April 2003 newsletter
WFF NEWS - CALL FOR ENTRIESUPCOMING EVENTS - PLYMPTON RAFFLE - SPONSOR NEWS
(Organic Style, United Artists, Planet Noise) LOCAL PRODUCTION - WOODSTOCK, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE MOVIE REVIEWS WITH SYD M - TRIBECA - AT A THEATER NEAR YOU - WFF ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES - MORE PLYMPTOONS


Tim Robbins & Liev Schreiber

Marcia Gay HArden & Parker Posey

Elmer Bernstein

WFF NEWS
The fourth annual Woodstock Film Festival will unveil September 17-21 with a wide variety of films, panels, workshops, concerts and cool parties in a relaxed, receptive atmosphere surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.  Towns hosting events will include Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, Hunter, and Rhinebeck.

Last years festival presented an extraordinary lineup featuring more than 125 films, documentaries and shorts including some of the most talked about films of the season, "Far From Heaven," "The Grey Zone," "Personal Velocity," "Gerry," "Spellbound," "Fait D'hiver," "Why Can’t we be a Family Again?," "Amandla" and "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

Emerging and established filmmakers were very well represented. Participants included Tim Blake Nelson, Ismail Merchant, Elmer Bernstein, Marcia Gay Harden, Neil Burger, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Bill Plympton, David Strathairn, Jeff Blitz, Fisher Stevens, Christine Vachon, John Sloss, Tim Robbins, Adrian Grenier, Haskell Wexler, Todd Haynes, Mary Harron, Zachary Sklar, Bingham Ray, Patrick Downs, Catherine Tingey, Jason Kliot, Ira Deutchman, Owen Gleiberman, Amy Taubin, Jonathan Foreman, Godfrey Cheshire, Chalres Lyons, Eugene Hernandez, Paola Freccero and many others.

In advisory board news, we’re thrilled to welcome three new members who have been instrumental in helping us over the years -- Griffin Dunne, Fisher Stevens and Bill Plympton.
 
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The 'fiercely independent' Woodstock Film Festival is now accepting submissions to its 4th annual five-day program, September 17-21 in Woodstock, NY, the most infamous small town in the world. Categories and awards include: Feature narrative, Feature Doc, Short, Student Short, Animated Short, Short Doc, Best Cinematography (The Haskell Wexler Award), and Best Score (The Elmer Bernstein Award). DEADLINE: June 15. Call (845) 679-4265, e-mail info@woodstockfilmfestival.com or visit Woodstock FIlm Festival 
UPCOMING WFF EVENTS
 
1 GIANT LEAP
On May 24th at 7:30pm, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of “1 GIANT LEAP”  at the Kleinert/James Gallery. Part Zen travelogue, part exploration of the fundamental need for art, music and creative expression in all forms, and part musical documentary, “1 GIANT LEAP” is the brainchild of Palm Pictures head Chris Blackwell, who commissioned filmmaker Jamie Cato and founding member of Faithless, artist/producer Duncan Bridgeman, to embark on a global journey that included Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom, equipped only with laptop computers, a digital video camera, and a vision.
 
Their vision explores money, faith, inspiration, culture, sex, blasphemy, happiness, masks, time, unity, confrontation and death through a unique fusion of sound, image and spoken word from some of the world's most influential artists and musicians including Tom Robbins, Neneh Cherry, Michael Stipe, Dennis Hopper, Asha Bhosle, Kurt Vonnegut and Ram Dass. For tickets, call (845) 679-4265 or go online at
Woodstock Film Festival
BILL PLYMPTON MASTER-CLASS
On July 12 at Woodstock Film Festival headquarters, Oscar nominated animator / illustrator Bill Plympton will hold a six-hour master class on animation. The course will feature Bill’s work, drawing demonstrations, and frank discussions about what it takes to become and survive as an independent animator.

