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.


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.


la chana

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.


the sounding

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 UnionU.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

girl flu

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.


late phases

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.