2001 Woodstock Film Festival - DOCUMENTARIES
The Buffalo War is the moving story of the Native Americans, ranchers, government officials and radical environmentalists who are currently battling over the yearly slaughter of America’s last wild bison. The film joins a 500-mile spiritual march across Montana by Dakota Sioux Indians who object to the killings. Woven into the film are the civil disobedience and video activism of an environmental group trying to save the buffalo, as well as the concerns of a ranching family caught in the crossfire.Producer: Matthew Testa Co-producer: Bryan Cole, Lloyd Fales Screenwriter: Cinematographer: Matthew Testa Editor: Bernadine Colish Composer: Marcelo Zarvos Sound: Matthew Testa, Brian Whitlock
The Buffalo War is Matthew Testa’s first feature documentary. He has worked on documentary productions for New York Times Television, National Geographic, Showtime, the Discovery Channel and PBS. He co-produced and directed Bill Briggs: Teton Pioneer for ABC.Contact: Matthew Testa Buffalo Jump Pictures, Inc. 11A Prospect Place Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-399-2375 718-636-9113(fax) Buffalojumppix@aol.com
"An amazing and privileged inside look at one of the few certifiable counterculture events of this thoroughly commercialized age." – Todd McCarthy, VarietyProducer: Alex Nohe, Alan Roberts Co-producer: Travis Harrod Cinematographer: Alex Nohe, et al. Editor: James Frisa, Cassandra Marshall Music Supervisor: Charles Raggio Sound: Martin Lopez Featuring Larry Harvey, Crimson Rose, Will Roger, Dea Million, Donnie Donson, Kal Spelltich
Alex Nohe is the former Director of Programming for IFP/West where he produced Independent Focus. At IFP/West, he assisted many independent films acquire distribution including Gods & Monsters, The Long Way Home, and Waco: The Rules of Engagement.Contact: Alex Nohe Burning Sensation, LLC 2449 Beachwood Drive, #10 Los Angeles, CA 90068 323-464-8161 323-464-4503(fax) email@example.com www.theburningsensation.com
Vandana Raj has trained with Indian Express and Education Media Research Center and has worked in publishing and as a voice-over artist. She is the founder of Vama Communications.Contact: Vandana Raj Uama Communications Krishnakunj, opp: police stadium, shahibaug Ahmedabad, Gujarat State 380 004 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Best known for her photographs of music personalities, director Laura Levine has shot and directed music videos as well as the underground Super-8 film, Just Like a Movie (with R.E.M.). She illustrated the B-52's children's book, Wig! and the just-published Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll. Her award-winning illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines and on CD covers and she created an animated pilot for MTV. Her paintings have been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collections of several museums.
Her first documentary short film, Peekaboo Sunday, recently premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Digging for Dutch is her first feature length documentary.Contact: Laura Levine Hokey Pictures PO Box 52 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 845-688-7535 LauraL6000@aol.com
In May of 2000, the artists featured on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack gathered to play music from the film for a concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Down From the Mountain documents that concert, complete with backstage preparations and rehearsals. D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob capture a joyous and free-spirited celebration of a truly American musical form. Featured on the soundtrack are Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, David Rawlings and Chris Thomas King, among others.Print Source: Cowboy Booking
Freedom Downtime is the story of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, who has been imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. The film tries to uncover the reasons the authorities are so scared of Mitnick, as well as to define what exactly he did. As word of a Hollywood movie portraying Mitnick as a terrorist has spread, hackers have begun to turn to activism to get their message out. Through interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers and experts in the computer and civil liberties arenas, a picture of a great injustice begins to emerge.Producer: Emmanuel Goldstein Cinematographer: Gus Gustafson, Bryan Newman, Michael Kaegler Editor: Michael Kaegler, Brian Libfeld Original Music: Theta Wave State Sound: Michael Kaegler, Gus Gustafson
