2009 WOODSTOCK ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF REDLIGHT
1OTH ANNIVERSARY FEST CONTINUES EXPOSURE PROGRAM WITH MOVIES THAT MATTER
(Woodstock, NY) September 10, 2009:
The 10th Annual Woodstock Fillm Festival will present the World Premiere of Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni's REDLIGHT, Sunday October 4, 7:00pm at the Bearsville Theater. Narrator and producer Lucy Liu will be in attendance for Q&A. Ms. Liu will also partake in the ACTOR'S PANEL with Vera Farmiga, Sunday, October 4, 12:00pm at Utopia Studios at the Bearsville Complex. (The 2009 Woodstock Film Festival Panel Series is made possible with a grant from The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.)
Narrated by Lucy Liu, REDLIGHT is a powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world.
Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia.
Using gritty footage smuggled out of brothels and harrowing testimonials, REDLIGHT follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves. Some are trying to regain entry into Cambodian society to find some semblance of normality after their horrific experiences. Other stories highlight the plight of victims who are attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. Their torturous yet ultimately heroic battles to find witnesses and take brothel owners to court are dramatically brought to life in this topical and moving feature documentary.
By hosting the EXPOSURE PROGRAM in a setting that has a longstanding tradition for social consciousness, the Woodstock Film Festival creates a natural progression by which programming can focus on matters that affect our lives and our world while seeking to heighten awareness and to stimulate dialogue and positive resolution.
Other films highlighted in EXPOSURE include 21 BELOW, AFTER THE STORM, CONVENTION, GARBAGE DREAMS, THE MESSENGER, OCTOBER COUNTRY, SHOOTING BEAUTY, THOSE WHO REMAIN, WITHOUT A HOME,
ABOUT LUCY LIU:
Lucy Liu was born and raised in Queens, New York. Liu graduated from New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School and then received a BA from the University of Michigan with a degree in Asian Languages and Culture. After graduating, she pursued an acting career and is most known for her roles on television's Ally McBeal and the film blockbuster series "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill."
In 2006, the documentary Freedom's Fury premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, with Liu and her "Kill Bill" collaborator Tarantino as executive producers. The film dramatizes the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, climaxing with the infamous water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Following its international release in 2006-07, the film was picked up by Fortissimo for international sales and became the number one box office film in Hungary shortly after its release.
Now, as both producer and narrator, Liu introduces her latest project, REDLIGHT, exposing and chronicling the tragedies and injustices of the international child-trafficking industry. Filmed over a four year period in Cambodia, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of these young victims and on two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Appointed UNICEF Ambassador in 2004, Liu has traveled the globe to meet children and experience firsthand UNICEF's efforts to do whatever it takes to save a child. She has visited their programs in Lesotho, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Cote d'Ivoire and most recently Peru. She is continually transformed and inspired by the opportunity to be a voice for children in need around the world.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY:
Founded in 1927 by 36 of the most influential men and women in the motion picture industry at the time, the Academy is an honorary membership organization whose ranks now include more than 6,000 artists and professionals.
Dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures, the Academy’s corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the craft branches.
ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL:
The 10th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 30th-October 4th, 2009. The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. For more information visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501©(3) organization whose mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.
For more information please call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com