To view online, visit

June Newsletter

Brought to you by



12th & Delaware


Smash His Camera



Arts for Ulster
Arts from Ulster





"...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:
On an unassuming corner in Fort Pierce, Florida, it's easy to miss the insidious truth that's raging. But on each side of 12th and Delaware, soldiers stand locked in passionate battle. On one side of the street is an abortion clinic. On the other, a pro-life organization often mistaken for the clinic it seeks to shut down.

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 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:
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. For tickets, visit 92Y Tribeca.
FUTURESTATES is a co-production of the Independent Television Service (ITVS)


L-R: Doug Abel, Meira Blaustein (WFF), Ron Galella, Leon Gast

L-R: Doug Abel, Meira Blaustein, Ron Galella, Laurent Rejto, Leon Gast

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.

Smash His Camera made its debut on HBO June 7 and will make its theatrical premiere later this year courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

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),


June 18 - Cyrus

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
Monday, June 21, 2010 at 6:00pm

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

Human trafficking is a brutal and horrific reality.
We hope you will support our efforts in the fight against this global epidemic.


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

Coordinated by UlsterCorps / Hosted by Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
Events benefit Ulster County Service Agencies and not-for-profit organizations such as the Woodstock Film Festival. Upcoming events include:
Youth Day – Saturday, June 26, 12-5pm
Healing Arts Day – Saturday July 10, 12-5pm
Benefit Auction – Saturday, July 17, 6-10pm
Special Performance by Rebecca Martin – Friday June 18, 7pm

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, France Menk, Elaine Thompson, Harriet Grossman, Andrew Kirschner. For complete information about upcoming events, visit UlsterCorps or check them on on Facebook

Philippe Petit at WFF screening 2009
(photo credit: Naomi Graphics)

Arts from Ulster

Learn the art of balance from the master!

Philippe Petit, the man famous for tightrope walking between the twin towers, and a member of the Hudson Valley Community, will be offering three intense two-day courses to a select number of applicants August 9-15.

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.



location of the week


Six feature films
are currently in production or full blown pre-production in the Hudson Valley Catskills. Recent casting calls for Vera Farmiga's HIGHER GROUND and Bruce Beresford's PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING brought out throngs of SAG talent. In addition to feature films, several short films, TV shows and photo shoots are concurrently in the area

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.

For up to date information and a recap regarding recent postings, please visit us online at www,, or join us on facebook, twitter or blogger.


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.
For complete details, see Audition Post


Leonard, Irwin, Murphy, Butz get 'Higher'
Farmiga-helmed pic now shooting in New York
excerpted from GORDON COX for

Joshua Leonard (Humpday) and three Tony winners -- Bill Irwin, Donna Murphy and Norbert Leo Butz -- are among the thesps signed to appear in Higher Ground, now shooting in upstate New York. Vera Farmiga, who also stars, makes her directorial debut with the pic, based on Carolyn Briggs' memoir about her experiences with a radical Christian religious community.

On Set with WFF staffer and SAG actor Michael Burke on Higher Ground
Big time filmmaking touched down in the Hudson Valley this month with the start of production of Higher Ground directed by and starring 2009 Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga.  Morale was high during my second day on set as a member of the principle background at beautiful Lake Minnewaska in Kerhonkson. It was a gorgeous day for shooting with gentle wisps of clouds in the sky and perfect temperatures for shooting as I patiently waited on set for filming to begin.  The crew worked hard and long into the night, and the actors hit their marks and everyone made things lively and humorous, including co-star Norbert Leo Butz’s hilarious improvisations that kept everyone on their toes. 


Markertek - Expendables - Cables - Equipment - Tools for Film + Lots More

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