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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Meira Blaustein at meira@woodstockfilmfestival.com or call (845) 679-4265

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
KICKS OFF SCREENING SERIES
with a special presentation of
SMASH HIS CAMERA

with special guests, Director Leon Gast and
Paparazzo Extraordinaire Ron Galella

(Woodstock, NY) May 18, 2010: The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) will be hosting one of this year's top independent documentaries with an exclusive one-night only screening of SMASH HIS CAMERA on June 4, 8pm at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY
(click for directions).

A cocktail hour for reserved seat ticket holders will precede the event. A Q&A with director Leon Gast and subject Ron Galella will follow the screening. A reception with food catered by Touché Restaurant follows.

The highly touted Smash His Camera, was directed by Woodstock's own Academy Award® winner Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) and edited by Woodstock's award-winning editor Doug Abel. The film, which documents the notorious life of pioneer paparazzo Ron Galella garnered Gast the Best Director award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.


"We are very excited to be bringing Smash His Camera to the Hudson Valley," said festival co-founder & executive director Meira Blaustein. "I have been following the film's progress from the inception, through the editing process, and then at the Sundance world premiere. Smash His Camera is truly a work of art, that reveals Gast's immaculate craftsmanship and his tremendous eye for the most nuanced cinematic moments."

"For me one of the most gratifying aspects of the filmmaking process was doing the post-production here in Woodstock with editor Doug Abel assisted by Justin Martinez, both neighbors. We were able to 'test screen' the film in various stages to local friends and colleagues like Martha Frankel, Robert Stone, Zack Sklar, Michael Cristofer and others from whom we filtered astute, at times constructive -- other times de-moralizing criticisms and feed-back. It also helped that the New York based producers Adam Schlesinger and Linda Saffire didn't mind the hundred mile trip up the Thruway not only for periodic progress updates but because of the quality of food at The Bear. We're hoping to collaborate on a new project soon and I'm anxious. In addition to The Bear, I want them to try the cuisine at Cucina, the Red Onion, Oriole 9, Joshua's, The Garden Café and other great Woodstock restaurants."

Doors will open at 7pm for reserved seat/cocktail hour ticket holders.
Doors open at 7:45pm for general admission ticket holders.
Tickets are available online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com or by phone at 845.810.0131.

ABOUT THE FILM:
Smash His Camera: Paparazzi might be the norm in our celebrity-infested times, haphazardly snapping every movement of the rich and famous. Ron Galella, though, is the original paparazzo. He elevated the celebrity snapshot into art and, at 78, remains a stalwart in the business. Dogged in his quest to photograph celebrities in unguarded moments, he defines his passion for his work by the ups and downs of his career—documenting the parade of stars at a thriving Studio 54 and having the dubious honor of being sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (his favorite subject) and having his jaw broken by Marlon Brando. (Synopsis Courtesy Sundance). * The film will be screened in limited run on HBO and distributed theatrically later this year by Magnolia Pictures.

About the Director:

Leon Gast is considered one of America's foremost documentary filmmakers. He received the Directing Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival for his work on Smash His Camera. Gast was also producer, director, editor and writer of When We Were Kings, the Academy Award® winning documentary about the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. Other film credits include 1 Love, Hell's Angels Forever, The Grateful Dead Movie, Celia Cruz: Quantanamera and more. Leon has been a member of the Woodstock Film Festival advisory board since the inception of the festival in 2000.

COMING SOON:
12th & Delaware, directed by festival alumi Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (courtesy of HBO Films)
Gasland, winner of the Special Jury Prize in the documentary category, Sundance 2010 (courtesy of HBO Films)
The Dry Land
, stars America Ferrera and Hudson Valley's Melissa Leo
And More TBA... Stay Tuned!

11th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, September 29 - October 3, 2010

About the WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL:

The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 29-October 3, 2010.  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.

The Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films; hosts emerging and established filmmakers; presents A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creates stimulating, innovative year-round programming .

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 visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com or call (845) 679-4265


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