WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
JUNE NEWSLETTER

“The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking." -Ethan Hawke, actor



Our 2019 poster has been announced! This year’s poster features art by local artists Beck Underwood and Adam Blaustein Rejto.

Since it is our 20th anniversary, we wanted to find artists who truly understood the spirit of the festival and what it brings to the community it serves. Beck and Adam have known each other since the first festival in 2000 and have continued to be involved ever since, making them a perfect fit in this collaborative team.

Adam Blaustein Rejto and Beck Underwood

Adam Blaustein Rejto and Beck Underwood

Their whimsical design wonderfully depicts what it means to be “fiercely independent,” drawing on our native backdrop of the Catskills.

We would like to thank both Beck Underwood and Adam Blaustein Rejto for their hard work and beautiful design.

To purchase this year’s poster please click here.


THE GREAT hack: JULY 21

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Image still from THE GREAT HACK

The Woodstock Film Festival is excited to present a special screening of Sundance Film Festival favorite THE GREAT HACK at Upstate Films Woodstock on Sunday, July 21. Director Jehane Noujaim, whose producing credits include THE SQUARE and THE BREADWINNER, will be in attendance for Q&A along with executive producer Sarah E. Johnson.

Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

Academy-Award nominees Amer and Noujaim (THE SQUARE, CONTROL ROOM) continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age?

THE GREAT HACK premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Amer and Noujaim, the film is produced by Geralyn Dreyfous, Judy Korin and Pedro Kos.

TICKET INFO

Courtesy of Netflix.

this changes everything: August 16

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Don't miss the special co-presentation by the Woodstock Film Festival and Upstate Films of the film THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, with director Tom Donahue in attendance. Details and ticketing to be announced soon.

YOUTH FILM LAB: JULY 8 - 26

The Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab returns. Under the leadership of Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder / Executive Director, and program director Megan Sperry, the film lab will run July 8 - 26, 2019, at the Center for Creative Education in mid-town Kingston, NY.

The 2nd Annual Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab was made possible with support from an anonymous donor.


DIVERSE VOICES IN FILM & MEDIA PANEL: june 1

Lisa Cortés, Yoruba Richen, Roger Ross Williams, Lacey Schwartz Delgado, and Meira Blaustein at the Diverse Voices Panel.

Lisa Cortés, Yoruba Richen, Roger Ross Williams, Lacey Schwartz Delgado, and Meira Blaustein at the Diverse Voices Panel.

On June 1, a group of accomplished filmmakers of color got together to discuss the current state of diverse voices in film and media from their perspective. The conversation flowed from who should tell their stories to opening the door for the next generation of filmmakers.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the event, and a special thank you to Lisa Cortés, Yoruba Richen, and Roger Ross Williams for being apart of our panel, as well as Lacey Schwartz Delgado for moderating. Thank you also to Radio Kingston for the collaboration, and to Aaron Rezny Studio Inc for hosting.

Listen below for some highlights from the Diverse Voices in Film Panel.

OUTDOOR SCREENING & SOLAR WORKSHOP: JUNE 14

Jon Bowermaster at the outdoor screening at the Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Vistor Center.

Jon Bowermaster at the outdoor screening at the Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Vistor Center.

In collaboration with the Oscillation Transia Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival hosted a special outdoor screening powered by solar energy, combined with an informative workshop, at the Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Visitor Center.

A screening of HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION, directed by James Redford, founder of the Redford Center, headlined the evening, preceded by the short film GROWING WITH THE GRAIN directed by Jon Bowermaster of Ocean 8 Films who took part in an animated Q&A under the stars.


The Woodstock Film Festival helps to nurture and launch many award-winning filmmakers. Along with it’s year-round programming and special events, the festival continually works to expand awareness of the power of film and storytelling tools with up-and-coming filmmakers, helping them develop and produce their own innovative work. Here we are fortunate enough to highlight some of our alumni in their next big steps.

SPELL director Brendan Walter (center) after winning the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival’s Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography.

SPELL director Brendan Walter (center) after winning the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival’s Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography.

Cait Cortelyou and Josh Folan from Ask for Jane at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival.

Cait Cortelyou and Josh Folan from Ask for Jane at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival.

SPELL, which won the Best Cinematography Award at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival, has been acquired by the following: Dark Star Pictures, First Brave / Jushi Films, Sena Films, and HBO. The North American release will be this October, and will start with a theatrical run in 5 markets, before it hits VOD and then SVOD. Milan Records, released soundtracks for movies like DRIVE, A QUIET PLACE, and GREEN ROOM, will be releasing the score in advance of the film.

GHOST LIGHT, which won the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival's Jury Award for best Ensemble Cast, is now available to stream on multiple platforms.

ASK FOR JANE, which took part in the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival, was released in May by LevelFilm and the next screening will be held at JCC Manhattan in New York, June 27. 

THEN CAME YOU, had it’s world premiere at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix. Check out this locally made film today.

GHOST FLEET, which was featured at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival, will be screened Wednesday, June 26 at the Rosendale Theater. Click here to purchase tickets.


As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, and to continue our dedication to youth and education, we are offering high-school students a one-time opportunity to participate in the Festival in a new and exciting way.

Students may submit (free of charge) a short video, no longer than two (2) minutes long, which they would shoot and edit on their phones, for consideration for the Festival's Youtube channel. In keeping with the festival’s commitment to socially engaged filmmaking, we ask that the videos take on social issues that are either global, local or personal to the students. Themes may include climate change, LGBTQ+, poverty and homelessness, drug addiction, illegal immigration, racial bias, gun control, etc.

Selected short videos will be made available on the Festival's Youtube channel.

Films should be submitted as a Google Drive link and as an H.264 file (1920x1080P) to info@woodstockfilmfestival.org no later than September 13, 2019. Students must include their name and school in the email body. Woodstock Film Festival staff will notify students whose work has been selected by email.


 
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The 20th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now closed. Thank you to all those who have submitted and best of luck.


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If you’re looking for something to do this summer in the Hudson Valley look no further. Here are two great venues to visit in the Hudson Valley this summer with plenty to see.

Woodstock Playhouse Production Company presents the Broadway Musical MAMMA MIA! until June 30th. Get your tickets before the show closes here, or wait until Newsies starts in July.

BSP in Kingston, where the Maverick Award Ceremony is held, has events almost daily in the summer. Click here to see a full list of events and to purchase tickets.

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Help us reach and celebrate our 20TH ANNIVERSARY milestone in 2019 and beyond by making a tax deductible donation. Your contribution will make a tremendous positive impact on the programming that we bring year-round and during the film festival. The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501 (C)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

Full festival passes are available to purchase now.

After nine years, we’re finally painting THE FILM CENTER. Please help us by making a tax deductible contribution to our Capital Campaign. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every little bit helps.

Thank you for your support. The film center is headquarters for both the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission. For more details, visit this link.


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