WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL'S 2011 HONORARY MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY
HONORS BEST OF INDIE FILM!
-Best Narrative Feature On The Ice, directed by Andrew O. MacLean
-Best Feature Documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful, directed by Tony Hardmon & Rachel Libert
MORE THAN 500 INDIE LUMINARIES ATTEND GALA AWARDS CEREMONY
(Woodstock, NY) Sept. 24, 2011: The 12th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards Ceremony was held tonight at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. The festival, which began Wednesday, Sept. 21st, will close Sunday September 25th, 2011, celebrating 12 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world.
The ceremony was emceed by cult favorite comedian/actor/sitcom writer/musician Brendon Small with live music by Paul Green's Band of Monkeys. WFF Awards ceremony guests, presenters and award recipients included Fisher Stevens, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tim Blake Nelson, Meera Gandhi, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Kaye, Ellen Barkin, Timothy Hutton, Lisa Gossels, Barbara Kopple, Stephen Nemeth, Deirdre Haj, Hugo Perez, Todd Wider, Marie Therese Guirgis, Jonathan Gray, Amy Gossels, Joe Muszynski, Lori Singer, Isil Bagdadi, Chris Wedge, Bill Plympton, Signe Baumane, Ellen Kuras, Sabine Hoffman, Sabine Krayenbuhl, Doug Abel, Debra Granik, Richard Abramowitz, and Cinetic Media President John Sloss.
A special Tribute to Gary Winick was 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. The tribute was presented by WFF Exec. Dir. Meira Blaustein, Producer John Sloss, Academy Award® Winning Actor/Producer Fisher Stevens and Academy Award® Nominated Cinematographer Ellen Kuras.
- The Lee Marvin Award for BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE: On The Ice, Dir. Andrew O. MacLean. Presented by Academy Award® Winning Actor Timothy Hutton, Academy Award® nominated Director Debra Granik, Marketing/Distribution Executive Richard Abramowitz.
- The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Semper Fi: Always Faithful, Dir: Tony Hardmon & Rachel Libert (Winner), Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul, Dir: Kai Sehr (Honorable Mention) and Dolphin Boy, Dir: Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir (Honorable Mention). Presented by Academy Award® Winning Director Barbara Kopple, Producer Stephen Nemeth, Producer Deirdre Haj.
- The Maverick Award for BEST ANIMATION: Luminaris, Dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella. Presented by Academy Award® Winning Director Chris Wedge, Academy Award® Nominated Animator Bill Plympton, and Animator Signe Baumane.
- The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE: We're Leaving, Dir. Zachary Treitz (Winner), Block, Dir. Chadd Harbold (Honorable Mention). Presented by Producer/Talent Manager Marie Therese Guirgis, Casting Director Amy Devra Gossels, and Entertainment Lawyer/Producer Jonathan Gray.
- The Diane Seligman Award for BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM: The Recorder Exam, Dir. Bora Kim (Winner), Manhattan Melody, Dir: Sasha Gordon (Runner Up), Babyland, Dir: Marc Fatello (Honorable Mention), Bayou Black, Dir. Jonas Carpignano (Honorable Mention), Gravity, Dir. Pamela Romanowsky (Honorable Mention). Presented by Writer/Producer Jospeh Muszynski, Golden Globe Winning Actor Lori Singer, and Producer/Marketing & Distribution Executive Isil Bagdadi.
- The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Poetry of Resilience, Dir: Katja Esson (Winner), The Thing That Happened, Dir. Andrew Walton (Honorable Mention). Presented by Director Lisa Gossels, Producer Todd Wider, and Director Hugo Perez.
- The Haskell Wexler Award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: On The Ice, Director of Photography: Lol Crawley (Winner) Presented by Academy Award® Nominated Cinematographer Ellen Kuras.
