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Happy Holidays!





WFF Welcomes Gigantic Pictures



Film Independent Spirit Awards
DGA Awards
Gotham Awards

Answers to Nothing
One Lucky Elephant






We'd like to thank you for making 2011 a very productive year! The 12th Annual Woodstock Film Festival was a success and featured highlights like the sold-out US Premiere of Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding with director Bruce Beresford. Actors like Mark Ruffalo, Ellen Barkin, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fisher Stevens, Tim Blake Nelson and directors like Tony Kaye (American History X), Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) and Debra Granik (Winter's Bone) turned out to make WFF 2011 another talked about event. We're also happy to announce that Academy Award® winning actor Timothy Hutton will be joining our Board of Directors.

We also want to wish you a very happy & healthy holiday season! As the year comes to a close, we'd like to remind you that there's still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL and HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION.

With your help we were finally able to mortgage our new home, 13 Rock City Rd in January and truly transform it into a FILM CENTER!

We've already raised $40,000 since January thanks to generous contributors like you! But we still need your help! We are hoping to raise just $75,000 by December 31.


Here are just some of the things we've accomplished since moving in!

71Using energy efficient materials, we began renovations on this 1930's cinder block building and made huge strides towards creating a truly state-of-the-art facility.

9We insulated and transformed a dingy old storeroom into a beautiful conference room for staff meetings and film production offices.

8We retrofitted the attached garage to a brand new employee entrance and hallway and created a private screening room available for rental.


Here's a list of just some of the programming and events that were held here in 2011!

6Held casting calls for productions like Family Tree starring John Slattery, New Skin, Mobile Home, Persephone and Sparrow Lane.

5HVPG, which is a part of WFF hosted a teen workshop with Emmy Award® winning filmmaker Lisa Gossels and screened her award-winning documentary My So Called Enemy.

4We rented office space and equipment to the film Family Tree and we gave a teen filmmaker a place to shoot interviews for his documentary.


Please help us to continue bringing film and arts related events to the community. Please consider an annual contribution to the WFF & HVFC CAPITAL CAMPAIGN for the FILM CENTER.

We've raised $40,000 since January thanks to generous contributors like you!

But we still need your help! We need to reach $75,000 by December 31 to meet our already reduced 2011 fundraising goals.

Help us keep 13 Rock City Rd as a FILM CENTER & hub for all!

Thank you for your consideration, from all of us here at the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission!

To donate funds to the WFF & HVFC Capital Campaign, please CLICK DONATE


Gigantic Pictures joins WFF as sponsor of Narrative Feature Award

WFF is thrilled to welcome Gigantic Pictures as its newest award sponsor with a $5,000 prize for its Best Feature Narrative!

Gigantic Pictures is an active producer of low and mid-level budgeted feature films and documentaries. They can take you from idea to delivery, supervising all aspects of the filmmaking process including budgeting, scheduling, pre-production, production and post-production. Their clients include: "Alexandria... New York" Cannes Film Festival in 2004, "Alicia Keys ‘Vote’ Public Service Announcement" now playing on bet, "Girls and Dolls" (documentary) which won the Best Directorial Debut Award at New York Independent Film and Video Festival and the feature film “Hello America” which in 2001 was the #1 Arab language film worldwide.


Woodstock Film Festival and Marist College present an INTRO TO AVID Editing Software Workshop
There's only ONE WEEK left to sign up, and there are only a few seats left!

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:
Video and audio input, project management techniques, building rough cuts, fine-tuning the cut for pacing and rhythm, audio enhancement, creating and editing graphic titles, and output for both DVD or the web.

Limited seating! Click here to reserve your ticket now.


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HVPG will tour 12/8-12/10 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.

December 8, 6:30pm
Spectrum 8, Albany, NY
December 9, 8pm
Rosendale Theater, Rosendale, NY
December 10, 8:15pm
The Downing Center, Newburgh, NY

Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with filmmaker Noah Hutton.


Martha Marcy May Marlene

The Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations were announced this week and films with ties to the Hudson Valley and WFF made a big splash. (The Independent Spirit Awards will be presented February 25 at 10pm on IFC.)

