Spotlight on Women Programming
The Woodstock Film Festival would like to highlight its Spotlight on Women in Film & Mediaprogram. This initiative highlights exciting new works by some of today's most talented, established, and up-and-coming female directors. Every year the festival ensures that women directors have a platform that allows them to share their films and voices.
"It is an honor to support and celebrate the achievements of women filmmakers at the Woodstock Film Festival every year. Film festivals, such as ours, are an important platform for these talented directors, so that together we work towards gender equality," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "Our Spotlight on Women in Film and Media brings these inspirational women to center-stage, not only highlighting their exceptional work, but also providing an inspiration to those who are not yet as accomplished so they too will follow their dreams."
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2017 Spotlight on Women Programming
32 pills: my sister's suicide
Hope Litoff embarks on an exhaustive investigation to discover why her talented and much-loved sister Ruth committed suicide in 2008.
arthur miller: writer
Filmmaker Rebecca Miller presents a portrait of her father, the prolific American playwright Arthur Miller.
A casual right swipe on Tinder forever changes the lives of two young women who undergo a potentially life-saving transplant surgery. BEAN is an emotional medical journey that tests the belief that love truly can conquer all.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.
the chocolate case
Here's a horrifying thought: every time you buy a bar of chocolate, you're helping finance slavery and child labour. This is the premise of The Chocolate Case, a Dutch documentary that follows a group of curious and intrepid journalists on their journey of discovery, protest and disappointment after they become aware of certain things.
girl in flight (la fuga)
SILVIA, a determined eleven year old girl from a small town in Tuscany, boards a train alone going to Rome.
A Gypsy flamenco dancer returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30 year break.
the last pig
Filmmaker Allison Argo raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life.
the light of the moon
Bonnie is a young New York architect whose life changes forever when a stranger rapes her in an alley. She receives loving and unwavering support from her boyfriend while trying to cope with the devastating effects of the attack.
mary janes: the women of weed
Mary Janes: The Women of Weed, a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary about female "ganjapreneurs" as they navigate the budding US marijuana industry.
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.
roll with me
After hitting rock-bottom, a newly sober paraplegic attempts to save his gang-banger nephew's life by bringing him along on a 3,100-mile wheelchair trek across the United States.
On a remote island, Liv, after years of silence, begins to weave a language out of Shakespeare's words. After a neurologist commits her to a psychiatric hospital, she becomes a full-blown rebel as she fights for her freedom.
the strange ones
Mysterious events surround two brothers as they travel across America. On the surface, everything seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to dark and complex truths.
thank you for coming
After taking 12 DNA tests, searching five ancestry databases, finding one possible half-sister and 900 sixth-cousins, filmmaker Sara Lamm might be able to find her biological father, a sperm donor.
Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun 'They” and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago
this is everything: gigi gorgeous
One family's acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces he's transitioning into a woman and invites his YouTube followers along for every moment.
to a more perfect union: U.S. v windsor
To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes -- octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice
Other Films in 'Spotlight on Women' from Previous Years
Bird, 12, has to become a woman whether she wants to or not when - in the worst week of her life - she gets her first period, is ditched by her impulsive, free spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to The Valley.
my feral heart
After his mother passes away, Luke, a young man with Down syndrome, is forced to move into a care home. After sneaking out of the house to explore the countryside, he meets a woman who gives him hope and purpose.
a woman like me
Filmmaker Alex Sichel learns how to navigate a terminal disease with grace and humor by creating a fictional character based on herself.
drawing the tiger
A family in rural Nepal is given a chance to break its cycle of poverty when its smartest child is awarded a scholarship in the city. When she doesn't return home, the family is forced to survive without her.
hot type: 150 years of the nation
Filmmaker Barbara Kopple examines the history of "The Nation," the oldest weekly publication in the United States
i will not be silenced
The Australian, Charlotte Campbell Stephen, campaigns for women's rights in Kenya after she is gang raped in Nairobi.
In the streets of Senegal, a youth movement rises up against a regime bent on retaining power in this chronicle of the nation's stormy 2012 elections.
look at us now, mother
An honest and unflinching look at the bond between mothers and daughters that can transform from hatred to love.
the three hikers
Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal go hiking in Kurdistan in 2009 and are captured and held as political prisoners by the Iranian government for two years.
the american side
A low-rent detective joins the quest for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius, Nikola Tesla.
bread and butter
On the eve of he 30th birthday, Amelia searches for signs to show her how to deal with her obsessive parents, eccentric boss, and pesky virginity.
just before i go
A man travels back to his hometown to make amends before he gives up on life.
the last time you had fun
Clark and Will meet Alison and Ida in a wine bar, and the foursome sets out to have as much fun as four dysfunctional adults are capable of having.
A secluded retirement community is plagued by mysterious and deadly attacks until a grizzled war veteran moves in, rallies the residents, and discovers a beast is behind the killings.