For some of this year's Narrative Features directors, things have come full circle. Once upon a time, they attended and contributed to the shorts the Woodstock Film Festival has shown throughout past years. This year, here to celebrate the Woodstock Film Festival's Sweet 16 Birthday Celebration, these directors have returned with Narrative Features. Make sure to buy your tickets online at woodstockfilmfestival.com as they go live TOMORROW Wednesday, Sept 9!
Barney Elliott first attended the Woodstock Film Festival in 2007 with his short True Colours, a social drama about a loving father with an inclination for violence and his struggle to earn his family's trust. Elliott returns with his Narrative Drama, Oliver's Deal, starring Stephen Dorff (Immortals) and David Strathairn (A League of Their Own).
Set against the backdrop of an international finance deal in New York and Peru, Oliver's Deal is an intense political drama that explores how far people will go to get what they want.
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
a New York Premiere, Sasha Gordon screened her short Manhattan Melody at our 2011 Woodstock Film Festival. It was a thrilling and bittersweet musical story of a lonely young manicurist who finds unexpected adventure with a charismatic thief. Her short won second place for Best Student Short. This year, Gordon brings another New York Premiere in the form of a Narrative Feature, It Had to Be You, starring Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother).
IT HAD TO BE YOU
Sonia is a neurotic jingle writer who's always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris, Sonia has to decide whether she'll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies.
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
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Brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms screened their short Superman #1 at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2008, on the cusp of our 10 year anniversary. It was a superhero short about a group of friends that gathered for beer and a brutal inquisition. From superheroes to a rags-to-riches story, the brothers Nelms brings the narrative feature Waffle Street, starring James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon films).
Jimmy, played by a charming James Lafferty, finally finds work waiting tables at a chicken & waffles chain, where the hectic pace and general mayhem become both comedic and endearing. Under the tutelage of master grill man Edward (Danny Glover in a stunningly earnest performance), Jimmy learns some hard lessons about life, finance and making grits.
Premiere Status: East Coast Premiere
Another director that screened at Woodstock Film Festival in 2008 was Diego Ongaro with his short, Return to Labradoria, about a man luckless in love and bullied at work who sets off for Planet Labradoria to find his long lost childhood friend. This year, we're screening the New York Premiere of his Narrative Feature, Bob and the Trees.
BOB AND THE TREES
Bob is a handsome, rugged logger who spends his days either cutting trees in the silent, majestic Massachusetts woods or listening to hardcore rap music and playing golf. But this routine life is rudely interrupted when one of his beloved cows gets brutally wounded and his work suffers a financial blow following a bad business deal.
Premiere: New York Premiere
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Back from the early years of the Woodstock Film Festival, Johnny O'Reilly brings to this year's Festival the US Premiere of Moscow Never Sleeps. O'Reilly previously attended the Festival with his short, The Terms, in 2001, which won the Woodstock Film Festival Award for Best Short Film. It tells the story of a father and son and their execution pact.
MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS
Moscow Never Sleeps is a multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects us all. The film dives headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five Muscovites from diverse backgrounds.
Premiere: US Premiere
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
Pamela Romanowsky has been to the Woodstock Film Festival with shorts two times within the past five years. She first arrived at the Festival in 2010 with the World Premiere of her short Live Girls, a story about a disenfranchised medical student that develops a new sense of urgency and an increasingly warped view of reality while working nights in her uncle's sleazy sex shop. A year later, Romanowsky returned with the New York Premiere of Gravity, a story about an unexpected connection made amidst a time of alienation and brutality. This year, Woodstock Film Festival screens her newest Narrative Feature, The Adderall Diaries, starring James Franco (Pineapple Express) and Ed Harris (Radio).
THE ADDERALL DIARIES
As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
other shorts highlights not to miss:
THE PEACOCK KILLER, directed by Boyd Holbrook
East Coast Premiere
After physically reprimanding his dog for catching and eating a peacock, a man relieves his guilt by hunting down the remaining peacocks with his dog. Adapted from a short story by Sam Shepard.
Boyd Holbrook is an actor/writer/director. Boyd has acted in over fifteen critically acclaimed films and television series, including Gone Girl, Little Accidents, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Skeleton Twins, and Hatfields and McCoys. He has upcoming roles with directors Terrance Malick, Gavin OConnor, and the new Netflix series, Narcos, as the DEA agent who hunts down Pablo Escobar. Boyd's directorial debut, The Peacock Killer, is based on a Sam Shepard short story and stars Shea Whigham and Elizabeth Marvel. Boyd and Madeleine Sackler co-founded Madbrook Films in 2014.
Screening with shorts program BASED ON:
Based On at WOODSTOCK Community Center 10/2/2015 8:30 PM
Based On at WOODSTOCK Community Center 10/4/2015 6:00 PM
DEVIL'S WORK, directed by Miguel Silveira
East Coast Premiere (Shot at Columbia University)
Silveira attended WFF in 2013 with his feature I AM A VISITOR IN YOUR WORLD and returns this year with a short.
A troubled fourteen-year-old boy grows increasingly isolated as he obsesses over the circumstances surrounding his father's death. His descent puts him on a dismal and potentially violent course that will lead to major truths and even greater questions.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miguel Silveira lives and works in NYC. After receiving his MFA from Columbia University, Miguel began the pre-production for his second feature film American Thief, to be shot in NYC in 2015. Miguel screened his feature documentary I Am A Visitor in Your World at the Woodstock Film Festival 2013 and is happy to return this year with Devil's Work.
Screening with shorts program FEVER DREAM:
Fever Dream at WOODSTOCK Community Center 10/2/2015 6:30 PM
Fever Dream at WOODSTOCK Community Center 10/4/2015 4:00 PM