WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
Join us October 13-16, 2016
for the 17th Annual WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
2016 WFF BOX OFFICE HOURS
Ticket sales for the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival are LIVE at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
The WFF Box Office (13 Rock City Rd. Woodstock, NY) will be open:
Sept 21-Oct 9: Weds. through Sun., noon-6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Oct 10-Oct 15: 9am-7pm
Oct 16: 9am-6pm
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Top independent films from around the world will compete in a dozen categories at the 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival, weighed by a jury of industry professionals to analyze and present awards to the outstanding narratives, documentaries and shorts submissions.
The festival also highlights this year’s World, North American and U.S. Premieres to give American audiences a first glimpse at provocative documentaries and insightful narratives that have chosen Woodstock as their place to debut.
Join us at the Maverick Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY, where the jurors will announce the winners before an audience of 500+ filmmakers, industry professionals and guests in attendance.
Listed below are the Official Selections competing in various categories and each competition's jurors.
Official Jury 2016 include:
Gigantic Pictures Feature Narrative: William Horberg, Mary Stuart Masterson, Jonathan Gray
Feature Documentary: Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman, Nancy Abraham
Gigantic Pictures Short Narratives: Lucas Joaquin, Logan Hill, Isil Bagdadi
Films We Like Short Documentary: Cynthia Kane, Diana Holtzberg, Gene Fischer
Ultra Indie: Alicia Van Couverings, Joe Amodei, Janet Grillo
The James Lyons Award for Editing Narrative: Sabine Hoffman, Barbara Pokras, ACE, Gary Levy, ACE
The James Lyons Award for Editing Documentary: Sabine Hoffman, Carla Gutierrez, Mako Kamitsuna
Animation: Joy Buran, Noelle Melody, Peter Ahern
World Cinema: Wendy Lidell, Claude dal Farra, Lori Singer
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography: Ellen Kuras
Tangerine Juice Award for Best Female Director: Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell
Films in competition are:
Carpe Diem Andretta Award: Year by the Sea
2016 is a breakthrough year for women. The first female presidential candidate for a major party is before voters this fall and, in film, two women will be directing high-budget pictures (Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle in Time). With more women gaining a foothold in a film industry traditionally dominated by men, what does the future hold? Is gender equality in the entertainment and film world the new norm or is the male-centric status quo taking a breath before reasserting power?
Women filmmakers bring a dynamic range of topics and points of view to the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival this year. Forty full-length narratives, documentaries and short films directed by women will be featured, making up a third of this year’s offerings. In addition there are three female focused panels, as well 2 female actors featured in the Actors Dialogue.
The North American premiere of Bette Gordon’s The Drowning, comes to the festival with an all-star cast, several of whom will attend the screening. A successful filmmaker since the 1970s, Gordon has remained a driving force in an industry dominated by men, making her own mark exploring themes of sexuality, violence and power. She teaches filmmaking at Columbia University.
Paint it Black, directed by first-time director Amber Tamblyn, is a study in grief from the points of view of youth and age, handled with the subtle finesse of a poet, which Amblyn also rightfully claims as the author of three books of poetry. This is the East Coast Premiere for the film. Tamblyn is well known as an award-winning actress for her television and film work, including leads in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Joan of Arcadia. Her most recent best seller "Dark Sparkler" (Harper Perennial), explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses and features artwork from such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch.
The World Premiere of Women of Maidan, directed by Olha Onyshko, bears witness to how ordinary women in the Ukraine became the sustaining heart of the fight against a corrupt regime to win a better future for their children.The struggle, now known as the Revolution of Dignity 2013-2014, is a stirring meld of generations, striving toward a free Ukraine. On the last Saturday of November 2013, documentary filmmaker Olha Onyshko received a tearful phone call from her mother in Ukraine, saying “the girls on the square were beaten so badly." Onyshko left home and family in Bethesda, MD, and returned to the Ukraine to capture the historic moment and stayed for much of the political backlash, forming the core of "The Women of Maidan". Onyshko captured the nonviolent resistance against brutal government forces, the musical pleas for peace, and Ukrainian people's unconditional ability to bond and endure.
