WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER PART IV
Thank you to our gold, silver, bronze, and state sponsors for making the festival possible.
Come by the box office at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock.
EXTENDED HOURS - we are now open every day.
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Want to receive immediate and up to date information on this year's schedule? Download the Eventbase app and search for the "Woodstock Film Festival 2017" page. The app allows you to access all films, including Q&A information along with the times and venue location. You can favorite the films you are interested in/have tickets in order to make sure you arrive to the correct location at the right time.
One of the reasons the Woodstock Film Festival is so successful is because it brings filmmakers from overseas, who in turn bring a variety of worldviews into center focus. These views are important as our world is becoming increasingly more connected. The more we can learn from one another, the better off we will be. This year the festival is fortunate to have the following foreign filmmakers in attendance:
Hadi Ghandour with THE TRAVELLER
- Hadi is traveling from France for the North American premiere of The Traveller.
Sandra Vannucchi with GIRL IN FLIGHT
- Sandra is traveling from Italy for the North American premiere of Girl in Flight.
Benthe Forrer with THE CHOCOLATE CASE
- Benthe is traveling from The Netherlands for the North American premiere of The Chocolate Case.
Angelos Rallis with SHINGAL, WHERE ARE YOU?
- Angelos is traveling from the United Kingdom for the East Coast premiere of Shingle, Where Are You?
The Woodstock Film Festival also focuses on including local filmmakers in its festival. The Hudson Valley is a hotspot for film production, and it is an honor to be able to highlight some of these talented filmmakers each year. This year's festival has the following local filmmakers in attendance:
Directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, THE STRANGE ONES
- Filmed on-location in Woodstock
Director Allison Argo, THE LAST PIG
- Filmed on-location in the Hudson Valley
Director Dean Peterson, WHAT CHILDREN DO
- Filmed on-location in Woodstock and Kingston
Director Daniel McCabe, THIS IS CONGO
Daniel McCabe is from Woodstock and this is his first feature-length documentary
Director Richard Rowley, THE CYCLE (AMERICA DIVIDED)
- Richard lives part-time in Woodstock
Producer Bill Horberg, CRASH PAD
- Bill Horberg lives in Woodstock
Producer Joey Carey, THE ORGANIZER
- Joey Carey grew-up in Woodstock
A key goal of the Woodstock Film Festival is to create a cohesive program. Panels included in this year's program offer festivalgoers a deeper understanding of some of the films at the festival, providing a unique insight into the filmmaking process and the passion that drives them. Three panels that demonstrate this cohesive format are Through Their Lens: The American Condition, Music in Film: Case Study: A Symphony of Hope and Ask the Producer.
This panel focuses on documentary films that provide a lens through which audiences come face-to-face with all kinds of people in a variety of circumstances: films illuminating such issues as racial discrimination, inequality in education, voter rights, clean energy, same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, gender equality, community organizing -- all subjects of concern in America today.
At this panel, attendees will hear from Richard Rowley (THE CYCLE (AMERICA DIVIDED)), Jamie Redford (HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION), Bob Herbert (AGAINST ALL ODDS: THE FIGHT FOR A BLACK MIDDLE CLASS) and Sam Pollard (SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME). All of these filmmakers have had an extensive career in creating films that bring important social issues into the public eye and we are thrilled to have them participating in this year's panel.
Music in film: Case Study: A symphony of hope (Sponsored by BMI)
Focusing on the film A SYMPHONY OF HOPE, this panel delves into the connection between music and film with a conversation between the principal creators of A SYMPHONY OF HOPE. To bring this incredible story to the screen, documentary filmmaker Brian Weidling wove together a series of tragic events, the creative compassion of the Los Angeles musical community, and a story of hope through music in Haiti's poorest slum.
Moderator Doreen Ringer Ross will lead the discussion among panelists Christopher Lennertz, Lucas Richman, Brian Weidling (A SYMPHONY OF HOPE) and Christopher Scott "Chris" Brooks (ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER). All of these panelists are an integral part in the making of A SYMPHONY OF HOPE, each renowned in his own field.
