WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER PART III
"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."
Or come by the box office at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock. Tickets are selling fast, don't wait to the last minute.
Box Office Hours
September 20 to October 8
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Since its inception, the Woodstock Film Festival has explored and celebrated LGBTQ voices. This year we have true stories of heroic individuals fighting for their lives, beliefs and equality. These films show unbelievably raw and personal stories of transgender youth and their quest to find themselves while blazing their own paths. The LGBTQ community cannot be summed up with one story, which is why the Woodstock Film Festival is proud to have the honor of showcasing a variety of films.
Directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell
You can't go home again. Or can you? When Becks (short for Rebecca, played by gifted Tony winner Lena Hall) leaves her Brooklyn boho life to follow her long-term girlfriend to L.A., only to be jilted when she gets there, seeking solace at "home" seems sensible. So Becks drives to her mother's house in St. Louis and the life she left behind years ago.
Directed by Emilie Bunnell
Lori and Alana matched on Tinder and quickly became best friends and lovers. Soon after, Lori discovered that Alana, a bright and endearing young woman suffering from Lupus, was in kidney failure and facing an uncertain but abbreviated lifetime of nightly dialysis and a myriad of related health issues. When Lori learns she's the perfect kidney donor match, she doesn't hesitate to offer her healthy "bean."
Directed by Windy Borman
Women are changing the face of today's fastest growing industry, cannabis. Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition, her own relationship to the plant, and the stereotypes surrounding it.
Directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
In this succinct, enchanting look at modern-day identity issues, writer-director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh's They tenderly follows fourteen-year-old J, who goes by the pronoun "they," during a crucial three-day time span. J lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago and is exploring their gender identity, all the while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty.
Directed by Barbara Kopple
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, only to later come out as a transgender female to an audience of millions. With never-before-seen personal footage, the film provides a raw and revealing look into a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family's unwavering and unconditional love for a child.
Directed by Donna Zaccaro
To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor 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: Upon the death of her spouse, Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples — and Edie's spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this disregard for her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government — and won.
Programming at the Woodstock Film Festival encourages those who use film as a way to explore social, environmental, and political themes, while challenging their inherent boundaries. Here are this year's outstanding films in the Exposure category.
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to present the World Cinema program to further the festival's commitment to sharing experiences across continents. With 10 feature-length films from all over the world, each story told represents a unique worldview. These films come from an array of countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, The Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
From wild uproar and confusion to controversy and tough decision-making, these three short categories will be sure to leave a lasting impression. Many of these shorts are premiering (whether it be their world, U.S., East Coast, or New York premiere) at this year's festival.
Short: BEDLAM - mature audiences only
Cocked and Locked, directed by Merav Elbaz - East Coast Premiere
Good Guys With Guns, directed by Jordan Ancel - East Coast Premiere
I’m in Here, directed by Willy Berliner
Martien, directed by Maxime Pillonel - East Coast Premiere
Oh Dusya, My Marusya, directed by Alexey Belki
The Poet and the Professor, directed by Ariel Kavoussi - New York Premiere
Tobes, directed by Kim Hardy - East Coast Premiere
The Woodstock Film Festival staff spotlights four films showing at Upstate Films II RHINEBECK that have caught our attention and we are excited to be showing.
Directed by Hope Litoff - New York Premiere
"In a complete state of vulnerability we are welcomed into Hope and Ruth’s personal diaries during the film. As Hope battles her own mental anguish, she tries to understand Ruth’s demons and desperately finds a way to show the world who Ruth is."
- Sierra (Press Team)
Directed by Sara Lamm - East Coast Premiere
"Seeing Sara Lamm's dedication in discovering the origins of her DNA is something I will not soon forget. Her quest takes her across the country as she digs for answers - never losing hope."
- Kendal (Press Team)
Directed by Karl Jacob - North American Premiere
"Great photography and a very natural performance from the young lead make this one a winner. A coming-of-age story that feels primal in its execution (very minimalist) and the fantastic score and minimal dialogue accentuate that."
- Evan (Operations/Office Manager)
Directed by Jessica M. Thompson - New York Premiere
"The Light of the Moon is haunting and beautiful. It should be lauded for its braveness and for capturing with stunning reality the trauma that follows its star as she attempts to move past a traumatic attack. A must-see film this year."
- Melissa (Press Team)
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Night Out on the town
Interested in having a late night on the town?
Look no further than The Lodge. Check back frequently under their "Events & Specials" section to see upcoming events that include local bands, open mic nights and more. Each night of the week also features a special such as Monday night karaoke and Tuesday tacos & turntables (free pool). Grab one of their specialty handcrafted ginger beer cocktails and some delicious comfort food.
Grab a bite to eat
The Hudson Valley is not only known for its natural beauty but it also has a vast culinary culture. Check out the following restaurants to get a sample of the great local cuisine:
- Yum Yum
- Yum Yum provides a take on Japanese noodle bowls, Southeast Asian street-food and other Asian specialties. They want to delight their guests with a dining destination that unites fresh healthful food with fast service for an affordable price.
- New World Home Cooking
- New World has been owned and operated by Chef Ric Orlando and his wife and partner Liz Corrado since 1993. They offer a unique concept---Global-Local-Sustainable Cuisine that combines upscale casual service with fun, vibrant but seriously executed "Clean Food" from around the world.
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 $25,000 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.
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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.