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CHAT WITH SHEP GORDON, HONORARY TRAILBLAZER AWARD RECIPIENT
Saturday 10 am
Come hear this year's honorary Trailblazer Award recipient, Shep Gordon, as he chats about his legendary career as music manager, film producer and culinary arts visionary.
Shep Gordon, named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine and the subject of Mike Myers 2013 hit documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, launched one of the first independent film companies and film distributors, Alive Pictures/Island Alive, which managed such musicians as Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass, and Luther Vandross, and sparked the celebrity chef phenomenon, representing the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang, Nobu, and Daniel Boulud.
He is known in the entertainment industry as having an eye for talent and an innate understanding of what people find entertaining. Island Alive distributed such films as Stop Making Sense, Koyaanisqatsi, The Whales of August, and Ridley Scott's first film, The Duelist, winner of the Cannes Film Festival. In all, Gordon has produced or executive produced 23 films, including Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Time of Destiny, Prince of Darkness, People Under the Stairs, and Shocker.
Gordon has managed the careers of such diverse talents as Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Kenny Loggins, and countless others, and is credited as creating the celebrity chef, turning culinary arts into a multi-billion-dollar industry. In addition to the impact he's had on music, film and food, he is known for his philanthropic endeavors and sits on the board of the Tibet Fund for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ed Gerrard is a co-founder of Impact Artist Management and has music supervised over 30 feature films. Ed won the 2017 Grammy Award for music supervision and for producing the soundtrack for the feature film Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle.
Gerrard began his entertainment career some 30 years ago working as an apprentice to legendary music manager and film producer Shep Gordon. Ed became the first in-house music supervisor at Gordon's Alive Pictures finding key music for Gordon's films and forming the beginnings of longstanding relationships with a slew of Hollywood directors including Wes Craven for whom he music supervised over 10 films including the Scream trilogy.
& VENUE for PANEL: Chat with Shep Gordon
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/14/2017, 10:00AM
PANEL: Chat with Susan Sarandon
We are truly sorry to inform you that due to sudden acute bronchitis, Susan Sarandon is unable to attend her panel at the Woodstock Film Festival. Therefore, the Chat with Susan Sarandon, scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 12pm at the Kleinert James Art Center has been canceled. We will refund your tickets after the film festival is over. Please understand that we are as upset about this as you are and please give us a week to issue refunds.
Thank you so much for your support and your patience and again, apologies for this unforeseen cancellation.
Join Susan Sarandon as she talks about about her acting career, life and what she thinks about being named one of the new faces of L'Oreal in 2016, at age 70.
Susan Sarandon, known for her award-winning performances in such iconic films as Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo's Oil, and The Client, brings a unique presence to every role. From her fearless portrayal of Annie Savoy in Bull Durham to her Academy Award® and SAG® Award-winning role as Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking, the industry veteran's film work as actor and producer echoes through the industry. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, executive produced by Sarandon, is screening at the 2017 festival.
Sarandon's extracurricular life includes work with human rights organization, social justice advocacy, including 2006 Action Against Hunger award for her work as UNICEF goodwill ambassador and advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS. In 2016, Cannes Film Festival awarded Sarandon, along with Geena Davis, the Women in Motion Picture Award for their contributions to the film industry and women's rights.
Recently seen as Bette Davis in Feud: Bette & Joan, upcoming projects include the current season of Showtime's Ray Donovan, The Death & Life Of John F. Donovan, and Going Places with John Turturro, Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou. Sarandon was also named as one of the new faces of L'Oreal in 2016.
Griffin Dunne is an accomplished actor, director and producer. Dunne's recent feature film credits include War Machine starring Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton and Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Dunne's feature film directorial debut was 1997's Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, which he followed one year later with Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. On television, Dunne can currently be seen on Jill Soloway's new Amazon series I Love Dick starring opposite Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn. Previously, he recurred on the Showtime series House of Lies, playing opposite Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell and the Fox series Red Band Society opposite Octavia Spencer. In 2015, he completed a series long arc on the WGN series, Manhattan.
