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.