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FOCUS ON MUSIC STANDS STRONG AT WFF 2012

MARIACHI BANDS, CROONING HIPSTERS AND A
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
HIGHLIGHT MUSIC FILMS


Woodstock, NY (Sept. 11, 2012)
– The same Woodstock seems to be synonymous with music. So what better way to celebrate then with a collection of exceptional music-based films? The Woodstock Film Festival is renowned for its music program, not only in the film sense, but with the number of live concerts and panels drawing crowds every autumn. This year's crop is expecially strong with a high number of music narratives and documentaries exploring what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy to mystical musical journies throgh life.
NARRATIVES & DOCS
BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN D.C. directed by Mandy Stein and Benjamen Logan
NY Premiere
Considered to be “the Sex Pistols of American punk,” Bad Brains have consistently pushed the boundaries within the U.S. music scene since 1977 with their unique combination of hardcore punk and Rastafari reggae. Director Benjamin Logan allows his audience a personal look into the past and present of the legendary Bad Brains through footage captured behind the scenes with band members as well as featured interviews with major music contemporaries of the band like Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, and the Beastie Boys.

CALIFORNIA SOLO directed by Marshall Lewy
NY Premiere
When you reach the top, is there anywhere to go but down? Former Britpop rock star Lachlan MacAldonich, in a sublime performance by Robert Carlyle, finds himself at the precipice of a once promising music career is now awash in booze and self-loathing. Lachlan, now a farm manager in southern California, faces deportation after another ill-fated night of drinking and driving. Now in an effort to stave off expulsion from the U.S. he must reconnect with his ex-wife and the daughter he barely knows, and finally face the demons he has been avoiding to reclaim a life teetering on the edge.

CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA directed by Poull Brien
Charles Bradley: Soul of America charts the incredible late-in-life rise of 62 year old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the projects to Rolling Stone magazine‚s top 50 albums of 2011.
Abandoned by his mother as a child, Bradley faced poverty, homelessness, illiteracy, violence and tragedy on his path to realizing his life- long dream to make it in the music industry. Beginning with his 62nd birthday celebration, this film captures Charles‚ unlikely transformation from struggling James Brown impersonator to international celebrity.
*Followed by a performance by Charles Bradley at the Bearsville Theater
Charles Bradley: Soul of America

DAVID BROMBERG UNSUNG TREASURE directed by Beth Toni Kruvant
NY Premiere
Beth Kruvant’s documentary follows the unique and powerful history of David Bromberg’s career path, tracing the roller coaster of Bromberg’s station as an American music legend of the 70s to the largest American violin collector, appraiser, and full-time violin luthier today. “David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure” contrasts Bromberg’s innovative rise to musical fame with his passion for the delicate craft of violin-making, showing that one’s career path is never predictable. *Followed by a performance by David Bromberg

ELECTRICK CHILDREN directed by Rebecca Thomas
The power of music can be a transformative force, but 15 year old Rachel, a young girl from a fundamentalist Mormon sect, believes it has the power to create life. Sheltered from the outside world, Rachel discovers rock music for the first time and is enraptured by the soulful singing emanating from the speakers. So enraptured, that upon learning that she is pregnant three months later, she comes to believe the music she heard is the cause of the new life growing inside of her.
Escaping the marriage arranged for her, Rachel heads out in search of the voice on the tape that was responsible for her immaculate conception. Up and coming star Julia Garner dazzles as Rachel as she takes a life altering road trip to the city of Sin and discovers the world beyond her previously sheltered existence.


FACES IN THE MIRROR directed by Aaron Farrington
From musician Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band comes a film that's not only meant to be seen, it's meant to be exerienced. It is a film scored to music that takes you on an emotioal rollercoaster ride that never lets go. It's like a dream. The film follows Ben Fisher, a young man who returns home to bury his father. Angry that he has been reglected by his workaholic father, Ben has refused to visit him for years. On the day of his father's funeral, Ben goes on a dream-like odyssey where he's led, portal by portal, to fantastical places with somewhat mystifying people who all seem to be guiding him somewhere. He's looking for a way to be free of his pain and guilt. He's looking for forgiveness. *Q&A with Boyd Tinsley following screening
Faces in the MIrror

I AM NOT A HIPSTER directed by Destin Cretton
NY Premiere
Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2012 film tells the story of Brook Hyde, a 20-something up-and-coming musician within the San Diego indie underground. “Hipster” follows a week in Brook’s life as he struggles with familial reconciliation, his purpose as an artist, and the loneliness that hasn’t left him since the death of his mother.

