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Town of Woodstock Supervisor Jeremy Wilber and WFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein


In honor of the Woodstock Film Festival's 15th Anniversary, the Town of Woodstock Supervisor, Jeremy Wilber, has officially declared the week of October 13th to October 19th "Woodstock Film Festival Week" on behalf of the Hudson Valley township.

"Whereas, the Woodstock Film Festival, fiercely independent, has brought world-wide honor and distinction to the Town of Woodstock, recognized by the New York State Legislature as Colony of the Arts; and

Whereas, the Woodstock Film Festival has contributed significantly to the overall artistic environment of the Town of Woodstock year after year by premiering quality films, presenting illuminating forums, sponsoring creative educational programs for our young people, introducing renowned talent, and pioneering 21st century film opportunities to the residents of our Town; and

Whereas, The Woodstock Film Festival has benefited the people of the Town of Woodstock not only by its unique cultural enrichment each year, but also by its attraction to the Town of international visitors and filmmakers that has helped create substantial economic development while maintaining artistic, environmental, and progressive values..."

The staff gathered to recieve the proclamation, and all those present were reminded why art and the Hudson Valley are a perfect match as they enjoyed the characteristically beautiful fall day.

Read more about the proclamation HERE

better angels

Directed by Arthur Kanegis
USA / 2014 / 78 minutes
Work In Progress-Free Sneak Peak

Q&A with director/writer/producer Arthur Kanegis, producer Melanie Bennett, editor Jordan Byrne, and production designer RLee Garay Roberts

A lost piece of history that gives hope for a fabulous future!

In May, 1948, a US Army flyer who was horrified over having bombed civilians, walked into the US Embassy in Paris and officially gave up his national citizenship. Garry Davis astonished Embassy officials by declaring himself the first citizen of the world. His act galvanized war-weary Europe, and along with his succeeding bold actions, sparked a massive movement which helped pave the way for passage of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Bookended by comments from the incomparable Martin Sheen, this forthcoming documentary tells the inspiring story of a former song-and-dance man and Danny Kaye understudy who devoted his life to promoting peace. Director Arthur Kanegis masterfully uses archival footage along with this Broadway actor's on-stage mesmerizing storytelling to present one of the most enlightening histories ever to be shown on film – and what Sheen calls "a roadmap to a better future." Be forewarned: This film may cause you to think that you can change the world!

wff office

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
12pm to 6pm Wednesday-Sunday
October 15- 18 the box office will be open from 9am to 7pm
On the final day of the festival, Sunday October 19, tickets will be available from 9am to 6pm

Tickets can also be purchased online at
Tickets for films range from $5-$20
Panel tickets are $15
The Maverick Awards Gala tickets are $75

Keep track of festival news and developments on facebook, twitter or visit our website!

two me

Directed by Rachid Bouchareb

Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Luis Guzmán, Ellen Burstyn, and Tim Guinee

Produced by
Allen Bain

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



pauly shore

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

winter morning

Directed by Sakaris Stórá
Faroe Islands / 2014 / 19 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Q&A with director Sakaris Stórá

Winter Morning (Vetrarmorgun) is a story about two girls in their early teens whose friendship has led them to a turning point in their lives.

Dealing with love, friendship and identity, the film brings up a universal subject about teenagers struggling with stigmas. Told through the unique atmosphere of a small town community of the Faroe Islands, an isolated archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean.


Directed by Trey Edward Shults
USA / 2013 / 14:13 minutes

Krisha has not seen her family for many years. When Krisha decides to join her family for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and Krisha struggles to keep her demons at bay

late phases

Directed by Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson
USA / 2014 / 26 minutes

Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center.

Watch as Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager, navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.

Directed by David Figueroa García
MEXICO, USA / 2013 / 25 minutes

Q&A with producer Alexandra Vivas

When Lucia's father dies under mysterious circumstances, the hierarchies of the household shift, and Lázaro, the driver, feels that this might be his only chance to resolve his desire for her. Without realizing it, Lázaro will be caught between Lucia's attempts to exorcise the demons left from the relationship with her father and this attraction, which, slowly, is turning into an obsession.


