NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2002

THE WRAP - RELUCTANT ADVENTURES - STRATOCRUISER - WE WANT CLEAN FOOD
THE TRUTH - ASSASSIN TARGETS RELEASE
 SPELLBOUND PICKUP - THE GREY ZONE PIPE DREAM
GORDON SUPPORTS CLONE - ARLO AT CARNEGIE HALL - BIG THANKS

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL WINS RAVES (AGAIN)!!!

(Woodstock, NY), October 12, 2002: The Woodstock Film Festival has once again wowed the world of independent film with four and a half days of thought-provoking films, panels, workshops, and cool parties in a relaxed, receptive community surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. 

From Wednesday Sept. 18 through Sunday Sept. 22, 2002, the 3rd Annual Woodstock Film Festival presented an extraordinary lineup of more than 125 films, documentaries and shorts including some of the most talked about films of the season, including Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven, Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone, Rebecca Miller’s Personal Velocity, Just a Kiss by Fisher Stevens and Gerry by Gus Van Sant.  An estimated 7000 people attended WFF events. Virtually every event was sold-out. For the full wrap up press release, click here.

WFF DIRECTOR RELEASES RELUCTANT ADVENTURER

The expanded English edition of "The Reluctant Adventurer" translated and published by Woodstock Film Festival co-founder/director Laurent Rejto was recently released. The timeless novel follows the story of childhood friends who are drawn into a quagmire of resistance, deportation, forced labor, splendor and love in World War Two-torn Europe. The original French novel, Aventurier Malgre Soi, by Thomas Rejto, was published by Editions Gallimard.

“The Reluctant Adventurer is a great book… It’s in the same class as Charlie Chaplin, Gil Blas and Malaparte.” (Pierre Desgraupes, Lectures Pour Tous)

“It is an impressive and admirable story…” (Michael Korda, editor-in-chief, Simon & Schuster
)

To purchase a copy or for more info, visit The Reluctant Adventurer.

STRATOCRUISER & OTHER WOODSTOCK GUITARS HIT AUCTION BLOCK

Steve Heller,  designer of the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival trophy, will be auctioning off his 8’high x 3’wide Stratocruiser as part of the Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Auction. Pre-sale estimates for the Sotheby's/ebay event (Oct. 31-Nov 10) are $12,000-$15,000. For more info about all the guitar sculptures, check out the guitar auction.

Stratocruiser Inspiration: “When invited to propose a guitar sculpture, it was only natural that I would turn to my collection of rusted 50’s cars that I’ve saved from the junkyard and the evil crusher. Half buried in the mud, a rotting 1953 Pontiac Starchief called out to me—the combination of its rounded fenders and the quarter-panel bulge was the perfect starting point for my Stratocruiser. After cutting the car totally apart, we started reshaping the metal into the form of a guitar, incorporating not only the ’53 Pontiac, but two ’65 Buick front fenders (the neck); a 1988 Dodge Minivan roof (the back); and three Harley Davidson taillight bezels (the fret-board). To bring this car back to life as a guitar was music to my heart. Talk about the ultimate fender guitar!”

RIC ORLANDO'S TV KITCHEN OVERVIEW - "WE WANT CLEAN FOOD"

Ric Orlando, founder and master chef of New World Home Cooking (host of three WFF opening night parties),  brings an inspired blend of lust for life, irreverent humor, environmental concern, and a nationally renowned cooking prowess to his role as host of a new 13-episode public television series entitled Ric Orlando's TV Kitchen airing Mondays at 7:30pm on WMHT-TV. Look for the series to go national in 2003.

The series intends to fill a significant void in contemporary TV cooking shows by answering the question: "How do you prepare excellent tasting and exciting food using 'clean' food?" That is, using ingredients that are pure, healthy, organic and environmentally sustainable. Each 30-minute episode provides provocative insights into the effects of our food choices on our culture, environment, health and lifestyle. Watch out Emeril! For more info about the show or the companion cookbook, visit Ric Orlando's TV kitchen..

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE

Check out "The Truth About Charlie" from producer (WFF advisory board member) Peter Saraf. The film, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme stars Thandie Newton, Mark Wahlberg and 2002 WFF Maverick-Award recipient Tim Robbins. The movie offers an exhilarating combination of romance and suspense while igniting sparks of all kinds against the backdrop of an edgy, modern Paris.

