2001 Woodstock Film Festival - FEATURE FILMS


Acts of Worship
Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez
2000/color/94 min

New York Premiere


A story of addiction, friendship, loss, contradiction and redemption involving Alix, a homeless addict, and Digna, a successful photographer, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

When Digna discovers Alix unconscious on the stairs of her building, she steps in and offers help despite her own fears and her boyfriend Anthony’s protests. As Digna befriends Alix and attempts to set her on the path to recovery, both women find their emotional and ethical cores put to the test.

Premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Producer: Nadia Leonelli, Frederik Sundwall, Rosemary Rodriguez
Co-producer: Nestor Rodriguez, Susan Shopmaker, Annie Flocco
Cinematographer: Luke Geissbuhler
Editor: Elizabeth Downer
Writer: Rosemary Rodriguez
Music: Jim Coleman
Sound: Doug Roberts
Cast: Ana Reeder, Michael Hyatt, Nestor Rodriguez, Christopher Kadish
Rosemary Rodriquez
PO Box 286001
New York, NY10128
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The American Astronaut
Directed by Cory McAbee
2000/black & white/92 min


Written, directed and starring Cory McAbee of the acclaimed rock-and-roll band The Billy Nayer Show, this autobiographical ‘space western musical’ uses flinty black-and-white photography, ingenious sets and the spirit of the final frontier to bring the film, set in the dirty, isolated vastness of outer space, to life.

The American Astronaut follows the adventures of an interplanetary trader (McAbee) through his Homeric intergalactic journey to provide the all-female population of Venus with a suitable singular male, all the while being pursued by the paradoxical Professor, an enigmatic figure from his past. The film features original music from the The Billy Nayer Show, a cult phenomenon whom The New Yorker hails as "strange and popular, frightening and endearing."

Producer: Bobby Lurie, Joshua Taylor, William Perkin
Co-producer: Michael Krantz
Cinematographer: W. Mott Hupfel III
Editor: Peter Beudreau
Writer: Cory McAbee
Music: Billy Nayer Show
Sound: Doug McKean
Cast: Cory McAbee, Roco Sisto, Gregory Cook, James Ransone, Annie Golden, Tim Aldredge
The American Astronaut
Commodore Films LLC
242 Lafayette St., 5N
New York, NY 10012
212-274-0288 (fax)
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Artistic License Films
250 west 57th Street, Suite 606
NY 10107

Directed by Dirk Benedict
New York Premiere


Cahoots is the story of two men (portrayed by Keith Carradine and David Keith) who reconnect after years apart. On the surface, their lives have gone in opposite directions. One is married, successful and settled; the other is divorced, unemployed and prowling. A simple get-together for drinks leads to a nihilistic descent into macho hell. The only thing that survives the reunion is their love for one another.
Producer: Mike Erwin
Co-producer: Max Kurishima
Writer: Dirk Benedict
Cinematographer: Zoran Hochstatter
Editor: Victor Dubois
Composer: Reg Powell
Sound: James H. Coburn IV
Cast: Keith Carradine, David Keith, Janet Gun, Wendie Mallick, Jan Triska
Print Source:
Cahoots Productions
Box 634
Bigfork, MT 59911

Chelsea Walls
Directed by Ethan Hawke
2001/color/ 109 min

US Premiere


The Hotel Chelsea. New York. Gave the neighborhood its name. Place used to be grand, the place to live for an artist in New York City. Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Nabakov, Burroughs, Dylan, Hendrix – all and many more brought their dreams to the Chelsea. But, the famous names are gone now. The Hotel ain’t what it used to be, not nearly, its façade long gone to rust. Still the dreamers come, hoping to feed off hallway ghosts. Bad move. Today the ghosts will feed on you. With Kris Kristofferson, Natasha Richardson and Uma Thurman.


Ethan Hawke was born in Austin, Texas later settling in Princeton Junction, NJ. He made his feature film debut in 1985 at the age of 14 in the science fiction film Explorers. Shortly after Hawke’s performance in Explorers, he landed his first big role as Todd Anderson in Touchstone Picture’s Academy Award-winning film Dead Poets Society. Other films include Dad, White Fang, Waterland, A Midnigh Clear, Alive, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, The Newton Boys, Great Expectations, Snow falling on Cedars and Joe the King.

