upcoming 2019 events
Special screening of AMAZING GRACE, with live musical introduction by Simi Stone
Location: Upstate Films Woodstock
Time: 2 pm
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
Staged Screenplay Reading of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ
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.
7th Annual Taste of Woodstock
The Woodstock Film Festival is holding the 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock on May 22 at 6pm. Join us and celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer.
At 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.
Location: Upstate Films Woodstock
Time: 9:15 pm
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. 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)
Special Event in collaboration with Radio Kingston: Diverse Voices in Film & Media.
Outdoor Screening Powered by Solar Energy
Join us for an outdoor screening in collaboration 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.
more events to be announced…
WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION EVENT
On March 16, 2019, we saw an inspirational event spotlighting and celebrating powerful and talented women working in different fields within the film and television industries. Hundreds attended and filled the overflowing room, and the talk ran far longer than anticipated, with a meet & greet session afterwards.
Our dynamic panelists included Janet Grillo, Ellen Kuras, Blair Breard, Lacey Schwartz-Delgado, Wendy Ettinger, Wendy Lidell, and Lisa Myers.
Audiences members were encouraged to ask questions and share their own experience as women working in the industry.
The Women in Film & Television Panel could not have been made possible without our partnership with Radio Kingston. Our thanks go out also to Hillary Harvey for creating the Women’s History Month Kingston events, and to Aaron Rezny for his beautiful space and hospitality.
Refreshments were provided by the T-Salon and Bread Alone.
The full panel discussion can be streamed here.
Leave No Trace
On June 23, 2018, the Woodstock Film Festival, in collaboration with Upstate Films Woodstock, presented a special screening of Leave No Trace followed by an in depth Q&A conversation with director Debra Granik and Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein. Leave No Trace opened theatrically on June 29, 2018, via Bleecker Street.
"Wow, Meira, what a loyal, focused and outstandingly engaged cinema culture you and the festival have solidified! I will not forget this night with the fullness and presence of interacting with film supporters and appreciators.” - Debra Granik
On September 8, 2018, the Woodstock Film Festival and WacBiz co-presented the powerful documentary Finding Oscar at the Rosendale Theatre Collective. The screening was followed by an informative and moving panel featuring the film’s subject Oscar Ramirez Castaneda, producer and attorney Scott Greathead, and world renowned forensic anthropologist Freddy Peccerelli. The program was moderated by Shari Turitz, Vice President for Programs at the American Jewish World Service.
"What an extraordinary film. We were deeply moved to the point of wordlessness, really. Driving home, we simple stared at the road and processed internally all we had hear and seen. The talk-back afterwards helped cushion the horrors documented in the film. Having Oscar actually in the hose with his family…hearing his gentle words…feeling the possibility of hope…grasping the huge influence of Freddy’s work…all of it was tremendously humbling. I bow my head and thank you, thank you, thank you,” - Anonymous
At the end of October the Woodstock Film Festival was able to thank our volunteers for all of their hardwork with a special private screening at Upstate Films Woodstock. We welcomed back writer / director Paul Starkman and editor / producer Neil Usatin for a special showing of their film WHEELS, this year’s winner of the Gigantic Pictures’ Feature Narrative Award and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The Woodstock Film Festival would not be possible without our dedicated and talented volunteers!
April: A special free screening of The Promise packed the house, followed by an in-depth conversation with producer Bill Horberg.
July: A special screening of Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul. The film’s director, John Edginton, and Woodstock Music Festival promoter Michael Lang hosted a Q&A session after the screening.
July: A special screening of Story of A Girl. Following the screening, there was an in-depth Q&A conversation with director Kyra Sedgwick and editor Sabine Hoffman.
July: A special screening of Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter, was shown weeks before it made its theatrical premiere. The film’s director, Katherine Dieckmann, and the film’s composer, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, attended the screening and hosted a Q&A after the film.
August: Film-goers enjoyed a special screening of Walking Out followed by a Q&A session led by film directors Alex and Andrew Smith.