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|OPENING NIGHT FILM
TWO MEN IN TOWN
After a troubled youth and 18 years in prison, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker) is being released. With the help of an idealistic parole agent (Brenda Blethyn) and his new-found Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses which possess him. However, Bill Agati (Harvey Keitel), the Sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett is released, has other ideas. Convinced that Garnett is unredeemable and is a threat to the security of his county, Agati launches a campaign to return Garnett to prison for life. The film is made available courtesy of the Cohen Media Group.
Rachid Bouchareb's Indigènes (Days of Glory) also opened the Woodstock Film Festival back in 2006 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Producer Allen Bain has has been to the WFF with many films over the years including The Cake Eaters, Room, and Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story.
Co-star and Hudson Valley resident Tim Guinee is also attending the 2014 festival to screen his directorial debut, One Armed Man, as well as appear on the Martha Frankel moderated ACTOR'S DIALOGUE Panel with Bruce Greenwood on Sunday, October 19 at the Kleinert James Art Center.
Read more about the opening film HERE
|CLOSING NIGHT FILM
THE BETTER ANGELS
At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation's greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, The Better Angels sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history. Based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln's family members, The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from producer Terrence Malick's longtime protégé, A.J. Edwards.
|NEW NARRATIVE FEATURE ADDED
THE IMITATION GAME
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.
Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions, and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
|HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED
The Woodstock Film Festival recently announced that JENNIFER CONNELLY and NATALIE PORTMAN will co-present the Honorary Maverick Award to director DARREN ARONOFSKY at the 15th annual Maverick Awards Ceremony. Both of these Academy Award winning actresses have played leading roles in some of Aronofsky's most acclaimed films, including REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and NOAH (Connelly), and BLACK SWAN (Portman).
The Honorary Maverick Award is presented each year to an individual whose life and work is driven by creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Previous recipients include Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, Tony Kaye, Bruce Beresford, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi.
The annual Maverick Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 18 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY, and features presentations to winning filmmakers and honorary recipients, in addition to a cocktail hour, buffet, and live music by Paul Green and the Internet Trolls. The public is invited to attend.
The first annual Fiercely Independent Award will also be presented to Mark Duplass that evening.
All award winners are chosen by a elite group of jurors that includes: Debra Granik, Logan Hill, Melissa Leo, Haskell Wexler, Sabine Hoffman, Andrew Marcus, Richard Chew, Joe Berlinger, Amy Hobby, Barbara Kopple, Sandra Christie, Jean Tsien, Sabine Hoffman, Jonathan Gray, Leah Meyerhoff, Lori Singer, Leon Gast, Emily Rothschild, Todd Wider, Isil Bagdadi, Terry Kinney, Michael Cristofer, Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton, Patrick Smith, Richard Abramowitz, Larry Fessenden, Amy Gossels, Anne Hubbell, and Amy Hobby
|TICKET INFO & BOX OFFICE HOURS
The Box Office is located at 13 Rock City Road, in the heart of Woodstock.
This year WFF is pleased to announce a new venue - the Regal Cinemas in Kingston
Box Office Hours
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.
|SPECIAL EVENTS FEATURING HUGH MASEKELA
Grammy® award-winning South African jazz legend HUGH MASEKELA, whose music is featured in the film A Snake Gives Birth to A Snake, will participate in several events at the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.
Michael Lessac's feature documentary A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake will make its U.S. Premiere on October 17 at the Woodstock Playhouse and October 18 at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. Lessac and Masekela will take part in a Q&A following the screenings, as well as being featured on the panel, Music as the Unifying Force, presented by BMI on October 17 at the Kleinert James Art Center in Woodstock.
Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. He has released over 40 albums (and was featured on countless more) and worked with legends like Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Miles Davis, Abdullah Ibrahim, Paul Simon and the late Miriam Makeba.
His eclectic musical style is pervaded by jazz and mbaqanga combined with a gravelly voice, stirringly smooth horn sound and an ever-present concern for his home country and continent. Masekela has been honored with a Grammy Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award at WOMEX and having March 18th proclaimed 'Hugh Masekela Day' in the US Virgin Islands.
|PAULY SHORE LIVE
See his documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone and then come out to see the man in person for a night of laughs. The event is scheduled for 10 pm on Saturday, October 18 at the Colony Cafe at 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.
