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Meira Blaustein, meira@woodstockfilmfestival.com (845) 679-4265


One of the most creative voices in film coming to Woodstock to accept the Honorary Maverick Award

MAV-ER-ICK. adj.

  • Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence.
  • One who refuses to abide by the dictate of a group.

(Woodstock, NY) April 29: RICHARD LINKLATER, the Academy Award® nominated writer/director will be presented with the 2009 Honorary Maverick Award by the Woodstock Film Festival, during its Gala Award Ceremony, Saturday evening, October 3rd , at BackStage Productions in Kingston, NY.

Presenting the Honorary Maverick Award will be Linklater’s long time friend and collaborator, actor Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise, The Newton Boys, Tape, Before Sunset). Linklater’s latest film, Me and Orson Welles will be featured as one of the Spotlight films in this year’s lineup, and he will participate in a panel discussion during the festival, which runs this year from Wednesday Sept. 30 through Sunday Oct. 4th. Through his films he has introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood scene, including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Parker Posey.

Linklater's work includes: Its Impossible to Learn How to Plow By Reading Books (1988); Slacker (1991); Dazed and Confused (1993); Before Sunrise (1995); Suburbia (1997); The Newton Boys (1998); Waking Life (2001); Tape (2001); Live From Shiva's Dance Floor (2003); School of Rock (2003); Before Sunset (2004); $5.15/Hr. (2004) (TV); Bad News Bears (2005); A Scanner Darkly (2006); Fast Food Nation (2006); Inning By Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008); Me and Orson Welles (2009)

WFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein said Linklater, a native of Texas, embodies the Maverick spirit as a symbol of creative, free spirit, risk taking and independent thought:

"Richard Linklater's singular approach to filmmaking - always inventing and re-inventing the art in fresh and exciting new ways, coupled with his unwavering support of independent filmmakers- makes him the ideal recipient of our honorary Maverick Award.” said Blaustein. “We're thrilled that he accepted our invitation and can't wait to host him here in Woodstock, where he'll find a thriving film community, reminiscent of the one in Austin, Texas which he so closely nurtured".

Richard Linklater said in a statement: "Although the term 'maverick' was greatly devalued in last year's election cycle, I'll humbly take on this honor and as a Texas filmmaker help reclaim the term in the tradition of the famous Texas cattleman Samuel Maverick who refused to brand his cattle. I would like to think it was for humane reasons but the legend goes that he was just too lazy and uninterested in ranching to care. I think there may be an indie filmmaking analogy in there somewhere... regardless, I look forward to being with all of you up in Woodstock this fall."

The Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to an individual whose life and work is based on creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Previous recipients include Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi.

Additional WFF awards include the Trailblazer Award, the Lee Marvin Award for Best Feature, the James Lyons Award for Best Editing, the Maverick Award for Best Documentary, and several others.

For more information, contact the Woodstock Film Festival office, (845) 679-4265, or www.WoodstockFilmFestival.com.


The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary, September 30 through October 4, 2009, with an extraordinary line-up offiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

Since 2000, the Woodstock Film Festival has established itself as one of the foremost independent film events in the country by premiering exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

WFF has become a vibrant part of the Hudson Valley / Catskills community, igniting a new wave of artistic achievement and development in film and the arts. WFF’s sister organization, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, has spurred substantial, sustainable economic development by attracting, promoting and supporting film, video and media production throughout the region.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

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