WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

 
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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."
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Directed by Lee Aronsohn - USA / 2017 / 1:33 minutes

Fresh out of the Woodstock Concert era, a band of hippies, with a sound reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Grateful Dead, was roaming around Boulder, playing wherever they could and winning a dedicated following. Among those fans was university student Lee Aronsohn, who was deeply affected by the band, tracking them everywhere and memorizing their songs. Although the musicians played two of the earliest Telluride Bluegrass Festivals, they broke up in 1976 without ever releasing an album. Decades later, that same student, now a successful television producer ("The Big Bang Theory", "Two and a Half Men") set out to find the scattered members of Boulder's most influential and elusive jam band, "Magic Music," hoping to get them to play one last show. 

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Directed by Lillian LaSalle - USA / 2017 / 97 minutes

Who was your most inspirational teacher? For thousands of students in the Bronx and elsewhere, that teacher is a man named Pedro Santana. Yes, we've seen inspiring documentaries about the failings of our public education system before. Yes, we've seen stories of inspirational educators who bravely try to change the system. But if you don't know Pedro.....well, you don't know jack! Pedro may just be the definition of an iconoclast. In a story as uplifting as it is troubling, he is a man who throws a very wide shadow. This brilliant documentary might at first seem like déjà vu, before the story zigs and zags in ways that will leave you thinking..."OMG, didn't see that coming." Wonderfully human, yet epically important, My Name Is Pedro will challenge your notion of what it means to be "Fiercely Independent" as it brings into focus how seriously in jeopardy our country's education system is. 

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Directed by Lisa France - USA / 2017 / 90 minutes - English, Arabic with subtitles

When director Lisa France received a call from Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic man looking for someone to document the challenge of his life, she had no idea how much this would change her own life and that of many others. France and her quickly assembled ragtag crew - all with their own issues - filmed Gabriel's attempt to be the first person to roll unassisted on his human-powered wheelchair from Santa Monica, CA to Long Island, NY in 100 days, aiming to set a world record. The undertaking was physically and emotionally arduous, not just for Gabriel, but the entire team, herded in cramped quarters throughout the trip. And everyone, from Gabriel, his team, the film crew, to the thousands of bystanders who crossed paths with Gabriel, was transformed in some way forever. Roll with Me is a moving testimony to one man's incredible and undefeated spirit, and to the power to rise up and meet whatever comes that is in us all.

Directed by Donna Zaccaro - USA / 2017 / 63 minutes

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. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the compelling personal, legal and political stories behind it, the film also tells the important story of our continued journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights.

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THE CHOCOLATE CASE

Directed by Benthe Forrer - Netherlands / 2017 / 90 minutes

The Chocolate Case opens with a horrifying premise: what if each time we purchase a bar of chocolate we finance child slavery? The documentary follows a group of intrepid Dutch journalists who've dedicated themselves to changing our perception of the $100 billion cocoa industry that fosters the exploitation of cacao farming communities in a vast global trading network. 

COLD NOVEMBER

Directed by Karl Jacob - USA / 2017 / 91 minutes

Approaching womanhood, 12-year-old Florence experiences her first deer hunt, a traditional rite-of-passage in her matriarchal family. Drawing on his own experiences growing up in Northern Minnesota, director Karl Jacob has crafted an intimate portrait of the familial ritual of hunting, a subject that tangentially dovetails with contemporary concerns regarding firearms. In a world where guns equate with war and terrorism, Cold November reminds us that ones relationship with guns is completely different when they are used to provide nourishment. 

GIRL IN FLIGHT

Directed by Sandra Vannucchi - Italy, Switzerland / 2017 / 78 minutes

"Almost 11-year-old" Silvia's home life is dominated by her mother's depression. Hoping for a break, Silvia pleads for a family trip to Rome. But when her father backs down yet again, she takes off on her own from their home outside Florence to fulfill her dream. Fearless and open to everything, she falls in with 13-year-old Emina, a Gypsy girl who reluctantly takes Silvia under her wing. And so the adventure begins. 

THE TRAVELLER

Directed by Hadi Ghandour - Lebanon-France / 2016 / 100 minutes

Adnan is a dreamer at odds with himself: a Lebanese travel agent who can describe the romances of the world to his clients, but has never left his own country. So when the opportunity arises for him to attend a business conference in Paris, he packs his suitcase and flies out, only to find himself tempted by a culture that challenges his sense of loyalty — both to family and nation. 

WATERBOYS

Directed by Robert Jan Westdijk - The Netherlands / 2016 / 93 minutes

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.


Directed by Sam Pollard - USA / 2017 / 100 minutes

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me is the first major documentary to examine Davis' vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Davis' career was legendary, so vast and multi-faceted it was dizzying in scope and scale. Yet his life was complicated and contradictory. A veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant, Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting politics, caught between the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. By embracing Judaism, he yoked himself to another persecuted minority.

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The full lineup for the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival was announced on September 12. We hope you will join us at the festival to see nearly 120 of today’s most exciting independent films, plus panel discussions, parties, concerts and special events. To see the full lineup announcement click here!


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 $23, 310 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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With our restaurant, rooms, pool and 6.5 acre secluded property, our mission is to be Woodstock's only full service Resort and to carry on the fine tradition of gathering old and new friends for lodging,  drinks, eats, music, and laughter.  Pull up a chair, enjoy our renovated bar and restaurant, rent a new or rustic room and join the party.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD PRE-FESTIVAL PROGRAM

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! The Maverick Awards will take place on October 14 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, New York. Tickets are currently available at Maverick Awards Tickets. 

The box office opens Sept 20 at noon. Tickets start at $10. For more information on ticket prices, schedules, venues, and more please visit Woodstock Film Festival Ticket Info.


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