"For over one-hundred years, Woodstock has been a place of dreams and ideas for art, political philosophy and alternative lifestyles." To honor and build on these traditions, the Woodstock Film Festival presents EXPOSURE–a program that features panels and thought-provoking international films that emphasize social, political and environmental concerns.
By hosting EXPOSURE in a setting that has a longstanding tradition for social consciousness, the Woodstock Film Festival creates a natural progression by which programming can focus on matters that affect our lives and our world while seeking to heighten awareness and to stimulate dialogue and positive resolution.
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2017 EXPOSURE PROGRAMMING
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY
America knew Hedy Lamarr as a Hollywood idol -- a beauty queen and pin-up in cinema's Golden Age -- but few knew her as the inventor of the technology behind WiFi. Director Alexandra Dean offers an intimate look into the life of Austrian-born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler.
THE CYCLE (AMERICA DIVIDED)
Adapted from the EPIX docu-series and guided by such high-profile correspondents as Norman Lear, Jesse Williams, Common, and Zack Galifianakis, The Cycle examines the pervasive and longstanding structures of racial discrimination in America, reinforced by a political system that disenfranchises poor people and people of color.
HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION
James Redford, co-founder of The Redford Center with his father, takes us on a country-crossing, three-year odyssey to get real, comprehensible answers to complex questions and technologies. Happening explores the current state of engagement of corporations, governmental departments, communities, entrepreneurs, and activists, with an enlightening look at what is being done to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
the last pig
A lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential and self-reflective, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season.
MY NAME IS PEDRO
Who was your most inspirational teacher? For thousands of students in the Bronx and elsewhere, that teacher is a man named Pedro Santana. Pedro may just be the definition of an iconoclast. In a story as uplifting as it is troubling, he is a man who throws a very wide shadow.
rAM DASS, GOING HOME
Ram Dass, Going Home is a profound and poetic encounter with cultural and spiritual icon Ram Dass at his home on Maui. In the final chapter of his life, the intimac Derek Pecky of the film imparts a sense that you are right there with him. Together with the beautiful music of remarkable composer Paul Cantelon, this is a rare opportunity to be in the presence of one of the most inspiring people to grace the planet.
THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR
The numbers of women raped in Jim Crow South were staggering. In danger for their lives, they didn't report the crimes and their stories went hidden. Not Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old mother who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up, and with the help of Rosa Parks and legions of women, they worked to get Recy Taylor justice.
NATE BATES FOR MAYOR
Nat Bates For Mayor documents the outrageous 2014 Richmond mayor's race, home to the second largest California refinery.
Documenting the work of the brilliant community organizer Wade Rathke, The Organizer takes us through his process of founding ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), the first of its kind community-based organization. Starting with a few driven welfare moms in Arkansas, ACORN quickly mushroomed into a highly energized and mobilized half-million strong constituency that influenced government and corporate policy on the local, state and federal levels.
shingal, where are you?
In 2014, the Yezidis, a persecuted minority in Iraq, were driven from their ancestral land by ISIS during a campaign of genocide in which more than 3,000 women and children were kidnapped. Caught in raw, sweeping cinematography, Shingal: Where are You weaves together the dramatic stories of the remaining young boys and their families, relegated to an abandoned coal mine on the Turkish border and longing for their lost home.
TO THE EDGE OF THE SKY
To the Edge of the Sky is about the heroic and inspirational battle of four American mothers whose sons are diagnosed with the degenerative Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease and the number one genetic killer of boys, as they fight the FDA to gain access to a potentially life-saving drug.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
A disappearing middle class is one of the hot button political issues of the day, but middle class black Americans are the hardest hit. Bob Herbert takes us on a journey through American history, relating the past to the present effectively making the point that the American Dream is systematically and deliberately kept out of reach of black families.
MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic church and a cover-up that winds its way fromt he row houses of Milwaukee, WI, to the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches all the way to the highest office in the Vatican.
OTHER FEATURES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
Follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and others from the Greenberg Carville Shrum firm as they travel to South America to help Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (Goni) become President of Bolivia.
the devil's miner
The story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12-year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico.
A glimpse deeper into the world of the ice caps and glaciers with National Geographic Explorers as they document the rapid vanishing of these features through time-lapse technology.
DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO
A powerful documentary taking fracking's most outspoken activists (Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Merchant, Melissa Leo) and explaining the terrors fracking in NY state could bring.
Self-described vigilante, George Pakenham walks the streets of NYC warning people about the 3-minute idling law the city enforces and the dangers of letting your vehicle idle extensively.
FIGHT TO LIVE
Veteran WFF director Barbara Kopple brings to light the seemingly archaic drug approval process the FDA has. Showing the struggles of different people with debilitating diseases as they fight to obtain the drugs that can save them.
DINNER AT THE NO-GO'S
Filmmaker Marco Orsini takes viewers on a journey to the world's "no-fly" zones and holds dinner parties in each county where politics, religion and ethics are discussed, dispite all the taboos.
THE BOYS OF BARAKA
A stunning coming-of-age story that follows a group of extraordinary 12 year-old boys from the inner city of Baltimore who leave home to attend an experimental boarding school in East Africa.
Political tempers heat up as fierce opposition, passionate support, and old-fashioned mudslinging characterize the race for mayor between three candidates in a two-party system, where two of the three politicans are legally blind
STATE OF FEAR
Dramatizes the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it embarks on a war against terror, potentially without end, all too easily exploited by unscrupulous leaders seeking personal political gain.