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Maish Freedman & Steven Dorff
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We've been getting a lot of great feedback about WFF and the Hudson Valley from filmmakers and other attendees from the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival.

"The Woodstock Film Festival is what a film festival should be.. .and I can't think of another place that seems better suited to have an independent film festival than Woodstock."• Actor, Paul Rudd

"I love how intimate the festival feels and the genuine enthusiasm of the crowds and organizers alike. Our film RUNNING FROM CRAZY had a wonderful audience that really connected with and cared about the film. I always wish the festival was longer so I could spend more time with all these great and talented people that I like so much." • Barbara Kopple, director and 2 time Academy Award® winner

“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… 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

I have been there from the beginning with the WFF. In fact, I was in film school when you guys had the first WFF and I had come up for the weekend to meet some filmmakers and it was on that weekend over 10 years ago that I decided to move to Woodstock. As a business owner, it was one of the few events we supported this year that we actually felt we were a part of - something really incredible - not to mention the amount of business, excitement and entertainment that you bring to the Town of Woodstock. You promote and provoke and do it well! I am proud to be associated with the Festival and all that it stands for and I look forward to next year” • Maish Freedman, owner of Little Apple.

"What a great festival! We had an amazing time, and the audiences were great." • Darren Mann, STATE OF CONTROL


Looking for great Holiday Gifts? We still have official merchandise from the 2013 festival featuring the work of artist Scott Michael Ackerman.

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

WFF souvenirs are currently available online or at the WFF box office at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock, NY.

The original artwork that inspired the 2013 WFF Poster, measures 70" x 48" is available directly from the artist through Lovebird Studios and will be on display at Scott Ackerman's MORE, which runs Nov 3 - Dec 29 at Unison in New Paltz.



Now that the curtain has come down on 2013 film festival events, we turn our sights to 2014, which will mark our 15th Anniversary!

The 2014 Woodstock Film Festival will take place October 15-19 in Kingston, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties and Woodstock.
Mark it down on your calendar & smart phone!.

The Woodstock Film Festival is an educational not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

Since 2000, WFF has fullfilled its mission  with passion, by welcoming over 4000 filmmakers and industry members for screenings and Q&As. Hundreds of musicians and other artists have also participated. Audience members and participants have created a cultural landscape that has led to creative and economic development.

Ticket revenue covers less than 30% of WFF's operating costs. In order to pay for venues, equipment, technicians, office space, programming, marketing and more, the Woodstock Film Festival relies on donations from private individuals and businesses.

Please consider making a tax deductible end of year DONATION today to help us create a truly spectacular 15th WFF Anniversary.

There are sevearal ways to contribute:
• Click here to DONATE Online
• Call 845.679.4265 to GIVE by phone.
• By mail, you can send a check made payable to Woodstock Film Festival to:
Woodstock Film Festival, 13 Rock City Road, PO Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498

If you have any questions, please email us at

We work tirelessly all year round on big jobs and the bills are equally big. Our success is linked to your generous support. Here is your chance to help. Thank you for your generosity.



November is a busy month for Woodstock Film Festival official selections hitting theaters. No less than eight films are making their way to the silver screen. We've listed them by release date...

November 1

CASTING BY, which was the 2012 WFF closing night film, makes its theatrical debut on November 1. Tom Donahue's film delves into the world of the casting director and features cameos by a number of top actors.

How, in fact, do all those wonderful men, women and children we see on the screen actually get there? As we learn in Tom Donahue’s revealing new film, that’s the contribution of casting directors who trawl independent movies, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, college theater, and summer stock to come up with the new faces constantly demanded by the star-making machinery of the cinema. The film traces the evolution of the casting director beginning after WWII, citing the crucial role of the late Marion Dougherty, who moved from theater to television and eventually to Hollywood and who perhaps more than anyone else professionalized the field. Interviews with major casting directors, including Juliet Taylor, Lynn Stalmaster and Dougherty herself, and many of the actors they discovered (including Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, and Al Pacino), give a rich sense of the work that goes on before the cameras start rolling.


