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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ilene Marder, Press Director, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 399-9034
Tina Gibbens-Tenneriello, Deputy Press Director, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 679-4265

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS ITS 2011 ANNUAL COMMEMORATIVE MERCHANDISE!

(Woodstock, NY) July 22nd, 2011:
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to unveil its 2011 annual commemorative merchandise, based on the official 2011 Woodstock Film Festival poster which was designed and painted by artist Kathy Ruttenberg.

A celebrated painter and sculptor, Ruttenberg is known for her whimsical watercolor and poetic models. Bountiful in primal symbolism; the 2011 poster creates a language that is full of rich associations with childhood fantasy and wild possibilities.

"I was honored to be approached by the Woodstock film festival to design the 2011 poster," Kathy commented. "Fiercely independent, the theme of the festival, resonates deep for me, as I have needed this type of courage to believe in the visual world evolving in my mind and exuding from my work no matter the medium. I hope to inspire with this poster excitement for a wonderful event which brings creative energy to the local community rich in creative capacities of every type."

“Kathy’s work and lifestyle represent an independent, unique outlook on life that is a perfect fit for the Woodstock Film Festival spirit. We are thrilled to have her and her work on board” says Woodstock Film Festival co-director Meira Blaustein.

The limited edition commemorative merchandise includes T-shirts, hats and sweatshirts and can be purchased at the WFF Box Office located on 13 Rock City Rd. The WFF Box Office is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4pm. It can also be ordered online HERE.

Ticket sales for the 2011 WFF will start around September 5th. Anyone interested in Full Festival Pass info should email tickets@woodstockfilmfestival.com.


About Kathy Ruttenberg:
Kathy's work has been featured in various one person and group exhibits. Her work has also been featured in publications including NY Arts Magazine. For more biographical info about Kathy, visit the Kathy Ruttenberg website.

Kathy joins a long list of artists who have created posters for the Woodstock Film Festival including Portia Munson (2010), Milton Glaser (2009), Karen Whitman (2008), Peter Max (2007), Tiziano Magni (2005) and Bill Plympton (2002). These posters can all be viewed on the WFF souvenir page.


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About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and 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 Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501 (C)(3) with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 12th Annual Festival September 21- 25, 2011, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

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