14th Annual WFF Poster Designed by
Artist Scott Michael Ackerman
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce the unveiling of its official 2013 poster art, painted by artist Scott Michael Ackerman. The poster was revealed as part of 2nd Friday, July 12 in Woodstock at the WFF office at 13 Rock City Rd. in Woodstock. For event photos, click here. Photo credits: Anjali Bermain
"I've had the pleasure of having my work exhibited in the filmmaker lounge at the Colony Café during the past two Woodstock Film Festivals," said artist Scott Michael Ackerman. " Last year, Timothy Hutton bought two of my pieces. That was a real thrill, but it doesn't top being asked to do the 2013 WFF poster. The painting symbolizes the blossoming of life and reawakening. It's my hope that it's an appropriate metaphor for the blossoming that results from all the amazing filmmakers and talent who manifest the creative, fiercely independent spirit that has come to symbolize the Woodstock Film Festival."
"We are thrilled to welcome Scott onto our roster of artists" said Meira Blaustein, co-founder & executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "The vibrancy, boldness, raw talent and passion that flow from each of his paintings are emblematic of the fiercely independent spirit of the Woodstock Film Festival and of the innovative, passionate and thought provoking filmmakers it supports."
Ackerman has earned his reputation as an "outsider" artist largely due to his DIY-ethic and inventive portrayal of familiar yet fantastical images.
The 14th Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) is pleased to announce that the Saugerties Orpheum Theatre will serve as the newest screening venue for the 2013 festival, joining Saugerties with the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale in WFF's growing list of festival locations. This will be the first time that the Woodstock Film Festival will be showing films in Saugerties, with screenings planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival (Oct 4-6).
"We're thrilled to be launching some Woodstock Film Festival screenings in Saugerties this fall, and we are grateful to mayor William E. Murphy and Brigid Walsh for taking the lead on this initiative with us," said WFF co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. "We also thank the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce and the Saugerties Office of Tourism for the sponsorship contributions. For years this was one of our goals and now that it has finally arrived we look forward to working together with Saugerties businesses, artists and film lovers alike with an eye towards a growing independent film presence in Saugerties in the coming years".
WFF has had a footprint in Saugerties for many years holding its opening night party at New World Home Cooking as well as last year's Friday Night Filmmaker Party at SPAF.
SAVE THE DATE for the WFF fund raiser in RHINEBECK on Saturday evening, August 24 featuring a special Sneak Preview and Party. More details will be announced shortly so check back soon.
Since 1972 the non-profit Upstate Films has shown thousands of films and hosted hundreds of film artists and professionals at its Rhinebeck location. Beginning in 2010 it brought its approach to Woodstock by leasing the town’s single screen theater. Upstate’s year-round programming on both sides of the Hudson showcases new and classic international cinema as it explores important social realities, cultural phenomena, and aesthetic movements. Over the decades, Upstate Films has become a critically-acclaimed destination where film-going is more than passive escapism but instead is a larger-than-life public experience where, sitting with one’s friends, family and fellow moviegoers, we share entrée into new worlds and experiences.
To learn what playing and what’s coming, click on www.upstatefilms.org where you can sign up to receive a weekly email of what's playing and coming for the next week.
Coming Soon in Woodstock: Pedro Almodovar’s latest I’M SO EXCITED.
August 1 a screening GIRL RISING directed by Richard Robbins.
Coming Soon in Rhinebeck: THE WAY WAY BACK.
On Sunday, July 28 the Rosendale Theatre presents a rebroadcast of National Theatre Live’s The Audience with Helen Mirren reprising her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth. This is one in a series of National Theatre performances at the Rosendale Theatre – next are Othello (Sept 29) and Frankenstein (Oct 27).
On Sunday, July 14 the theater continues its monthly Dance Film Series with The Isadora Duncan Ideal: Via Film and Live Performance, led by "the foremost interpreter of Duncan's work" Jeanne Besciani and featuring dancers from the Isadora Duncan International Institute. During the Rosendale Street Festival July 20 and 21 the theater will be showing the Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival presented by the Children’s Media Project. Admission is free. Also playing this month are 2 kids’ matinees – Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon. Kon-Tiki, More Than Honey, Starbuck and Iron Man 3 round out the month’s offerings.
The Conjuring- July 19
Hudson Valley resident and WFF alum Vera Farmiga will be starring in a brand new horror film coming to theaters.
The Conjuring is the story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. Farmiga stars as Lorraine Warren, the film also stars Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston.
The film will be released by Warner Brothers in wide release on July 19.
Bidder 70- July 16
In May, the Woodstock Film Festival co-presented a special sold out screening of Bidder 70 with environmental activist Tim De Christopher, with Catskill Mountainkeeper and Frack Free Catskills. Now the film makes its way to DVD and VOD.
