MONTAGE OF HECK - MAY 1
TASTE OF WOODSTOCK - MAY 20
|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.
Director Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews with his family and closest confidants. Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, Washington, through the height of his fame, a visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings emerges.
While Cobain craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame, his epic arc depicts a man who stayed true to his earliest punk rock convictions, always identifying with the "outsider" and ensuring the music came first.
Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he is. —H.C. for 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.
|TASTE OF WOODSTOCK
The Woodstock Film Festival once again will host the Taste of Woodstock.
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.
Tickets are now available for $50. Proceeds will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission Capital Campaign. You can purchase tickets HERE.
Some great restaurants have already confirmed for this year's event: Blue Mountain Bistro-to Go, Black Eyed Suzies, Bread Alone, Catskill Mountain Pizza, Cucina, The Garden Cafe, The Green Palate, Landau Grill, Little Apple, Mountain Gate Restaurant, New Home World Cooking, Oriole 9, Provisions Woodstock, Shindig, Sunflower Café, The Tea Shop of Woodstock, Woodstock Wines and Liquor, Yum Yum and Peace, Love and Cupcakes.
The Tribeca Film Festival begins April 15 and there are several selections that WFF is following. These films have ties to the Hudson Valley or are by alumni of the Woodstock Film Festival. If you are headed to Tribeca consider checking some of them out.
Pamela Romanowski is a two time WFF alum. Her shorts Live Girls (2010) and Gravity (2011) both screened at WFF. The award-winning Gravity was shot in the Hudson Valley and starred WFF's own Laurent Rejto! The Adderall Diaries is her second feature film.
Elliott (James Franco), a once-successful novelist inflicted with writer’s block and an Adderall addiction strives to escape his problems by delving into the world of a high-profile murder case. Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and Cynthia Nixon co-star in this adaptation of Elliott's best-selling memoir. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
All Eyes and Ears marks the directorial debut of Vanessa Hope, who is married to WFF Advisory board member Ted Hope.
When former Utah governor Jon Huntsman was appointed United States Ambassador to China, the charming career politician arrived at his new post with his entire family—including his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie. Huntsman's diplomatic struggles and triumphs are explored in the broader context of China’s relationship with the rest of the world, and intersected with Gracie's personal experience living in China as a Chinese-American. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Tim Blake Nelson was presented with the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award in 2012 for his work with the 52nd Street Project in New York City.
On a snowy night in New York City, a Columbia professor is brutally mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. Director Tim Blake Nelson’s haunting meditation of city life traces the chain of events that precipitate the attack, examining the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together. Featuring a star-studded ensemble including Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, and Cory Stoll. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Andrew Jenks is a 2006 WFF Alum. His documentary Andrew Jenks: Room 335 was a festival favorite.
In the fall of 2005, 21-year-old Ryan Ferguson received a 40-year prison sentence for a murder that he did not commit. Over the next ten years, his father Bill engages in a tireless crusade to prove Ryan’s innocence. Interspersed with footage from the Ferguson family archive, Andrew Jenks’ film looks at the personal consequences of a wrongful conviction. (courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
In Transit is co-directed by the late Albert Maysles a long time friend and alum of WFF.
The Empire Builder is America’s busiest long-distance train route, running from Chicago to Seattle. Throughout these corridors sit runaways, adventurers, and loners – a myriad of passengers waiting to see what their journey holds. A touching and honest observation, co-directed by the iconic Albert Maysles, In Transit breathes life into the long commute, and contemplates the unknowns that lie at our final destination. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
King Jack was filmed across three Hudson Valley Counties (Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia) in 2014. The film is making its World Premiere at Tribeca.
Growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents, Jack has learned to do what it takes to survive, despite having an oblivious mother and no father. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened 15-year-old discovers the importance of friendship, family, and looking for happiness even in the most desolate of circumstances. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Cinematographer Reed Morano makes her directorial debut. Morano was the cinematographer for the student short Size Matters that screened at WFF way back in 2001. She was also the DP on Frozen River starring the Hudson Valley's own Melissa Leo as well as For Ellen, which WFF presented as a special screening with Paul Dano in 2012.
Sarah and Phil’s son goes missing, shattering their life together and forcing each to find their own way to cope. Cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano presents a masterfully crafted contemplation on a relationship strained to the breaking point. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson capture the unraveling emotions with remarkable power, alongside Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, and Merritt Wever. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Filmmaker Zachary Treitz makes his feature debut. Zach won the Diane Seligman Award for Best Short Narrative at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival, for his short We're Leaving.
Kentucky, 1861. Francis and Henry Mellon depend on each other to keep their unkempt estate afloat as winter encroaches. After Francis takes a casual fight too far, Henry ventures off in the night, leaving each of them to struggle through the wartime on their own.
