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Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding
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PEACE, LOVE, & MISUNDERSTANDING Opens the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival

(Woodstock, NY) Sept. 15, 2011:
Bruce Beresford's "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Nat Wolff, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyle MacLachlan, Rosanna Arquette, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chace Crawford will have it's US Premiere screening at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival on September 22, 6:30 and 9:00pm at the Woodstock Playhouse. The film will also screen Friday, Sept. 23, 4:30pm at the Rosendale Theater. Beresford, along with writers, producers and select cast will be in attendance at the festival.

Shot entirely in the Hudson Valley, "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" is a comedy about an uptight New York City lawyer who takes her two spirited teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse in the countryside for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self-discovery.

"It's a great thrill to have PLM's US premiere in the beautiful town in which so much of it was filmed," commented Beresford who was honored at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival with the Honorary Maverick Award.

Woodstock Film Festival's sister organization, the Hudson Valley Film Commission (www.hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org) was instrumental in helping with the production.

"Pre-production, production and post production for the feature film created over 212 good paying, part time jobs in the region," explained co-executive-producer and co-writer, Joseph Muszynski. "The HVFC has contributed to not only making the production of "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" better, but also to making it possible. Without the HVFC, many of the state's hidden natural gems would not have made it onto the big screen; many local crew members would never have been discovered; many days on set would not have run so smoothly."

"HVFC was far and away our main source for networking with local businesses, professionals and the community at large," said Brian Keady of PLM Entertainment. "Most of the background performers for the film were drawn from the Hudson Valley, and we cast at least 600 to 700 over the course of the shoot. The commission helped get the word out about various opportunities by posting on websites, flying local communities, putting up posters, notifying local radio stations and newspapers, and circulation emails to those in the region that work in the industry. HVFC was also the main resource by which we were able to locate and cast locals members of the Screen Actors Guild. The commission was available at all times for specific, crucial requests that could only have been met by an organization with intimate knowledge of the area…Many time I found myself thinking how lucky the Hudson Valley is to have them."

Bruce Beresford is a two-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director. A native of Australia, Beresford made such classic films as the astounding courtroom drama "Breaker Morant," the poignant "Tender Mercies," (nominated for five Oscars) and the wildly successful "Driving Miss Daisy," (nominated for nine Oscars, winning four). Part of the Australian new wave, Beresford's work also includes "Black Robe," "Crimes of the Heart," "The Fringe Dwellers," "Her Alibi," "Mister Johnson," "Double Jeopardy," "Evelyn" and "Mao's Last Dancer."

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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 Metrovision Radio Woodstock
Foundation & Government Support        
Academy Foundation Giving Back Foundation NYSCA Dutchess County Arts Council    

 

 

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