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June 2011 Newsletter- 2nd Edition:
INAUGURAL SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK CELEBRATION ON THE HUDSON
The evening will take place in a penthouse loft overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Musician Tracy Bonham, best known for her 1996 hit Mother Mother,will perform and **JUST ADDED: Singer/Songwriter John Sebastian and folk-rock musicians Simone Felice with back up from Simi Stone!
John Sebastian's group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution, You know the songs by heart: "Do You Believe In Magic?" and "Summer In The City." John's induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 certainly didn't slow him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, John is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.
A celebrated songwriter, author and poet Simone Felice is a homegrown Hudson Valley talent who battled several life threatening maladies, which in turn, inspire his music. He is a founding member of the renowned Felice Brothers with his brothers Ian and James. He spent much of his younger days traveling the world reading his critically acclaimed poetry. His most recent musical endeavor has been his new band Duke and the King which features sensational musical talent Simi Stone. Both Simone & Simi were each original performers of the inaugural Woodstock Film festival.
To reserve TICKETS for this special event, visit SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK.
There are only TWO WEEKS LEFT to purchase tickets to the Sundance Hit, Salvation Boulevard.
Based on the thought provoking book by renowned Woodstock Author Larry Beinhart, Salvation Boulevard is the story of Pastor Dan, a charismatic preacher who has captivated a city with his charm. Ex-deadhead and recovering hippie Carl is one of the loyal sheep in his flock. When Dan finds himself in a compromising situation, Carl is called into service in a most unconventional way. The mega-church is cast into shadow, and a hellish storm begins brewing that could jeopardize its entire existence. The road to hell—in this case, Salvation Boulevard—is paved with good intentions—gone hysterically wrong. Director George Ratliff peels back the onion to take a satirical look at Christian fanaticism—one guilty pleasure at a time. (Synopsis courtesy of Sundance). Film courtesy of IFC Films.
Salvation Boulevard stars an A-list cast including Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear and Marisa Tomei. The screening will include Q&A with Director George Ratliff and writer Larry Beinhart.
A book signing will follow the film at Varga Studios, adjacent to the theater!
The screening will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at 8:30 PM at Upstate Films in Woodstock, NY. To purchase tickets, visit Salvation Boulevard
|IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!
Monday, June 13, a small group of select teens gathered for a memorable and inspiring workshop with Emmy Award® Winning Filmmaker Lisa Gossels. The first of many workshops to come at the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission FILM CENTER, local teens gathered to watch the inspiring and 2010 WFF documentary My So-Called Enemy. They discussed how this film about Palestinian and Israeli teen girls will affect their lives and how they now view other teens around the world in a one-of-a-kind post-screening workshop.
The young attendees asked questions, discussed openly and honestly about how they perceive the world and each other, and spoke candidly with Director Gossels as she lead a deep conversation with the students for almost an hour after the film's closing credits.
My So-Called Enemy also screened to a diverse group of adult audiences at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck and at Spectrum 8 in Albany! For more on Hudson Valley Programmers Group Tours, Click Here.
Tuesday June 24 brought yet another young group and film screening in the Markertek room at the WFF & HVFC FILM CENTER. Rhymes With Banana is a contemporary comedy written by Christina Mengert (Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding; The Art of Love) and Joseph Muszynski (Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding). The film was directed by Mr. Muszynski and Peter Hutchings (co-writer of The Art of Love), and has been produced by BCDF Pictures and stars Zosia Mamet (The Kids are Alright) and Paul Iacono (Fame).
Shooting took place locally in the Hudson Valley from the end of February to the end of March, and this screening was a unique sneak peak for target audiences to give feedback directly to producers.
Stay tuned for more sneak peaks like this one!
2011 WFF SOHO HOUSE HIT TERRI OPENS IN NEW YORK
On Friday, July 1, Terri opens in New York City! If you missed it at our 2011 Soho House event, now's the time to catch this sweet dramedy that's sure to bring you back to those awkward and memorable high school moments.
Terri is the story of a teen who is orphaned to an uncle who is fading away, mercilessly teased by his peers and roundly ignored by his teachers. When the dreaded vice-principal sees something of himself in Terri, they establish a friendship which opens Terri up to the possibility that life is not something to be endured, but something to be shared, and even enjoyed.
|The 2010 runner up for the Lee Marvin Award for Best Narrative Feature Film"3 Backyards" was released on DVD on June 28. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Eddie Falco ("Nurse Jackie", "The Sopranos")as well as Elias Koteas ("The Thin Red Line", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons"), "3 Backyards" is an evocative drama, encapsulating the lives of three very seemingly different residents over one Autumn Day. Featuring a haunting score, "3 Backyards" was written and directed by Eric Mendelsohn who won the best directing prize in 2010 for this film, making him the only two time winner of the award, also winning in 1999 for his feature debut "Judy Berlin."
Award winning filmmaker Barbara Hammer will perform readings from her recently released memoir, HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, Saturday, July 9, 5pm at Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM), 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. A pioneer of avant-garde and queer cinema, Hammer will show clips of her films spanning 4 decades and will appear in costumes from successive periods of her artistic evolution. HAMMER! is a memoir as innovative and disarming as Hammer’s work has always been, covering the wild non-monogamous days of the 70s, the development of a queer aesthetic in the 80s, the battles for visibility in the culture war of the 90s and the artist’s contemplation of mortality in the 2000s. Three of Hammer’s films have been shown at the Woodstock Film Festival and Generations and Maya Deren's Sink have been submitted for consideration this year. The Golden Notebook will have copies of HAMMER! available at the event for inscription by the author.
116 McDougal Street in New York City is buzzing once again as it pays homage to the legendary "underground bar with a prestigious address," otherwise known as the infamous Gaslight Cafe, the original "basket house" where performers like Bob Dylan, Wavy Gravy, Kerouac and Ginsberg passed a money basket around to get their start.
Recently, friends of the festival purchased the famous location and restored the old cafe, transitioning the space into the trendy Bar 116, where a new strain of its history begins. Music, poetry, espresso and cocktails flow. House WiFi is complimentary and the phone lounge is at the top of the stairs. Take part in a new tradition: www.116nyc.com/
DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
The Woodstock Film Festival is happy to announce its support from the Dutchess County Arts Council and Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund in its endeavors to promote tourism in the Hudson Valley. WFF will screen exceptional films at the Woodstock Playhouse for the first time in its history to new and enthused audiences.
This project is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster's Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotional Fund administered by Dutchess County Arts Council.
With DCAC & UCCSPF support, together with the Woodstock Playhouse, the Woodstock Film Festival will promote screenings at the newly renovated venue and attract new film goers and tourists to the Hudson Valley!
For more on the Dutchess County Arts Council, click here.