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Woodstock Film Festival presents TEEN FILM PROGRAM and CAREER DAY - DECEMBER 17

2010 TEEN FILM PROGRAM

(Woodstock, NY) December 9, 2010: The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to present its Annual 2010 Teen Film Program—official student film selections of the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival. A Q&A with student filmmakers will follow the screening. The event marks WFF's yearly commitment to presenting and promoting teen films and high school students from around the world who make them.

The 2010 Teen Film Program will screen December 17, 7:00pm at the Harry Simon Auditorium at Onteora High School, Boiceville NY (see map). Admission is free but a suggested donation of $5 would be most appreciated. Proceeds offset cost of screening, venue and also benefit the Onteora Tech Crew.

The 2010 Teen Film Program will feature a selection of films from local students including Onteora High School's Lauren Tischler, Edith Lerner and Addison Cook. Two films—Can We Talk and What I Love were produced at the Woodstock Film Festival Summer Initiative with guest instructor Annie Nocenti, who teaches regularly in Haiti at the Ciné Institute.

"What sets teen films apart from all other films is the fresh perspective, the honesty and the passion that usually comes through..."- Heidi Johnson, Office Manager and Youth Initiative Coordinator

Topics range from an adaptation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (Tischler) to the survival of an innocent fruit in the animated film Apple by Roman Rhyse-Kleckanda.

For a complete list of films, visit 2010 TEEN FILM PROGRAM.


2010 CAREER DAY

Also on December 17th, prior to the evening's screening, the Woodstock Film Festival will present Career Day in conjunction with Onteora Central Schools. Select students from the region will enjoy an enitre school day of one-on-one interaction with filmmakers, actors, producers, writers, animators and others from the film industry. Career Day is a rare and highly practical opportunity for students who are interested in careers within film and media fields.

Highlights from the schedule include:
Screening of Shorts from Haiti made by Cine Institute
Screening of Terra Antarctica, Re-Discovering the Seventh Continent (48 min) followed by a talk about adventure and exploration filmmaking with filmmaker Jon Bowermaster.
  Industry talks. Participants include:
Actor/director Vincent D'Onofrio
(Full Metal Jacket, JFK, Men in Black, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, Mulberry Street)
Also worked as Grip/Gaffer on Pride & Glory, Shortbus, Transamerica)
Producer Claude Dal Farra (BCDF Productions (Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, The Art of Love)
Screenwriter Peter Hutchings (The Art of Love)
Stop-motion Animator Beck Underwood (Perfectly Perfect, That Creepy Old Doll)
Producer Carly Hugo (Higher Ground, The Art of Love, Hot Coffee)
Producer Matt Parker (Loggerheads, For Love of Water, Higher Ground, The Art of Love)

"It's a great opportunity for students in the region to learn about career opportunities in the business of film," said Onteora High School liaison and teacher David Nelsen-Epstein.

Since its inception, the Woodstock Film Festival has been committed to youth and education as a means to positive development, conflict resolution and an opportunity for growth. Career Day is part of WFF's Youth Initiative Program which is made possible with grants from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, SAGIndie and The U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program.


Vincent D'Onofrio at 2010 Woodstock Film Festival
 
About the Woodstock Film Festival:
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission 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, 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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