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|WFF PRESENTS: FOOD CHAINS
On March 21, the Woodstock Film Festival will present FOOD CHAINS. The documentary is a searing exposé that depicts an intrepid group of Florida farm workers who battle to defeat the supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners growers and retailers to improve conditions for farm laborers in the U.S.
Following the screening director Sanjay Rawal will be joined by a panel of experts including Bob Dandrew (Local Economies Project), Ric Orlando (New World Home Cooking), Heriberto Gonzalez (Rural and Migrant Ministry).
Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Food Inc.) executive produced this film that reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system.
Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farm workers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.
A reception in a private home will follow the film and panel.
|CALL FOR ENTRIES
The 16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions. We are looking for films in all categories including narratives, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation and teen films.
The Woodstock is a competitive festival including cash prizes for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Doc and Best Student Short.
In addition WFF will present a new cash prize in 2015 with the inaugural Carpet Diem Andretta Award. The Award is presented to the film that best exemplifies living life to the fullest through character and story development in a full length narrative or documentary film.
All award winners are presented with a hand made trophy in addition to a cash prize and/or in-kind prizes.
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We are looking forward to year 16, which will feature many year round events in addition to the Fall Festival, September 30 - October 4, 2015. Stay tuned!
|ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their list of Oscar nominees and WFF is well represented among the nominees.
|BHUTAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to have come on board as the official advisor of the first annual Bhutan International Film Festival. The film festival is a part of the inaugural Bhutan International Festival (BHIF), featuring international and Bhutanese live music, dance, art, film, photography, food, sports and more. Set in the Himalayan Mountains, this Buddhist country prides itself on its unparalleled environmental conservation, gross national happiness and intact cultural traditions. With the Queen as its patron and with over 100 artists arriving from all corners of the world, BHIF will feature 10 days of artistic expression celebrated throughout Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein will travel to Bhutan in the capacity of Official Head Consultant. Joining her will be WFF Technical Director Jeff Kantor who will assist the festival with their technical needs. Among the films showcased at the festival this year are Terry McMahon's PATRICK'S DAY, winner of three Maverick Awards at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival and WORDS WITH GODS, executive produced by WFF advisory board member Jonathan Gray. Both Gray and McMahon will travel to Bhutan with their films.
Distribution news from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been rolling in and several films with ties to the Woodstock Film Festival has been picked up for distribution.
Two time WFF Alum Sean Baker's (2008 Prince of Broadway- winner of Maverick Award for Best Narrative, 2012 Starlet) new film TANGERINE was picked up for worldwide distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The film is also produced by Mark Duplass @markduplass, recipient of the first annual Fiercely Independent Award at the 2014 Maverick Award Ceremony.
Magnolia also signed up Andrew Bujalski's RESULTS. Bujalski is a two time WFF Alum, he arrived at WFF with his first two feature films, Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.
WFF 2014 Official Selection AMIRA AND SAM makes its theatrical premiere January 30. The NY Times talked with Amira and Sam's star, Martin Starr. You can read the column HERE.
Reminiscent of classic Hollywood romances, where the leads hold their own and the chemistry runs high (think Hepburn and Grant, Bogie and Bacall), Amira and Sam spar with their wits and embrace with their hearts. Behind this romantic curtain, however, is a film that addresses race, class and militarism. Under the restrained hand of director Sean Mullin, it takes place with a dose of humor and a light touch.
Just back from Iraq, floundering Sam, played with reserved mien by Martin Starr @martinstarr (Freaks and Geeks) is lured into the world of finance by his ambitious cousin Charlie. But when fast-talking, street-savvy Amira, niece of Sam’s Iraqi translator, literally descends on him as she goes on the run from immigration officials, Sam begins to rediscover his true self.
In a charming story that shifts between moral dilemma and budding romance, the struggling duo has everyone in the audience rooting for them.
WFF 2014 Official Selection WHITE RABBIT will make its theatrical premiere on February 13th.
Told from the inside out with haunting revelations along the way, we first meet Harlon as a vulnerable three-year old, back to camera, as he endures the abuse of his cruel, homophobic and overbearing father. Growing up in gun country and forced to shoot a white rabbit, Harlon’s world is soon infiltrated by voices and images that take on increasing ferocity as he becomes the target of schoolyard bullies. His only friends are Julie, an emotionally unstable newcomer, and his best friend Stevie, a vulnerable, undersized side kick.
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.
BASTARDS OF YOUNG
BASTARDS OF YOUNG by Josiah Signor, originally from Highland, NY is now available for free streaming on HULU. The film was an official selection of the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival.
Refreshingly authentic, BASTARDS OF YOUNG is a debut feature that puts a new twist on the coming of age cliché… maybe because everyone has already come of age. Jen (Amelia Martin) has reached a breaking point with her husband of ten years while Jesse (Gregory Perri), is an artist turned schoolteacher who refuses to accept that the couple were married too young. Jen and Jesse are forced to face buried emotions at their old college friends Kevin (Christopher J. Domig) and Julie’s (Lucy Walters) annual Halloween party. The couple must confront their own adulthood while Kevin and Julie work to do the same. Even Halloween costumes fail to maintain youthful spirits as sex, drugs and rock n’ roll intermingle with thoughts of pregnancy, adultery and divorce.
Signor’s casting features an outstanding ensemble of rookie actors that deliver authenticity and relatability despite the dramatic tension. BASTARDS OF YOUNG will leave you charmed and reeling at the fact that this is Signor’s student thesis and first feature film.