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Life of Pi associate producer Jean-Christophe Castelli and long time confidante of director Ang Lee as well as author of The Making of Life of Pi will be on hand for a special talk and book signing event hosted by Pondicherry of Woodstock in collaboration with The Golden Notebook. The event will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and will take place at Fiber Flame Studio in Saugerties on February 9 from 5:30-7:00pm.

Life of Pi, directed by Lee has garnered 11 Academy Award nominations. The director, who spent time in Woodstock while shooting his previous film Taking Woodstock, labored on the project for four years before finally brining it to the big screen.

The film is Lee's most profitable to date grossing nearly 500 million dollars worldwide, however it did not come easily as the book was long considered unfilmmable.

Jean-Christophe will give anecdotes and the back story of the making of Life of Pi as well talk about the technical magic which went into making the film.

An Ang Lee autographed copy of the book will also be auctioned off.

To purchase tickets, visit Making of Life of Pi


Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a winner

Blue Caprice - the story of the DC sniper

chessCheckmate- The Alfred P. Sloan Award

Pandora's Promise- It's Nuclear Baby.


Sundance 2013 wrapped up and a couple of films that WFF was spotlighting took home prizes.

Aint' Them Bodies Saints, directed by 2012 WFF Alum Dave Lowery (editor of Nor'Easter) took home the prize for Best Cinematography.

Meanwhile two-time WFF alum Andrew Bujalski's new film Computer Chess took home the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein was in Park City for much of the two week festival, you can read all of her daily Poughkeepsie Journal blog posts from Sundance HERE.

Here are some of her final thoughts from her Utah sojourn; you can read the full column at the Poughkeepsie Journal HERE.

"This year's Sundance Film Festival marked one where a particularly large number of exciting and promising first time directors (many of whom were women) received attention and accolades, indicating that this year is one that should be particularly interesting for the independent filmmakers and the public at large.

One subject that seemed to be present in many of the films at Sundance (and Slamdance) this year was - ready for this? Guns and violence. Fruitvale (an amazing narrative by a young, up and coming filmmaker, winner of two awards) focused on the story of a young man’s senseless killing at the Bay Area by Bart officers, while Blue Caprice delved into the psychology behind the DC sniper. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was about a couple of outlaws on a crime spree, while The Dirties (which took the grand jury prize in Slamdance) was all about bullying in high school...."

Read more at the Poughkeepsie Journal.




Milkshake for Kevin Smith

We Are What We Are
finds dinner partner

Twenty Feet From Stardom no longer

Sundance also saw a bevy of films sold for distribution including several with links to WFF. Check out all the films that made the cut below and keep a look out for more deals in the coming days and weeks.

Award winner Ain't Them Bodies Saints was taken on by IFC Films.

Milkshake, produced by Hudson Valley native Jason Sosnoff, was acquired by Phase 4 Films for its Kevin Smith Movie Club

Mother of George, produced by Carly Hugo and Matt Parker will be distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The Spectacular Now directed by James Ponsoldt who had two films at WFF (Off the Black and Junebug and Hurricane) sold to A24 Films.

Toy's House, produced by WFF Advisory Board member Peter Saraf was acquired by CBS Films.

Three time WFF alum Morgan Neville (The Cool School, Johnny Cash's America, Ray Charles America) had his new doc Twenty Feet From Stardom picked up by Radius- TWC.

Entertainment One grabbed the locally produced and filmed We Are What We Are by WFF alum Jim Mickel (Stakeland).



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Kings Point

WFF Short Award Winner: Curfew

Well Best Song is better than nothing

The Academy Award® nominations were recently announced and WFF is proud to say that we will be rooting for a number of films and Hudson Valley residents who will be chasing Oscar.

WFF blogger Michael Burke covered the announcements. Here are some excerpts from his BLOG.

"The 85th Academy Award nominations are out and there are several films with ties to the Woodstock Film Festival that earned nominations. A number of Hudson Valley residents and natives will be vying for the golden statuettes to display on their mantles.

Let's start in the shorts categories, where three films that screened at WFF 2012 grabbed nominations.

Mondays at Racine and Kings Point both were nominated for Best Documentary: Short Subject. The two films actually screened together as part of a program at WFF 2012.

Mondays at Racine is directed by Hudson Valley native Cynthia Wade who already has an Oscar on display on her mantle piece for the 2007 short doc Freeheld, which also screened at WFF and is now in development as a narrative feature set to co-star Pete Sollett and Ellen Page. The screenplay was written by Hudson Valley resident Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil). Wade is a three time WFF alum also visiting Woodstock in 2010 with Born Sweet.

