Each year the following awards are presented. Prizes vary from year to
year. Check below for 2003 prizes.
Honorary Maverick Award
Best Feature (awarded to first time feature filmmaker)
Best Feature Documentary (awarded to first time feature filmmaker)
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Animated Film (judged and presented by animator Bill Plympton and
The Elmer Bernstein Award for Best Film Score will be presented by
Mr. Bernstein to the film score that in his opinion best serves the
nature of the film. Over the past fifty years, Elmer Bernstein has
written a formidable number of major movie scores, including some of
the most identifiable of all time – To Kill a Mockingbird,
The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, My Left Foot to name
a few. His most recent scores were composed for Martin Scorsese’s
Gangs of New York and Todd Haynes’s Far From Heaven.
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography will be
presented by Mr. Haskell Wexler. Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. (Bound
for Glory, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Coming Home, Who’s Afraid
of Virginia Wolfe, The Secret of Roan Inish), is a five-time
Academy Award nominee and the recipient of a star on Hollywood’s Walk
of Fame. Always politically active, Wexler directed the Oscar-winning
documentary Interviews With My Lai Veterans,
Introduction to the Enemy (co-director) and the
fiction film Latino, and was subpoenaed by a federal
grand jury for the tapes and footage of Underground, a
chronicle of the Weather Underground movement.
The handcrafted Maverick Award trophies are created
by Woodstock artist
Heller of Fabulous Furniture.
HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD
HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD
The Woodstock Film
Festival Maverick Award takes its name from the original Woodstock
arts colony of the early 1900s, which valued independence and social
responsibility expressed through the arts.
This year, the festival
is proud to announce that the Honorary Maverick Award will be
presented to Tim Robbins for his social consciousness, intelligence,
independence and creativity, as demonstrated in his body of work.
As the son of folksinger
Gil Robbins, Tim is no stranger to the art of dissent. He got his
start performing protest songs with his dad. In his work as a
multifaceted filmmaker and in his private life, Tim continues to
associate with political and social activism, championing causes
including union rights and opposition to the death penalty.
At the age
of twelve, Robbins joined the Theatre for the New City in New York’s
East Village. After attending the State University of New York at
Plattsburgh, then UCLA, he joined the Actor's Gang, an avant-garde
theater troupe. In 1988, he broke onto the film scene as a baseball
player in Bull Durham, in which he starred opposite
Susan Sarandon. A string of films followed, including Jacob’s
Ladder and Robert Altman’s The Player, for which
he received Best Actor kudos at the Cannes Film Festival.
Robbins wrote, directed, starred in and performed the music in
Bob Roberts, a mockdocumentary that parodied politics on the
followed in Altman’s Short Cuts and Ready to Wear,
The Hudsucker Proxy from the Coen Brothers and the
Oscar-nominated The Shawshank Redemption.
Robbins wrote and directed Dead Man Walking a film about
a convicted murderer on death row and the nun who finds empathy for
him, the victims and their families.
film, which challenged public perception of the death penalty, earned
Robbins an OscarÒ
nomination for Best Director. Sean Penn garnered a Best Actor
nomination and Susan Sarandon was awarded the OscarÒ
for Best Actress.
followed in 1999. Based on Marc Blitzstein’s play, the film explores
the relationship between art, unions, politics and greed with humor,
suspense, music and intelligence. That same year, Robbins portrayed a
suburban terrorist in Arlington Road.
2002 Robbins co-starred with Patricia Arquette and Rhys Ifans in
Human Nature. This fall, he’ll be seen as
Mr. Bartholomew in Jonathan Demme’s
The Truth About Charlie, and he is set to appear in
Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River in 2003.
