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The Woodstock Film Festival's 3rd SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK CELEBRATION
April 26, 7pm at the Emerson Resort.

This year we are proud to present two Spirit of Woodstock Award Honorees. The first to one of the Hudson Valley's most successful and community minded entrepreneurs, Mark Braunstein, founder and CEO of Markertek. The second will be given posthumously to long time Woodstock resident and four time Grammy recipient Levon Helm. His award will be presented to his daughter, Amy Helm; to his widow, Sandy Helm; and to Barbara O'Brien, who runs Levon's Midnight Ramble. Grammy Award nominee Robbie Dupree will also be on hand as an award presenter.

The event will begin at 7pm with a cocktail hour, followed with dinner at 8pm and the Award Ceremony. You can purchase your tickets now by clicking HERE.

Visit the Spirit of Woodstock event page on Facebook.

The Spirit of Woodstock Award celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation and the river that flows through and connects it. Previous honorees were Michael Lang and Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

The Spirit of Woodstock Celebration is a fundraising event for the Woodstock Film Festival.
All ticket purchases are tax deductible.


The second annual Taste of Woodstock is coming later this spring (it really is almost here, seriously). So mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 14 at 6pm. It will be another fabulous evening of great food and drink.

We are ready to confirm a number of great vendors and restaurants. You can see all of this year's current participants as well as buy tickets HERE.

If you purchase tickets before May 2 you will pay just $50!
Between May 2 and May 13 the price is $75 while tickets purchased on the day of the event will run you $85. So get your tickets early.

We look forward to seeing you there. To keep up to date with information on Taste of Woodstock join our Facebook Page.




The Woodstock Writers Festival (@woodstockwrites) begins April 3 and will run through Sunday April 6. Featured writers and panelists include Elisa Albert, MK Asante, Sari Botton and Rich Cohen.

For more information and tickets visit the festival website.



The Paul Green Rock Academy with special guest John Anderson will be on concert performing the music of Yes at the Bearsville Theater, April 8 & 9, 8pm.

Visit the Rock Academy Website for more information and to purchase tickets for this great event.


About Alex
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker, and Maggie Grace.

The Tribeca Film Festival (@TribecaFilmFest) gets started April 16 and will run through April 27. Several films with ties to WFF and the Hudson Valley will be screening during the festival run.

About Alex directed by Jesse Zwick (@jessezwick) filmed last summer in Greene County and will make its World Premiere at Tribeca.

Seven college friends, once close, find that they've drifted apart in their post-college years. But after hearing news that one of their cadre has suffered an emotional breakdown, the group reunite for a weekend away to cheer him up and relive the fun and simplicity of their college glory days. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion of drama that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. 

A, The Big Chill for our current social media moment, About Alex is a thoughtful, emotionally raw, and honest look at the changing nature of adult friendships. (Courtesy of Tribeca)

Art and Craft

Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker brought their 2008 film Pressure Cooker to the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival. They now return with their new documentary Art and Craft. The film is also directed by Sam Cullman.

Mark Landis is one of the most prolific and notorious "artists" of the century, an expert forger who has duped and befuddled curators across the nation. Many have dedicated years tracking his escapades with one burning question: “Why?” Framed as a cat-and-mouse chase between Landis and those he has hoodwinked, Art and Craft paints a richly complicated portrait of mental illness, skewed philanthropy, and the desire to feel connected. (Courtesy of Tribeca)

Glass Chin
Starring Corey Stoll, Kelly Lynch, and Billy Crudup.

Glass Chin by two time WFF Alum Noah Buschel (Neal Cassady, Sparrow's Dance) will make its World Premiere on April 19 at Tribeca.

After going down in the fifth round, boxer Bud Gordon bowed out of the limelight. Now residing in a fixer-upper apartment in New Jersey, Bud tries to get back into the game, making a deal with a crooked restaurateur. Quick schemes rarely bring easy payoffs, and as the consequences of his business negotiations unfold, Bud has to make a choice between his integrity and his aspirations. (Courtesy Tribeca)

Loitering With Intent
Starring Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Brian Geraghty, Isabelle McNally

Adam Rapp's (@kidsandwolves) Winter Passing starring Zooey Deschanel (@zooeydeschanel), Ed Harris and Will Farrell was the opening night film of WFF 2005. The director's latest effort, Loitering With Intent, will make its World Premiere at the festival.

After running into a film producer eager to invest in a new project, aspiring writers Dominic (Michael Godere ) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) need to come up with a script fast. But when Dominic’s siren of a sister (Marisa Tomei) turns up desperate for reprieve from her boyfriend (Sam Rockwell), they soon realize they’re in for more than they bargained for in this hilarious latest effort from director Adam Rapp. (Courtesy Tribeca)

This Time Next Year

Jeff Reichert (@gerrymandering1) is a 2010 alum of WFF. His film Gerrymandering was a popular politcal film. Reichert's new film This Time Next Year(@ThsTimeNextYear) is a look at one town's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

In 2012 Superstorm Sandy swept along the East Coast. This Time Next Year is one community’s story of what it takes to rebuild. TFF alum Jeff Reichert (Gerrymandering) teams up with co-director/producer Farihah Zaman to follow the residents of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, during the first full year after the storm. This documentary is more than just a film; it is a call to action. (Courtesy Tribeca)


WFF editing juror Sabine Hoffman is the editor on the North American Premiere of Traitors.

