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PANEL: Career Day
Onteora High School
10/02/2009, 9:00AM
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To attend this event, students will be required to talk to their guidance school administrators to see if their school is participating in order to coordinate travel to Onteora High School for the school day.

On Friday, October 2, as part of WFF's Youth Initiative, we will be hosting a Career Day Roundtable event at Onteora High School. The event, which will be held during regular school hours, is a great opportunity for area high school students to meet with industry professionals and other students who share their passion for film and the performing arts. Students will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with industry professionals from the three fields they are most interested in. This year's event will also include a special screening of the film "Dear Lemon Lima," followed by a Q&A with director Suzi Yoonessi and producer Jonako Donley.

Past participants in the Career Day Roundtable include Academy Award nominated composer Elmer Bernstein ("To Kill a Mockingbird," "Far From Heaven") director Hilary Brougher ("Stephanie Daley"), casting director Ellen Chenoweth ("No Country For Old Men," "Michael Clayton") Academy Award nominated actress Melissa Leo ("Frozen River"), Academy Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia," "The Painted Veil"), and Academy Award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest").

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

To learn more about this event, visit our website (http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/programs/youthinitiative.htm).

 
PANEL: Good Stories in Bad Times - Launching a Screenwriting Career in a Global Recession
Utopia Studios
10/02/2009, 2:00PM
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Veteran screenwriter Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia," "The Painted Veil") will talk to writers who recently have launched filmmaking careers, despite the tough economic times. The conversation will address the intersection of art and business as the panel’s writers describe their trajectories: from the first impulse to tell a particular story, to the shaping of the story to fit a market, to the struggle between artistic intention and the compromises necessary to get a movie made.

Peter Callahan was born and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. A high school dropout, he drove a taxi for several years before returning to school, eventually earning a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Moving to Los Angeles, Callahan optioned several screenplays to Hollywood studios before returning to his hometown to write and direct the independent feature, "Last Ball," in 2001. The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and consequently screened and won several awards in over twenty countries.

Nicole Eastman an up-and-coming talent, is quickly becoming a favorite in the industry for fresh, funny and realistic romantic comedies. Eastman is making her mark with individualistic and irreverent humor, and strong roles for both male and female actors. Eastman makes her feature film debut with "The Ugly Truth." Other projects include "The Gilded Lily," a remake of the 1935 Claudette Colbert classic from Universal; the ABC pilot "The Girl Next Door;" the Reese Witherspoon vehicle "The Proposal;" and the adaptation of "I'm Fine" for Paramount, with director Ken Kwapis. Eastman is currently adapting the bestseller "Time of My Life" for The Weinstein Company. Eastman resides in Woodstock, New York. (from www.filmbug.com)

Peter Saraf's most recent production credits include "Sunshine Cleaning," "Away We Go," and the 2006 Academy Award® winning "Little Miss Sunshine." Peter also produced Liev Schreiber's enchanting adaptation of "Everything Is Illuminated" and executive produced Spike Jonze's critically acclaimed "Adaptation," starring Nicholas Cage. In 2004, with Marc Turtletaub, Peter formed Big Beach Films, a New York-based production company that finances and produces independent films. Other producer credits include "The Truth About Charlie," "Mandela," "Ulee's Gold," "Courage and Pain," "Into the Rope" and "Storefront Hitchcock."

Avi Zev Weider is the writer/director of Zeroes and Ones. In January 2009, Avi was invited to bring this script to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Avi is also currently directing the feature documentary, "Welcome to the Machine." He is the recipient of a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in screenwriting and a 2008 New York State Council on the Arts individual artist grant.

PLEASE NOTE that this panel replaces Screenwriting: Science Fiction and Other Genres

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: Redesigning Humanity - The New Frontier
Utopia Studios
10/02/2009, 4:00PM
$ 15
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Sponsored by Terasem Media and Films
Produced by Sabine Hoffman

In a period of exponential technological change, human life is in the process of being irreversibly transformed: in the next 50 years, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and other technologies will allow human beings to transcend the limitations of the body. Is this evolution inevitable? Will “humanity” survive? Is the prospect of virtual eternal life something mankind should embrace? Transhumanism has been described as the world's most dangerous idea as well as the movement that epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity. This panel will look at the perils and promise of a transhuman future.

