WINTER 2002 NEWSLETTER
Woodstock Film Commission
Personal Velocity (winner Dramatic Grand Jury Prize - Sundance
Shoot your next film in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region. Contact the Woodstock Film Commission at 845-679-4265.
In order to bolster local production, the Woodstock Film Commission is soliciting production companies interested in relocating to the Hudson Valley/Catskill area. An attractive, affordable 30,000 production office/future soundstage awaits you. For more info, call 845-679-4265.
||WFF advisory board member, Ethan Hawke, follows up a bravura 2001 (Training Day, Tape,Waking Life) with his role in Frank Whaley's The Jimmy Show, which will screen at Sundance and the March release of his directorial debut Chelsea Walls, which U.S premiered in Woodstock.|
||Equally busy was Uma Thurman who executive produced
and starred in Hysterical Blindness, with Juliette Lewis. The
picture, directed by Mira Nair will world premiere in Sundance. Hudson
Valley resident Declan Quinn lensed the pix which features Woodstock's
very own rising star Jolie Peters.
Update: As if that wasn't a busy enough schedule, Uma Thurman and husband Ethan Hawke had their second child January 18, 2002. The baby boy weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces.
from left to right - Ellen Kuras, Rebecca Miller,
Gary Winick and Parker Posey discuss Personal Velocity
and digital filmmaking at
the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival
|Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity
featuring Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey,
Fairuza Balk, Ron Leibman will also unveil at
Sundance. The film was produced by Gary Winick, Alexis Alexanian and
WFF advisory board member Lemore Syvan. Sabine Hoffman, another WFF advisory board member,
edited the film. Cast and crew discussed the pix and digital filmmaking as part of
a sold out seminar at the 2001 WFF. The pix was shot in the Hudson Valley
area with crew and cast help from WFF's Woodstock Film Commission. Woodstock
Film Festival's own Elias Moor was fortunate to land an onscreen makeout
scene and will be at the preem in Utah. Also making an onscreen debut, as
Kyra Sedwick's daughter Claire, is Rosendale native Sarah Morf.
Update: The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance was awarded to PERSONAL VELOCITY, directed by Rebecca Miller and produced by Gary Winick, Lemore Syvan & Alexis Alexanian. Velocity also piked up the award for Best Cinematography by Ellen Kuras, pictured left.
Jonas Mekas with Gary Winick at the 2001 WFF
Personal Velocity producer Gary Winick will do double duty in Sundance with Tadpole (Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth, John Ritter), which he helmed.
Update: The Directing Award at Sundance has been awarded to Gary Winick for TADPOLE. In addition to the award, the film was picked for distribution by Miramax films. For a review, visit http://www.indiewire.com/film/reviews/rev_02Sund_020117_Tadpole.html
WFF Advisory board member David Strathairn stars in Karen Moncrieff's Blue Car, which is also set to premiere in Sundance.
Update: Blue Car has been acquired by Miramax Films.
Woodstock resident, Saundi Wilson, composed the original music for Manito which is in Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2002. Using contemporary cinema vérité style and fresh original writing, Manito captures the heartbeat of a neighborhood in transition the Washington Heights section of Manhattanas it presents this story of two brothers, Junior and Manny. The film is written and directed by Eric Eason and produced by Jesse Scolaro.
||2002 will mark the theatrical premieres of several films from the 2001 WFF including the locally shot Wendigo. Larry Fessenden's pix premiered at Slamdance and went on to take co-honors for best pix at the 2001 WFF. The film was picked up by newly formed Magnolia Pictures which is headed up by WFF advisory board member Eamonn Bowles and Ryan Werner. The film will open at New York City's Film Forum on February 15.. See it!|
Jarek Kupsc's Recoil (which shared the WFF honors for best pix with Wendigo) will premiere in Jarek's native Poland this January while Jarek appears as the lead in Simon Blake's Minotaur which will preem as part of the SONY HD Showcase at Sundance. Minotaur and other shorts will be introduced by director, Ridley Scott.
Gabriella Bohm's 2001 WFF winning doc Passages will screen at 7pm on January 6 at the New Paltz Jewish congregation. In this personal documentary, a filmmaker sets off on an odyssey through Eastern Europe, South America and the United States to uncover long-harbored family mysteries, myths and secrets. In the end, she derives strength from the connections between the lives of her parents and her own – a legacy she plans to pass on to her child.
Laura Levine (left) at WFF press conference
From a classy "Talk of the Town" profile in THE NEW YORKER to a trashy
two-page tabloid feature in this week's NATIONAL EXAMINER, Digging For
Dutch: The Search For The Lost Treasure of Dutch Schultz is a small
independent film which is attracting some big publicity.
With its gripping and entertaining story of people obsessively searching for a gangster's buried treasure in a tiny rural upstate NY village - based on a local Catskill mountain legend - and its charming portrait of small town American life, Dutch may be the only unreleased independent documentary film to attract such a wide range of media coverage......with only one festival
screening under its belt.
