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|NEW BOARD ADDITIONS
Academy® Award winning Actor Timothy Hutton
Vincent D'Onofrio and exec producer Claude Dal Farra
|Academy® Award winning actor Timothy Hutton joins WFF Board of Directors
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce that Oscar®-winning actor, producer and director Timothy Hutton has become the latest member of the non profit organization's board of directors.
"I am thrilled and delighted to now be a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Film Festival." says Hutton. "I have always believed very strongly in this festival and feel very honored to be a part of its future."
"We look forward to working closely with Tim," commented co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "His wealth of experience in the film industry, his talent and integrity, coupled with his business savvy and his genuine love of the Woodstock Film Festival make him a truly wonderful addition to our Board."
This announcement comes in the wake of the 12th Annual Film Festival (Sept 21-25, 2011), during which Hutton participated as a Juror with Richard Abramowitz and Debra Granik for the Lee Marvin Award, given each year to the Best Feature Narrative.
Currently you can find Timothy Hutton appearing on TNT's Leverage. To read full release, CLICK HERE.
WFF is proud to announce that friend and Actor Vincent D'Onofrio will be joining the WFF Advisory Board.
Vincent is known as an "actor's actor." The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play Open Admissions, followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket, directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick.
In 2001 D'Onofrio took the role which has likely given him his greatest public recognition: Det. Robert Goren, the lead character in the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The pilot for a new cop drama has recently set up at NBC in which D'Onofrio will co-star with Ethan Hawke, Blue Tilt.
"We are happy to have Vincent on board," said co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "As an actor, director and producer, his support of the festival has been truly appreciated and that will only continue to increase in the coming years, we look forward to working closely with him as we forge ahead".
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce that executive producer and BCDF principal Claude Dal Farra has joined the non profit organization's advisory board.
BCDF Pictures, a Hudson Valley-based company that has produced several films in 2010 and 2011, including Higher Ground directed by and starring Vera Farmiga, Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding featuring a star-studded cast including Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chase Crawford, Predisposed, starring Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan and The Last Keepers, Rhymes with Banana, Liberal Arts and Bachelorette.
"Having Claude on board and working closely with BCDF is something that we are truly thrilled about" stated co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "Claude and his team are some of the most generous, hard working, capable and successful folks in the business and having their close involvement and support will make a big difference in the future growth of our organization."
Woodstock Film Festival and Marist College team up to host Avid Editing Software Workshop
The Woodstock Film Festival and Marist College will hold an Intro to Avid Media Composer Video Editing workshop on the Marist campus. The workshop will be conducted by Jeff Bass, Marist professor and Avid Certified Instructor on December 10, 2011. The Class is only $50 - a great introductory rate.
The course will cover the following topics:
Limited seating! Click here to reserve your ticket now.
HVPG will tour this December with director Noah Hutton and his Award-Winning Documentary
More to Live For is the story of three individuals who are similar only in their fate and prolific accomplishments: Michael Brecker, 15-time Grammy winner, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, entertainment executive and founder of The Love Hope Strength foundation and Seun Adebiyi, a young Nigerian training to become the first ever Nigerian winter Olympic athlete in any sport.
Their unrelated paths become connected in a desperate fight for survival and a singular mission: to bring awareness about bone marrow donation to the millions of people who could save a life today. A film of tragedy and loss, strength and hope, More to Live For presents the stories of three individuals facing life and death, and their commitment to making a difference. These deeply personal accounts of confronting illness will inspire hope and action, leaving the viewer empowered to become part of the cure.
Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with filmmaker Noah Hutton.
Persephone is a modern retelling of the Greek myth. It's a story of divorce and how two parents struggle to control their most beloved daughter just as she is growing into a woman.
"I've always had a passion interpreting modern stories through archetypes," says Rejto. The story of 'Persephone' touches on many subjects including environmental and human chaos but ultimately, my modern take is about a teenager trying to find balance in a world she cannot control.
The second part of the production, scheduled for mid-December, aims to capture scenes set in Hades. Subtle cameos will feature Psyche, Sisyphus, Prometheus, Theseus and a hermaphrodite, not to mention the dog Cerberus.
Another Happy Day, November 18 (limited)
You can sweep secrets under the rug for years, but reality has a way of asserting itself.
Ellen Barkin delivers yet another astounding performance in what has been a stellar career for the actress (Barkin was the recipient of this year's Woodstock Excellence in Acting Award). Playing the excitable, emotional Lynn, Barkin is at the center of a whirlwind of a family reunion, on the eve of her estranged son's (Michael Nardelli) wedding. Family dynamics have never been more intense as this roller-coaster drama careens between Lynn's on-going warfare with her ex-husband (Thomas Hayden Church) and his prickly wife (Demi Moore), the alarming behavior of Lynn's other three children, and her mother's (Ellen Burstyn) and sisters' derision and reproach. As Lynn tries to confront reality, her mother sweeps it away. But reality has a way of asserting itself. The family warfare escalates and wounds, and the minefields that span three-generations are portrayed with raw performances from the ensemble cast.
