WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
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"The Woodstock Film Festival is a haven for those who love independent and challenging cinema. The spirit of the Namesake of the festival is in the very fiber of the festival itself - freewheeling, experimental, searching and visionary.” - Julie Taymor, 2018 honorary Maverick Award recipient. Director, The Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe
The Woodstock Film Festival would not be possible without our dedicated and talented volunteers! Yesterday we had a special screening to thank them for another successful year! We were happy to welcome back writer / director Paul Starkman and editor / producer Neil Usatin for a special showing of their film WHEELS, this year’s winner of the Gigantic Pictures’ Feature Narrative Award and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Thank you Upstate Films Woodstock for hosting us, and thanks again to all of our volunteers!
A new supply of 2018 Woodstock Film Festival posters (which SOLD OUT on the Saturday of the festival) has arrived. We also have only 2 signed ARCHIVAL PRINTS left. For details, stop by the FILM CENTER at 13 Rock City Road or online
The Woodstock Film Festival helps to nurture and launch many award-winning filmmakers. Along with it’s year-round programming and special events, the festival continually works to expand awareness of the power of film and storytelling tools with up-and-coming filmmakers, helping them develop and produce their own innovative work. Here we are fortunate enough to highlight some of our alumni in their next big steps.
A Private war
Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman received the Filmmaker Award of Distinction for his debut feature narrative, A Private War which closed the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.
A Private War opens in select theaters on November 2, 2018 through Aviron.
What They Had
What They Had was the opening night film for the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. First-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko has assembled a remarkable pool of talent to present her touching story of a family in crisis in a film that moves you to tears, but not before you‘ve had some great laughs along the way. What They Had is currently playing in select cities, courtesy of Bleecker Street, with a wider release November 2, 2018.
Becoming who i was
Becoming Who I Was had its East Coast premiere at the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. In a sweeping story of a young Buddhist boy who discovers he is the reincarnation of a Tibetan spiritual master, Becoming Who I Was, follows his momentous trek across Asia to rejoin his monastic order. The film will be released for purchase/to rent on iTunes November 7, 2018. Presales start October 31, 2018.
Unlovable, winner of the James Lyons Editing Award For Narrative Feature screened at the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. Drawing on personal experience, lead Charlene deGuzman portrays a quirky and colorful young woman — who happens to be a sex and love addict. Produced by the Duplass brothers and directed by Suzi Yoonessi, Unlovable, in the guise of a rom-com, uses humor — and great music — to shed light on dealing with addiction and finding companionship through shared hardship. Following it’s momentum from the festival circuit Unlovable opens in select theaters through Orion Classics on November 1st and on VOD and digital November 2nd.
Wildlife, the centerpiece film of the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, currently in select cities in a limited release courtesy of IFC Films. Wildlife, the directorial debut of Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick). Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (Mudbound, An Education) delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana.
The World Before Your Feet
The World Before Your Feet had it’s New York Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival. The film is set to open in NYC on November 21, 2019 through Greenwich Entertainment, with other cities soon following.
Former engineer Matt Green has a passion and a purpose: to walk every block of the over 8,000 miles of every New York City borough. Forsaking material attachments and relying on friends and strangers to provide shelter, Green is part human greeting card, part urban anthropologist, botanist, and historian. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, impervious to the elements and always amiable, he takes us along on a tour of the city to places that will surprise even born and bred New Yorkers. Far more than an ode to a great metropolis, this is an engaging, entertaining and inspiring portrait of a man pursuing his own private dream.
2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock Film Festival. Please join us October 2-6, 2019, in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston as we celebrate together the remarkable power of independent film, music, art, and the community near and far.
The Woodstock Film Festival is extremely grateful to have so many amazing sponsors each year. This year's festival was made possible in part by Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors, and State Support.
We would also like to thank The Thompson Family Foundation and High Rock Charitable Trust for their support.
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