Moderator:
James J. Hughes, Ph.D. Associate Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Trinity College in Hartford, where he teaches Health Policy. As the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he also produces the syndicated weekly public affairs radio talk show program Changesurfer Radio. He is the author of “Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future.”

Panelists:
Ray Kurzwell
Martine Rothblatt
Wendell Wallach

Ray Kurzwell is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a twenty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, PBS included Kurzwell as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America.” Kurzwell has written five books, four of which have been national best sellers, among them “The Age of Spiritual Machines” and “The Singularity is Near.”

Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D, MBA, is a lawyer, author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of numerous companies, including Sirius Satellite Radio and United Therapeutics. She has cyberscripted pioneering websites including endracism.org. Rothblatt's company Terasem Media and Films produces independent narrative and documentary films that raise public awareness and understanding of innovations in human life extension through the geo-ethical application of cyber consciousness and biotechnologies.

Wendell Wallach is a lecturer and consultant at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is recognized as one of the leaders in the new field of Machine Ethics and the co-author of “Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.” The book he is presently writing examines what what humans might become through emerging technologies: “Cybersoul: Self-Understanding in the Information Age.”

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: Amazing Women in Film
Utopia Studios
10/03/2009, 10:00AM
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Women in the film industry continue to carve a strong and meaningful path in a world that used to be traditionally dominated by men. With more women sitting in the Director's Chair and holding top positions as executives, producers and administrators, has the balance finally shifted to a point of equality? Join us as a diverse group of powerful women discuss their work and the state of the film industry, from the woman's perspective.

Moderator:
Thelma Adams, film critic for “Us Weekly,” has twice served as the New York Film Critics Circle Chair. She has written for “The New York Times,” “The New York Post,” “O: The Oprah Magazine,” “Marie Claire,” “The Huffington Post,” “Interview,” and “More.” She has appeared on CNN, E!, NBC’s “The Today Show,” among many others. In 1993, Adams earned an MFA from Columbia University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1981.

Panelists: Uma Thurman

Mira Nair

Pamela Koffler
Katherine Dieckmann
Barbara Hammer
Signe Baumane

Pamela Koffler is a New York based independent producer, who along with Christine Vachon, co-founded Killer Films in 1995. Her past credits include “Office Killer,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Grey Zone,” “One Hour Photo,” “Camp,” “The Company,” “The Notorious Bettie Page,” “Savage Grace” and “Then She Found Me."

Katherine Dieckmann’s third feature film as writer-director, "Motherhood," stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. She also directed "Diggers" (2007), wrote and directed "A Good Baby" (2000), and was the originating director on Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking live action children’s serial, “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” Dieckmann is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, where she teaches screenwriting.

Barbara Hammer is a visual artist working primarily in film and video. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema; her experimental films of the 1970's often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality. In the 80's she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm film life itself. Her documentaries tell the stories of marginalized peoples. She teaches each summer at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Signe Baumane was born in Latvia, educated in Moscow, and lives in New York. In 1996, Baumane began working with Bill Plympton, learning about how an independent animation studio works before beginning to produce films on her own. Her interest in promoting her own and other independent animators' work extends into collaboration with festival programmers, such as New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, Florida Film Festival, Red Bank International Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival. She has initiated and curated numbers of independent animation programs and is in the organizing core of Square Footage Films.

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: The Changing Face of Independent Filmmaking
Utopia Studios
10/03/2009, 12:00PM
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A look at the state of contemporary Independent Filmmaking as a new decade draws near.

The world is changing all around us. Borders between countries and cultures blur as globalization deepens. Social networking sites grow in popularity and communication across the world is at the click of a button. Technology is advancing, creating easier opportunities for everyday people to express themselves through film. Filmmakers can pick up a lightweight camera and create a movie instantly, editing it on their laptop. Independent film is changing as old business models die and new ones are born. How have all these developments changed what we have come to know as "independent film"? And what new forms will independent film take in the future?

