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We'd like to thank all those who helped make 2010 a very productive year.
We wish you a joyous Holiday Season and healthy and prosperous New Year.



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See you in 2011

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WFF Annual Career Day and Teen Screening INSPIRES Success!

On December 17, 2010, the Woodstock Film Festival presented it's annual Career Day and Teen Screenings at Onteora High School. Several regional schools and a few hundred students participated.

Career Day is a unique opportunity for students to be inspired and empowered by the various industry professionals they come in close contact with,” says career day coordinator Meira Blaustein. It’s also an opportunity for professionals to get inspired by youth. To quote participant Claude Dal Farra of BCDF Pictures, "It was  a great day! I won't forget it."

Teen Screenings promote and present films by high school students from the region and around the world.

"What sets teen films apart from all other films is the fresh perspective, the honesty and the passion that usually comes through..." says WFF Teen Films Coordinator Heidi Johnson

Onteora Central High School liaison and film teacher David Nelson-Epstein had the following comments regarding the WFF Youth Initiative events:

"We were joined by students from other area schools for a day of watching, learning and discussing. We began our day with a screening of short films from Haiti's Cine Institute. These moving films gave our students a great snapshot into post-quake Haiti by filmmakers who were roughly the same age as our own students. We continued with a screening of Jon Bowermaster's film Terra Antarctica, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. This rich and beautiful geopic was well accompanied by Jon's witty narrative. After a quick lunch we broke into smaller groups with Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, executive producer Claude Dal Farra, director Jim Mickle, screenwriter Peter Hutchings, stop motion animator Beck Underwood, and producers Carly Hugo and Matt Parker. The students got an intimate snapshot of life in the business.

In the evening we reconvened for the screening of of the WFF Teen Films. There were several of the filmmakers in attendance to answer our questions. In all we are very fortunate to have this relationship with the generous Woodstock Film Festival. We are already planning a great Youth Day for next year's festival which will be on Friday, September 23, 2011."


On December 11, 2010, the Woodstock Film Festival with Upstate Films at Tinker Street had the privilege of presenting a special screening of the new documentary Saint Misbehavin' The Wavy Gravy Movie by Michelle Esrick.

The sold out event featured appearances by the director, producer David Becker, composer Emory Joseph, the iconic Wavy Gravy, his wife Jahanara, Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser and Woodstock '69 concert promoter Michael Lang. The after party featured a stunning surprise mini-concert by Ronnie Spector!

Before the film even started, Wavy Gravy received a warm Woodstock standing ovation and the entire audience greeted Michael Lang (who was celebrating his birthday) with an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday to you. For more details, read the Blog or click here for photos


Don't have WFF APPAREL yet? Its not too late to stock up on great items!

Check out all of our great items on our Souvenir Page
WFF HATS — a must-have in black, green and red.
LIMITED EDITION T'S — WFF short sleeve and long sleeve t's are still available
POSTERS - A few of this year's unforgettable Limited Edition Poster are still available
  The 2010 official poster and t-shirt designs were crafted by PORTIA MUNSON — a visual artist who works in a variety of media including installation, painting, photography & sculpture. Her work will be featured at MASS MoCA through February 2011.
For details about the artist, visit PORTIA MUNSON.
The following DVDs and/or preorder info relate to films that were either featured at year-round screenings, HVPG or the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival.
Some of the films are included because they were shot locally with some help from the Hudson Valley Film Commission or because they feature advisory board members and/or WFF alumni and friends.
12th and Delaware
Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Bitter Feast
Joe Maggio
Client 9
Alex Gibney

Mark and Jay Duplass
The Dry Land
Ryan Pier Williams
Various Directors
Handsome Harry
Bette Gordon

Holy Rollers
Kevin Asch
Josh Fox
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Baltasar Kormakur

In The Wake of the Flood
Ron Mann
Jack Goes Boating
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Lennon NYC
Michael Epstein
Mighty Uke
Tony Coleman
& Margaret Meagher

Nice Guy Johnny
Edward Burns
Philip Noyce
Terra Antartica
Jon Bowermaster
Tender Mercies
Bruce Beresford

Ten Animated Films
Signe Baumane
William Kunstler:
Disturbing the Universe

Emily and Sarh Kunstler
Winter's Bone
Debra Granick
Here are a few more books we featured in 2010 by local authors and friends, and a new one that's about to hit the shelves of your local bookstore.