Over time, Ethan has established a career not only in film, but also in theater, as a writer and a director.

Hawke has also spent time behind the camera. He directed Josh Hamilton in the beautiful short film Straight to One, a story of a couple, young and in love, living in the Chelsea Hotel. The short has been on the festival circuit. Also, Hawke directed the music video, Stay for long time friend and former neighbor Lisa Loeb.

The millennium has brought critical acclaim for Mr. Hawke in Michael Almereyda’s wildly New York depiction of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet also starring Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Shepard, Bill Murray and Diane Venora.

Produced by Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, Gary Winick. Alexis Alexanian
Featuring: Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Natasha Richardson, Rosario Dawson, Mark Webber, Vincent D'Onofrio.
Print Source:
Lions Gate


Christmas in the Clouds
Directed by Kate Montgomery
2001/color/94 min


Christmas in the Clouds, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance film festival, is a lighthearted story of mistaken identity and romance. Set during the holiday season at a struggling ski resort the is owned and operated by a Native American tribe, the film features an ensemble cast in a classic comedy of errors. Introducing Choctaw actor, Tim Vahle and Mari Ana Tosca with Graham Greene, Rita Coolidge and M. Emmet Walsh.

Down and Out With the Dolls
Directed by Kurt Voss

North American Premiere


Down and Out With the Dolls is a raunchy, wry, in-your-face tale, which recounts the rise and fall of the all-girl rock band. Marked by an appreciation for the way aspiring musicians live and scrounge, it is an underground comic book come to life, featuring a cast of musicians rather than blockbuster actors. A number of real-life music industry people appear in cameos.
Producer: Matt Hill, Nanda Rao
Co-Producer: Brett Hardy, Nalini Cheriel
Screenwriter: Kurt Voss
Cinematographer: Tony Croll
Editor: Clayton Halsey, Mick Eransquin
Composer: Zoe Poledouris
Sound: Paul Marshall
Cast: Zoe Poledouris, Kinnie Starr, Melody Moore, Nicole Barrett, Brendan O’Hara, Coyote Shivers, Lemmy Kilmister
Print Source:
Matt Hill
18700 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
310 323 6565
310 323 2727 (fax)
Whyte House Productions
30-40 Flockhart St
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067, Australia
61 3 9428 2588
61 3 9428 1299(fax)

Directed by Coke Sams


The latest culture wars have reduced moral questions to bumper stickers as corporate money infects everything in its relentless quest for a bigger bottom line. Against this backdrop, one man arises to fight for individual freedom, personal excess and artistic license. Existo -- the once great leader of the revolution -- has returned to save our world.

Coke has been a full time filmmaker for 25 years. He’s spent his career writing, directing and producing works for film and TV for companies like Paramount, CBS, Castle Rock, Touchstone, HBO. He lives and works in Nashville and is a partner of a successful production company, RuckusFilm .

Producer: Clark Gallivan, Peter Kurland
Screenwriter: Bruce Arnston, Coke Sams
Cinematographer: Jim May
Editor: Scott Mele
Composer: Bruce Arnston
Sound: Jim LeBrech, Saul Zaentz Film Center
Cast: Bruce Arnston, Jackie Welch, Jim Varney, Gailand Sartain

Clarke Gallivan
Hometown Productions
4610 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville,, TN 37212
615 298-5818
615 292-0204

Girls Can’t Swim (Les Filles Ne Saves Pas Nager)
Directed by Anne-Sophie Birot
New York Premiere


Anne-Sophie Birot's first feature delicately captures the uncertainty of and intimacy between two teenage girls whose lives are teetering on the verge of adulthood. Gwen enjoys the attention of the boys in her port town. She hopes to grow up as fast as she can to escape her parents' constant bickering. Lise, who has never known her father, is confused as to how to react to his sudden accidental death. Her failure to cope compels her to run away to Gwen. Together, the girls reevaluate the importance of their friendship and the nature of their teenage anxieties.

