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November 2010

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Songs From The Silver Screen BENEFIT
Saint Misbehavin'






The Art of Love





On Saturday, December 4, the Kleinert/James Art Center will be host to “Songs From the Silver Screen,” a gala benefit concert for the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission FILM CENTER capital campaign.  

In August of 2010, WFF and HVFC launched a FILM CENTER capital campaign to purchase 13 Rock City Rd, Woodstock with a goal of raising $50,000 by years' end. In the last few months, $18,000 has been raised thanks to the generosity of Festival and Commission supporters. But they're not there yet. Both organizations are hopeful this concert will get them closer to their 50k goal.

Performed by jazz cabaret duo Ann Osmond  & Dennis Yerry and joined by writer-performer Robert Burke Warren, this elegant and festive evening will feature an eclectic mix of memorable movie music, straddling many decades and styles.

For tickets and more information, visit SONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN


The Woodstock Film Festival is happy to announce that it will partner with Upstate Films to co-present the documentary Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie by Ripple Films on Saturday December 11 at 4pm at Upstate Films at Tinker Street in Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the iconic Wavy Gravy and film director Michelle Esrick. 

In Saint Misbehavin’ Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering.

In 2006, WFF screened a work in progress of the film to a sold out house and is thrled now to welcome Wavy and the finished film version back to Woodstock.

For tickets and complete details, visit SAINT MISBEHAVIN'




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.

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 click here


WFF is proud to announce that several of the 2010 official festival selections are slated for theatrical release this November at a theater near you!

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, Directed by Alex Gibney, Client 9 takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The film went out on limited, nationwide release on November 5, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The Kids Grow Up - Eighteen years in the making, The Kids Grow Up, directed by Doug Block (of 51 Birch Street), beautifully depicts the childhood of a daughter through the loving eyes of her father. This film had its theatrical premiere October 29 and continues to pop up at theaters around the country. Courtesy of Shadow Distribution.

Helena From The Wedding, directed by Joseph Infantolino, is the story of Newlyweds Alex and Alice who hosting a weekend-long New Year’s Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. The film opens in NY November 12, courtesy of Film Movement.


Gotham Awards Nominees:

The Gotham Independent Film Awards, selected by distinguished juries are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

Best of luck to best documentary nominee 12th and Delaware, which screened as part of WFF year round programming in conjunction with Hudson Valley Programmers Group this past June.

Kudos to Kevin Asch for his nomination for Breakthrough Director for his film Holy Rollers, which screened at Woodstock Film Festival's annual SoHo House fundraiser in May 2010

Also nominated is Prince Adu for Breakthrough Actor in the film Prince of Broadway, winner of the Woodstock Film Festival LEE MARVIN Award for Best Narrative Feature in 2008.

White Irish Drinkers gets a Nod

On November 9, actor Oliver Platt took the stage to announce the nominees for the first ever Festival Genius Audience Award. The award, presented by IFP and Slated will be given out on November 29 at the 20th Anniversary Gothams Independent Film Awards.

The Festival Genius Audience Award celebrates this year’s audience award winners from across the top 50 US and Canadian film festivals including the Woodstock Film Festival! True to the democratic spirit of the independent film community, all nominees were determined through online voting. Over 12,000 votes came in to narrow the initial list of twenty-six films down to five. The nominees are Winter’s Bone, Waiting for Superman, 9000 Needles, Brotherhood and White Irish Drinkers—winner of the WFF best narrative Audience Award. Click here to vote for your favorite film. One lucky voter will win a night’s stay at the Andaz Wall Street in New York City plus two tickets to the 2010 IFP Gotham Awards.

Congratulations to John Gray for continued success with White Irish Drinkers. In addition to being nominated, the film was recently acquired by Screen Media Films for spring '11 theatrical release.


Gasland - Buy it now

Whether you missed the WFF summer screening with director Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey, or you want to share the film with family and friends, Gasland is now available on DVD.

An important and timely exposé, Gasland, reveals the practices of the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Developed by Halliburton, “Hydraulic Fracturing,” or "fracking," has swept across the United States, opening up new territory in 34 states to extensive drilling, including the Marcellus Shale, a vast formation that underlies most of New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the New York watershed and the Catskills/Poconos.

