17th annual Woodstock film festival

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(Hudson Valley, NY) June 28, 2016 -- updated July 16 with poster photo:

2016 Woodstock Film Festival Poster by Mary Frank

2016 Woodstock Film Festival Poster by Mary Frank

The WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL and the ELENA ZANG GALLERY presented the artwork for the official 2016 Woodstock Film Festival poster by renowned artist Mary Frank, on Saturday July 16 at 3pm, at the Elena Zang Gallery, 3671 NY-212, in Shady, NY. 

“Mary Frank has been described at times as a visual poet, and indeed her artwork for this year’s Woodstock Film Festival poster can be interpreted as an ode to the filmmakers’ creative spirit, spreading its wings and soaring up high,” said Woodstock Film Festival’s co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “We are honored to have the 2016 poster designed by one of today’s most passionate and expressive artists.”

Elena Zang said that like the Woodstock Film Festival, Mary is also Fiercely Independent. Mary noted that she was happy to have her work symbolize the film festival, but also stressed the importance of being interdependent in today's world. 

On hand for the presentation were four past poster artists including Joy Buran and Noelle Melody (2015), Kathy Ruttenberg (2011), and Karen Whitman (2008). (see photos)

Mary Frank was born in London, in 1933 and moved to the United States at the age of seven. Over the course of Frank’s career, she has worked in many mediums and materials, most notably with her monoprints, drawings, sculpture, painting and photography. As described by art critic John Yau, Frank paints “elemental worlds largely inhabited by women (men, plants and animals) who are maenads, oracles, winged creatures and warriors –solitary and self-sustaining beings…(her) photographs of tableaus, which she assembles out of a variety of works she has made in different mediums, are all in pursuit of further defining the conditions of a mythic world.” -John Yau

Mary Frank has been the subject of numerous solo museum and gallery exhibitions over the years. Hayden Herrera is the author of Mary Frank, a major survey of Mary Frank’s work that was published in 1990 by Abrams, New York. Shadows of Africa, a collaboration between the artist and poet Peter Matthiessen, was published by Abrams in 1992.

Past poster artists for the Woodstock Film Festival include Joy Buran and Noelle Melody (2015), Michael Dubois (2014), Scott Michael Ackerman (2013), Bill Miller (2012), Kathy Ruttenberg (2011), Portia Munson (2010), Milton Glaser (2009), Karen Whitman (2008), Peter Max (2007), and many others. See archives at https://wffpress.squarespace.com/poster-gallery

Signed limited edition prints and posters, as well as t-shirts, hats and commemorative merchandise are available for purchase at THE FILM CENTER at 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY or on the Woodstock Film Festival website. 

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 17th Anniversary, on October 13-16, 2016.

For the latest program updates, please visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

Hailed as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals world wide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 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.

The Woodstock Film Festival returns October 13-16, 2016 for its 17th edition with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.