& VENUE for PANEL: Chat with Susan Sarandon
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/14/2017, 12PM
PANEL: Through Their Lens: The American Condition
THROUGH THEIR LENS: THE AMERICAN CONDITION
Saturday 2 pm
Do the arts have a responsibility to society? In the current climate, as arts funding undergoes greater scrutiny, the purpose and function (if any) of art becomes ever more significant. Documentary films provide a lens through which audiences come face-to-face with all kinds of people in a variety of circumstances; films illuminating such issues as racial discrimination, inequality in education, voter rights, clean energy, same sex marriage, medical marijuana, gender equality, community organizing -- all subjects of concern in America today. In this panel, stellar documentarians come together to discuss their role in making films that help define the American Condition: the values, hopes, struggles, and victories of citizens all across the country.
Richard Rowley is an Academy Award-nominated director and Sundance Film Festival winning cinematographer, with 19 years experience producing and directing and 23 years shooting for screen and television. His documentary feature Dirty Wars pioneered a fusion of nonfiction reportage and dramatic narrative storytelling, winning him dozens of festival awards and an Academy Award nomination. His other theatrically released documentary features have been honored at scores of festivals around the world, from Berlin to Sundance. Rowley has directed, produced and filmed dozens of television documentaries for Channel 4, BBC, Canal +, ZDF, ARD, CBC, PBS, CNN International, Al Jazeera, and others. Recently, he was lead cinematographer for Showtime's climate change series, Years of Living Dangerously, and one of the directors of EPIX's America Divided.
James Redford writes, produces and directs for Film and Television. Prior to completing Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution for HBO, James' other HBO films include Toxic Hot Seat,The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,Mann v. Ford, and The Kindness of Strangers. While completing Happening, James traveled the world as an American Film Showcase ambassador with his two award-winning documentary films, Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope and Paper Tigers. James, along with his father, Robert Redford, co-founded, and currently chairs, The Redford Center, a nonprofit media entity that engages people through inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action.
Bob Herbert is the director and executive editor of Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class.
He's the author of Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, published by Doubleday, and the moderator of Bob Herbert's OP-ED.TV, a weekly interview program on CUNY-TV. For nearly 20 years, Herbert was an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, writing about politics, urban affairs and social trends. Previously, he worked at The Daily News as general assignment reporter, national correspondent, consumer affairs editor, city hall bureau chief and city editor. and he became a columnist and a member of the Editorial Board. In addition to newspaper work, Herbert was a national correspondent for NBC News.
He has won numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing and the Ridenhour Courage Prize for the fearless articulation of unpopular truths.
Sam Pollard is a Peabody Award and Emmy Award winning filmmaker. His work as an editor and as a producer, director spans nearly 30 years.
Pollard's first assignment was as producer of 1989's Henry Hampton's Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, for which he received an Emmy. He was co-executive producer and producer of Hampton's series, I'll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community, and received a Peabody Award.
From 1990–2010, Pollard teamed up with Spike Lee as an editor for several of his films. Since 2012, he has produced/directed Slavery by Another Name for PBS; August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand for PBS' American Masters series; the feature documentary Two Trains Runnin; and this year's The Talk: Race in America for PBS.
Nancy Abraham, SVP, Documentary Programming for HBO is responsible for the development
and production of HBO Documentary Films that have garnered numerous awards including Emmys,
Peabodys, DuPonts and Academy Awards. Previously, Abraham was Director of Film Acquisition and
spent three years in Budapest as Director of Programming for HBO Hungary.
& VENUE for PANEL: Through Their Lens: The American Condition
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/14/2017, 2:00PM
PANEL: Music in Film
Music in Film
Sponsored by BMI
CASE STUDY: SYMPHONY OF HOPE
A conversation between the principal creators of A Symphony of Hope - the music and the film.
On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands and leaving even more homeless. Christopher Lennertz, inspired by his friendship with Hands Together founders Father Tom Hagan and Doug Campbell, thought to use music to reignite hope. Lennertz conceived of a unique collaborative process: starting with a Haitian folk theme, 25 of Hollywood's most award-winning composers wrote symphonic sections sequentially, like a musical chain-letter, to tell the story of the tragedy, its horrible aftermath and the ongoing relief and recovery efforts. Documentary filmmaker Brian Weidling wove together the tragic events, the creative compassion of the Los Angeles musical community, and a story of hope through music in Haiti's poorest slum, to bring to the screen the remarkable story of Symphony of Hope.