Bill Plympton’s animated features include “Mutant Aliens,” “I Married a Strange Person,” and “The Tune.” His short films have been seen widely around the country, highlighting many animation festivals. His oblique, off-center sense of the ridiculous in everyday life has made the "Microtoons,” a popular MTV offering. His distinctive style has even invaded the world of advertising. He is currently working on a new feature entitled “Hair High, a high school gothic myth kind of film. It should be done by next year and for the first time in animation and internet history, the public will be able to watch, from beginning to end, the creation of his new work through a camera looking over his shoulder. From 10:00AM to 6:00PM EST everyday you can watch as he single-handedly draws his new animated extravaganza online at hairhigh.com. For tickets, call (845) 679-4265 or go online at Woodstock Film Festival 
  2003 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL SUMMER WEEKEND RETREAT
The Woodstock Film Festival is offering a very special summer film retreat from July 11-13. The weekend includes formal and informal classes with leading industry professionals, meals, entertainment and a two-night stay at the historic Eastover House on the Byrdliffe Colony.  A complete syllabus will be made available online on or around May 15th. Housing is limited to 10 participants. Reserve early.

Stay tuned for more announcement regarding summer screening and workshops.
WIN A BILL PLYMPTON ARTISTS PROOF AND SUPPORT THE WFF
The prize is one of only two Artists Proofs from artwork for the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival poster by animator/illustrator Bill Plympton.

It is signed Bill Plympton and numbered, A/P2. The print, which measures 13 1/2” x 10” is printed on archival paper and framed. The estimated value, not including the frame, is $275. Bill Plympton himself will raffle off the print on July 12, 2003. The winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available at WFF headquarters, online or by phone at (845) 679-4265.

SPONSOR NEWS


ORGANIC STYLE AND WOODSTOCK

The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to welcome media/platinum sponsor Organic Style. As Editor-in-Chief Peggy Northrop puts it, "Organic Style is a lifestyle magazine for women who value individual style,true health and well-being,and authentic, whole-hearted living."  Published bi-monthly it reaches 2.85 million readers nationwide who have embraced its philosophy.  The magazine covers fashion, beauty, health, food, home and soul with award-winning design and editorial that has readers coming back for me.  If you haven't yet seen it, pick up a copy today.

MGM/UNITED ARTISTS
The first truly 'fiercely independent’ film studio, first founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and  D.W.Griffith is back in the spotlight with great films including "Bowling For Columbine," "Nicholas Nickleby," "Personal Velocity," "Assassination Tango," "City of Ghosts" and the upcoming "Together" and "Pieces of April". We are thrilled to have United Artists as a sponsor of the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival.


Been to the Future - Joey Eppard

PLANET NOISE
Planet Noise Records has come on board as a key festival sponsor. The Kingston based company was created to promote music following a single principle: Great music transcends genre. Based on that philosophy, the label does not follow any trend but hopes instead to start one. Join musicians Joey Eppard, Rex Fowler, Three, Geez Louise and the folks at Planet Noise as they journey to discover new and exciting music in a boundless variety of styles.

At the Movies: Planet Noise Records takes pleasure in announcing that the music of two of its recording artists has been picked up for use in new motion picture projects. The song "Heart Attack" by "3" is featured in Patrizia Bonetti’s Temporary Glitch. Four (4) songs by The Migrants, "Employee X," "Hologram," "She Cries" and "Revolution Song" are included on the soundtrack of "Black-Eyed Susan," a feature-length film by noted director Jim Riffel. For licensing inquiries, contact Tom Benton at Planet Noise Records.
LOCAL PRODUCTION NEWS
Down to the Bone,” and Fox-TV’s “Married by America” recently shot in the Hudson Valley area. A few other films and commercial spots are in the offing for the area while some others, about the area, are being shot elsewhere as is the case with Michael Cunningham’s “A Home at the End of the World.” (see Woodstock Hollywood-Style)

An historic glimpse of Tinker Street from
Janine Mower's recent Woodstock book
WOODSTOCK, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE (Courtesy of Woodstock Times & Paul Smart)
A new film gets underway shooting in Ontario, Capturing a vague sense of the town for major release by Paul Smart

A major Hollywood film that culminates with its main characters living and working in late-1980's Woodstock is currently being filmed -- with Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn, and the day's hottest new star, Colin Farrell starring - in Canada.