Emmanuel Goldstein has been publishing 2600 Magazine, The Hacker Quarterly since 1984. He also hosts America’s largest hacker radio show on WBAI.Contact: Emmanuel Goldstein 2600 Films PO Box 848 Middle Island, NY 11953 631-474-2677 email@example.com www.freedomdowntime.com
Since 1991 Middletown High School students have been investigating and documenting the history and health implications of toxic waste disposal in the lower Hudson Valley, the primary source of drinking water for New York City. As part of their course work, they produced Garbage, Gangsters and Greed, which traces 30 years of environmental lawlessness. It is a documentary about the organized crime-figures, law-enforcement officers, politicians and state regulators who participated in pointless pollution, then kept it hidden.Contact: Fred Isseks 845 343-3391 firstname.lastname@example.org
How's Your News? is a documentary chronicling the travels of a team of reporters and crew across America in a hand-painted RV. Five of the people have disabilities ranging from Down’s syndrome to spastic cerebral palsy; they are the reporters. Each of the five reporters has his or her own style of gathering news, but the basic approach is the man-on-the-street interview. The interactions are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes sort of confusing but always honest.Producer: Doug Stone, Arthur Bradford Executive producer: John Pierson, Troy Parker, Matt Stone Director of Photography: P.H. O’Brien Editor: Mike Lahaie Music: Chad Urmston Reporters: Robert Bird, Sean Costello, Susan Harrington, Larry Perry, Ronnie Simonsen
Arthur Bradford has spent the past eight summers working at Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp for adults with disabilities, where he teaches a video making class. His short stories have appeared in Esquire and The O Henry Awards Anthology and he has a book called Dogwalker coming out with Knopf this summer. How's Your News? is his first feature film.Print Source: Grainy Pictures 845 265-2241 email@example.com www.grainypictures.com
Inside Out in the Open is an exploration of "free jazz" through the voices and music of over 20 musicians. Alive with personality and language, while addressing ideas on improvisation, the film reveals itself as musically as does its subject matter.
Featuring: Marion Brown, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Alan Silva, Burton Greene, Joseph Jarman, Baikida Carroll, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, Susie IbarraAlan Roth is a former postal worker. Inside Out in the Open is his first major production which was originally developed as his master thesis at the New School for Social Research. He is working on second documentary on the New York Art Quartet. Contact: Alan Roth Asymmetric Pictures 505 62nd St., #E-3 Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-567-8052 firstname.lastname@example.org www.insideoutintheopen.net
In 1949, America’s first listener-sponsored, non-commercial radio station, KPFA, began broadcasting from Berkeley, California. The flagship station of the Pacifica Network, it quickly became a living testament to free speech and cultural diversity – a vital community of the air that often found itself embroiled in conflict.
KPFA’s story is the story of activist America from World War II to the present. The film takes us through the station’s passionate fifty-year history, from its founding by pacifists and poets, through its defiance of Cold War conformity, to the present day challenges that confront this unique, on-going experiment in democratic media. The film traces KPFA’s passionate 50-year history: its founding by pacifists and poets, its defiance of Cold War repression and current challenges to its commitment to democratic media.Producer: Veronica Selver Co-producer: Sharon Wood Screenwriter: Sharon Wood, Susan Fanshel Cinematographer: Stephen Lighthill, Frances Reid Editor: Susan Fanshel Sound: Witt Monts, Michael Levin Narrator: Alice Walker
Veronica Selver (Producer/Director) previously produced and directed an episode of Positive for ITVS. Her co-directing credits include You Got to Move, First Look, and Word is Out. A distinguished documentary editor, Selver’s editing credits include these films as well as On Company Business, a three part series on the CIA; Berkeley in the Sixties; Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union; Absolutely Positive, Coming Out Under Fire, and most recently Blacks and Jews. Listener-sponsored KPFA community radio, the nation’s first, is a living testament to free speech and cultural diversity.Contact: Sharon Wood Selver Productions 171 Andover Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415-282-5317 415-282-5317