Stand-up comic, actor, writer, director Pauly Shore tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show Totally Pauly hit the airwaves to major fan approval. In 1993, he wrote and starred in a one-hour HBO television special, Pauly Does Dallas. He had roles in films from 1988, providing supporting comedy relief, but it was the wildly popular Encino Man, that put Pauly on the map.
For tickets to this event, click HERE
|SOME OF THE NARRATIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Starting innocently enough, we meet Aaron, a warm-hearted, down-on-his luck filmmaker, played to perfection by director/co-writer Patrick Brice. After an unsettling arrival at the cabin, Aaron is soon greeted by Joseph, the somewhat off balance, yet diabolically sweet and charming protagonist, portrayed with an inspired mix of goofiness and darkness by indie icon Mark Duplass (who co-wrote the script). But watch out Aaron, Joseph may have more up his sleeve than appears to the naked eye.
Unscripted and electrified by the remarkable talent of the two actor/filmmakers, Creep is a roller coaster of wits that twists the viewer's mind and heart. This film will keep surprising you until the very end.
Convinced that Karen will either break her son's heart or steal his affection, Patrick's mother enlists the help of dysfunctional detective, who will use his position to help her, for a price.
With exquisite cinematography and stellar performances, audiences are skillfully guided on a ride through a chaotic circus of emotions in this provocative Irish film.
Crescent Bay is not the best place to live out one's golden years. Once an idyllic retirement community, the secluded neighborhood has been beset by mysterious and deadly attacks. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Stake Land) moves in, the residents immediately take offense to his abrasive personality. But his take-no-prisoners attitude is just what he needs to survive as it becomes clear that the increasingly violent and patterned attacks are beVisit Websiteing caused by beasts that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is harboring something truly sinister in its midst.
White Rabbit is a voyage into the heart of madness so skillfully drawn we can't help feeling compassion. Flawless performances coupled with first-rate cinematography in the service of an all too timely subject make this a psychological study you won't want to miss. This is masterful filmmaking.
Betty is a fiercely committed matriarch driven to desperate measures by a failing business, her husband's deteriorating health and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. Played by Joanne Kelly, Betty is the beating heart of this sensitive, skillfully written narrative, which flips the standard gender dynamic and brings unexpected insight and realism to an established genre. Called "inexorably powerful" and "riveting" by Variety, Levin's stirring family drama touches on matters of social conscience and environmental justice to ask: How far will we go to save our families?
Directed by Michael Cohn
Q&A with director Michael Cohn
When four high school friends venture into the wilderness for a hunting trip, one of the boys shoots a stranger in the woods, mistaking him for a deer. At first the four friends work together in a frantic struggle to save the wounded victim, but when this fails they are paralyzed with fear and uncertainty, and soon become divided about what to do and whether to hide this terrible accident. Increasingly desperate to stay out of trouble they act with the hope of leaving their nightmare behind, yet each decision only deepens their guilt and further ensnares them in a web of unforeseen consequences.
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
The two set off on a wild adventure where playfulness and passion collide. A celebration of color, sound and whimsy make I Believe in Unicorns something you want to believe in.
BREAD AND BUTTER
Daniel (Bobby Moynihan, SNL) is a kind and introverted client at the office. He and Amelia share many of the same idiosyncrasies, fears, and overall naivety. Amelia finds her second prospect from clues written in the margins of a book. Leonard (Micah Hauptman, Everest), whose originality and unpredictability immediately attract her, leads the story into a Feliniesque and humor-filled entanglement.
Liz Manashil directs a cast of talented actors to make her oddball characters come alive. This quirky and endearing film will bring audiences together, like Bread and Butter, in an experience both heartwarming and distinctly human.
MAHJONG AND THE WEST
Immersed in cowboy culture, the girls embark on a kamikaze course, running from the past and toward thrills and comfort. But pressure builds and their extended reunion proves that neither control nor chaos can erase their trauma. And if they can't erase it, they'll either have to make peace with it or set it on fire.
