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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL MAVERICK AWARDS
Presented To Packed House Of Filmmakers and Industry Leaders.

*** AUGUST EVENING, directed by Chris Eska takes BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD

*** THE COOL SCHOOL, directed by Morgan Neville takes BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
(Honorable Mention: Constantine’s Sword, directed by Oren Jacoby AND
Run Granny Run, directed by Marlo Poras)

Presenters included Lili Taylor, John Sloss, Ron Nyswaner, Giancarlo Esposito, David D’Arcy, Sabine Hoffman, Bill Plympton, Patrick Smith, Robert Stone, Gill Holland, Alexie Gilmore, Thomas O’Donnell, Amy Gossels, Leon Gast, Melissa Leo, Julie Goldman, Meira Blaustein.

(Woodstock, NY)—October 13th, 2007: The 8TH Annual Woodstock Film Festival's Maverick Awards ceremony was held Saturday night, Oct. 13th, with director Chris Eska’s August Evening taking Best Feature Narrative and director Morgan Neville’s The Cool School winning for Best Feature Documentary. More than 200 indie film movers and shakers attended the gala event, held at the Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Company, just outside the Woodstock arts colony. The final day of the festival is Sunday, Oct. 14 offering a full line-up of films and panels.

Best Feature Narrative August Evening follows aging, undocumented farm worker Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law Lupe, as they journey across Texas.. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try to stick together...but change is inevitable. At the heart of the story is the conflict between generations. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this engaging film accurately depicts the struggles Mexican-American immigrants face, while effectively illuminating the Japanese idea of "mono no aware" finding peace with life's imperfections (WFF East Coast Premiere).

Best Feature Documentary The Cool School, makes the case that a unique contribution to the modern art movement was conceived in Los Angeles in the 1940's and born in the infamous Ferus Gallery. A stellar array of artists, John Altoona, Frank Gehry, Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Ed Kienholz and a host of others, reminisce about the early days. The Ferus bucks the notion of the supremacy of the New York art scene. The very kitsch of Los Angeles, it's lack of history, becomes the inspiration for a whole generation of renegades (WFF East Coast Premiere).

BEST DOCUMENTARY Honorable Mention: Constantine’s Sword, directed by Oren Jacoby;
And Run Granny Run, directed by Marlo Poras

The Maverick Award for BEST SHORT DOC went to SALI M BABA,
directed by Tim Sternberg.
Short Doc Honorable Mention: THE LADIES, directed by C.A. Voros.

The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE went to HIGH FALLS, directed by Andrew Zuckerman.

The Diane Seligman Award for BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM went to AQUARIUM, directed by Rob Meyer.

The Maverick Award for BEST ANIMATED FILM went to FANTAISIE IN BUBBLEWRAP, directed by Arthur Metcalf.

A special ‘ANIMATION DIVA’ award in animation was presented to animator extraordinaire Signe Baumane for her film TEAT BEAT OF SEX.

The Haskell Wexler Award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY went to WAR/DANCE, directed by Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine and shot by Sean Fine.

The Maverick Award for EXCELLENCE IN EDITING of a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY went to CONSTANTINE'S SWORD, Kate Hirson, Editor.

The Maverick Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE NARRATIVE went to IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS, Jacob Vaughan, Frank Reynolds, Editors.
Best Editing Honorable Mention: IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA, Davis Coombe, Editor.

THE HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD was presented to CHRISTINE VACHON of Killer Films, by actor/writer
Lili Taylor and producer John Sloss (award previously announced).

THE HONORARY TRAILBLAZER AWARD was presented to TED SARANDOS, Chief Content Officer at Netflix Inc., by former Trailblazer honoree John Sloss (award previously announced).

Feature Jurors: Jason Kliot, Karen Durbin and Giancarlo Esposito.
Documentary Jurors: Leon Gast, Julie Goldman and David D’Arcy.
Short Doc Jurors: Danielle DiGiacomo, Robert Stone and Ryan Harrington.
Short Jurors: Gill Holland, Thomas O’Donnell, and Alexie Gilmore.
Student Film Jurors: Amy Gossels, Paul Rachman and Jeff Lipsky.
Animation Jurors: Bill Plympton and Patrick Smith.
Cinematography Juror: Haskell Wexler
Editing Jurors: Sabine Hoffman, Alex Halpern, Sabine Krayenbuhls and Kyle Henry.
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The Maverick Award Trophies are designed and hand-crafted by artist Steve Heller, who shows his work at his Fabulous Furniture gallery in Boiceville, NY.

Prizes!
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE –
Trophy plus One-Year Gift Certificates for Baseline Studio System
One week off line editing and one day online editing at Post Factory for the next film.
And $100 Gift Certificate from Disc Makers

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE –
Trophy plus One-Year Gift Certificates for Baseline Studio System
One week off line editing and one day online editing at Post Factory for the next film.
And Gift Certificate from Disc Makers

THE DIANA SELIGMAN AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
Trophy plus cash award from Lowel Light and One (1) Lowel-Light Kit

THE DIANA SELIGMAN AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT SHORT
Trophy plus cash award from Lowel Light and One (1) Lowel-Light Kit

THE DIANA SELIGMAN AWARD FOR BEST SHORT DOC
Trophy plus cash award from Lowel Light and One (1) Lowel-Light Kit

MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST EDITING (NARRATIVE)
Trophy plus Final Cut Studio 2 (care of Apple Computer)
DVDs from the Criterion Collection

MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST EDITING (DOCUMENTARY)
Trophy plus Final Cut Studio 2 (care of Apple Computer)
DVDs from the Criterion Collection

HASKELL WEXLER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
Trophy plus One (1) Lowel-Light Kit

MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATED FILM
Trophy plus
Gift Certificate from Disc Makers
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