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July 2011 Newsletter
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This summer gala held on Saturday, July 9, honored Woodstock's own Michael Lang with an award presentation from Academy® Award Winner Barbara Kopple. The setting was amazing. Thanks to the homeowners, WFF and partygoers enjoyed the three-story loft apt with sprawling views of the Hudson River and the Walkway over the Hudson. Shaped like a piano, this newly renovated loft boasted exquisite and comforting décor and focal points, room after room, worth talking about!
Don't forget about the music! What's a party for Michael Lang (original 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair promoter) without some live performances? The Spirit of Woodstock Celeberation featured musicians Tracy Bonham, John Sebastian, Simone Felice with Simi Stone and a special impromptu performance by Ronnie Spector with John Sebastian.
The event, which was catered by celebrity chef Mary Giuliani kicked off a series of yearly events along the Hudson River; each celebrating film, music and art, while benefiting the Woodstock Film Festival. For photos, click here
When you think of sold-out movie houses, you don't usually think of Wednesday nights, but Wednesday, July 13th was buzzing as WFF presented the long-anticipated screening of Salvation Boulevard with renowned Woodstock Author Larry Beinhart, Director George Ratliff and Screenwriter Douglas Stone.
During the post-screening Q&A, these special guests lined up to answer audience questions that focused on the book's adaptation, and turning the story into a film more lighthearted and satirical.
Based on the Beinhart book of the same name, 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... (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 was followed by a book signing at VARGA Galleries.
Salvation Boulevard opened theatrically in limited release Friday July 15.
Friends of the Festival and Film Commission gathered Saturday, July 16 for a mixer at the FILM CENTER. Guests enjoyed a walk-through of the newly renovated offices and suites, learned about the transformation and witnessed the work-in-progress. Many of the who's-who in the local film, arts and media communities came out for refreshments and crudités.
There are still many renovations that need to be completed before WFF & HVFC reach their goals.
|2011 MERCHANDISE IS HERE!
2011 SOUVENIRS are Finally Available for Purchase
Based on the official 2011 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL poster which was designed and painted by artist KATHY RUTTENBERG, commemorative t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts are now available!
Ruttenberg is known for her whimsical watercolor paintings and poetic sculptures. Bountiful in primal symbolism; the 2011 poster creates a language that is full of rich associations with childhood fantasy and wild possibilities.
Ticket sales for the 2011 WFF will start around Septemeber 5. Anyone interested in Full Festival Pass info should email email@example.com
OUR IDIOT BROTHER
The latest from WFF long-time friend and producer Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine), Our Idiot Btother was a Sundance hit and now you can see it in theaters mid-August.
Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned's family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn?t such an idiot after all.
PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUE
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.
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)
WHITE IRISH DRINKERS
The 2010 WFF Audience Award Winner White Irish Drinkers is newly available on DVD.
None would envy the lives of Danny and Brian Leary, brothers trapped in blue collar Brooklyn, circa 1975, in a family where brutality is the norm. Petty criminal Danny (Geoff Wigdor) takes the brunt of the punishment doled out by Patrick (Steven Lang), their tyrannical, alcoholic father, as long-suffering wife and mother Margaret (Karen Allen), stands by helplessly. Brian (Nick Thurston), afraid to reveal his talents, works for the hapless Whitey (Peter Riegert) at the nearly defunct Layfeyette movie theater. Shauna (Leslie Murphy), Brian’s love interest, strikes the perfect note of rough-edged authenticity as she, too, struggles to escape. Alternately tender and violent and peppered with humor, this is smart and suspenseful storytelling where the ties that bind can also break a family, and childhood memories haunt and deceive. Writer-director John Gray skillfully turns tragedy to triumph with an ending bound to shock and surprise. Powerful, well-crafted and thoroughly engaging. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
Mark your calendars, the renowned, award-winning animators and WFF Programmers, Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane, will host an evening of heated films and debate to solve, once and for all, the question of “Who makes a better animated sex film? A man or a woman?” This round of Battle of the Sexes will be held August 31, at 6 pm.
Signe Baumane, creator of Teat Beat of Sex and many other films, will represent five luscious and lascivious films by animators Eveliene Hoedeckie, Saray Dominguez, Michaela Pavlatova, Joanna Quinn, and herself. Oscar-nominated Bill Plympton is ready to go the distance with five films by men, including himself, John Goras, PES, Duncan Beedie, and Ondrej Rudavsky.
You will laugh, you will squirm, you will want more. And you will help decide the winner. Of course, there’s more! Ticket price includes delicious food and libations, as well as a souvenir glass.
A silent auction will include original art by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane, as well as wonderful items from local businesses. Don’t forget your checkbook! Tickets are $47 each. Buy yours now at BattlewithBillandSigne.com
Local news is back in print! Antidote News Publishing has announced the launch of several new local papers this September, including The Esopus Valley Echo, which will cover the towns of Olive and Shandaken, and Mountaintop Meteor, which will cover Hunter, Tannersville, Haines Falls, Jewett, Lexington, and Prattsville. They will include stories about local happenings, as well as sports, culture, and other fun and popular features. Starting this fall, thousands of copies of these newspapers will be distributed at drop-off points in the towns they cover, with opportunities for mail subscriptions to come later.
Starting after Labor Day, these two papers will provide the area with the kind of local coverage we’ve been missing. We’d like to offer our congratulations on the new publications.
(July 12, 2011) Under the regulations governing the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit Program, Umbra of Newburgh Stage meets the requirements as a "Qualified Film Production Facility" in New York State.
"Qualified film production facilities" are facilities in the State of New York in which television shows and films are or are intended to be regularly produced, and which contain at least one sound stage of at least 7,000 square feet.
As part of the production process, the 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 9 Scobie Drive, Newburgh NY. Owner Ted Doering has made 14,000 square available with another 28,000 feet available in Septemebr. Productions using this regional stage, will now qualify for the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit program. For details about the tax credit, please visit http://www.nylovesfilm.com/tax.
"We're thrilled that the UMBRA OF NEWBURGH STAGE will be able to replace the space that was formerly certified at what is now the incredible Motorcycle Museum on Lake Avenue," commented Hudson Valley Film Commissioner Laurent Rejto. "It's critical to have a film production facility in Orange County so that films can continue production in the southern region of the Hudson Valley area. We're confident that the space will be used within weeks for the production of BRASS TEAPOT."
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