(Woodstock, NY) - July 11th, 2011: The 12th Annual Fiercely Independent Woodstock Film Festival, kicking off Wed. Sept. 21 through Sun. Sept. 25, has unveiled a sneak peak into its 2011 line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, performances and special events. Screenings and events will take place in the historic, arts colony of Woodstock, and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Kingston, in the Hudson Valley Catskills, just two hours from NYC.
“We have an extraordinarily diverse program this year that pushes us to look within, reflect, and find ourselves,” said Meira Blaustein, WFF co-founder and Executive Director. “We are proud to present a line-up that explores timely, contemporary issues and relationships. We need these talented filmmakers to illuminate these issues, helping us see beyond current beliefs, and find hope and inspiration in ourselves and the future.”
Major films and special guests will continue to be confirmed through the summer, with the complete 2011 WFF line-up unveiled in early September.
Until then, here are some of this year’s highlights:
OPENING NIGHT FILM:
- PEACE, LOVE, & MISUNDERSTANDING, Directed by Bruce Beresford, (US Premiere)
In this film by WFF 2010 Honorary Maverick Award recipient Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) Oscar nominated actress, Catherine Keener, plays a conservative lawyer who takes her two teenage children to meet their estranged, hippie grandmother (Jane Fonda) in Woodstock. Shot and produced here in the Hudson Valley, the opening night film will take place Thursday, September 22, at the newly renovated Woodstock Playhouse. Beresford, along with writers, producers and select cast will attend the Q&A after the screening.
- ANOTHER HAPPY DAY, Directed by Sam Levinson, (East Coast Premiere)
High-strung Lynn (Ellen Barkin) and her troubled grown children (Kate Bosworth and Ezra Miller) journey deep into the heart of domestic darkness to attend the wedding of her estranged eldest son. (* ELLEN BARKIN will be the recipient of the WFF Excellence in Acting Award at the Saturday September 24th, Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony. She will be in attendance for the Q&A, and the Award ceremony.)
Two-time Golden Globe Award Nominated actress and Emmy Award winner, ELLEN BARKIN, is known for her remarkable roles in Sea of Love (1989), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and more recently Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
- GIVING BACK, Directed by Meera Gandhi
International humanitarian, author and filmmaker Meera Gandhi explores the deeply personal and unique ways in which her friends from around the world "give back" to humanity. A conversation on global philanthropy will follow the screening of this riveting short documentary. (*Academy Award Nominated actor, MARK RUFFALO, will receive the very first honorary Meera Gandhi Giving Back award for his community activism involving safe water and hydro-fracking in the Catskills. Ms. Gandhi will present the award to Mark Ruffalo at the Saturday September 24th, Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony.)
Academy Award Nominated actor, MARK RUFFALO, is a resident of the Catskills and an active supporter of the anti-fracking movement, traveling to Albany and Washington to protect safe water for the region. Easily moving between stage and screen his most recent roles include Collateral (2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Shutter Island (2010) and The Kids Are All Right (2010).
SPECIAL COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE CONSULATE OF SPAIN:
This year, in collaboration with the Consulate of Spain in New York, WFF will present two distinguished films by Spanish filmmakers, with both directors in attendance for the Q&A after the screenings. In addition, there will be a Gala Celebration of Spanish Culture, including live music from renowned Flamenco guitarist Javier Limón, and samplings of Spanish cuisine and beverages, at the annual WFF Filmmakers Party, Friday night, September 23. Details to be announced.
- TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA, Directed by Icíar Bollaín
Even the Rain sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America.
- PA NEGRE, Directed by Agusti Villaronga
In the harsh post-Civil War years in rural Catalonia, a shockingly vicious attack takes place. Ten-year-old Andreu encounters the victims, a father and son. Leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting the village. When Andreu’s father is wrongly accused of the murder, the boy sets out to find the real killers and brings to light long hidden secrets. PA NEGRE won multiple awards including the Gaudí and Goya Awards in 2011 and the Silver Seashell Award in 2010.
- COMING UP ROSES, Directed by Lisa Albright, (US Premiere)
Young Alice (Rachel Brosnahan) and her theatrical mother, Diane (Bernadette Peters) desperately hold onto each other and the fantasy of a better life. A dangerous neighborhood, money troubles, even Diane's relentless depression will not defeat them. But is their love and determination enough? A break out dramatic role for Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters.
FILMS FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY:
WFF is passionately committed to supporting regional filmmakers and film production. In addition to Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, WFF will once again showcase some of the many films with Hudson Valley ties, some of which were shot and produced with assistance by WFF’s sister organization, the Hudson Valley Film Commission
WFF has become known for its outstanding annual program of panels which feature some of the most innovative movers and shakers in independent film.
2011 will again feature a series of stellar dialogues with top industry professionals and talent. Some of this year’s panels include:
- MUSIC IN FILM- BMI’s most talked about annual panel moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross.
- ACTOR’S DIALOGUE- To be announced
WFF MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY:
The 12th annual Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony has become one of the most talked-about events in indie film, attracting more than 200 filmmakers and industry leaders. It will take place Saturday, September 24th, 9pm at BSP Studios in Kingston. The event is open to the public. Program and ticket information to be announced.
TICKETS AND LOGISTICS
Advance single admission tickets will be available for purchase by early September at the festival's secure website, www.woodstockfilmfestival.com, and in person at the Festival Box Office, 13 Rock City Rd., Woodstock. Box office opening dates and hours to be announced. A limited number of special Full Festival Passes are already available for purchase here.
Reserve early. Shows tend to sell out quickly. Ticket prices for WFF events range from $8-$75. Panels range in price from $15-$20. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the Gala Awards Ceremony. For more information contact the Box Office at (845) 810-0131. Single purchase tickets will also be available at each screening venue.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2011 WFF LINEUP,
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