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2010 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER WRAP
The 11th Woodstock Film Festival wrapped on October 3 after a 5-day schedule of over 150 films, panels, concerts andother events.
It takes an enormous amount of time, frugal spending and an incredibly dedicated staff (including over 300 volunteers) to make the annual Woodstock Film Festival possible. Our heartfelt thanks go out to staff members, volunteers, filmmakers, industry members, advertisers, sponsors and all particiapants who made this years event such a success. We are also eternally grateful to our major sponsors and supporters without whom the festival would not be possible espacially 120dB Films, A&E Indie Films, Time Magazine, BMI, Ketel One Vodka, Lowel Light, Teany Beverages, WDST, NYSCA and the NEA. Anyone interested in coming on board as a 2011 sponsor or making a capital campaign donation for the WFF & HVFC FILM CENTER should contact us.
Record attendance featured more filmmakers and industry members than any previous year, with participants from all corners of the country and the world including Greenland, Iceland, England, France, Denmark, Canada and Mexico.
Festival guests included Richard Abramowitz, John Anderson, Signe Baumane, Bruce Beresford, Bob Berney, Jon Bowermaster, Kenneth Bowser, Ed Burns, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vera Farmiga, Larry Fessenden, Alex Gibney, Jonathan Gray, Adrian Grenier, Tess Harper, David Hinds (Steel Pulse), Ted & Vanessa Hope, Barbara Kopple, Ray Kurzweil, Michael Lang, Ron Mann, Ron Nyswaner, Bill Plympton, Bingham Ray, Keanu Reeves, Doreen Ringer-Ross, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, John Sloss, Lemore Syvan, Molly Thompson, Mark Urman and other industry leaders participating in illuminating Q&A's, panel discussions, receptions, parties and the WFF Awards Gala.
Films at the 2010 featured a record sixty premieres including spotlight films, special screenings, animation, themed shorts and programs including Exposure, Focus on Music, Fright Night and World Cinema. Participating studios and distributors included IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, Overture Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, A&E Indie Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Arthouse Films, First Run Films, Film Movement and others. For complete schedule, please visit the 2010 Schedule online.
Panels featured stellar discussions with leading industry members on a variety of topics including technology and humans with The Singularity is Near featuring Ray Kurzweil and
Martine Rothblatt, Film Marketing and Publicity, Amazing Women in Film, New Distribution Paradigms, Music For Change, Legal Issues in Film Workshop with Elena M. Paul, Esq., from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Actors Dialogue, Documentary Workshop - Focusing on the Craft of Filmmaking and Environmentally Speaking: Improving Our Planet with the Power of Film. Clips from many of these panels are available for viewing online at 2010 WFF Videos
Live music at the 2010 WFF featured The Good Listeners with Entourage superstar Adrian Grenier following a screening of the documentary Don’t Quit Your Daydream. Justin Sane did a solo acoustic set after the screening of Sounds Like a Revolution while John Cohen and the Dustbusters paid tribute to Roscoe Holcomb following the screening of Cohen’s short doc about the bluegrass legend, Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky. Ten minutes prior to the concert, the 78 year old director was sauntering across the stage at the Maverick Awards to receive the Diane Seligman Award for Best Short.
The Don’t Go In the Woods band entertained an enthusistic audience following Vincent D’Onofrio’s directorial debut of the singing scream-fest Don’t Go in the Woods, as part of ‘Fright Night’ at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper. An after party for the film Rockteady brought out the musical surprises of the weekend with special guest performances by David Hinds of Steel Pulse, Dr. Israel and Patch
Parties and special events reigned supreme with Opening Night at New World Home Cooking with host and chef/owner Ric Orlando who was exuberant from his recent win on Food Network’s Chopped and appearance on the $50,000 Chopped Champions.
Pierre-Luc Moeys and Nina Paturel hosted two parties at their two wonderful restaurants. The VIP Filmmakers party was hosted by Oriole 9 and co-sponsored by Urban Outfitters while the Inuk Party was held on the patio of the Yum Yum Noodle Bar sponsored by the Danish Consulate in NY.
