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Woodstock, NY (January 2016) - The Woodstock Film Festival offers a special screening of the award-winning film Jack of the Red Hearts at Upstate Films Woodstock on Saturday, February 6. Starting at 2pm, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Janet Grillo. For ticket info, visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/jack.php

"I'm delighted and honored to share Jack of the Red Hearts with the Woodstock Film Festival community," expressed director Janet Grillo. "As a new resident of Saugerties, I was drawn here by the beauty, gracious pace of life and vast cultural resources. The people I've met here are warm, generous and stimulating. It's a pleasure to integrate into my new 'hood' with this very personal film, as an introduction. Although I didn't write JACK, I infused it what I've lived and learned, as the mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum desperate to achieve the fullest life for my child, without sacrificing my own. JACK is funny, entertaining and poignant in turns...kind of like life!" 

Starring AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer, Carrie Diaries) and Famke Janssen (Taken, X-Men), Jack of the Red Hearts follows an aging out of foster care yet street-smart teen, JACK (AnnaSophia Robb) who gets in trouble with her Probation Officer. Needing to lay low, she cons her way into a job as live-in companion to a child with severe autism, GLORY (Taylor Richardson of Annie). Intending to stay a few weeks and make a few bucks, Jack is stunned when she makes a positive impact on Glory. Meanwhile the family, in particular the mother KAY (Famke Janssen) makes a positive impact on Jack. The wounded, scrappy survivors begin to heal each other a little bit--until the law catches up, the truth comes out, and Jack must choose: save herself or help someone else. 

A local resident to the Ulster County area, Janet Grillo is a critically acclaimed filmmaker and award-winning producer. Fly Away, which she wrote, directed and produced, was sited by LA TIMES as one of four indies most overlooked for an Oscar nomination in 2011. Autism the Musical, which she Executive Produced, aired on HBO and won two Emmys in 2008. As Sr VP of Production at New Line, she oversaw the cult classic House Party and launched careers of many filmmakers. Janet is an Arts Professor at NYU Tisch Kanbar Institue of Film & TV, and the mother of a son on the Autism Spectrum.

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The Woodstock Film Festival returns October 13-16, 2016 with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.