Lemore Syvan – producer, Sabine Hoffman – editor, Bingham Ray -
president, United Artists, Ted Hope – producer, Stephen Garrett – Time Out,
INTERVIEW WITH THE
by Neil Burger
takes only one man to make a conspiracy. Ron Kobeleski, an out-of-work TV
news cameraman, may have just stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. His
shadowy older neighbor, Walter Ohlinger, has summoned over Ron and his
camera, saying he's got a secret to reveal. What's the big secret? Walter
claims he was the "grassy knoll gunman" - the second assassin of President
John F. Kennedy. Is he telling the truth? As Ron and Walter search for the
only witness who can back up the story, the pressure mounts and their lives
begin to unravel. First-time writer/director Neil Burger has meticulously
crafted Interview with the Assassin to feel like a verité documentary,
masterfully creating a chilling realness and accumulation of detail, but
making it seem offhanded and spontaneous. The actors are mesmerizing,
especially character-actor Raymond J. Barry in an unbelievable performance
as the inscrutable Walter. Interview with the Assassin will challenge your
assumptions. Also starring Dylan Haggerty, Renee Faia, Jared McVay and Kate
Williamson.Print courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Jurors: Cara Mertes – executive director, Paola Freccero – Sundance Channel
Leon Gast – filmmaker
by Jeff Blitz
This is a window on the American dream.
From the hardscrabble plains of Texas, to the manicured lawns of
Connecticut, from the Ozark countryside, to the D.C. projects,
chronicles the lives of eight American
teenagers who each set out to win the National Spelling Bee.
Jurors: Larry Fessenden –
director (Wendigo, Habit, No Telling), Micheal Ellenbogen - producer (Margaritta
Happy Hour), programmer (Manchester Film Festival), Elizabeth Peters –
Executive Director, AIVF
BROKEN by Patrick Downs
While trying to break up a
domestic argument, a police officer loses his cool when the female victim
rebuffs his attempts to help her. A comic chase ensues. The officer almost
convinces her to press charges when a call to rescue a woman locked out of
her house turns his efforts upside down. With Jerry Della Salla, Savannah
Haske, Melanie Vesey, Ray Jarrell and Nolan Tuffy.
BEST SHORT DOC
Jurors: Sarah Plant – composer (see advisory board for bio)
Zachary Sklar – screenwriter (see advisory board for bio)
by Til Passow
is the central station of Calcutta, India and one of the largest stations in
Asia. Apart from its importance as a junction for transients and cargo
transports, Howrah Station epitomizes the circuit of life of a major Indian
city. It is a place of extraordinary intensity and extreme polarities.
Howrah Howrah leads to this place full of life, movement, joy and affliction
and shows the versatility of Calcutta and the chaos anarchically carving
one’s way through the microcosm of the station.
BEST STUDENT SHORT
Jeremiah Newton – film industry liaison (NYU), screenwriter, Clayton
Patterson – internationally known video artist, Barbara Saltzman –
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
by Catherine Tingey (Columbia University)
Maxie Ward, a
grocery clerk, is dreaming of astrology and the boy of her dreams. After
consulting her horoscope, she decides to confront her object of desire,
Trevor Gordon. When her best friend sabotages her efforts, Maxie realizes
that nothing is what it seems when you’re sixteen and infatuated.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Judged and presented by pioneering animator Bill Plympton
by David Russo
An experimental animation film featuring the creation, evolution, and
journey of humanoid sculptures through time-lapsed environments.
ELMER BERNSTEIN AWARD,
judged and presented by the acclaimed
film composer Elmer Bernstein.
No prize was awarded this year.
HASKELL WEXLER AWARD,
judged by the renowned cinematographer, was presented to
cinematographer: Luc Montpellier. The film was directed by
A ten-year-old boy keeps his mother's death a
secret to avoid being sent to a foster home. While juggling pressure from a
crooked landlord, a nosy social worker, and suspicious neighbors, the boy
finds solace in his relationships with his best friend and an elderly woman.
This drama by Asghar Massombagi can be taken as a one-of-a-kind thriller, as
well as the poetic story of a young outsider, discriminated against because
of his social position and racial difference. With Michael D'Ascenzo,
Michelle Duquet, Normand Bissonnette, Michael Kanev, Lynne Deragon, John
Ralston, Gerry Quigley, Joanne Boland, Richard Banel, Alex Hood, Bryn Mcauly
and Paul Lee.
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best
Cinematography was sponsored by