Youth Film Lab

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This July the Festival held its 2nd annual Youth Film Lab, a free program where Hudson Valley teens learned the ins-and-outs of filmmaking from seasoned industry professionals. Over the course of three weeks, fourteen area high school students were immersed in all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production, with the end goal of creating their own original works.

Hosted at the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, program participants had the opportunity to learn from several special visitors including Cynthia Kane, creator of DOCday on the Sundance Channel, cinematographer Michael Simmonds (Halloween, Never), writer and director Katherine Dieckmann (Strange Weather, Motherhood), composer Peter Wetzler, casting director Ellen Chenoweth (Oh Brother Where Art Thou), and others. Three of the films produced by the Film Lab students will be screening at the Festival: The Second, Epilogue to a Friendship, and Mean with Envy.

The Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab was made possible with support from an anonymous donor.

Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein with Film Lab students and instructors

Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein with Film Lab students and instructors