One of the big potential winners is the Hudson Valley filmed Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is garnering critical acclaim and gobbling up awards and nominations, can an Oscar nom be far behind? Here's a rundown on all HV noms...

Martha Marcy May Marlene directed by Sean Durkin, locked up four nominations including Best First Feature, Best Female Lead (Elizabeth Olsen), Best Supporting Male (John Hawkes) and the Piaget Producers Award for Josh Mond.

Pariah, which was produced by Woodstock native Joey Carey captured two nominations: Best Female Lead (Adepero Oduye) and the Cassaettes Award, which honors films budgeted under $500K.

The Off Hours cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke will be competing for the Best Cinematographer Award for his work on the film that screened at WFF 2011 and stars Hudson Valley resident Ross Partridge.

Patrick deWitt has been nominated for Best First Screenplay for Terri, which WFF screened at the 2010 Soho House Fundraising event with director Azazel Jacobs.

Finally Alma Har'el, director of WFF 2011 official selection Bombay Beach will be competing for the Truer than Fiction Award. The award is presented to the director of a nonfiction feature film of outstanding artistic and dramatic achievement. Last year in this category, Jeff Malmberg won for his documentary Marwencol (WFF 2010) about Kingston NY resident Mark Hogencamp.


Recorder Exam: Bora Kim won DGA's Women's Student Award in the East Region

Bora Kim, director of The Recorder Exam a WFF 2011 official selection and winner of the The Diane Seligman Award for Best Student Short at the 2011 Maverick Awards, has taken home another award. The filmmaker has captured the Directors Guild of America award for Best Woman Student Filmmaker, Eastern Region.  Read the full Variety Article here.

Bora Kim graduated from Columbia University's MFA program, where she was a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship and Tom's Scholarship. Her short films have been screened at various film festivals around the world and have been broadcast on Korean national television. The Recorder Exam is her thesis film, and was funded by the Korean Film Council, Seoul Film Commission and Kodak Korea.

Bora is a two-time WFF veteran as she penned 2009 Official Selection Eiko directed by fellow Columbia grad and another two time WFF veteran Christoph Kuschnig (Junkyard Jesus, 2010). 


Gotham Awards: Pariah takes home top Directorial Prize

Pariah helmer Dee Rees was named breakthrough director for the Focus Features drama, which centers on a gay African-American teenager living in Brooklyn who struggles with coming out.

Rees faced competition from Another Earth's Mike Cahill, Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sean Durkin, Higher Ground's Vera Farmiga and Bellflower's Evan Glodell in the category.

A world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the contemporary drama Pariah is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Paria. Woodstock's own Joey Carey is among the feature’s producers. At Sundance, cinematographer Bradford Young was honored with the [U.S. Dramatic Competition] Excellence in Cinematography Award.

Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.


Answers to Nothing in Theaters Friday, Dec 2

Another Woodstock Film Festival 2011 entry makes its way to theaters this week as Answers to Nothing the ensemble drama starring Dane Cook, Barbara Hershey, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz and Zach Gilford.

Tonight you can watch Dane Cook on Access Hollywood (check your local listings) as he provides a sneak peek at this intense drama.

Written and directed by Matthew Leutwyler, Answers to Nothing is a gritty drama of inter-weaving stories set in Los Angeles against the backdrop of a child kidnapping case.  Intertwining stories explore the bad in the best of us and the good in the worst of us, the story follows five days in the life of a woman whose determination to get pregnant keeps her from confronting her husband’s infidelity and a detective assigned to the case of the child abduction. Meanwhile, a school teacher and his obsession with the missing child pushes him to the edge of vigilantism while a beat cop grieves over the violent death of his wife. A recovering addict and her wheel chair bound brother prepare for the LA Marathon while a self-loathing African American TV writer searches for love.

All these lives weave a path toward an imminent collision as they search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don’t always see.

WFF 2010 Selection One Lucky Elephant Stomps Onto OWN TOMORROW at 9pm

One Lucky Elephant, a finalist for the WFF 2010 Best Feature Documentary, will make its World TV Premiere Thursday night on OWN at 9pm Eastern as part of the network’s Documentary Club. 

Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant is a love story unlike any other. It is a touching, surprising, and unforgettable film created with a deep commitment from the filmmaker to tell this one-of-a-kind story.