MARATHON: The Patriots Day Bombing, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg tackles the personal aftermath of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, following the lives of innocent victims recovering physically and psychically. The directors walked purposefully into the darkest moments of torn lives and compassionately captured the heroic journeys of ordinary Americans in extraordinary circumstances.
This is just a sample of the high-impact topics addressed by women filmmakers showing their work this year at Woodstock.
The festival has a long reputation of nurturing both accomplished and emerging women directors. Whether filming from the heart of the Ukrainian uprising or exploring the history of recorded music in America, the work of these women defy any gender categorization other than “fiercely independent.”
More than a dozen women directors will be on hand to introduce their work, discuss current trends in the industry and compete for awards, including the fourth annual Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Feature Director.
As an aside, of all of the films screening this year, 90 percent of the filmmakers will attend in person and present their work.
Catherine Hardwicke will present this year’s master class “Fix it in Prep” at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Kleinert James Arts Center in Woodstock. Hardwicke won the director’s award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and went on to award-winning success at numerous additional international film festivals in the ensuing years. She is best known as the director of the blockbuster film Twilight.
Directors coming to Woodstock will take part in two outstanding panels.
*Women in Film and Media takes place at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Kleinert James Arts Center in Woodstock. The panelist discuss how women are gaining ground this year in an industry traditionally dominated by men. The panelists, who are accomplished in their field, will illuminate what has changed and what remains the same for women entering the field. Moderated by Thelma Adams with Bette Gordon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Catherine Hardwicke, and Amber Tamblyn.
*Insiders and Outsiders: Feminism in the Middle East, slated for 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Kleinert James Arts Center, brings together a panel of female artists, academics and activists from, or working in, the Middle East to discuss the rising tide of feminism that’s changing the conversation in the region. Feminists have made progress but face opposition, sometimes violent. The panel will have a frank conversation about how things have been, and where, with continued accessibility, they may be going. Moderated by Dr. Holly Shaw with Martina Radwan, Olga M. Davidson, Lina Qadri, Viki Ausender, and Jen Heck.
Woodstock Film Festival’s 2016 films made by women are:
The ABC of Travel, directed by Signe Baumane- WORLD PREMIERE
Adam, directed by Evelyn Jane Ross
Baby Teeth, directed by Stephanie Ellis-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Cacophony, directed by Melody Aihsuan Shih
Cookies, directed by Leah Shore
The Drowning, directed by Bette Gordon-NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis, directed by Kathleen Dowdey-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Girl Flu., directed by Dorie Barton-EAST COAST PREMIERE
Halfway to Zen, directed by John Adams and Toby Poser-WORLD PREMIERE
He, She, directed by Maia Liebeskind
How You Look At It, directed by Wendy Seyb
Kivalina, directed by Gina Abatemarco-EAST COAST PREMIERE
MARATHON: The Patriots Day Bombing, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
Marquis, directed by Maya Suchak
Monster in the Mind, directed by Jean Carper-NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
My Feral Heart, directed by Jane Gull-EAST COAST PREMIERE
Nasty, directed by Prano Bailey-Bond
One Day on Carver Street, directed by Azure Allen-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Operator, directed by Logan Kibens-EAST COAST PREMIERE
Paint It Black, directed by Amber Tamblyn-EAST COAST PREMIERE
Perfect Houseguest, directed by Ru Kuwahata-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Pickle, directed by Amy Nicholson
Play the Devil, directed by Maria Govan-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Potatoes for Pado, directed by Joy Buran and Noelle Melody-WORLD PREMIERE
The Promised Band, directed by Jen Heck-NEW YORK PREMIERE
The Rain Collector, directed by Isabella Wing-Davey
Real Boy, directed by Shaleece Haas-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Rebel Citizen, directed by Pamela Yates
Sensitivity Training, directed by Melissa Finell-EAST COAST PREMIERE
Serendipity: The Genius Behind Electric Lady, directed by Alyssa DeRosa, Catherine Kaczor, and Meagan Sullivan
Spiral, directed by Tatum Lenberg-EAST COAST PREMIERE
The Story, directed by Carolyn Pender and Cameron Dingwall-EAST COAST PREMIERE
Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing, directed by Susan Rockefeller-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Suffering is the Easy Part, directed by Jaime Ekkens
They Played for Their Lives, directed by Nurit Jugend-WORLD PREMIERE
Thirsty, directed by Margo Pelletier
To Keep the Light, directed by Erica Fae-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Wake O Wake, directed by Hilary Brougher-NEW YORK PREMIERE
WATER!, directed by Yi Zhong-NEW YORK PREMIERE
Women of Maidan, directed by Olha Onyshko-WORLD PREMIERE
The Woodstock Film Festival continues its international film tradition with a wide range of feature films from Chile, Israel, Libya, the Netherlands, South Africa,Trinidad, Tobago, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. The variety of topics and points of view from around the globe educate, inform, and entertain.
