Comedy Shines at Woodstock Film Fest

Need a little laugh?

Not only is Woodstock home to it's very own comedy fest (the Woodstock Comedy Festival, of course!), but you can transition from stage to film when WFF's 16th birthday gets underway Sept 30!

This year, we've got some great comedy choices to appeal to all audiences! As comedy infiltrates film festivals around the globe, making the genre a serious contender for excellent storytelling, WFF brings a slate of diverse laughs. From legendary British comedy, to off-beat office humor, to San Fransisco stand-up, to a reimagining of a classic story, get your laugh fix at WFF!

These include...

LOVE AND TAXES

Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
New York Premiere
Q&A attendance: Jacob Kornbluth and Brian Newman

Love & Taxes is a riveting comic tale of seven years of tax avoidance. Following the possibly real-life exploits of Josh Kornbluth, an autobiographical monologist, Love & Taxes is a comedy that blends solo performance and scripted scenes to bring the subjective reality of the storyteller hilariously to life. A tale of procrastination, making movies and growing up, Love & Taxes is a middle-aged coming-of-age story that is also, quite possibly, the first ever pro-tax romantic comedy.

Upstate Films II Rhinebeck  
Fri. 10/2/2015, 3:30PM
Bearsville Theater Woodstock
Sun. 10/4/2015, 7:45PM
Tickets available HERE.

 

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

Directed by Roger Graef & James Rogan
Q&A attendance: TBD

This is a uniquely intimate documentary about comedy'’s original super group, capturing the most anticipated comeback show in comedy. It follows the stars of Monty Python as they reunite for a final time to stage a marathon ten shows of Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go. This observational portrait reveals the humor, chaos and passion that went into bringing the Flying Circus to the stage. It offers a unique insight into the inner workings of five diverse talents pulling together after a 34-year hiatus to recreate their unique brand of comedy for a legion of fans.

Woodstock Playhouse
Sat. 10/3/2015, 9:00PM
Rosendale Theatre
Sun. 10/4/2015, 12:00PM
Tickets available HERE.

 

SILVER SKIES

Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez
US Premiere
Q&A attendance: Rosemary Rodriguez, Nestor Rodriguez, Jack McGee

Silver Skies chronicles a group of seniors whose lives turn upside down when their Los Angeles apartment complex threatens to be sold out from under them. Director Rosemary Rodriguez has assembled a high-profile cast to play some very complicated roles. With humor and compassion, she brings these old-timers to a place of fear, a little romance and deep caring for each others' well-being. Long term pals Phil and Nick (George Hamilton and Jack McGee) tenderly face Phil's descent into Alzheimer's. Ethel (the sexy Valerie Perrine) finds friendship trumps love. Mariette Hartley's Harriet discovers life is good when you let down your guard. And with incredible moxie, Eve (Barbara Bain) demonstrates that age is no impediment when it comes to defending what's right. The story is easily relatable, as our aging population confronts a downturn in health, money and self-esteem. Now in their twilight years, facing the unknown, these underdogs will have you rooting for them all the way.

Woodstock Playhouse
10/3/2015, 4:00PM
Tickets available HERE.

 

3 Still Standing
Followed by a special performance by
Will Durst & Johnny Steele

Directed by Robert Campos & Donna LoCiero
East Coast Premiere
Q&A attendance: Donna LoCiero, Robert Campos, Will Durst, Johnny Steele

Three stand-up comedians seek fame and fortune in the hottest comedy scene in the world: San Francisco in the 1980s. There they meet rising stars Robin Williams and Dana Carvey. Success, it seems, is just one good stand-up performance away. Soon, Will Durst, Larry 'Bubbles' Brown and Johnny Steele are being courted by agents and studios. We follow them on a 30-year journey that is both hilarious and moving, through comedy's boom and bust, and into their current scramble to survive as artists. 3 Still Standing offers a rare glimpse into the art and business of making people laugh.

Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK 10/1/2015, 8:00PM
*Followed by a special performance by Will Durst & Johnny Steele

ROSENDALE Theatre
10/2/2015, 1:00PM

Tickets available HERE.

 

Band of Robbers

Directed by Aaron & Adam Nee
East Coast Premiere
Q&A attendance: Aaron & Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Stephen Lang & more

Expertly adapting the characters from Mark Twain's seminal stories into the 21st century, Band of Robbers is a clever escapade that truly honors the essence of its source material. We meet thrill-seeking Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer as young boys pursuing adventure. But the authorities have a different concept of fun, and after being released from his latest stay in prison, petty crook Huck hopes to leave his criminal activities behind. But lifelong friend and corrupt police officer Tom has a different idea in mind. In a final endeavor to achieve their childhood dreams, Tom pulls the gang back together in the hopes of discovering a legendary treasure. Little do they know, this new caper will send them into more unexpected and dangerous territories than they ever faced as children. The sophomore feature from brothers Aaron and Adam Nee, with its impressively talented cast, comes together to create a slightly dark, but always witty comedy-adventure.

Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
10/2/2015, 7:00PM
ROSENDALE Theatre
10/3/2015, 2:15PM

Tickets available HERE.

 

IT HAD TO BE YOU

Directed by: Sasha Gordon
World Premiere
Q&A: Sasha Gordon, Rachel Brenna

Sonia (Cristin Milioti, How I Met Your Mother) is a neurotic and utterly charming jingle writer who has always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal of marriage and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris (Dan Soder), Sonia has to decide whether she'll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies. Director Sasha Gordon, who worked on past Woodstock Film Festival favorites Dear Lemon Lima (2009), God of Love (2010), and I Believe in Unicorns (2014), brings the same sensitivities to It Had To Be You, her directorial debut. In this whimsical and edgy romantic comedy, that is raunchy yet gentle, she explores the choices women face today, while at the same time satirizing cultural expectations of gender and romance.

Upstate Films Woodstock
Thurs. 10/1/2015, 6:30PM
Upstate Films I Rhinebeck
Fri. 10/2/2015, 9:00PM

Tickets available HERE.

 

Like your films short and sweet? Our short films lineup includes:

First World Problems (2015)

First World Problems (2015)

First World Problems (Dir. by Hanna Maylett)

How I Didn't Become A Piano Player
(Dir. by Tommaso Pitta)

Old Tricks (Dir. by Theodore M. Buckwald)

Sure Thing (Dir. by Deborah Reinisch)

And many more! 

 

For tickets and more information, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com