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Beasts of the Southern Wild
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

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The second annual Spirit of Woodstock Celebration on the Hudsonwill take place Saturday July 21 at the breathtaking "Ledgerock" in Hyde Park, NY.

The Spirit of Woodstock Award is rooted in the history of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture and the river that flows through and connects it. This year, WFF is proud to honor Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey for his 38 years of public service.

The Woodstock based restaurant Cucina, which boasts a contemporary Italian menu based on seasonal, local ingredients, has graciously offered to cater, and drinks will be provided by several sponsors including Hudson Whiskey, Hendrick's Gin, Brotherhood Winery, Shawangunk Hudson Valley Wine Trail, Whitecliff Vinyards and Warwick Valley Winery.

Join us for a fabulous evening of live music (special guests to be announced), food, beverages, and mingle with our honoree, actors, filmmakers, artists and art lovers from NYC and the Hudson Valley! If you can't attend the event, but still wish to help with our our fundraising efforts, you can make a tax-deductable doantion by visiting our website.



The first annual Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts is less than a month away! This event organized by local artists and art organizations will take place at venues throughout Woodstock's Byrdcliffe Art Colony, July 13-15..

WFF is honored to be presenting two events.

A screening of the 2012 Sundance Official Selection WHY STOP NOW (formerly titled Predisposed) directed by Woodstock native Phil Dorling and WFF founding Advisory Board member Ron Nyswaner screens Saturday July 14. The film features Hudson Valley resident Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).

On Sunday, July 15, WFF's Meira Blaustein will be moderating LET'S TALK ABOUT FILM, a conversation with panelists including the multi talented Griffin Dunne (Addicted to Love, Practical Magic) and Larry Fessenden (Habit, No Telling, Wendigo,The Last Winter)

Sixteen other fantastic organizations are participating. Visit Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts to purchase individual tickets or full festival passes. Passes includes acess to the Opening Reception, Byrdcliffe Cabaret, six other performances of your choice and priority acess to the music of Jesus Christ Superstar and Happy Traum Presents Woody Guthrie.



i-l/r Tricia Jones (i-D), Lisa Albright
(Director Coming Up Roses), Meira

WFF's co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein has been quite the jetsetter lately. Following up her trip in May to the Cannes Film Festival in France, she headed out again in June for London, England to screen two 2011 WFF films: the feature narrative COMING UP ROSES and the feature docmentary DOLPHIN BOY. The event was made possible i-D Magazine and Diesel UK.

"While traveling through time zones and continents within a short period of time sleep may be hard to find. Thanks to an amazing initiative by i-D magazine and Diesel UK, I traveled to London in the beginning part of June for three nights to present two films originally shown at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival..."

From London, Meira flew to Los Angeles to attend LA Film Festival, then back to Woodstock.

Check out her recap of all the amazing events here!



Four films closely tied with WFF make their theatrical debut this month, check them out!


Director Benh Zeitlin's short GLORY AT SEA was the winner of the Best Student Film at the 2008 WFF.

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. (Sundance)

For a look at show times in your area, check out Fandango!

KUMARÉ- June 20

An official selection of the 2011 WFF, KUMARÉ makes its debut in select NYC theaters this month.

The search for spiritual fulfillment becomes grist for the mill as Hindu-American skeptic Vikram Gandhi sets out on a grand experiment to prove that religious leaders are no better than the rest of us. Vikram, through a few cosmetic changes, transforms himself, becoming the guru Sri Kumaré. Accompanied by two colleagues, the newly minted guru heads for Phoenix. His teaching? Illusion is truth, and truth is illusion, and that we don't need gurus to make ourselves happy. He soon attracts a following and Kumaré becomes a mirror for the observer. Ironically, one of his followers proclaims, "There's nothing phony about him." But what happens when the "holy man" must reveal the "hoax?" And will the student become the teacher? An orgiastic sound healing session is just one of the many delights in this smart and very funny film, part "Zelig" with a nod to a kinder, gentler "Borat." (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)

Visit the official website for more details

PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING the opening night film of the 2011 WFF, opened Juned 8.