November 1

WFF 2013 Official Selection RUNNING FROM CRAZY is heading to theaters in limited release on November 1. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple.

The Hemingway family may be considered the most distinguished family in American literature. But with such talent and brilliance, also comes a slew of dark thoughts and haunting secrets. Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple focuses her newest film, Running from Crazy, on Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, using her as a vehicle in which to explore the family’s history of mental illness and suicide.

Kopple’s use of stunning archival footage, intimate scenes from Mariel’s life, and the examination of the heartbreaking Hemingway legacy, creates an emotionally powerful history, unfolding one step at a time. Through Mariel’s work as an advocate for suicide prevention and her power in overcoming the same fate that has cursed her family for years, she may just be able to find strength and inner peace. -Sam Robotham


November 6

Rob Kuhns' documentary gets to the heart of George Romero's cult hit Night of the Living Dead. The hit at WFF 2013 hits theaters on November 6.

Rob Kuhns’s feature-length documentary Birth of the Living Dead compiles original and found footage to provide a stunning portrait of George A. Romero and his 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. Kuhns explores the birth of zombie culture as well as the political and cultural backdrop of the 1960s that led to Night of the Living Dead'soverwhelming success, revolutionary backbone and the ever-changing reception of our society to media violence.Birth of the Living Dead goes beyond a standard behind-the-scenes documentary and taps into the distinctly independent and inspiring style of Romero’s work, making this a must see for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Kuhns shows how this once highly criticized grindhouse flick has revolutionized the horror film genre and earned Romero’s reputation as the godfather of zombies. –Chandra Knotts


November 8

Chris Nelson's road comedy made its New York Premiere at WFF 2013. Now it hits the road at a theater near you on November 8.

Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are two childhood best friends who met when they placed dead last in their hometown beauty pageant. Now they are all grown up and living in New York City, where Chloe works as a “girl in a box” at a nightclub and Kate is a CEO of her own one-woman egg donor “corporation.” Lost in delusion, they believe they are living large until an invitation to their hometown pageant arrives and their past comes back to haunt them. Join these two loveable losers as they take an ass backwards journey home to reclaim their crown, stopping off at a women’s separatist commune, an amateur strip club competition, and meeting their favorite reality TV star along the way.


November 8 (NY and LA)

WFF 2013 Official Selection MEDORA will have special screenings in NY and LA at the Village East Cinema in NYC and the Laemmle 7 in Pasadena.

In a small town that seems to have been forgotten, directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart explore the convoluted lives of the Medora Hornets varsity basketball team. The dynamic of the run down, struggling town of Medora, Indiana directly reflects the disadvantage that their high school basketball team faces each year. The Hornets, a small force stemming from a school of only 72 students, often find themselves competing against consolidated schools up to twenty times their size.A once flourishing community teeming with employment opportunities, the termination of surrounding factories and the flooding of farms has stripped Medora of almost all-economic value. The film provides insight into the broken, conflicted homes that pervade the dwindling town and the eminent death of small-town America. The intimate relationship that forms between the players and the audience creates a moving and exciting documentary as we follow Medora's bittersweet basketball season as they look to create their own Hoosier dreams. –Nina Gioia


November 8

Another WFF 2013 Official Selection is making its way to the big screen in November. John Sayles latest effort GO FOR SISTERS begins in limited release November 1.

When they were girls, Bernice and Fontayne were as close as sisters. Time and trouble have taken their toll and 20 years later they meet again–when one is the parole officer for the other. Bernice needs help from the dark side and calls on Fontayne, who is just out of prison and fighting to stay clean. Bernice’s son Rodney is missing and may be found on the Mexican border in hiding or in the hands of smugglers. The friends enlist “The Terminator” Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos), a disgraced ex-LAPD detective suffering from macular degeneration, to help them find the boy before it’s too late. How far would you go for an old friend?


