"I want to tell you how impressed, proud, amazed, inspired and invigorated I am by my experience at the festival this year. Over the last decade you have built this into a truly great festival which I say both by putting in the context of all the festivals out there, but also in terms of how it stands on its own, what it means to and reflects upon the community it serves, what it means to and reflects upon the artists and the art it serves and what it means to and reflects upon the filmmaking community as a whole. It's just a straight up, wonderful event that you should be very proud of." -Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films)
“The Woodstock Film Festival is always a pleasure to attend, and the talent that is showcased always amazes me. It's a wonderful and important showcase for any independent filmmaker.” -Steve Buscemi
"The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking." -Ethan Hawke
“The Woodstock Film Festival stands for what humanity should strive for…Get out there and use your art to express good, human things and denounce and expose all the lies and deceptions that have become a part of our life.” -Haskell Wexler
"I've covered and participated in many festivals, and Woodstock is unique in its combination of cinematic sophistication, user-friendly scale and down-home hospitality. It's arguably the closest thing the East Coast has to the Telluride Film Festival..”
Be a part of the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, October 2-6, 2013
Each year film and music lovers from around the world gather at the Woodstock Film Festival for an innovative variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an awards ceremony, and fantastic parties.
At the Woodstock Film Festival, participants and visitors find themselves in a friendly, casual environment, one that is conducive to creativity, networking and a good time, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In addition to drawing sold-out audiences from the 20 million people who live within a two-hour drive, the festival has attracted visitors from all parts of the country and the world.
Festival mainstays include industry executives, television anchors, network and cable executives, magazine and newspaper editors, record label executives, writers, painters, models, entertainment lawyers, producers, critics, and publishers.
Narrative feature film highlights have included Quartet, The Sessions, Vamps, California Solo, Electrick Children, Francine, Magical Mystery Tour, Detachment, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, Paper Birds, Union Square, Henry's Crime, Inhale, Inuk, Stone, Welcome to the Rileys, White Irish Drinkers, The Messenger, Me and Orson Welles, Up in the Air, Infamous, Days of Glory, After the Wedding, The Woodsman, Stephanie Daley, Dear Frankie, The Chorists, Down to the Bone, Speak, Pieces of April, Shattered Glass, Personal Velocity, Far From Heaven, Pinero, Casa De Los Babys, Chelsea Walls, The Barbarian Invasions, Swimming, Purgatory House, Piggie, Wendigo, Gerry, The Grey Zone, and many more.
Feature documentary highlights have included Bad Brains: A Band in D.C., Shepard & Dark, Chasing Ice, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Being Elmo, Bombay Beach, I'm Carolyn Parker, Kumare, Semper Fi, Something Ventured, Unraveled, Client 9, Camp Victory Afghanistan, Lennon NYC, Made in India, Marwencol, Ray Charles America, Garbage Dreams, More Than a Game, Mighty Uke, Neil Young Trunk Show, October Country, REDLIGHT, When You're Strange, Shut Up & Sing, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Parallel Lines, Double Dare, I Like Killing Flies, The Agronomist, A Boy's Life, Bus 174, Down From the Mountain, Amandla, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Go Further, A Voice from Heaven, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, My Generation, Spellbound, Girlhood, Horns & Halos, and many more.
A long list of musical participants includes Natalie Merchant, Philippe Quint, Nellie McKay, Tracy Bonham with Jerry Marotta, Gene Ween, Simi Stone, Jeremy Bernstein, The Pass, John Sebastian, Perfect Age of Rock'n'Roll Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Donovan, Abigail Washburn and The Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck With Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee, Earl Slick and Saphin are The EONS, The Sad Little Stars, Dub Trio, Outernational, The Rosewood Thieves, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Bernie Worrell, Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish, Duncan Sheik, Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio of Phish, Gov’t Mule, Kate Pierson of the B-52's, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham of Luna, Graham Parker, Levon Helm, Marshall Crenshaw, and many more.
The Woodstock Film Festival advisory board is made up of top industry representatives including Judy Arthur, Signe Baumane, Eamonn Bowles, Robin Bronk, Claude Dal Farra, Vincent D'Onofrio, Griffin Dunne, Martha Frankel, Leon Gast, Jonathan Gray, Ethan Hawke, Sabine Hoffman, Gill Holland, Michael Lang, Melissa Leo, Jeremiah Newton, Stephen Nemeth, Annie Nocenti, Ron Nyswaner, Bill Plympton, Aidan Quinn, Peter Saraf, Steve Savage, Liev Schreiber, Zachary Sklar, John Sloss, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, and Lemore Syvan.
Major press coverage has included Time Magazine, ID Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Daily News, Time Out, New York Magazine, Esquire, Playboy, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker Magazine, indiewire, Associated Press, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, CNN, WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, Newsday, Numero Chine and more.
Events, productions, sponsors and filmmakers are also promoted through the monthly e-newsletters, which has become a staple in the independent film industry, noted in the Wall Street Journal's Desktop Traveler. Year-round work maintains the festival's local presence and takes us to New York City and as far as L.A. Events include special screenings of films like Dear Governor Cuomo, For Ellen, Peace Love & Misunderstanding, Taking Woodstock, The Painted Veil, Little Miss Sunshine, The Ballad of Jack & Rose, The Illusionist, Sherrybaby, concerts and parties.
Recent films that have been shot locally include The Bourne Legacy, Deep Powder, Keep the Lights On, Franny, Our Idiot Brother, First Winter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Doomsdays, Peace Love & Misunderstanding, Higher Ground, Return, Francine, Rocksteady, Whisper Me a Lullaby, Meskada, Taking Woodstock, Fighting Fish, Splinterheads, The Cake Eaters, Against the Current, Stephanie Daley, Racing Daylight, War of the Worlds, The Northern Kingdom, The Thing About My Folks (starring Paul Reiser and Peter Falk), Down to the Bone (2004 Sundance Award Winner, 2004 Woodstock Film Festival Winner), Patch (starring Melissa Leo and Deborah Harry), Personal Velocity (2002 Sundance Award winner), Wendigo, Pagans, and many more. For more information and to post on the production message board, visit the HVFC website.
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