Join some of today's most accomplished and influential producers as they chat about the current role of a producer, with anecdotes and examples from their own experiences.
Lee Aronsohn (40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE), Anne Carey (THE STRANGE ONES), William Horberg (CRASH PAD), Peter Saraf, and Zak Kilberg (THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE), in conversation with moderator Janet Grillo, will chat about the current role of a producer, with anecdotes and examples from their own experiences.
The Woodstock Film Festival staff spotlights four films that have caught our attention that we are excited to be showing.
Directed by Mark Dennis and Ben Foster
"Everyone loves a good action-adventure movie. Missing teachers? Underground cave? Attractive young adults? Time travel? What day is it? Strap in because this science fiction thriller will take you for a bumpy ride."
- Michael Winsor, Box Office
Directed by Joe Martin
"Us and Them is a suspenseful film that will take the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. A well-off family’s world is turned upside down by a group of rough-and-tumble friends who want to teach society a lesson about money and class in Britain. Don’t miss this film!"
- Joe Davis, Photography
Directed by Richard Linklater
"When the old gang gets back together they take a road trip to New Hampshire to bury Doc's (Steve Carell) son at home. You need to see Richard Linklater's newest film before it erupts into Oscar bait and everyone catches wind of the sure to be Oscar hit."
- Morgan Malecki, Meira's Assistant
Directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
"Meet J, who lives in a constant state of uncertainty as they take hormone-blockers to delay puberty. J must soon make a very important decision on their future. They thoughtfully and tastefully captures the immense pressure on a young adult trying to answer life’s hardest questions."
- Melissa Weiss, Press Team
After attending some of the festival's films, a nice change of pace could be to take a trip to a local hiking trail to spend some time outside. While the area is known for its artistic history and world-renowned culinary scene, it is also an area that has natural beauty that can be found at any turn. Here are a two trails that exemplify the local nature. Be sure to read the safety signs, follow instructions, and stay on the path.
- Shaupeneak Ridge
- Difficulty: 4 out of 10
- If you want a great hike with beautiful views and a lake, then this is the hike for you. Hiking the entire 2.2 mile trail will take roughly an hour and a half.
- Difficulty: 4 out of 10
- Overlook Mountain
- Difficulty: 7 out of 10 (long, steady climb)
- If you’re looking for a strenuous hike with so many things to do at the top that the fire tower somehow isn’t the main attraction, this is the place to go. The peak elevation of this climb is 3,140 feet.
- Difficulty: 7 out of 10 (long, steady climb)
We are currently seeking matching funds for a facilities grant that we hope to receive from NYSCA on January 1, 2018. Your support will help us achieve our goal. We raised $26,100 with a goal of $40,000. The Film Center is the hub of operations for the Woodstock Film Festival as well as the Hudson Valley Film Commission. The facility's improvements would be an asset to the overall operations of the festival and the film commission. We thank you in advance for your donations.
Your Capital Campaign Contribution will help us hire local contractors to:
- Gut and renovate 2 office spaces & bathroom ($20k)
- Electric upgrades ($5k)
- 5 new windows ($3k)
*includes removal of old windows and new installation
- Prep for and install spray foam insulation ($12k)
*includes demo and new walls after foam insualtion
For more information and to make a charitable donation, please visit our Capital Campaign page.
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 our Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors along with State Support.
Below is a list of this year's sponsors:
Our Gold Sponsors this year include:
Our Silver Sponsors include:
Our Bronze Sponsors include:
- Dutch Culture USA
- Miller Howard Investments
- Post New York Alliance
- Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST
Our State and County Support from:
Get the best of the fest with a Full Festival Pass which includes priority seating for screenings and panels, access to parties and the hospitality suite, a ticket to the award ceremony, and more! Maverick Awards Tickets will take place on October 14 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, New York.
The box office is now open. Tickets start at $10. For more information on ticket prices, schedules, venues, and more please visit Woodstock Film Festival Ticket Info.