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With the 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival coming to a close, all of us at WFF would like to thank every single person who made it happen — our wonderful staff and volunteers, the filmgoers, board members, filmmakers, industry members and of course, the sponsors who made this great success all possible.

"It is my great pleasure and I love coming up to the festival. It has become a highlight in my life." Meera Gandhi, The Giving Back Foundation

"I loved the atmosphere, the staff and volunteers were brilliant and cheerful, the programming was intelligent and last but not least, Woodstock is such a beautiful and magical place with a friendly buzz, a great vegan restaurant and perfect weather for the season. I will coo about your piece of paradise for some time to come and make a plan about coming back!" Gugulethu oka Mseleku, Producer of SONNY ROLLINS BEYOND THE NOTES

A few of our highlights included:

• An entertaining Q&A with actor Paul Rudd

• JD Allen's performance at our kick-off event following the East Coast Premiere of SONNY ROLLINS BEYOND THE NOTES at the Woodstock Playhouse

• Our opening night film, BROADWAY IDIOT, and following Q&A with director Doug Hamilton

• The annual Opening Night Party at New World Home Cooking, complete with a photo booth and karaoke tunes!

• The Friday Night Filmmaker Party at Skytop Steakhouse with live performance by Connor Kennedy & Friends, and Shear Shazar.

• The Maverick Awards Gala on Saturday evening, featuring award recipients Peter Bogdanovich and Mira Nair and presenters including Andy Garcia.

•The ambassador of Lesotho and embassy members attending the Rhinebeck screening of Andrew Mudge's THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, which took home a whopping total of four WFF awards this year

• Our closing night films, ASS BACKWARDS directed by Chris Nelson and a special HVPG screening of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE directed by Jim Mickle.

THE MOTEL LIFE , directed by the sibling team of Alan Polsky and Gabriel Polsky was the WFF Centerpiece screening. The film featured Stephen Dorff who also appeared with Andy Garcia on the sold out Actors Panel.

• Q&A withVera Farmiga and Andy Garcia following screening of the Spotlight Film AT MIDDLETON, directed by Adam Rogers.


The Forgotten Kingdom

American Revolutionary

A big congratulations to all our 2013 Maverick and audience award winners!

Gigantic Pictures Feature Narrative Award - THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew Mudge
Maverick DocumentaryAward Presented by Films We Like - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee
Audience Award Best Narrative - THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew Mudge
Audience Award Best Doc - TIE between AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee & MAGICAL UNIVERSE, directed by Jeremy Workman
Diane Seligman Awards for:
•Best Short Doc
 - POUSTINIA, directed by Kristian Berg
•Best Short Narrative - THE EARTH, THE WAY I LEFT IT, directed by Jeff Pinilla
•Best Student Short - ABOVE THE SEA, directed by Keola Racela

Best Animation
 - FERAL, directed by Daniel Sousa
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography - THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, cinematography by Carlos Carvalho; directed by Andrew Mudge
James Lyons Award for Best Editing: Narrative - THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed and edited by Andrew Mudge
James Lyons Award for Best Editing: Doc - THE MANOR, edited by Seth Poulin; directed by Shawney Cohen

The First Annual Tangerine Juice Award for Best Female Director went to Stacie Passon for her film, CONCUSSION.

Jury Members included:

Best Narrative: Richard Abramowitz, Nancy Savoca, Nancy Schafer
Best Documentary: Joe Berlinger, Liz Garbus, Cynthia Kane
Best Short Doc: Leon Gast, Lisa Gossels, Paul Rachman
Best Short Narrative: Shawn Christensen, Jonathan Gray, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Best Student Short: Isil Bagdadi, Amy Devra Gossels, Lori Singer
Best Animation: Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton
Best Editing Narrative: Affonso Goncalves, Sabine Hoffman, Kate Sanford
Best Editing Documentary: Sabine Hoffman, Michael Levine, Fiona Otway


You may have noticed WFF's team of videographers and photographers around different venues throughout the festival capturing interviews and great moments of Q&A's. Check out some of their hard work on WFF's "Fiercely Independent" Youtube channel!

Re-live WFF 2013 by browsing through their great videos of panels, concerts, Q&A's and general fun.

Browse through our growing collection of 2013 photos on our website as well!

This year's official merchandise features work by artist Scott Michael Ackerman, available on posters, as well as shirts for men and ladies.