Christopher Lennertz: Star Wars, Van Halen, and Bye Bye Birdie may be responsible for his love for movies, music and musical theater, it was a chance meeting with Henry Mancini in college that changed Christopher Lennertz's life forever. Impressed by Mancini's ability to compose and produce for any genre, Lennertz has modeled his career to be just as diverse. This eclectic ability become his signature.
Lennertz has written music for some of the world's greatest storytellers: futuristic dystopian Americana for J.J. Abrams' Revolution; the lush orchestral melodies of Steven Spielberg's Medal of Honor series; stark, out of tune gospel piano for Thanks for Sharing; the powerful urban hip hop defining Ice Cube's tough as nails cop in Ride Along; even soaring heroics for a hot dog saving the world in Seth Rogen's Sausage Party. Working with writer/producer Eric Kripke led to an Emmy nomination for the cult hit Supernatural and he earned a Grammy for his arrangements on Ozomatli's album Street Signs. Lennertz is one of the most important composers in Holywood today.
Lucas Richman: Grammy Award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, Richman's music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States, including the New York Philharmonic and Boston Pops. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous organizations, including the symphonies of Pittsburgh, San Diego and Knoxville. 2015 saw the Albany Records release of a critically-acclaimed CD featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing three compositions, including his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth.
Brian Weidling: A native of Hillsborough, NJ, Brian is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied television and film producing. He started his professional career assisting the Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Mutual Film Company on critically acclaimed films such as "Saving Private Ryan", "A Simple Plan" and "The Truman Show". In 2003 Brian produced and directed "The Goal-Claudio Reyna", a four-year odyssey following the US men's soccer team captain's journey through the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. The film was narrated by Robert Duvall and critically acclaimed by Sports Illustrated as a 'soccer nut's dream'. In August 2012, Tumbleweed Entertainment released "Speak" theatrically to critical acclaim. "Speak" followed the journey of the finalists for The World Championship of Public Speaking. Brian is currently in production directing "Cashel: 21 and Counting", about a boy with a genetic disorder that has lived his entire life in bed.
Christopher Scott "Chris" Brooks: A music producer, editor, author, and film educator, Brooks is best known for his work with composer Michael Kamen. Beginning with the iconic Lethal Weapon, he forged a 25-year relationship with Kamen, editing and producing the scores for such Hollywood blockbusters as Die Hard (and sequels), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Don Juan DeMarco, The Three Musketeers, and Mr. Holland's Opus, for which he won the MPSE Golden Reel Award for music editing.
Brooks early work includes many critically acclaimed films, with Scorcese's Goodfellas ranking at the top. Relationships with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Richard Donner, and John Waters, and composers Randy Newman, Elliot Goldenthal and Thomas Dolby, fill his resume. He continues to work with some of the finest talents in the business, including Rob Reiner, Werner Herzog, Alan Menken, and Marc Shaiman. His latest projects include Rebecca Miller's HBO documentary Arthur Miller: Writer and the Netflix feature Our Souls at Night,starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
Doreen Ringer Ross is Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), where she directs all activities serving composers for screen. She has established key programs for composers, including the Sundance Composer's Lab and the BMI Film/TV Composers Conducting Workshop. She oversees BMI's film scoring scholarships at USC, UCLA and Berklee College of Music, and has created artist development platforms with the Sundance Film Festival, IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP Filmmakers Conference, Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival. Ringer-Ross serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, is a member of the Peabody Awards Board, Advisory Board of the American Youth Symphony, Advisory Board for the IFP Filmmaker Labs, and is on the Board of the World Soundtrack Award.
& VENUE for PANEL: Music in Film
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/14/2017, 4:00PM
PANEL: Actors Dialogue with Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman, 2017 Woodstock Film Festival Excellence in Acting honoree, stars in the Ballad of Lefty Brown, screening at the festival, and can also be seen in festival alumni Alex and Andrew Smith's Walking Out, Fox's Battle of the Sexes, and Electric Entertainment's LBJ. Additionally, he can currently be seen on the hit USA television show, The Sinner, this summer's highest rated program.
