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2012 HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD RECIPIENT

Acclaimed director Jonathan Demme will receive the Honorary Maverick Award at the 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.

The veteran director, whose documentary I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad and The Beautiful screened at last year's festival, is best known for his films Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, The Agrolnomist and Stop Making Sense.

This glimpse at his career, spanning four decades, clearly illuminates what makes Demme the Woodstock Film Festival 2012 choice for the Maverick Award. He courageously tackles challenging and controversial subjects; and in doing so, whether he is portraying Anthony Hopkins as the terrifying Hannibal Lecter or Tom Hanks as an early victim of AIDS, his characters emerge with unusual depth and humanity. What's more, his stories are not only thoughtful, they are as equally absorbing and entertaining. Read entire release here...

Received a handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

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Jonathan Demme

2012 MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD RECIPIENT

WFF is proud to announce the recipient of the 2nd Annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award as Tim Blake Nelson.

Known for his diverse roles in film, Nelson has starred in acclaimed hits like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Incredible Hulk, Syriana, Holes and the 2011 closing night film at WFF, Detatchment. Nelson is also an accomplished director, singer and playwright. His directing credits include Leaves of Grass, The Grey Zone (a 2002 WFF Official Selection) and "O."

The Giving Back contribution Nelson receives will go to the 52nd Street Project in NYC. The project brings together kids ages (9 to 18) from the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood with theater professionals to create original works on stage. The primary activity is to present a free theater to a general audience with a deeper purpose of using the art form of theater to enagage children's imaginations, broaden their means of expression and increase their sense of self-worth, their literacy skills and their appreciation of the arts.

Recipient will receive a a $5000 cash award to donate to charity of choice
and a handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

 

 

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Tim Blake Nelson

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TRIBUTE to Bingham Ray

A special Tribute to Bingham Ray was included in the ceremony.

Bingham Ray was a long-time adviosry boad member, distributor and producer, celebrated for his colorful ways. Named Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society in 2011, Ray was a major player in the independent film world. He was a co-founder of the independent film production company October Films in 1991 and was its president until 1999, when USA Networks bought it. October Films produced the highly acclaimed Secrets & Lies and The Apostle, starring Robert Duvall, among others.

In 2001, Ray became president of United Artists, overseeing the production of Bowling for Columbine and Hotel Rwanda. From United Artists, Ray went on to join Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Immediately prior to joining the San Francisco Film Society, Ray was a programming consultant to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and was an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His tenacity and passion will always be remembered.

WFF honors his dedication to fiercely independent filmmaking.

 

 

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GIGANTIC PICTURES FEATURE NARRATIVE AWARD

Winner recevies a $5000 cash award from
gigantic

Recipient will also receive a
handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBERS
Thelma Adams
Lori Singer
Gary Springer




MAVERICK DOCUMENTARY AWARD Presented by filmswelike

Winner recevies a $1000 cash award from
filmswelike

Recipient will also receive a
handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBERS
Rachel Grady
Barbara Kopple
Jedd Wider



Diane Seligman Award for
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Prizes:
$500 cash award sponsored by Lowel-Light
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DCP services sponsored by Technicolor Post Works NY


Handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBERS
Isil Bagdadi
Lisa Gossels
Steve Savage
Todd Wider

Diane Seligman Award for
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

Prizes:
$500 cash award sponsored by Lowel-Light
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Handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBERS
Brian Devine
Timothy Hutton
Matt Parker


Diane Seligman Award for
BEST STUDENT SHORT

Prizes:
$500 cash award sponsored by Lowel-Light
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Handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBERS
Amy Gossels
Jonathan Gray
Marie Therese Guirgis

 


Maverick Award for
FOR BEST ANIMATION

$2000 cash award and trophy sponsored by Blue Sky Studios
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JURY MEMBERS
Signe Baumane
Bill Plympton
Chris Wedge

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Winner
JUNKYARD
by
Hisko Hulsing

HASKELL WEXLER AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Prize: $15,000 worth of film camera equipment
Sponsored by Panavision, NY

Handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBER: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C.
The following comment was released by Mr. Wexkler regarding the film: "I would like for the cinematography award to go to Ian Bloom for Nor'Easter. To direct the eye throughout the film, he employs creative focus in daring ways which, although excellent photography, is still subtle, not calling attention to itself. Camera movement is integrated with sly framing. A good example is the scene between David Call and Haviland Morris, where she puts his hand on her chest as the camera moves in. It tilts up to her right hand on her neck, her right hand holding his against her heart. The camera continues a slow, hesitant move to her wedding ring. I'm looking forward to more of Ian Bloom's shooting."

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Editing Award for NARRATIVE FEATURE

Prize: DCP services
Sponsored by

 

Handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

 

JURY MEMBERS
Sarah Flack
Sabine Hoffman
Bill Pankow

Editing Award for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Prize: DCP services
Sponsored by

 


Handcrafted trophy designed by Steve Heller

JURY MEMBERS
Bob Eisenhardt
Sabine Hoffman
Michael Taylor


Audience Award for NARRATIVE FEATURE



ANY DAY NOW
Directed by Travis Fine


Audience Award for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE



ONCE IN A LULLABY
THE PS 22 CHORUS STORY
Directed by
Jonathan Kalafer




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