The world beat soundtrack features Khaled, Sparklehorse, Asian Dub Foundaton, French crooner Charles Aznavour and many more.


Neil Burger accepts the award
for best feature at WFF for
"Interview with the Assassin"
"INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN" SET TO OPEN NOVEMBER 15th

Neil Burger's "Interview With the Assassin", which picked up the Best Feature award at this year's Woodstock Film Festival, will be released by Magnolia Pictures on November 15.

Synopses: Sometimes it only takes one man to make a conspiracy. Ron Kobeleski, an out-of-work TV news cameraman, may have just stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. His shadowy older neighbor, Walter Ohlinger, has summoned over Ron and his camera, saying he's got a secret to reveal. What's the big secret? Walter claims he was the "grassy knoll gunman" - the second assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Is he telling the truth? As Ron and Walter search for the only witness who can back up the story, the pressure mounts and their lives begin to unravel. Click her for MP3 sound bite.


Sean Welch accepts the award
for best doc at 2002  WFF
"SPELLBOUND" PICKUP

Jeff Blitz's "Spellbound" nabbed the top doc award at the 2002 WFF. Producer Sean Welsh picked up the honors for helmer Jeff Blitz. "Spellbound" chronicles the lives of eight American teenagers who each set out to win the National Spelling Bee. It is a window on the American dream -- from the hardscrabble plains of Texas, to the manicured lawns of Connecticut, from the Ozark countryside, to the D.C. projects.

Distributor  Thinkfilm is also distributing "Gerry" (2/2003), Peter Mattei's "Love in the Time of Money" (in theaters now)  and Ismail Merchant's "Mystic Masseur".

THE GREY ZONE - IN THEATRES: OCTOBER 18, 2002
Writer-director-actor Tim Blake Nelson presents "The Grey Zone" a relentlessly bleak drama that uses one of history’s most incomprehensible calamities to address the ultimate question of human survival. Based in large part on Miklos Nyiszli's book, AUSCHWITZ: A DOCTOR'S EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT, THE GREY ZONE is set in the nightmarish world of Auschwitz in the 1940s. The film tells the brutal tale of the twelfth Sonderkommando unit, Jewish prisoners who were granted a few extra months of life in return for their services in helping with the genocide of their people. features deeply impassioned performances by David Arquette, Daniel Benzali, David Chandler, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Natasha Lyonne
PIPE DREAM AT A THEATER NEAR YOU

John Walsh's Pipe Dream was released October 4 in limited release to excellent reviews. The film which was produced by Hudson Valley producer Sally Roy and lensed by HV res Peter Nelson, stars Martin Donovan as a discouraged plumber who decides that he'd get more respect and have more luck with the ladies if he were a movie director.  To complete the process, he steals the script of aspiring writer and neighbor, Toni (Mary-Louise Parker).Walsh and Cynthia Kaplan's lighthearted script captures the insanity of film production in general, and New York City in particular.

"One of the funniest films I've seen this year."
-Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


Arlo with Sarah Lee and Johnny Irion at  9/18 WFF opening night
ARLO SET FOR CARNEGIE HALL AND LINCOLN CENTER

Catch storyteller/troubadour-extraordinaire Arlo Guthrie, 11/30 at Carnegie Hall and 12/02 at Lincoln Center. If you missed it, Arlo had 'em wowed and singing along at the opening night WFF concert. Joining Arlo for a most memorable evening were Johnny Irion, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Abe Guthrie, Happy Traum, Eric Weissberg, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Ellis Paul, Vanaver Caravan, legendary cinematographer/activist Haskell Wexler, surprise guest Natalie Merchant and master of ceremonies Nora Guthrie.

GORDON SUPPORTS "CLONE"

Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke will play 12 shows in November in support of their new album "Clone". 

In case you missed it on Page 6 or in Rolling Stone, national music headlines were made when  Mike Gordon reunited with Trey Anastasio for a spectacular midnight to dawn jam session at the illustrious Allaire Studios’ celebrity-studded WFF Saturday night soiree, held in connection with Gordon’s film Rising Low. Musicians included Matt Abts (drummer for Gov’t Mule), Fuzz (guitarist for Deep Banana Blackout), Dave Schools (bass player for Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule) and DJ Logic (turntables). Also sitting in were Addison Groove Project keyboard player Rob Marscher, Woodstock musician Tim Moore and composer David Robbins playing a mean guitar.

