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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL FOCUS ON MUSIC PROGRAM

- SEVEN WORLD PREMIERE MUSIC FILMS: Rock, Punk, Classical, Gypsy, New Orleans Blues

- KICK-OFF CONCERT: PHILLIPE QUINT, NELLIE MCKAY, LORI SINGER, TRACY BONHAM, JERRY MAROTTA, GORGEOUS CREATURES, EXPLORER, BAZAAR

- LIVE MUSIC CONCERT SERIES, Curated by School of Rock's PAUL GREEN

- NEW! TEN LIVE PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING GENE WEEN & DAVE DREIWITZ PERFORMING WED. AND THURS NIGHTS!

- BMI'S OUTSTANDING ANNUAL MUSIC PANEL SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 4p

- NEW! MUSIC VIDEO/SHORTS NIGHT: FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 10p, AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 5:15p

(Woodstock, NY) SEPT. 7, 2011: The Woodstock Film Festival's 2011 FOCUS ON MUSIC PROGRAM features an exciting array of outstanding (and often outrageous) films and live performances, including seven World Premieres, the exceptional BMI Music Panel, an all new Live Music Concert Series, and TEN invigorating, independent live performances, all kicking off Wed. Sept. 21 through Sun. Sept. 25. Music has always been a major component of the WFF, including music as political dissent, featuring both emerging musicians and musical greats of the past & present who embody the universal musical spirit of Woodstock. This year also brings two new Music Video/Music Shorts nights, with many of the offerings originating in the Hudson Valley.

FILMS
- DOWNTOWN EXPRESS,
directed by David Grubin, (World Premiere)
World-renowned violinist Philippe Quint takes his acting bow in this witty, musical romance, also starring acclaimed singer/songwriter/actor Nellie McKay. Two-time Grammy nominee Quint dazzles as Sasha, a Russian immigrant and Julliard student preparing for his final recital. But things begin to go off the rails when he falls for Ramona (McKay), and joins her band. Now torn between his burgeoning classical music career and his new found passion for Ramona and her music, Sasha must decide where his music leads him. Featuring virtuoso performances. Director Grubin will attend the Q&A, Thursday, Sept. 22, 4p, Upstate Films, Woodstock, and Sunday, Sept. 25, 12p, Rosendale Theater.

*** RELATED MUSIC PERFORMANCE: WFF 2011 KICK OFF LIVE MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
Phillipe Quint and Nellie McKay with Special Guest Lori Singer (Footloose, Short Cuts), plus Tracy Bonham with Jerry Marotta, Gorgeous Creatures, Explorers and Bazaar. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30p, Bearsville Theater.

- 9 PIANOS, directed by Gillian Farrell, (World Premiere, Hudson Valley Connection)
After Hurricane Katrina, Adam Markowitz, an Upstate NY piano dealer and tuner, felt he had to do something to help New Orleans. So he loaded his truck with all the pianos that would fit and drove to New Orleans to give them away for free to clubs, schools, churches, and the musicians who keep New Orleans and its music alive. Heart-warming doc, peppered with terrific performances as the overwhelmed musicians receive their musical bounty. Director Farrell will be attending the Q&A. Screening with Giving Back, Friday, Sept. 23, 4:30p, Upstate Films, Woodstock.

***RELATED MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Jesse McBride, The Cotton Brothers, David Sancious & Adam Markowitz perform Friday, Sept.23, 8p, Photosensualis, Woodstock.

- LOSERS TAKE ALL, directed by Alex Steyermark, (World Premiere)
The Fingers have a dream of "making it." The trials of this 1980's punk rock band struggling to balance friendship, love and success are at once comedic and universal. As the band members lurch, strum and drum AWAY from success, they are faced with eternal dilemmas such as: Can you sell out and still be DIY indie? Do corporate rock and punk sensibility make awful but essential bedfellows? And what's wrong with just rock out and party hardy until you self-destruct? Solid performances and terrific vintage-style cinematography. Director Steyermark will attend the Q&A, Thursday, Sept. 22, 1:30p, Upstate Films, Woodstock, and Friday, Sept. 23, 1:45p, Rosendale Theater.

- FREAKS IN LOVE, directed by Skizz Cyzyk and David Koslowski, (East Coast Premiere)
The band Alice Donut earned a fierce cult following with its twisted, hard-driving songs, hitting the road like so many others, piled into vans for the endless tour that, on a good day, included a place to sleep and free beer. The film weaves vintage performance footage and interviews with music heavyweights such as producer Martin Bisi, Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets and Jello Biafra, who describes the band as "the missing link between R.E.M. and the Butthole Surfers". Made by two music veterans of the Baltimore indie scene, this lively doc pays homage to a genuinely alternative band that remains indie to the core. The directors will be attending the Q&A, Friday, Sept. 23, 7:30p, Bearsville Theater.