November 8

Another WFF 2013 Official Selection on the big screen November 8. Stephen Dorff, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning star in THE MOTEL LIFE. The film made its US Premiere at WFF 2013.

The Motel Life explores the intense bond between two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada. They grew up dependent on each other and their big imaginations to escape the challenges of their transient life. When the brothers are involved in a fatal accident, it forces them to choose between running or facing reality. It's a story of brotherhood, shared dreams and the redemptive power of hope.


November 15

Finally Maverick Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Peter Bogdanovich stars in Will Slocombe's COLD TURKEY, which made it's NY Premiere at WFF 2013. The film also stars Cheryl Hines. The Thanksgiving themed comedy premieres just in time for the Holidays on November 15.

Will Slocombe’s Thanksgiving dramedy Cold Turkey follows a holiday reunion turned raconteur hair-raiser when Turner patriarch, Poppy (Peter Bogdanovich), has to face the moral and fiscal responsibilities of fatherhood.

An autobiographical picture inspired by Slocombe’s family experiences, Cold Turkey confronts not only the trying nature of sibling hood but the underlying value in shared upbringing, revealing the safe-haven that an otherwise train wreck of a reunion can provide to a family torn by individual differences and times past. Slocombe innovatively plays with would-be antiquated themes of family drama, with Cheryl Hines starring as the not-so-evil stepmother, Alicia Witt as the “insane” outcast daughter and Ashton Holmes and Sonya Walger as the semi-innocent bystander siblings. While Cold Turkey might encourage hesitance for the holiday season, it will be sure to instill in its audience the belief that home is where the heart is – and that goes without a price. –Chandra Knotts



Now Available

The 2013 Official WFF Selection LOST ON PURPOSE is now available on VOD via VIMEO. Complete info on the film’s release can be found on their website HERE.

Ambling well past their mid-twenties, brothers Rooker (James Lafferty-One Tree Hill) and Randall Lee are beginning to learn just how unaccommodating the universe really is. Rather than bend to their plans, it’s instead kept them working on a dairy farm for the past several years in the company of three close friends, Leslie, Jackie, Wade, and their boss Elizabeth James (Jane Kaczmarek). Ms. Liz is a woman whose unforgiving, temperamental nature is a force to be reckon with, even to a fault. So when co-op owner, Delbert Furgeson (C. Thomas Howell), threatens to dismantle her operation with a buyout, she’s more than ready to man the barricades and meet him head on. Meanwhile, the Lee brothers and friends come face-to-face with their own demons throughout the film, each struggling to find his place in the world. Whether it’s an estranged relationship with one’s parents or a history of violent feuds, the cast of Lost on Purpose sells each ordeal with impeccable grace. –Terrence Gardner



Stacie Passon nominated for
Breakthrough Director

The 2013 IFP Gotham Awards are just around the corner and several WFF 2013 Official Selections are up for awards. Most notably Stacie Passon director of CONCUSSION and winner of the inaugural Tangerine Entertainment Best Female Director Award at WFF 2013, has been nominated for Breakthrough Director of the Year. Also from CONCUSSION, Robin Weigert is nominated for Breakthrough Actor of the Year.

In the Audience Award category four other films that grabbed headlines at WFF are on the ballot including some award winners: THE RETRIEVAL, THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM (winner of the Gigantic Pictures Best Feature Narrative Award, Best Editing Award and Audience Award for Best Narrative), MAGICAL UNIVERSE (runner up for Best Documentary and Tied for Audience Award for Best Documentary) and AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS (winner of Best Documentary and tied for the Audience Award for Best Documentary).

You can vote online for your five favorite films beginning October 24 until November 8 when the field will be narrowed to the five finalists. Voting for the winner will conclude November 24. The winners in all categories will be announced at the Gotham Awards Ceremony on Monday, December 2 in New York.

To see all the nominees for Audience Award and to vote click HERE.

For more information on the Gotham Awards and to see all the nominees visit the Gotham Awards Website.


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