The Woodstock Film Festival wishes to thank the following
businesses and services for helping to make the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival a huge success.


Presenting Sponsor:


Major Sponsors:


 


 


PlatinumSponsors:


 

 

 

 



Key Festival Sponsors:

Cyrus & Nancy Adler

Ilene Marder
Media Relations
 

 


Superstar Sponsors:

Marge and Irwin Gaffin for

Michael Brody of


Event Sponsors:

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


Equipment Sponsors:

Backstage Productions
53-21 Vernon Blvd
LIC, NY. 11101
718-784-8700
 
Canus Major Services
845-496-6080
sirius1@canusmajor.com
 

 

Paratore Audio-Visual, Inc.
511 West 33rd Street 1st Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone 212-594-2080
Fax 212-594-2042
beatrice.robinson@paratore-av.com


This event is made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency

Special Events
 
Allaire Studios
(party of a lifetime)
Jackie and Randall Wallace
Mark Mckenna
 
Bearsville Theater
(closing night gala)
Rte 212, Bearsville, NY. 12409
845-679-4406
www.bearsvillestudios.com
 
Blue Mountain Bistro

closing night gala)
Rte. 212 & Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-8519
 
Don Giovanni Ristorante
(filmmakers party)
214 10th Ave, NY. NY.  
212-242-9054  &
358 West 44th St. NY. NY. 
212-581-4939
 
Esquire
 
Hurley Ridge Wines & Spirits
(opening night gala)
Rte. 375
West Hurley, NY  12491
914-679-8444
 
 Melting Pot Caterers
845) 246 9667
 
New World Home Cooking Co.
(opening night gala)
1411 Rte. 212
Saugerties, NY  12477
845-246--0900
 
Oliver Kita Fine Catering

(Haskell Wexler/Harold Leventhal brunch & Esquire Party)
17 Tinker St.
Woodstock, NY. 12498
845-679-0011
 
 Woodstock Artists Association
(Esquire Party)
28 Tinker St.
Woodstock NY. 12498
845-679-2940
 
Woodstock Pie Company
(filmmakers party)
Bakery & Cafe
295 Tinker Street
Bearsville NY 12409
845-679-0148
ckes84@aol.com
 
Woodstock Moveable Feast
www.woodstockmoveablefeast.com
 

 

Hospitality Food
Adam's Fairacre Farms, Inc.
845-336-6300
 
Bowery Dugout
857 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY. 12401
845-331-7200
 
Catskill Mountain Organic Coffee
906 Rte. 28
Kingston, NY 12401
845-334-8455
 
Domestic Goddesses
845-679-2241 Carol
845-679-9909 Braya
 
Deising's Bakery Midtown
584 BRd.way, 845) 338-1580
and 111 North Front St., Kingston, NY. 12401
845-338-1241
 
Krause's Homemade Candy
41 South Partition St.
Saugerties, NY 12477
845-246-8377
 
Lachmann's Pastry Shop
264 Main St.
Saugerties, NY. 12477
845-246-5361
 
Lox of Bagels
4012 Route 9W
Saugerties, NY 12477
845-246-0594
 
Mother Earth
Kingston, NY.  12401
845-336-5541
 
SangeminiUSA
Italian Mineral Water
www.sangeminiusa.com
 
 Saugerties Discount beverage
Route 9w
Barclay Heights, NY  12477
845-246-7377
 
Sunfrost
217 Tinker St., Rte. 212
Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-6690
 
Sunshine Market
2 Jansen Ave.,
Kingston, NY. 12401
845-338-0042
 
Ulster Discount Beverage
1099 Ulster Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
845-336-5585
 

 

Acknowledgments
 
Alternative Videos of Woodstock
948 Rte. 28
Kingston, NY 12401
845-334-8105
 
Colony Cafe
MaryAnn and James Harringfeld
Rock City Rd.
Woodstock, NY. 12498
845-679-5342
 