Other parties included a special celebration for the world premiere of The Tested, an NYU bonfire – hosted by Jonas Carpignanoa (Resurrection Man) a late night gathering hosted by Jonathan Gray (read more about this after party in the Time Herald Record), the annual BMI dinner at Oriole 9 with special guests including Amy Irving, Edward Burns and John Sebastian, a party for Jonathan Segal's Norman, Ron Mann's annual Sunday brunch at Cucina and the sublime Pre-Awards Dinner hosted and catered by Mary Giuliani Catering & Events at Jeff Millstein's Studio 331.
In addition to Don’t Go in the Woods, ‘Fright Night’ at the Emerson Resort and Spa also featured Joe Maggio’s Bitter Feast, which scared and delighted audience members after they enjoyed a meal created by celebrity chef Mario Batali and catered by Mary Giuliani Catering & Events. The Friday night filmmaker party hosted and sponsored by the glorious Emerson Resort and Spa drew a crowd of over 400. Attendees were treated to flowing vodka from the Ketel One ice sculpture, Palm Beer, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, scrumptious hors D'oeuvres and delictible WFF cupcakes from the Hudson Valley Dessert Company.
The 2010 WFF Awards Gala at BSP Studios in Kingston was attended by more than 500 film aficionados. Emceed by Academy-award nominated writer/director Ron Nyswaner (The Painted Veil, Philadelphia) award presenters included Jonathan Gray, Leon Gast, Heidi Ewing, Petra Epperlein, John Anderson, Amos Poe, Ryan Pierce Williams, Bill Plympton, Sabine Hoffman, Craig McKay, Molly Thompson, Amy Dotson, Barbara Kopple and others.
The following Awards were presented:
The Diane Segilman Award for Best Short Documentary (sponsored by Lowel Light) went to John Cohen for Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky
The Diane Seligman Award for Best Short Narrative (sponsored by Lowel Light) went to Hirosaki Players by Jeff Sousa
The Maverick Award for Best Animated Short went to Music Scene by Anthony Sheppard.
The James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature went to editor Robert Hoffman for Norman.
The James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Documentary Feature went to Kate Amend and Tchavdar Gerogiev for One Lucky Elephant
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography went to Inuk cinematographers Xavier Liberman and Franck Rabel. The following comment was released by Mr. Wexkler regarding the film: "The film did a miraculous thing, to involve us in a story and never once be aware that there's anything like cameras, crews, or dollies within a thousand miles. Even for film-wise people like myself, the way the photography tells the story with extreme close ups, dolly shots, and parallel actions, it never called attention to itself or made me look for secondary snow tracks for the snowmobile I know they must have had. Fortunately, in praising the photography I would like to compliment the director, the editor and the actors out there at the top of the world telling us a great human story".
In receiving the WFF Trailblazer Award after an introduction from Bingham Ray and Benicio Del Toro (via video feed), distribution guru Bob Berney said, “The spirit of celebration in Woodstock is really true. It’s a blend of music, film and arts that has a beautiful sense of community and support.”
Academy-Award nominated actor Tess Harper whose career was launched by her role in Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies made a heartfelt introduction by describing the 2010 Maverick Award Recipient as “The great Aussie himself.” The two-time Academy-Award nominee, who has been filming and editing his latest feature “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding in the Hudson Valley over the past several months, was jovial in his acceptance. “It's a great honor,” he told the audience. “It's been wonderful working here in Woodstock and the Hudson Valley... It's been a thrill here.”
After being bestowed with the Excellence in Acting Award by his effervescent Henry’s Crime co-star Vera Farmiga, Keanu Reeves reflected on the many acknowledgments of the evening. “Thank you very much to the Woodstock Film Festival for this acknowledgement. When I think about it and watching everyone here tonight come up on stage with their acknowledgments you kind of realize how much goes into what is behind us in terms of director, writers, editors, distributors – the see and be seen, and all the kind of hard work that goes into making a film and making a performance... On behalf of myself - and everyone I have ever worked with - thank you very much for this award.”