Directed by Bruce Beresford and shot in Woodstock, NY, the film stars Academy Award-winning Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-nominated Catherine Keener, international heartthrob Chace Crawford, and Sundance’s breakout star Elizabeth Olsen.PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDINGis a comedy about an uptight New York City lawyer who takes her two spirited teenagers to her hippie mother’s farmhouse in the countryside for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self-discovery.

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding is showing at select theaters.

PONIES- July 13 at the Cinema Village, NYC, 22 East 12th Street

While searching for their small piece of the American Dream, immigrants Drazen (John Ventimiglia) and Wallace (Kevin Corrigan) get sidetracked by the world of off-track betting, dragging Drazen's cabdriver friend Ken along with them. Though Wallace knows to quit while he's ahead, Drazen can't seem to stop, slowly driving himself into a dangerous addiction, telling himself that if he can just win some more money he can buy his daughter a fancy First Communion dress. Eventually bad luck begins to get the best of him, and one last act of desperation leads to an explosive ending. An actor himself, Sandow masterfully directs three amazing performances, from extremely talented veterans Ventimiglia and Corrigan, as well as newcomer Babs Olusanmokun, creating a fascinating character study. Like the thrilling horse races the men wager their meager earnings away on, "Ponies" will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last shot. (Emily Suttmeier)



The Woodstock Film Festival would like to welcome Hendrick's Gin to our 2012 sponsor list!

Bottled and imported by William Grant and Sons out of NYC, Hendrick's Gin uses extra ingredients that allows their gin to stand out in a curiously intriguing way. In addition to the traditional juniper infusion, Hendrick's uses Bulgarian Rose and cucumber to add flavor.

Declared in 2003 to be "The Best Gin in the World" by The Wall Street Journal and with a history dating as far back as 1860 Scotland, why not see what all the buzz is about? Not to mention they will be providing their unique gin to the Spirit of Woodstock Celebration!




How fast time flies!

The end is very near for WFF 2012 submissions- June 29 is the WAB deadline for features. If you havent submitted your film yet, what are you waiting for? This year is shaping up to be a great one and we are looking for promising filmmakers of all genres.

Visit our website for more information and for WAB submission links.


Hudson Valley Film Commmission News

Writer/actor Nick Damici and writer/director Jim Mickle on location in Delaware County during production of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

The Hudson Valley Film Commission is working on 40 films with the hope that most will be produced in the region. Last week, location scouts visited Orange and Ulster county for a music video for Sigur Ros. Other potential projects include commercials, student films, shorts and feature films.

DOOMSDAYS, starring Justin Rice and Leo Fitzpatrick wrapped in early June and will be posting at Remote Access in Dutchess County. PERSEPHONE starring Melissa Leo, Gilles Malkine and Lindsay Andretta just finished color correction with Technicolor Postworks NY and is working on music and ADR with David Baron of Edison Music Corporation in Boiceville, sound fx with Wyatt Sprague in Glenford and sound mixing with CA Sound, Inc in Bearsville.

IN MY SKIN is all set to film in Kingston, NY and Tech Cityfrom July 6-8. Producer Peter Fackler is preppingPROMISED LAND for FUTURE STATES,Season 4. Check for casting call announcements online. Meanwhile, the idyllic nature of the Hudson Valley will host three more German productions for the ever popular romantic TV Collection based on Katie Fforde novels. They will be filming throughout the region until Septemeber.

Wrapping up shortly will be Jim Mickle's WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. Riley Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike), Julia Garner (Quadruple M, Martha Marcy May Marlene), Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Alien), and Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire) star along with some Hudson Valley dayplayers in a remake of the Mexican horror hit. Click here to hear why Jim Mickle loves to film in the Hudson Valley Catskills.