Staff Picks 9/24

Only SIX DAYS until WFF 2015! Our line-up is chock-full of EXCELLENT films (both short + feature) and panels! Check out a few of the WFF Staff's suggestions below! See you there! 

Deep family secrets and heartfelt attempts to heal broken relationships are the crux of today's Documentary Staff PickFamily Matters, about the little known world of the extreme orthodox Jewish population. Directed by Noa Roth, Family Matters is her unflinching journey of self discovery as she tells the story of how, 30 years ago, the divorce of her parents shook the religious Israeli city of Bney Barak and affected the lives of their seven children. Her father was an esteemed rabbi; after she left with the children, her mother became a renowned author. The film follows a family divided between the conflicting worlds of the ultra-orthodox and the secular. Roth bravely travels among the ghosts of her childhood in an attempt to reunite her fractured family and, finally, start one of her own. Told with respect and love for both worlds, Family Matters is a testament to self-empowerment and the deep-seated force of religious life.

Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/1/2015, 7:30PM $10
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
10/2/2015, 2:30PM $10





We read so many memoirs in print, but what about memoirs in film format? Our FILM AS MEMOIR PANEL will investigate what it is that differentiates a film as a memoir, and what it is in its craftsmanship, thought process and production that turns it into a unique work of art. The Film as Memoir panel is 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.

Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK
10/4/2015, 12:00PM $15

he four short films comprising our shorts program, Growing Up explore the universal, yet personal experience of "growing up" through a variety of contexts and points of view: 

WOODSTOCK Community Center
10/2/2015 12:00 PM $10
10/3/2015 6:30 PM  

WOODSTOCK Community Center 10/2/2015 12:00 PM 10/3/2015 6:30 PM   $10