To Buy Gasland CLICK HERE


On November 6, Gateway Community Industries recognized Jay and WFF board member Lauri Andretta as Sub-Rosa Honorees at the Annual Black & White Ball at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston.

The Sub-Rosa Honor recognizes individuals who consistently contribute their time and energy to benefit the community “behind the scenes” without public recognition.

WFF Welcomes Greg Brodsky as Marketing Director

The Woodstock Film Festival is welcoming a new member to the team—Marketing Director, Greg Brodsky, whose 20+ years of experience includes senior roles marketing some of the biggest brands in entertainment, music and sports at companies including Warner Bros., Madison Square Garden, ESPN NY and Atlantic Records.

An eight-year Woodstock resident, Brodsky’s marketing and business development experience covers film, television, music, sports, radio, home entertainment and digital. He has worked closely with sponsors and clients to develop custom solutions tailored to particular marketing needs.

For the full story, click here

WFF Exposure Program gets a boost from the Academy

The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to benefit the festival’s 2011 EXPOSURE Program.

By hosting EXPOSURE in a setting that has a longstanding tradition for social consciousness, the Woodstock Film Festival creates a natural progression by which programming can focus on matters that affect our lives and our world while seeking to heighten awareness and to stimulate dialogue and positive resolution. The AMPAS grant will help the Woodstock Film Festival bring regional, national and international filmmakers to the 2011 Festival in order to showcase and discuss their work. For the full story, click here


On location with RETURN
in Olivebridge, NY

THE ART OF LOVE - On Set with Actor, Mike Burke

Standing in on the feature film The Art of Love over the last month and half has been a delight and I've seen and done some noteworthy things. First off the film stars Zosia Mamet who recently appeared in the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival selection Cherry (and I might add she has been a first class doll, buying iced coffees for the entire crew!), new comer Brit thespian Sam Underwood (a fine young chap I must say), Hudson Valley resident Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen and the lovely Olympia Dukakis.

My first day on set found me sitting in a row boat in the middle of lake wondering what I had gotten myself into. Throughout the shoot I've also had to ride a bike through the streets of Kingston, hop on a very loud bulldozer in the rain at a lumber yard, read poetry in a canoe up at Byrdcliffe (don't worry the canoe was not in water), watch a witch burn in effigy and have to leave one night early for the birth of my daughter (welcome Delilah!). What does any of this have to do with the plot of The Art of Love, well I can't give that away, let's just say it's a teenager’s coming-of-age story where she discovers her family’s magical powers. Look for it in 2011. Meanwhile a huge thank you to everyone on the crew who were fabulous and we look forward to more filming in the Hudson Valley next year.

Linda Cardellini takes a break on set of RETURN next door at the
Motorcyclepedia Museum.


Photos courtesy of Mark Gamma

RETURN wraps

The film Return, written and directed by Liza Johnson and starring Linda Cardellini (ER, Brokeback Mountain, Freaks and Geeks) and John Slattery (Madmen, Reservation Road, Flags of our Fathers) recently wrapped production in the in the greater Newburgh-Beacon area including New Windsor, Cornwall the Thruway Market in Walden.

Return tells the story of young woman (Cardellini) who must adjust to civilian life after coming home from the war in Afghanistan.

“The film is ostensibly set in southeastern Ohio where the director grew up,” according to producer Noah Harlan. “We wanted to find an area that had a lot of those qualities to it and Newburgh made a lot of sense for us. In particular, this area had that look that we were looking for. It’s a mixture of a kind of de-industrialized landscape with a lot of natural beauty and the river.”

As part of the production process, a new facility was certified, with help from the Hudson Valley Film Commission, by the New York State Governors office for Motion Picture and Television Development. The production facility is located at 250 Lake Street in Newburgh in the same building that will open it’s doors in April 2011 to the Motorcyclepedia Motorcycle Museum. Owner Ted Doering made 21,000 square available after being approached by Mark Gamma, head of The Newburgh Actors Studio. Productions using this regional stage, will now qualify for the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit program.

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