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The Woodstock Film Festival has two notable events coming up in early Summer 2017, the 5th Annual Taste of Woodstock and the 5th Annual Spirit of Woodstock. Both events highlight the fine culture of the region while raising funds to support the important contributions that the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission make to the arts and the economy. Additionally, a very special screening of JOE COCKER: MAD DOG WITH SOUL has just been announced for July 8.


Taste of Woodstock

On Wednesday, May 24, from 6-9pm, the 5th Annual Taste of Woodstock will celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer. Over 20 restaurants and hosts are set to participate including A&P Bar, Bistro-To-Go, Bread Alone, Calmbucha, Catskill Mountain Pizza, Colony, Cucina, The Green Palate, Landau Grill, Lenny's Bee Productions, Maria's Bazaar, Mountain Gate Restaurant, Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery, New World Home Cooking, Oriole 9, Peace Love & Cupcakes, Reservoir Inn, Santa Fe Woodstock, Sunflower Café, T Salon, Woodstock Meats, Woodstock Wine & Liquors, Yankee Folly Cidery, and Yum Yum Noodle Bar. 

At the Taste of Woodstock, guests receive a walking map of restaurants, and a voting card to pick their favorite dishes.

"It's such a fun event. People get to walk around the center of town and sample an incredible variety of food and beverages," said Woodstock Film Festival board president Lauri Andretta,"We'll start you off with a glass of wine at 13 Rock City Road and hand you a map of the participating restaurants and venues, all within walking distance of the film center." 

A full list of participating restaurants and tickets for the event can be found here!

Proceeds from the event benefit the capital campaign for THE FILM CENTER, which serves as a hub for the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization 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 Hudson Valley Film Commission, creates sustainable economic development year round by attracting and supporting film, video, and media production. 


SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. the Woodstock Film Festival will host the 5th Annual Spirit of Woodstock Celebration. This event will honor two individuals who embody the fiercely independent spirit that has made Woodstock famous for over 100 years. This year we will be honoring two distinct individuals.

The first, John Hall, will be presented with his award by assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. The second award, presented by former Ulster County / Town of Saugerties Historian Karlyn Elia, will be awarded posthumously to Alf Evers, and will be accepted on his behalf by his son Chris Evers

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (catered by Black-Eyed Suzie's) will be served and attendees can stroll the grounds while mingling with and hearing from the honorees. Featuring live music by the trio of Joel Bluestein, Peter Buettner and Timothy Hill and additional presentations by Chair of the Advisory Committee at Byrdcliffe: Henry T Ford.

"We are thrilled to honor both John Hall, a musician, activist, and politician with deep roots in the Hudson Vally community, and Alf Evers who was the preeminent historian of our region. They both exemplify what the Spirit of Woodstock stands for and it is our privilege to acknowledge them," said Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein.

The Spirit of Woodstock celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley: its natural beauty, rich art and culture and the independent spirit of the people who live there. Previous honorees include Michael Lang (one of the founders of the 1969 Woodstock Festival), Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mark Braunstein, Levon Helm, Ron Nyswaner and Philippe Petit.

To reserve your ticket and to get more details and information, visit SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK.


Joe Cocker SPECIAL SCREENING

On July 8, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a very special screening of the new Joe Cocker documentary JOE COCKER: MAD DOG WITH SOUL at Upstate Films in Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director John Eddington, as well as Michael Lang, the co-creator of the 1969 Woodstock Festival and Joe Cocker's manager, and other surprise guests. Stay tuned for ticket information.


Trophy for Woodstock Film Festival award winners, handcrafted by Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture

Trophy for Woodstock Film Festival award winners, handcrafted by Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture

The 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions. Film categories include narrative & documentary features, shorts, animation, music videos, and teen films. The early bird deadline has recently passed, however, there is still time to submit our next fast approaching deadline on June 11Submit your film now before the price goes up!

Cash prizes are awarded for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Narrative and Best Short Doc.

Sponsors include Gigantic PicturesFilms We Like. Other awards include Best Animated Short, the Ultra Indie Award sponsored by Gray Krauss Statford Sandler Des Rochers LLP and Black Magic Design, Carpe Diem Andretta Award, The James Lyons Editing Awards, and the Haskell Weller Cinematography Award sponsored by Panavision NY. Award winners also receive a beautiful hand crafted trophy and in-kind prizes.

Submit your film via Woodstock Film Festival.com, Without a Box or FilmFreeway.


Ulster County Tourism

The Woodstock Film Festival continues to be acknowledged for their countless contributions to the Hudson Valley region.

The 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, running October 11-15 2017, was named in the 2017-2018 Ulster County Travel guide as one of the TOP ULSTER COUNTY EVENTS in 2017. Thanks to everyone at Ulster County Tourism!


Actress Karen Allen (INDIANA JONES) and Michael Cristofer accepting the Carpe Diem Andretta award at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival

Actress Karen Allen (INDIANA JONES) and Michael Cristofer accepting the Carpe Diem Andretta award at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival

Michael Cristofer

Our good friend Michael Cristofer, a man of many talents - actor (Mr. Robot), director (Gia), screenwriter (The Bonfire of the Vanities), playwright - wins the Sternberg / ATCA award for his Man in the Ring play. Congrats Michael!