WFF merchandise is currently available online or at the WFF box office at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock, NY. The original artwork and2013 merchandise can also be found at Lovebird Studios at 430c Main Street in Rosendale.

Posters, hats, mugs, sweatshirts and childrens clothing are just some of what is available at WFF. Our 2013 merch can't be missed.

*Also, stop by for this year's extensive commemorative program filled with everything you ever wanted to know about the film, events and people that were at the 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival.


Dir. Doug Hamilton

October 11

Didn't see our opening night film? See BROADWAY IDIOT on the big screen! The film will have it's official release on Friday, October 11 in select theaters, iTunes and VOD.

Complete info on the film’s release can be found on their website HERE and also on their Facebook.

From punk rock mosh pits and sold-out stadiums to the Great White Way, this electrifying documentary follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with Broadway veterans to turn his mega-hit album, American Idiot, into a Broadway musical. The film goes behind the scenes to reveal the creative choices and challenges made by Grammy® winner Billie Joe and Tony® winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) to create the thrilling and one-of-a-kind musical experience.

More than just a making-of profile, Broadway Idiot is a portrait of a world-famous artist having the guts to try something totally new. The film grants insider access to the actors' rehearsals, the creative team's process and live performances that reveal Billie's transformation from rock star to Broadway star. BROADWAY IDIOT provides a unique window into the art of theater as rock stars and stage stars collide and create something never seen before.

October 4

Another WFF 2013 Official Selection made its theatrical debut. Stacie Passon, who won the inaugural Tangerine Juice Best Female Director Award, crafted this sensual picture that is now showing in limited release. Marshall Fine writes, "
A breakout role for Weigert...deserves to be seen by a wide audience.. because it's just an exceptional and pleasurable film."

Abby is a middle age, married lesbian housewife who, after suffering a blow to the head, awakens with a new desire for something more than her banal suburban existence. Walking the city streets, Abby remembers what it felt like to be beautiful, and her pent-up libido shakes off its inhibitions. She creates a dual life as a high-end escort named Eleanor. Stacie Passon delivers a sensually hypnotic directorial debut, while Robin Weigert’s gives a powerful performance delicately balancing two very different and complicated women. CONCUSSION delves into the thorny issues of midlife crises and what emerges is a portrait of a woman on the verge of liberation. (-Michael Burke)

October 11

The film that has caused a stir the world of Disney makes its theatrical debut October 11. The film was an official selection of the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival and was the subject of a panel. The Miami Herald writes "Writer-director Randy Moore channels everything from "THE SHINING" to David Lynch's "ERASERHEAD" to depict a family's gradual disintegration in what is supposed to be the happiest place on Earth."

Disney from the dark side. Like nothing you've ever seen, Randy Moore's directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip to the happiest place on earth, where newly unemployed, middle-aged American (played by Roy Abramsohn) embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses with his nagging wife and two wound-up children. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious and the idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white to create a neo-noir effect that has led critics to compare Escape from Tomorrow to the work of Roman Polanski and David Lynch.




Produced in the Hudson Valley in summer 2012, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is now in select theaters. Salon wrote,
"WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is mostly not terrifying, offers almost nothing in the way of traditional horror-movie shocks and jolts, and does not get bloody until the last 20 minutes or so. (At which point, whoo-boy.) It's a sinister, wistful and even sad portrait of one family that has followed the insanity and bloodthirstiness of American history into a dark corridor with no exit. There's a hint of Terrence Malick (or David Lowery, of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints") in the often-gorgeous photography of Ryan Samul, and a hint of Shakespearean grandeur in Sage's portrayal of a dignified and honorable American father infused with an ideology of madness. I'm pretty sure I've never seen an exploitation film played so effectively as human tragedy."

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.


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Toyota's fleet of Prius cars, made WFF the most environmentally friendly festival yet! If you didn't get a chance to test drive them at the festival, stop by Prestige Toyota in Kingston and enjoy the ride! 
Test drive a Toyota Prius at Prestige Toyota in Kingston, NY and win WFF merch.

• Ice cold Ketel One Vodka was enjoyed by gentlemen (and ladies) alike at this year's Friday Night Filmmaker Party.

• Lagunitas Brewing Company supplied tasty libations at the Opening Night Party at New World Home Cooking

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