WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS
Spirit of woodstock
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Woodstock, NY (Updated April 17, 2017) - On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 the 5th Annual Spirit of Woodstock will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event honors individuals who embody the fiercely independent spirit that has made Woodstock famous for over 100 years.
This year we will be honoring two incredible individuals. The first, John Hall, will be presented with his award by Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. The second award, presented by former Ulster County and former Town of Saugerties Historian Karlyn Elia, will be awarded posthumously to Alf Evers, and will be accepted on his behalf by his son Chris Evers.
The Spirit of Woodstock will be held at a private residence where attendees can stroll the grounds and enjoy cocktails and substantial hors d'oeuvres (catered by Black-Eyed Suzie's) while mingling with and hearing from the honorees.
Proceeds will go towards the Woodstock Film Festival, which celebrates its 18th year this fall, October 11-15. The funds raised will help bring the high quality films, filmmakers, talent, and other events that draw audiences from around the country and the world to the towns of Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston, Rosendale, and Rhinebeck.
"We are thrilled to honor both John Hall, a musician, activist, and politician with deep roots in the Hudson Vally community, and Alf Evers who was the preeminent historian of our region. They both exemplify what the Spirit of Woodstock stands for and it is our privilege to acknowledge them," said Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein.
John Hall is a performer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and congressman who makes his home in Dover Plains, New York.
He is best known as a member of the Woodstock-based Orleans, a hit-making pop-rock group with multiple lead singers and hits "Still The One" and "Dance With Me." He has co-written songs (many with his ex-wife Johanna) for music legends ranging from Janis Joplin ("Half Moon") and Bonnie Raitt ("Good Enough") to Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor ("New Star Shining"), and produced Raitt's album "Takin' My Time." He co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy with Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, and with them produced the triple LP "No Nukes." His songs have been used in films from "Primary Colors" with John Travolta, to "Butter" with Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde
His environmental concerns led him into community activism. He helped lead the fight against the Greene County Nuclear Plant, and the proposed county dump and incinerator on Saugerties' Winston Farm. After serving in the Ulster County Legislature and the Saugerties Board of Education, in 2006 Hall ran for Congress against an entrenched incumbent. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives until January 2011.
Hall still performs solo and with Orleans, and last year released his memoir "Still The One: a Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back."
Alf Evers (1905-2004) was a respected historian and author. He resided in Woodstock for the majority of his long life, and made an effort to fully immerse himself in his town. His writings on the Catskills highlight the same qualities the Spirit of Woodstock celebrates: its natural beauty and the unique spirit of the locals. His writings, lectures, and articles focused on artistic subjects with his main works including The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock (1972),Woodstock: History of an American Town (1987) and Kingston: City on the Hudson (2005).
Evers was also a dedicated photographer, and his photographs serve as a time-capsule of how Woodstock has changed over the years. He photographed a variety of subjects from glass work, to early mills, to Catskill resorts.
The Spirit of Woodstock celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley: its natural beauty, rich art and culture, and the independent spirit of the people who live there. Previous honorees include Michael Lang (one of the founders of the 1969 Woodstock Festival), Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mark Braunstein, Levon Helm, Ron Nyswaner, and Philippe Petit.
Hailed as "A True American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The 18th Woodstock Film Festival returns October 11-15, 2017 with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.
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