Prominent Indie director, Nathan Silver, presents a film inspired by his mother's life. Cindy Silver (Nathan's real life mother) plays a lead role that steals the show. The rest of the cast, comprised of professionals and non actors make this gem of a film authentic. Filled to the brim with scenes that are both poetic and wrenching Uncertain Terms is an original story about how love isn't always as easy as boy meets girl.
|SOME OF THE DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS
ANTARCTICA 3D: ON THE EDGE
The adventurers explore by sea kayak, ice-worthy sailboat and on foot to gain an up-close look and attempt to better understand just how the seventh continent is changing – and in some parts changing very fast -- in part due to a warming ocean. Meet scientists and the wildlife they study up-close and learn about the history of exploration and the continent's future.
From its place anchoring the bottom of the globe, Antarctica might seem too frozen to have any impact on the rest of the planet. But the very fact that it is constantly changing – the sea around it freezing and thawing every year – makes it the planet's beating heart, its rhythm intimately influencing the earth's weather, ocean currents and climate.
Director Ali Akbarzadeh to be featured on the "Impact Filmmaking" panel
Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?
Outraged by this blatant show of discrimination, the couple sued the U.S. government, becoming the first to officially seek equal treatment for a same–sex marriage in the U.S. What ensued for the two men was decades of legal battles that mirrored the LGBT marriage and immigration equality movements. Through it all, they never lost their sense of humor and joyous disposition.
A David and Goliath story, Limited Partnership is ultimately both celebratory and inspiring, reminding us that love and tenacity are powerful life tools.
A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD
How many hands touch your morning coffee before you? How many of those hands are women's?
A Small Section of the World is an inspirational story about a group of women from a remote farming region in Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world. After the men of the village left in search of work the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families and their community for themselves, their families, and their community. The film follows the impact of this remarkable story of perseverance as it touches lives around the globe. The movie features the original song, The Morning by Alanis Morissette and Carlos Tapado Vargas.
|WHY I'M NOT ON FACEBOOK
Directed by Brant Pinvidic
Q&A with Brant Pinvidic
One man's soul searching decision on whether or not he should join Facebook sets him off on an epic journey of self-discovery as he weighs the pros and cons of becoming a member of the world's largest social networking site. Along the way he talks with family, friends, total strangers and even celebrities whose lives have all been touched in one way or another by Facebook. From the long lost high school friend who uses it to stay in touch with classmates, to the pick-up artist who trolls the site to score with women, to the criminal who tracks your every movement to know when to rob your house, the best and the worst of Facebook is on display.
Through stunning underwater cinematography, we see his magical creations in various stages of being transformed by coral, algae and other forms of life. We also experience the mentoring of local artisans in the Yucatan peninsula, where Taylor's project is conceived, and the camaraderie that comes from his labor-intensive plaster casting of real people.
As is often the case, Taylor must play the political game as he seeks to install his sculptures in some of the Earth's most beautiful - and endangered - underwater habitats. "Angel Azul," like Taylor's moving artistry, forces us to consider our choices and the impact of climate change already being felt around the world.
As the situation deteriorates, the two activists feel certain the West and the free world will intervene once the Red Line – the use of chemical weapons – is crossed. Yet no military aid is forthcoming, even as we witness dead and dying children, victims of a brutal regime intent on destroying its own people. This is a harrowing story, all the more so because it is still going on. Unforgettable, graphic and not for the faint-hearted.
The Vidovic family came to Mentor to escape the war in Croatia only to have their daughter Sladjana commit suicide at age 16 after years of relentless bullying. More interested in maintaining its image than in helping protect vulnerable students, Mentor High School failed to punish the perpetrators.
Eric Mohat, 17, hardly seemed the type to be targeted by bullies. Active in musical theatre, he seemed like a happy kid. Until the day he committed suicide, the family had no idea of the bullying he endured.
Devastating, illuminating and buttressed with a haunting score, director Lambert skillfully documents bullying in the internet age and makes us wonder if Mentor is just the tip of the iceberg. This film is thought provoking and unforgettable.
THE HAND THAT FEEDS
Risking deportation and loss of livelihood, the workers, joined by a crew of young organizers, ride out a year-long roller coaster of events to set a historic precedent for low-wage workers. Watching them in action is a deeply humanizing experience that will change how we view peoples' struggle for rights and activism in general.
