WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER
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On April 24 at Upstate Films in Woodstock, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of TEAM FOXCATCHER with director Jon Greenhalgh and special guest, former Team Foxcatcher member, Paul Wiedeman.
TEAM FOXCATCHER, (A Netflix release) is directed by Woodstock resident Jon Greenhalgh. The documentary chronicles the paranoid, downward spiral of millionaire John E. DuPont that led to the tragic murder of olympic wrestler David Schultz. Never-before-seen home videos shot during Schultz’s time at Foxcatcher Farms shed light on the disturbing events and serve as a poignant memoir to the legacy of the champion wrestler, husband, and father.
For details and tickets, visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/teamfoxcatcher.php
CALL HER APPLEBROOG (courtesy of Zeitgeist Films).
With special introduction by artist Joan Snyder, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with artist Ida Applebroog and director Beth B.
This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work. –MoMA Doc Fortnight
Director Beth B is an interdisciplinary artist working in narrative, documentary and experimental films, videos, media, photography and sculpture installations for museums, galleries, public art spaces, theaters and television.
The special screening will be presented by the Woodstock Film Festival on May 21 at Upstate Films in Woodstock. For details and tickets, visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/applebroog.php
The 4th Annual Taste of Woodstock, which celebrates the culinary diversity and delicacies that the area has to offer, is set for Wednesday, May 25 from 6-9pm. Over 20 of Woodstock's top restaurants will participate in the event, which starts at the Film Center at 13 Rock City Road and continues on a walking tour around town. Attendees visit as many participating eateries as their appetites will allow.
Among the celebrated chefs this year is Chef Ric Orlando (New World Home Cooking), who was the overall Taste of Woodstock winner in 2015. Orlando is known nationally as a Food Network CHOPPED Champion and for his win on BEAT BOBBY FLAY.
"Taste of Woodstock is a great event for everyone, with a variety of different styles of food, drink and culinary superstars," says 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."
For our upcoming 4th annual Taste of Woodstock event, we already have many participants confirmed, including Bistro-To-Go, Bread Alone, Catskill Mountain Pizza, Cucina, Garden Cafe, The Green Palate, Joshua's Cafe, Landau Grill, Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant, New World Home Cooking, Oriole 9, Provisions Woodstock, Santa Fe Woodstock, Shindig, The Reservoir Inn, The Tea Shop of Woodstock, Woodstock Meats, Woodstock Peace, Love, and Cupcakes and Yum Yum Noodle Bar.
A full list of participating restaurants and tickets for the event can be found online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
honoring Ron Nyswaner and Philippe Petit
Saturday, June 4 from 5-8pm, the Woodstock Film Festival will host the 4th SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK CELEBRATION. As in past years, the Spirit of Woodstock will celebrate honorees who embody the fiercely independent spirit that has made Woodstock famous for over 100 years. This year's honorees, Ron Nyswaner and Philippe Petit, are recognized internationally for their individualism and their artistry.
The event will be held at a scenic estate overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir, where attendees can stroll the spectacular grounds and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while mingling with and hearing from the honorees.
"It is such a privilege to honor these two extraordinary individuals who have had long ties with the Woodstock community,” said Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein. "Ron Nyswaner is one of the most prolific, bold and sought after screenwriters and filmmakers around, and Philippe Petit is not only a world renowned tight rope walker, but an extraordinary artist who is an inspiration to all who dare to dream of the seemingly impossible.”
For details and information, visit SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK
THE ADDERAL DIARIES
THE ADDERALL DIARIES, a 2015 Woodstock Film Festival official selection, opens in 28 theaters on Friday 4/15. The film, which is released by A24, was directed by Pamela Romanowsky whose award winning thesis short GRAVITY, was filmed in the Hudson Valley in 2011.
THE ADDERALL DIARIES stars James Franco, Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater, and Cynthia Nixon and is based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott.
THE ADDERALL DIARIES is the gripping and complex story of how an author’s fascination with a high-profile murder case leads him to come to terms with his troubled past while embarking on a potentially life-changing romance in the present.
Pamela Romanowksy’s debut feature deftly mixes tones and storylines to create a fascinatingly rich and engaging viewing experience. Through the character of Stephen, a flawed but always compelling protagonist, the film explores a wide array of themes and ideas, including the legacy of parents, the power of memory, and the nature of truth.
For more info, http://adderalldiaries-movie.com
HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE
Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox screened his new documentary on March 16 at Onteora High School to a very supportive and inspired sold out 600 seat auditorium.
The film will open in limited release, and will include screenings at the IFC Center from April 20-28 with very special guests including Rachel Grady, James Cromwell, Nancy Vann, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Barber, Ron Kuby, Anne Bogart, and David Kanter. Check the schedule at http://www.howtoletgomovie.com
In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks: what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?
DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA
Director Jon Bowermaster and executive producer/narrator Mark Ruffalo, two local filmmakers we’ve had the good fortune of hosting at the Woodstock Film Festival, are making news with their new documentary DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA.
DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals, geologists and whistle-blowers provide the core information we think will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the “anti-drilling” majority growing across the United States and call for fossil fuels to be left where they belong: in the ground.
For info about upcoming screenings, visit DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA.
The 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions. Film categories include narrative & documentary features, short narrative, student short narrative, short documentary, animation, music videos, and teen films. The regular deadline is May 16.
Submit your film at Woodstock Film Festival.com or via Without a Box, or Film Freeway
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE - $5000 cash prize from Gigantic Pictures
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - $2500 cash prize from The Bluestein Family Foundation
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE - $2,000 cash prize from Gigantic Pictures
BEST STUDENT SHORT - $1,000 cash prize from Gigantic Pictures
BEST SHORT DOC - $1,000 cash prize from Films We Like
ULTRA INDIE AWARD - $2,000 cash prize from Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, Des Rochers, LLP.
*2015 winner also received a 4k camera from Black Magic Designs
CARPE DIEM AWARD - $500 cash prize from The Vincent Jay Andretta Memorial Fund
HASKELL WEXLER AWARD - Includes $15,000 in rental services from Panavision, NY
JAMES LYONS EDITING AWARD NARRATIVE & DOCUMENTARY FEATURES - $1,500 in services from Technicolor Postworks
TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE FEATURE DIRECTOR - Cash prize from Tangerine Entertainment
Other awards include WORLD CINEMA AWARD, BEST ANIMATED SHORT, AUDIENCE AWARD for NARRATIVE & DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
All winners also receive a handcrafted trophy created by Steve Heller
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