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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL SCORES AGAIN!
4TH ANNUAL INDIE GATHERING
HAILED BY FILMMAKERS, INDUSTRY & AUDIENCE.
(Woodstock, NY), Sept., 2003: The 2003 Woodstock Film Festival wrapped its fourth season with a first class line up of independent films, panels, concerts and cool parties, and a stellar list of industry and celebrity participants.
From Wednesday Sept. 17 through Sunday Sept. 21, the 4th annual indie fest in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley Catskills had filmmakers raving about the extraordinary lineup of more than 130 films, documentaries and shorts - including Billy Ray’s Shattered Glass, Jonathan Demme’s The Agronomist, Peter Hedges’ Piece’s of April, and John Sayles’ Casa De Los Baby’s – as well as the receptive, friendly audiences, relaxed ambiance and inspiring landscape.
An estimated 7200 people attended WFF events, with 80% of the screenings sold-out. Virtually all of the major screenings were sold-out in advance.
This year the festival expanded its homebase to theatres in nearby communities – Upstate Films in Rhinebeck and The Catskill Mountain Foundation Theatre in Hunter - to assure higher quality screening venues and the ability to show in-demand features more than once. Ticket sales accordingly were up about 15%.
“Our first three festivals were so successful that there was a real demand for additional screenings and more professional venues and we were able to deliver that this year,” said WFF’s director and co-founder Meira Blaustein, “ When you have such an extraordinary line up of films the public and the industry respond and we will continue listening to their needs”.
Key festival participants included Woody Harrelson, Olympia Dukakis, Dan Hedaya, Annabella Sciorra, Marcia Gay Harden, Lily Taylor, Aidan Quinn, Liev Schrieber, Griffin Dunne, Tim Blake Nelson, Peter Hedges, Bingham Ray, Elmer Bernstein, Robert Downey Sr., Leon Gast, Ron Nyswaner, Michael Almereyda, Ron Mann, Zachary Sklar, Bill Plympton, Larry Fessenden, John Lyons, Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy, Martin Garbus, Donald Westlake, John S. Lyons, David Torn, Alexis Alexanian, Lucy Barzun, Linda Cohen, Mark Urman, Ellen Chenoweth, Peter Saraf, Barbara Hammer, David D’Arcy, Owen Gleiberman, David Rooney, Jonathan Foreman. Musicians performing this year included Joey Eppard and Three, Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham of Luna, Peter Rowan and friends, Bill Keith, Jay Ungar, Tony Garnier, Buddy Merriam, Karl Berger, Steve Gorn, Joshua Pearl, Lillias White, and many other stellar professionals.
In accepting the festival’s Honorary Maverick Award celebrating independence in art and social issues, actor/activist Harrelson quoted Martin Luther King and Gandhi, and urged the 200 or so filmmakers in attendance to speak up as individuals to inspire hope and bring positive change and sustainable development to a troubled world. Known for his environmental activism almost as much as for his eclectic performances in more than 30 films, Harrelson’s leadership on behalf of clean air and water, forest protection, organic living, renewable energy and sustainable living is profiled in director Ron Mann’s documentary Go Further (East Coast Premiere).
The Best Feature Award was presented to Assisted Living by Elliot Greenebaum, with Best Documentary honors going to A BOY’S LIFE by Rory Kennedy. (Click here for a complete list of award recipients)
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, (501) C-3 organization. Its mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film-related activities combining inspired learning and the promotion of sustainable economic development by attracting film, video and media production to the Hudson Valley Catskills region.
The presenting sponsor of the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival was MARKERTEK.COM, America’s largest broadcast supply house. Other major sponsors included ORGANIC STYLE MAGAZINE, along with Amtrak and the Catskill Mountain Region Guide; also United Artists, Kodak, Cineric, Docurama, Nerve.com, Planet Noise, Writer Guild of America East, Made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.
For more information, call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com