interviewer, Martha Frankel will moderate a comparative study of acting in
commercial cinema versus independent film with writer, director, actor
Stanley Tucci (Big Trouble, Sidewalks of New York, Joe Gould's Secret, The
Impostors, Big Night, Deconstructing Harry). Also attenind will be Fisher
Stevens and Liev Schreiber.
Keith Carradine will regretfully not be able to attend the actor¹s seminar
scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, September 22. Stanley Tucci and Liev
Schreiber will be present.
A case study on digital feature production
with a focus on Enter Fleeing, starring Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick
and Fairuza Balk. Moderated by Gary Winick of InDigEnt, with
writer/director Rebecca Miller (Angela); Goldheart Pictures
producer Lemore Syvan (Maze, Walking To The Waterline); director of
photography Ellen Kuras (Blow, Summer Of Sam) and editor Sabine
Hoffman (Harlem Aria, Last Party 2000, Hurricane Streets).
Ellen Kuras on location with Enter
|DISTRIBUTING YOUR FILM – THE TRUE
Burning to put your script on
film or tape? Getting ready to shoot your movie? Before you run up your
credit card bill, take a reality check with a panel of seasoned veterans
of the film business who have been selling, making, distributing and
exhibiting independent films for the past twenty plus years. With John
Pierson (executive producer, producer rep), Richard Abramowitz, Ken Eisen
(shadow distributor of Tony Gatlif’s breakthrough Latcho Drom),
Emily Russo (Zeitgeist) Steve Leiber of Upstate Films and John O’Brien (The
Big Dis, Vermont Is for Lovers).
Presented by Upstate Films
Who are the
filmmakers that focus on musicians and/or concerts? What are the
challenges that face them? What are the rewards? With D. A. Pennebaker &
Chris Hegedus (Monterrey Pop, Moon Over Broadway, Down from the
Mountain) Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), and
Leon Gast (When We Were Kings, The Grateful Dead Movie). Moderated
by Betsy McLane, director emeritus of the International Documentary
|SOUND & VISION
SOUND & VISION (Experience the power of music on film)
Have you ever wondered what makes you ride an emotional roller coaster at
the movies? Have you ever watched a great film and been unaware of the
role music was playing? We decided to take 2 very short films: Elliot
Landy's "Paris Lifescapes" and Neal Livingston's "Snow On The Lake" and
them to established film composers: Karl Berger, Jim Farmer, John Hodian,
David Torn & Peter Wetzler to score and see how the exact same imagery
different under contrasting scores.
The audience will engage in a follow-up discussion with the panel of the
composers and filmmakers, led by BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross. An insightful
"immersion" event for filmmakers, composers and audience members, alike!
ELLIOTT LANDY "Paris Lifescapes" has been doing providing interactive
visual work, through motion and kaleidoscopic photography in both still
film formats, for over 30 years. He has published Woodstock Vision, The
Spirit of A Generation, in book and CD-ROM format, and authored the book
Woodstock 69, The First Festival. He is currently publishing a series of
limited edition lithographs of his classic rock photographs, and producing
feature film based on the life of Janis Joplin.
NEAL LIVINGSTON "Snow On The Lake" is a filmmaker/environmental activist
from Cape Breton, Novia Scotia. In addition to his numerous political
documentaries including Budworks, Herbicide Trials, Cape Breton Endangered
Spaces and Toxic Partners he has produced a sheaf of original and humorous
films such as Off to Work (1988), Trees and Elevators (1991), Licking the
Window (1995). Michel in a Suête (1998), Suêtes, (1999) and Snow on the
KARL BERGER, world-renowned composer since 1961, with over 100
and arrangements for classical ensembles, jazz groups, fusion groups, big
band, symphony, and commercial recordings. Karl has been the Winner of 6
Downbeat Critics Polls as a jazz soloist, and the SWF Award for his
compositions. His recent discography includes 3 CDs , "Crystal Fire"
"Conversations" and "Karl Berger + Paul Shigihara". Karl has provided
arrangement & orchestration for many major record companies, European
+ TV Networks, and for artists such as Natalie Merchant, Jeff Buckley, The
Cardigans, Better than Ezra a.o., and producers Bill Laswell, Alan
Peter Collins, Malcolm Burn, Andy Wallace and others.