Moderator:
Scott Macaulay is the editor of “Filmmaker Magazine” and a producer with his partner Robin O'Hara in the New York-based production company Forensic Films. He is also the co-editor of Focus Features' FilmInFocus website. Among his producing credits are “Raising Victor Vargas,” “Gummo,” “julien donkey-boy,” the Sundance Grand-Prize winning “What Happened Was...,” “Idlewild,” “Saving Face,” and “Off the Black.”

Panelists:
John Sloss
Ira Sachs
Richard Linklater
Peter Saraf

John Sloss is the founder of Cinetic Media and the digital sales initiative Cinetic Rights Management, which recently launched its branded VOD channel, Cinetic FilmBuff. He is also a managing partner and founder of the entertainment law firm Sloss Eckhouse Brennan Law Co LLP, all of which are based in New York City.

Ira Sachs is a filmmaker living in New York City. His work includes “Married Life” (2007), “The Delta” (1997), and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning “Forty Shades of Blue” (2005). An Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Film, Sachs is presently working on a new feature, “The Goodbye People,” co-written with Oren Moverman (“The Messenger,” “Married Life”), and adapted from the fiction of screenwriter and novelist Gavin Lambert.

After working on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Richard Linklater relocated to Austin TX and founded the Austin Film Society. His first films were "Woodshock" and "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books." Linklater’s subsequent "Slacker" is considered a landmark in insightful filmmaking that follows characters instead of plot. He has wooed audiences with witty 'Rohmeresque' dialogue in "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly" impressed with their unique visual voice. Linklater's other film credits include "Heads I Win/Tails You Lose" (1991), "Dazed and Confused" (1993), "Suburbia" (1997), "The Newton Boys" (1998), "Tape" (2001), "Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor" (2003), "School of Rock" (2003), "$5.15/Hr." (2004), "Bad News Bears" (2005), "Fast Food Nation" (2006), "Inning By Inning: A Portrait of a Coach" (2008) and "Me and Orson Welles" (2009).

Peter Saraf co-founded Big Beach with Marc Turtletaub in 2004. Since the company's founding, Saraf has produced "Everything Is Illuminated," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Sunshine Cleaning," “Is Anybody There?” and “Away We Go” and executive produced "Chop Shop." He is currently in post-production on “Jack Goes Boating,” directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Previous credits include "Ulee's Gold," "The Truth About Charlie," and "Adaptation” as well as several documentaries including "The Agronomist," which won the IFP Gotham Award for Best Documentary and the Academy Award-nominated “Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation”.

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: Music in Film
Utopia Studios
10/03/2009, 2:00PM
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Join us for BMI’s annual frank and lively discussion about the creative and aesthetic aspects of music in film, the composer/director relationship, and the unique concerns of music oriented documentaries.

Moderator:
Doreen Ringer-Ross is Vice-President of Film/ TV Relations at BMI. She has worked in the music industry for over two decades and currently specializes in outreach to the film and music communities.

Panelists:
Jonathan Demme
Tom DiCillo
Tze Chun
T. Griffin

Jonathan Demme is a NY-based filmmaker who has been writing, producing and directing films since 1971, when he got his first break with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. He went on to direct/produce two Academy award winning films: "Melvin and Howard" (1981) and "Silence of the Lambs" (1991). He has also produced and directed several feature films over the years through his production company Clinica Estetico. "Rachel Getting Married" is Demme’s most recent theatrical picture.

Demme produced and directed his first performance film, "Stop Making Sense," with the Talking Heads in 1984. Since then, he has collaborated on performance features with Spalding Grey ("Swimming to Cambodia"), Robyn Hitchcock ("Storefront Hitchcock") and two with Neil Young, "Neil Young Heart of Gold" and "Neil Young Trunk Show."

