WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
HUDSON VALLEY FILMS & FILMMAKERS
Films Shot In Region or Directed By Area Filmmakers Spotlight Hudson Valley Catskills as Filmmaking Hub
(Woodstock, NY) September 23, 2005 – The Hudson Valley Catskills is a hotbed of creative energy and home to many established and emerging filmmakers. There has been a marked surge of filmmaking activity within the past five years – both independent and “Hollywood” productions – thanks in part to the efforts of the Woodstock Film Commission and The Woodstock Film Festival, which attracts and facilitates film production in the region. A roster of panels and films by, about or shot in the Hudson Valley Catskills help to celebrate the 6th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2, in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Hunter, and Rosendale. Here are some highlights:
The FROM NOVEL TO SCREEN panel, which will discuss the difference between novels and screenplays and how a writer turns one into the other, is filled entirely by local pros. The moderator will be author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Zachary Sklar (JFK) and the panelists include Kim Wozencraft (Rush, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Wanted, optioned for Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston), Paul Hoffman (Wings of Madness, now in development for NOVA), Nina Shengold (Writers Guild Award-winner for Labor of Love and author of Clearcut), and award-winning independent publisher/writer Joan Schweighardt of GreyCore Press.
DUANE HOPWOOD: Directed by Matt Mulhern and produced by local resident Lemore Syvan, this feature film is set in Atlantic City and stars David Schwimmer as a down-on-his-luck Caesar’s Palace pit boss who tries to get his life back on track before he loses everything, including his ex-wife (Janeane Garofolo) and daughter.
NINE LIVES: Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, this feature offers a stream of high-profile actresses, including Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek, Robin Penn Wright, Amy Brenneman, and Glenn Close. Aidan Quinn, also a member of the cast, has a home in the Woodstock area. The film explores the individual experiences of nine women, each at an emotional crossroads.
THE ROOST: Directed by Ti West and executive produced by local resident Larry Fessenden, this feature celebrates and recreates the B-horror flicks of the 1970s. During their night of terror, a group of friends are challenged to survive a violent car accident, vampire bats, the undead, and finally, each other.
RUNAWAY: Directed by Tim McCann, a Hudson Valley resident, this feature is a psychological thriller about a young man who runs away from home with his little brother and makes a better life for them both, only to have his past catch up with him.
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE 2: Directed by William Greaves and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and this year’s WFF Honorary Maverick Award Winner Steve Buscemi, this feature captures the reactions of actors and film crew as they shoot a movie in 1969 and then repeat the process 35 years later.
TRANSAMERICA: Directed by Duncan Tucker, this feature, about a woman (2005 Emmy-winner Felicity Huffman) who wants to become a man, was shot partly in nearby Sullivan County. Its location scout was Michelle Baker, a Woodstock resident.
INSTRUMENTAL: Directed by Gabriel Shalom, a graduate of nearby Bard College, this documentary is a poetic meditation on the lives of four musicians who make their own special electro-acoustic instruments.
MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM: Directed by Stuart Samuels, a Woodstock resident, and based on his 1983 book of the same name, this documentary features the preeminent filmmakers of this genre. David Lynch, George Romero, and John Waters, among others, reveal the impulses that prompted them to create the worlds that made their names. The film also tells the story of Ben Barenholtz, founder of the defunct Elgin Cinema in New York City, home to the first midnight movie screening
NEW YORK DOLL: Directed by Greg Whitely and featuring David Johansen, a part-time Woodstock resident, this documentary chronicles the meteoric rise, resounding fall, and all-too-brief resurrection of the glam-rock-punk band, the New York Dolls and their leader, Arthur “Killer” Kane.
TV PARTY: Directed by Danny Vinik, this documentary is an ode to the eponymous late 70s cable TV show hosted by Glenn O’Brien and co-hosted by Chris Stein (from Blondie), a full-time resident of Woodstock.
ZIZEK!: Directed by Astra Taylor, this documentary follows an intellectual maverick as he crisscrosses the globe, examining various philosophies, ideologies, and the paradoxes that underpin our perception of reality. The film was edited in Woodstock on Library Lane.
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA: Directed by Javier Fesser, this short subject about the education of a Senegalese girl and her father was made in collaboration with Unicef to benefit children in the Third World. It was produced in Senegal by a Spanish filmmaker and edited across the river from Woodstock in Rhinebeck, New York.
NO SHOULDER: Directed by Suzi Yoonessi, this short features Melissa Leo, who plays a woman reflecting on the life she left behind in a fervent confrontation with a troubled teenager. It was adapted from the play by Hudson Valley author Nina Shengold (Clearcut), filmed on location in Woodstock and line-produced by Bill Stitt, co-commissioner of the Woodstock Film Commission.
PATCH: Directed by Christopher Romero and filmed in Woodstock and neighboring Saugerties, this short tells the story of a woman (Melissa Leo) who returns to her hometown after her mother’s death. While traveling the back roads of her youth, she discovers an erased childhood memory and an ugly secret.
ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
The Woodstock Film Festival has established itself as one of the best independent film events in the country by premiering exceptional films, hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry, presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating innovative and stimulating programming year-round. The Woodstock Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.
For more information contact Brigid Walsh at (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com. For continued up-to-date photography on the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival please visit woodstockfilmfestival/press.htm.