkably refreshing, pallet-cleansing cold watermelon and strawberry gazpacho. Next up, the quinoa, an exotic black quinoa at that. For those of you who aren’t familiar with quinoa, it is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. These particular seeds were perfectly seasoned, presented with a gorgeous pesto sauce and topped with julienned summer squash. Are you hungry yet? Rounding off the meal, Meira and Heidi were served the most succulent, savory salmon cake with fresh melon relish all atop a tasty rémoulade. What a feast! Meira and Heidi, wondering if the restaurant's guests thought famous food critics were in their midst, and feeling as if they had been transplanted into an episode of Iron Chef, delighted in the delectable cuisine while discussing upcoming Woodstock Film Festival logistics (can't have a meal without work involved!)... Their fabulous dinner is just a bit of what you can expect June 4 and any time you visit Touché Restaurant, which here at the festival we highly recommend.