Demme fell in love with documentary filmmaking in l987 while collaborating with Jo Mennel on "Haiti Dreams of Democracy," and since has to direct/produce many documentaries about inspirational figures such as the Reverend Robert Castle ("Cousin Bobby"), Jean Dominique ("The Agronomist"), Nelson Mandela ("Mandela Son of Africa"), Beah Richards ("Beah: A Black Woman Speaks"), Jimmy Carter ("Jimmy Carter Man From Plains") and Bob Marley ("Bob Marley Stay with the Rhythm").

In partnership with Daniel Wolff, Demme has been working on the "Right to Return (r2r)" Project in New Orleans since 2005, following the efforts of several families who have braved the challenge of reclaiming and rebuilding their lives in the neighborhoods that were hit hardest by Katrina and Rita. Demme hopes to create an extended cable “reality series” out of the many hundreds of hours of footage gained from these ongoing visits, with no plans to stop filming at any point in the foreseeable future.

Tom DiCillo’s ground breaking first feature in 1990 was “Johnny Suede” starring Brad Pitt and Catherine Keener. DiCillo followed with the films “Living in Oblivion” starring Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener, “Box of Moonlight” with John Turturro and Sam Rockwell, “The Real Blonde” with Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener, Darryl Hannah and Christopher Lloyd, “Double Whammy” with Denis Leary, Elizabeth Hurley, Steve Buscemi and Chris Noth, and “Delirious” starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon and Elvis Costello. DiCillo’s films have garnered numerous awards at Sundance, Venice, San Sebastian and other prestigious film festivals. “When You’re Strange” is DiCillo’s first documentary. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Tze Chun’s short film "Windowbreaker" screened at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival as well as thirty other international festivals. He was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2007. Chun also painted the original artwork used in the poster for "Half Nelson" as well as the children’s book drawings in the film. He is currently working on multiple film and television projects.

Songwriter, composer and producer T. Griffin has scored dozens of film and theater projects, including "Blasted!!! The Gonzo Patriots of Hunter S. Thompson," "A Walk Into the Sea," "My Mother's Garden," "Prodigal Sons," and "Children of Invention." Griffin was a 2008 Fellow at the Sundance Composer's lab. He works out of his studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
Panel: Film Criticism And Journalism
Utopia Studios
10/03/2009, 4:00PM
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Today’s state of film criticism and journalism with an eye towards the next decade.

Today’s changing economy, advent of technology and the new ways of disseminating information to the public are dictating the path of change in film criticism and journalism. As we explore the evolving role of film criticism, its impact on the life of a film, and the developing avenues by which critics reach their audience, we explore the current state and the potential future of both film criticism in specific and journalism in general.

“We are approaching a ‘new normal,’ and while we have some clues, we don't know what it will be yet. At a certain point being able to discuss this business using the metrics of old will no longer be useful. Journalists discussing the film business will have to know more about the business paradigms of multi-platform production and distribution. And when it comes to creative content, if trans-media projects take hold, journalists will have to be literate in discussing not only cinema but gameplay and other forms of the user experience. Being able to analyze the past will only get you so far. We want to know where we're going from here.” (Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine blog)

Moderator:
Aaron Hillis is the editor of “GreenCine Daily,” and has written for the “Village Voice,” “LA Weekly,” “Variety,” “Time Out New York,” “Spin” and “Premiere Magazine.” He is also the vice-president of Benten Films, a boutique distribution label run by critics and designed for cinephiles to uncover lost masterpieces and future classics.

Panelists:
Karina Longworth
Godfrey Cheshire
Owen Gleiberman
Eric Kohn
S.T. VanAirsdale
Karen Durbin

Karina Longworth, a New York-based film and new media critic, is the editor of “SpoutBlog,” a daily film culture blog dedicated to appreciating the under-the-radar and deflating the overexposed. In 2005, Longworth co-founded the film blog “Cinematical,” which was later acquired by AOL, and she has since contributed to “Cineaste,” “Filmmaker,” “Time Out NY,” “Film in Focus,” “The Daily Beast,” “The Huffington Post” and other print and online publications. Longworth has a Masters degree in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Godfrey Cheshire is an award-winning film critic, journalist and filmmaker. A former chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, he has written for publications including "The New York Times," "Variety," "New York Press," "The Village Voice," "Interview" and "Film Comment." His first film as writer-director, "Moving Midway," was released in 2008.

