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Woodstock Film Festival & Hudson Valley Film Commission
Launch Capital Campaign For Permanent Home

Woodstock, NY (August 6, 2010)
The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) and Hudson Valley Film Commission (HVFC), proven economic engines for the Hudson Valley, are on the verge of making a long-time dream a reality. One of the foremost regional film festivals in North America, WFF and HVFC are launching an intensive Capital Campaign to secure 11-13 Rock City Road as their permanent home.

Purchase of the property will greatly enhance WFF's ability to continue presenting its annual world-class festival. During the 2010 festival, Wednesday Sept. 29 - Sunday Oct. 3, the new Film Center will be used as a central base for operations, box office, souvenir shop, communications and tech headquarters.

Year-round, the Film Center will host filmmakers, film-related workshops, classes, special events and serve as a hub to continue producing events like the recent sold-out screenings of The Dry Land, which featured Ugly Betty star America Ferrara & Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo who both spoke and mingled with the crowd, and the sold-out screening of the powerful documentary Gasland with guests: director Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

"For 11 years, the Woodstock Film Festival has brought renowned filmmakers, actors, directors, behind-the-scenes industry members and international press to the Hudson Valley, but we have been hampered by not having our own facility," said Meira Blaustein, WFF Executive Director. "We spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and a ton of money scrambling to find and renovate space each year to fulfill our needs, so the new Film Center offers us the opportunity to consolidate and grow to continue providing extraordinary programming and economic benefit to the region."

The Film Center will also greatly increase HVFC productivity by not only serving as offices for staff, but for productions shooting in the area. Recent Hudson Valley productions have included Higher Ground, directed by and starring Academy Award nominee and Hudson Valley resident Vera Farmiga and Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, directed by two-time Academy Award nominated director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy) starring double Oscar winner Jane Fonda and another two-time nominee Catherine Keener.

"The Film Center will enhance our ability to continue creating, assisting and promoting sustainable, clean, economic development by bringing jobs, educational opportunities and revenue to the community via film, video and media production," remarked Hudson Valley Film Commission director Laurent Rejto. "We provide those services for free and with state and county grants falling by more than forty percent, financial support is critical to our continued success."

In terms of jobs and the economy, the Woodstock Film Festival attracts tens of thousands of people each year to the Hudson Valley in several local communities; the Hudson Valley Film Commission continues to attract film production and hundreds of jobs to the region, resulting in millions of dollars of sustainable economic revenue.

The goal of the Capital Campaign is $600,000 to help pay down the mortgage and to begin renovations to the former Heckeroth Plumbing & Heating facility. Community support is crucial. As part of the campaign, many special benefits are being offered including a one week Tortola Getaway. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law Information about the building, the Capital Campaign and how to make an online or mail-in contribution is available at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/cart/capitalcampaign.php

Interested donors can also get more information by contacting Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto at 845.679.4265 or by emailing office@woodstockfilmfestival.com. Donations can be made online or sent directly to Woodstock Film Festival, PO Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498, or in person at 86 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498.

About the Woodstock Film Festival:

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.

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

Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests," and one of the TOP 50 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."

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


About the Hudson Valley Film Commission:

The Hudson Valley Film Commission (HVFC), a sister organization to the WFF, is a not for profit 501 (c)(3) organization that creates sustainable economic development by attracting, supporting and promoting local film, video and media production in the Hudson Valley - Catskills.

Conservative estimates based on collected data, shows that 2010 projects will spend well over $15-million regionally. Production spending includes hiring local crews, cast members, extras, lodging, car & truck rentals, locations, catering, production supplies, equipment, administrative facilities, post production offices and a variety of other expenditures.

In many cases the film commission is completely responsible for bringing projects to the area. This is as a result of its far-reaching ability to network with industry members and to market the region internationally.

"HVFC was a limitless resource in helping our production secure everything from local crew and lodging to office space, locations, community support and even a few great restaurant recommendations! Thank you HVFC!" producer Anthony Moody regarding the 2009 production of the feature film Rocksteady.

For more information visit www.hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org or call (845) 679-4265


Economic Stimulus, Hudson Valley Style:

Already this summer, the film Higher Ground, directed by and starring Academy Award nominee and Hudson Valley resident Vera Farmiga, finished production, shooting throughout the Hudson Valley, including Kerhonkson and Ellenville bringing much needed economic stimulus to those towns and the region.

On July 22, in Woodstock, an even larger film started shooting as two-time Academy Award nominated director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy) begins production on the film Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, starring double Oscar winner Jane Fonda and another two-time nominee Catherine Keener.

On July 26, production kicked off on Francine starring Oscar nominee Melissa Leo. On July 31, Mother's House rolls starring Law and Order: Criminal Intent's Kathryn Erbe. Meanwhile, production continues on three German films: Second Thyme Around, Harriet's Dream and To Hell With David. Without a doubt film production in the Hudson Valley is booming. All of these productions have been brought to the Hudson Valley or assisted by the HVFC.

For more information visit www.hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org

For overall information on the WFF & HVFC, contact the press office at (845) 679-4265.