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The Dry Land with special guests including America Ferrera and Melissa Leo

12th & Delaware





- 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 Tze Chun has corporations offering to pay for 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.

July 10 at the Rosendale Theater - THE DRY LAND

The Woodstock Film Festival will present THE DRY LAND on July 10, 8pm at The Rosendale Theater in Rosendale NY with SPECIAL GUESTS including America Ferrera.

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) who executive produced and stars in the film will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A following the screening along with director Ryan Piers Williams, Academy Award® nominated actor Melissa Leo (Treme, Frozen River) and emerging star Ryan O'Nan . Also in attendance will be film editor, Sabine Hoffman (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) and Academy Award® nominated producer Heather Rae (Frozen River). The Dry Land also features WFF alumni Jason Ritter (The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll) and Wilmer Valderrama.

The Dry Land, which just won the International Award for best feature film at the Edinburg Film Festival and was nominated for a 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, delivers a sensitive portrayal of James - an Iraq war veteran who after returning stateside cannot reconcile his traumatic experience abroad with the home life he once cherished.

Tickets are available online at The Dry Land or by phone at 845.810.0131

July 17 at the Harry Simon Auditorium at Onteora High School - Gasland

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.

Discussion with filmmaker Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey will follow the screening.Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $5+.


Rachel Grady & Meira Blaustein (WFF)
after screening of 12th & Delaware

12th & Delaware

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival presented 12th & Delaware by Academy Award® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Saturday, June 26, 3pm @Upstate Films at Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock.

12th & Delaware examines the controversy surrounding abortion by looking at the conflict by focusing on one corner in Florida that houses an abortion clinic and one side of the street and a pro-life organization across the way.

Participating in a Q&A after the film, co-director Rachel Grady gave Woodstockers behind the scenes accounts of the challenges filming inside both a pro-life center and an abortion clinic while attempting to deal with such a controversial issue even handedly.

For those who couldn’t make it to the screening, 12th & Delaware will screen on HBO sometime next month.

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


GRIZZLY ADAMZ With Special Guest MEDIA on July 3, 8pm at Bearsville Theater

GRIZZLY ADAMZ–John Medeski (organ, vox), Jamie Saft (guitar, vox), Danny Blume (bass, vox), Ben Perowsky (drums, vox)–is the culmination of 20 years of collaborations between its members. Individually they've been featured with bands such as Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh, The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, The Lounge Lizards, Lisa Loeb, the Klezmatics, Joan As Policewoman, John Scofield, and Walter Becker. A true Catskill Mountains Tour de Force of Rock!!!

w/ Special Guests:
MEDIA is Zachary Alford (drums & percussion), David Baron (synthesizers), Danny Blume (guitars), and Gail Ann Dorsey (bass guitar). Their music is an organic, atmospheric, and electronic landscape of controlled chaos, melodic mayhem, and sonic pleasure. Sometimes haunting and introspective, sometimes big and bouncy, always rhythmically irresistible; if Logan's Run had a house band, it would be MEDIA. Their song Barabarella is perfectly timed as Jane Fonda will be filming in the Catskills beginning July 2010.


We were all more than a bit shocked when we all heard the news that Simone Felice had been sent to Albany Medical Center for emergency open-heart surgery. Less than four weeks later, we're thrilled receive word that he's on the road to recovery and that he actually performed at the Clearwater Festival. Here are Simone's words regarding his ordeal and current recovery.

Beloved Friends,
I'm alive. Got my breast-bone sawed in two and my lungs collapsed and the main valve of my heart replaced by a carbon device that ticks like a pocket watch to the beat of my blood for the rest of my days, but I'm alive. Strange days indeed. What a wild thing to learn from the doctor: that for years you've been existing off 1/8th of the blood and oxygen your body and brain need, that he's baffled your still alive, that you would've surely died within the next year. Before I could say 'It's the day of the big surprise' I was under the knife. I want everybody who prayed for me or sent me their warm thoughts, to know that your goodness did not fall on deaf ears, I'm convinced that in some way I must have received every last one, and that all the love I've been shown in this hard time has indeed helped me make it through and to heal up so well and quickly.

When I wrote 'If You Ever Get Famous' two summers ago I could never have guessed at the significance of the line 'I'll say a prayer for your heart', but you all did, and I'm sure it's what saved my life. Read the entire letter online at


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. These posters will be displayed for a limited time at Barnes and Nobel in Kingston for previewing.

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



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.