In Sean Gullette’s feature debut, Malika is the lead singer of an all-female punk band and sees music as a means to escape a dull and conservative life in Tangier. When a producer expresses interest in her, she jumps at the chance, but first she’ll need to find the money for recording. A drug run into the Rif Mountains may be her only option. Fiery and energetic, Traitors is a spirited and rebellious journey of a young woman breaking from the traditional life set before her.  (Courtesy of Tribeca)

Untitled James Brown Documentary

Multi-time WFF alum Alex Gibney (@alexgibneyfilm) (Mea Maxima Culpa, Client 9, Freakonomics) has a new film documenting the life of the legendary James Brown.

James Brown changed the face of American music. Soul Brother Number One, as he was known, pioneered the journey from rhythm and blues to funk. With unique cooperation of the Brown estate, this is a definitive documentary biography of the James Brown story and legend, 1933-1974. (Courtesy Tribeca)



WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein will be in Orlando, for the Florida Film Festival (@floridafilmfest). She will be juror for the Narrative and Animated Shorts Competition as well as a panelist.

Additionally the festival will feature three 2013 WFF Official Selections: AMERICAN JESUS, DOOMSDAYS and WINTER IN THE BLOOD. WFF Animation Curator and Academy Award nominee, Bill Plympton's CHEATIN will also screen at FFF.


Now in Theaters

WFF 2012 Official Selection Refuge is now in limited release. The film stars Krysten Ritter (@krystenritter) and Brian Gerraghty.

“Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.” Bertrand Russell might have been describing Amy (Krysten Ritter) and Sam (Brian Geraghty) who meet in bar and fall in love after a night of passion. However neither may be quite ready for a commitment as Amy, still reeling from her parent’s abandonment and forced to raise two younger siblings, falls apart when Sam disappears without a word triggering emotions of desertion. Meanwhile when Sam learns about Amy’s past he is tempted to run. Jessica Goldberg’s directorial debut features a stunning dramatic turn by Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”) in a story of two lovers searching to find their own “Refuge” from the world. –Michael Burke


April 2

WFF 2013 Official Selection The Retrieval directed by two time alum Chris Eska will be making a two week run at the Film Forum (@filmforumnyc) in NYC beginning April 2. There will be several Q&As with cast and crew including the opening night on April 2nd. Check the Film Forum WEBSITE for additional details.

2007 WFF Alum and Maverick Award winner for Best Narrative Feature August Evening returns with a powerful period drama set on the outskirts of the Civil War. Moral boundaries are crossed as Will a young African-American bounty hunter, along with his uncle Marcus are contracted to cross Union lines and bring back freed slave and accused murderer Nate in an astounding performance by Tishuan Scott. During their odyssey, the Texas landscape comes to life as an essential character, thanks to Yasu Tanida’s beautiful cinematography. Eska, meanwhile patiently crafts a brilliantly acted tour de force that foists tough ethical questions upon the viewer.
–Michael Burke


Now on DVD
Order the DVD HERE

Trish Dalton's documentary Bordering on Treason featuring former Chronogram editor Lorna Tychostop (@iraqnaed) is now on DVD. The film was part of a Hudson Valley Programmers group tour in January.

The film will also be a part of SUNY New Paltz Media Week April 29 at 6pm, Lecture Center 102.

In February 2003, Lorna Tychostup, a single mother and News & Politics Editor for a local arts magazine in New Paltz, N.Y., knowingly risks her life, imprisonment, and a million dollar fine by traveling to Iraq under the threat of war.

On a mission to “bring back the face of the Iraqi people” to the American public, Lorna returns with images of ordinary Iraqis she hopes will sway people against the invasion. Her controversial journey is challenged in a live television broadcast as FOX News lambastes her efforts as “villainous and bordering on treason” and accuses her of aiding and abetting the enemy...on the brink of war.”




The Woodstock Film Festival's 15th Anniversary Festival is now open for submissions, and our EARLY BIRD DEADLINE is coming April 11.

We are looking for films in all categories including narratives, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation and teen films.

Submit your film at Woodstock Film or through WAB.

Our Deadlines are as follows:

Early Bird April 11
Regular May 16
Late June 13
WAB Extended June 27

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!


The Woodstock Film Festival is looking for sponsors for the 2014 festival and we would love for you to be a part of 15th Anniversary celebration.

Becoming a WFF sponsor provides opportunities such as exposing your brand to audiences, filmmakers and industry professionals of the best contemporary filmmaking from the US and the world. WFF features passionate, creative, captivating and affirming works by today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. This 5-day event generates large, enthusiastic audiences and a gamut of promotional opportunities for your company.

WFF Sponsorships come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We offer Presenting, Platinum, Gold and Silver levels, as well as Signature Sponsorships. We'll work with you to custom fit a partnership that works for your business marketing goals!

For more information or to find out how to purchase ad space, visit our sponsorship page!