Gabriela Bohm was born in Argentina, later moved to Israel and is now living in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from NYU she worked in various films of her own including Voiceless, The Wild Side and now Passages. Her mission as a documentary filmmaker is to evoke questions about the human spirit, by telling stories that raise awareness to personal and collective meanings of identity.Contact: Gabriela Bohm Bohm Productions 10503 Cheviot Drive Los Angeles. CA 90064 310-842-8088 310-815-8177(fax) email@example.com www.bohmproductions.com
Moon Over Broadway A film by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker Starring Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco
Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker bring their fly-on-the-wall camera backstage to take a fresh, eye-opening, no-holds-barred look at the big bang adventure of producing a Broadway hit. The Broadway show in question is Moon Over Buffalo, starring Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco, a comedy about a low-rent Lunt and Fontaine, hell-bent upon recharging their careers. Cited by The New York Times as "the best documentary of the year", the film features hilarious turns by its leading actors - and even funnier behind-the-scenes sequences, as everyone mounting this high-risk Broadway production goes into nail-biting overdrive. The play's director, Tom Moore, and co-producers Rocco Landesman and Elizabeth Williams, help playwright Ken Ludwig through endless rewrites and finally to opening night, which Ludwig dubs "a bar mitzvah from hell." Only those few who have been lucky enough to glimpse backstage through the curtain have seen Broadway quite like this.
"Completely enjoyable and fascinating!" - Woody AllenPrint Source: Pennebaker/Hegedus
Routine (Shigra) Directed by Dan and Noit Geva Israel/2000/color/65 min
Since childhood, Itzik has lived his life in the shadow of fear as Katyusha rockets have continually fallen over his head. The film covers a five-year period seen through his eyes as he narrates a story spanning the "Grapes of Wrath" campaign to the IDF’s withdrawal. We observe the daily routine of Itzik and his friends as they try to live normal lives in an abnormal space and we watch as, when the dream of a child becomes a reality, Itzik is forced to make decisions about his future.Print Source: Donna Gobi Israel Film Service Hakirya, Romema PO Box 13240 Jerusalem 91130 - Israel 972-2-6522174/0 972-2-6526818
Jay Corcoran is a graduate of the Theater Program at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. His first documentary, Life and Death on the A-List, was released in 1997 by WaterBearer Films. He was a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Presented by Tapehouse, NYContact: Jay Corcoran Wringing Hands Productions 250 Mercer St., #C212 New York, NY 10012 212-439-1184 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wringinghands.com
There are more and more women musicians involved in jazz music, today. Women in Jazz portrays 20 of them, some well known, others less so, who set out to brave the New York jungle and make a name for themselves in the Jazz Hall of Fame. Apart from the superb soundtrack played lively by this excellent line-up of musicians, this documentary explores their feelings about ethnicity and gender, from whose who adopt full-on feminist stances to those who, by contrast, just play without paying and heed to sexist attitudes in the traditionally male dominated realm of jazz music. Also it provides an overwhelming testimony to their talent and creative spirit as well their historical importance in the development of jazz.
Jazz is no longer the men's club that it might seem to be!Producer: Doc Ad Hoc Cinematographer: Pierre Nogues Editor: Sylvain Luini Composer: Sylvain Luini
Cast: Susie Ibarra, Megali Souriau, Ellen Christi, Elizabeth Panzer, Jayne Cortez, Akua Dixon-Turre, Miri Ben Ari, Myra Melford, Muia Masaoka, Ingrid Jensen, Elise Wood, Virginia Mayhew, Maria Schneider, Rosetta Reitz, Jazzberry Jam!, Marilyn Crispell, Jane Ira Bloom. Sylvia Cuenca, Jeanne LeeContact: Gille Corre Doc Ad Hoc 15 rue de la Concorde Toulouse 31000 - France email@example.com
Cambiz A. Khosravi is a director, producer, editor and teacher whose films have been aired on public television stations and are in the collections of museums and universities.Contact: Cambiz A. Khosravi PO Box 735 Woodstock, NY 12498 845-679-8943 845-679-1006(fax) firstname.lastname@example.org