WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
PO Box 1406, Woodstock, NY  12498, T  845.679.4265  F 509.479.5414
E-mail: info@woodstockfilmfestival.com,www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

meira blaustein
executive director

laurent rejto
director of development

elmer bernstein
honorary chair  emeritus

advisory board
aidan  quinn
annie nocenti
bill plympton
david strathairn
eamonn bowles
ellen chenoweth
ethan hawke
fisher stevens
gill holland
griffin dunne
ira schreck
jeremiah newton
john sloss
judy arthur
lemore syvan
leon gast
liev schreiber
martha frankel
michael  lang
peter saraf
ron nyswaner
sabine hoffman
sarah plant
stephen hays
steve savage
zachary sklar
lemore syvan

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Contact: Brigid Walsh: 845-679-4265 Office or (310) 968-8889 (cell) press@woodstockfilmfestival.com    
Visit the full schedule online at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2005/films_all.php   

CAPTIVATING SHORTS ON VIEW AT 2005 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

  • NY X 10, ten short films about NYC, to receive its only theatrical screening outside the Big Apple. 

(Woodstock, NY) September 14, 2005 --- The Sixth Annual 2005 Woodstock Film Festival (September 28th through October 2nd) today announced its diverse slate of short films.  Shot by veterans and emerging moviemakers across the globe and around the corner, they explore a wide range of contemporary issues.    

SHORTS
Shorts at the WFF customarily explore a broad spectrum of world issues and events, and this      year’s are no exception.  They are divided into a number of categories including Woman, Man, Together, Food & Film, NYx10, and Short Docs.  Several other shorts will be screening prior to feature presentations.

Highlights include:

W(it)H by Hunter Carson. The last tricky, funny eleven minutes on the night a Hit Man (Tim Roth) revisits his old neighborhood to do a whack-job. Precedes Dead Man’s Shoes.

The East Coast Premiere of BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA, by Javier Fesser.  Made in collaboration with Unicef to help children in the third world, this film chronicles the education of a seven-year-old Senegalese girl and her father’s ‘great idea.’  Produced in Senegal by a Spanish filmmaker, Binta’s profits go to Unicef programs for children.    

THIS MORNING,  by Lucy Mulloy. A student Academy Award-nominated short doc about a brother and sister fighting about a broken toy.

RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS, by Steve Furman.  The Hooded Merganser, a rare and reclusive North American duck, lays its eggs high in the trees. One day after hatching, the ducklings make a perilous ‘leap of faith’ to the ground, an age-old drama never before captured on film, offering natural history, humor and suspense, a la March of the Penguins.    

NY X 10 features ten shorts created to celebrate the 10th season of Thirteen/WNET’s independent film and video series, Reel New York.  Among the eclectic mix of offerings is THE UNDERMINER, by Todd Downing, based on the book by Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan.  It documents the insidious tactics of that master of passive aggression, the New Yorker who induces self-doubt and despair in his ‘friend’ each time they meet.

THE BIG EMPTY, by J. Lisa Chang and Newton Thomas Sigel.  This film tells the bittersweet tale of Alice (Selma Blair), her vagina, and the infinite nature of the tundra.

The World Premiere of AND THE LANDSCAPE WILL SEEM TO SWAY, by Filipe Bessa and Nick Schwartz.  In this film, a recent college grad blindly navigates the increasingly violent world around him.  Unless he opens his eyes soon, he could be the next victim. 

The Youth In Us, by Joshua Leonard.  Lukas Haas and Kelli Garner star as two young lovers who find the courage to confront the future by looking to the past.

Two Men, by Ian Olds. After being humiliated in the bathroom of the local bowling alley, a small town loser with a gun and a penchant for paranoid fantasies, spends the rest of the night trying to reclaim his dignity. The stranger he discovers in the back of his car has other ideas.

No Shoulder,by Suzi Yoonessi. Shot in the Hudson Valley, Ruth (Melissa Leo) reflects on the life she left behind in a fervent confrontation with a troubled teenager (Samanthan Sloyan).

The New York Premiere of Patch, by Christopher Romero. Shot in the Hudson Valley featuring Leo Burmester, Deborah Harry, and Melissa Leo, the film tells the story of a woman who returns to her hometown after her mother’s death and discovers an ugly secret on the back roads of her youth.