"ATCA has selected Michael Cristofer’s “Man in the Ring” as the winner of the 2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premieredMichael Cristofer professionally outside New York City during 2016.The awards were presented tonight by Jim Steinberg and ATCA’s Lou Harry and Bill Hirschman in a ceremony in Louisville during the Humana Festival of New American Plays." More info here

Most recently, Michael attended the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival with the film A YEAR BY THE SEA, which received the Carpe Diem Andretta award. 


Bill Horberg at the Woodstock Film Festival special screening of THE PROMISE, with WFF executive director Meira Blaustein and casting director Avy Kaufman

Bill Horberg at the Woodstock Film Festival special screening of THE PROMISE, with WFF executive director Meira Blaustein and casting director Avy Kaufman

Bill Horberg

Producer William Horberg, who moved to the Woodstock area with his family a few years ago after a visit to the Woodstock Film Festival where he fell in love with the region and its people, has opened an office in Kingston.

"In ways large and small and mixtures of the two, Bill Horberg is reblazing a trail that his former partners and friends pioneered a decade ago: making movies that still touch the heart – and maybe make, or remake, some history as well." More info here

Most recently, Bill attended the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival as a member of the Narrative Feature jury, while additionally participating in our PRODUCERS ON PRODUCING panel. He also produced the film THE PROMISE, which was showcased in a special screening through the Woodstock Film Festival back in April, which he attended.


The following films from the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival have upcoming release dates that are creating a lot of buzz.

11:55

If you missed 11:55 by Ari Issler & Ben Snyder at the 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival, you can check out this incredible film in one of these theaters on June 9:

NYC Cinema Village
Los Angeles Laemmle NoHo
Chicago AMC Loews Woodridge 18
Orlando AMC Universal Cineplex 20
Philly AMC Voorhees 16
Dallas AMC Stonebriar 24
Denver AMC Highlands Ranch 24
SF AMC Classic Deer Valley 16
Phoenix AMC Classic Arizona Center 24
Boston Apple Cinemas
Toronto Kingsway Theatre

The film will additionally be released on demand and on other services the very same day (June 9).

"Nelson Sanchez is an Afghan War veteran returning to the economically depressed town that left him few options but to enlist after accidentally killing a dealer from a rival gang. But Nelson's happy homecoming turns bitter when, immediately confronted by his past, he must decide if he will flee or stay and face what's coming.
Victor Almanzar as Sanchez is both authoritative and tragic, and you care about what he's endured and where he's heading. A tremendous supporting cast, including such notables as John Leguizamo and Julia Stiles, underpins this gripping story of love, loyalty and revenge. Newburgh, NY, declared one of the state's most stressed cities in 2004 owing to single mother households, abandoned buildings, unemployment, residents under the poverty line, and adults without a high school diploma, sustains the film's authenticity.

At its core, 11:55 represents people's daily battle to live safely, securely and in peace in today's impoverished, under-employed, racially divided environment. --Ben F. Fischer"


REAL BOY

REAL BOY will air on PBS’ landmark series Independent Lens on Monday, June 19th, 10p ET. REAL BOY screened at the 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival where it won the James Lyons Editing Award for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE and received an honorable mention for BEST DOCUMENTARY.

"REAL BOY, depicting the coming-of-age of transgender teenager Bennett Wallace, is also about family, both biological and chosen. As we join him in person, Bennett is working to gain the support of his dubious mother, handling past addictions, transitioning alongside his friend Dylan, and forging a friendship with idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician dealing with his own demons.
At once humorous, graphic, entertaining, frustrating, and brutally honest, the film struggles with what it's like to want love from the people you're closest to, how powerful that feeling is, and how painful it is when something gets in the way. Coming at a time when transgender issues have broken into mainstream culture, "Real Boy's" underlying theme of acceptance makes it much more than the story of one transgender teen. --Ben F. Fischer
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Be sure to check it out: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/real-boy/


Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme was a shining light. He was generous and passionate, brilliant and inspiring. Jonathan was an important part of the Woodstock Film Festival's family. He attended the festival a number of times, speaking on panels and at Q&As after screenings. In 2012 the festival honored Jonathan with its highest award, the honorary Maverick Award. It was presented to him by his long time friend and partner, film producer Peter Saraf. In 2000, at the inaugural Woodstock FIlm Festival, Saraf had helped organize a screening of Demme's STOP MAKING SENSE, with all the seats removed so the audience could dance.

The festival also showed Demme's documentary THE AGRONOMIST, twice, to standing ovations, once at the festival in Woodstock, and once in NYC, where the festival's executive director, Meira Blaustein, hosted the post screening Q&A with Demme, Danny Glover and others.

Jonathan was always personable, kind, funny, and so very talented. His seminal films, such as Philadelphia, written by Ron Nyswaner, truly changed the world, proving what Jonathan once said: "a film by one person can make a difference." The world has lost a great filmmaker and a very special human being. You will always be remembered Jonathan, you will always continue to inspire us. Rest in Peace.


The Woodstock Film Festival showcases some of the best contemporary filmmaking from around the world, featuring passionate, creative, captivating and affirming work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.

Woodstock Film Festival Sponsorships come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We will work with you to custom fit a partnership that benefits your business marketing goals! If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 845.679.4265 or email sponsor@woodstockfilmfestival.com

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