upcoming 2019 events
April - June Seminar
Mapping the Movie in Your Mind: Sections I & II - SOLD OUT
Taught by Screenwriter/Director Alex Smith
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Are you haunted by a story? One that won't let you go-- yet remains stuck in your head? This intensive writing workshop will help you move the movie (or television show, limited series, webisode, etc.,) in your mind onto the page. A series of four distinct workshop sessions will help draw forth your idea– moving it from a FROZEN CONCEPT to a FLOWING STORY, inducing it, Athena-like, into a full-blown narrative. By seminar’s end, each student will have generated a multi-dimensional map of the movie in their mind and will have fully ‘broken’ their idea from start-to-finish– and be primed to begin writing.
More information can be found here.
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.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. Click Here to Purchase Tickets.
Special Event in collaboration with Radio Kingston: Diverse Voices in Film & Media at Aaron Rezny Inc. in Kingston, NY.
Registration is free but space is limited. Click Here to Sign Up
The panel will feature a diverse group of filmmakers and artists who are engaged in telling important and marginalized stories that do not always get wide public attention, and / or shed a light onto a world not often seen on screen.
Confirmed speakers to date:
Lisa Cortés - Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging visionary stories.
Through her production company, Cortés Films she produced innovative features, documentaries and short films. Her recent film THE APOLLO opened the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION is premiering at Tribeca. Cortés is a Member of the Producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Boards of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; ITVS; Yaddo and the Trajal Harrell Dance Company.
Yoruba Richen - Award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic and Field of Vision. Her latest film THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel. Yoruba is director of the documentary program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.
Lacey Schwartz Delgado- Award-winning producer/ writer/ director/ outreach strategist who draws on her interdisciplinary background to create compelling stories that span documentary and fiction. She is co-founder of Truth Aid, a multimedia production company that specializes in stories about telling truths that are difficult to discuss. Schwartz Delgado directed, produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary “LITTLE WHITE LIE,” and also executive produced the award-winning narrative film “DIFRET”. A native of Woodstock, NY and resident of Rhinebeck, NY, Schwartz Delgado has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Harvard University.
Screening Under the Stars 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.
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more events to be announced…
Staged Screenplay Reading of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ
The Woodstock Film Festival together with Actors & Writers filled the seats of the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts with a completely sold out screenplay reading of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ for a laugh out loud, electrifying performance.
Based on the novella by Barbara Pokras, the screenplay of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ was written by Pokras and Fran Pokras Yariv.
Thank you everyone for attending.
SPECIAL SCREENING OF AMAZING GRACE, with live musical introduction by Simi Stone
A totally sold out electrifying show of the divine Amazing Grace at Upstate Films Woodstock, with the fabulous Simi Stone setting up the mood first with her beautiful song. "Soulful" and "Amazing" were a few words that attendees used to describe the film on their way out. Thank you everyone for attending.
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.