Directed by Kevin Liddy
USA/Ireland / 2014 / 26 minutes
North American Premiere

Q&A with director Kevin Liddy

The Suffering Kind is a story about Michael Hannan, a sanitation worker in the town of Newburgh, upstate New York, who, recently sober, is getting through the days as best he can. Card games with the local priest, Father Jim, are about the height of it now as Michael whiles the hours away, his woman gone though still around, his road getting narrower, his nights longer. Father Jim is an inner city priest doing what he can for his congregation and keeping an eye on Michaels's sobriety. A chance encounter with his past sets Michael off on a journey where the past is like a sad lullaby that haunts him so close it's all he can hear. Then one morning reality comes knocking.


Directed by Cyril Aris
Lebanon/USA / 2013 / 13:20 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Q&A with director Cyril Aris

Childishly and innocently in love, a couple, in their late twenties, and expecting a baby, receive devastating news concerning the condition of their future daughter. The wife resorts to her religion, finding the strength to accept whatever God sends her, while the husband pushes her to get an illegal abortion.


Directed by Steven Kochones
USA / 2013 / 28 minutes
New York Premiere

The War Photographers recounts the personal experiences of award-winning photojournalists who risk their lives covering conflict in the world's most dangerous war zones. Intimate interviews and gripping imagery reveal stories of sacrifice, courage and the emotional toll endured by photographers and their subjects.

Stories include New York Times photographer Joao Silva revisiting sites in his native South Africa, recalling the violence that led to that country's first democratic elections in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson travels to Midland, Texas, for the final shoot of his project documenting the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war. Other photographers shares their firsthand experiences covering conflict in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and the Middle East.

bread and butter

Directed by Lauren Rosenfeld
USA, Columbia / 2012 / 23 minutes

Every Sunday morning, men and women in captivity deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. Captive Radio tells the story of two families that use the unique radio program to communicate with their loved ones held hostage by rebel guerrilla groups in Colombia.

The film follows the harrowing personal accounts of the police major, Guillermo Solórzano, and the parents of Juan Camilo Mora, who have waited six years for news of their kidnapped son. Their stories represent the thousands of people marred by kidnapping who desperately seek a way to cope with separation and find it through The Voices of Kidnapping.


Directed by Kate Tsang
USA / 2014 / 15 minutes
New York Premiere

Q&A with director Kate Tsang and producer Shiva Bajpai

An off-beat comedy about Ex, an imaginary friend, who is forced to consider retirement when his creator, Izzy, starts to grow up.

uncertain terms

Directed by Andrew Ellis and Alex Mallis
USA / 2013 / 19:20 minutes

Q&A with director Andrew Ellis and producer Lindsay Branham

In a desperate attempt to return home, an abducted child soldier risks his life to flee from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) deep in central Africa after years of being forced to fight. When capture appears imminent, he encounters a stranger who must decide whether to help him – risking his own life, and the respect of his community.


Directed by Brant Pinvidic
USA, Canada/ 2014 / 78 minutes
World Premiere

Q&A with director 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.


Directed by Ric Burns
USA / 2014 / 97 minutes
World Premiere

Q&A with director Ric Burns

Emmy award winning filmmaker Ric Burns focuses his camera on "The National Enquirer" and its legendary founder and editor, Gene Pope, whose outsized personality matched the paper. Pope learned the tricks of the trade from his father, an Italian newspaper editor, and took what was a struggling broadsheet and transformed it into the world's most read tabloid. Burns follows the fascinating and incredible 80 year history of the Enquirer: from being a notorious tabloid to the corner stone of a huge media empire and a major breaking news source.

limited partnership

Directed by Pauly Shore
USA / 2014 / 86 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Q&A with director and star Pauly Shore

The full spectrum of human emotions and condition are on display in this brutally honest self-portrait of the sadness behind the clown. Pauly Shore, once a successful stand-up comedian, directs himself in this raw, cinema verite style documentary. Years after his Hollywood golden era of the 90s, Shore sets out up to revive his career – or document its decline – as he goes on the road, through snow-covered towns, appearing in small comedy clubs strewn throughout the midwest.

In Shore's typical self-deprecating and free style uncensored performance, he gets his audience to laugh and strangely draws us, the viewer, to empathize with him. While you watch Shore taking charge of his elderly, ailing mother, or exchanging raunchy comments with members of his audience, you find yourself cheering him on and hoping that Pauly Shore will not stand alone for long.

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Directed by Håvard Bustnes
Norway / 2013 / 77 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A combination of curiosity and frustration with the status quo drives Shirley and Hinda, two gutsy, nearly 90-year-old American women, to seek answers to the burning question on everyone's mind: How do we get out of this economic mess? In this touching and thought-provoking documentary they challenge the idea that we must continue to shop, consume, amass, and keep the economy growing.

