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12th Annual Woodstock Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS SNEAK PEEK OF 2011 LINE-UP!

COMPLETE LINE-UP TO BE UNVEILED AUGUST 30, 2011

- 1st ANNUAL MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD: MARK RUFFALO

- WFF 2011 EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AWARD: ELLEN BARKIN

- WFF 2011 TRAILBLAZER AWARD: ROBIN BRONK, CEO, THE CREATIVE COALITION

- OPENING NIGHT FILM: PEACE, LOVE, & MISUNDERSTANDING (U.S. PREMIERE)

(Woodstock, NY) - August 18th, 2011:  The 12th Annual Fiercely Independent Woodstock Film Festival, kicking off Wed. Sept. 21 through Sun. Sept. 25, has unveiled a sneak peek 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. 

"This year's program reflects the extraordinary works of filmmakers from far - flung places such as Bulgaria, Spain and Israel, to those from our backyard right here in the Hudson Valley," said Meira Blaustein, WFF co-founder and executive director. "Today's Filmmakers continue to carve their own interpretations of global events and individual nuances, pushing the envelope, delving into unchartered territories and unflinchingly exploring and bending genres, stories and characters. We are proud to provide the Woodstock platform for them and are eagerly awaiting to have them and their work with us this fall".

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:

plm 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.

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SPOTLIGHT FILM:
- 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).


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SPECIAL SCREENING:
- 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).


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2011 HONORARY TRAILBLAZER AWARD:
Public advocacy for the arts pioneer ROBIN BRONK will receive the Honorary Trailblazer Award for her tireless fighting and commitment to believing in the power of creativity in the arts to effect social change. The award will be presented at the Saturday, September 24, Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony. Bronk is Chief Executive Officer of The Creative Coalition—the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry. Bronk is dedicated to educating, mobilizing and activating the entertainment industry and arts community on issues of public importance, particularly the First Amendment, arts advocacy and media literacy.


FOCUS ON MUSIC:
What's Woodstock Without Music?
WFF's popular music programming of iconic musicians, music as political dissent, music videos, and bands vying to be heard, along with the always popular BMI Music panel is expanding this year with an all new exciting, Live Music Concert Series curated by School of Rock founder Paul Green. WFF is proud to present a series of concerts every night throughout the festival, including a performance from Betty, a wildly fun pop band from NYC whose transfixing music combines the ordinary and the surreal. The band has won two Emmy's, two BMI Career Excellence Awards, numerous humanitarian awards and the hearts of fans everywhere. They will be performing in Woodstock on Saturday, September 24. Stay tuned for the complete concert series line-up.

SPECIAL COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE CONSULATE OF SPAIN:

This year, in collaboration with the Consulate of Spain in New York, WFF will present a distinguished film by Spanish filmmaker, Emilio Aragÿn, who will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. 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.

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- PAPER BIRDS, Directed by Emilio Aragÿn
A Musician , a ventriloquist, a singer and an orphan named Miguel make up an unlikely family of lost souls, struggling to get by one day at a time, sharing their joys and sorrows and their only escape from the misery around them: their music. As it turns out, when bread is scarce, applause can really hit the spot. But right away they are put to the test and forced to make decisions that will place their lives in jeopardy.


SPECIAL COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE CONSULATE OF ISRAEL:
This year, in collaboration with the Consulate of Israel, WFF will present distinguished films by Israeli filmmakers who will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screenings. Highlights include:

- DOLPHIN BOY, Directed by Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir, (US Premiere)
A documentary about a teenager from an Arab village in the north of Israel who disconnects himself from humans following a violent attack that he experienced. As a last resort before hospitalization in a Mental Institution, he is taken by his devoted father to be treated with Dolphins in the Red Sea. After months of silence, he begins to talk again, but erases his past and refuses to go home to his awaiting mother. This documentary, filmed over the course of four years, is about the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the human soul, and about the healing powers of nature and of love.

- FAT COWS LEAN COWS, Directed by Meni Elias, (World Premiere)
On the Gaza Strip border, a Palestinian, an Israeli elderly man, and a Thai immigrant, work together on a struggling farm in Israel, at a time when industrial agriculture dominates and political tensions are rife. Their personal stories are a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the state of small farms in an age of factory farming.

NARRATIVE FEATURES:
 
coming - COMING UP ROSES, Directed by Lisa Albright, (World 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.

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, as of August 31, 2011 at the Festival Box Office, located at 13 Rock City Rd., open Wed-Sun 12-4pm. Advance single admission tickets will be available for purchase as of September 1, 2011 at the festival's secure website, www.woodstockfilmfestival.com. 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,
PLEASE VISIT WWW.WOODSTOCKFILMFESTIVAL.COM FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

 

 

 

 


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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.

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