2017 HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD RECIPIENT
The Trailblazer Award was presented by Michael Lang to Shep Gordon
Shep Gordon received the 2017 Trailblazer Award for his work in the independent film, music and culinary entertainment industries. Gordon founded one of the first independent film companies and film distributors Alive Pictures/Island Alive, and has represented musicians and celebrity chefs like Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross, Wolfgang Puck, Emril Lagasse, among many others.
The Panel "A Chat with Shep Gordon" can be found here.
EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AWARD RECIPIENT
Excellence in Acting Award Recipient was presented by Jared Moshe to Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman received the 2017 Excellence in Acting Award. In addition to receiving the award, the Woodstock Film Festival will screen The Ballad Of Lefty Brown (courtesy of A24) in which Bill Pullman gives a tour de force performance as the title character. Bill Pullman's versatile acting spans from dramatic roles to comedic roles, including A League Of Their Own, Independence Day, Ruthless People, Sleepless In Seattle, and Spaceballs.
GIGANTIC PICTURES FEATURE NARRATIVE AWARD
A Special Award for Excellence in Acting by an Ensemble went to Submission.
Films We Like DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Roger Ross Williams
HASKELL WEXLER AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sponsored by Panavision, NY
Prize: $15,000 in rental services from Panavision, NY
The Haskell Wexler Cinematography Award continues under the guardianship of Wexler's friend and colleague Ellen Kuras, carrying on Wexler’s legacy for years to come. "One of the most inventive and unique voices in cinema of our time, Haskell was a rebel and advocate of progressive causes who lived his politics through his work, and his work through his spirited beliefs," wrote juror Ellen Kuras, "We continue to honor Haskell and his work by recognizing filmmakers who reflect his passion."
"I judge Cinematography not just for a story well told, but for what the story is. " - Haskell Wexler. Rest in Peace.
Woodstock Film Festival ULTRA INDIE AWARD
Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, Des Rochers, LLP,
The Ultra Indie award is presented to an outstanding film with a budget of less than $200K. The films nominated raise the art of low budget filmmaking to a higher level and we are proud to partner with Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, Des Rochers LLP and Blackmagic Design to reward the best of these
ultra low budget selections from the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.
WORLD CINEMA AWARD
The jury would also like to give a special mention to the young actress Lisa Ruth Andreozzi for her breakthrough performance.
Claude Dal Farra
CARPE DIEM ANDRETTA AWARD
The Carpe Diem Andretta Award honors longtime area resident Vincent “Jay” Andretta III, who passed away in December 2014. The Glenford resident will be remembered as a successful businessman, a driven, avid athlete and a loving, dedicated husband, father, son and great friend to many including the Woodstock Film Festival. Jay’s favorite quote was Carpe Diem (Seize the Day). His life was a testament to the phrase. The Carpe Diem Andretta Award will be presented to a film that best exemplifies living life to the fullest through character and story development in a full length narrative or documentary film.
Presented by Lauri and Jimmy Andretta.
James Lyons Editing Award for NARRATIVE FEATURE
James Lyons Editing Award for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Maverick Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
Best Student Short
Audience Award for NARRATIVE FEATURE
Stuck, directed by Michael Berry
Average score of 4.73 out of 5
Trapped together on a stalled New York City subway car, six strangers confront their assumptions of one another under the scrutinizing eye of a mysterious homeless man, authentically played by Giancarlo Esposito. A musical for modern times, Stuck counterbalances its claustrophobic setting with impassioned songs and fully realized characters, each vocalizing their stories through memory and fantasy. The talented cast (which includes Ashanti, Amy Madigan, Tim Young, Aden Cho, Omar Chapparo, Gerard Canonico, and Reyna de Courcy) leaps through the screen and grips us with the realization that each of us carries some silent burden waiting to be proclaimed.
Audience Award for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Organizer, directed by Nick Taylor
Average score of 4.97 out of 5.
Documenting the work of the brilliant community organizer Wade Rathke, The Organizer takes us through his process of founding ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), the first of its kind community-based organization. Starting with a few driven welfare moms in Arkansas, ACORN quickly mushroomed into a highly energized and mobilized half-million strong constituency that influenced government and corporate policy on the local, state and federal levels.