Annie-Sophie Birot
Sepia Productions
5 Passage Piver
75011 Paris, France
33-1 4807-2915
33-1 4807-2982(fax)
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Directed by Frigyes Gödrös
New York Premiere


Glamour is an elegant, powerful tale of endurance - a hundred-year look at three generations of a Jewish Hungarian family. It begins one Passover night when the rowdy young Vendel brothers question the traditions they’ve grown up with. As the bearded Orthodox patriarch pleads in vain for respect, there are omens that make him fear for the future. Writer-director Frigyes Gödrös is an original storyteller whose risk-taking made Glamour the Hungarian submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Print Source:
Bela Bunyk
Hungarian Independent Producers
2321 West Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91508
818-848-1965 (f)

King Midas
Directed by Brandon David Cole
2001/color/85 min
World Premiere

King Midas is the story of Tommy Gold, a drug dealer turned hip-hop music
producer. Like the mythical king, Tommy learns the consequences of
getting what you wish for in this modern-day hip-hop morality play.

Brandon David Cole
Shooting Spree Films
1048 S. Main St., Unit 15
Plantsville, CT 06479

The Impure Glance
Directed by Giuseppe Rocca

In 1954 Italy, in a family dominated by female characters (and a priest), a child anxiously awaits the return of his father. Fearing he has lost his mother’s love, the child projects his desires onto Rafilina, the fifteen-year-old family maid, and directs his frustration toward her boyfriend, Carmine. Worldwide Distributor: M & L Banks.

Print Source:
M&L Banks
330 Fifth Avenue, Suite 304
New York, NY
212-563-5949 (f)


Margarita Happy Hour
Directed by Ilya Chaiken

Set against the underground music and avant-garde art scene in New York, this film is about what happens after the party is over. It focuses on the lives of five young "disreputable" women who meet in the afternoon to drink and compare notes on love, libidos and lactation.


Print Source:
Michael Ellenbogen
(212) 539-4091
(917) 842-2669
Fax (212) 539-4022
Susan Leber
(646) 221-4581


2001/color/95 min
Directed by David Atkins
New York Premiere


Dr. Frank Sangster (Steve Martin) is a prosperous dentist whose well-ordered existence is thrown into turmoil when a seductive new patient (Helena Bonham-Carter) with an appetite for painkillers, draws him into a seedy underworld of sex, drugs and murder. This stylish macabre film also stars Laura Dern and Scott Caan.

Writer/director David Atkins has turned classic film noir on its head, distinguishing his work with surprising plot twists, surrealist flourishes and a mischievous sense of humor.

Print Source:
Artisan Entertainment

Peroxide Passion
/84 min
Directed by Monty Diamond
Written by David Atkins
Jed, a poor guy from Jersey City, is obsessed with his fiancée Ashley, a rich and fabulous debutante from Connecticut. When Jed gets dumped at the altar, he goes home to Jersey and encounters the voluptuous Mimi, a lyricist and telephone-sex artist with an obsession of her own. Together, they set out to conquer their passions while trying not to fall in love.

In April "Peroxide Passion" won the Silver Award for Comedy at the Worldfest Houston 2001.

Monty has worked on features of all sizes for twenty-five years as production manager and line producer with some of the world’s great directors, among them, John Schlesinger, Luc Besson, Gillian Armstrong, Bertrand Tavernier and Jean Jacques Annaud. He studied acting and directing with Nikos Psacharapolis, Stella Adler and most recently with Bill Esper. He studied screenwriting at Columbia University with Lewis Cole and screenplay structure with the great Frank Daniel at Southern Cal. His feature script "First Thing Monday" which he co-wrote with Tom Fontana ("Oz"; "Homicide Life in the Street") and which is based on their award winning short film, is to be his next feature project and is set to go in the fall. This past May Monty directed a revival of "Spike Heels" by Theresa Rebeck at the ATA Theater in New York.