A sense of this town's look, however generic it may turn out, is being cobbled together through the use of local photos culled from a myriad local collections, including those of the Historical Society, the Library, author/historian Janine Mower's recent book, and the archives of this publication. Click here for the full article.

(Paul Smart writes for, and edits, a number of upstate publications. He was an original staff member of the Independent Feature Project. He can be reached at paulsmart@aol.com)

jasmine & hannah

HOLLYWOOD BOUND
In April, three of WFF’s finest volunteers ventured off into the big world of filmdom. Hannah Rosenblum first landed a job as a production assistant on "Down to the Bone". Now she’s heading to the big apple to work on "Spiderman II". Jasmine Zauberer, who worked, as the festival director’s assistant in 2002, is off to work at Blue Magic Pictures in NYC. Elias Moor, who has been with the WFF since its inception moved to Los Angeles to pursue film production avenues he met through the festival.  In 2001, Elias landed a gig through the Woodstock Film Commission as a production assistant on Rebecca Miller’s award-winning "Personal Velocity". He also appeared onscreen in a steamy love scene and recalls with delight how Daniel Day-Lewis complemented his orgasmic denouement after the Sundance screening. All three will sorely be missed. We wish them success and extreme happiness.

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
MOVIE REVIEWS WITH SYD M
(Syd M is a journalist who writes weekly movie reviews for Woodstock Times)

The traditional Indian mother is to English ethnic comedies what the traditional Jewish mother was to New York ethnic comedies - an overbearing, long-suffering drama queen endlessly concerned about her children's marital prospects, and a pusher of exotic cuisine. One man's chicken soup is another man's poori bhaji. Bend It Like Beckham combines traditional Indian mother-based ethnic comedy with culture-clash drama, and adds a spicy kick of girl-powered sports inspiration. Throw in a few gay characters, a little bit of parent-child conflict, hints of racism and sexism, a love triangle, and voila! - instant melting pot movie. With just a little bit of everything in it, "Bend It Like Beckham" could have been a disastrous stew. But, like a competent cook, writer-director Gurinder Chadha puts the ingredients together with a fairly good sense of proportion, so that the many different elements of Bend It Like Beckham complement each other, even if nothing stands out as particularly special. (click here for the full review)
MC5 * A True Testimonial TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Festival director Meira Blaustein will be attending the Tribeca Film  Festival and can be reached at (845) 679-4265. Also attending tribeca will be head programmer Ryan Werner. While at the festival, catch "2+2," "MC5 A True Testimonial," "Empty," and the panels "Life, or Something Like It" with Ron Nyswaner, and "The Indies go to Hollywood"with John Sloss
 

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

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spellbound

AT A THEATER NEAR YOU:

After four years and fourteen credit cards, "Spellbound" will open on Wednesday, April 30, at the Film Forum in New York City. The film, which won best documentary at the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival will slowly roll out to other cities throughout North America including Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. This intelligent and endearing film about kids from diverse backgrounds who compete in the nationally televised Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee has screened in over fifty film festivals, both domestic and international. Don't miss it.

 

Jordan Melamed's "Manic" 

Karen Montcrief's "Blue Car"

Lee Hirsch's "Amandla; A Revolution in Four Part Harmony," (The Movie / The Soundtrack)


AT A VIDEO/MUSIC STORE NEAR YOU:

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 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits 
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 Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part... 
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Standing In The Shadows of Motown

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown
 

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Far from Heaven
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Far from Heaven (Score)
 
Been to the Future
MORE PLYMPTOONS!

Join master animator Bill Plympton and NBM Publishing to celebrate the publication of his two new books, "SLOPPY SECONDS" and "HAIR HIGH!"

Accompanied by an All-Plympton art exhibit!

May 8, 2003: 6-8 p.m at MoCCA HQ, 32 Union Square East, Suite 600, NYC

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, (501) C-3 organization with a mission 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.

  

This event is made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency
Visit the Hudson Valley/Catskills
 
2003 Sponsors (as of 4/28/03):
Markertek.com - Organic Style - Amtrak - Catskill Mtn Region Guide - Ruder Finn -
Planet Noise - MGM/UA - The Conza Foundation

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