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Woodstock, New York (August 22, 2007)—Mary Stuart Masterson—known best for her film roles including SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES  and BENNY & JOON—makes her narrative feature directorial debut with THE CAKE EATERS. 

Filmed in the Hudson Valley during the summer of 2006, Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut THE CAKE EATERS explores the Kimbrough and Kaminski families, inextricably linked by love, death and betrayal.  While Beagle (Aaron Stanford) deals with the return of his prodigal brother Guy (Jayce Bartok) upon their mother’s death, and his deepening relationship with terminally ill Georgia Kaminski (Kristen Stewart), his father Easy (Bruce Dern) must deal with his own indiscretions and their implications for his family and others.

Written by Bartok, the subtly powerful and grounded film features standout performances by both Stewart and Stanford. The film will screen as part of WFF’s FILMS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY program with Masterson and select cast & crew in attendance.

“We did everything we could to make filming in the Catskills a reality for our production and our film is much better off because of it," said producer Jesse Scolaro. "We couldn’t have been more embraced by the local communities of Catskill and Hudson and supported by the Hudson Valley Film Commission, so we are really excited to return to present our film and once again say ‘thank you’. We’ve been coming to the Woodstock Film Festival over the past few years and truly feel at home amongst those celebrating film, family and culture – not to mention the parties are some of the best on the festival circuit.”

Mary Stuart Masterson and Meira Blaustein, WFF Executive Director will be on WAMC-Northeast Public Radio's round table on August 23rd at 10:07 am.

The seventh annual The Woodstock Film Festival takes place October 10-14, 2007. The ‘fiercely independent’ event will include more than 140 films, panels, concerts, and special events that will be featured at venues in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Hunter, and Rosendale. Visit 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 promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video, and media production.

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