WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER PART II
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"HONORING THE YOUNG AND THE OLD, ENDORSING COMMUNITY, ADVOCATING INSPIRATION AND LAUDING HUMANITARIAN GESTURES — ALL SENTIMENTS THAT SUM UP WOODSTOCK AND ITS 'FIERCELY INDEPENDENT' FILM FESTIVAL, QUITE WELL."
Come by the box office at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock. Tickets and souvenirs are selling fast - don't wait to the last minute.
Box Office Hours
September 20 to October 8
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Come hear this year's honorary Trailblazer Award recipient, Shep Gordon, as he chats about his legendary career as music manager, film producer and culinary arts visionary. This event is hosted by Ed Gerrard, a co-founder of Impact Artist Management and has music supervised over 30 feature films.
Saturday, October 14th, 10:00AM
Join Susan Sarandon as she talks about about her acting career, life and what she thinks about being named one of the new faces of L'Oreal in 2016, at age 70. This event will be hosted by Griffin Dunne, an accomplished actor, director and producer.
Saturday, October 14th, 12:00PM (SOLD OUT)
Do the arts have a responsibility to society? In the current climate, as arts funding undergoes greater scrutiny, the purpose and function (if any) of art becomes ever more significant. Panelists include: Bob Herbert, Sam Pollard, James Redford, and Richard Rowley. This event will be moderated by Nancy Abraham, the director and executive editor of Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class.
Saturday, October 14th, 2:00PM
A conversation between the principal creators of A Symphony of Hope - the music and the film. Panelists include: Chris Brooks, Chris Lennertz, Lucas Richman, and Brian Wielding. This event will be moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross is Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), where she directs all activities serving composers for screen.
Saturday, October 14th, 4:00PM
Bill Pullman, this year’s Excellence in Acting Award recipient will be at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, this event will be hosted by Martha Frankel, Executive Director of Woodstock Bookfest.
Sunday, October 15th, 10:00AM
Join Rebecca Miller the director of this year’s Closing Night Film Arthur Miller: Writer as she talks about making a film about her father and her own life as a filmmaker. This event will be hosted by Logan Hill, writer, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, and Rolling Stone.
Sunday, October 15th, 12:00PM
Moderated by Janet Grillo, an award-winning writer/director, Emmy award-winning producer, and former studio executive (New Line Cinema). Producers that will be attending this panel include: Lee Aronsohn, Anne Carey, William Horberg, Peter Saraf, and Zak Kilberg. Sunday, October 15th, 2:00PM
The Woodstock Film Festival is pleased to present a selection of four virtual reality pieces. It's an exciting new medium that must be experienced to be understood. Virtual Reality is the next phase of storytelling for creators and artists. We will be presenting room scale experiences using HTC VIVE.
virtual reality ticket ARE LIMITED
The installation is organized and curated by Carol Silverman, an Emmy award-winning set decorator, VR artist, and Hudson Valley local, and Dario Laverde, a virtual reality expert at HTC VIVE.
Friday Oct 13 & Saturday Oct 14:
Sunday Oct 15:
Each experience ranges from 3-8 minutes. Each ticket holder will get to try 1 to 4 experiences on a first come, first served basis, during the one-hour block of time that they have reserved.
The four Virtual Reality experiences we will be offering include:
Description: This VR music video experience for the song Chocolate by Giraffage sets you in a cat-centric world of sparkling colorful chrome with a tribe of people doing a ritualistic dance just for you, their robot god, to provide them with their precious resource, cute lil' chrome kitties. Click here to see the trailer.
About the Artist: Tyler Hurd is a person. A person who created a delightful little VR short film called "BUTTS" and a nonsensically joyful VR music video for the song "Old Friend" by Future Islands which premiered at Tribeca 2016 and the critics seemed to enjoy. A person who is happy when things are not serious. And most notably, a person who writes bios about himself in the 3rd person.
Description: Take a break from reality and explore an animated psychedelic sculpture park. Wander through the labyrinth, soar across the open space, or just hang out and let the mesmerizing ever-changing sculptures provide a rejuvenating refuge for your mind. Blortasia combines art and flying in virtual reality. Click here to see the trailer. For additional information (press kit and website) go here.