Armed with courage, humor, a long friendship and a zest for life, Shirley and Hinda take to cities and towns across the US to engage everyone from the recently homeless to economy students, to growth economists and Wall Street tycoons, questioning the sustainability of continued economic growth, and demonstrating that it is never – ever – too late to get out and make a difference.

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Directed by Nicole Boxer
USA / 2014/ 88 minutes
New York Premiere

Q&A with director Nicole Boxer, Shevanda Brantley, and Thomas Workman

Is it possible to travel the road from a homeless shelter, tough streets, and a life of abuse and trauma, all the way to stand under the bright lights of The Kennedy Center in Washington DC? This is not an ordinary path, but then again, the women in How I Got Over are far from ordinary.

Lives of addiction and abuse have taught these women to shy away from the public eye, but have also left them with the depth of raw emotions and harrowing traumas that could be mined under the right guidance. Enter the skilled teachers from the Theater Lab of the Dramatic Arts. Under their leadership, which remains steadfast even when a couple of the women are about to walk away, some of the most dramatic human stories you are ever likely to hear come to life. The result is not just mesmerizing, but remarkably professional and accomplished. As you watch the performance, these brave and talented women and those sitting in the packed house at the Kennedy Center are moved to tears of joy and understanding. You will be too.

angel azul

Directed by Morten Tyldum
USA/UK / 2014 / 113 minutes

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.

red lines

Directed by Kerem Sanga
USA / 2014 / 94 minutes
New York Premiere

Q&A with director Kerem Sanga and producer David Hunter

Reminiscent of Juno (from the male perspective), The Young Kieslowski combines thoughtful writing and creative directing to bring us a quirky yet touching comedic love story of two teens and a pregnancy.

When Brian Kieslowski, a CalTech physics major and a reluctant virgin, meets Leslie Mallard, a self-proclaimed Christian and bible student, they uncharacteristically experience an intimate night of lovemaking. Due to the unfortunate circumstance of Brian losing Leslie's phone number, the evening turns into a one-night stand and the two go on with their separate lives – until Leslie learns she is pregnant. The earth shattering news brings the teens back together on a turbulent journey of indecisions in which neither they nor the audience can foresee what the outcome will be.

Maintaining an offbeat, humorous style, peppered with awkward situations, amusing dialogue, fanciful imaginings and creative camera work, The Young Kieslowski delivers a touching and thoroughly entertaining story that will capture the hearts of young and old.


Directed by Alix Lambert
USA / 2013 / 78 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Q&A with producers Todd Wider and Jedd Wider

At first glance, Mentor, Ohio, seems like any other wholesome midwestern town, even earning a spot in Money Magazine's 100 Best Places to Live. But Mentor's tree-lined streets and marching bands could not prevent the spate of teen suicides caused by relentless bullying and an indifferent school system.

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.

hand that feeds

Directed by Leah Meyerhoff
USA / 2014 /80 minutes

Q&A with director Leah Meyerhoff and associate producer Aly Migliori

*Spotlight on Women in Film

The word unicorn conjures up the sense of fanciful imagination and mythical realism. It also conjures up the longing for the unrealistic and unbelievable to be true. In Leah Meyerhof's debut feature, imagination and reality become interchangeable. Davina, played with stunning range by Natalia Dyer, seeks to escape her dire life taking care of her disabled mother, by creating dreamy settings in her room and looking for romance and adventure away from home. She finds all of that, and then some, in Sterling (Peter Vack), an older "bad boy" who seems to have invented cool.

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.

down in shadowland

Directed by Terry McMahon
Ireland / 2014 / 101 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Q&A with director Terry McMahon, producer Tim Palmer, and star Moe Dunford

In Patrick's Day, Terry McMahon writes and directs about the destructive force of love, the question of sanity, the value of intimacy, the impact of memory and the consequence of choice. Patrick, a warm, open, twenty-six year old virgin schizophrenic played beautifully by the talented Moe Dunford, falls in love with Karen, a suicidal flight attendant, setting off a magical yet impossible love affair.

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.


