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Taste of Woodstock Cold in July Spirit of Woodstock Recap









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The second annual TASTE OF WOODSTOCK is just a few days away, so mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 14 at 6pm. It will be another fabulous evening of great food and drink.

This year's TASTE OF WOODSTOCK includes over 20 restaurants. For information about participants and tickets, visit TASTE OF WOODSTOCK.

Come and delight your palate with the many different tastes that the Woodstock area has to offer. Eateries that have confirmed participation include; Bistro-to-Go, Black-Eyed Suzie's, Bread Alone, Catskill Mountain Pizza, Cucina, The Emerson, Garden Cafe, The Green Palate Vege-Terranean Grill, Landau Grill, Little Apple, Maria's Bazaar, Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant, New World Home Cooking Co., Oriole 9, The Red Onion, Rick's Wood-Fired Pizza, Sunflower Natural Foods Market, Woodstock Emporium, Woodstock Wine & Liquors and YumYum Noodle Bar. Binnewater will provide bottles of water and Keegan Ales will host a beer tasting.



As part of the 2nd Annual TASTE OF WOODSTOCK held on Wednesday May 14, the Woodstock Film Festival is offering several silent auction items including:

TO BID, please send an email to with the highest amount you would like to bid. Winners will be revealed on morning of May 15

Unwind in a 2 bedroom mountain facing unit at the Killington Grand Summit, with room for 8 to sleep comfortably.

The Grand Summit Hotel is neslted in Vermont's stunningly beautiful Green Mountains. The Grand Summit has activities for the whole family to enjoy no matter what season you choose to visit. In winter the area turns into a magical wonderland and guests can partake in skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides and snowmobiling. The Grand Summit Hotel's surroundings are equally beautiful in the Spring and Summer months and guests can enjoy miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, 15 area golf courses, tennis courts, water slides and more.  Donated By: Jeff Bauml

Available Weeks are: June 13-20, 2014 • July 11-18, 2014 • August 8-15, 2014 • November 28-December 5, 2014 • January 2-9, 2015 • January 30-February 6, 2015

Marktertek CEO Mark Braunstein accepts the 2014 Spirit of Woodstock Award

The 3rd Spirit of Woodstock Celebration took place April 26 and was a fantastic event and a great success for the Woodstock Film Festival. Markertek founder and CEO Mark Braunstein was presented with one Spirit of Woodstock Award, while Sandra Helm and Barbara O'Brien were presented with a Spirit of Award in Memoriam for legendary performer and founding member of The Band, Levon Helm.

The Emerson Resort played wonderful hosts to the event with delicious food and a great atmosphere. The packed event also featured a touching musical performances by Robbie Dupree and Simi Stone. Dupree also presented the Spirit Award to Braunstein. Meanwhile Woodstock Chimes owner Gary Kvistad presented the Spirit Award to Sandra Helm and Barbara O'Brien .

Sandra Helm (left) and Barbara O'Brien (right) accept the Spirit of Woodstock Award in honor of Levon Helm.
Simi Stone and Robbie Dupree perform at the Spirit of Woodstock Ceremony.

May 7 (limited release)

WFF 2013 Official Selection Breastmilk hits theaters in limited release beginning May 7. Theaters include New York's IFC Center (@ifccenter). For you LA folks the film will open at the Laemmle Monica 4 (@laemmlemonicas) on May 14

Perhaps one of the most overlooked yet universal aspects of pregnancy and childbirth is the production of a mother’s breastmilk. Despite endless research on the benefits of breastfeeding, the stigma surrounding this natural and age-old practice has led to a new world of motherhood where maternity confronts sexuality and naturalists are forced to confront a culture brimming with baby formulas, breast pumps and endless skepticism.

Director Dana Ben-Ari in her feature debut, takes a daring look at the world surrounding breast milk in exclusive interviews with both men and women, professionals and parents, bringing the clandestine world surrounding breast milk to the forefront. Breastmilk not only confronts our modern perspective on breastfeeding but delves beneath the surface in uncovering what exactly has led us to treat breast milk as “liquid gold” and breasts as overtly sexual iconography. This documentary is brilliant in revealing the guilt, humor and controversy surrounding breastmilk while providing a unique look at this lesser understood challenge of parenthood. –Chandra Knotts


May 23 (limited release from IFC Films)

The feature film Cold in July may be set in 1980' s Texas, but it was filmed locally in the Hudson Valley during the summer of 2013. Among other locations, the film features Kingston, Woodstock, and Esopus Farms, which was built by the Astor family. The film stars Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Jim Mickle (Stakeland, We Are What We Are), a part time Hudson Valley resident co-wrote the adaptation of the Joe Lansdale novel with actor/writer Nick Damici (Late Phases, Stakeland).


How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer. -Curtesy Sundance Film Festival.


May 28 (limited release)

The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (@dorispaynefilm) by filmmaker Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina is making a two week run at the Film Forum in New York beginning May 28.

Stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry takes a meticulous, carefully thought out plan in order to be perfectly executed without getting caught - but not for Doris Payne. Provoked by the blatant acts of racism she encountered in the 1950's as a black woman, Ms. Payne found a way to casually obtain any jewel she wanted. Teeming with interviews, the film delves into the process of how this 83 year-old woman stole two million dollars worth of jewelry throughout her lifetime, free of any inhibitions. Originally justifying her theft as means to free her mother from an abusive relationship, Doris soon fell in love with her newfound lifestyle of wealth, glamour, and over thirty aliases. As she now stands on trial for the theft of a department store diamond, the sharp-minded, sweet-hearted Doris Payne sways the audience into rooting for her innocence. This thoroughly engaging, yet comical, documentary takes the audience for a ride within the mind of an international criminal. –Nina Gioia (@ninagioia)



May 19

God Loves Uganda, the powerful documentary about Christian evengelicals in Uganda was a 2013 WFF official selection. The film will now make its way to DVD on May 19. You can preorder it now on Amazon.

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.

The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

Offering a portrait of Lou Engle, creator of The Call, a public event that brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin, God Loves Uganda records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandan.

Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams (@RogerRossWill) directing his feature debut; provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he’s served by a white-coated chef.

Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.


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The Woodstock Film Festival's 15th Anniversary Festival is now open for submissions. The REGULAR DEADLINE is May 16, so don't wait to get those films in.

Submit your film at Woodstock Film or through WAB.

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!

Honoring unique vision and artistic quality, WFF's COMPETITIVE Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services valued at well over $50,000 are given out. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary.

*Over the past three years, WFF has selected three Oscar nominees for best short.
Two of the films (Curfew & God of Love) won WFF and Oscar.
In 2012, two WFF short docs were also nominated for Oscar.



IFP Seeks Screenplays, Documentaries, and Web Series for 36th Annual Independent Film Week

IFP is currently seeking screenplays, documentary works-in-progress, and web series for its annual Independent Film Week Project Forum (September 14-18, 2014), the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent scene. The Project Forum is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers with producers, agents, funders, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents, festival programmers, and more.

Recent participants in Independent Film Week include After Tiller, Appropriate Behavior, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cutie and the Boxer, Dinosaur 13, Fill the Void, Obvious Child, Our Nixon, Ping Pong Summer, Pariah, Rich Hill, Short Term 12, and many more.

Spotlight on Documentaries Deadlines: May 23.

For more information, and to apply, click here.


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!