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Jonathan Demme, Tim Blake Nelson and a tribute to Bingham Ray highlight night

•Best Narrative Feature: CALIFORNIA SOLO directed by Marshall Lewy

California Solo

•Best Documentary Feature: SHEPARD AND DARK directed by Treva Wurmfeld
Honorable Mention: OMA & BELLA directed Alexa Karolinski
Shepard And Dark

Woodstock, NY (Oct 13th, 2012) – The 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards Gala was held tonight at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. The festival, which began Wednesday, Oct. 10th, will close Sunday Oct. 14th, 2012, celebrating 13 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world.

This year we will feature a tribute to former president of United Artists, Co-founder of October films, and WFF Advisory Board member Bingham Ray. A distribution maverick and longtime friend of the festival, Bingham passed away this winter while attending the Sundance Film Festival. Ray's tenure at UA gave light to such films as Michael's Moore's Bowling for Columbine, Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land, Nicholas Nickleby, Jeepers Creepers and its sequel and Peter Hedge's Pieces of April. A pioneer of independent film, Bingham saw the potential in the tiny, independent, unrepresented filmmakers when no one else could. We honor his dedication to fiercely independent filmmaking.

Honorary Maverick Award recipient Jonathan Demme has directed critically acclaimed narratives (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and documentaries (Stop Making Sense and the 2011 WFF Official Selection I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful). An Academy award winning filmmaker, Demme's history of tackling challenging and controversial subjects makes him the perfect recipient of this award.

Best known for his roles in such diverse films as O'Brother Where Art Thou?, Leaves of Grass and Syriana, Giving Back Award recipient Tim Blake Nelson returns to the festival this year to accept this prestigious award. Nelson will be contributing his prize to the 52nd Street Project, which aims at giving children in Hell's Kitchen a chance to experience theater and express creativity in a nurturing environment.

WFF Awards ceremony guests, presenters and award recipients included Jonathan Demme, Tim Blake Nelson, Timothy Hutton, John Sloss, Bob Bereny, Richard Abramowitz, Barbara Kopple, Lori Singer, Peter Saraf and many others. Live music was provided by Paul Green's Band of Monkeys.

  • The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE: CALIFORNIA SOLO directed by Marshall Lewy; Honorable Mention- EXIT ELENA directed by Nathan Silver and FIRST WINTER directed by Benjamin Dickinson

  • The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: SHEPARD AND DARK directed by Treva Wurmfeld; Honorable Mention- OMA & BELLA directed by Alexa Karolinski

  • The Maverick Award for BEST ANIMATION: JUNKYARD directed by Hisko Hulsing

  • The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE: CURFEW directed by Shawn Christensen; Honorable Mention- JULIA directed by Danielle Krudy

  • The Diane Seligman Award for BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM: PAST DUE directed by Denise Plumb

  • The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: EL ULTIMO HIELERO (THE LAST ICE MERCHANT) directed by Sandy Patch

  • The Haskell Wexler Award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ian Bloom for NOR'EASTER, directed by Andrew Brotzman
    "I would like for the cinematography award to go to Ian Bloom for Nor'Easter. To direct the eye throughout the film, he employs creative focus in daring ways which, although excellent photography, is still subtle, not calling attention to itself. Camera movement is integrated with sly framing. A good example is the scene between David Call and Haviland Morris, where she puts his hand on her chest as the camera moves in. It tilts up to her right hand on her neck, her right hand holding his against her heart. The camera continues a slow, hesitant move to her wedding ring. I'm looking forward to more of Ian Bloom's shooting."

  • Maverick Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE NARRATIVE: CALIFORNIA SOLO directed by Marshall Lewy, Editor Alex Jablonski; Honorable Mention- I AM NOT A HIPSTER directed and edited by Destin Daniel Cretton

  • Maverick Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: SHEPARD AND DARK directed by Treva Wurmfeld, Editor Sandra Adair; Honorable Mention- VIRGIN TALES directed by Mirjam von Arx, Editor Sabine Krayenbuehl

  • HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD: Director, Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, I'm Carolyn Parker, Stop Making Sense)

  • MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD: Tim Blake Nelson (O'Brother Where Art Thou?, Syriana, Leaves of Grass)

The Woodstock Film Festival has an outstanding group of industry leaders who make up the jury for each category of competition:
Feature Narrative Jurors: Thelma Adams, Lori Singer, Gary Springer
Feature Documentary Jurors: Rachel Grady, Barbara Kopple, Jedd Wider
Shorts Documentary Jurors: Isil Bagdadi, Lisa Gossels, Steve Savage, Todd Wider
Shorts Narrative Jurors: Brian Devine, Timothy Hutton, Matt Parker
Student Short Film Jurors: Amy Gossels, Jonathan Gray, Marie Therese Guirgis
Animation Jurors: Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton
Cinematography Juror: Haskell Wexler
Editing Jurors (Narrative): Sarah Flack, Sabine Hoffman, Bill Pankow
Editing Jurors (Documentary): Bob Eisenhardt, Sabine Hoffman, Michael Taylor

The Maverick Award trophies are handcrafted by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture in Boiceville, NY.

The Sponsors for the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival are:
Platinum Sponsors: Markertek.com
Gold Sponsors: 120 dB Films, BCDF Pictures
Silver Sponsors: AJA Video Systems, Ketel One, Time Magazine, Toyota
Superstar Sponsors: BMI, Hendrick's Gin, WDST 100.1, Hudson Whiskey, i-D Magazine, Metrovision Production Group
Award Sponsors: The Giving Back Foundation, Blue Sky Studios, Filmswelike, Gigantic Pictures, Lowel Light, Panavision, Technicolor Postworks NY
Foundation Support: Dutchess County Arts Council, Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund, The Perry & Martin Grandoff Family Foundation, Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, The Klock Foundation, Alfred Lee & Peter Mayer Foundation
Federal, State, and County Support: NYSCA, Ulster County Development Corporation, NYS Council of the Arts
Media Sponsors: The Daily Freeman, Green Door Magazine, WKZE 98.1
Event Sponsors: Backstage Studio Productions, Barefoot Wine, Cucina, Libation, New World Home Cooking, Peanut Butter & Co., Saugerties Performing Arts Factory

The festival will come to a close tomorrow night with the screenings of the documentary CASTING BY, directed by Tom Donahue and the narrative feature VAMPS directed by Amy Heckerling. The films will bring to a close the 5 days of celebration of independent film, filmmakers and their audiences, taking place around the historic arts colony of Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Audience Award Winners Sunday night, Oct. 14!


About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The organization is based in THE FILM CENTER in Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its 13th Annual Festival October 10-14, 2012, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

2012 Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
120db bdcf      
Silver Sponsors
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Superstar Sponsors
bmi hendricks hudson    
gigantic metrovision wdst    
Award Sponsors
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lowel panavision    
Foundation and State Support
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