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The Woodstock Film Festival is excited to announce the special screening of Alex Gibney’s highly anticipated documentary STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. The film will screen on Friday, August 14, 9:30pm at Upstate Films Woodstock before the wide release in September.

From Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, the creator of such controversial and thought-provoking films as Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and The Armstrong Lie, comes another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and the men and women who shape it: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.
Perhaps the most publicly revered corporate figure of the technology age, Jobs’s untimely death at the age of 56 in 2011 set off a worldwide outpouring of grief from consumers who worshiped his       signature products such as the iPhone and the iMac.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is no corporate sanctioned hagiography and was made without Apple’s cooperation or that of Jobs’ immediate family. 

Gibney’s film is a laser-sharp and balanced assessment of the technology mogul, who was part iconoclast, part savvy corporate chieftain, part genius, and part tyrant. Even if Apple’s products carried a small “i,” the ego behind them was writ large. Like many gifted entrepreneurs, it was no accident that his public persona as the face of Apple often eclipsed the valuable contributions of his talented colleagues. 

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is an evocative portrait of one man’s legacy. It unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs so deliberately crafted and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available online. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. 
Tickets at the door will be $15.


The official poster art for the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival was unveiled at the FILM CENTER during a special reception on July 29. The festival welcomes animators and WFF alumni Joy Buran and Noelle Melody of  JOY + NOELLE to the ranks of notable artists who have collaborated with the festival before. 


"Woodstock is one of our favorite festivals, so we were pretty excited to be invited to illustrate the 2015 poster," said Noelle Melody. "When I visited the Film Center, we talked about palette and detail ideas, like scratched up stickers with the names of winning feature directors over the years. I invited Joy up for a little Drink and Draw session, meaning we drank a lot of coffee and sketched out the cake."

The 2015 poster is now available for viewing at the FILM CENTER, 13 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY. Signed limited edition prints and posters, as well as t-shirts, hats, and other commemorative merchandise can be purchased in person at the FILM CENTER or on our online store HERE.

  Noelle Melody and Joy Buran

Noelle Melody and Joy Buran

Joy and Noelle both graduated with BFAs in Media Arts from Pratt Institute. Their thesis film was the first project they collaborated on and they’ve never looked back. Together they       direct independent short films, animate commercial videos, illustrate children's books, and handcraft decoupage glass art for the home. 

Joy and Noelle have done animation work for A+E Digital, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, TED, Transistor Studios and Hornet Inc, among others. The words “dark, cute, morbid, charming, wicked and funny” have been used to describe their style. 


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 and $15 at the door. 

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.


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.

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.

Member on sale Wednesday, August 5 at 11am
General public on sale Friday, August 7 at 11am

$100 Golden Circle (includes pre screening reception with the filmmakers, Carlos Varela and Jackson Browne.)
$60 All Seats

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



Sixteen means growing up and for a lot (okay all) of today's 16-year-olds, it means you're all over social media. Well, so is Woodstock! We've moved our new and improved press page to Mobile friendly SquareSpace and we've added two new social media outlets to our arsenal- Snapchat and Periscope!

Follow up @WoodstkFilmFest on Snapchat to share your Woodstock Story leading up to and during the festival! We'll be on the street and behind the scenes of special events, screenings, panels, and more to give you the inside glimpse into the Fiercely Independent fest. 

And follow us @WoodstkFilmFest on Periscope for special live streaming during the fest!


The Box Office is now selling tickets for:

Full Fest 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


RICKI & THE FLASH, directed by Jonathan Demme
August 7


Recipient of the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival Honorary Maverick Award, Jonathan Demme's new feature stars Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, and Kevin Kline.

Three-time Academy Award (R) winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist - for Oscar (R)-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki's long-suffering ex-husband. (C) Tristar

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


SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY, directed by Peter Bogdanovich
August 21


Recipient of the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival Honorary Maverick Award, Peter Bogdanovich's new feature hits theatres this month.

From renowned director Peter Bogdanovich, SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY is a screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. When established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Isabella "Izzy" Patterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists. Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy's therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold's playwright Joshua Fleet (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy. (Lionsgate)

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


The Woodstock Film Festival would like to extend a big thank you to Toyota. They join us a for a 4th year and consistently supply filmmakers, actors, and festival patrons with the highest quality hybrid vehicles.

Toyota believes that, "eco-cars will give a positive contribution to the environment when widely used."

They company aims to create a low-carbon society by responding to the need to diversify energy sources. They will continue to improve the fuel efficiency of conventional combustion-engine cars (which accounts for the majority of their sales), while improving performance, reducing costs and expanding the company's product lineup. Through these efforts, hybrid technologies (consisting of the basic technologies necessary for development of various eco-cars) are regarded as their key technology to achieving a high level of fuel efficiency and drive performance. More specifically, Toyota thinks that electric vehicles will be used for short distance travels, while fuel cell vehicles will be used for long distance travel. Additionally, they believe a majority of the currently operating vehicles will be replaced with hybrids or plug-in hybrids in the future. To learn more about Toyota and products please visit or visit your local dealer.

Visit local Toyota dealer Prestige, Kingston and see what new innovative car you can drive home!