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Tracy Christian with the kids
of the Shangilia Orphanage


WFF presents local filmmaker Tracy Christian and Street Journeys — her uplifting film of hope — at Upstate Films, Woodstock, March 2 at 2:30pm.

Peter Travers of "Rolling Stone" called Street Journeys "an exhilarating documentary that speaks to the nurturing power of art...prepare to be wowed."

In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim realities of poverty, hope for the future is dim, until renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu restores the children's spirit through the healing power of theater. But when an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test, it’s up to the children to draw on their strength, and glean lessons of faith, family, and the rising of the spirit without their mentor.

Street Journeys is the inspiring story of Anne Wanjugu and the former street children who reside at her home Shangilia Mtoto Wa Africa (Rejoice, Child of Africa) and culminates in a triumphant journey from the makeshift stage of a small Nairobi church to the bright lights of Broadway. You can read more about Tracy Christian and her film at the Woodstock Film Festival BLOG. You can also hear Tracy Christian talking about the film, February 27 in the morning with Jimmy Buff on WDST - Radio Woodstock.

To purchase tickets click HERE.


The Brass Teapot
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Juno Temple in The Brass Teapot

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group presents The Brass Teapot at two local venues.

The film, which was shot in the Hudson Valley stars Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Angarano. Director Ramaa Mosley's feature debut is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for. John (Angarano) and Alice (Temple) live in small town America- married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted "most likely to succeed," Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn't long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes...

Screenings will take place March 22, 8pm at The Beacon in Beacon and March 23, 8pm at The Downing Film Center in Newburgh. Both cities were prime filming locations for the film.

To purchase tickets online, visit HVPG. Proceeds benefit participating venues.

Members of the cast and crew will be in attendance. Details to follow.

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group (HVPG) administers a year round touring exhibit 
that features films by established & emerging filmmakers, with an emphasis on presenting 
NY State films and filmmakers. Funding is provided by NYSCA.



Welcome to Pine Hill- March 1 (NY)

Written and directed by Keith Miller and shot partially in Pine Hill, NY, Welcome to Pine Hill is the story about an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Pine Hill follows that Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first time actor Shannon Harper, sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City. (Courtesy Oscilloscope)

Welcome to Pine Hill took home the Grand Jury prize at Slamdance 2012.


California Solo - March 5

The 2012 Woodstock Film Festival film that received both the Maverick Award Winner for BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE (sponsored by Gigantic Pictures) and Best Editing Award (sponsored by Technicolor/PostworksNY) is now available on DVD.

When you reach the top, is there anywhere to go but down? Former Britpop rock star Lachlan MacAldonich, in a sublime performance by Robert Carlyle, finds himself at this precipice as a once promising music career is now awash in booze and self- loathing. Director Marshall Lewy’s, sophomore effort is a moving departure from his feature debut, the comedy Blue State. Lachlan, now a farm manager in southern California, faces deportation after another ill-fated night of drinking and driving. In an effort to stave off expulsion from the U.S. he must reconnect with his ex-wife and the daughter he barely knows and finally face the demons he has been avoiding to reclaim a life teetering on the edge. –Michael Burke


For Ellen - February 19

On August 3, 2012 the Woodstock Film Festival presented a special screening of So Yong Kim's For Ellen starring Paul Dano. The director and star were on hand for a post screening Q&A along with producer Jen Gatien. The film was a hit at Sundance and Berlin and is being released by Tribeca Film. You can also rent or purchase the film online via Amazon Instant Video.

Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Dano) has wanted nothing more than to “make it”, having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success.  In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva- Revenge, How To Make It In America) in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (newcomer Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (John Heder) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.


The Sessions - Now Out

2012 WFF Official Selection The Sessions now out on DVD and Blu-ray. The film has picked up an Oscar nomination for star Helen Hunt in the Supporting Actress category.

Directed by Ben Lewin and based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California–based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Watch on February 24 to see if Helen Hunt wins the Oscar for her performance.



The Woodstock Film Festival has opened its Call for Entries! Hurry over to and submit your feature, short, music video or teen film for consideration for the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival taking place October 2-6, 2013. You can also submit through It’s shaping up to be our best year yet and we want you to be a part of it.

Honoring unique vision and artistic quality, WFF's COMPETITIVE Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services valued at well over $50,000 are given out. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary.

Awards are sponsored by:
(See 2012 Award winners)

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Hudson Valley production news for cold mid February featured the Iconoclast production of the upcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs music video for the song SACRILEGE - directed by  the French directing tream Megaforce.

Other production news includes the upcoming production of Knightmares and 25 other potential projects. It looks to be a banner year for local film production. Make sure to keep up to date on posts regarding needs relating to locations, accommodations, catering, vendors, cast and crew by by following HVFC on Facebook, Twitter and Blogger.


giving back


Meera Gandhi at the United Nations

The Woodstock Film Festival would like to acknowledge The Giving Back Foundation for their continuous support of the festival.

The Giving Back Foundation was established in 2010 by Meera Gandhi with the support of her husband Vikram Gandhi as a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization. Its beneficiaries are carefully selected existing charities around the world, with special emphasis on women and children in need.

Directly assisting education of women and children, addressing illness, poverty and suffering are the primary activities of the Giving Back Foundation, whose motto is, "We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it."

The Giving Back Foundation also exists as a platform for debate and discussion, as philanthropic activities continue to evolve around the world.

*Stay tuned for the announcement of the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award honoree later this month!