An epic of intimate proportions, Men Go To Battle with its authentic characters and evocative candlelit cinematography paints a vivid and even at times humorous picture of the Civil War era as it was lived by many Americans. Director Zachary Treitz draws on material from his own family's wartime archive and employed resourceful production methods, which included embedding themselves with real civil war reenactors, to craft a truly distinctive DIY period piece, and an impressive debut feature. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
For those of you who didn't catch 2014 WFF Filmmaker Patrick Brice's (CREEP) 2nd feature film at Sundance you can now see it on the East Coast as it makes its New York premiere. The Overnight is a complete departure from his feature debut. The film is a thirty something comedy, a complete 180 from the...well...creepy, CREEP.
Alex and Emily have just moved to LA with their young son. Eager to make new friends, they accept an invitation to a party from the father of their son’s playground mate. After the kids fall asleep, the “playdate” takes a bizarre turn in this racy and hilarious romp. Featuring Judith Godrèche, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Adam Scott. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Adrián García Bogliano was just in the Hudson Valley in 2013 when he shot Late Phases in Rhinebeck and Kingston. The film was also an official selection of the 2014 Woodstock FIlm Festival.
Armed with a fine-tuned choke-hold and penchant for piano sonatas, a wearied accountant breaks his mild-mannered routine when he kidnaps a young woman. What starts as a carefully calculated plan soon crescendos into his worst nightmare. A delightfully twisted black comedy, Scherzo Diabolico is the latest opus from director Adrián García Bogliano. (Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT
THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT was filmed locally in the Hudson Valley and screened as an Official Selection of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival, where director. Caryn Waechter won the 2014 TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE FEATURE DIRECTOR. The film is now in limited release and on VOD.
Based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, The Sisterhood of Night is a story of friendship and loyalty set against the backdrop of a modern-day Salem witch trial. Shot on location in Kingston, NY, the film chronicles a group of girls who have slipped out of the world of social media into a mysterious world deep in the woods. The tale begins when Emily Parris exposes a secret society of teenage girls. Accusing them of committing sexually deviant acts, Emily’s allegations throw their small American town into the national media spotlight. The mystery deepens when each of the accused takes a vow of silence. What follows is a chronicle of three girls’ unique and provocative alternative to the loneliness of adolescence, revealing the tragedy and humor of teenage years changed forever by the Internet age.
JUST BEFORE I GO
On April 24, Courteney Cox's directorial debut, Just Before I Go will hit theaters in a limited release. The film was an official selection of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival.
First time director Courteney Cox (Friends, Cougar Town) uses her comedic style to focus on the universal struggles of loss, pain and desperation in a witty and smart portrayal of a man on the edge.
Ted decides to end his mediocre life, but before doing so, he returns to his hometown to revisit the demons of his past: the cruel school teacher; the relentless bully; the girl who got away. While staying with his brother and his dysfunctional family, he makes an unexpected connection with a girl who decides to document his last few days. A motley cast of characters helps Ted realize that life is complicated for everyone and the memories of the past can be reinterpreted.
A compelling story, stellar script and memorable performances make Just Before I Go a film that deeply connects with the audience, and takes them on a journey filled with comedy, angst and love. –Cristin Carlin
|ON VOD & DVD
After a mine collapses in a small Appalachian community, sole survivor Amos Jenkins (beautifully played by Boyd Holbrook), finds himself embroiled in a court case surrounding the disaster. Families of deceased co-workers expect him to testify that the accident was the coal company's fault while miners untouched by the tragedy want him to keep quiet.
When the son of the mine's boss goes missing, a chain reaction is set off that impacts three very different families and gives an intimate view of what life is really like in the rust-belt.
Debut director Sara Colangelo handles her cast with such sensitivity and finesse that, while steeped in anguish, LITTLE ACCIDENTS is a beautiful, touching gem.
Reminiscent of classic Hollywood romances, where the leads hold their own and the chemistry runs high (think Hepburn and Grant, Bogie and Bacall), Sam and Amira 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 (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.
The series premiere of HAPPYish, starring Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Emmy® winner and Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford, will air on Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. HAPPYish is a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness and why it continues to be so elusive. HAPPYish also features guest stars Emmy and Tony® Award winner Ellen Barkin, Emmy Award winner Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo. For a brand new tease from the series, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hPbQoyolKc.
Coogan stars as Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old wunderkind boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. HAPPYish is created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You, A Walk In The Woods) executive produces and directed the pilot. Kwapis' producing partner Alexandra Beattie serves as co-executive producer under their In Cahoots banner.
The series, which is partly based and filmed in Woodstock, NY will feature many local places and hundreds of local extras, which were cast by Amerifilm Casting.
|FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
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The 16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions. Our early bird deadline just passed, but there is still plenty of time to get your film in, but don't wait too long. Our regular deadline of May 5 will be here before you know it.
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, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a new cash prize in 2015 with the inaugural Carpe 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 cash and/or in-kind prizes.
Our remaining deadlines are:
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!