Owen Gleiberman has been a movie critic for "Entertainment Weekly" since the magazine’s launch in 1990. He started his career at the "Boston Phoenix" in 1981, became the lead film critic and film editor there by 1985, and left in 1989 to freelance full-time. His work has appeared in "Premiere," "Film Comment" and "American Film." Gleiberman has appeared on numerous local and national television programs as a critic for "Entertainment Weekly." He became involved with movies and journalism at the University of Michigan. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, he currently lives in New York City.

Eric Kohn is a freelance film critic and entertainment journalist whose writing appears in numerous outlets, most recently “indieWIRE,” “The Wrap,” “New York Press,” “Filmmaker,” “Moviemaker,” “Moving Pictures,” “Variety,” “New York Magazine” and “Heeb,” where he serves as a contributing editor. He maintains a blog, “Screen Rush,” where he regularly links to his published work.

S.T. VanAirsdale is a senior editor at “Movieline.” His writing about cinema and culture has appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Village Voice” and “New York Magazine,” among many other publications. He was also the founding editor of the New York film culture website “The Reeler.” He lives in Manhattan.

Karen Durbin is the film critic for “Elle” magazine and a contributor to the Sunday “New York Times” Arts and Leisure section. She also wrote the text for the 2008 coffee table book, “The Allure of Beauty: Women in Hollywood.” Before becoming a full time writer, Durbin was the editor of "The Village Voice."

Woodstock FIlm Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: Documentaries, Then, Now and Tomorrow
Utopia Studios
10/04/2009, 10:00AM
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Documentary filmmaking has come a long way in the past 30 years, increasing in popularity and shaping lives. The panel will examine past and future generations of documentary filmmakers, featuring some of the more respected and accomplished filmmakers to some of the most emerging and promising ones. It will focus on what has changed forever in the craft of documentary filmmaking due to technology, progression of time, societal shifts - and what will remain timeless.

Moderated by
Molly Thompson from A&E IndieFilms
Molly Thompson launched and runs A&E IndieFilms, AETN’s feature documentary division. She executive produces IndieFilms’ original productions, including "Jesus Camp," by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Academy Award nomination); "American Teen," by Nanette Burstein (best director, Sundance 2008); "Murderball," :My Kid Could Paint That," and "The September Issue," by R.J. Cutler, in theaters September, 2009.

Panelists:
Barbara Kopple
Rachel Grady
Leon Gast
Emily Kunstler
AJ Schnack

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winner for "Harlan County, USA" and "American Dream." She recently completed her new film "Woodstock: Now & Then" which examines the enduring legacy of the original Woodstock festival. She was the 2006 recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival’s honorary Maverick Award, screened her film “Shut Up and Sing” as the closing night film at the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival and screened her film "My Generation" as the closing night film at the 2000 Woodstock Film Festival.

Rachel Grady is a private investigator turned filmmaker. She is the co-director of the Emmy-nominated documentary “The Boys of Baraka,“ which won the 2006 NAACP award for Outstanding Independent Film. Grady has produced and directed numerous non-fiction films for MTV, CBS, Discovery Channel, A & E and Britain's Channel 4, and completed her second documentary feature, “Jesus Camp,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2007 “Time Magazine” included Grady as one of five innovators in documentary film. Heidi Ewing and she are the co-owners of NYC-based production company Loki Films.

Leon Gast is best known for directing such seminal documentaries as “Hell’s Angels Forever” (1983) and the Oscar winning “When We Were Kings” (1996) chronicling the landmark 1974 fight between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman. Gast recently completed the documentary “No Pictures: The Unwelcome Art of Ron Galella,” about the 78 year old self-proclaimed Paparazzo Superstar, famous for intruding on the lives of decades worth of celebrities, and capturing beautiful images in the process. Gast’s next project is co-directing “Live at the Fillmore” with Amalie Rothschild, a film that explores the modern rock business from its idealistic roots to the cutthroat industry it is today, with a focus on Bill Graham’s Fillmore East & West. Gast studied at Seton Hall and Columbia University, working as an accomplished still photographer during the 1960’s and 1970’s with his photos appearing in Vogue, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Emily Kunstler runs Off Center Media, a production company that produces documentaries exposing injustice in the criminal justice system. With Off Center, Kunstler has produced, directed, and edited a number of documentaries including “Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War” (Best Documentary, Woodstock Film Festival, 2002), “Getting Through to the President” (2004), which has aired on the Sundance Channel, and “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” which premiered at Sundance (2009) and will air on PBS's POV in 2010.

