MAY 2002 NEWSLETTER


Call for Entries, Tim Robbins, Bill PlymptonJohn Sloss, Benjamin Bratt, Ethan Hawke, Tribeca Film Festival,
Ryan WernerEamonn BowlesEsquire, WFF Passes & Ads go on sale, Film Commission, Video Highlights
 


Call for Entries

Join us September 19-22 in the best known little town in the whole world for films, concerts, seminars, parties, good people and much more. The Fiercely Independent Woodstock Film Festival is an annual non profit festival that foster an intimate, reciprocal relationship between independent filmmakers, industry representatives and audience members.

Awards are presented for  Best Feature,  Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Cinematography (The Haskell Wexler Award), Best Musical Score (The Elmer Bernstein Award), Best Animation (Awarded by Bill Plympton)Click here for an entry form.

Click here for ad opportunities and ticket info.

TIM ROBBINS TO RECEIVE HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD

The WFF is proud to announce that this year’s  Maverick Award will be presented to actor/director Tim Robbins at the Sept. 22 WFF Awards Ceremony in Woodstock, NY.  

The Maverick Award is given to a filmmaker whose body of work demonstrates a commitment to artistry, independence, education and social responsibility.  As an actor, director and screenwriter, Mr. Robbins has long been associated with political and social activism.  His talent and commitment are evident in films he has helmed such as Dead Man Walking, (for which he received a Best Director Academy Award nomination), Cradle Will Rock, and the “mockumentary” Bob Roberts --and as lead actor in films including The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Player and Human Nature, which is currently in release.

The Maverick Award takes its name from the original Woodstock arts colony of the early 1900’s, which valued independence and social responsibility expressed through the arts.

BILL PLYMPTON CREATES 2002 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL POSTER

Animator Bill Plympton, has graciously illustrated the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival poster. A limited edition of signed and numbered giclee prints are available with the purchase of a Director’s pass. Other limited edition prints and posters will be made available later.

Bill's Mutant Aliens--a wildly humorous yet poignant story about an astronaut, his daughter, and 5 violent, yet sympathetic, alien creatures who seek revenge against a space industry baron recently premiered in New York. Check out his other work at Plymptoons.

JOHN SLOSS JOINS ADVISORY BOARD

As an attorney, John Sloss represents clients in all aspects of motion picture financing, production and distribution, including motion picture producers, directors, writers and broadcast networks, as well as professional sports teams. Through Cinetic Media, Mr. Sloss has acted as Executive Producer for over twenty-five feature films including John Sayles' City of Hope, Passion Fish, The Secret of Roan InishLone Star, and Men With Guns; Maggie Greenwald's The Ballad of Little Jo; Richard Linklater's Before SunriseSubUrbia ,The Newton Boys and,Waking Life; Michael Corrente and David Mamet's American Buffalo; Edward Burns' She's the One and No Looking Back; Victor Nunez's Ulee's Gold and his upcoming Coastlines; Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco; Errol Morris' Mr. Death; Brad Anderson's Happy Accidents and Session 9; and Kimberly Pierce's Boys Don't Cry.

DID THEY FIND LOVE IN WOODSTOCK?

Benjamin Bratt and Talisa Soto who came to Woodstock last September to promote the U.S premiere of Piñero, swapped vows Saturday April in Bratt's hometown of San Francisco.

Bratt stars in the critically acclaimed biopic as junkie poet-playwright Miguel Piñero. Soto costarred as his girlfriend.

He co-starred on the NBC legal drama Law & Order. His films include The River Wild, Traffic and Miss Congeniality. Soto has appeared in The Mambo Kings , Spy Hard and the Mortal Kombat movies.


photo by Brigitte Lamcomb

 

ETHAN HAWKE'S ASH WEDNESDAY TO HIT BOOKSTORES

From the multitalented actor, writer, director Ethan Hawke who has four films (Chelsea Walls, Training Day, Tape, Waking Life) hitting theaters and video shelves comes Ash Wednesday, a piercing novel of love, marriage and renewal. This follow-up to The Hottest State captures the intensity—the excitement, fear, and joy—of being on the threshold of the mysterious country of marriage and parenthood. Powerful, assured, and large of heart, punctuated by moments of tremendous humor, it represents, for Hawke the novelist, a major leap forward. The novel will be released July 23 by Knopf. Cick here to order your copy of Ash Wednesday : A Novel or visit The Golden Notebook.

On the music front, check out Jeff Tweedy's Deeply evocative and richly textured soundtrack to Ethan's recently released Chelsea Walls . A wonderful piece of work in itself, with deeper reverberations for hard-core Tweedy/Wilco fans. Also check out the great new Wilco title,  Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.


Parker Posey in Personal Velocity


Jake Davis

HUDSON VALLEY REPRESENTS AT TRIBECA

Personal Velocity (which won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography at Sundance 2002) was shot in the Hudson Valley was produced by Lemore Syvan and edited by Sabine Hoffman, (both WFF advisory board members).

Manito, which Variety called an electrifying feature debut for writer-helmer Eric Eason was composed by Woodstock resident Saundi Wilson.

