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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES LGBTQ!

"WFF 2011 continues to explore and celebrate diverse voices with an exciting slate of LGBTQ films and concerts," said Meira Blaustein, WFF co-founder and executive director. "Since its inception, we have been committed to presenting programs which help us all better understand and appreciate the world in which we live."

Some of this year's events include:

NARRATIVE FILMS

AN ORDINARY FAMILY

The East Coast Premiere of "An Ordinary Family" is a bittersweet dramedy that reminds us that even a drastic difference in world views can't break up the love of a family.Seth takes his partner, William, to his brother's lakeside home for a family reunion, and just before they enter the threshold, he drops a bomb-his family still thinks he's straight. The week is thrown into awkward turmoil, creating an environment that is at times both comedic and seriously heartfelt.

Following the success of "Chalk," Mike Akel once again creates a film full of eclectic and multi-dimensional characters, all of which are perfectly cast.

The films screens Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm at the Rosendale Theater and Sunday, Sept. 25, 12:30pm at the Woodstock Playhouse

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DOCUMENTARY FILMS  

TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD

John McNeill, the 86-year-old gay pioneer priest, will travel from his home in Florida to Woodstock, NY for the WORLD PREMIERE of "Taking A Chance on God" a new documentary on his life, directed by Brendan Fay.

McNeill will be welcomed as hero and pioneer of the international LGBT civil rights movement.

Fay's,"Taking A Chance on God" traces the surprising and uncommon life of John McNeill a humble and honest Irish American priest from Buffalo, who was a POW in Nazi Germany, a voice for peace during Vietnam, a pioneer for gay liberation and loving partner of 46 years to Charles Chiarelli.

"Taking A Chance on God" will have its world premiere on Saturday, Sept. 24, 3:15pm at the Woodstock Playhouse. For tickets click here

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I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND HUSBAND

In 2004, Jason West, the then mayor of New Paltz, NY, was criminally charged after marrying twenty-four same-sex couples. The doc follows the events leading to his trial and tells the story of one of the biggest battles for the LGBTQ community that happened right in our backyard.

The film precedes Taking a Chance on God and screens on Saturday, Sept. 24, 3:15pm at the Woodstock Playhouse. For tickets click here.


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A FORCE OF NATURE
Barbara Kopple's "A Force of Nature" will have its WORLD PREMIERE screening on September 25, 11am at the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock during the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival.

"A Force of Nature" is a celebration of Ellen Ratner's life and work, an award-winning journalist and philanthropist, whose journey from her home in Washington, DC to hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, to war-torn South Sudan offers a rare perspective of how an unapologetically committed person can make a difference and help others do the same."

"We are thrilled that "A Force of Nature," about radio talk show host and philanthropist Ellen Ratner will have it's world premiere at the WFF," said Kopple.

The film screens Sunday, Sept. 25, 11am at the Kleinert/James Art Center.
For ticket info, click here.

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CONCERTS  

BETTY IN CONCERT
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 trios Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar), Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass) and Amy Ziff (vocals, cello), not only dazzle as performers, but also have an unceasing commitment to Equality and Human Rights.

Performing Saturday, Sept. 24, 10pm (show starts at 11:30pm), Colony Cafe, Woodstock.

For Betty tickets click here

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Buy Tickets for all screenings and performances here: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2011/films_all.php  
 
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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, 501c3 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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