Fresh from its award-winning premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, and hot on the heels of director Laura Levine's 2001 Sundance-selected short doc, Peekabo Sunday, Digging For Dutch is currently making the film festival rounds, and picking up accolades along the way. Dutch has also been profiled in the NEW YORK TIMES, HARVARD MAGAZINE, BBC RADIO, and the LONDON SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, among others.
To read the New Yorker article by Stephen J. Dubner, please look here:
To see this week's National Examiner feature, pick up a copy at your local supermarket.
Declaring it one of the "highlights" of the Woodstock Film Festival, here's what indieWIRE had to say about Digging For Dutch:
"New York City Film Project's Torchlight Award for Best Feature was Laura Levine's doc Digging for Dutch, a fun trip following eccentric characters as they search the hills of a quirky mountain town for the lost treasure of gangster Dutch Schultz. Aside from the general excitement spurred by the possibility of finding valuable loot, Levine taps into the human need to believe in something and the immeasurable value of the simple pleasures found in one's own backyard."
For further information about Digging For Dutch, please contact Laura Levine at (845) 688-7535 or LauraL6000@aol.com.
King Midas in Woodstock
Life imitates art...
Cast and crew members of the indie film King Midas were recently rounded up
in a sting orchestrated by the FBI and the CT Statewide Narcotics Task Force
for a wide variety of drug and weapons charges, including one actor who was
running what prosecutors call "one of the biggest cocaine rings in recent
The film, which recently premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival, is a
modern-day fairy tale, in which a cocaine dealer uses his illegal money to
produce hip-hop music. For more about King Midas, go to King Midas.
Water: Building The Catskill Water System,
which was co-produced and co-directed by Tobe Carey,
Artie Traum and Robbie Dupree is
a 45-minute doc chronicling the
history of the Catskill Water System recently premiered. With rare archival film footage and
historic photographs. Deep Water tells the
story of the building of the Ashokan Reservoir, Shandaken
Tunnel, Schoharie Reservoir, and the Catskill Aqueduct.
Narrated by Robb Webb (the voice of "60 Minutes II")
Deep Water documents how several Catskill Mountain
towns were destroyed and flooded, how immigrant workers
built the dams and tunnels, and how brilliant engineering
and political maneuvering allowed the system to be built.
Video copies can be ordered online at willowmixedmedia.org and at
For more info, click here.
|Documentary filmmaker Burrill Crohn is currently wrapping several
projects including a documentary about 81 year old Woodstock resident and
former (1943) Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion Ed Gersh; a documentary
about the music and dance of the indigenous Shuar in the Amazonian
rainforest of Ecuador; and Marilyn and the Maori (working
title), a documentary about Woodstock pianist Marilyn Crispell's trip to New
Zealand to play music based on the Maori creation myth. With a long time
interest in shamanism, Burrill has videotaped shamans in Mexico, Ecuador and
the United States, edited footage of other shamans and is at work developing
a pilot for a series on shamanism and healing.
Burrill Crohn was making documentaries about jazz long before Ken
Burns even had the idea. His seven part Women in Jazz series,
narrated by Carmen McRae and Marian McPartland aired on the Arts &
Entertainment Network, and his five part History of Jazz series (Cable
ACE award winner) with narration by Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea
and Wynton Marsalis and interviews with many other jazz luminaries has been
seen on BRAVO in the United States and Canada, the BBC and CHANNEL 4 in
England and on network and cable television stations in over 35 other
countries (and is distributed worldwide in various home video formats).
Other broadcast documentaries include Joe Williams: A Portrait in Song,
which is being considered for PBS's American Master's series, and The
Spirit Travels, a documentary on ethnic music narrated by Linda
Rondstadt. He also was a consultant on two Oscar nominated documentaries,
A Great Day in Harlem and Genghis Blues.
|On the heels of feedback from screening Sean; Now & Then
as a work in progress, director Ralph Arlyck is putting the finishing
touches (using 16mm and a steenbeck) on his follow up to his 1969 short,
Sean, which chronicled a kid growing up in San Francisco’s
legendary Haight Ashbury. In Now & Then, "Arlyck sees what has
become of Sean and his free-floating, extended family. In a blend of
interviews with 30-something Sean, flashbacks to the original film, home
movies, and rare footage of Bob Dylan and Tim Leary, it’s clear that Arlyck
has mixed feelings about the ‘60s."
"At the Woodstock Festival, Arlyck ignored the usual director’s question and answer session and came out asking for criticism. “What’s wrong with it?” he asked the crowd. Soon Arlyck was moderating a lively debate about the film and the director’s presence in it. The audience’s generous input re-inspired him all over again, he said.
“I really liked showing it in Woodstock, partly because that is a community that feels a certain affinity with the sixties,” said Arlyck. But the audience was more than a Woodstock crowd.
Response to the film was a favorable, encouraging experience, Pullinger said, adding “Wait until it’s finished and pristine.”" For the complete article by Kate Schultz, visit Chronogram.
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