Woodstock, NY (August 22, 2012) – Many famous faces have lit up theaters for the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) over the years and now the public is invited to see themselves on those very same screens along with Oscar winning celebrities. The home-grown event has been named as one of the top 50 film fests in the world by Indiewire and will present its 13th edition October 10-14, 2012. While the festival reflects the fiercely independent spirit of the historic arts colony of Woodstock, the festivities take place across the region in the towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and of course, in Woodstock.
WFF is highlighting its regional roots by producing a new trailer that will feature an Olympic-style torch relay during which the WFF Maverick Award will be carried town-to-town. Scheduled to be shot on location September 6-9, the "torch" will be carried by prominent community members, including Oscar®-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter), who will race past cheering local crowds invited to participate as extras.
Anyone wishing to be an extra is encouraged to show up according to the schedule below and to join a special celebration immediately following at the corresponding locations. Subject to change, schedule updates can be found at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com or through our Twitter and Facebook.
Thurs., Sept. 6, 3-5pm, Kingston (323 Wall St. Backstage Studio Productions)
Fri., Sept 7, 3-5pm, Rosendale (408 Main St. Rosendale Theatre)
Sat., Sept. 8, 10-noon, Rhinebeck (6415 Montgomery St./ Rt. 9 Upstate Films)
Sun., Sept. 9, 10-noon, Woodstock (meet at village green, filming will take place at WFF Film Center and Upstate Films)
Tues., Sept. 11, (time TBD rain date if needed)
"The trailer is intended to celebrate the intersection between the art of film and the local towns where our festival takes place each year," said Meira Blaustein, festival co-founder and executive director. "By including the communities and inviting local people to participate, we want to encourage them to embrace the festival as their own, which it is!"
"The Woodstock Film Festival and all film production in Ulster County are valuable business drivers that bring visitors, prestige and visibility to our cities, towns and villages," commented Ulster Co. Executive Mike Hein. "This trailer and the cooperation it took to get it done are all small examples of what we can accomplish when we pull together for our mutual benefit."
WFF's annual Maverick award celebrates the best in independent filmmaking all across the spectrum. From acting, directing, cinematography and giving back, the Maverick celebrates the fiercely independent spirit associated with the festival and the talent that creates it.
The completed trailer will be shown in rotation prior to films throughout the festival and online across numerous platforms and websites. The production is made possible by support from the Ulster County Development Corp. and the municipalities of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale along with their respective Chambers of Commerce. Produced by WFF in collaboration with BCDF Pictures (Higher Ground, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, Why Stop Now and the upcoming Liberal Arts and Bachelorette). Conceived and directed by Blaustein with music supervision by WFF music director Paul Green (of School of Rock fame). The WFF Maverick Award is handcrafted by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture, Boiceville, NY.