WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT FILM:
FREAKONOMICS - Six rogue filmmakers explore the hidden side of everything.
WFF Opener set for Two Screenings: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:45pm & 9:15pm, at Upstate Films at Tinker Street (Upstate Films WOODSTOCK on WFF schedule)
Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane's BATTLE OF THE SEXES Animation Extravaganza added to the line-up on Opening Night and added shows for PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE & LENNON NYC
(Woodstock, NY) Sept. 28, 2010: "FREAKONOMICS," directed by an A-list team of six documentary filmmakers and based on the best-selling book about human behavior by economist Steven D. Levitt and author Stephen J. Dubner, will officially open the 11th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, kicking off Wednesday, Sept, 29 through Sunday Oct. 3rd.
"FREAKONOMICS," the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner will officially open the 11th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, kicking off Wednesday, September 29 through Sunday October 3. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "Casino Jack and the United States of Money"), Academy Award® nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing ("Jesus Camp"), Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Eugene Jarecki ("Why We Fight") and Seth Gordon ("The King of Kong").
A Magnolia Pictures release, in association with Cold Fusion Media and Green Films Co., the four mini-doc segments explore many of the book's sometimes quirky and innovative suppositions: the ramifications of baby names on the life of a child, focusing on the disparity between those names popular among whites and blacks; how the corruption of sumo wrestling corresponds to high profile corruption on Wall Street; how the legalization of abortion in the 1970's explains the dramatic drop in crime rates in the 1990's; and the idea of offering financial incentives to students to improve their grades, i.e. can a student be bribed to succeed?
Alex Gibney is attending WFF 2010 with his latest doc "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer;" Morgan Spurlock has attended WFF as a juror, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing have attended WFF with screenings of their films "12th & Delaware," "Boys of Baraka" and "Dissident: Oswaldo Paya." "Freakonomics" co-author Stephen Dubner is a former resident of Shandaken.
Tickets for FREAKONOMICS are available on-line at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com, and at the WFF Box Office in the center of Woodstock, 13 Rock City Road. Box office hours are 9am - 7pm through Saturday Oct. 2, and 9am - noon on Sunday Oct. 3.
WFF 2010 also announces the addition of Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane's BATTLE OF THE SEXES, a very sexy, very funny, ABOVE 18 ONLY program, screening Thursday night, Sept. 30, 8pm at the Woodstock Town Hall. Famed animators and Woodstock Film Festival Animation Programmers Plympton and Baumane will square off toe-to-toe by showing the funniest, sexiest, animated cartoons in a 5-round match to discover which gender makes the hottest cartoons! And the audience gets to decide who is sexiest!
Wacky animator Bill Plympton was nominated in 1987 for an Oscar® for his short "Your Face." After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to features. Since 1991 Bill has made eight feature films-six of them animated; "The Tune," "Mondo Plympton," "I Married A Strange Person," "Mutant Aliens," " Idiots and Angels." In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for "Guard Dog," which is part of the highly successful Plympton dog series that includes "Hot Dog," "Guide Dog" and his most recent "Horn Dog." He is also screening his new film "The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger," as part of the other Animation Program.
Animator Signe Baumane is an independent award-winning film director, her short films have screened at Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca and hundreds of other film festivals. She is a Fellow in Film from New York Foundation for the Arts and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Signe is working on her first feature film. Baumane's recent works include "Birth," "Veterinarian," the "Teat Beat of Sex" series and "Five Informercials for Dentists." She is also the recent recipient of a tribute at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Tickets for the BATTLE OF THE SEXES are available on-line at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com, and at the WFF Box Office in the center of Woodstock, 13 Rock City Road. BATTLE OF THE SEXES contains graphic sexual material not suitable for minors. ABOVE 18 ONLY. Box office hours are 9am - 7pm through Saturday Oct. 2 and 9am - noon on Sunday Oct. 3.
TWO SHOWS HAVE BEEN ADDED
Due to overwhelming demand, two shows have been added.
"LENNON NYC," by Michael Epstein will screen at the ROSENDALE Theater on Friday, October 1 at 2pm for a special matinee price in celebration of John Lennon at 70.
"PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE," by Kenneth Bowser will have an added screening at WOODSTOCK Town Hall on Thursday, September 30 at 6pm.
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. WFF premieres exceptional films; hosts emerging and established filmmakers; presents A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creates stimulating, innovative year-round programming WFF's sister organization, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production throughout the region.
Created in 2000 by Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto, WFF is located in the Hudson Valley Catskills, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, just two hours from NYC. The historic 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.
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."
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