My Feral Heart, directed by Jane Gull, is a UK narrative feature that subtly explores the drives of the heart in a group home setting. Film representatives will come to Woodstock to introduce the film in person. Of the documentaries, The Confession, directed by Ashish Ghadiali, examines the definition of terrorism by reviewing the life of a long-term Guantanamo Bay detainee. The Islands and the Whales, directed by Mike Day, looks at the cultural significance of whaling to the people of the Faroe Islands. Stronger than Bullets, (USA-UK-Libya), directed by Matthew Milan (who will be in attendance), shows music’s triumph over violence in war-torn Benghazi. Narrative and documentary features from Israel also dig into the impact of music and friendship in a community: Palestinian hip-hop in Junction 48, directed by Udi Aloni and written by this year’s Fiercely Independent Award Winner Oren Moverman, and The Promised Band,directed by Jen Heck, in a reality show designed to unite Palestinian and Israeli musicians. Heck and the subjects of her film will be at Woodstock to talk about the film and also participate in the Feminism in the Middle East Panel Discussion on Oct. 16.
The documentary film, Freedom Runners, directed by David Wachsmann, shows how an inspiring teacher returned dignity and self-identity to young African refugees in Israel through track competitions. Wachsmann will attend the screening and Q&A with the audience.
The international flavor is rounded out by a Chilean film, Neruda, directed by Pablo Larrain, South African death row trials in Apartheid in Shepherds and Butchers, directed by Oliver Schmitz, and the confrontation with the inner self in Maria Govan’s Play the Devil, from Trinidad and Tobago. By contrast, the chill winters of Eastern Europe are the backdrop for Women of Maidan, directed by Ukrainian journalist Olha Onyshko, showing the role of women during the 2013-14 Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Both Govan and Onyshko will be at Woodstock for their screenings, with Onyshko also participating in the documentary film panel.
The focus on films of the Netherlands first begun in 2015 and this year offers three of the most outstanding dramas of recent Dutch cinema.
A representative of Oscar-winner Mike van Diem (The Surprise), along with Golden Calf Award recipient André van Duren (The Fury) and Tjebbo Penning (Clean Hands) plan to be on hand to introduce their work, along with representatives from the Netherlands Consulate General of New York City. New York-based producer Bruce Weiss of Ironworks Productions helped organize and curate the selection.
“This year’s focus on Dutch film is a collaboration to promote creative, cultural and educational exchange between Dutch and American filmmakers," said Jan Kennis, Cultural Attache for the Netherlands consulate. ”Dutch Culture USA, the cultural department of the Netherlands Embassy tasked with the promotion of Dutch arts and culture the United States, is delighted to announce our collaboration with the Woodstock Film Festival.”