AJ Schnack is a documentary film maker whose credits include "Convention" (2009), "Kurt Cobain About A Son" (2006), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and received the inaugural Cinematic Vision Award at AFI Silverdocs, and "Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns" (2002). Schnack is the author and editor of the popular nonfiction film blog "All These Wonderful Things," which he began in 2005 and which is perhaps the most widely read resource for nonfiction filmmaking online. He is the founder and co-chair of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. Schnack is currently in production on a feature film with David Wilson about Branson, Missouri, the Ozark Mountain show-town. He is also in development on a new ensemble film (in the style of "Convention") that hopes to shoot sometime in 2010.

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: Actor's Dialogue
Utopia Studios
10/04/2009, 12:00PM
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Moderator:
Martha Frankel has been writing about film for over two decades. She has contributed to "Details," "The New Yorker," "Redbook," "Cosmopolitan" and "The New York Times." She is also the author of the 2008 memoir "Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling."

Panelists:
Vera Farmiga
Lucy Liu
John Ventimiglia

An award winning actress, Vera Farmiga continues to captivate audiences with each role she embodies. Farmiga recently wrapped production on Jason Reitman's “Up in the Air,” starring opposite George Clooney, as a frequent-flyer businesswoman who develops a romantic relationship with Clooney's character through meetings in airports and hotels around the country.

Farmiga can also be seen in the upcoming film “The Vintner's Luck,” directed by Niki Caro. Vintner's is an adaptation of Elizabeth Knox's novel of the same name and tells the story of a 19th century French peasant winemaker who endeavors to create the perfect vintage. The film co-stars Patrick Bauchau, Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, and Keisha Castle-Hughes with Acajou Films, Laurie Parker and Robin Laing producing. Farmiga recently starred in the dark thriller “Orphan” opposite Peter Sarsgaard, Carlos Brooks' “Quid Pro Quo,” Miramax's Holocaust drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” and Rod Lurie's political drama “Nothing But the Truth.”

Farmiga won the Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics' Association for her performance in the independent film “Down to the Bone,” a revelatory drama about a weary working-class mother trapped by drug addiction. She also won Best Actress awards from the Sundance Film Festival and the Marrakech Film Festival and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the role.

Additional film credits include: “Joshua” opposite Sam Rockwell; “Never Forever” opposite Jung-woo Ha and David McInnis; Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning police drama, “The Departed,” opposite Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson; Anthony Minghella's “Breaking & Entering” opposite Jude Law; and “The Manchurian Candidate” for director Johnathan Demme.

Lucy Liu was born and raised in Queens, New York. Liu graduated from New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School and then received a BA from the University of Michigan with a degree in Asian Languages and Culture. After graduating, she pursued an acting career and is most known for her roles on television's Ally McBeal and the film blockbuster series "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill."

In 2006, the documentary Freedom's Fury premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, with Liu and her "Kill Bill" collaborator Tarantino as executive producers. The film dramatizes the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, climaxing with the infamous water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Following its international release in 2006-07, the film was picked up by Fortissimo for international sales and became the number one box office film in Hungary shortly after its release.

Now, as both producer and narrator, Liu introduces her latest project, "Redlight", exposing and chronicling the tragedies and injustices of the international child-trafficking industry. Filmed over a four year period in Cambodia, "Redlight" focuses on the personal stories of these young victims and on two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Appointed UNICEF Ambassador in 2004, Liu has traveled the globe to meet children and experience firsthand UNICEF's efforts to do whatever it takes to save a child. She has visited their programs in Lesotho, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Côte d'Ivoire and most recently Peru. She is continually transformed and inspired by the opportunity to be a voice for children in need around the world.

