HONEYBOY Opens the 20th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

Honey Boy  producer Daniela Taplin (left) with Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein (right)

Honey Boy producer Daniela Taplin (left) with Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein (right)

Honey Boy a new film from award-winning filmmaker Alma Ha’rel starring Lucas Hedges and Shia LaBeouf, was the opening night film for the 20th annual Woodstock Film Festival. Audience members formed a long line outside the doors of the Woodstock Playhouse, braving cold temperatures and drizzling rain to come out for the screening.

Presenting the film was one of Honey Boy’s key producers, Daniela Taplin, who spoke at length about the movie’s origins as a screenplay written by LaBeouf to process his difficult upbringing and time in the limelight as a child actor in Hollywood. Turning his trauma into a tour-de-force performance, LaBeouf takes on the challenging role of playing his father, a wildly charismatic former rodeo clown managing his son’s fledgling acting career.

Missed last night’s screening? Honey Boy will also be showing tonight at the Rosendale Theatre. Get tickets here.