Pullman is most known for his role as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day, as well as his role as Lone Starr in Spaceballs. Additional movie credits include Trouble, Walking Out, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Equalizer, Surveillance,, The Cove, Bottle Shock, Scary Movie 4, The Grudge, While You Were Sleeping, The Last Seduction, Mr. Jones, Malice, Sleepless In Seattle, A League Of Their Own, Newsies, Ruthless People, and Lost Highway. Additional television credits include 1600 Penn, Torchwood, and Revelations.
Martha Frankel is the Executive Director of Woodstock Bookfest, the host of Woodstock Booktalk , celebrity interviewer, and published novelist.
& VENUE for PANEL: Actors Dialogue with Bill Pullman
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/15/2017, 10:00AM
PANEL: Chat with Rebecca Miller
CHAT WITH REBECCA MILLER, CLOSING NIGHT FILM DIRECTOR
Join Rebecca Miller, director of this year's Closing Night Film Arthur Miller: Writer as she talks about making a film about her father and her own life as a filmmaker.
Rebecca Miller has written and directed six feature films: Angela, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award, and the Gotham Award; Personal Velocity, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award, and the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award; The Ballad of Jack and Rose, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener; The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, starring Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, and Keanu Reeves; Maggie's Plan, starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore, and Arthur Miller: Writer, a documentary. Her books Personal Velocity, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Jacob's Folly have been published in over thirty countries.
Logan Hill writes frequently about arts and culture for many of the world's best media outlets, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Businessweek, and This American Life. When he's not writing, he reviews films on the TV show Talking Pictures on Demand. He is also the host of the new TimesTalks monthly screening series Screen Times.
& VENUE for PANEL: Chat with Rebecca Miller
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/15/2017, 12:00PM
PANEL: Ask The Producer
ASK THE PRODUCER
Sunday 2 pm
Join some of today's most accomplished and influential producers as they chat about the current role of a producer, with anecdotes and examples from their own experiences.
Lee Aronsohn: Television producer Lee Aronsohn is credited for work on shows such as The Love Boat,Murphy Brown,Cybill, and is best known as one of the creative minds behind television's beloved hit sitcoms Two and A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. A University of Colorado Alum, Aronsohn traveled back to Boulder for the first time in 40 years to tell the story of Magic Music, his first feature length documentary.
As an independent producer, Anne Carey has collaborated with filmmakers Ang Lee, Mike Mills, Bill Condon, Nicole Holofcener, Anton Corbijn, Liz Garbus, and Marielle Heller, among others. A24, Fox Searchlight, Universal Pictures, Sony Picture Classics, Focus Features, Miramax, and HBO have distributed Carey's films and they have have premiered at all major domestic and international film festivals.
William Horberg is a film producer whose company Wonderful Films is located in Kingston, NY. Among his many producing credits are Searching for Bobby Fischer,The Talented Mr. Ripley,Milk,The Kite Runner,Cold Mountain,The Quiet American,Black Nativity,Disconnect,The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, and Crash Pad, starring Domhnall Gleeson and screening at this year's Woodstock Film Festival. He is currently the chair of the Producers Guild of America East and was previously president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, partner with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella at Mirage Productions, and a Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures.
Peter Saraf's producing credits include Loving,Three Generations,The Kings of Summer,Me Him Her,Safety Not Guaranteed,Our Idiot Brother,Jack Goes Boating,Sunshine Cleaning,Away We Go,Is Anybody There?,Little Miss Sunshine,Everything Is Illuminated,The Truth About Charlie,Adaptation,Ulee's Gold, and the feature documentaries Mandela and The Agronomist. He has been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards and has won multiple awards, including the Spirit, Gotham and PGA Awards. His is the co-fouder of Big-Beach, a New York based production and financing company.
Zak Kilberg is an emerging producer shepherding a diverse slate of projects for film and TV. His projects have won awards at major film festivals including Sundance and have been acquired by top distributors worldwide including Lionsgate, Universal, HBO, IFC and more. He most recently produced Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, which was a NY Times Critic's Pick. Zak is involved with multiple films screening at Woodstock this year.
Janet Grillo is an award-winning writer/director, Emmy award-winning producer, and former studio executive (New Line Cinema). She directed the critically acclaimed indie features Fly Away and Jack of the Red Hearts, and is an Arts Professor at NYU Tisch Undergrad Film & TV Program.
& VENUE for PANEL: Ask The Producer
Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/15/2017, 2:00PM
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