JIM FARMER, a film and theater composer who lives and works in New York
and recently New Paltz, scored the music to Tom DiCillo's JOHNNY SUEDE
Living in Oblivion, Box of Moonlight, Red White and Yellow, The Real
The Waiting Game, and most recently Double Whammy. He has composed and
designed various dance and off Broadway theater projects including the
Obie-winning The Ridge Theater. Farmer has also written, directed and
composed music for four plays: "Frontier Halloween" (1992), "Pistols &
Stamens" (1993), "The Savage Routine of Living" (1993), and "We Never
JOHN HODIAN is an Emmy award winning composer, conductor and pianist who
written over 250 documentaries in addition to feature films and
music-theater . Hodian's large scale music theater piece "Spirits" was the
winner of The Frederick Lowe award and is slated for a workshop in March
2001. Hodian's inventive solo c.d., Available Forms, has been praised as
"pure musical genius"(Applause Magazine) and, along with Bet Williams, is
the leader of Epiphany project.
DAVID TORN is a texturalist/guitarist (winner of Guitar Player Magazine's
Readers' Poll Award, Experimental category: 1994 & 1997), composer,
multi-instrumentalist (live looping, oud, saz, kikuyae, kotar, MacOS,
samplers, programming, mandolin, optigan, etc.), producer, writer, singer
consultant. He has been featured as the primary texturalist and/or soloist
on films scored by composers Carter Burwell, Mark Isham, Ryuichi Sakamoto,
Lisa Gerrard, Patrick O'Hearn, Michael Shrieve, and others., in addition
having begun scoring for films, himself. His work has been featured on
countless amounts of films, has 5 solo CDs, 6 group CDs, and has been the
instrumentalist and/or producer on over 55 additional CDs. Jazz Times has
quoted Torn's work as "Twisted Brilliance" and L.A. Times boasts "Torn is
true wizard, someone who finds mystical potential in every sound."
PETER WETZLER is a concert pianist who started his composing career
and touring with postmodern choreographers such as Laura Dean, David
and Bill T. Jones. From the New York downtown experimental music scene he
moved into film and television scoring the Canadian Feature "Warboy" and
numerous films for PBS's "Great Performances" including Vaclav Havel's
"Largo Desolato" and George Wolfe's "Coloured Museum". He is currently
producing a solo piano album and his band "The Repeatos" as well as this
"Sound and Image" event with Sarah Chianese.
Moderator: DOREEN RINGER-ROSS
As Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer Ross oversees all
activity from the Los Angeles based department serving film and television
composers. She joined BMI in 1985 as an executive in the Film/TV
and has held the positions of Senior Director and Assistant Vice President
prior to being named Vice President in 2000. Prior to BMI, Ringer Ross
artist development positions at A&M Records, ABC Records and MCA Records,
and also worked in television production as a producer for a wide array of
Spotlight Seminar on Women in Film at New World Home Cooking
York Women in Film & Television and the Woodstock Film Festival have
joined forces to bring you a very special follow-up to last year's stellar
event as part of the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival.
Making a movie is hard. Making a movie as a woman is even harder. So how
do you do it? To answer these questions and more, we've gathered an A-list
of professionals who are making and breaking the rules. After the seminar,
please join us for a lavish reception.
With Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), Lisa Krueger (Manny & Lo,
Committed), Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho)
and Rosemary Rodriguez (Acts of Worship). Moderator Karen
Durbin is a film critic for Elle magazine.
|MOVIES THAT MATTER
NEWS UPDATE 9/22
MOVIES THAT MATTER
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS GATHER IN WOODSTOCK TO DISCUSS
FILMS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Sunday September 23, 3:00pm
Utopia Studios, Bearsville
Films have an enormous social impact whether they are purely
entertainment, or take on a social issue. In helping to define the fabric
of our culture, do filmmakers have a responsibility to address social
In light of the devastating recent tragedy, what are the
responsibilities of filmmakers and media to deal with their influence on
culture and attitudes, and to present a global perspective?
Peter Saraf Producer (moderator) – Saraf’s credits include the
Academy Award-nominated films Ulee’s Gold and Mandela, and the upcoming
The Truth About Charlie, directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as many
filmed music projects with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, David Byrne and
Caroline Baron Producer - Caroline Baron produced Mira Nair’s recent
feature Monsoon Wedding, which was just awarded the Golden Lion at the
2001 Venice Film Festival. She produced Flawless, Addicted to Love, and
Center Stage. Baron is the founder and Executive Director of FilmAid
St. Clair Bourne Producer/Director/Writer – Bourne has been the
producer, director and writer of over 40 film productions, including
documentaries for HBO, PBS, NBC, and the BBC. Most recently, he produced a
feature-length documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon
Parks, which has been nominated for three EMMY awards.
