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|TOWN DECLARATION - WFF IS FINALLY HERE!
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
|FREE SNEAK PREVIEW
UNTITLED FILM ON "WORLD CITIZEN #1" GARRY DAVIS
A lost piece of history that gives hope for a fabulous future!
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!
|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.
|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
|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 SHORT FILM HIGHLIGHTS
WINTER MORNING (VETRARMORGUN)
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.
Q&A with producer Alexandra Vivas
THE SUFFERING KIND
Q&A with director Cyril Aris
THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS
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.
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.
SO YOU'VE GROWN ATTACHED
THEY CAME AT NIGHT
|MORE DOCS & NARRATIVES - DON'T MISS THESE!
WHY I'M NOT ON FACEBOOK
Q&A with director Brant Pinvidic
ENQUIRING MINDS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAN BEHIND THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER
PAULY SHORE STANDS ALONE
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.
TWO RAGING GRANNIES
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.
|HOW I GOT OVER
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.
THE IMITATION GAME
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.
THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI
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.
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.
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
*Spotlight on Women in Film
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.
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.
|MAVERICK AWARDS PREVIEW
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.
HOUSE BAND AT THE 2014 MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY - PAUL GREEN AND THE INTERNET TROLLS
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.
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!
|FULL FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE
Get your 2014 WFF Full Festival Pass now. Only a limited number will be sold!
• Priority seating for screening and panels, access to parties and awards ceremony
|2014 WFF MERCHANDISE NOW ON SALE
2014 WFF MERCHANDISE is now available including:
Come by the film center at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock or order ONLINE.
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.