- THE OTHER F WORD, directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, (New York Premiere)
Pennywise, Black Flag and The Circle Jerks are just a few of the punk rock groups represented in this fast-paced, surprisingly tender and wise exploration of a generation of musical rebels now facing fatherhood and middle age. How to reconcile the anti-authoritarian ethos of punk rock with the need to be a responsible authority figure to a child? An engaging and intimate portrait of a pierced and tattooed generation holding onto themselves while learning to be better fathers. Screening Thursday, Sept. 22, 8:45p, Bearsville Theater, and Friday, Sept. 23, 9:30p, Upstate Films, Rhinebeck.

- MUSICAL CHAIRS, directed by Susan Seidelman, (Sneak Preview)
A sexy, pulse-pounding romance set in the scintillating, competitive world of ballroom dancing. Upper East Side Mia (Leah Pipes) has a promising career as a dancer. Bronx-born Armando (EJ Bonilla) sweeps floors at the dance studio in exchange for lessons. He dreams of dancing with Mia, the love of his life. Their dreams are shattered when a tragic accident forever confines Mia to a wheelchair. Armando dedicates himself to helping Mia "dance" once more. Director Seidelman will be in attendance for the Q&A, Saturday, Sept. 24, 8p, Woodstock Playhouse.

MUSIC VIDEO/SHORTS NIGHT!
All Music Videos & Music Shorts will be screening Friday, Sept. 23, 10p, Bearsville Theater, and Saturday, Sept. 24, 5:15p, Upstate Films, Rhinebeck

- BREAK THE SPELL - GOGOL BORDELO, directed by Bruno Decharme
The music video for Break the Spell shows the living conditions of the Roma in today's Europe, characterized by poverty, discrimination and police brutality.

- BURNING WIGS OF SEDITION - THE EXTRA ACTION MARCHING BAND, directed by Anna Fitch and Simon Cheffins
The steamy belly of the rowing galleon is a place of Sisyphean suffering driven by drums and the cracking whip, but revolt is in the air.

- CALGARY - BON IVER, directed by Andre Durand and Dan Huiting
The music video for Calgary, the first single from Bon Iver's second album, depicts a mysterious ritual enacted by beautiful models in a remote enchanted forest.

- EVERYTHING BECOMES WHOLE - SARAH FIMM, directed by Erik Montovano, (World Premiere, Hudson Valley Connection)
Music video for Everything Becomes Whole, from Sarah Fimm's new album, Near Infinite Possibility.

* RELATED MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Sarah Fimm will perform following the Music Video Screenings. Friday, Sept. 23, 11:30p, Bearsville Theater.

- MARIONETTE - COLDWATER JANE, directed by Beck Underwood, (World Premiere)
A love story about working it out, in stop motion, no strings attached.

- MEMORY LAYNE - DOLLY ROCKER, directed by John Carter
A music video for the psychedelic rock n' roll song Memory Layne by The Dolly Rocker Movement; the ghost of a murdered groom longs for his widowed bride until she can no longer live without him.

- MISS DAISY CUTTER - THE VEILS, directed by Laen Sanches
If Walt Disney took some bad acid this is what his trip would look like. Don't say you weren't warned.

- MOTHER - BLONDIE, directed by Laurent Rejto, (World Premiere, Hudson Valley Connection)
An homage to the club Mother NYC, featuring the band Blondie, filmed in Kingston, NY at BSP Studios, this is the world premiere of the director's cut.

- NO LIGHTS - YASSOU BENEDICT, directed by Steve Durand, (World Premiere)
Nostalgia comes knocking on youth's door for the first time.

* RELATED MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Yassou Benedict will perform following the Music Video Screenings, Friday, Sept. 23, 11:30p, Bearsville Theater.

- OLD MAN RIVER- THE FIVE POINTS BANDdirected by John Bongiorno, (Hudson Valley Connection)
A dark tale of murder and mayhem. The first single from the Five Points Band album, Family.

- RUMBLESEAT - THE SADIES, directed by Michael Roberts
A man awakes to find himself in the back of a demonic hotrod driven by mysterious ghouls, who force him to examine the events that led him to this unfamiliar world, featuring, The Sadies.

- WIZBOT - SEA OF BEES, directed by Aaron Rosenbloom
Music video for Wizbot by Sea of Bees, featuring multi-talented Julie Ann Bee.

PANEL
BMI Music Panel: (made possible by Broadcast Music, Inc.): BMI has been involved with WFF programs since the festival's inception in 2001. The panel's veteran moderator, Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI's Vice-President of Film/ TV Relations, has consistently provided lively, fascinating and important discussion about the creative and aesthetic aspects of music in film, the composer/director relationship, and the unique concerns of music-oriented documentaries. This years's panel features extraordinary musician, composers and directors George S. Clinton, David Grubin, Michael Bacon, Susan Jacobs, Amy Rosen, and Alex Steyermark. Saturday, Sept. 24, 4p, Utopia Studios, Woodstock.

