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|WFF 2014: A RECAP
WFF CLOSES ITS 15th ANNIVERSARY WITH A FLAIR
The success of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival was a fitting way to celebrate the 15th Anniversary. Filmmakers attended at an all time high from all corners of the world as WFF presented 22 world premieres; 5 North American premieres, 2 US premieres, 18 East Coast premieres and 21 New York Premieres. Celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Jennifer Connelly, Courteney Cox, Seann William Scott, Robert Vaughn and Paul Wesley added press and audience buzz. The 2014 WFF has been hailed as our best event yet.
We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made this year's festival such a success – our staff, 250+ volunteers, filmmakers, industry members, press, and audiences.
We are also very grateful to the local communities who embraced the festival spirit of the more than 300 visiting filmmakers and visitors who filled the theaters and streets of our five host towns - Woostock, Kingsotn, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Saugerties.
|2014 WFF MERCHANDISE NOW ON SALE
2014 Woodstock Film Festival MERCHANDISE is still availble in limited quantities.Get your 2014 T-shirt while we still have them, or purchase some of our classic Caps, T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Posters.. Come by the film center at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock or order ONLINE.
Step into the unique and thought-provoking world of lifetime outsider artist Al Carbee, an 88-year old eccentric who spends his days creating outlandish works of art featuring Barbie Dolls. Filmmaker Jeremy Workman has spent over a decade of friendship with Carbee compiling extensive footage and memories to provide audiences with a look into the magical universe of Carbee’s bizarre creative force.
What began as a simple trip to Maine with his girlfriend became, over time, a life-changing partnership between Workman and Carbee that culminates in this extraordinary bio-pic, a glimpse of an otherwise unknown artist’s lifelong body of work. Workman is able to come full-circle in this documentary and brings his audience along with him, revealing the astoundingly powerful role of companionship and creativity in the human mind while emphasizing the importance of mutual inspiration. Magical Universe provides a priceless look at the immeasurable wonder of creative drive and inspiration. –Chandra Knotts
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.
THE IMITATION GAME
Starring fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game a biopic about WWII hero Alan Turing was an official selection of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) 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. Directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.
Late Phases, which was filmed in Rhinebeck, Kingsotn and Woodstock, NY,
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 being 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.
Written by Under The Bed scribe Eric Stolze, Late Phases is Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and Tom Noonan.
LITTLE WHITE LIE
BEFORE I DISAPPEAR
Based on the 2012 WFF Best Short Film Curfew, which went on to win the 2013 Academy Award® for best live action short, Before I Disappear opens November 28 at the IFC CENTER in NYC and other cities including North Hollywood, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Scottsdale, AZ, Houston & Lubbock, TX, Coral Gables, FL, New Orleans, LA, Greensboro, NC, and Baton Rouge, LA. For a full list of theaters and cities, check out Before I Disappear on Facebook.
Before I Disappear follows Richie (Shawn Christensen), a man who is very much inclined to commit suicide. After facing his end and deciding to take his own life, he receives a phone call from his younger sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum of Shameless), begging him to look after her daughter for a few hours. Willing to withhold death for a little while longer, Richie agrees to take care of his niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek).
What follows is an intensive glimpse into the life of a man who believes he has nothing to lose. Between his shady job with a menacing boss (Ron Perlman), a drugged-out friend with a bad temper (Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries), and an ominous twist that throws everything out of whack, Richie must find a way to hold on to what little life he has left in order to take care of his quick-witted, hard-hitting, alarmingly determined niece.
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With glimpses of her stint on The Wire and a funny peek at Burre sifting through paltry royalty checks while her daughter plays nearby, Actress presents a sharp contrast between the allure of the spotlight and the dull rhythms that continue once it recedes. But as she returns to work, the affirmative aspect of her careerism is juxtaposed with conventional expectations about what a woman in her late 30s is supposed to want. Pivoting on an off-screen event that feels as impactful as the drama that takes place on camera, it becomes unclear how much Brandy is sacrificing the feelings and futures of her loved ones on the altar of self-interest. Acting, in the end, is not only Brandy’s profession; it’s something that she does all the time, whether interacting with her restaurateur husband Tim, her children, or Greene’s camera. With a dramatic, affective, and polyvalent ending, Greene’s film is documentary portraiture at its finest, taking on the resonance of a densely packed short story.
We are happy to announce that the 16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place, September 30 through October 4, 2015, so mark your calendars now!
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