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Woodstock  Scores  One of the Most Talked About Films of the Season!
10th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival announces
2009 CLOSING NIGHT FILM as:

UP IN THE AIR
directed by Jason Reitman, featuring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick

ALSO ANNOUNCED:

  • World Premiere of feature doc REDLIGHT, produced and narrated by Lucy Liu, directed by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni

  • Lucy Liu and Vera  Farmiga  in WFF Actor’s Dialogue panel, Sunday Oct 4

    (Woodstock, NY) Sept. 22, 2009: The 2009 Woodstock Film Festival proudly announces its closing night film, Paramount Pictures’ Up in the Air, co-written by and directed by Jason Reitman, starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. The film screens Sunday, October 4th, at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock, NY.

    From Jason Reitman, the Oscar®-nominated director of Juno, comes Up in the Air, the timely odyssey of Ryan Bingham (Oscar® winner George Clooney), a corporate downsizer and consummate modern business traveler who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly finds himself ready to make a real connection. 

    When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga), Ryan’s boss (Jason Bateman), inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert (Anna Kendrick), threatens to permanently call him in from the road.  Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home. 

    "We are thrilled to close this year’s festival with the newest work by one of today’s sharpest directors” stated Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder/Executive Director Meira Baustein. “By exploring the lives of the people affected by socially relevant issues, Reitman’s films uncover the unexpected human aspect so easily overlooked.  Up in the Air’s beauty comes from that human perspective.”

    Up in the Air  received all-around outstanding reviews at the recently concluded Toronto Film Festival. Richard Corliss of Time Magazine wrote that it was “one of the festival’s and the year’s best movies”…with Clooney offering the “sharpest and most nuanced performance of his career… He and Reitman could close the sale on Oscar night.”

    Reitman's screenplay for Up in the Air, co-written by Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn, has been pronounced “a shoo-in for Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay,” on NPR’s Fresh Air.

    Up in the Air is the second Clooney film at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival–(Clooney also stars in the previously announced The Men Who Stare at Goats, directed by Grant Heslov).

    Vera Farmiga will participate in a Q&A after the film, as well as in the WFF Actor's Dialogue panel, along with actor/producer Lucy Liu, moderated by entertainment journalist Martha Frankel. 

    In addition to its closing night film, WFF announced the World Premiere of the stunning documentary REDLIGHT, narrated and produced by Lucy Liu, who is an international child ambassador for UNICEF. Directed by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni, the film uses powerful footage smuggled out of Cambodian brothels, coupled with harrowing testimonials from both former and current child sex slaves in the region. It focuses on the global epidemic of child sexploitation  by focusing on the personal stories of several young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change in Cambodia: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and  politician Mu Sochua.  Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. Directors Jacobson and Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work on the documentary. Ms. Liu will introduce the film and participate on the Actor's Dialogue panel.

    The 10th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival kicks off Wednesday Sept. 30 through Sunday October 4, 2009, with screenings in the arts colony of Woodstock, NY and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale. Nearly 150 films, panels, concerts and special events are featured including 51 premieres, (11 world premieres). Special guests include Richard Linklater (Maverick Award), Ted Hope (Trailblazer Award), Lucy Liu, Vera Farmiga, Uma Thurman, Jonathan Demme, Ethan Hawke, Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Christine Vachon, Kevin Corrigan, and Tom DiCillo, among many other luminaries.

    The 2009 line-up embodies the festival's "fiercely independent" spirit, while upholding the tradition of quality filmmaking, leading  filmmakers and industry professionals to hail WFF as "one of the very best regional film festivals in the world."

  • For the full line-up and ticket information, visit: www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2009
  • For more information contact the Press Office at 845 679-4265; press@woodstockfilmfestival.com

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    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 located in the Hudson Valley Catskills, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, just two hours from the NYC metro area. The arts colony offers a relaxed, receptive atmosphere, which filmmakers consistently cite as perfect for the creative interaction necessary for a great film festival. WFF is a festival for and by filmmakers and was born through a passion for cinema that could only be the brainchild of active filmmakers and dedicated supporters of ‘fiercely independent’ film.

    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

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