PERFORMANCES
- GENE WEEN ACOUSTIC
Accompanied by long-time Ween base player Dave Dreiwitz

The brilliant, irreverent, satiric, supremely talented Gene Ween of the band Ween has been putting on deliriously demented live shows for 25 years, and now with his own band. Born Aaron Freeman, he produced home recordings at an early age, and at the behest of the demon-god Boognish, formed Ween with his best friend. Performing Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10p (doors open at 9p), Colony Cafe, Woodstock, and Thursday, Sept. 22, 10p (doors open at 9p), Colony Cafe, Woodstock.

- MUSIC OF SPAIN ENSEMBLE! CELEBRATION OF SPANISH CULTURE
Flamenco guitarist Javier Limón and Cristina Pato, Galician bagpiper/piano player, will perform together for the very first time in what promises to be a seminal synergy of talent. They will be joined by tenor José Manuel Zapata, and Paper Birds director and keyboard player Emilio Aragón. Performing Friday, Sept. 23, 10p at the WFF Filmmakers Party, Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Co, Kingston.

- SIMI STONE AND JEREMY BERNSTEIN
Woodstock singer-songwriter/violinist Simi Stone's ever evolving multi dimensional talent constantly pushes her in new directions. Having just returned from touring the United Kingdom with The Duke and the King, the band formed by Felice Brothers founder Simone Felice and Bobby "Bird" Burke, she is currently working on a solo record. Performing Friday, Sept. 23, 10p (doors open at 9p), Colony Cafe, Woodstock.

- BETTY
BETTY is a wildly fun pop band from NYC whose transfixing music combines the ordinary and the surreal with "A Fellini-esque flair". These three charmers perform with hilarious banter, thrilling harmonies, and songs that reflect their lust for life. The trio Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar), Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass) and Amy Ziff (vocals, cello), not only dazzle as performers, but have an unceasing commitment to Equality and Human Rights. Performing Saturday, Sept. 24, 11:30p (doors open at 10p), Colony Cafe, Woodstock.

- PAUL GREEN'S BAND OF MONKEY'S
House Band at the 2011 Maverick Awards Gala
The legendary Paul Green (founder of the School of Rock, subject of the documentary Rock School, and inspiration for Jack Black in Richard Linklater's hilarious film School of Rock), will provide the Awards Show music accompanied by a number of his former students, showcasing popular themes from the some of the best movies ever made. Saturday, Sept. 24, awards ceremony begin at 9p (doors open at 7p), Backstage Productions, Kingston.

FULL SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES:
Wed. Sept. 21:

7:30p: Phillipe Quint, Nellie McKay, Lori Singer, Tracy Bonham, Jerry Marotta, Gorgeous Creatures, Explorers, Bazaar. Bearsville Theater.
10p: Gene Ween, Dave Dreiwitz. Colony Cafe (WFF 2011 Concert Series).

Thurs. Sept. 22:
10p: Gene Ween, Dave Dreiwitz. Colony Cafe (WFF 2011 Concert Series)

Fri. Sept. 23:
8p: Jesse McBride, The Cotton Brothers, David Sancious & Adam Markowitz. Photosensualis.
10p: Music of Spain Ensemble: Javier Limón, Cristina Pato, José Manuel Zapata, Emilio Aragón, WFF Filmmakers Party, Skytop Steakhouse.
10p: Simi Stone, Jeremy Bernstein. Colony Cafe (WFF 2011 Concert Series).
11:30p: Sarah Fimm. Bearsville Theater.
11:30p: Yassou Benedict. Bearsville Theater.

Sat. Sept. 24:
9p: Paul Green's Band of Monkey's (accompanying Gala Honorary Maverick Awards Ceremony), Backstage Productions, Kingston
11:30p Betty, Colony Cafe, Woodstock (WFF 2011 Concert Series).


For detailed information on the FOCUS ON MUSIC PROGRAM, and the full WFF 2011 line-up, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

- TICKETS AND LOGISTICS

TICKETS FOR PERFORMANCES AND FILMS CAN BE ORDERED ON-LINE: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2011/films_all.php

The Box Office, located at 13 Rock City Rd, is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6pm through Sept. 17; it will be open every day from 9am-7pm, starting Sept. 18 through the last day of the festival, Sunday, Sept. 25. Ticket prices for WFF events range from $5-$75. Panels are $15. Concerts range from $20-$25. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the Gala Honorary Maverick Awards Ceremony. A limited number of special Full Festival Passes are available for purchase. Single purchase tickets will also be available at each screening and concert venue.

Get your tickets early! Shows tend to sell out quickly.
For more information contact the Box Office at (845) 810-0131.


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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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