US Weekly Film Critic Thelma Adams set to release Playdate
Veteran Woodstock Film Festival Panel moderator Thelma Adams debut novel Playdate hits shelves on January 18. Adams has been the film critic at US Weekly since 2000 and has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle.

Playdate is the story of former weatherman Lance Ramsay. While he enjoys staying at home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas, his 10-year-old daughter Belle's classmates consider him a loser, and his wife, Darlene, is so busy opening a new "Darlene's Diner," the franchise she started eight years ago in Barstow, Calif., that lovemaking has become perfunctory. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Preorder Playdate by clicking here

Cut, Paste, Kill:
A Lomax & Biggs Mystery
by Marshall Karp
Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz and
the Caregiver: Two Stories

by Barbara Pokras and
Fran Pokras Yariv
Hats & Eyeglasses:
A Memoir from Martha Frankel
Salvation Boulevard:
A Novel by Larry Beinhart
There's so much musical talent in Woodstock that we're sure to be forgetting someone, but here are a few of the albums we featured in 2010.
A Flying Leap
James Hill
City of Refuge
Abigail Washburn
Don't Quit Your Daydream
The Good Listeners
...Featuring Norah Jones Electric Dirt
Levon Helm

Long Live
the Duke & the King
Masts of Manhatta
Tracy Bonham
The Old Joy
Mark Donato
There But for Fortune
Phil Ochs
The Big Picture
Uncle Rock


PHIL OCHS: There But For Fortune : Theatrical Premiere Jan 5 at the IFC Center in NY

Few names conjure up the sound of the 1960s like Phil Ochs. More than just a folk singer, Ochs helped to infuse popular music with a political perspective, rallying the like-minded and challenging the status quo.

Phil Ochs, like many of his generation, was engaged with the issues of his time. He sang in the famous Greenwich Village cafes, in front of massive rallies and in world famous concert venues. Kenneth Bowser’s insightful and ultimately tragic film, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune explores the motives and goals that drove Phil Ochs to chase after fame. Bowser also reveals the personal struggles that in the end proved overpowering.

With the voices of his family and many of the well-known musicians who considered themselves fans of Phil Ochs, Bowser creates a vivid and compelling portrait of an icon of the 60s whose life was cut tragically short. (David Becker)

National roll out to select cities to come soon; Advance screenings December 28 



On Thursday, December 16, HVFC sponsor MARKERTEK (America's Video and Audio Supply House) held it's annual holiday party at the amazing New World Home Cooking in Saugerties.

The company that provides TV shows across the country with expendables, cables, equipment and lots more, had a distinct TV SHOW Theme going. The overflow crowd was treated to delicious food by owner Chef Ric Orlando who was one of the 2010 champions on the Food Network show Chopped

Hosted by Ted Allen (Food Detectives), the series challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets "chopped" until the last man or woman left standing claims victory. Orlando was also a finalist in the Chopped Champions round.

For desert, the coup de grace was a CAMERA CAKE from Charm City Cakes which is featured on the Food Network show Ace of Cakes.

Chef Duff is one of the most sought-after decorative cake makers in the country. Every week at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Duff and his team of artists try to meet the demands of creating up to 20 cakes a week, some of which take up to 29 hours to build! The MARKERTEK cake is seen on the left.


The Woodstock Film Festival is always a pleasure to attend, and the talent that is showcased always amazes me. It's a wonderful and important showcase for any independent filmmaker.” STEVE BUSCEMI

"The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking." ETHAN HAWKE

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Creating film related activities in the region, attracting filmmakers to film in the Hudson Valley, hosting emerging and established filmmakers, renting festival venues, keeping year round staff intact, upgrading systems, designing and printing programs, maintaining our websites and free online directory, creating monthly newsletters, and presenting a high level of programming, which includes Exposure, Focus on Music, World Cinema, Films of the Hudson Valley, Animation and much more...

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