WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
2018 FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

"For the 2017 edition of the self-declared 'fiercely independent' fest, the programming was eco-friendly, class-conscious, gender-aware and racially sensitive — a fitting environment for the handful of host towns surrounding the area."

- Variety



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The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions.

Submit YOUR FILM today FOR CONSIDERATION.

"The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking." -Ethan Hawke, actor

"The Woodstock Film Festival continues to be the best! It encompasses all that is great about film festivals: New and cutting-edge talent, enthusiastic and engaged audiences, and a warm and welcoming vibe – all with the gorgeous Hudson River Valley as a backdrop. It's a must for filmmakers."  -Barbara Kopple, Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker

"I had a terrific time there and loved the joyful vibe of the festival. Such a pleasure. And the audiences were so smart and enthusiastic. I look forward to coming back." -Richard Levine, Submission (2017)

 
 

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will honor the best films of 2017 at 8pm on March 4, 2018.


Knife Skills

Knife Skills, which is nominated for Best Documentary Short at this year's Academy Awards and screened at last year's Woodstock Film Festival, is available to watch right now on the New Yorker website before the awards on March 4.

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"A rare, behind-the scenes look at the opening of a fine French restaurant where the staff and trainees navigate the challenges of starting over."


Mudbound

Mudbound, directed by part time HV resident Dee Rees received 3 Oscar nominations, including 1) Mary J Blige for Best Supporting Actress, 2)Dee Rees and Virgil Williams for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, and 3) Rachel Morrison for Best Cinematography.

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After 651 nominations since 1929, Rachel is the first woman to receive an Oscar Nomination for cinematography.

As mentioned before in the January 2017 Woodstock Film Festival newsletter, this amazing film, which was purchased for $12-million by Netflix at 2017 Sundance Film Festival, was also edited by a woman - 2016 Woodstock Film Festival jury member Mako Kamitsuna.

For her previous film Pariah, Dee Rees hired a young African American part time HV resident by the name of Braford Young. Since Pariah, Young has lensed films including Selma, Arrival and most recently, Solo: A Star Wars Story. In 2016, he become only the second African American to receive an Oscar nomination in Cinematography for his work on Arrival.

Mudbound is available now to watch on Netflix.


My Nephew Emmett

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My Nephew Emmett screened at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival. For his work on the film, director Kevin Wilson Jr. was honored with our Maverick Award for Best Student Short, sponsored by Gigantic Pictures. My Nephew Emmett is now nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at this year's Academy Awards. 

"On a dark night in 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood."


The Square

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The Square has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film screened last year at the 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival. The Square is playing now in select cinemas, such as Upstate Films in Woodstock. Check their website to find a screening near you.
"Christian is a sophisticated, liberal and respected curator of a contemporary art museum who is about to launch a daring new exhibit titled The Square, when in a blink of an eye, everything changes. One minute a successful man in control of his life and his surroundings, Christian becomes a victim of a theft of his wallet and phone, and is pulled into a whirlpool of events that gets more and more bizarre before it balances out again. A rich and entertaining satire that takes on the Swedish art scene, politics and human nature, The Square boasts stellar performance by Christian (Claes Bang) and Anne (Elizabeth Moss) as it takes you on a ride through individual and societal behavior."


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Two prominent Woodstock Film Festival alumni are nominated for Best Supporting Actor, both for the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Woody Harrelson first attended the festival in 2003, where he was awarded our Honorary Maverick Award. Read his acceptance speech here. He returned to the festival in 2009 with the film The Messenger, attending the screening with director Oren Moverman and actors Ben Foster and Steve Buscemi. Woody Harrelson is nominated at this year's Academy Awards for his performance as Chief Bill Willoughby in Three Billboards

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Sam Rockwell attended the 2004 Woodstock Film Festival and participated in our Actor's Dialogue panel with Melissa Leo and Lili Taylor. Sam Rockwell won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes earlier this year for his performance as Officer Jason Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


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In light of the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, and as we watch traumatized and emboldened students in Parkland and throughout the country take on activism that they never thought they would, we are reminded of Kim A Snyder’s remarkable documentary Newtown. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience. The Woodstock Film Festival showed Newtown as a special screening back in August 2016, followed by a heart wrenching Q&A session, led by Woodstock Film Festival's executive director Meira Blaustein and featuring some of the parents as well as the filmmakers. Today, as the nation grapples with yet another horrific school shooting and the loss of so many young lives, Newtown is being shown once again in many communities throughout the country. To request a special screening visit http://newtownfilm.com/#host-a-screening

"Taking the unthinkable and making it palpable; turning the pain into a crusade for positive change; broken hearts into enduring spirits; precious memories into soaring legacies; that is so much what the beautiful and powerful Newtown is all about. Masterfully crafted by director Kim A. Snyder and her team, Newtown is a film that transcends politics and speaks right to the heart of the matter and our collective humanity." - Meira Blaustein


Friends of the Woodstock Film Festival have enjoyed continued success this FEBRUARY.


Casey Silvestri

Casey Silvestri, one of our Operations Interns from 2015, works with NBC News and reported on the Winter Olympics on location in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this past month. Click here to see her segment, The Moments That MADE the Olympics, on NBC's Snapchat program Stay Tuned.

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NOA JONES

 From The Middle Way School's open house on Feb 24

From The Middle Way School's open house on Feb 24

Our volunteer and house manager of our panels, Noa Jones, a perpetual world traveller who works for Dzongsqr Khyentse Rinpoche, the Buddhist master and filmmaker (The Cup, Travelers and Magicians, Vara: A Blessing), is finally settling down in Woodstock to open a school. The Middle Way School offers an innovative, well-rounded education merged with the Buddhist view of wisdom and compassion, starting with grades pre-k, K, 1, and 2, adding one grade each year, with the aim of elementary through high school.


Thanks to a grant from NYSCA and matching facility donations, renovations have started at THE FILM CENTER. There is always more work to be done, so please consider giving to our Capital Campaign fundWork includes demo and renovation of 2 office spaces & a bathroom, electric upgrades, new windows, and most importantly, installation of foam insulation under the roof line to keep heat in. Painting will start March 1, and we are looking for volunteers to come in to help. Please email info@woodstockfilmfestival.com if you are interested.

THE FILM CENTER has been invaluable in making the film festival and the film commission more easily accessible to the community. In addition to providing administrative offices and a souvenir / box office storefront, we now regularly hold meetings, workshops, casting calls, and more to advance film exhibition and production in the Hudson Valley region.

The property was purchased in January 2011. The site was originally home to Heckeroth Plumbing & Electric, where the iconic film legend Lee Marvin once worked as an apprentice plumber. 

Thanks to generous contributors and sweat equity, we have accomplished many of our goals including putting on a new roof, turning a dingy old storage room into a beautiful conference room and office; turning an old garage into a garage into an employee entrance and office space that doubles as a small screening room, and much more...


 Photo by: Leslie Hill

Photo by: Leslie Hill

Join us at the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, on October 10-14, 2018.

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. For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please email info@woodstockfilmfestival.com


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The Woodstock Film Festival is extremely grateful to have so many amazing sponsors each year. This year's festival was made possible in part by Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors, and State Support.

 


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