Awards:
2006 Woman's World Award for her outstanding humanitarian work, given to her by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto sponsored by the World Award organization headed by former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachov.

2008 UNICEF'S Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award for helping to advocate child survival by harnessing the power of celebrity to further worldwide issues and causes.

John Ventimiglia may be best known as "Artie Bucco" on the acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos, but his career embraces extensive theater, film, narration, music and television work. His early activity in New York theater was primarily with the Machine Full theater company. Since then he worked in such productions as: "The Exonerated," "The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI" with the National Theater Company, "Door Wide Open" and "Ponies" at Studio Dante, among other plays. His film credits include "Angela" (Rebecca Miller), "I Shot Andy Warhol" (Mary Harron), "Girls Town" (Jim McKay), "On the Run," "The Lovebirds," "Postcards From America," "Kicked In The Head," "Louis And Frank" (Alex Rockwell), "Trees Lounge" (Steve Buscemi), "Mickey Blue Eyes," "The Collection," "Notorious," "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead," and most recently, the film adaptation of "Ponies" (with Kevin Corrigan). John is a frequent collaborator of the composer David Amram (Robert Frank’s "Pull My Daisy"). John reads Kerouac with David Amram and his band the first Monday of every month at Cornelia St. Cafe. He narrated "One Fast Move or I'm Gone," a documentary about Kerouac's novel "Big Sur." John narrated the 50th Anniversary Edition of the original scroll version of Kerouac’s "On the Road" for Viking Press, as well as narrating the films "Personal Velocity" and "Amalia."  John has also had an extensive television career.

Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation

 
PANEL: Distribution Trends in an Ever Changing Climate
Utopia Studios
10/04/2009, 2:00PM
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From the traditional multiplex platform to self distribution, VOD, online, and much more, where do trends of distribution stand now, and more importantly, where would they be in the next decade.

Moderated by Peter Bowen, the editorial director for Film In Focus and Senior Editor at FilmMaker Magazine.
Panelists:
Richard Abramowitz
Arianna Bocco
Emily Russo
Mark Urman

Richard Abramowitz is President of Abramorama, a consulting firm that serves the film industry in the production, representation, marketing, and distribution of independent films. A veteran of nearly 30 years, he has worked with filmmakers such as Jonathan Demme, John Turturro, Morgan Spurlock, Joe Berlinger, Tom DiCillo, John Sayles, James Ivory, Tom Stoppard and Neil Young, among many others. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

As vice president of acquisitions and production for IFC Entertainment, Arianna Bocco is responsible for identifying and pursuing finished feature films that support the company’s overall motion picture acquisition strategy. In this role, she has acquired the U.S. rights to some of the independent film world’s most critically-acclaimed films including: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," "Paranoid Park," "Gomorrah," "Hunger," "Che," more recently, "Antichrist."  Prior to joining IFC, Bocco served as head of the independent feature packaging division of the Gersh Agency in New York City and also worked at Miramax Films as senior vice president of acquisitions where she was involved in acquiring such notable films such as "Garden State" and "The Station Agent."

Emily Russo is co-founder and co-president of the New York-based distribution company Zeitgeist Films. Along with her partner Nancy Gerstman, she has released of over 170 films, including early films by notable directors like Todd Haynes, Francois Ozon, the Brothers Quay, Atom Egoyan, Agnes Varda, and Guy Maddin. Zeitgeist is also renowned for its collection of ground-breaking documentaries including “The Corporation,” “Into Great Silence” and “Trouble the Water.”

Industry veteran Mark Urman formed Paladin in the summer of 2009. He co-founded THINKFilm in 2001, and ran its theatrical division until last year. From 1987 to 2001 he was Co-President of Lionsgate Releasing and he also did extensive tours of duty at Columbia Pictures and United Artists earlier in his career. Urman was Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, “Monster’s Ball” as well as the Oscar-nominated documentaries “Murderball” and “War Dance.”

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