"...may just be the finest documentary film ever made about the abortion issue." -Cinematical
June 26 - 12th & Delaware - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
The Hudson Valley Programmers Group in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival will present 12th & Delaware by Academy Award® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Saturday, June 26, 3pm @Upstate Films at Tinker Street in Woodstock. A Q&A with Grady will follow the screening, which is being presented courtesy of HBO Films.
“12th & Delaware represents our journey into the most complex subject matter that we have delved into to date," explained Heidi Ewing. "We hope we have crafted a film that stays with people long after they leave the cinema."
About the Film:
For tickets, visit woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/12thanddelaware.php
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 30, 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:
A Q&A with participating filmmakers will follow the screening. For tickets, visit 92Y Tribeca.
Smash His Camera - A revealing look at paparazzi pioneer Ron Galella
On June 4, the Bearsville Theater was turned into a paparazzi shooting gallery when the Woodstock Film Festival presented Academy Award® winner and Woodstock resident Leon Gast's new documentary Smash His Camera to a sold out house.
In attendance was the subject of the film, paparazzi extraordinaire Ron Galella, who spent much of the evening doing what he does best, photographing everyone at the party. Galella is widely credited as being the first of the Hollywood paparazzo, and Smash His Camera details Galella’s exploits photographing everyone from Jackie Onassis to Marlon Brando, the sometimes-questionable methods he used and the controversy he often caused. In the spirit of the film other photographers roamed the room snapping photos of all the guests as they chatted away.
The film was received with a rousing ovation and afterward Gast, Galella and editor Doug Abel sat down with Woodstock Film Festival director Meira Blaustein for an informative and entertaining Q&A session interrupted only by Galella’s picture taking of the audience. A reception followed the screening with Touché Restaurant providing a delicious spread of food.
Pictures from the event can be viewed online at Smash His Camera gallery.
Los Angeles Film Festival
Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival is headed all the way across the country for another visit to the LA Film Festival. And it may be hard to believe but its not all sun, surfing and partying out there! Meira will be working hard to help program the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival, by scouting out some of the year's top indie films.
The viewing schedule includes three films that were produced primarily in the Hudson Valley: Bitter Feast directed by WFF alum Joe Maggio (Milk and Honey, Paper Covers Rock), the documentary Ain't in it for My Health, about long-time Woodstock resident and member of The Band, Levon Helm, and Marwencol about local artist Mark Hogancamp.
Other films of particular interest inclue Gasland by Josh Fox which WFF will screen July 17, Cyrus by WFF alums Mark and Jay Duplass, Upstate, Everyday Sunshine and Cold Weather by Aaron Katz and Where Are You Taking Me by WFF alumni Kimi Takesue (Suspended),
The 2010 Sundance Official Selection Cyrus, which is directed by long-time 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)
World Premiere Red Carpet Screening of REDLIGHT
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu produced and narrated REDLIGHT, which premiered at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival The documentary is, an inspiring and powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of the 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 and won other numerous human rights awards around the world. For more information about the film, visit http://www.redlightthemovie.com
A History of the Boys and Girls - The latest release from Mark Donato
A History of the Boys and Girls is the latest studio release from Woodstock musician Mark Donato. In the June issue of Roll Magazine, Crispin Kott wrote, "Mark Donato’s latest album, the charmingly quaint A History of the Boys and Girls, draws its title from an unfinished work by the late poet and author Delmore Schwartz, who in his lifetime influenced everyone from Saul Bellow to Robert Lowell to Lou Reed. It’s worth noting the disparate group of names in an effort to draw a parallel between the disparate sounds on this utterly wonderful collection of songs."
Donato is a native of Pennsylvania who at the age of eighteen, saved a thousand dollars and moved to New York City, where he inherited a band. He spent several decades as a grateful prisoner of New York's Downtown music scene before moving to a rural Upstate community, where he can now be found playing songs in his garage or recording at one of the many regional recording studios. Lately he's been playing music in the general vicinity of Woodstock, NY, famous for its dreadlocks and maple syrup.
To purchase, visit A History of the Boys and Girls.
Arts for Ulster Collaborative Exhibit & Fundraiser
50 ARTISTS - WORKS - CAUSES
Milton Glaser, a world-renown graphic artist often frequents Woodstock to generate ideas in a peaceful environment. Using numerous styles, Glaser has created popular works including the now infamous "I Love New York" icon known worldwide. Glaser has been involved in unique projects including the design of New York Magazine while receiving a number of awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Illustrators among others. Glaser contributed his talent to the Woodstock Film Festival by designing the 2009 festival poster.
Other artists include Jane Bloodgood-Abrams,
Andrew Kirschner. For complete information about upcoming events, visit UlsterCorps or check them on on Facebook
Arts from Ulster
Last May the Woodstock Film Festival hosted a special screening of Man On Wire (the 2009 Academy Award® Best Documentary Feature) followed by a Q & A in which Petit answered questions on all topics from the mechanics of tightrope walking to his feelings on life, friendship, art and filmmaking.
The course will offer both a hands on experience in learning the art and a brief history of tightrope walking. Students will participate in exercises to develop the center of gravity within themselves and all things.
The course will be held at STREB LAB FOR ACTION MECHANICS (SLAM) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more information, visit for STREB
The Woodstock Film Festival and grant maker Lowel-Light , will once again support, promote and reward the next generation of inspired filmmakers with their annual award.
In memory of Diane Seligman , a beautiful person who celebrated life in the way she lived, and for all those who knew Diane and in whom she lives, the DIANE SELIGMAN AWARD is presented to the "Best Short Narrative" and "Best Student Short" to honor films that are vibrant, life affirming and created by filmmakers filled with energy, creativity and passion.
Diane lived in the moment, in the flow, in harmony with the life force & source with grace and dignity. She was grateful for every day.
BUSY PRODUCTION SUMMER IN HUDSON VALLEY
Film production is a bright light in an otherwise gloomy economic environment. The economic impact of local media production results in millions of dollars, hundreds of part time and full time jobs, educational opportunities, and additional revenues that come from travel to the area by film crews, post-production work, marketing, screening exhibitions and much more. Production is taking place in regional counties including Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.
The Hudson Valley Film Commission is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides FREE support to independent & studio features, short films, student projects, TV ads and regional filmmakers. HVFC also maintains a widely viewed FREE online production directory, message board, newsletter blurbs, casting and crew calls and job opportunities. In addition to providing this forum to filmmakers and local businesses, HVFC provides technical, location and talent guidance, referrals and promotion through press and advertising opportunities.
UPCOMING CASTING CALL
Washington Square Films will be holding auditions for a feature-length film called FRANCINE, which will be shooting in the Catskill/Hudson Valley region this summer from mid-July through August. The film centers around an aging inmate on parole who moves to a lakeside town and takes a series of jobs working with animals where she is forced to reconsider the meaning of captivity.
Washington Square Films will be considering actors and non-actors for the film.
HIGHER GROUND IN HUDSON VALLEY
Leonard, Irwin, Murphy, Butz get 'Higher'
On Set with WFF staffer and SAG actor Michael Burke on Higher Ground
Markertek - America's Broadcast Supply House has come oon board as a sponsor of the Hudson Valley Film Commission. Based right here in Saugerties, NY (and now in the UK also), Markertek is one of the nation's largest direct marketers of audio and video supplies. Markertek is the best professional supply solution for customers because they are the easiest, simplest and most efficient place to find & buy everything you need for your studio or project. Visit Markertek