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2011 HONORARY MAVERICKS AWARDS GALA
LIFTS OFF SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
 WITH NEARLY 500 FILMMAKERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

NEW THIS YEAR!
- METALOCALYPSE’S BRENDON SMALL TO EMCEE
- PAUL GREEN’S BAND OF MONKEYS PERFORMS @ 8:15pm
- TRIBUTE TO FILMMAKER GARY WINICK

13 AWARDS PRESENTED….
SPECIAL RECIPIENTS INCLUDE
TONY KAYE, ELLEN BARKIN, MARK RUFFALO, ROBIN BRONK

PRESENTERS INCLUDE
VINCENT D’ONOFRIO, TIM BLAKE NELSON, TIMOTHY HUTTON, MEERA GANDHI

(Woodstock, NY) Sept. 21, 2011:  The Woodstock Film Festival’s 2011 Honorary Maverick Awards Gala celebrates the finest in independent film Saturday night, Sept. 24, at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. A Pre-Awards Cocktail Party will be held at 7pm, followed by the Awards Ceremony at 9pm. A limited number of tickets are available to the public.

"We are thrilled by this year's outstanding Honorary Maverick Award Gala guests and participants," said Meira Blaustein WFF co-founder and executive director. "Once again, this year we are screening a large slate of exciting and innovative films and we are eager to announce our award recipients which will be determined by our esteemed jury members."

Nearly 500 filmmakers and guests are set to attend including special award recipients Tony Kaye (Honorary Maverick Award), actor Ellen Barkin (Excellence in Acting Award ), Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk (Honorary Trailblazer Award), actor/activist Mark Ruffalo (Inaugural Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award).

The WFF Awards Ceremony also includes awards for Best Feature Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Student Short; also the Blue Sky Studios Animation Award, the James Lyons Editing Award, the Diane Seligman Awards, and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography.

This year the Master of Ceremonies will be none other than Brendon Small, best known as the creator of the Adult Swim animated series Metalocalypse and Home Movies, and of the virtual death metal band Dethklok. His song Thunderhorse was featured on the hit video game Guitar Hero II.

And for the first time, the Awards Gala has its very own House Band to provide show music! The legendary Paul Green, founder of School of Rock and inspiration for Jack Black in Richard Linklater's hilarious film School of Rock, will perform with his Band Of Monkeys, an eclectic group consisting of former star students of the School of Rock. Live music will begin as the doors to the ceremony open at 8:15pm.

Awards Gala presenters include Vincent D'Onofrio, Tim Blake Nelson, Timothy Hutton, Debra Granik, Barbara Kopple, Fisher Stevens, John Sloss, Ellen Kuras, Steven Nemeth, Bill Plympton,Meera Gandhi, Chris Wedge, Lori Singer, Jonathan Gray, Sabine Hoffman, Hugo Perez and other luminaries of indie film.

A special Tribute to Gary Winick will be included in the ceremony, to honor the filmmaker and pioneering producer who passed away in February of this year from brain cancer at the age of 49. Winick rose to fame directing mainstream films like Letters to Juliet and 13 Going on 30, but is perhaps more well-known for his independent films and for co-founding InDigEnt, a company that produced nineteen independent digital films over the next decade, including Winick's own Tadpole, which sold for $6 million to Miramax at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.  Winick was an early supporter of the Woodstock Film Festival and a frequent participant in WFF programs. 

For additional ticket information about the 2011 WFF Honorary Maverick Awards Gala
contact the WFF Box Office, 13 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, (845) 810-0131, or on-line www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

 
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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.

2011 Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors          
120dB Films Markertek.com        
Silver Sponsors        
A&E Indiefilms TIME Magainze        
Superstar Sponsors        
BMI Brooklyn Brewery Ketel One Vodka Lowel Light Radio Woodstock
Supporting Sponsors        
Metrovision      
Foundation & Government Support      
Academy Foundation Giving Back Foundation NYSCA Dutchess County Arts Council    
 

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