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|TASTE OF WOODSTOCK SAVE THE DATE
The second annual Taste of Woodstock is coming later this spring (if it ever arrives). So mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 14 at 6pm. It will be another fabulous evening of great food and drink.
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The SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15 and WFF is keeping an eye on three films with ties to the HUDSON VALLEY.
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS by Leah Myerhoff filmed in the Hudson Valley in July of 2012. It will make its World Premiere and be in competition at SXSW.
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who escapes often into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. She is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, until the volatile side of his personality begins to emerge. “I Believe in Unicorns” takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.
Before I Disappear
Meanwhile Sean Christensen, originally from Wappingers Falls, will head to Austin with his film BEFORE I DISAPPEAR. The film is based on his Academy Award winning short film CURFEW, which won best short atthe 2012 WFF six months prior to the Oscarshttp://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com The picture will also be in competition and make its world premiere.
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. (Courtesy SXSW)
Another locally shot film will make its world premiere at SXSW. LATE PHASES, which filmed in Rhinebeck and Kingston, over three weeks in June of last year.
The horror film is directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, and stars Tina Louise of Gilligan's Island fame and Nick Damici.
Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…(Courtesy SXSW)
Ulster County's Tim Guinee makes his directorial debut with ONE ARMED MAN, based on the screenplay by the late Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies).
Filmed entirely in the Hudson Valley, the film was executive produced by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and stars Charles Haid as C.W. Rowe, Terry Kinney as Pinkey, John Magaro as Ned, Philippe Petit as The Itinerant Worker, Mike Merenda as Banjo Man, Carson Kinney as The Machine Room Boy
CW Rowe has it all. He owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendance has solidified an unshakeable belief in the system that enriched him. Confident in his deserved success, CW is partial to lecturing anyone he feels will benefit from his advice. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin’s machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars, but today is anything but a normal day.
The 2014 Academy Award have come and gone and Morgan Neville a three time WFF alum (The Cool School, Johnny Cash's America, Ray Charles America) was honored with the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary for his film Twenty Feet From Stardom. Congratulations to him as well as long time WFF friend Tom Quinn, whose Radius-TWC is distributing the picture.
For a look at the Oscars night through an independent lens check out Eric Kohn's column on INDIEWIRE.
THE FACE OF LOVE
WFF 2013 Official Selection THE FACE OF LOVE will hit theaters in limited release on March 7. Annette Bening and Ed Harris star in this film as Nikki, a widow who falls in love with a man who looks exactly like her deceased husband.
The film is a romantic story filled with humor, surprise, and reflections on the mystery of love surrounding us. Bening and Harris star, with an important supporting turn from Robin Williams as Nikki's confidante and would-be lover.
A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING
One of the fan favorites of the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival, A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING makes its theatrical debut March 21 in a limited release.
David Portnoy is a 15 year-old birding fanatic who has made the discovery of a lifetime…or so he thinks. Now, on the eve of his father’s remarriage he sets out with his two best friends on a bizarre road trip to confirm his rare sighting. Nerdy, naive, and totally unequipped to handle the challenges of the real world, the band hold it together through misfortune upon misadventure as well as their own ineptitude. Rob Meyer’s feature debut is a unique coming of age comedy featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as David’s ornithologist idol. As David begins to come to terms with his father’s impending marriage he realizes that there is more to life than his birding obsession. Featuring winning performances by Kodi Smit-McPhee (LET ME IN) and Kingsley and filmed in the Hudson Valley, A Birder's Guide is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy. –Michael Burke
|LOCAL ART HOUSE NEWS
On Tuesday March 25, Congregation Emanuel’s Brotherhood in Association with The Rosendale Theatre will present a special screening of GLICKMAN (2013).
The screening will include a panel of sports experts who will discuss the film and hold a Q&A after the screening. A donation of $18 in advance and $25.00 at the door will be payable to Congregation Emanuel’s Brotherhood. Doors open at 6:30. Due to a limited number of seats, please make your reservations early as this event will sell out quickly.
GLICKMAN, written, produced and directed by James L. Freedman and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, tells the triumphant story of Marty Glickman, who was denied the chance to participate for the U.S. in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but went on to become one of the most revered and influential sportscasters in history.
Upstate Rhinebeck will present a special screening of Gerard Hurley's THE PIER starring Lili Taylor. Hurley is an alum is a 2008 alum of WFF when he attended the festival with his directorial debut, THE PRIDE.
After 20 years of no contact with his father, Jack McCarthy (Gerard Hurley) travels from New York to his father’s death-bed in Cork. Upon arrival he discovers that his father, Larry (Karl Johnson) is alive and well enough and has duped him into returning home. Soon, father and son are entangled in a painful battle of wills and are forced into dealing with their painful family history. At the core of their conflict is Larry’s denial about the death of his wife, Jacks mother. Jack’s only relief is in the company of an attractive American tourist (Lili Taylor). The story explores the difficult and painful, but often hilarious ways they forge a begruding peace.
|TIBETAN FILM SCREENINGS
The Tibetan Center on Rte 28 in Kingston is beginning a film series on Saturday, March 15 at 8pm. The series will begin with the 2003 Werner Herzog film, WHEEL OF TIME. The series will feature Tibetan themed films. Screenings are free with a suggested donation of $8. Woodstock Film Festival executive director Meira Blaustein will introduce WHEEL OF TIME. For more information on the series please visit the Tibetan Center online at www.tibetancenter.org.
THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL
WFF 2013 Official Selection The Truth About Emanuel heads to DVD March 25.
The film stars Jessica Biel as Linda who is a new mother in a new town who manages to find companionship in her neighbor Emanuel, a troubled teenager who refuses to forgive herself for the death of her own mother. Emanuel quickly becomes Linda’s closest friend and confidant when she begins baby sitting Linda’s infant daughter Chloe, immersing herself into Linda’s personal life as she grows increasingly distant from her own family. Director Francesca Gregorini follows Emanuel’s search for intimacy, whether it be from the false maternal presence that Linda provides or the delicate yet distant affections from Claude, a boy from the train who catches her eye. As Emanuel grows closer to Linda, she finds herself drowned in the secrets of Linda’s jarring reality and the women struggle to stay afloat as old memories tempt their lost minds beneath the waves. –Chandra Knotts
|SAUGERTIES ON COLBERT REPORT
Woodstock locals and WFF friends Barbara Pokras and Bob Malkin appeared on a recent episode of the Colbert Report after Gumby was stolen from their front lawn.
Check out our good friends and part of the incredible 2013 press team in this month's Chronogram and in a film by Stephen Blauweiss, produced by ArtistFilmDocs
Tom Smith originally created Diner Porn as an homage to the importance of diners in his own life. Diner Porn highlights the best parts of the diner experience—the vintage decor, the chrome buildings, and most importantly, the people and the communities. Through photo essays and editorial vignettes, written in collaboration with his partner Alecia Eberhardt, Smith maintains a focus on the stories of diners and the people that patronize them.
|CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Woodstock Film Festival's 15th Anniversary Festival is now open for submissions. We are looking for films in all categories including narratives, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation and teen films.
Our Deadlines are as follows:
Early Bird April 11
We are looking forward to our 15th Anniversary with lots of special year round events and programs at the Fall Festival, October 15-19. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!
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