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.
When is a "white lie" the "right" lie? Could it be that a lie is sometimes the best path to truth? Young parents Lonnie and Clover are at a crossroads. Offered a job in the pharmaceutical industry, Clover, an idealistic law student, wants to provide security for her family, while Lonnie, a would-be rocker, faces the nightmare of a life spent at a soul-crushing job editing banal commercials. Choosing a life of freedom, best-friend Tank navigates between the couple while pursuing his own dream of creating an edible face cream. Lonnie finally fed up with his insipid job spins a life altering lie that rapidly spins out of control and escalates into a week of unimaginable consequences, with adorable baby Xana at its center. Must we surrender our dreams? Dark humor and astute observation coupled with pitch-perfect performances, deft editing and smart writing, make The Lie witty and well-worth watching. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
The Gotham Independent Film Awards nominees were announced and films with ties to the Hudson Valley and WFF are in the running for some major prizes. The Awards will be handed out on November 28.
Hudson Valley Resident Vera Farmiga was nominated for Breakthrough Director for Higher Ground. Farmiga who also stars in the film, makes her directorial debut. Higher Ground was the first feature produced by new WFF sponsor BCDF Studios and was filmed locally in the Hudson Valley. It received a limited theatrical release in August and will make its way to DVD
The locally filmed thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene currently chilling audiences at Upstate Films: Rhinebeck is nominated for three Gothams: Breakthrough Actor for Elizabeth Olsen, who also starred in Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, which also filmed locally and had its American Premiere at WFF 2011; Best Ensemble; and Breakthrough Director for Sean Durkin.
Congratulations go out to local resident Joy E. Reed, who served as Assistant Editor on Buck, which is one of the five nominees for the Gotham Audience Award. Joy has also directed several short films in the Hudson Valley.
Also one of those five finalists is WFF Official Selection Being Elmo. If you loved Being Elmo at WFF 2011 you can vote for it or any of the other five nominees at here. You have until November 20 to vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced on November 28.
2011 WFF artist Kathy Ruttenberg will be featured in an upcoming art show in Spain!
It's been a busy few months for Kathy, first WFF 2011 in September and she still has pieces featured at Arts Westchester in White Plains as part of an exhibit entitled eARTH. You can take in that show until November 23.
For more info, visit ArtsWestchester.org.
Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation (and sponsor of WFF's Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award) was one of three recipients of the 65th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards given out at Boston University on October 29, 2011, on the campus of Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Only a few hundred of these awards, celebrating Leadership and Excellence, have been given out in its 65-year history and out of hundreds of thousands of graduates. It is the University's highest honor to its graduates. Meera Gandhi is a 1989 graduate from Boston University's Graduate School of Management, with a Master of Business Administration. Meera Gandhi received the award for her leadership in philanthropy and for her dedication to developing solutions for human suffering and deprivation.
CONGRATS to Ulster County resident Christina Vinsick and her film Whisper Me a Lullaby for taking home the prize for Best Feature Film at The Big Apple Film Festival and Best Supporting Performance at Orlando Film Fest.Shot in the Hudson Valley the summer of 2009, Whisper Me a Lullaby stars John Heard (Home Alone, Cutter's Way) Tika Sumpter, Blanche Baker, Jason Downs, Christina Vinsick, Wyatt Kuether, Pete Mychalcewycz andKatrina Henson.
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Jason Downs (Whisper Me a Lullaby) has also been making news with his new album Love Me Alone produced by Grammy winning producer Malcolm Burn was released October 10, 2011!
The music video, Bitch of the Week was directed by WFF alumni Constant Van Hoeven (Bomber, Metermna, Things Last)
Everyone loves a comeback. It's been ten years since Jason Downs' hit song White Boy With a Feather graced the UK airwaves… but he's back and better than ever. After some typical music biz bullshit Jason became disillusioned with the whole scene and returned to acting for a while. During which time he made some movies, made some babies (a son and a daughter with wife Sophia) and finally found his love for making music again. As well as his own voice.
The new album is a labor of love, sweat and tears that represents Jason at his rawest, most vulnerable time of life. He had a hand in every aspect of its creation, production and distribution.
Since his time in the European pop market Jason's songs and lyrical style have matured along with his rich baritone and storytelling. The new album, Love Me Alone, is more reminiscent of his earlier taste for sweet, sad rock 'n' roll and his deeper roots in folk and country. Combine that with a Grammy winning producer, Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Chris Whitley), and you've got magic. Buy it on iTunes and Enjoy!
WFF 2011 Concert Performer Simi Stone to Play Woodstock
Stone, who played WFF 2011 and other Festival events has a cool, unique sound and a killer voice. She is also a member of the group The Duke and the King with Simone Felice, Bobby Bird and Nowell Haskins.
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