At Low Resolution: Woodstock's very own Jake Davis premiered the short at Tribeca. As a 2002 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he has produced and directed several short films for clients including Nike and Sony Entertainment. Davis has produced, directed, and edited numerous music videos, promos, and documentaries for a wide range of artists, from the legendary Bad Brains to the groundbreaking X-ecutioners. At Low Resolution is a film about how one man's search for love is overtaken by obsession and voyeurism.

Three Days of Rain: Writer/director Michael Meredith's Three Days of rain, weaves six classi Chekhov short stories into a debut feature that with introduced at Tribeca by Wim Wenders. The film was edited by Peter Pryzgodda and WFF advisory board member, Sabine Hoffman.


Magnolia Pictures picked up Wendigo
 (co-winner for best feature at 2001 WFF)
for distribution.

WERNER JOINS AS FEST'S FIRST PROGRAMMING CONSULTANT

To bolster programming for the 2002 fest, the WFF is thrilled to announce that Ryan Werner has come on board as programming consultant.

 As Vice President of Acquisitions & distribution for Magnolia Pictures, Ryan has been involved in acquisitions and releasing of films such as Dover Kosashvili's critically acclaimed Late Marriage and Jacques Audiard's Read My Lips. He also screened films for the Tribeca Film Festival for which Magnolia head Eamonn Bowles programmed. Prior to Magnolia Pictures, Ryan worked at Shooting Gallery as Vice President of Acquisitions & Distribution, where he was involved with the landmark Shooting Gallery Film Series, which included the release of films such as Croupier, A Time for Drunken Horses, Judy Berlin, Eureka and Last Resort. Ryan has also worked at Sundance Channel and IFP, and for 5 years, he co-Programmed the successful Phat Shorts screening program held each May at the Anthology Film Archives.

THE MARTINETS RELEASE FOLLOW UP CD

Following up on their critically acclaimed debut Love!Hate! THE MARTINETS come storming back with New Stories For Men. This 14 track CD will leave you begging for more. Think Kiss Me Deadly Gen X, The Replacements, and NY circa '75. Band members include Daniel Rey, who has played guitar in Masters of Reality, the Ronnie Spector Band and has worked with the Ramones for many years. He also contributed the vocals for the Todd Solondz film Welcome to the Dollhouse. Dave Rick has been guitarist for Bongwater, King Missile and Phantom Tollbooth. He has also contributed to Yo La Tengo, B.A.L.L., When people were shorter and lived by the water, and Jad Fair.Roger Murdock has played drums in other bands. Magnolia Pictures prez Eamonn Bowles is a suburban homeowner who was formerly a singer for many NY based bands.

SPONSOR NEWS

ESQUIRE MAGAZINE COMES ON BOARD AS SPONSOR

The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to announce that Esquire Magazine has come on board as a Platinum Sponsor. Esquire, which has no limitations other than the imagination and intelligence of its writers and editors, is less restricted, less predictable, than any other magazine and has its single goal to thrill and challenge its readers. For more information pick up a copy at your local newsstand or visit Esquire online.

Other new sponsors include Empire State Entertainment, Ltd. and HBO. Visit and please support our presenting sponsor, Markertek.com and our other generous sponsors.


DIRECTOR PASSES & ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

The best way to take advantage of the entire festival (screenings, seminars, concerts, filmmaker receptions, parties and special events including the NYC press conference/party) is by purchasing a Director’s pass. Perks include admission to the NYC press conference/party, filmmaker receptions, merchandise and a limited edition signed and numbered print by illustrator and Academy Award nominated animator, Bill Plympton.

As a non-profit organization, all contributions to support the Woodstock Film Festival are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A limited amount of full festival passes are made available each year. For details visit ticket info.


 The pre-festival program is 46+ page four color glossy 8 x 10. 10,000 copies are designed and printed by Ruder/Finn and Catskill Mountain Guide for distribution throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley/Catskill region. The release date is set for the Woodstock Film Festival press conference on August 19, 2002 at The Knitting Factory in New York City. For details, visit advertising opps.

To better serve the number of film and print-ad projects being shot in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region, the Woodstock Film Commission (working under the auspices of the WFF) has recruited Bill Stitt to help fully prepare the organization to act as a conduit for pre-production, production and post production in the area. The commission attracts filmmakers (through festival events and advertising) from all over the world and provides support throughout the year to studio features, independent features, print, new media, short films and TV ads. Recent film projects include the Indigent/IFC indie Personal Velocity, cineBLAST’s Pagans, print ads for Elle Magazine and Subaru. Both Personal Velocity and Pagans were produced in part by WFF advisory board members - Lemore Syvan and Gill Holland.

Bill Stitt has over twenty years experience as a Production manager, 1st A. D. and Line Producer With the exception of a two-year period as staff Production Manager for ABC-TV’s "20/20" he has worked as a freelance professional on feature films, TV specials, documentaries, as well as commercial, educational, industrial and corporate projects in New York and the U.S., Europe, most of South America, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Easter Island, the Pacific Rim, and the Arctic Circle. 

Now available on video:
The following films were either produced, directed or star Hudson Valley residents or WFF advisory board members.

 Novocaine

 Original Sin
(Unrated Version)

 The Sticky Fingers of Time

 Tape
 

 Training Day
 

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