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Director Susan Seidelman

SNEAK PREVIEW work in progress of Susan Seidelman's MUSICAL CHAIRS
set for 12th ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

(Woodstock, NY) SEPT. 12, 2011: Susan Seidelman's MUSICAL CHAIRS will screen as a sneak preview work in progress at the 12th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. The sexy, pulse-pounding romance set in the scintillating, competitive world of ballroom dancing followsthe beautiful and vivacious Upper East Side Mia (Leah Pipes) who has a promising career as a dancer asnd Bronx-born Armando (EJ Bonilla) whosweeps floors at the dance studio in exchange for lessons. He dreams of a time when he will dance with Mia, the love of his life but both their dreams are shattered on one fateful evening, when a tragic accident forever confines Mia to a wheelchair, never to dance again. True to his heart, Armando dedicates himself, along with a colorful collection of oddballs, to helping Mia overcome her painful challenges and "dance" once more.

"We're very excited about the MUSICAL CHAIRS sneak preview at the Woodstock Film Festival," said Seidelman. "This kind of preview screening gives us an opportunity to get valuable feedback about how our film is playing to an audience and what kinds of creative decisions we may want to make down the line."

Musical Chairs is a story of impossible dreams made true through the strength of the human spirit and the power of compassion and love. The film screens Saturday, Sept. 24, 8pm at the Woodstock Playhouse.

On one level "Musical Chairs" is a romantic film about the joy of dancing. But on another level, it's a film about diversity: cultural, sexual and physical diversity," added Seidelman.

Susan Seidelman belongs to the first wave of female independent filmmakers in the American cinema of the 1980s. Her feature film debut, Smithereens, a gritty, low budget film about the New York punk scene, was the first American independent film to be selected for competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Her second film, Desperately Seeking Susan, featuring rising star Madonna, was a major box-office success and launched the film careers of co-stars Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn. Seidelman's subsequent movies include Making Mr. Right, Cookie, She-Devil, Gaudi Afternoon and Boynton Beach Club. Seidelman also directed the pilot of Sex and the City, as well as various episodes of the first season. Seidelman received an Oscar nomination for her short The Dutch Master, and two Emmy nominations for A Cooler Climate. She lives in New York City where she is an adjunct professor of film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

The film is co-presented by The Center for Discovery.
The Center for Discovery is remarkable for its more than 60 years of service to children and adults with severe disabilities. The Center offers educational, clinical/health, residential, family supports in addition to other programs and services. The Center features universally designed facilities specifically built to meet the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and creative needs of children and adults it serves.

For tickets, information and a complete listing of the WFF 2011 Line-Up, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com or or call the WFF 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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