DOWN IN SHADOWLAND
This is a world where the camera is restless, constantly exploring, unearthing private movements, holding until we are struck with revelation. A telephone receiver hangs down, an impotent reminder of disconnect, like the hordes of people oblivious of one another. Just when we think we're following someone, they disappear. The train itself becomes both serpent and protector, alternately maniacal and comforting. Every strata of life – howling madmen, distracted mothers, sleepy children – reveals itself.
Bold, masterful and entirely unpredictable with a soundtrack that propels us forward with the velocity of the train itself, Shadowland is a remarkable film that leaves no doubt we are in the hands of a master.
|FILMS IN COMPETITION
Join WFF at the Maverick Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 18 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY, where our jury of top industry professionals and filmmakers will announce all the winners in front of over 500 guests in attendance. Renowned filmmakers Darren Aronofsky (this year's Honorary Maverick Award recipient) and Mark Duplass (the first annual Fiercely Independent Award recipient) will be on hand among the many recipients to be honored at the event.
The 2014 films in competition include:
• Music in Film - moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross with Hugh Masekela and Filmmaker Michael Lessac
• Women in the Director's Chair - moderated by Thelma Adams with directors Courteney Cox, Debra Granik, Leah Meyerhoff, and Jenna Ricker
• Impact Filmmaking - moderated by Robin Bronk with producer Jedd Wider, directors Joe Berlinger, Jon Bowermaster, Ali Akbarzadeh, and Anne O'Shea
• Long and Short Stories - moderated by Bradley Jacobs with Ron Nyswaner
• A Conversation with Darren Aronofsky, hosted by Logan Hill
• Actors' Dialogue - moderated by Martha Frankel with Bruce Greenwood and Tim Guinee
• Novel to Screen - moderated by Thelma Adams with Tony Kushner, Malia Scotch-Marmo, and Lucy Alibar
• Casting By - moderated by Claude dal Farra with Gayle Keller, Cindy Tolan and Melissa Leo
For more information and tickets WFF's upcoming panels, click HERE
|EVENTS & CONCERTS
• David Broza and Steve Earle Acoustic Performance
A special kick-off event featuring the WORLD PREMIERE of Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman's feature documentary East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem. Filmmaker Erez Miller and two of the film's subjects, David Broza and Steve Earle, will partake in a Q&A and live acoustic concert following the screening. The performance will feature songs from the East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem album and more. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15 at the Woodstock Playhouse at 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.
David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. He fills concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound. Broza unites the styles of the three countries in which he was raised (Israel, Spain, and England) by utilizing his ability to take on the troubadour tradition, up to now, featuring lyrics of the world's greatest poets.
|FULL FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE
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• Priority seating for screening and panels, access to parties and awards ceremony
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|WFF BUTTON PHOTO CHALLENGE
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|IN THE NEWS
2014 WFF KETEL ONE VODKA LAUNCH PARTY
On September 23, the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival launch party took place at Libation in New York City. WFF Staff celebrated the start of the festival with many of this year's filmmaker and industry friends. Special thanks to Ketel One for supplying the beverages and to Libation for providing the appetizers!
|LOCAL ART HOUSES AND SCREENINGS
Euripedes' Medea from the National Theatre Live ~ Oct. 5 at 3:30pm
Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she's left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Euripedes' Medea from the National Theatre Live ~ Oct. 26 at 3pm and Oct. 28 at 11am
Halloween Rocky Horror Picture Show screening and shadow cast ~ Oct. 31 at 9pm
The Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street Rosendale. 845-658-8989
The Woodstock Film Festival welcomes Toyota as a 2014 Gold Sponsor!
Toyota believes that, "eco-cars will give a positive contribution to the environment when widely used."
They company aims to create a low-carbon society by responding to the need to diversify energy sources. They will continue to improve the fuel efficiency of conventional combustion-engine cars (which accounts for the majority of their sales), while improving performance, reducing costs and expanding the company's product lineup. Through these efforts, hybrid technologies (consisting of the basic technologies necessary for development of various eco-cars) are regarded as their key technology to achieving a high level of fuel efficiency and drive performance. More specifically, Toyota thinks that electric vehicles will be used for short distance travels, while fuel cell vehicles will be used for long distance travel. Additionally, they believe a majority of the currently operating vehicles will be replaced with hybrids or plug-in hybrids in the future. To learn more about Toyota and products please visit www.Toyota.com or visit your local dealer.