FOOD CHAINS - MARCH 21
MONTAGE OF HECK - MAY 1
TASTE OF WOODSTOCK - MAY 20
|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.
A reception in a private home will follow the film and panel.
|MONTAGE OF HECK
On Friday, May 1, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of the Kurt Cobain: MONTAGE OF HECK directed by Brett Morgan (The Kid Stays in the Picture). The film is the first authorized documentary on the late lead singer of Nirvana and is being screened courtesy of HBO. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
"A fascinating mix of archival and new materials creates a virtual autobiography for legendary grunge trio Nirvana's late leader," wrote Dennis Harvey from Variety.
FOR TICKETS, visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/moh.php
|TASTE OF WOODSTOCK
SAVE THE DATE: May 20
Mark your calendars, the 3rd Annual Taste of Woodstock is set for May 20, 2015! Last year's event was big hit with over 150 people in attendance enjoying all the terrific food that Woodstock has to offer.
We can't wait to do it again and we look forward to seeing you there. So save the date and check back at Woodstockfilmfestival.com for more information soon.
Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He is largely credited for pioneering the 'fly on the wall' documentary style. With his brother David, he's best remembered for films including with Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, Salesman. It's hard to image there was a more generous and kinder soul than Albert Maysles. May he rest in peace.
In 2001, Albert Maysles presented the Honorary Maverick Award to D.A. Pennebaker at the Woodstock Film Festival.
"When I first met Al Maysles he asked me if he could go with me to Russia where I was hoping to make a film on the American exhibition that was going to open in Mosco," said Pennebaker. "I had not raised any money and never really did but I could see that Al was not looking for a job. He wanted to get back to Russia where he had once been with his brother and in fact had made a short but very real film on a Russian mental hospital. For him a film was an adventure. I arranged for his visa that night."
|ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
Congratulations to Germantown resident Dana Perry(@danaperryfilms) whose Short Documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: Veterans Press 1 won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Academy Awards on February 22.
|BHUTAN FILM FESTIVAL
WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein returned from several weeks in the beautiful country of Bhutan for the first ever Bhutan International Film Festival, which ran February 14-23.
She served as the Official Advisor to the festival and she describes her experience in a piece she wrote for Indiewire. Below is an excerpt. You can read the entire piece HERE.
When film producer Ginny Galloway contacted me in November 2014 asking if I was interested in helping to launch the first Bhutan International Film Festival, I had to give it some serious thought. Bhutan is a long way from Woodstock.
It's a small, Buddhist, developing country set at the foot of the Himalayas between India and China, known for its Gross National Happiness and attention to environmental conservation. With only eight pilots in the world skilled enough to fly safely into Bhutan because of its harsh mountainous terrain, Bhutan is not an easy country to get to. Given that Bhutan, a monarchy steeped in tradition, had only introduced television and the Internet to its people in 1999, I figured a film festival would be an entirely new adventure for them.
THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD
THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD, which World Premiered at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival, will make its theatrical debut on March 27.
No one knows his name. No one knows his story. But everyone owes their life to Stanislav Petrov.
September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov saves the world from nuclear Armageddon. Decades later, after his life has unraveled around him, his contribution to the world today is recognized, and he embarks on a spectacular journey to save himself. The Man Who Saved the World seamlessly mixes fact and fiction to create a historical thriller and personal redemption story. This unlikely real life hero reminds us how close we came to Apocalypse, and what the loss of billions of lives looks and feels like.
Kingston resident Stephan Jablonski who was a winner on Wheel of Fortune decided to take his winnings and build a hotel in the Amazon with best friend Rusty Johnson. The pair's exploits in the Amazonian jungle are chronicled in the The Travel Channel's new series, Hotel Amazon, which premiered March 9 at 10pm. The show airs new episodes every Monday night at 10. You can learn more about the show HERE.
|ON VOD & DVD
HOW I GOT OVER
Nicole Boxer's How I Got Over was a 2014 WFF Official Selection. You can now catch the documentary on iTunes.
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. –Svetlana Krotek
LATE PHASES: Night of the Lone Wolf
LATE PHASES: Night of the Lone Wolf, was shot locally in the Hudson Valley (Rhinebeck and Kingston) and was an official selection at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival. The horror film starring Ethan Embry, Nick Damici and Tina Louise is now available on Bluray and DVD. Purchase it on Amazon.
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.
|WOODSTOCK WRITERS FESTIVAL
The Woodstock Writers Festival takes place March 19-22.
The sixth annual festival features a packed schedule of some of the top authors in the business. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets vist their WEBSITE.
|FILM FESTIVAL 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!