Followed by the previously announced Gala Kickoff with Carlos Varela- direct from Cuba!
Our Sweet 16th celebration is just around the corner (40 days and counting!) and not only are we kicking off with the Cuban based POET OF HAVANA film/performance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center, but we are excited to bring director Josh Fox to Woodstock for our Keynote Address.
Josh Fox, activist and writer/director of the critically acclaimed GASLAND, brought the anti-fracking movement into the spotlight and onto government lawmakers' laps. His glimpse into the horrible effects of fracking aided in its banning in New York State, demonstrating grassroots activism via film and media at its best.
Josh will be addressing filmmaking, human rights, and the climate at the Kleinert James Art Center on Wednesday, Sept 30 @ 4PM.
Traveling direct from Cuba on the heels of the newly reopened embassies, Carlos Varela and band, with special guest Jackson Browne, will perform later that evening following the POET OF HAVANA screening at 7:30PM.
We are very proud to have two distinct, socially relevant events to jumpstart our 16th year. The Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley towns it occupies have always been a hotbed for social and environmental activism through creative expression.
Pairing Fox's keynote conversation with the special presentation of THE POET OF HAVANA highlights two extremely relevant issues Americans are dealing with right now: speaking out against fracking and current international relations on the mend with Cuba.
"We're excited to have Josh Fox as our Keynote Speaker," stated Woodstock Film Festival co-founder & executive director Meira Blaustein. "I saw first hand his ability to spur activism and change when we hosted a screening of GASLAND a few years ago and hundreds of phone calls to government representatives immediately followed. Josh is the epitome of grassroots activism via film and media. Having both him and Cuba's musical and poetic voice of dissent, Carlos Varela, kick off the festival is a true treat."
His dialogue will elaborate on the intersection between human rights and climate change, and how film can illustrate and transform our approach to this complex political problem. His two GASLAND films had a symbiotic relationship with the worldwide anti-fracking movement. What can we learn from the way these films and the movement helped spur each other on? How can we better connect narrative, emotion, art, and reporting to the environmental and climate movement? What do we have to do next as a movement?
Make sure to ask Josh your own question on Sept 30 and later that evening experience Cuban superstar Carlos Varela @ UPAC!
Tickets will be $15 for the keynote conversation and are available by CLICKING HERE.
Tickets for THE POET OF HAVANA available HERE.