WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL CARRIES MOMENTUM INTO 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING FOCUSED ON DIVERSITY, ARTISTRY, AND COMMUNITY


Woodstock, NY (February 26, 2019) - Leading up to the Woodstock Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary, 2019 will see more year-round programming than ever before. Following are some of the Festival events taking place in the coming months, with more to be announced in the future. As the Woodstock Artist Association & Museum marks its 100th year, the legendary Woodstock Music Festival ‘69 will hold a 50th anniversary concert, and the Woodstock Film Festival celebrates 20 years, 2019 will mark a big year for all things Woodstock and what it stands for - artistry, progressive thinking, mindfulness of social, political and environmental issues, and independent vision. To celebrate 20 years of supporting fiercely independent film, this year's programming will pay special tribute to the ideas, people, organizations, and businesses that have helped Woodstock maintain its status as a Colony of the Arts.

Saturday March 16, 6pm, Aaron Rezny Studio, Kingston

WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION TALK & RECEPTION

In honor of Women's History Month the Woodstock Film Festival is presenting Women in Film & Television Talk, featuring some of today’s most accomplished and diverse women working in the industry. The event will focus on career trajectories and opportunities and will explore some of the challenges and accomplishments of today’s working women in the industry, covering different areas and disciplines. Audience participation will be encouraged. Curated and moderated by Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Woodstock Film Festival.

The event, presented by the Woodstock Film Festival is co-sponsored by Radio Kingston and Women History Month Kingston.

Panelists:

  • Ellen Kuras - Oscar nominated Cinematographer & Director (Summer of Sam, Analyze That, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Wormwood, Ozark, The Betrayal - Nerakhoon)

  • Lisa Myers - Production Designer (Luce, Lost Girls, Ode to Joy, Concussion, Putzel, Manhattan Night)

  • Wendy Lidell - Sr. VP Theatrical / Theatrical Distribution & Acquisition, Kino Lorber INC

  • Wendy Ettinger - Co-Founder, Gamechanger, Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures; Producer of documentary and narrative features (The War Room, The Strange Ones, The Tale, Nancy)

  • Janet Grillo - Filmmaker (Fly Away, Jack of the Red Hearts), former executive at New Line Cinema, and a full time Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts

  • Blair Breard - Emmy-nominated Producer for film and television (One Mississippi, Louie, Wanted, Pootie Tang)

Sunday April 28, 2pm, Upstate Films, Woodstock, NY

SPECIAL SCREENING OF AMAZING GRACE, WITH LIVE MUSICAL INTRODUCTION BY SIMI STONE

A co-presentation with Upstate Films

A special screening of AMAZING GRACE, a documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. Aretha Franklin recorded her live album “Amazing Grace” over two nights in 1972. The footage in the concert documentary of the same name shows the transcendent process.

“It doesn’t matter how much time you’ve spent with “Amazing Grace” the album. No suitable preparation exists for the experience of witnessing its recording...Everybody deserves to have the revelation it offers — and the emotional exercise. Everybody deserves to have Aretha Franklin take them to the moon.” - The New York Times

Courtesy of Neon

Saturday May 11, Bearsville Theater, Bearsville, NY

STAGED SCREENPLAY READING OF FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ

A co-presentation with Actors and Writers and the Woodstock Film Festival

FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ tells the story of the remarkable Golde Moskowitz, an elderly Russian widow living alone with her memories. In Golde’s world, “signs” are everywhere, the dead converse with the living, and dreams are real. Natalie Holtzman, a thirty-six-year-old graphic artist longing for connection, fills her world with work and her commitment-wary boyfriend, Artie. One sweltering summer morning, Golde decides to do some grocery shopping. Natalie, on her way to work, quite literally “runs into” her, and the lives of both women are forever changed. Gracefully poignant, FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ explores the world of the elderly with deft humor and heart-wrenching detail.

FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ was written by Barbara Pokras and Fran Pokras Yariv, based on the novel by the same title.

Featuring cast from Actors & Writers, including stage and screen actors Lori Wilner and Dannah Chaifetz.

Actors and Writers is a professional theater ensemble that performs old and new plays in the Hudson Valley area including Odd Fellows in Olivebridge, Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, Unison Arts in New Paltz, and ASK in Kingston Rondout.

Wednesday May 22, 6-9pm, Woodstock, NY

THE 7TH ANNUAL TASTE OF WOODSTOCK

Celebrating the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer.

At the Taste of Woodstock, guests arrive at the Film Center at 13 Rock City Road and receive a walking map of the region's world-class restaurants and a voting card to pick their favorite dishes. With the Film Center as home base, guests are free to walk around the center of town at their leisure and delight their palates with an incredible variety of food and drink.

"It's such a fun event. People get to walk around the center of town and sample an incredible variety of food and beverages," said Woodstock Film Festival board president Lauri Andretta,"We'll start you off with a glass of wine at 13 Rock City Road and hand you a map of the participating restaurants and venues, all within walking distance of the film center."

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. TheWoodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization 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 Hudson Valley Film Commission creates sustainable economic development year round by attracting and supporting film, video, and media production.

THURSDAY May 30, 9:15pm, Upstate Films, Woodstock, NY

SPECIAL SCREENING BAD BLACK

Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda: home of “DA BEST OF DA BEST MOVIES!” and the vanguards of DIY commando cinema. Under the guidance of writer/producer/director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) and with producer/star Alan Ssali Hofmanis, this crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados produce dozens of gonzo action films in the Kampala ghetto with budgets that rarely exceed $200 USD. Utilizing scrap parts to build computers, machine guns and a full-sized Huey helicopter, these real-life superheroes inspire more heart, imagination and soul than a thousand Hollywood blockbusters. Guaranteed to thrill midnight-movie geeks and well worth the attention of cineastes and film scholars, BAD BLACK is enjoying a highly successful festival run. Variety reviewed the film in 2017 from the BiFan Film Festival saying, “Performed with infectious zeal by a cast of hundreds, ‘Bad Black’ proves that under the right circumstances, enthusiastic amateurs can carry the day just as well as highly trained professionals”.

Producer / Star Alan Ssali Hofmanis will be in attendance.

Courtesy of AGFA (American Genre Film Archive)

Saturday June 14, Bearsville Theater, Bearsville, NY

OUTDOOR SCREENING POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY

A co-presentation with Oscillation Transia

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit traveling event, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Oscillation Transia is screening works in outdoor and rural areas around the U.S. Films will be exploring both fictional and non-fictional themes of movement, nomadic living, adventure and the natural world. Take the family to an outdoor screening, powered by solar energy.

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Tickets to all events will be made available soon.

For more details on this and other upcoming events, please visit woodstockfilmfestival.org/year-round-programming 

The 20th anniversary of the Woodstock Film Festival will take place on October 2-6 in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, and Kingston.

About The Woodstock Film Festival

Founded in 2000 by Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto as a grassroots arts organization inspired by the sheer love of film and community, the Woodstock Film Festival has quickly grown into one of the premiere independent film festivals in the US, bringing together thousands of filmmakers and film lovers over the years. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity, the Woodstock Film Festival showcases passionate, creative and thought-provoking work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers from all over the world. The festival is currently gearing up for its 20th edition in the fall of 2019.

For more information, please visit woodstockfilmfestival.org 

Interviews, imagery and video available upon request

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Media contact:

Sierra Slaughter | press@woodstockfilmfestival.org