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*Stay tuned for the 2015 Woodstock Film Fest Official Program 1st week of September!*


AUGUST 28 - WFF PRESENTS BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

The Woodstock Film Festival is excited to announce the special presentation of Stanley Nelson's critically acclaimed festival hit BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION before its theatrical release in September.

The one-time-only screening will take place at Upstate Films Woodstock, August 28 9:30pm and will include a special introduction by Emily Rothschild on behalf of PBS Distribution. Advance tickets are $10. 

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party; its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party as well as those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

CLICK HERE for details and tickets.


JUST ANNOUNCED - NEW WORLD CINEMA COMPETITION & FILMS

Alongside Partnership with the netherlands consulate in new york

dutch culture

The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce its New for 2015 World Cinema Competition, including a special Focus on Dutch Cinema in partnership with the Netherlands Consulate General in New York. Sponsored by the Netherlands Consulate and the Department of Dutch Culture USA and in collaboration with Bruce Weiss (Ironworks Productions) and Andre Naus (Eye International in the Netherlands), the Woodstock Film Festival has programmed three exceptional Dutch narratives to showcase the vast range Dutch cinema has to offer: RENDEZ-VOUS, MEET ME IN VENICE, and SUMMER. All Dutch filmmakers will be in attendance.

Sparked by this joint venture with the Netherlands Consulate Woodstock Film Festival is excited to launch its inaugural World Cinema Competition Award. Joining the three Dutch films are two additional World Cinema highlights, MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS (Irish-Russian) and THERE SHOULD BE RULES (Swedish), to forge a strong line-up of international competition. 

"We have had a large amount of exceptional international submissions in 2015," said WFF co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "Our world has become so expansive and we have increasingly become its citizens. It is only fitting that the Woodstock Film Festival embrace that global spirit and bring to its fold outstanding films and filmmakers from many cultures, religions, and nations..."

Find out more about the New World Cinema Competition and the films in competition HERE!


gasland director josh fox to deliver keynote address

josh fox

Acclaimed director and activist Josh Fox will deliver a Keynote Address to kickoff the 16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. Josh will discuss topics such as filmmaking, human rights, and the climate at the Kleinert James Art Center on Wednesday, Sept 30 @ 4PM. 

Josh Fox, activist and writer/director of the critically acclaimed GASLAND, brought the anti-fracking movement into the spotlight and onto government lawmakers' laps. His glimpse into the horrible effects of fracking aided in its banning in New York State, demonstrating grassroots activism via film and media at its best.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.


direct from cuba- poet of havana at upac

Due to popular demand, the 2015 Kickoff event THE POET OF HAVANA, directed by Ron Chapman, will make its New York premiere at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in the heart of Kingston. The film focuses on the career and impact made by Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela. Film will be followed by a live performance from Varela with special guest Jackson Browne.

Purchase your tickets in person at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 or in person at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway, Kingston 845.339.6088 or online at Ticketmaster: 800.745.3000. Please note that Bardavon Member benefits are not available through Ticketmaster.

$100 Golden Circle (includes pre-screening reception with the director Ron Chapman, Carlos Varela and Jackson Browne.)
$60 General Seating

Select Tickets are also available for The Poet of Havana at Woodstock Film Festival Box Office, 13 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, 845.810.0131 www.woodstockfilmfestival.com 
*tickets already purchased will not be affected


design your own wff sweet 16 birthday cake

wff 16 cake

Help us celebrate Woodstock Film Festival's "Sweet 16" year by decorating your very own WFF birthday cake! 

The templates can be downloaded as PDFs here and here.

Submit your cake by: dropping it off at the Film Center (13 Rock City Road) or submit it via social media (Twitter: @woodstckfilmfest, Instagram: woodstockfilmfest, Snapchat: woodstckfilmfest)

Design submissions will be featured on WFF's social media and at the theaters during the festival. We can't wait to see your WFF cakes!

2015 wff box office hours

Online sales and phone calls go live on September 9 at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
The WFF Box Office (13 Rock City Rd. Woodstock, NY) will be open:
Sept 9-Sept 27: Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm-6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Sept 28-Oct 3: 7 days a week, 9am-7pm
Oct 4: 9am-6pm

The Box Office is now selling tickets for: 

FULL FESTIVAL PASSES are available in limited quantity! Get your pass now and gain access to all the amazing screenings, panels, concerts, and parties Woodstock has to offer in 2015! CLICK HERE.

1 GIANT LEAP II: WHAT ABOUT ME? directed by Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto
Friday, October 2, 7PM Woodstock Playhouse
CLICK HERE for tickets!

BMI MUSIC IN FILM Panel, Moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross with Duncan Bridgeman, Stewart Copeland, and Krishna Das
Saturday, October 3, 12PM Kleinert James Art Center
CLICK HERE for tickets or give us a call 845.810.0131

in the news

indiewire logo

"The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) has announced its New for 2015 World Cinema Competition, including a special "Focus on Dutch Cinema" selection..." Link to full article

nytimes

“Last year, we had seven women directors of feature narrative films, a record, and that was in part thanks to Film Fatales,” said Meira Blaustein, Woodstock’s executive director..." Link to full article

daily freeman

"Josh Fox, writer and director of the anti-fracking film “Gasland,” will appear at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival as the keynote speaker..." Link to full article


in theaters

LISTENING, directed by Khalil Sullins
September 11

Following its world premiere at last year's Woodstock Film Festival, director Khalil Sullins' debut feature comes to theaters and digital HD on September 11th. 

LISTENING, the award-winning debut feature from visionary director Khalil Sullins, is a psychological thriller about penniless grad students who invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives. David, Ryan, and Jordan hope the telepathy invention will solve all their problems, but the bleeding-edge technology opens a Pandora’s box of new dangers, as the team discovers that when they open their minds, there is nowhere to hide their thoughts. Secrets and betrayals surface, and the technology is stolen by a covert government agency with a hidden agenda. With no one left to trust, David is forced against his friends in a life-or-death battle over not only the privacy of the human mind, but the future of free will itself.

View the trailer HERE.

For more information and to find a screening near you, CLICK HERE.

 

WILDLIKE, directed by Frank Hall Green
September 25

WILDLIKE was an official selection of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival.

From director Frank Hall Green, WildLike is an overwhelmingly beautiful and heartwarming tale of two strangers who cross paths in the wilderness of the Alaskan frontier. Mackenzie, portrayed by the show-stopping young actress Ella Purnell, is sent to live in Alaska with her uncle, played Brian Geraghty who is unnervingly brilliant in this malevolent role. When their relationship turns, Mackenzie decides to run. Utterly on her own, she struggles to navigate her way back to her mother in Seattle, and begins to follow a solitary backpacker, played magnificently by Bruce Greenwood. The unlikely pair traverses the last frontier, and together they both begin to heal from the wounds of their past.(Killer Films)

For more information and to find screenings near you please CLICK HERE.

120db

The Woodstock Film Festival would like to extend a big thank you to 120dB Films for another year of sponsorship.

120dB Films supports independent films, "helping pictures of substance and integrity get made." 

As film finance company specializing in gap, pre-sale, tax credit, finishing and bridge loans, 120dB Films' primary goal is assisting producers that have already raised a substantial portion of their required capital, to complete the necessary funding. They appreciate that each film is unique in terms of its financial structure and requirements, and we commit to working with an open mind and flexibility regarding terms and conditions. By combining the financial resources one would normally find at a bank, respectful professionals with a love for film and a philosophy that honors filmmakers and the process, 120dB Films represents an overdue, fresh alternative in the world of independent film finance.

Find out more about 120dB Films here