Screenwriter David Atkins wrote "Arizona Dream" for Ermir Kusturicza and has written scripts for Oliver Stone and Luc Besson. He recently adapted a Phillip K. Dick novel for Dreamworks. And he has directed his feature script, Novocaine for Artisan. It stars Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter and Laura Dern and is set to open the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival.

preceded by Vic Thrill's Wailing Wall, the future called and your reservation has been confirmed.

2001/color and b&w/96 min
Written and directed by Leon Ichaso

Piñero is the true story of the turbulent and creative life of a Latino icon, Puerto Rican poet-playwright-actor "Miguel Pinero" (Benjamin Bratt), who captivated New York City’s cultural elite in the 1970s and 80s.

His life was a study in contrasts: a Tony Award-nominee who did time at Sing-Sing, a heroin addict whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop, and a writer of hit TV shows whose life was cut short at the age of 40.

Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Talisa Soto, Giancarlo Esposito, Rita Moreno, Mandy Patinkin
Producers: John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, Tim Williams

Leon Ichaso is the writer and director of "Piñero." He has distinguished himself in both features and television as a director of provocative, independently-minded and sometimes controversial projects. Ichaso manages to bridge the gap between mainstream projects and offbeat films wedded to his Latino cultural roots, infusing both strong visuals, evocative atmosphere and unflinching drama.

Miramax Films
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013

Directed by Franc Roddam
1979/color/ 114 min

The year is 1964 and the battle was just beginning. Jimmy Cooper is about to go over the edge – rebelling against his working class English surroundings. He takes flight with the Mods, his pills and his idol, Ace Face – but it’s fruitless and culminates in a clash between the Mods and their mortal enemies, the Rockers.

Digitally remastered. Adapted from The Who’s Quadrophenia. Starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, and Michael Elphick.

Former advertising copywriter Franc Roddam, a graduate of the London Film School, began his career as a documentary filmmaker for the BBC. Known for creating the popular Auf Wiedersehn Pet television series, he made his feature film debut with Quadrophenia in 1979. His other credits include The Bride.


Directed by Jarek Kupsc

East Coast Premiere

A disturbed alcoholic veteran caught in a
downward spiral and a disillusioned Bosnian
war survivor investigate their violent experiences.

Producer: Jarek Kupsc
Co-Producer: Guy Stilson
Screenwriter: Jarek Kupsc
Cinematographer: Anjali Sundaram
Editor: Jarek Kupsc
Sound: Malcolm Sherwood
Cast: Raymond J. Barry, Stephanie Carwin, Esther Riggin
Jarek Kupsc
Immigrant Films
2626-22nd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116


Sam the Man
Directed by Gary Winick


Sam (Fisher Stevens), the author of a successful first novel about philandering, is by nature a charming childish philanderer. Right now, however, he’s engaged to Cass (Annabella Sciora) and trying hard to grow up and keep his dick in his pants. Problem is, life isn’t taking it easy on him. He's spent four years getting nowhere on his second novel, his money's spent, his confidence is shot and his star is fading. At the end of his rope, Sam is left to reconstruct his life, wiser but still up to his old tricks.
Print Source:
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New York, NY 10001
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Directed by Larry Fessenden
2001/color/90 min

New York Premiere


A blue Volvo makes its way through the fading light this chilly winter evening in Upstate New York. Kim (Patricia Clarkson), George (Jake Weber)
and their eight-year-old son, Miles (Erik Per Sullivan), are city dwellers stealing a weekend away at a friend's country farmhouse. But a fluke
accident sets off a chain of events that alters their lives forever and conjures up the ferocious spirit of the Wendigo, a Native American Myth
made manifest in Miles' imagination.

"A lean, brainy horror fable." - Variety

Producer: Jeff Levy-Hinte
Screenwriter: Larry Fessenden
Cinematographer: Terry Stacy
Editor: Larry Fessenden
Composer: Michelle DiBucci
Sound: Josse Tores
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, Erik Per Sullivan
Larry Fessenden
Glass Eye Pix
172 East 4th St #5F
NY, NY 10009
Jeff Levy-Hinte
Antidote Films
200 Varick St #515
NY, NY 10014