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|HVPG SUMMER SCREENING SERIES
Hudson Valley Programmers Group SUMMER SCREENING SERIES.
The Hudson Valley Programmers Group administers a year round touring exhibit that features films by established and emerging filmmakers, with an emphasis on giving filmmakers an opportunity to exhibit their work and interact with the community.
COLD IN JULY
• Monday, July 21, 7:15 at Rosendale Theatre
Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.
• Monday, August 11, 6:45pm at Spectrum 8, Albany
*indicates Q&A w/ Andrew Mudge follows screening
THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT
Abandoning his successful career as an overseas reporter Matt returns to the States to embark on a journey across New York State to find the world's best chicken wing accompanied by his confused Czech girlfriend, Lucie. In an odyssey covering over 2500 miles, Matt and his cabal of chicken wing obsessed friends consume nearly 300 varieties of wings in two weeks. Eventually Matt must decide what is greater: his love for wings or Lucie.
The Great Chicken Wing Hunt is more than a foodie’s delight; it’s three parts gastronomic competition, two parts oddball comedy and one part love story.
• Sunday, August 7, 5:30pm at Downing Film Center in Newburgh
OJ: THE MUSICAL
• Saturday, July 12, 8:00pm at Mountain View Studio, Woodstock
Combining rare and often hilarious archival footage with interviews, Twist chronicles the evolution of rock and roll dance.
From the time when moving hips marked you as a social degenerate, to a time when shaking your "thing" became the dance-form that rocked the world.
To Be Forever Wild is an hour long documentary film created by a group of filmmakers, musicians and artists in the Catskill Mountains. Based in a small red cabin perched above a waterfall, the crew spent several weeks exploring the landscapes that are considered to be America's "first wilderness."
Director David Becker, crew members, and subjects of the film will be in attendance. To Be Forever Wild will premiere on PBS and will be released on DVD this August. The film profiles the people who live in and visit this region, including artists, hikers, scientists, farmers and young people.
• Monday, July 3, 9:00pm at Bovina Community Center
*Q&A with director David Becker and special guests follows all screenings
The Woodstock Film Festival has a great new item up for a bid on Charity Buzz!
Enjoy a set visit for 3 people for the new feature film The Outskirts starring Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) (Fun Size), Eden Sher (@edensher) (The Middle), Ashley Rickards (@AshleyRickards) (Awkward), Peyton List (@PeytonList) (Jessie), Avan Jogia
Proceeds from the winning bid benefit the Woodstock Film Festival.
The film is shooting in the New York City area this summer and the set visit must take place between July 10th and July 23rd.
Described as Mean Girls meets Revenge of the Nerds, The Outskirts follows best friends Jodi (Justice) and Mindy (Sher), who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school's alpha female (Lee). They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution. They join forces with an affable slacker (Jogia), a girl scout with a secret (Chang) and an overachiever with dirt on everyone (Rickards).
|LOCAL ART HOUSES AND SCREENINGS
Everybody knows that the signing of the Declaration of Independence is the cause for our July 4th celebration. But have you actually read the document?
The community is invited for a free event on Friday, July 4 at 9:30am for A Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Rosendale Theatre. Twenty individual—civic and business leaders, students, teachers, artists—representatives of all facets of our community—will take turns reading the document that changed the world. The whole experience will take less than half an hour. Afterwards share in a cup of coffee and a breakfast-birthday cake from The Alternative Baker.
THE TIBETAN CENTER
The Tibetan Center on Rte 28 in Kingston continues its monthly film series with Bringing Tibet Home, a documentary film about the creation of a site specific art installation in Dharamsala, India. Directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, it tells the story of Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol’s realization that his father’s dream of returning to Tibet is shared by all exiles and his mission to reunite the Tibetan land with its people, literally, through an art project that involves smuggling 20,000 kilograms of native Tibetan soil to India. Choklay has called the collaborative film “an important documentation…of the Tibetan exile experience.”
Tickets are an $8 suggested donation at the door.
The Big Lebowski Screening Party
I Origins (@IOriginsMovie)
I Origins, which was shot locally in the Hudson Valley, and made its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, will make its theatrical debut on July 18.
The second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill (@_mikecahill), tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling @britmarling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (@GLBoggsFilm)
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which won the Maverick Award Documentary Winner and WFF Audience Award at the 2013 Woodstock FIlm Festival,, will stream on PBS.org following its debut on PBS, June 30. It will run the entire month of July and you can catch it HERE for free.
What constitutes revolution? 99-year old writer and radical activist Grace Lee Boggs (@GraceLeeBoggs) has no hesitations when it comes to changing the world, one conversation at a time.
Filmmaker Grace Lee initially sought out Grace Lee Boggs due to their shared name but instead found a breath of rebellious inspiration in Boggs that continues to motivate nonviolent philosophies of civil rights growth, revolution and evolution. Once a 1960s militant, the Detroit-based activist Boggs continues to challenge expectations through her lifelong devotion to the African American movement and fight for individual freedoms. “The time has come for a new dream,” Boggs says, relying on the ever-evolving artistry of conversation to fuel the fire of revolution. American Revolutionary is a story of growth: of Boggs' lifetime commitment to activism, of filmmaker Grace Lee, and of the viewer as they align with Boggs' philosophy of positivity and change. –Chandra Knotts
My So Called Enemy
If all your life you’ve been told THEY are the enemy, THEY are the ones you should fear, what happens when that very notion is challenged? The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has raged for the last 62 years and recent events have generated dangerous new levels of friction. Director Lisa Gossels’ documentary feature "My So-Called Enemy" touches on a brave new front for peace: young women. In 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teen girls visited the U.S. as part of the Building Bridges for Peace program. 'My So-Called Enemy' is a coming of age story about six of the program participants and how their experience of knowing their 'enemies' as human beings meets the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. What unfolds is an emotionally charged film about the human consequences of all conflicts — as seen through the eyes of six young women who are thoughtful, intelligent and articulate beyond their years. Idealized world views and friendships become much more complicated as the everyday realities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict continue to haunt their lives. Gossels captures the maturation of each woman and the diverse set of circumstances each must face as they enter adulthood, revealing an emotionally charged film about conflict, camaraderie and ultimately…hope. -Michael Burke (@colonelnp)
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The Woodstock Film Festival welcomes back 120db Films.
120db Films is a finance company specializing in gap, pre-sale, tax credit, finishing, P&A and bridge loans to the entertainment industry. Since inception, 120db Films has financed over fifty five films. Their primary goal is assisting producers that have already raised a substantial portion of their required capital, to complete the necessary funding and close.
The principals at 120db Films appreciate that each film is unique in terms of its financial structure and requirements, and are committed to working expeditiously with an open mind regarding terms and conditions. They do, however, strictly adhere to a "last in-first out," secured financing model. While they do not provide equity, they do have relationships with multiple parties that provide mezzanine loans, and would be happy to make introductions for compelling projects that they endorse.