(Woodstock, NY) June 19, 2013- The 14th Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) is pleased to announce that the Saugerties Orpheum Theatre will serve as the newest screening venue for the 2013 festival, joining Saugerties with the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale in WFF's growing list of festival locations. This will be the first time that the Woodstock Film Festival will be showing films in Saugerties, with screenings planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival (October 4-6).
"We're thrilled to be launching some Woodstock Film Festival screenings in Saugerties this fall, and we are grateful to mayor William E. Murphy and Brigid Walsh for taking the lead on this initiative with us," says WFF co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. "We also thank the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce and the Saugerties Office of Tourism for the sponsorship contributions. For years this was one of our goals and now that it has finally arrived we look forward to working together with Saugerties businesses, artists and film lovers alike with an eye towards a growing independent film presence in Saugerties in the coming years".
Saugerties Mayor William E. Murphy has similarly expressed his excitement about this new development. “We welcome the Woodstock Film Festival to Saugerties and thank Tom Thornton and Peter Lawrence at the Orpheum Theatre for working with the festival to bring independent film to our Village," said Murphy. "The festival’s influence on arts and culture throughout the entire community is a perfect fit for growth in Saugerties.”
WFF has a long-standing history with Saugerties, making this a particularly exciting development for community integration as well as a growing accessibility to independent film. The festival’s founding sponsor, Markertek.com, is based in Saugerties. Their catalog has achieved cult status among digital media professionals as the ultimate design tool for creating the electronic infrastructure required to produce the majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits, as well as all other areas in the audio and video industry.
"It's great that the Woodstock Film Festival is adding the Orpheum as a venue," says Markertek founder and CEO Mark Braunstein. "The Village is absolutely charming and the industrial side is a hotbed for media intensive companies like Markertek, Remote Digital Media & Area 52 Studios for it's proximity to the New York State thruway and Woodstock."
In addition to this local sponsorship, WFF holds its annual Opening Night Party at Saugerties’ New World Home Cooking Co., owned by award-winning Chopped star Chef Ric Orlando. In 2012, the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF) hosted and sponsored WFF's Filmmaker Party, with co-sponsor Ketel One Vodka.
“My husband and I have been long supporters of the Woodstock Film Festival and have for many years dreamed of bringing the festival to Saugerties," said Brigid Walsh of Walsh Events Group. "We are thrilled to share our beautiful and unique town with visitors from around the globe that flock to the festival each year.”
WFF extends a special thanks to its supporters and looks forward to joining the thriving artists and cultural community of Saugerties in welcoming Saugertenians to attend Woodstock Film Festival screenings this coming fall.