Focus on Music
With this heritage as its ancestry, the Woodstock Film Festival has made music an integral part of its programming. Focus on Music showcases films about music and musicians, simultaneously exploring the role that music plays in film. Many emphasize music as a powerful tool for expression and conflict resolution. Through workshops and seminars, the festival also emphasizes film scoring, and live concerts are also presented featuring musicians with links to films in the program. Several of this year’s films illustrated how music can be an important and powerful tool for expression. The film Karl Berger - Music Mind kicked off the festival, followed by a live performance. Music is also featured in Carmine Street Guitars, Here and Now, Wheels, Up to Snuff, and Michael Franti’s Stay Human. For the 2018 BMI Music Panel, filmmaker Mark Maxey and composer W. G. ‘Snuffy’ Walden discussed Snuffy’s legendary career in film and TV scoring.