On December 19, 2008 Tim De Christopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted.
Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. De Christopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Patrick Shea, former BLM Director for Clinton, represented De Christopher pro-bono.
Arcadia- July 23
WFF 2012 Official Selection Arcadia will be available on DVD beginning July 23. The film stars Academy Award Winner John Hawkes and is directed by first timer Olivia Silver.
Twelve-year old Greta is less than thrilled to be traveling cross-country with her manic father, a man who hops between overly-enthusiastic ravings of California’s beauty and enraged outbursts towards his children at the mention of negativity or, even worse, their mother. First time director Olivia Silver takes audiences along with Greta’s family on their stressful ride through cheap motels and diners to California in a beat-up station wagon, heading towards their father’s newest job opportunity and away from their mother, who is said to be away visiting her sister. While her siblings seem more interested in boys and seeing the Grand Canyon, Greta cannot keep from thinking of her mysteriously absent mother, despite her fathers promises of a united family beneath the California sunshine. Ryan Simpkins captivates as Greta in a story of newfound maturity and the burdens of lost innocence. —Chandra L. Knotts
Between Us- July 30
WFF 2012 Official Selection Between Us by director Dan Mirvish drops on DVD July 30. You can pre order it on Amazon.com. Based on the award winning play of the same name by David Hurtua, Between Us features sizzling acting performances by Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George and David Harbour.
Some things are better kept private, even among the best of friends. This is a lesson that couples Grace and Carlo (Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs), and Sharyl and George (Melissa George, David Harbour) learn the hard way. Taking place over two evenings set several years apart, the couples’ friendship becomes undone during two nights of frank conversation about sex, money and religion. Confrontation erupts as they realize their lives have moved in irrevocably different directions. As each couple’s fractured relationship is revealed in front of the other, the collateral damage is an old friendship. Based on Joe Hurtua’s award winning play, Dan Mirvish’s film features wonderfully emotional and complicated performances from all four accomplished actors who learn why some things should be kept just Between Us. –Michael Burke
The Doobie Brothers in Concert- July 20
The Bellarye Music Festival will presenting the Rock Legends the Doobie Brothers in Concert on July 20th. The Doobies are synonymous with the power pop of the 1970s and the band’s classic hits are an integral element of the era’s soundtrack. Taking the radio waves by storm, the California band racked up a string of gold and platinum albums, along with hit singles like “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water” “Jesus is Just Alright” and “China Grove.”
Founding members guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston and guitarist Patrick Simmons will lead the band at Belleayre. -Courtesy of Belleayre Music Festival
You can purchase TICKETS HERE.
The Woodstock Film Festival is happy to welcome Sean Eldridge as a sponsor of the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.
"I'm thrilled to sponsor the Woodstock Film Festival," said Eldridge. "It's a world-class event and a terrific boost to our local economy and tourism."
Sean Eldridge is an investor and political activist. He is the founder and president of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley. Sean has invested in numerous companies in the region, including Bread Alone and Prohibition Distillery, and he recently founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz to prepare local students and workers for the next generation of manufacturing.
Sean is also a renowned advocate for environmental protection, LGBT rights, and campaign finance reform. He serves as a Senior Advisor to Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide. As Political Director of Freedom to Marry in 2011, he helped lead the successful campaign to pass marriage equality in New York State.
Sean serves on the board of directors of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and previously served on the board of Scenic Hudson and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund. He lives in Shokan, NY with his husband Chris Hughes.
Why should you join the magic that is the Woodstock Film Festival?
As a member of our volunteer crew, you will get the opportunity to see new films, make new friends, and experience the magic of the festival with some great insider insight.
We show our appreciation.
Volunteers receive a festival badge, 2013 crew member T-shirt, special training, and vouchers to see films.
You can make a difference.
By contributing your time and abilities as a member of the volunteer crew, you play an integral role in making our annual festival program a reality. We are proud to be able to promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity and we could not do it without you.
We are especially looking for new volunteers in the Saugerties area as WFF will be screening films in Saugerties for the first time in 2013.
If you have volunteered in the past we will be in contact in the next month or so to see if you are interested in volunteering again, but please feel free to fill out the volunteer application form especially if your contact information has changed.
Consider purchasing an ad in the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival Commemorative Program. You will get your business noticed to over 10,000 festival attendees as well as online all year in the digital edition of the program.
Check all the information online HERE.
There you can also find information on sponsoring this Newsletter, which reaches over 18,000 recipients!
Another great bargain is buying an ad to play in front of every film screening at the Woodstock Film Festival. You can find information HERE.
Finally if you just want to contribute to the festival visit our donor page. You will be mentioned in our program with a great big thank you and get great swag.