A warm 'sunshine' Woodstock welcome was extended to all visitors by audience members, festival volunteers, staff and locals. Over the five days, visitors spent their time falling in love with the region – enjoying area stores, restaurants and the beautiful landscape in addition to festival events. Here are a few comments…
"Thanks for putting on such a fantastic festival. It was truly the best thus far in my career. The authenticity and welcoming spirit is beyond compare.” - Mike Magidson, Inuk
"The Woodstock team has created an incredible festival for both audiences and filmmakers alike. We met so many incredibly kind, generous and talented people - it is a testament to you and the organization for making all of this happen. Thank you for including us in your very special event. I will cherish this past week for decades to come and I hope this becomes an annual tradition." - Summer Love, Sounds Like a Revolution
"I had a great time - you have a fantastic community up there.Thanks for making me feel so at home." Edie Falco, 3 Backyards, Actor's Dialogue
"It was such an honour for me to receive the Maverick award at the Woodstock Film Festival. Also to be a part of a festival run with such enthusiasm and panache, and – most important of all – with such a stimulating choice of films." -Bruce Beresford, 2010 Maverick Award Winner
"The thousands of film buffs that fill the theater seats, the hundreds that volunteer every year, returning year after year, the filmmakers who craft gems from stunning Shorts to riveting features… the face of the Woodstock Film Festival is a collage, a shifting spirit rooted in an artist colony that was born in the early 20th century and in the early 21st century still marginalizes the silliness of pop culture’s obsession with celebrities..." -Stewart Nussbaumer, Huffington Post
For additional quotes and comments, WFF Quotes
On Monday, October 4, the Audience Award winners were announced and winners included the narrative feature White Irish Drinkers by John Gray and the documentary Grace Paley: Collected Shorts by Lilly Rivlin.
Keepsakes and souvenirs were practically all sold out by midday on Saturday. For those intested in a t-shirt or poster, we've just received a re-order featuring this year's beautiful flower mandala design by local artist Portia Munson, who is currently the featured artist at MASS MoCA. For details regarding her show, visit Color Forms I
For 2010 keepsakes and souvenirs, visit the WFF Store online or visit us at 13 Rock City Road on weekend afternoons. Call 845.810.0131 to see when we are open.
Thanks for a great 11th year! To keep up with our year round activities and to receive information about the 12th Annual Woodstock FIlm Festival, please visit us online or join our mailing list
The Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission would like to thank all those who contributed to the capital campaign during the 2010 festival! You helped us raise an amazing $18,000, which gets us one step closer to our goal of $50,000 by the end of 2010.
But we are not there yet so please consider making a generous contribution.
The Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission are proven economic engines for the Hudson Valley. We are on the verge of making a long-time dream a reality by securing 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. A casting call will be scheduled shortly for the film Sparrow Lane. Current productions in the area include The Art of Love starring Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen and Olympia Dukakis. (see HVFC news below)
Please help us meet our goal by sending a tax deductible generous capital campaign contribution 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 or to make a contribution online, please visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/capitalcampaign.php
As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, Olympia Dukakis, Virginia Madsen, Aidan Quinn and Zosia Mamet are set to star in BCDF Pictures' "The Art of Love," which begins filming this week in Woodstock, N.Y.
Directed by Maggie Greenwald ("Songcatcher"), written by Peter Hutchings and Christina Mengert and based on a story by Claude Dal Farra, "Love" is described as a fantasy teenage romance.
HVFC is currently compiling a list for local teens to be on call for background 'high school' scenes. We specifically would like to encourage non-caucasian teens to apply. If you are between the age of 9-20, please send resume of email with photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
For up to date directory info, news and postings, please visit Hudson Valley Film Commission
WFF is proud to announce that several of the 2010 official festival selections are slated for theatrical release at a theater near you!
Bitter Feast, by Joe Maggio will begin a one week engagement at Brooklyn's reRun Gastropub Theater in DUMBO, starting this Friday, October 15. The reBar chef is preparing a special feast inspired by the film, including a rabbit blackberry saddle bag, a wild boar meatball Sub and "Bitter" Popcorn with Olive Oil and Fresh Herbs. For details, see Bitter Feast
Freakonomics, directed by Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki and Morgan Spurlock opened in limited release Oct 1, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Gerrymandering, directed by Jeff Reichert will be in limited release beginning October 15.
Inhale, directed by Baltasar Kormakur, which had its North American premiere at WFF. available On Demand Oct 6 and opens Oct 22, courtesy of IFC.
The Kids Grow Up, directed by Doug Block, opens October 29.
Marwencol, directed by Jeff Malmberg, and winner of WFF Best Documentary Feature opened at IFC Oct 8.
Stone, directed by John Curran, had its NY premier at WFF. Stone opened in select theaters Oct 8, courtesy of Overture Films.
Welcome to the Rileys, directed by Jake Scott, opens October 29 courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films.