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THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL presents
THE DRY LAND,
ONE OF THE YEAR'S TOP INDIE FILMS
with America Ferrara, Ryan Piers Williams, Melissa Leo & Ryan O'Nan

(Woodstock, NY) June 11, 2010: The Woodstock Film Festival will present THE DRY LAND on July 10, 8:00pm at The Rosendale Theater in Rosendale NY.

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) who executive produced and stars in the film will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A following the screening along with director Ryan Piers Williams, Academy Award® nominated actor Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and emerging star Ryan O'Nan. Also in attendance will be film editor, Sabine Hoffman (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) and Academy Award® nominated producer Heather Rae (Frozen River).

The Dry Land also features WFF alumni Jason Ritter (Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll) and Wilmer Valderrama from The '70s Show..

The Dry Land, which was nominated for a 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, delivers a sensitive portrayal of James - an Iraq war veteran who after returning stateside cannot reconcile his traumatic experience abroad with the home life he once cherished.

Tickets are available online at The Dry Land or by phone at 845.810.0131

"Wrenching story of Iraq vet's return to America
delivers a powerful and necessary message."

-Hollywood Reporter

 


More about the Film:
James (Ryan O’Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can’t fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people—at least on the surface.

This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. O’Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle; Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one man’s fight within his own terrain—his country, home, and mind—and his journey to rebuild what he’s lost. (Synopsis courtesy of The Sundance Film Festival)

Director's Bio: Ryan Piers Williams, a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Williams has written and directed more than 10 short films. In 2004, he was awarded a grant from the Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund and one from Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program; both grants were used to make his short film, Muertas, which went on to screen at more than 14 film festivals. The Dry Land is Williams’s first feature.

SAVE THE DATES:
GASLAND
, Saturday, July 17 at the Harry Simon Auditorium at Onteora High School, Boiceville NY
featuring director Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey

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


About the Woodstock Film Festival:

Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests," and one of the TOP film festival in the world, the Woodstock Film Festival has been praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking."

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


P.O Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 - (845) 679-4265
info@woodstockfilmfestival.com - www.woodstockfilmfestival.com