Ettlinger Design
25 Broadway
Kingston, NY. 12401
845-339-2087
 
Indie Works
David Nelsen-Epstein
4080 Rt. 28 Boiceville, NY.
845-657-5100
samsa@hivecoloNY..net
 
 Indonesian Interiors of Woodstock
82 Mill Hill Rd.
Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-0040
 
Larry Lawrence Unlimited
(Map) 845 679-1265
 
Mutual Fabrics
139 Partition Street
Saugerties, NY  12477
845-247-8858
 
Naomi Graphics
845) 679-0360
hi@naomigraphics.com
www.naomigraphics.com
 
Pattison, Koskey & Rath, P.C.
certified public accountants
103 Green Street
Kingston, NY  12401
845-331-9667
 
Quail Hollow Events
 
River Radiology
45 Pine Grove Ave.
Kingston, NY  12401
845-340-4500
 
Sue Robbins Designs
 
Town of Woodstock
 
Ulster County Tourism
10 Westbrook Lane
Kingston, NY  12401
800-DIALUCO
  
Ulster Performing Arts Center
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY. 12401
845-339-6088
 
Upstate Films
6415 Montgomery Street/Route 9  
Rhinebeck, NY.  12572
845-876-2515
 
Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
www.woodstock-online.com
 
Woodstock Guild
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY. 12498
845-679-2079
 
 The Woodstock Times
http://www.ulsterpublishing.com

 

Transportation support
 
Adirondack Trailways
800-858-8555
 
City of Kingston trolley
 
Johnson Ford
Rte. 28
Kingston, NY  12401
845-338-7800

 

Decorations
 
Jarita's Florist
17 Tinker St.
Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-6161
 
Judy's Flower Box
Route 28
Kingston, New York 12401
845-331-4342
 
Zena Green
403 Zena Road
Woodstock, NY  12498
845-679-0300

 

 Trophies
 
Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture
Rte. 28, Box 444
Boiceville, NY 12412
845-657-6317
www.fabulousfurnitureon28.com
 
The Marketplace at Catskill Corners
Kaatskill Kaleidoscope Theatres
845) 688-5800
www.themarketplaceshops.com
 
  
 
 
Tech
 
Larry B. Buskey
Woodstock Filmworks
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-0436
 
Ben Caswell
Photographer & custon b&w developing
Woodstock, NY.
845-679-4079
 
Future Smart Systems
fssemail@yahoo.com
845-688-2213
 
Ian Ellerby
irefilms@hotmail.com
845-246-5355
 
Metrovision
508 W. 24th St.,
NY. NY. 10011
212-689-7900
www.metrovision-NY.c.com
 
  Salvin Productions
308 Route 28
Kingston, NY  12401
845-340-0489
 
Bill Stitt
Catskill Mountain Pictures
20 Lasher Road, Woodstock, N.Y.
 845.679.7291
CatsMoPix@AOL.com
 
SVS Productions
(877) SVS-4DVD
www.svsvideo.com
 
 Woodstock Wired
Pete Robertson
Professional Studio Systems
wdstkwire@earthlink.net
845-679-4513

 

Talent
 
Mark Geary
 
Mike Gordon
 
Gov't Mule
 
Arlo Guthrie
 
Abe Guthrie
 
Sarah Lee Guthrie
 
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
 
Johnny Irion
 
Benny Mardones
 
Ellis Paul
 
The Pep & Molly Show
 
Kate Pierson
 
Johnny Society
 
Little Sammy Davis
 
Happy Traum
 
Vanaver Caravan
 
David Van Tieghem
 
Eric Weissberg
 
Peter Wetzler

 

Lodging
 
The Emerson Inn & Spa
A world of luxury in a country setting
The Emerson Inn & Spa
146 Mt. Pleasant Road
Mt. Tremper, NY 12457
845-688-7900
845-688-2789
the.emerson@usa.net
 
 The Lodge at Catskill Corners
5368 Rt. 28
Mt.Tremper, NY 12457
845-688-2828
the.lodge@usa.net
 
 The Wild Rose Inn
66 Rock City Rd.
Woodstock, NY. 12498
845-679-8783
 
Woodstock Inn on the Millstream
38 Tannery Brook Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
845-679-8211

 

 


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