Gillian Caldwell Caldwell is a filmmaker (producer, Bought and Sold),
attorney, and executive Director of WITNESS, which was founded by musician
Peter Gabriel. WITNESS advances human rights advocacy through the use of
video and communications technology. .
Godfrey Cheshire Film Critic, Author – Cheshire writes film criticism
for the New York Times, New York Press, Talk, Interview, and Variety, and
is author of "The New Iranian Cinema". He is past President of the New
York Film Critics Circle, and is a member of the National Society of Film
* * *
Films have an enormous social impact
whether they are purely entertainment or take on a social issue. In
helping to define the fabric of our culture, do filmmakers have a
responsibility to address social issues? Where do films fit into the
larger context of storytelling in culture, both ours and others cultures
and how can their importance be gauged relative to literature, theater,
television, music? These questions and more will be discussed with Haskell
Wexler,Oscar-winning cinematographer (Bound for Glory, Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Matewan, Coming Home) and
director (Medium Cool, Latino); Caroline Baron, producer (Monsoon Wedding,
Flawless, Kama Sutra, Witness to the Mob) and founder/executive director
of Film Aid International
Godfrey Chesire (film critic, New York Press, New York Times, Talk,
Variety and former chairman, NY Film Critics Circle); and Peter Saraf,
producer (Mandela, Ulee's Gold and the upcoming Adaptation starring
Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep and The Truth About Charlie starring
Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton); and other distinguished panelists to be
Haskell Wexler will regretfully not be able to attend the Movies That
seminar scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday, September 23. He has prepared a
statement for the panel and a replacement will be present.
Produced by Judy Arthur
|HD PRODUCTION AND POST PRODUCTION
Julia Mintz and Peter Heady of the high definition
production company Full Res host a day's worth of seminars centering on
the state of the art in digital cinematography high definition production
and post-production. Join Henniger’s chief engineer Brad Hughes, HD Camera
owner/operator/engineer Bob Clark, Award winning Director/ DP Larry Banks
, Digital Projection specialist Jim Marlow and Bob Zahn of BVR to find out
who is doing what, and where and how.
10 -11:00 am
Begin with the morning pre-production coffee and map out production
strategies and ways to implement them. This short informal session is open
to all and will give a brief overview of the day’s upcoming events.
Equipment and Gear for HD Productions and Beyond
Through discussions and demos, Bob Clark, Brad Hughes, Jim Marlow and
Bob Zahn will discuss what it takes to get the shot? Participants will
have a chance to get some hands-on time with the HD camera packages and
Production, Production, Production
Larry Banks, Bob Clark, Brad Hughes and Julia Mintz will discuss what
you should expect on location and how to optimize creativity within
budgetary and technical constraints.
3:15- 5:00 pm
Post-Production and Deliverables in the New Millenium
Now that it's all in the can, where do you go from here?
Peter Heady and Julia Mintz will map out the post-production process:
editing, effects, multi-formats, deliverables and displays. Take control
of the process instead of letting the process control you.
5:30 pm -
High Definition screening and Q & A
A variety of clips will be screened and followed by an open forum.
Paul Mones (producer, Novocaine) will hold a free panel about what
is takes to be an artist in
this modern corporate age. Saturday, September 22
at Utopia Studios
MEDIA WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
with the Children’s Media Project
Hands-on workshop open to 12 participants, ages 10 and up. We will
demonstrate various mixed media animation techniques (with pre-made and
raw materials available to students) and facilitate the making of
animation within the four-hour session.
Hands-on workshop open to 12 participants, ages 13 and up. Bring a
song, bring an idea, a joke or a simple script and we’ll supply the
cameras, editing facilities and media artist/teachers. Work with a partner
to shoot a short movie. We’ll help you edit and add sound. A great project
to do with a friend!
The Children’s Media Project is an arts, education and technology
organization whose mission is to give artists and media makers,
particularly children and youth, a space, both literally and
metaphorically, to create and critically use media. We teach the skills,
tools, and processes necessary for this creative self-expression and
critical thinking in the media arts.
of Music in Film
A master workshop designed for film composers will be given by
legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein. Over the past 50 years,
Mr. Bernstein has written a formidable number of major movie scores,
including some of the most identifiable of all time, including The Ten
Commandments, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape, The Magnificent
Seven, Animal House, My Left Foot and, most, recently Martin
Scorcese’s Gangs of New York.
(limited admission to 20 composers - $50)