"The selection of the best photography is very difficult. The one I have chosen, On The Ice, shot by Lol Crawley, is noteworthy in a number of ways. Shot where the sun doesn't set until August, we see people moving in frames of negaitve space in incredibly difficult and artfully conceived shots. The party interiors offer some smooth handheld work, where the style fits the visual storytelling in contrast with the formal, colder frames. All this is just me trying to give words to my subjective reaction to the visuals. And since I'm privilaged to give this award, you can see that Lol Crawley's work deserves this Woodstock Award." Haskell Wexler
- James Lyons Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE NARRATIVE: Tilt, Kostadin Kostadinov, Zorica Nikolova (Winners), 96 Minutes, Aram Nigoghossian (Honorable Mention).
- James Lyons Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Bombay Beach, Alma Har'el, Joe Lindquist (Winners), Semper Fi: Always Faithful, Purcell Carson (Honorable Mention)
- The James Lyons Awards for BEST EDITING were presented by accomplished editors Sabine Hoffman, Sabine Krayenbuhl, and Doug Abel.
- HONORARY TRAILBLAZER AWARD: CEO of The Creative Coalition Robin Bronk. Presented by actor/director Tim Blake Nelson.
- HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD: Director Tony Kaye (American History X). Presented by actor/director Tim Blake Nelson.
- MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD: Actor Mark Ruffalo (Reservation Road, The Kids Are All Right). Presented by Meera Gandhi.
- EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AWARD: Actor Ellen Barkin (Another Happy Day, Sea of Love). Presented by actor/director Vincent D'Onofrio.
Audience awards in both Best Feature Narrative and Best Feature Documentary will be announced Sunday night Sept 25.
The Woodstock Film Festival has an outstanding group of industry leaders who make up the jury for each category of competition:
Feature Narrative Jurors: Debra Granik, Timothy Hutton, Richard Abramowitz
Feature Documentary Jurors: Deirdre Haj, Stephen Nemeth, Barbara Kopple
Shorts Documentary Jurors: Lisa Gossels, Todd Wider, Hugo Perez
Shorts Narrative Jurors: Jonathan Gray, Amy Devra Gossels, Marie Therese Guirgis
Student Short Film Jurors: Joseph Muszynski, Lori Singer, Isil Bagdadi
Animation Jurors: Chris Wedge, Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton
Cinematography Juror: Haskell Wexler, A.S.C.
Editing Jurors (Narrative): Sabine Hoffman A.C.E., Jay Rabinowitz, Kate Williams
Editing Jurors (Documentary): Doug Abel A.C.E., Sabine Hoffman, Sabine Krayenbuhl
The Maverick Award Trophies are designed and handcrafted by artist Steve Heller, who shows his work at his Fabulous Furniture gallery in Boiceville, NY.
The Awards Ceremony was sponsored by Backstage Studio Productions, with beverages provided by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Brooklyn Brewery.
The Sponsors for the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival are:
Gold Sponsors: 120 dB Films, Markertek
Silver Sponsors: A&E IndieFilms; Time Magazine
Superstar Sponsors: BMI; Brooklyn Brewery; Ketel One Vodka; Lowel Light
Supporting Sponsors: EPIX; Metrovision Production Group; Post Works: New York
Award Sponsors: Blue Sky Studios; The Giving Back Foundation; James Lyons Memorial Fund; Panavision, NY, Films We Like, Lowel Light
Foundation Support: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Alfred Lee and Peter Mayer Foundation; American Peace Prize Foundation; Dutchess County Arts Council; ETC; The Klock Foundation; Perry and Martin Granoff Foundation
Federal, State, and County Support: New York State Council on the Arts
Media Sponsors: Daily Freeman; Schein Media; WKZE 98.1
Event Sponsors: Backstage Productions; Barefoot Wines; Mary Giuliani Catering & Events; New World Home Cooking; Oriole 9; Skytop Steakhouse Brewing Company; Smart Water; Spanish Consulate of NY; Zevia
The Festival will wrap tomorrow night, with the Closing Night screening of Detachment, directed by Tony Kaye, WFF's 2011 Honorary Maverick Award recipient. The film concludes five days of celebrating "fiercely independent" film, art, music, and free expression in the arts colony of Woodstock, NY and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, and Rosendale.
Nearly 150 screenings, panels, concerts, and special events will have been featured, including 19 world film premieres.
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.