2019 highlights



Wrapping up its summer programming, the Festival and Upstate Films hosted a special screening of the documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING to a packed house in Rhinebeck, New York. Executive produced by Geena Davis and directed by Tom Donahue, this pivotal documentary investigates the systemic and historical forces behind the endemic underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in Hollywood.

A Special Screening of THE GREAT HACK


The Woodstock Film Festival hosted a special sold-out screening of the upcoming Netflix documentary THE GREAT HACK at Upstate Films Woodstock, with in-person appearances from Academy Award-nominated directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, executive producer Sarah E Johnson, and surprise guest Brittany Kaiser, the former Cambridge Analytica executive and whistleblower. Kaiser is one of the main subjects in this captivating, illuminating documentary about the company behind the data hacking scandal that influenced the 2016 US presidential elections, and political campaigns world-wide.

Outdoor Screening & Solar Workshop


In collaboration with the Oscillation Transia Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival hosted a special outdoor screening powered by solar energy, combined with an informative workshop, at the Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Visitor Center.

A screening of HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION, directed by James Redford, founder of the Redford Center, headlined the evening, preceded by the short film GROWING WITH THE GRAIN directed by Jon Bowermaster of Ocean 8 Films who took part in an animated Q&A under the stars.

Screenwriting Seminar 
Mapping the Movie in Your Mind


Taught by Screenwriter/Director Alex Smith
Sections I & II - SOLD OUT

Are you haunted by a story? One that won't let you go-- yet remains stuck in your head? This intensive writing workshop will help you move the movie (or television show, limited series, webisode, etc.,) in your mind onto the page. A series of four distinct workshop sessions will help draw forth your idea– moving it from a FROZEN CONCEPT to a FLOWING STORY, inducing it, Athena-like, into a full-blown narrative. By seminar’s end, each student will have generated a multi-dimensional map of the movie in their mind and will have fully ‘broken’ their idea from start-to-finish– and be primed to begin writing.

Diverse Voices in Film & Media

Special Event in collaboration with Radio Kingston: Diverse Voices in Film & Media at Aaron Rezny Inc. in Kingston, NY.

The panel featured a diverse group of filmmakers and artists who are engaged in telling important and marginalized stories that do not always get wide public attention, and / or shed a light onto a world not often seen on screen. 

Lisa Cortés
Yoruba Richen
Roger Ross Williams

Lacey Schwartz Delgado

Thank you everyone for attending.

7th Annual Taste of Woodstock

The 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock was a beautiful sunny evening where hundreds of friends and neighbors walked the streets of Woodstock enjoying the diverse and delectable fare the area has to offer. By all counts it was an absolutely fabulous evening, and we were able to show off our town and raise some money for the Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission in the process.

Thank you to all who attended from near and far. And a special thank you to all the restaurants that participated so generously, you all outdid yourselves and made the night successful and memorable! See you next time!

Award Winners:
Best Overall: Woodstock Meats
Best Main Course:
Best Appetizer: 
Sharkie's Meatballs
Best Side Dish:
Woodstock Pub
Best Dessert:
Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery
Best Beverage:

Congratulations to all and thank you!

Staged Screenplay Reading of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ

The Woodstock Film Festival together with Actors & Writers filled the seats of the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts with a completely sold out screenplay reading of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ for a laugh out loud, electrifying performance.

Based on the novella by Barbara Pokras, the screenplay of FEEDING MRS. MOSKOWITZ was written by Pokras and Fran Pokras Yariv.

Thank you everyone for attending.

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Special Screening of AMAZING GRACE, with live musical introduction by Simi Stone

A totally sold out electrifying show of the divine Amazing Grace at Upstate Films Woodstock, with the fabulous Simi Stone setting up the mood first with her beautiful song. "Soulful" and "Amazing" were a few words that attendees used to describe the film on their way out. Thank you everyone for attending.


Women in Film & Television Event

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On March 16, 2019, we saw an inspirational event spotlighting and celebrating powerful and talented women working in different fields within the film and television industries. Hundreds attended and filled the overflowing room, and the talk ran far longer than anticipated, with a meet & greet session afterwards.

Our dynamic panelists included Janet Grillo, Ellen Kuras, Blair Breard, Lacey Schwartz-Delgado, Wendy Ettinger, Wendy Lidell, and Lisa Myers.

Audiences members were encouraged to ask questions and share their own experience as women working in the industry.

The Women in Film & Television Panel could not have been made possible without our partnership with Radio Kingston. Our thanks go out also to Hillary Harvey for creating the Women’s History Month Kingston events, and to Aaron Rezny for his beautiful space and hospitality.

Refreshments were provided by the T-Salon and Bread Alone.

The full panel discussion can be streamed here.

2018 Highlights

Leave No Trace

On June 23, 2018, the Woodstock Film Festival, in collaboration with Upstate Films Woodstock, presented a special screening of Leave No Trace followed by an in depth Q&A conversation with director Debra Granik and Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein. Leave No Trace opened theatrically on June 29, 2018, via Bleecker Street.

"Wow, Meira, what a loyal, focused and outstandingly engaged cinema culture you and the festival have solidified! I will not forget this night with the fullness and presence of interacting with film supporters and appreciators.” - Debra Granik

Finding Oscar

On September 8, 2018, the Woodstock Film Festival and WacBiz co-presented the powerful documentary Finding Oscar at the Rosendale Theatre Collective. The screening was followed by an informative and moving panel featuring the film’s subject Oscar Ramirez Castaneda, producer and attorney Scott Greathead, and world renowned forensic anthropologist Freddy Peccerelli. The program was moderated by Shari Turitz, Vice President for Programs at the American Jewish World Service.

"What an extraordinary film. We were deeply moved to the point of wordlessness, really. Driving home, we simple stared at the road and processed internally all we had hear and seen. The talk-back afterwards helped cushion the horrors documented in the film. Having Oscar actually in the hose with his family…hearing his gentle words…feeling the possibility of hope…grasping the huge influence of Freddy’s work…all of it was tremendously humbling. I bow my head and thank you, thank you, thank you,” - Anonymous


At the end of October the Woodstock Film Festival was able to thank our volunteers for all of their hardwork with a special private screening at Upstate Films Woodstock. We welcomed back writer / director Paul Starkman and editor / producer Neil Usatin for a special showing of their film WHEELS, this year’s winner of the Gigantic Pictures’ Feature Narrative Award and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The Woodstock Film Festival would not be possible without our dedicated and talented volunteers!

2017 Highlights


April: A special free screening of The Promise packed the house, followed by an in-depth conversation with producer Bill Horberg.

July: A special screening of Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul. The film’s director, John Edginton, and Woodstock Music Festival promoter Michael Lang hosted a Q&A session after the screening.

July: A special screening of Story of A Girl. Following the screening, there was an in-depth Q&A conversation with director Kyra Sedgwick and editor Sabine Hoffman.

July: A special screening of Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter, was shown weeks before it made its theatrical premiere. The film’s director, Katherine Dieckmann, and the film’s composer, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, attended the screening and hosted a Q&A after the film.

August: Film-goers enjoyed a special screening of Walking Out followed by a Q&A session led by film directors Alex and Andrew Smith.