“Woodstock will enable a select group of influential Dutch filmmakers to share their ideas, skills and talent with a diverse public and professional audience, which might lead to a more sustainable program in the following years, whilst putting both talent and film (co)production opportunities in the Netherlands on the map.” added Kennis.
"We are thrilled to once again be working with the Dutch Consulate," stated WFF co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "Bringing outstanding films from around the world is an important part of our mission. Having these great Dutch films and their filmmakers here with us this fall is a wonderful addition to what is already a diverse and exciting program”.
FROM NEWBURGH TO ROXBURY, FILMMAKERS CHOOSE LOCAL SETTINGS
The Woodstock Film Festival is pleased to present the following films that were shot in the Hudson Valley. From Newburgh to Roxbury, production teams set their projects in the beauty of the Catskills, only two hours outside of New York City. The region’s diverse landscape and available talent has served as muse for film moods from romance to horror and documentary to fantasy. The Woodstock Film Festival welcomes the best work of established and emerging filmmakers, some of whom stayed on after completing their projects and now call the Hudson Valley their home. The Woodstock Film Festival’s sister organization, the Hudson Valley Film Commission, aided a good number of this year’s films during production to identify locations, talent and experienced crew.
Little Boxes, directed by Rob Meyer, filmed in Newburgh
My First Kiss and The People Involved, directed by Luigi Campi, filmed in Roxbury and Margaretville
Nuts, directed by Theo Sena, filmed in Kingston
Serendipity: The Genius Behind Electric Lady, directed by Alyssa DeRosa, Catherine Kaczor, Alec Cafaro, and Meagan Sullivan, filmed in Highland and Bearsville
Stray Bullets, directed by Jack Fessenden, filmed in Woodstock and Stone Ridge
Thirsty, directed by Margo Pelletier, filmed in Saugerties, Kingston and Hudson
The Ticket, directed by Ido Fluk, filmed in Accord and Kingston
This year’s festival will also feature two films that star locally-based actors: Academy Award winner Melissa Leo of Ulster county stars in Burn Country, directed by Ian Olds. Woodstock’s own Michael Christofer stars opposite Karen Allen in Year by the Sea, selected for this year’s Andretta Carpe Diem Award.
WOODSTOCK (Oct. 3, 2016) -- The next generation of filmmakers take the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival by storm, learning the process of filmmaking, submitting shorts for group screenings and finally, expanding short films into full-length feature films in a way that would have been financially impossible just a few short years ago.
16-year-old Jack Fessenden came to the festival last year with a short in youth films, which he expanded into a feature narrative called Stray Bullets that justly takes its place among the features without mention of his age. His parents, Larry Fessenden and Beck Underwood of Glass Eye Pix, have been making films for decades and now nurture their son’s burgeoning talent as a film professional.
This year, 13-year-old Benny Rendell has two films in the youth initiative screening: Listen and Cracked. His website mirroruptonaturefilms.com, shows these and other shorts that the teen developed and completed that are currently making their way around the regional film festival circuit.
Since its inception as an educational not-for-profit arts organization, the Woodstock Film Festival has been committed to youth and education as a means to positive development, conflict resolution and growth opportunity. The festival proudly presents its Teen Film Program each year as an event that encourages young filmmakers and showcases some of the best young talent from the local region and across the world.
Filmmakers, actors, producers, writers, animators and others from the film industry will give area students a first-hand look at the film business at Woodstock Film Festival's annual CAREER DAYon Friday Oct. 14 at Onteora High School in Boiceville.
THIS YEAR’S YOUTH FILMS ARE:
Cracked, directed by Benny Rendell
Day By Day, directed by Nihal Dantluri
Domar: To Tame, directed by Benjamin Ades
He, She, directed by Maia Liebeskind
The Last Night of the World, directed by Harrison O’Clair
Listen, directed by Benny Randell
Marquis, directed by Maya Suchak
One Day on Carver Street, directed by Azure Allen
Spiral, directed by Tatum Lenberg
Click Here for this year’s Youth Initiative film lineup!