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The 12th Woodstock Film Festival wrapped on September 25 after presenting over 150 films, panels and concerts.
The 2011 Woodstock Film Festival had a little something for everyone. From an opening night black out, which led to an impromptu candlelight concert, to a fantastic slate of independent films right, to the Maverick Award Ceremony where Maverick Award recipient Tony Kaye surprised the crowd with a musical acceptance speech.
Festival guests included Honorary Maverick Award Recipient Tony Kaye, last year's Maverick Recipient Bruce Beresford, Excellence in Acting Award Honoree Ellen Barkin, Honorary Trailblazer Award Recipient Robin Bronk, The Giving Back Foundation Award Recipient Mark Ruffalo, Vincent D’Onofrio, Timothy Hutton, Tim Blake Nelson, Nat Wolff, Susan Seidelman, Nancy Savoca, Debra Granik, Michael Imperioli, Sami Gayle, Ron Mann, Chris Wedge, and other industry leaders participating in illuminating Q&As, panel discussions, receptions, parties and the WFF Awards Gala.
Films at the 2011 festival featured a record sixty two premieres including spotlight films, special screenings, animation, themed shorts and programs including Exposure, Focus on Music and World Cinema. Participating studios and distributors included Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, IFC Films, BCDF, Magnolia, Pictures, Tribeca Films, Zeitgeist Films, Screen Media, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Dark Sky Films, Roadside Attractions, Phase 4 Films and others. For complete schedule, please visit the 2011 Schedule online.
Panels featured discussions with leading industry members on a variety of topics including Discussion with Blue Sky Studios- a conversation with top animators in the field and how to fund films with today's grass roots efforts in Funding your Project the 21st Century Way. There was also the always entertaining Actor's Panel and The Issue Documentary among many others. Clips from many of these panels are available for viewing online at 2011 WFF Videos.
Live music at the 2011 WFF was a terrific success as no less than six concerts featuring the likes of Gene Ween, Betty, Tracy Bonham, Simi Stone, Nellie McKay, Phillipe Quint and Sarah Fimm among others entertained festival goers.
Speaking of Parties and special events there were plenty to go around. The Thursday Opening Night extravaganza at New World Home Cooking with host and chef/owner Ric Orlando and sponsor Brooklyn Brewery was a hot event! Especially since it followed the Opening Night Film at the Woodstock Playhouse, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding which saw two sold out houses.
Friday night brought the annual Filmmakers Party, which returned this year to Skytop Steakhouse with a touch of Spanish Magic. Sponsored by the Spanish Consulate of New York, A&E Indie Films and Barefoot Wines, attendees were presented with Flamenco music, drink and dance.
The 2011 WFF Awards Gala at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston was attended by more than 500 filmmakers, industry members and film lovers. Emceed by writer/comedian Brendon Small (Creator of the animated series Metalocalypse), backed up by Paul Green's Band of Monkeys, award presenters included Tim Blake Nelson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Meera Gandhi, Timothy Hutton, Lori Singer, Fisher Stevens and many others.
A special Tribute to Gary Winick was also included in the ceremony, honoring the filmmaker and pioneering producer who passed away this past February from brain cancer at the age of 49. Winick rose to fame directing mainstream films like Letters to Juliet and 13 Going on 30, but is perhaps more well-known for his independent films and for co-founding InDigEnt, a company that produced nineteen independent digital films over a decade. Winick was an early supporter of the Woodstock Film Festival and a frequent participant in WFF programs.
2011 also saw WFF take on two new impressive venues: the Kleinert/James Art Center and the refurbished Woodstock Playhouse. Both venues brought something special to this year's festival.
We could not do what we do each year without our incredibly dedicated staff (including over 300 volunteers) who make the annual Woodstock Film Festival possible. Our heartfelt thanks go out to staff members, volunteers, filmmakers, industry members, advertisers, sponsors and all participants who made this year's event such a success. We are as always extremely grateful to our major sponsors, community members and supporters without whom the festival would not be possible especially 120dB Films, Markertek.com, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Giving Back Foundation, NYSCA, A&E Indie Films, TIME Magazine, Ketel One Vodka,Blue Sky Studios, BMI, Brooklyn Brewery, EPIX, Lowel Light, WDST, Metrovision, Postworks, Zevia. Anyone interested in coming on board as a 2012 sponsor or making a capital campaign donation for the WFF & HVFC FILM CENTER should contact us.
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The 2011 commemorative WFF T-shirt (and Poster) were designed and painted by KATHY RUTTENBERG, best 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.
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Missed these 2011 WFF Official Selections? Well now's your chance to catch them in the theaters.
Another Happy Day, November 4. You can sweep secrets under the rug for years, but reality has a way of asserting itself. Stars Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Burstyn
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, October 21 (NY), November 4 (LA). Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson.
Bombay Beach, October 14. Moments of astonishing, ethereal beauty rise from the impoverished lives of those living along the barren Salton Sea, a once-pristine recreation area near Palm Springs, California.
The Lie, November 18 (limited). Lonnie tells a life-altering lie to escape his boredom, but finds that keeping up the lie might be worse. Directed and starring Joshua Leonard. Also starring Jess Weixler, Alia Shawkat.
