Staff Picks 9/21

Only 9 days until the Woodstock Film Festival 2015!! Check out today's staff picks below.

In today's Documentary Staff Pick, The Student Body, 10th grade filmmaker Bailey Webber is on a mission. The investigation begins when her school district implements a controversial mandate forcing schools to perform Body Mass Index tests in a misguided attempt to address childhood obesity. After a sixth grader voices her protest against the "fat letters," Webber recognizes the injustice of telling children they are fat if they don't fall within a narrowly accepted range. Believing they are being unfairly profiled and bullied, her keen inquiry includes a relentless chase after the bureaucrat who sponsored the law. Whether she is staging a vigil at the state house, or interviewing health experts for their input, Bailey never loses her cool. Her dogged pursuit is always done with poise and immense charm. Despite the filmmaker's youth, The Student Body is a sophisticated, smart, steadfast, sensitive, and often humorous chronicle of two brave girls who expose the hypocrisy of grownups who think they are safeguarding the nation's young.

Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Sat. 10/3/2015, 1:00PM

Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Sun. 10/4/2015, 2:30PM



Today's Narrative Staff Pick Moscow Never Sleeps  is a multi-narrative drama that dives headlong into the volatile intersections of Moscow itself and the intimate lives of five Muscovites from diverse backgrounds. Starring Aleksey Serebryakov (Leviathan), the film tracks an oligarch forced to leave Russia, a young man conflicted about sending his grandmother to a nursing home, a famous comedian on his death bed, a woman powerless in her marriage, and an aspiring singer. The characters are connected by past relations, as well as chance, and while they don’t always physically cross paths, all experience a certain element of Moscow at the same time. The city, in fact, is one of the main characters. Opening with stunning panoramas of Moscow at dawn, the calm gives way to the hustle and bustle of Moscow City Day, an annual festival celebrating the biggest metropolis in Europe, which is the backdrop for the 24-hour rollercoaster encounter.

Sat. 10/3/2015, 11:00AM

Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
Sun. 10/4/2015, 3:00PM



Film as Memoir Panel
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK
Sun. 10/4/2015, 12:00PM

Be sure to check out this year's Film as Memoir panel, comprised of some of the most influential and talented filmmakers who specialize in films in the first person and have taken the concept to its highest level. Find out what motivates them, what it takes to make an impactful and successful memoir film, and how their cohorts feel about being on screen and exposed. Moderated by Simon Kilmurry, panelists including Alan Berliner, Doug Block, and Gayle Kirschenbaum will answer questions such as: We read so many memoirs in print, but what about memoirs in film format? What is it that differentiates a film as a memoir, and what is it in its craftsmanship, thought process and production that turns it into a unique work of art?