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2013 Maverick Awards

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Darren Aronofsky

mark duplass
Mark Duplass

Natalie Portman

jennifer connelly
Jennifer Connelly

The annual WFF MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY has become one of the most talked-about events in the world of independent film and across the Hudson Valley, attracting nearly 500 filmmakers, industry and community leaders. Saturday, Oct. 18, 9pm at BSP Studios in Kingston. The event is open to the public with limited seating. Tickets are available at the Box Office or HERE.

Writer, Director, and WFF board member, Ron Nyswaner, will lead the event as Master of Ceremonies. Acclaimed director and writer Darren Aronofsky will receive the Honorary Maverick Award at the 15th annual awards ceremony. The award will be presented to Aronofsky on Saturday, October 18 at the annual Maverick Awards Ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in of Kingston, NY. In addition to accepting this honor, Aronofsky will be featured in a panel hosted by Logan Hill, A CONVERSATION WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY.

Mark Duplass will be the recipient of the first annual Fierely Independent Award, which will be presented by Tom Quinn, Co-President, Radius - The Weinstein Company. In addition to accepting the award, Duplass will participate in a Q&A after the screening of his newest feature, CREEP. Duplass served as co-star, producer, and co-writer on the narrative alongside director, co-star, and co-writer Patrick Brice.

The Awards Ceremony also includes presentation of awards for Best Feature Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Student Short, the Tangerine Juice Entertainment Award for Best Female Director, the Animation Award, the James Lyons Editing Award, the Diane Seligman Awards and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography.

An outstanding group of industry leaders:
Feature Narrative: Debra Granik, Logan Hill, Melissa Leo
Feature Documentary: Joe Berlinger, Amy Hobby, Barbara Kopple
Cinematography: Haskell Wexler
Editing, Narrative: Sabine Hoffman, Andrew Marcus, Richard Chew
Editing, Documentary: Sandra Christie, Jean Tsien, Sabine Hoffman
Short Narrative: Jonathan Gray, Leah Meyerhoff, Lori Singer
Short Documentary: Leon Gast, Emily Rothschild, Todd Wider
Student Short Film: Isil Bagdadi, Terry Kinney, Michael Cristofer
Animation: Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton, Patrick Smith
Tangerine Entertainment Award: Best Female Director: Anne Hubbell, Amy Hobby
Ultra Indie Award: Richard Abramowitz, Larry Fessenden, Amy Gossels

The legendary Paul Green, founder of School of Rock, subject of the documentary Rock School and inspiration for Jack Black in Richard Linklater's hilarious film School of Rock, along with a number of his former students, will provide the awards show music, showcasing themes from the some of the most popular movies ever made.


Mark Duplass in CREEP

pauly shore
Pauly Shore in PAULY SHORE

paul wesley

With only a few days to go until the festival gets underway, Hollywood stars are crowding the still-growing line-up. Among the World Premieres, U.S. Premieres, and East Coast Premieres making their debut, this year's lineup includes a notable number of A-Listers and industry personnel that are slated to grace the WFF big screens as well as the streets of our hosting towns. 

Participants for this year's festival events include Academy Award nominated Darren Aronofsky, Mark Duplass, Academy Award winners Natalie Portman, Jennifer Connelly, and Melissa Leo, Emmy winner Courteney Cox, Pauly Shore, Emmy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, Ron Nyswaner, Grammy Award winners Steve Earle and jazz legend Hugh Masekela, David Broza.

Bruce Greenwood, Tim Guinee, Leah Meyerhoff, Shawn Christensen, Joe Berlinger, Debra Granik, Jon Bowermaster, Lucy Alibar, Thelma Adams, Robin Bronk, Martha Frankel, Logan Hill, Bradley Jacobs, Gayle Keller, Michael Lessac, Doreen Ringer-Ross, Malia Scotch-Marmo, Cindy Tolan, Jedd Wider, and more!

Don't miss your chance to catch one (or many) of these fabulous names in film at WFF's upcoming events. Full-festival passes as well as tickets to screenings, parties, panels and special events are now available through the box office or online HERE.



Get your 2014 WFF Full Festival Pass now. Only a limited number will be sold!

Benefits include:

• Priority seating for screening and panels, access to parties and awards ceremony
• 2014 WFF t-shirt & cap
• 2014 limited edition WFF poster by artist Mike DuBois
*Please note that concert admission is NOT included.

Purchase your pass HERE


2014 WFF MERCHANDISE is now available including:
• Caps
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• Sweatshirts
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Come by the film center at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock or order ONLINE.



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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.