The Other F Word, November 2 (NY), November 4 (LA). Can punk rockers and rebels make tender fathers? Ask the daddies of some of the top punk bands. Featuring Tony Adolescent, Art Alexakis, Flea, Tony Hawk, Jim Lindberg, Tim McIlrath, Lars Fredrikson, Ron Reyes, Mark Hoppus, Fat Mike.
PRINCE OF BROADWAY
It cleverly tells the story of Lucky and Levon, two men whose lives converge in the underbelly of New York's wholesale fashion district. Lucky, an illegal immigrant from Ghana, makes ends meet by soliciting shoppers on the street with knock-off brand merchandise. Levon, an Armenian-Lebanese immigrant, operates an illegal storefront with a concealed back room where counterfeit goods are showcased to interested shoppers. Lucky's world is suddenly turned upside down when a child is thrust into his life by a woman who insists the toddler is his son. While Lucky copes with his new domestic dilemma, Levon struggles to save a marriage that is falling apart. The seedy side of the wholesale district is revealed through a journey that continually confronts the interplay between what is fake and what is real.
IFP and Indiepix recently announced nominees for the 2011 Gotham Audience Award!
Other films that screened at WFF are nominated including Being Elmo, Kumare, Silver Tongues and The Welcome.
The Gotham Audience Award celebrates audience award winning films from the Top 50 U.S. and Canadian film festivals including WFF. This year, 30 films are in contention. The five finalists will be invited to attend the star-studded Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on 11/28, where the winner will be announced.
To kick off the voting process, IFP invited 230,000+ filmgoers and the general public to select their top five Audience Award winning films, from October 20 through November 2. The top five vote getters will be announced November 7. The second round of voting, which ends November 20th, will determine winner.
To become a part of the voting, visit Gotham IFP Audience Award
|ANNIE NOCENTI RETURNS TO COMICS WITH "GREEN ARROW"
After a fifteen-year hiatus, writer [WFF friend and advisory board] Annie Nocenti is returning to the world of comic books, taking over the ongoing "Green Arrow" series with issue #7 as announced today by DC Comics at New York Comic Con.
An editor at Marvel Comics in the '80s and early '90s, Nocenti rose to prominence after creating the character Longshot with artist Arthur Adams in 1985 and stepping in to take over after Frank Miller as the permanent writer on "Daredevil" in 1987. The relatively unknown Nocenti took the industry by surprise as her run on the character proved as popular as Miller's, collaborating first with artist Barry Windsor-Smith and then John Romita Jr. on the title. Tackling social issues and creating enduring characters such as Typhoid Mary during her 1987 to 1991 run with the Man WIthout Fear, Nocenti went on to write for several other Marvel titles,, writing the 1988 graphic novel "Someplace Strange" with artist John Bolton and creating the "Kid Eternity" miniseries for Vertigo Comics with artist Sean Phillips in 1993.
|KUDOS TO PAUL HOFFMAN
Liberty Science Center selects Woodstock author as new president and CEO
Internationally renowned journalist and Woodstock resident Paul Hoffman was recently named as President and CEO of the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and Wired. His most recent book was a memoir about the world of championship chess. He also wrote two acclaimed biographies, the best-seller, "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth," winner of the Rhone-Poulenc prize for best science book of the year, and "Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight," a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, which was recently optioned by Blue Sky Studios for a big screen version.
Hoffman, has been a long time friend of the film festival and regularly introduces films and hosts Q&A's during the annual event. In 2010, he moderated the panel, The Singularity is Near with leading inventors, thinkers and futurists Ray Kurzweil and Martine Rothblatt.
Paul is a passionate advocate for the sciences and we wish him well in his new post, and we can't wait to see Wings of Madness on the big screen.
|BINGHAM RAY TO HEAD UP SAN FRAN FILM SOCIETY
As reported by Brian Brooks in Indiewire, WFF advisory board member Bingham Ray has been named new Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society.
Specialty film veteran Bingham Ray has been named the new executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, effective November 7, the organization announced Wednesday.
The news comes over three months after the organization's former leader, Graham Leggat, resigned in July for health reasons. He died in late August after a long battle with cancer.
Ray most recently served as the first-run programming consultant to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, executive consultant to the digital distribution company SnagFilms (parent company of indieWIRE) and as adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
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Stephen Snow's Sunshine Rebels
A life-long New Yorker, Stephen Snow recently moved to Woodstock, NY to work full time on producing and directing his documentary film, Sunshine Rebels; Gotham's Lost Tribe.
Sunshine Rebels tells the story of a group of inner-city teenagers who in the 1970's came together in New York City's Central Park and in the process left an indelible stamp on world culture through startling innovations in street art, alternative music and extreme sports.
An historically important New York City story, Sunshine Rebels highlights the lives of the intriguing figures who lived communally, intensely, at times ferally, in the shadowy grounds of Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, the heart of a reeling and broken Gotham City. In the process contributed to cultural and artistic shifts that continue to have an impact today.
Stephen earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Columbia University. As a graduate of the Writing Program, he was fortunate to have studied with Terry Southern, legendary co-writer of the Oscar-nominated film, Easy Rider.
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