David Balding, founder and producer of Circus Flora, had the best of intentions when he adopted a young African elephant and made her the centerpiece and namesake of his show. Balding cared for Flora, his young elephant, like she was his own child. But elephants, like children, grow up, and when it came time for Flora to find a new home, Balding’s troubles began.

Filmmaker Lisa Leeman lets the story unfold over the years, as it takes one surprising and dramatic turn after another. In One Lucky Elephant we see the complicated and often heartbreaking results of taking wild animals away from their natural home. (David Becker)


The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to announce you can hear their very own musical guru Paul Green every Saturday night on WDST.

Paul, WFF's new Music Coordinator hits the airwaves with more than twenty years experience working different roles within the music industry. Green is a teacher, songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and the founder of School of Rock

His latest endeavor as radio host can be heard on his show The Tool Shed on 100.1 WDST, Saturday nights from 7 to 9pm.

The Tool Shed will feature rock music for people who love rock music, playing deep and divine classic rock with a sprinkle of punk, funk, soul and metal.

Check him out on Facebook and ON DEMAND.


UMBRA STUDIOS in Newburgh Invites you to attend their Open House on December 3 from 12-6pm

A buffet and cocktails will be served all day while UMBRA presents SPEAKER NY State Senator William Larkin. Appearances will also include Representatives from Orange County Executive's office, IATSE Local 52, Hilton Hospitality NE, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

A full tour of Umbra Studios and our informed staff will be available to answer all questions.

PLEASE RSVP BY Wednesday November 23 to Sharon Keery or call 1-845-536-6973

Want the LATEST scoop on new films coming up? Can you provide services to the trade? Do you have a location that would be IDEAL? Ever thought about being an extra? How about becoming a PA to learn the ropes? HVFC posts regularly on FACEBOOK and on BLOGGER so keep an eye out. For up to date directory info, news and postings, please visit Hudson Valley Film Commission


Woodstock Film Festival board of directors member Stephen Hays received some exceptional news recently regarding his company 120dB Films.

120dB Film Finance, LLC ("120dB Films") has closed a $107 million fund (the "Fund"), capitalized primarily by a Fortune 500 property casualty insurance company. An affiliate of 120dB Films will act as portfolio manager for the Fund, with responsibility for sourcing and closing film finance loans. The Fund will substantially increase 120dB Films' capital base and introduce a material reduction in lending rates across all products, while maintaining 120dB Films' high level of service. The Fund expects to compete directly with the larger boutique lenders and commercial banks in securing entertainment loan opportunities.

"We believe that 120dB Films has distinguished itself over the past 7 years by offering premium, personalized service to our borrowers, and we have closed over 60 film loans since inception," said Stephen Hays, founder and Managing Member. "The Fund closing is a milestone in our evolution and will result in much more competitively priced loans, while retaining the highly attentive service that has become our trademark."

120dB Films has been particularly active in recent years closing production loans for such films as 2010 WFF's Henry's Crime (Keanu Reeves, James Caan, Vera Farmiga); Little Murder (Terrence Howard, Josh Lucas); What Maisie Knew (Julianne Moore); Liberal Arts (Zac Efron, Elizabeth Olsen); and Foreverland (Juliette Lewis, Jason Priestley). Other recently completed projects include Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (WFF, 2011) and Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, Higher Ground (Sony Pictures Classics, 2011). 120dB Films' television loans have included Seasons 1 and 2 for the TNT series Leverage (Timothy Hutton) among others.

To Read More about 120 dB Films, CLICK HERE.


Gold Sponsors: 120 dB Films, BCDF Pictures,

Silver Sponsors: A&E IndieFilms, TIME Magazine

Superstar Sponsors: BMI, Brooklyn Brewery, Epix HD, Ketel One Vodka, Lowel Light, Metrovision, Postworks, WDST

Award Sponsors: Gigantic Pictures, Blue Sky Studios, The Giving Back Foundation, Panavision NY

Foundation Support: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,The Perry and Martin Granoff Foundation, ETC

Government Support: NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts), Dutchess County Arts Council

A complete list of sponsors is available online at WFF SPONSORS