Friday, September 23 is FRIGHT NIGHT at 12th Annual Woodstock Film Festival
(Woodstock, NY) SEPT. 14, 2011:
Friday, September 23 is FRIGHT NIGHT at the Woodstock Film Festival and will feature the World Premiere of Jonathan Blitstein’s"Another Kind" and NY Premiere of “The Innkeepers” a Glass Eye Pix directed by Ti West ("The Roost," "Trigger Man," "The House of the Devil")
This past February, Tribeca production company Vicart Entertainment wrapped filming on the new psychological thriller/science fiction film, "Another Kind" on on location at the YMCA Frost Valley in Claryville, NY. The script was written and directed by Jonathan Blitstein, a Vicart Executive and the director of the 2007 film "Let Them Chirp Awhile," which world premiered at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival.
"Woodstock is the ONLY festival for new filmmakers on the East Coast. There's nothing like it," added Blitstein. " It's transformative. I'm so glad that I've been asked to return with another movie. Woodstock is the small town with a pulse, far from Manhattan"
"Another Kind" is the story of four unprepared hikers from New York City on a winter camping expedition in the Catskills. Their adventure soon turns sour when they encounter mysterious forces in the woods.
"Another Kind was a wonderful opportunity for me to attempt a 1970s style horror film." says Blitstein. "There is no CGI in the movie, and that presented a structure in which I made myself create a film that steps outside what we expect of today's horror movies. There's alot in the film which you don't see. The audience gets to use their imaginations, and I'm thrilled at that idea."
Jonathan Blitstein is a New York Innovative Theater Award-nominated playwright, award-winning indie filmmaker, and graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Recent projects include the acclaimed play “Keep Your Baggage With You at All Times” and “Squealer,” performed at Theater for the New City. His debut feature film “Let Them Chirp Awhile,” starring Justin Rice ('Mutual Appreciation") and Brendan Sexton III (AMC's "The Killing") which premiered on opening night at WFF 2007, played in theaters and on TV, worldwide.
In New York, Blitstein works with Vicart Entertainment and he is a co-founder of Lesser America, an acclaimed new theater company (with actors Laura and Nate from "Another Kind"). Back in his Chicago days, he studied at the Piven Theater Workshop and The Second City.
“The Innkeepers” was produced by Glass Eye Pix, a NY city company helmed by West Shokan resident Larry Fessenden
The film tells of the last two employees of the old haunted The Yankee Pedlar Hotel, which is to close its doors in the near future.
"Year after year Woodstock proves to be one of the most exciting destinations for independent film," says Ti West. "Thrilled to be back!"
"Woodstock is a very special film festival for us at Glass Eye Pix," producer Peter Phok explains. "We've been blessed to have a film at WFF almost every year since 2001 – and our tradition continues. Looking forward to sharing “The Innkeepers” our latest with the wonderful audiences of the Hudson Valley community!!"
“Even Ti who tends to be anxious about things couldn't help but admitting that it was a really good time,” Fessenden told Fearnet. “And Sara Paxton is outstanding as the lead and Kelly McGillis who we worked with on "Stake Land" is in it. We filmed it in a real haunted hotel so we had help from the spirits. We shot it in 35mm, which is a tribute to Ti. Our approach is to see what the director wants and let's try to make that happen. Nowadays wanting to shoot film is an eccentric request at this budget but we made it happen and we're very proud of that.”
Hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, Ti West attended New York's School of the Visual Arts (SVA), where he met producer Larry Fessenden through one of his teachers (filmmaker Kelly Reichardt). In 2005 Fessenden executive-produced West's first feature film, the '70s style horror thriller "The Roost." West's next two horror thrillers, 2007's "Trigger Man" and 2008's "House of the Devil" were both met with high praise and festival awards.
Prior to beginning production on "The Innkeepers," West wrote, produced and directed the online series "Dead & Lonely" in 2009 for IFC Films, concerning an awkward first date between a newly single young man and a shapely but shy female vampire.
Both films screen as part of FRIGHT NIGHT on September 23 at the Woodstock Playhouse and again at separate venues. “Another Kind’ at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on 9/24 at 10pm and “The Innkeepers” at the Rosendale Theater on 9/24 at 9pm
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