About the Artist: Kevin Mack is a virtual reality artist, founder of Shape Space VR, and an Academy Award winning visual effects pioneer.
Description: You are Agent Zero. Your mission: assassinate Benjamin Miller, a radical who broke into CIA facilities and stole top secret chemical weapons research. Your mission quickly takes a dark turn as you learn the truth of what Miller was searching for that night. Click here to see the trailer. For additional information go here.
About the Creative Team: Joel Ogden, CEO and Creative Director/Co-Founderis a combat veteran turned artist and designer. He is best known as the director of the interactive VR spy drama "The Price of Freedom" and the production designer for the award-winning VR film "Imago," and recently noted as one of Variety Magazine's "10 VR Innovators to watch."
Chuck Tsung-Han Lee, VP & Head of Business Development / Co-Founder is an entrepreneur and a VR/AR evangelist. He worked at Microsoft XBOX RSM team and pioneer VR content company Wevr. He was also the project lead for Narrative VR Film Imago and Mixed Reality game Garden. Chuck is now the VP and Head of Business Development at Construct Studio.
Description: A visually rich animated piece designed, modeled and animated in VR, CORAL & I examines the impact that humans have on the environments around them and in turn, evokes awareness of the impact nature has on us.
About the Artists: Luke Bubb is a South African born artist based in Australia creating original art, experience and design content for the Film, Virtual Reality, and Arts industries.
Matt Hermans is a young veteran of the advertising industry in Australia. Covering the gamut of TVC, Film and installation mediums he has a wide base of experience over the past 15 years. During this time he developed dangerously futuristic workflows at Fuel and Alt VFX while waiting for technology to catch up to his vision.
The following four films are unique in that they all bring about a sense of unusual humor through a large variety of scenarios. This can be anything from babies that have no baby qualities, to an animated film entangled with danger at every turn, to a time-bending science fiction adventure to a father/son bonding experience over breakups, there is something for all audiences.
Directed by Bob Byington
USA / 2017 / 70 minutes
New York Premiere
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Bob Byington
In this absurdist comedy set in the near-future, Ben, a perpetual dater who is incapable to commit to any relationship, portrayed in a wonderfully wacky performance by Kieran Culkin, works for a company tasked with finding a forever home for genetically modified babies who don't age, cry, eat or soil diapers. So-called Infinity Babies are a stylistic choice for parents who don't want the responsibilities of raising a child. But somewhere along the way, one of these care-free babies almost dies of neglect and one of our characters discovers a need and knack for parenting.
Directed by Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan
USA / 2016 / 76 minutes
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Bill Plympton
Revengeance is the animated story of low-rent bounty hunter named Rod Rosse, The One Man Posse, who gets entangled in a web of danger when he is hired by ex-biker/ex-wrestler turned U.S. Senator Deathface to find a girl who stole a package. The 8th hand-drawn animated feature film from master animator Bill Plympton, it is the first collaboration between Plympton and his creative partner, writer/artist Jim Lujan, who together bring us this new outstanding animated work.
Director Bill Plimpton claims, "If Tarantino made an animated film about a Trump-esque corrupt politician in the underbelly of L.A., then you'd have "Revengeance".
Directed by Mark Dennis and Ben Foster
USA / 2017 / 87 minutes
East Coast Premiere
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Mark Dennis, Ben Foster, Zachary Matt
The Premiese: A group of archeology students, searching for their missing teacher, become trapped inside a mysterious cave where time passes at a different pace than in the outside world. The Realization: A time-bending science fiction adventure that is smart, entertaining and grips you from start to finish. Using a simple notion of time passing faster outside than inside the cave, what initially starts out as a straightforward rescue expedition soon becomes a spooky sci-fi mystery fraught with alarming threats and unforeseen twists and turns around every corner, making it impossible to guess what's coming next. Danger imperils the lives of the characters and threatens their ability to return home. Will they be saved despite their ineptness?
Directed by Robert Jan Westdijk
The Netherlands / 2016 / 93 minutes
North American Premiere
In Dutch and English with Subtitles
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Robert Jan Westdijk
Not your typical father/son bonding experience, a middle age crime novelist with a soft spot for the ladies, and his awkward 20 year old son, both dumped by their partners at the same time, embark on a trip from Amsterdam to Edinburgh on the pretext of a publicity tour. Their strained relationship and personal demons begin to heal with the aid of two local women, while the music of the renowned (Dutch) band The Waterboys serves as the catalyst for the individualized turning points for the two men.