Kings Point, directed by Sari Gilman and produced by multiple WFF alums Jedd and Todd Wider is the story of one retirement community in Florida and a portrait of some its residents.

Moving to the Best Short Film: Live Action nomination we find one of my personal favorites: Wappingers Falls native Shawn Christensen's delightfully heartwarming and at the same time somewhat depressing - Curfew.

Oh did I mention that Curfew won the Maverick Award for best Narrative Short? Should Curfew win the Academy Award, that will mark three years in a row that the Woodstock Film Festival has picked the Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short. The 2011 winner was God of Love by Luke Matheny and the 2012 Oscar went to Time Freak.

Meanwhile Anne Hathaway, a graduate of Vassar College is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her devastating performance in Les Miserables. She took home the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fantine and just added a SAG Award to her collection. This is her second nomination, her first in the leading actress category for 2008's Rachel Getting Married, which was directed by 2012 WFF Maverick Award recipient Jonathan Demme.

Two other WFF Films grabbed nominations:

Helen Hunt from The Sessions snagged a Best Supporting Actress nomination, while John Hawkes came up just short in his bid for another Oscar nod. Finally the brilliant documentary Chasing Ice, which was somehow left off of Oscar's noms for Best Feature Documentary did score a nomination in the Best Song Category for "Before My Time." 

Other Hudson Valley nominees include Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).


If you want one of these,
you've got to apply!

It's that time of year again...the Woodstock Film Festival is now accepting entries for our 14th Annual Festival taking place October 2-6, 2013.

We want to see your film in the festival so please send in your submission. We are looking for any and all types of films: narratives, documentaries, shorts, music videos, teen films and animation Award sponsors include Film We Like, Lowel Light, Blue Sky Studios and many others. See 2012 Award winners

To submit visit or you may enter your film via Don't miss out on the festival that Academy Award® nominee Bruce Beresford called "a festival run with such enthusiasm and panache, and – most important of all – with such a stimulating choice of films." For more quotes about WFF head to our quotes page.


Mea Maxima Culpa on HBO

Mea Maxima Culpa

2012 WFF official selection Mea Maxima Culpa will make its TV debut on HBO. Oscar® winner Alex Gibney directs this powerful documentary that explores the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

If you missed the film at WFF, you can watch it on HBO starting February 4 at 9pm.


Born Yesterday

Beginning February 1 and running for three weekends County Players in Wappingers Falls will be staging a production of Garson Kanin's classic comedy Born Yesterday, featuring WFF Operations Director Michael Burke as Paul. Tickets can be purchased at the County Players WEBSITE.

Show dates are February 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16. Curtain is 8pm for Friday and Saturday evening and 2pm for the Sunday matinee.

Jesus Christ Superstar

A reminder that Paul Green, founder of School of Rock and WFF music director, presents the Music of Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock concert style presentation of the original cast recording, performed by awesome rock musicians including many WFF alumni (see bold) — Ray Belli, Katie Benevento, Richard Bennett, Jeremy Bernstein, Tracy Bonham, Jason Bowman, Zak Carey, Inyo Charbonneau, Gail Ann Dorsey, Peter Dougan, Heidi Emrich, Joey Eppard, Aaron Freeman, Daria Grace, Lisa Soden Green, Paul Green, Ida Hakkila, Rachel Havens, Connor Kennedy, Jesse Krakow, Dr. Know, Jesse Lauter, Acacia Ludwig, Chris Miller, Clip Payne, Joe Russo, Keith Slattery, Isaac Sorensen, Matt Stauffer, Tim Sutton, Zach Tenorio Miller, CJ Tywoniak, and Lindsey Webster. *Performers are Subject to Change. Opening entertainment will feature mentalist Lucas Handwerker.

Tickets are on sale for 2 PERFORMANCES ONLY - February 9 & 10 at the Bearsville Theater. Proceeds will benefit the Woodstock Day School.


He's Foster, you are you. Go see him.

Foster McGinty Performs Live

Local musician and friend of the festival Foster McGinty has two upcoming shows.

First up, February 1 at 8:30pm in New York City at Arlene's Grocery, Foster will rock this former bodega turned hip music venue.

Then one month later on March 1 at 9pm, the songwriter with a "Delta hellhound milky yowl and a potent live band that slams back and forth between an ever-unfolding musical mission" hits his hometown stage at the Bearsville Theater. Tickets for the event are on sale at the Bearsville Theater Box Office.


February is looking like it will be a very busy month with multiple features and shorts lined up for area shoots — not to mention that Walt Disney Studios is currently scouting for a potential summer blockbuster production.

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