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The Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission, proven economic engines for the Hudson Valley, are on the verge of making a long-time dream a reality. They are launching an Capital Campaign to secure a permanent home and FILM CENTER.
Year-round, the Film Center will host filmmakers, film-related workshops, classes, special events and serve as a hub to continue producing events like the recent sold-out screenings of The Dry Land, which featured Ugly Betty star America Ferrera & Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo who both spoke and mingled with the crowd, and the sold-out screening of the powerful documentary Gasland with guests: director Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey.
The Film Center will also greatly increase the film commission's productivity by not only serving as offices for staff, but for productions shooting in the area. Recent Hudson Valley productions have included Higher Ground, directed by and starring Academy Award nominee and Hudson Valley resident Vera Farmiga and Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, directed by two-time Academy Award nominated director and 2010 WFF Maverick Award Recipient Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercie, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy) starring double Academy Award recipient Jane Fonda and another two-time Academy Award nominee, Catherine Keener.
Please help us meet our goal by sending your capital funding campaign donation to Woodstock Film Festival, PO Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 or dropping it off in person at 86 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498.
For complete details, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/capitalcampaign.php
WFF recently unveiled its beautiful 2010 official poster designed by Hudson Valley based artist Portia Munson.
Munson's "flower mandala" will be the face of the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival, "I am honored to have created this year's Woodstock Film Festival poster," said Munson. "I created it using flowers from my Catskill garden. The Hudson Valley region has always had a long and vibrant connection with the arts and the film festival (and all the film production that comes with it) has manifested this heritage."
One-hundred (100) 18” x 24” limited edition posters will be signed by Munson and available on the WFF website for $100. Twenty-five (25) Limited Edition Archival Giclée Fine Art Prints measuring 17" x 22" are also available for $1500.
To Purchase the limited edition, CLICK HERE.
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FULL LINE-UP, Schedules & Ticketing
The Woodstock Film Festival will announce its full line-up on September 1. Film schedules, box office and online ticketing will be available shortly afterward.
Check the WFF Website for details as they are announced www.woodstockfilmfestival.com or stay tuned for more information about schedules, line-up and tickets in our next newsletter.
PRESS & MEDIA OUTLETS interested in covering premiere screenings, panels and other festival events should apply for media credentials
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
The Woodstock Film Festival is also thrilled to announce that long time film distribution guru BOB BERNEY will similarly be presented with the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival Trailblazer Award during the Gala Award Ceremony.
Additional Honorary Awards to be announced soon.
For complete details, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/awards_2010.php
BERESFORD'S LATEST IN THEATERS
WFF would like to extend its congratulations to Burce Beresford, the 2010 Maverick Award Recipient, on his latest motion picture release, Mao's Last Dancer. The film is hitting theaters across the country on August 20.
The true story of Li Cunxin and his journey from rural China to the bright lights of ballet stardom is brought to the screen in this biographical drama from director Bruce Beresford. In 1972, 11-year-old Li Cunxin (Huang Wenbin) is living with his parents, Niang (Joan Chen) and Dia (Wang Shuangbao), and six siblings while attending a tumbledown school in Shandog province. Li's life changes when representatives of Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy visit his school, and he is one of several students believed to have promise as a dancer. While life at the school is difficult for Li and many of the instructors are harsh and unforgiving, Chan (Zhang Su) takes the boy under his wing and grooms him into one of the school's star pupils.
For theaters times, trailer, and complate info, visit www.maoslastdancer-movie.com/flash.html
THE TILLMAN STORY
Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002 and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, than the caricature created by the media. And when the government tried to turn his death into war propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Pat's mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family's crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son's life and death.
Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat's fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev's emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat's death and calls to task the entire chain of command, but also examines themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself
Thanks to a Grants from ULSTER SAVINGS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
The Youth Initiative Program appeals to ethnically and financially diverse students (ages 14 to 18) throughout Ulster County. These students participate in the Program’s Youth-At-Risk Film Intensive Workshop, Career Day, Youth Screenings and workshops. The Initiative Program’s mission is to enrich students’ lives through exposure to a variety of creative outlets and career opportunities.
“Along with the creative inspiration provided by the 'Youth Initiative Program', students are also given problem-solving techniques and other methods to enhance their self-esteem in personal and professional environments,” said Jeffrey D. Wood, Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation Executive Director. “The Charitable Foundation applauds the Woodstock Film Festival’s commitment to youth in our community.”
Last week, at-risk teens gathered daily at the Center for Creative Education in midtown Kingsotn for the Film Intensive led by filmmaker and film journalist Annie Nocenti who has recently returned from working with youth at the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. Along with Nocenti, the program's staff included WFF Tech Director Jeff Kantor, who gave the students a crash course in how to use a camera and light a scene, editors Jordan Mathews and Sabine Hoffman, who talked of their experiences as professional editors and assisted with the editing process, composer Peter Wetzler who focused on sound design and music composition, Academy Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Paunted Veil).
"We did bootcamp filmmaking: we made a short documentary and a short fiction in a week. Over the course of that time students got a chance to try every aspect of filmmaking: writing, shooting, sound, lighting, editing, and music. The guest teachers were amazing. I think the students now have the confidence needed to make their own films," said Nocenti.
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl – An Acoustic Concert Benefit for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT) is the new project by Sean Lennon and his musical partner and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Their first album “Acoustic Sessions” is due Oct. 26 and being released by Chimera Music. Listen to samples here.
The concert will be held on an open lawn at the Sanctuary in Willow, NY, directions here.Opening for GOASTT will be an acoustic set from Undersea Poem, followed by Woodstock locals Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Amy Helm (Levon Helm’s band and Ollabelle) performing as a duo called Love Is For The Birds.
For more information click here
|A&E INDIE FILMS is back on board as a silver sponsor.
A&E INDIEFILMS® is the feature documentary production arm of A&E Networks. Since its inception in 2005, A&E IndieFilms has gained an impressive track record, with both Murderball and Jesus Camp nominated for Academy Awards. The latest IndieFilms documentary by director Amir Bar-Lev, The Tillman Story, premiered at Sundance 2010 and is being released theatrically by The Weinstein Company in August.