WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
AUGUST NEWSLETTER


 

"HONORING THE YOUNG AND THE OLD, ENDORSING COMMUNITY, ADVOCATING INSPIRATION AND LAUDING HUMANITARIAN GESTURES — ALL SENTIMENTS THAT SUM UP WOODSTOCK AND ITS 'FIERCELY INDEPENDENT' FILM FESTIVAL, QUITE WELL."
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Photo credit: Austin Hargrave CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Photo credit: Austin Hargrave

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MAVERICK AWARDS: SUSAN SARANDON, SHEP GORDON AND MORE ON THE WAY

The Woodstock Film Festival announced this week that iconic actress and producer Susan Sarandon will receive the honorary Maverick Award. During the October Maverick award ceremony, attendees will have an opportunity to celebrate Sarandon's esteemed film career. Also, be sure to join Sarandon for a Q&A session on the day that the Woodstock Film Festival will be screening BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY— a 2017 film that Sarandon executive produced.

The honorary Maverick Award will be presented to Sarandon on Saturday, October 14, at the Woodstock Film Festival's Maverick Awards Ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. The honorary Maverick Award is presented annually to leaders in the film and media industries who demonstrate a fiercely independent and unparalleled artistic vision. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater, Jonathan Demme, Mira Nair, Barbara Kopple, Steve Buscemi and more.

The Woodstock Film Festival announced in July that Shep Gordon will receive the Trailblazer award. The 2017 Maverick Awards will be a star-studded night, stay tuned for more announcements about honorees in the coming weeks!


Post Production Lounge: The Last Stop

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The Post New York Alliance will be hosting a Post Production Lounge at this year's Woodstock Film Festivals. Panels, music, bagels, beer, coffee and charging stations for the Festival goers will be offered October 13-15 at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. All are welcome to enjoy the lounge to relax, eat, drink, and catch a few interesting panel discussions. Thank you, Post New York Alliance for this addition to our festival.

 

Exciting New Virtual reality Experience at Hospitality Lounge

Experience the Best of Virtual Reality at this year's Woodstock Film Festival hospitality lounge, courtesy of HTC VIVE, the industry leader in roomscale Virtual Reality.

This is a great opportunity to experience the wonder of this new development in technology and spark your imagination with possibilities for story telling in this newly accessible medium. Access is available to all full festival pass holders.


Meira Blaustein with Alex and Andrew Smith at the WALKING OUT screening.

Meira Blaustein with Alex and Andrew Smith at the WALKING OUT screening.

The Woodstock Film Festival presented five successful special screenings over the summer.

Most recently, on August 12, film-goers enjoyed a special screening of WALKING OUT followed by a Q&A session led by Woodstock Film Festival executive director Meira Blaustein, with the film directors Alex and Andrew Smith. The audience was deeply moved by the film and asked thoughtful questions during the Q&A session. Thanks to all who attended.

WALKING OUT played at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by IFC Films on October 5, 2017. Alex Smith lives in Woodstock, where the film was edited by festival alum Michael Taylor.


We are currently seeking matching funds for a facilities grant that we hope to receive from NYSCA on January 1, 2018. Your support will help us achieve our goal. We raised $23, 310 with a goal of $40,000. The Film Center is the hub of operations for the Woodstock Film Festival as well as the Hudson Valley Film Commission. The facility's improvements would be an asset to the overall operations of the festival and the film commission. We thank you in advance for your donations.

Your Capital Campaign Contribution will help us hire local contractors to: 
- Gut and renovate 2 office spaces & bathroom ($20k) 
- Electric upgrades ($5k)
- 5 new windows ($3k) 
   *includes removal of old windows and new installation
- Prep for and install spray foam insulation ($12k) 
   *includes demo and new walls after foam insualtion

For more information and to make a charitable donation, please visit our Capital Campaign page.


The deadline to advertise with the Woodstock Film Festival is fast approaching! Take advantage of this advertising opportunity before September 8.

Our festival would not be a reality without the help of sponsors, supporters, and advertisers. We offer local businesses discounted ad packages including print and social media placements.

Discounts are available to businesses in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Kingston.

With a year round program of events and exciting announcements, these advertising opportunities allow your business to impact local and non-local audiences beyond the festival season.

Visit our AdBuy page for additional information, prices, and samples: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/adbuy.php


We are always looking for additional interns and volunteers during the festival season. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the festival, and operations would not run smoothly without our dedicated team of volunteers.

Internships offer students the opportunity to get hands on experience with all the necessary components of running a festival from press, to operations, to production. We are currently looking for interns in all departments for the time leading up to the festival.

Volunteer with us

intern with us

Do not miss this opportunity to work with industry professionals in a fun, fast-paced festival environment! For more information on these positions, please visit our jobs page.


Darren Aronofsky with Jennifer Connelly and Natalie Portman at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards.

Darren Aronofsky with Jennifer Connelly and Natalie Portman at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards.

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky's new film, MOTHER!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, will be released by Paramount Pictures in the United States on September 15, 2017. The film is also competing for the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Darren Aronofsky, who directed BLACK SWAN in 2010, returns with another psychological thriller.

Darren Aronofsky's film career spans the realms of directing, producing, and writing. He directed BLACK SWAN and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and produced JACKIE. In 2014, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly presented him with the Honorary Maverick Award.


GRAY KRAUSs back on board for the 2017 woodstock film festival

We are thrilled to welcome the full service entertainment law firm, Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, back as a sponsor for the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival!

Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, originally founded in 1998, is a full service entertainment law firm concentrating in film, television, music and intellectual property. The firm has served as production counsel for hundreds of films and television series, guiding clients through rights acquisition, financial structuring, contract negotiation, physical production, and distribution. The firm also represents institutional and private lenders in all aspects of motion picture lending. The firm’s music practice counsels clients on a wide variety of transactions, from representation of major label recording artists and prominent publishers to independent record and publishing deals. The firm’s talent practice counsels performers, comedians, writers, directors, and producers on a wide variety of transactions with leading film studios, television networks, and production companies.


The Woodstock Film Festival showcases some of the best contemporary filmmaking from around the world, featuring passionate, creative, captivating and affirming work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.

Woodstock Film Festival Sponsorships come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We will work with you to custom fit a partnership that benefits your business marketing goals! If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 845.679.4265 or email sponsor@woodstockfilmfestival.com

Or, please consider a tax deductible contribution to help us continue our mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. Individual contributions or foundation grants will support our ongoing efforts.

woodstock film festival tickets

Get the best of the fest with a Full Festival Pass which includes priority seating for screenings and panels, access to parties and the hospitality suite, a ticket to the award ceremony, and more! The Maverick Awards will take place on October 14 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, New York. Tickets are currently available at  Maverick Awards Tickets 

We will announce our 2017 lineup on September 12. The box office will open on Sept 20. Tickets start at $10. For more information on ticket prices, schedules, venues, and more please visit Woodstock Film Festival Ticket Info


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