This week the Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to tell you about two amazing shorts programs. The first, Resolutions, focuses on blazing a path and making a decision on what to do or not do. The second is teen shorts, which showcases remarkable up and coming filmmakers finding their place in the film world. Some of the teens this year are first time filmmakers while others are returning from past years.
Short: Teen films
- The Candidate - directed by Parvati Santos
Fishing - directed by Zenona Darrow
It Takes A Village - directed by AJ Opuiyo
Lyric - directed by Alex DeRosa
Metamorphosis - directed by Hudson Perrin
Pigeonhood - directed by Partho Gupte
Santa Woman - directed by Ari Williams
Sister - directed by Benny Rendell
The Raven - directed by Zack Gibson
The Woodstock Film Festival staff spotlights four films that have caught our attention that we are excited to be showing.
Directed by Emilie Bunnell
"This documentary is a 'perfect match' for those who want to experience a love story about generosity and unconditional giving and receiving."
- Hope (Maverick Awards Producer)
Directed by Bruce Thierry Cheung
"Stunning in landscape and heartbreaking in story this coming of age tale about trails and finding unconventional people to lean on for support."
- Jen (Transportation Coorindator)
Directed by Todd Wider and Jedd Wider
"This film opened my eyes to the amazing work being done by four mothers fighting for their sons’ survival. You will laugh and you will cry, but most of all, you will feel emotionally invested in these women’s lives."
- Michael (Box Office)
Directed by Bradley Berman and Eric Weiss
"An 83 year old candidate and a billion dollar oil company come together and what do you get? A shocking documentary on the battle for power in Richmond's 2014 mayoral campaign."
- Hanna (Operations Assistant)
Enjoy the local cuisine that the Hudson Valley has to offer in-between films this year.
Cucina, opened by Chef Gianni Scappin and Lois Freedman in 2006, is situated in a restored and rambling farmhouse in historic Woodstock, NY. Chef Scappin offers simple and elegant food, a signature approach he has since brought to two additional restaurants in the Hudson Valley.
- Oriole 9
- Located in the heart of Woodstock, NY, across from the village Green, Oriole 9 is the go-to breakfast and lunch spot for visitors and locals alike. We serve made from scratch, made to order eggs, omelettes, sandwiches, soups and daily specials in a cozy, bustling setting. Please let us serve you today.
We are currently seeking matching funds for a facilities grant that we hope to receive from NYSCA on January 1, 2018. Your support will help us achieve our goal. We raised $26,100 with a goal of $40,000. The Film Center is the hub of operations for the Woodstock Film Festival as well as the Hudson Valley Film Commission. The facility's improvements would be an asset to the overall operations of the festival and the film commission. We thank you in advance for your donations.
Your Capital Campaign Contribution will help us hire local contractors to:
- Gut and renovate 2 office spaces & bathroom ($20k)
- Electric upgrades ($5k)
- 5 new windows ($3k)
*includes removal of old windows and new installation
- Prep for and install spray foam insulation ($12k)
*includes demo and new walls after foam insualtion
For more information and to make a charitable donation, please visit our Capital Campaign page.
The Post New York Alliance (PNYA) is an association of film and television post production facilities and labor unions operating in New York. PNYA members coalesced around the belief that a unified industry presents the post production community better opportunity to develop and promote public policy that benefits the film and television industry as a whole.
To this end, PNYA's objectives include:
- Incentivizing projects to finish in New York
- Marketing the services provided by the New York Post Production industry
- Creating avenues for talent to enter into this fast growing sector of the economy.
If you are interested in joining the Post New York Alliance, please JOIN HERE.
Get the best of the fest with a Full Festival Pass which includes priority seating for screenings and panels, access to parties and the hospitality suite, a ticket to the award ceremony, and more! Maverick Awards Tickets will take place on October 14 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, New York.
The box office is now open. Tickets start at $10. For more information on ticket prices, schedules, venues, and more please visit Woodstock Film Festival Ticket Info.