WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH
STRANGER THAN FICTION SERIES AT IFC CENTER
to present 3 films and 3 Academy-Award® winners
(Woodstock NY) April 29, 2008
The Woodstock Film Festival will co-present three May screenings on consecutive Tuesdays as part of the acclaimed Stranger than Fiction documentary film series at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Filmmakers, featuring three Academy-Award® winning directors Barbara Kopple, Leon Gast and Jonathan Demme who will present and discuss their critically acclaimed films.
"We are thrilled to be able to show three amazing films as part of the Stranger Than Fiction film series at the IFC Center, and to offer the community a chance to meet and interact with these great filmmakers," said WFF executive director Meira Blaustein. "Programming these screenings at one of the best art houses in the city with Stranger Than Fiction programmer Thom Powers has been a great pleasure. He has tremendous knowledge of documentary film and filmmakers and the utmost respect for the craft.”
“The Woodstock Film Festival has shown a great dedication to documentary film that we’re pleased to celebrate in this 3-week partnership with Stranger Than Fiction,” added Thom Powers. “We can hardly believe our good fortune getting to present three Academy-Award® winning filmmakers in a row.”
Advance tickets for all three screenings are available online at
All screenings start at 8:00 PM and will be followed by receptions.
The 3 Woodstock Film Festival screenings and receptions are sponsored in part by Ciroc Vodka
THE THREE MAY SCREENINGS INCLUDE:
May 13: MY GENERATION chronicles the Woodstock festivals of 1969, 1994 and 1999, exploring peace love and violence, music and artistry, commercial exploitation and generational growth and gaps. The film is directed by two time Academy-Award® winning director Barbara Kopple and features Michael Lang promoter of the Woodstock Music concerts. Both will be in attendance. *MY GENERATION was the closing night film at the inaugural Woodstock Film Festival. Barbara Kopple was honored with the 2006 WFF Honorary Maverick Award. (Courtesy of Cabin Creek Films)
May 20: 22 years in the making, WHEN WE WERE KINGS chronicles the infamous “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight match between Muhammad Ali and George Forman. The film received an Oscar for Best Documentary in 1997. Academy-Award® winning director Leon Gast and editor Jeffrey Levy-Hinte will be in attendance. *Leon Gast is on the advisory board of the Woodstock Film Festival, and a Woodstock resident. (Courtesy of Universal)
May 27: THE AGRONOMIST tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedomfighter Jean Dominique, whom Demme first met and filmed in 1986. Dominique fought tirelessly against his country's overwhelming injustice, oppression, and poverty but it was Dominique's shocking and still-unsolved assassination in April of 2000 that gave the director the impetus to assemble more than a decade's worth of material into a celebration of this dynamic man and his legacy. Academy-Award® winning director Jonathan Demme, Academy-Award® winning producer Peter Saraf, subject Michele Montas and executive producer Daniel Wolff will all be in attendance. *THE AGRONOMIST screened as a work in progress at the 2002 WFF and again as one of the closing night films in 2003. Former Woodstock resident Peter Saraf is an advisory board member. (Courtesy of THINKFilm.)
ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
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. Visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com for more details and SAVE THE DATE for the 9th annual WFF, October 1–5, 2008.
ABOUT STRANGER THAN FICTION
Founded, programmed and hosted by Toronto International Film festival documentary programmer Thom Powers, the series presents exclusive screenings for documentary lovers. Each week, Thom presents a sneak preview, lost gem or special event, including a discussion with filmmakers and special guests.