2016 Woodstock Panels

october 14, 2016

Producers on producing
Friday, 4 pm

What does a producer REALLY do? From finding the financing, to dealing with the day-to-day dramas during the shoot, producing requires enormous talent and high production standards to keep a film from spinning out of control. As George Gallo (Midnight Run) once said: “If every scene is off by an inch, the film misses by a mile.” Producers are in charge of these inches, whether the film is a huge Hollywood production requiring an army of talent and coordination, or a low-budget independent production with a small crew. This panel on the foibles and passions of producing film, featuring some of today’s most sought after producers,  promises to be a lively and informative discussion.

Panelists: William Horberg (Searching for Bobby Fisher), John Sloss (Boys Don't Cry) , Lucy Barzun Donnelly (Pieces of April), Lawrence Inglee (Swiss Army Man)
Moderated by Richard Abramowitz


October 15, 2016

Master class with catherine Hardwicke: Fix it in prep
saturday, 10 am

Celebrated writer and director Catherine Hardwicke discusses her journey from pre-production to final screening in her 'MasterClass' presentation. Fix It In Prep details her preparation process for film and television projects with clips, storyboards, shot lists, rehearsal practices, drawings, and more. Catherine Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and awards at numerous other international film festivals. She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, and Lisa Cholodenko. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. In the last two years, Hardwicke has dived into the world of television, directing episodes for AMC and pilots for CBS, MTV and USA, all of which went to series. Her most recent film, Miss You Already, stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, and Jacqueline Bisset.


Music in film (sponsored by bmi)
Saturday, 12 pm

PanelistsJedd Wider and Todd Wider (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God), Lori Singer (Footloose), Paul Cantelon (The Other Boleyn Girl)
Moderated by Charlie Feldman


Women in film and media
Saturday 2pm

2016 is a breakthrough year for women. The U.S. is witnessing the first female presidential candidate for a major party and, in film, two women will be directing high-budget pictures (Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle in Time). With seemingly more women gaining a foothold in a film industry traditionally dominated by men, what is the future likely to hold? Are we finally heading towards gender equality in the entertainment and film world or are we still embedded in the status quo? Hear from some of the women who began their film careers long before it was conventional, illuminating what has changed and what remains the same.

Panelists: Bette Gordon (Variety), Mary Stuart Masterson (Some Kind of Wonderful), Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen), Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)

Moderated by Thelma Adams


Chat with trailblazer
Saturday, 4 pm

Join Logan Hill and Participant Media CEO David Linde in a wide-ranging discussion about telling stories and fostering social change in a rapidly changing media environment. As a veteran of Miramax, a former co-president of Good Machine, a founding co-president of Focus Features, a co-chairman of Universal, and a founder of Lava Bear Films, Linde has supported visionary work by artists, including Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón. This fall alone, Linde will celebrate the release of six films through Participant Media and three through Lava Bear. At Woodstock, he’ll look back on his hugely influential career, as well as forward, sharing insights about his plans for Participant Media to define the next generation of bold, relevant storytelling.

David Linde
is a true visionary who has tirelessly nurtured and furthered the highest quality of film and filmmakers, including such luminaries as Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón. He is CEO of Participant Media, a global company dedicated to media that inspires social change and recently won the Best Picture Oscar® for Spotlight. Linde’s career spans production, global distribution and building companies from the ground up, including Miramax Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures (Focus Features’ genre division), and Lava Bear Films. Linde has been recognized for numerous awards, including The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year, General Electric’s Chairman’s Award for Performance Turnaround, the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the 21st Israel Film Festival – Visionary Award, New York Magazine: Best of the Industry Award, and the Gotham Award for Distinguished Achievement, among others

Moderated by Logan Hill


October 16, 2016

Actors dialogue
Sunday, 10 AM

Panelists: Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development)

Moderated by Martha Frankel


Telling their stories
Sunday, 12 pm

Fiction filmmaking begins with a great script; documentary filmmaking begins with a great subject. Spending time with your subject, peeling back the layers to find something close to “truth,” is a complex and rewarding process. With the advent of cheap, light, portable, high-quality cameras and a myriad of new viewing platforms, it is the golden age of documentary filmmaking. A young filmmaker anywhere in the world can pick up a camera, film what they care about, share it with the world, inspire and empower others. Documentary film opens doors into worlds we normally have no access to, opens windows into the hearts and minds of others. As the great documentarian Albert Maysles put it, “As you watch a film, you are, in effect, in the shoes of another individual. What a privilege to have that experience.” The craftsmanship and artistry of documentary directors surprises us in new ways every day, as they weave in animation, humor, experiment with genre, voice, and hybrid forms, giving us new eyes to change the way we see the world. “What’s great about documentary,” said Errol Morris, “is that it can be experimental filmmaking. You have a license to do a lot of diverse things under the umbrella of “documentary.”

Panelists: Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin'), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Marathon: Patriots Day Bombing), Olha Onyshko (Women of Maidan)

Moderated by Nancy Abraham


Insiders and outsiders: Feminism in the middle east
Sunday, 2 pm

From the Old Testament to modern times, law and culture in the Middle East has primarily been controlled by men, with women relegated to "outsider" status even when they're born and raised in the region. Enabled in part by social and media access, a rising tide of feminism is changing the conversation. Women have joined forces with each other, and sometimes with outsiders, to expand the dialogue. In some cases, like in the Woodstock film The Promised Band, outsiders and female insiders joining forces is an effective combination for magnifying the female voice: both groups offer legitimization to each other in the face of active campaigns to minimize and discredit their mutual stories and perspectives. Progress is happening, but there are still many obstacles, including occasional violent opposition. Join our panel of female artists, academics and activists from or working in the region (particularly Israel and Palestine) for a frank conversation about how things have been, and where, with continued accessibility, they may be going.

Panelists: Martina Radwan (Saving Face)Olga M. Davidson, Lina Qadri, Viki Ausender, Jen Heck (Salamander)

Moderated by Dr. Holly Shaw