meira blaustein
executive director

laurent rejto
development director

advisory board
aidan quinn
annie nocenti
bill plympton
bingham ray
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 dorf
michael lang
peter saraf
ron nyswaner
sabine hoffman
sarah plant
stephen hays
stephen nemeth
steve savage
zachary sklar

board
joan mack
, chair
eva graham

eve cohen
ilene marder

joan quigley
laurent rejto

lauri andretta
stuart hammerman
tony conza

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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTS “INFAMOUS”
FOR OPENING NIGHT FILM

Writer and Director Douglas McGrath’s New Truman Capote Bio-pic Stars Steller Cast

“The best movie I’ve seen this year.” – Dave Thomson, The Independent

(WOODSTOCK, NY) August 29, 2006 – The Woodstock Film Festival announced today that “Infamous” has been selected as the opening night feature film to kick off the seventh annual “fiercely independent” film festival from October 11-15, 2006. The East Coast premier of “Infamous” will be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival on Thursday, October 12.

Meira Blaustein, executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival said, “I can’t think of a better way to open the Woodstock Film Festival than with this brave and stunning film. I’m very pleased we can provide an intimate setting for an early screening of this beautiful film before it is shown nationwide.”

“I’m thrilled ‘Infamous’ has been selected as the opening night feature film for the seventh annual Woodstock Film Festival,” said Douglas McGrath, “Infamous” writer and director. “The Woodstock Film Festival continues to showcase exceptional work and it is an honor to kick-off the festival this year.”

In the highly anticipated bio-pic, what starts out as the humorous journey of the openly gay writer Truman Capote as he moves through the elegant circles of Manhattan's sophisticated café society, turns darker as he becomes increasingly consumed by a murder case.

Warner Independent Pictures presents Infamous, a Killer Films/John Wells Production, written and directed by Douglas McGrath (Nicholas Nickleby, Emma) from the book Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career, by George Plimpton. Infamous stars Toby Jones (The Painted Veil), Sandra Bullock (Crash), Daniel Craig Casino Royale), Peter Bogdanovich (The Cat's Meow), Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale), Hope Davis (American Splendor), Gwyneth Paltrow (Proof), Isabella Rossellini (All Fall Down), Juliet Stevenson (Being Julia), John Benjamin Hickey (Flags of Our Fathers), Lee Pace (Soldier's Girl), and Sigourney Weaver (A Map of the World).

Infamous is produced by Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heave ), Jocelyn Hayes (A Home at the End of the World, The Company) and Anne Walker-McBay (Before Sunset, A Scanner Darkly); John Wells (The West Wing, ER is the executive producer. The film's creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Bruno Delbonnel (A Very Long Engagement) Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (Beyond the Sea), production designer Judy Becker (Brokeback Mountain), and editor Camilla Toniolo (Game 6).

Describing the film, McGrath explains, “The gradual but ultimate shift from light to dark, from comic to tragic, match the shape of Capote’s life: his early years were marked by his insouciant wit and effervescence, his outrageous self-assertion, and the beguiling, almost sunny pleasure he took in conquering the world. These were succeeded by the later years of bitterness, a failure to produce the work he promised, a break with friends, reckless and ill-chosen love affairs, and a debilitating taste for drink and pills that only hastened his decline. It is that shift, from the triumphant to the tragic, that “Infamous’ chronicles.”

ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
The seventh annual The Woodstock Film Festival takes place October 11-15, 2006. The ‘fiercely independent’ event will include more than 150 films, panels, concerts, and special events that will be featured at venues in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Hunter and Rosendale.
Visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com for ticket and more detailed program information.

Over the years, 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 Festival is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.

For information contact (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

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