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2011 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL PANEL DISCUSSIONS
AMAZING CONVERSATIONS WITH STELLAR FILMMAKERS & INDUSTRY MEMBERS

EIGHT PANELS @ UTOPIA STUDIOS
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

- BMI'S MUSIC IN FILM
- AMAZING WOMEN IN FILM
- THE ACTORS DIALOGUE
- ANIMATION WITH BLUE SKY STUDIOS

- THE ISSUE DOCUMENTARY

- INTERNATIONAL FILM PRODUCTION

- WHY DO SOME FILMS MAKE IT AND OTHERS DON'T?

- FUNDING YOUR PROJECT THE 21ST CENTURY WAY

(WOODSTOCK, NY) SEPT. 15, 2011: The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 12th year, Sept. 21-25, with another outstanding line-up of lively Panel Discussions with a cadre of award-winning filmmakers, journalists, Oscar nominees, industry executives and indie stalwarts from across the film industry spectrum. Taking place at Utopia Studios in Bearsville (two miles from center of Woodstock), WFF's Panels program presents a broad range of issues with professionals excited to share their knowledge of what it means to work in film.

Highlights of the 2011 Panels program include Amazing Women in Film featuring WFF's Trailblazer recipient Robin Bronk, along with some of the most acclaimed women filmmakers in the industry; BMI's Music in Film Panel with BMI Vice President Doreen Ringer-Ross and a multi-talented group of distinguished musician/composers; and Why Do Some Films Make it and Others Don't moderated by industry dynamo Bingham Ray, with a panel of some of the most effective industry insiders in the world of independent film.

PANELS

  • THE ISSUE DOCUMENTARY
    Moderated by Stephen Nemeth, with panelists Fisher Stevens, Barbara Kopple, Lisa Gossels,
    Jedd Wider, Ron Mann, Noah Hutton, and Petra Epperlain

    What draws a filmmaker to a particular subject? What is the process behind finding, interviewing and selecting subjects for a documentary? How do you tell if someone will be compelling enough for an entire film? What are the ethical and artistic choices you've encountered during filming? Join some of today's most accomplished and promising documentary filmmakers as they discuss their approach to material, why they chose the issues they did, and what their vision was behind filming and editing. This panel will provide an insider's glimpse into the collaborative process of documentary filmmaking and the complex thought process that goes along with it.

  • INTERNATIONAL FILM PRODUCTION
    Moderated by David D'Arcy, with panelists Emilio Aragón, Katja Esson, Viktor Chouchkov Jr,
    Larry Fessenden, Jason Kliot and Hilla Medalia

    What is financing, partnering and co-production like in Europe and the Middle East? How does the process differ from American production? What are the challenges and advantages of working overseas? What are the current issues, trials and rewards filmmakers face in production in these two respective markets? Filmmakers working in Europe today meet with American filmmakers to discuss the differing processes, both benefits and disadvantages, and offer illuminating insights from what each has experienced.

  • AMAZING WOMEN IN FILM
    Moderated by Thelma Adams with Robin Bronk, Susan Seidelman, Nancy Savoca, Debra Granik, Meera Gandhi, Lisa Rosman
    Women in the film industry continue to carve a strong and meaningful path in a world that used to be traditionally dominated by men. With more women sitting in the Director's chair and holding top positions as executives, producers and administrators, has the balance finally shifted to a point of equality? Join us as a diverse group of powerful women discuss their work and the state of the film industry, from the woman's perspective.

  • WHY DO SOME FILMS MAKE IT AND OTHERS DON'T?
    Moderated by Bingham Ray, with panelists Michael Silberman, Dan Berger, Peter Saraf and others TBA
    Why do some films sink and other soar? Is it the money behind marketing? Finding the right audience? Or is it something more subtle, that has to do with the right story, the right film, the right genre, the right time? Joinus for insights from some of the most important players in film today, who have been through highs and lows with films they thought would make it big, and weren't, and have been taken by surprise by the sleepers.
  • MUSIC IN FILM
    Moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross, with panelists Michael Bacon, George S. Clinton,
    Amy Rosen, Alex Steyermark, David Grubin, and Susan Jacobs

    Join us for BMI's annual frank and lively discussion about the creative and aesthetic aspects of music in film, the composer/director relationship, and the unique concerns of music in new media. One of WFF's most popular panels since its inception!
  • ACTORS DIALOGUE
    Moderated by Martha Frankel
    With special guest actor/director Vincent D'Onofrio
    Known as an "actor's actor", the wide variety of roles D'Onofrio has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play Open Admissions, followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick. For this role D'Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He has also appeared prominently in the box-office smash Men in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar The Bug).

    Other films of note in which he has appeared are Mystic Pizza, JFK, The Player, Ed Wood, The Break-Up (2006). In 2001 he took the role which has likely given him his greatest public recognition: Det. Robert Goren, the lead character in the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). Goren is based on Sherlock Holmes but, instead of relying upon physical evidence like Holmes, D'Onofrio's character focuses on psychology to identify the perpetrators. In 2010, D'Onofrio, an Ulster County resident, premiered his directorial debut, Don't Go In The Woods, a horror movie described as a cross between Glee and the Blair Witch Project, at the Woodstock Film Festival.

  • FUNDING YOUR PROJECT THE 21ST CENTURY WAY
    Moderated by Jonathan Gray with panelists Kat Popiel, Reva Goldberg, Joana Vicente, Claude Dal Farra and Jamin O'Brien
    As today's economic, political, and creative landscape changes literally from day to day, so are the fundraising avenues filmmakers take in order to finance their films. Hear from some of the diverse funders on what to do and what not do in order to get artistic projects done in today's market.
  • BLUE SKY STUDIOS
    Moderated by Chris Wedge with panelists Bruce Anderson, Galen Chu and Renato Falcão
    An in-depth discussion among the creators of one of this year's hottest animated movies on the process of making the film Rio. From story development, to sculpting and design, through animation and on to the finished film, this panel promises to enlighten. Rio is the tale of Blu, a blue macaw who is taken to Rio de Janeiro to mate with a female. This critically acclaimed film went on to be a huge box office success. A not-to-be-missed panel for animation lovers and filmmakers.

FULL SCHEDULE OF PANELS
Fri. Sept. 23:
4pm: The Issue Documentary

Sat. Sept.24:
10am: International Film Production
12pm: Amazing Women in Film
2pm: Why Do Some Films Make It And Others Don't?
4pm: Music In Film

Sun. Sept. 25:
10am: Actors Dialogue
12pm: Funding Your Project the 21st Century Way
2pm: Blue Sky Studios

  • TICKETS AND LOGISTICS

    TICKETS FOR PANELS, PERFORMANCES AND FILMS CAN BE ORDERED ON-LINE at
    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.

    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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