The full list of shorts is available online at
http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2005/films_all.php

SHORTS: ANIMATION
529 - US Premiere
9 – New York Premiere
THE BACK BRACE
COLD WAR
DENTIST
DER PARK - US Premiere
FAUNA SUTRA - US Premiere
GOPHER BROKE
HANDSHAKE
INSOMNIA (Bezmiegs)
LEARN SELF DEFENSE – New York Premiere
LIFE IN TRANSITION
MOONRAKER
PETUNIA
RETURN I WILL TO OLD BRAZIL - New York Premiere
THE FAN AND THE FLOWER

SHORTS: ANIMATION FOR KIDS (sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank)
AQUARIUM - World Premiere
CYTOPLASMS IN ACID ENVIRONMENT
PETUNIA
REVENGE OF THE BRICK
SURLY SQUIRREL - New York Premiere
THE CLONE TROOPER ORCHESTRA
ZIT

SHORTS: DOCUMENTARIES
CAUGHT IN PAINT
RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
RUN TO JAY'S: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
A SONG FOR DANIEL
THE JEW ON TRIAL
THIS MORNING

SHORTS: FOOD & FILM
FARMING FOR THE FUTURE
FIVE FEELINGS ABOUT FOOD
PAINTER OF THE LAND - New York Premiere

SHORTS: REEL NY x 10
E=NYC2
HARLEM SISTAS DOUBLE DUTCH
NYC WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
A REASONABLE FACSIMILE
ROUTINE
SUPER POWER BLUES
THE SPACE INVADERS
THE UNDERMINER
THROUGH THE ICE
ZERO VISIBILITY

SHORTS: SCREENING WITH…
CLOSE
DAVE HOLLAND - US Premiere
HOW I KNOW YOU
PARTY FOR THE PEOPLE: Rock and Revolution in Reggio Emilia – US Premiere
THE RAFTMAN'S RAZOR
THE TOURIST – East Coast Premiere
THE VENTURE - World Premiere
W(IT)H
WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

SHORTS: THE GREAT IDEA
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA
RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
A SONG FOR DANIEL
SOUVENIR - New York Premiere

SHORTS: MAN
AND THE LANDSCAPE WILL SEEM TO SWAY – World Premiere
CHAIM - US Premiere
CHOKED
CRICKETS
THE NATURAL ROUTE – East Coast Premiere
RECOIL - New York Premiere
YOUNGSTER - New York Premiere

SHORTS: WOMAN
THE BIG EMPTY
BREACHED
CON TODA PALABRA
PATCH - New York Premiere
TWITCH
WET - New York Premiere

SHORTS: TOGETHER
FUTURE IMPERFECT
HAPPY - World Premiere
LEO AND SANDRA
NO SHOULDER - World Premiere
RESURRECTION
THE YOUTH IN US - New York Premiere
TWO MEN - US Premiere

SHORTS: YOUTH FORUM
BULLETS IN THE HOOD: A BED-STUY STORY
CESSATION
CHANNUMASADAN
MANUAL - World Premiere
OFF SEASON
Q & A
RUNAWAY BALL
SAHAR: BEFORE THE SUN
WE DON'T WANT NO WAR
WEEP NO MORE

The ‘fiercely independent’ Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 6th Anniversary in 2005, from Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2.  The WFF presents more than 150 films, panels, concerts, and special events at venues in Woodstock and its neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, and Hunter.  The presenting sponsor of the 6th Annual WFF is Markertek.com, America’s largest broadcast and video supply house, based in Saugerties, N.Y.  Visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.comfor more detailed program information. 

The Box Office is open!  Through Sept. 25: Wed.-Fri., 11am-3pm, Sat. and Sun., noon-4pm; from Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 9am-7pm, and on Oct. 2, 9am-2pm. Tickets range in price from $7 to $15 per screening.  Panels are $15.  Concert prices vary.  Advance single admission tickets can be purchased online at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com, by phone with a major credit card at (845) 679-6997, or in person at the Woodstock Playhouse Box Office at 103 Mill Hill Road.  Single purchase tickets will also be available at each screening venue.  Reserve early.  Shows tend to sell out quickly.  The best way to take advantage of the entire festival is by purchasing a FULL FESTIVAL PASS for $550, available for a limited time only, which allows admission for one to all screenings, panels and parties.  Also included are souvenirs, including a T-shirt and cap.

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 local film, video and media production.