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR directed by The Beatles and bernard Knowles
Preceded by the doc MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR REVISITED directed by Francis Hanly
In September 1967, The Beatles embarked on making their third film, this time conceived and directed by themselves. Magical Mystery Tour is a surreal take on the British tradition of a coach trip to the seaside, featuring the Beatles themselves along with an eccentric cast of characters played by professional actors. Other passengers were friends and associates, with family members invited along for the ride. They set off from London and headed west down the A30 to Cornwall where most of the film was shot. Roll up, roll up for The Mystery Tour!
Magical Mystery Tour

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR REVISITED directed by Francis Hanly
Songs you’ll never forget, the film you’ve never seen and a story that’s never been heard. In 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary impact of Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles made a film – a dreamlike story of a coach daytrip, a magical mystery tour. It was seen by a third of the nation, at 8.35pm on BBC1 on Boxing Day and all hell broke loose.

Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

MARIACHI GRINGO directed by Tom Gustafson
What happens when a born and raised Kansas boy turns thirty and hits his limit? He runs away to Mexico in hopes of becoming a professional Mariachi musician, of course! Director Tom Gustafson, whose feature debut “Were the World Mine” was a smash hit at WFF 2008, captures the beauty of Mexico and the glory of following one’s dreams despite the cost in his sophomore film "Mariachi Gringo."

ONCE IN A LULLABY: THE PS 22 CHORUS DOCUMENTARY directed by Jonathan Kalafer
The PS 22 Chorus from Staten Island got a surprise visit from actress Anne Hathaway at their annual Christmas Concert. She was there to invite them to sing as the feature performers at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony! With unprecedented access, this documentary follows these lovable 5th graders and their inspiring teacher from Staten Island to Hollywood, with behind the scenes drama at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. It all started when their unconventional music teacher started posting their performances on YouTube; the videos went viral and tens of millions of people, including celebrities and indie rockers, fell in love with this chorus of angels.

STRUTTER directed by Allison Anders and Kurt Voss
East Coast Premiere
When struggling to get over a heavily invested relationship, sometimes you have to realize that the most important thing that you lost is yourself. That’s the lesson that aspiring California rocker Brett learns as he struggles to get over his ex, who left him for his idol and musical inspiration, a move that seemingly destroys all his dreams and plans. “Strutter” is a hilarious comedy of self-redemption and is the final installment of Allison Anders and Kurt Voss’s Southern California Musicians trilogy. As Brett begins his descent in a downward spiral he loses his band, his direction and all hope in attaining his life’s aspirations. Now, after being left devastated and overwrought about where his life is going, he begins to finally find himself again.

MUSIC VIDEOS

A HOUSE A HOME- ALIALUJAH CHOIR directed by Daniel Fickle
The Lone Fir Cemetery is the resting place for many of the people who founded and influenced the history of Portland, Oregon.
When a benefit album titled Dearly Departed was commissioned by Friends of Lone Fir, singer-songwriters from the Pacific Northwest were approached and asked to write a song about a specific person buried at Lone Fir Cemetery.

BIRD OF FLAMES- CHRYSTA BELL AND DAVID LYNCH directed by Chel White
North American Premiere
Driven by the music of David Lynch and Chrysta Bell, Bird of Flames is a meditation on the enigmatic nature of love. In a small nightclub, a magician coaxes a beautiful chanteuse to perform like a living doll. In the audience, a young man falls in love with her archetypal image of feminine beauty.

BORRANDO LA FRONTERA (Erasing the Boarder) directed by Ana Teresa Fernandez
East Coast Premiere
The surreal act of erasing a border is documented in the short, Borrando la Frontera. A woman in stilettos and a black cocktail dress scales a 30 ft ladder on the sandy beach of Tijuana, bringing the sky back between Mexico and the US, as she paints the dividing fence blue. The film depicts the peace offering of creating the illusion of a “hole in the wall.” The protagonist becomes more visible as the wall starts to disappear into the blue sky.

BREEZEBLOCKS- (ALT-J) directed by Ellis Bahl
Official Music Video for Breezeblocks by Δ (alt-j)
Passion, love, deception and murder are usually a fantastic combination for a dramatic thriller. Throw some reverse-video action into the mix and it's downright enthralling.

FJOGUR PIANO- SIGUR ROS directed by Alma Har'el
A man (Shia LeBeouf) and a woman (Denna Thomsen) locked in a never ending cycle of addiction and desire. Slowly losing their ability to separate themselves from each other, they try to hold on to dead fleeting moments as they mark the days passing them by.

GAGA'S BOY TOY- TOMMY BE directed by Tommy Be
Gaga's Boy Toy is the story of a futuristic cyborg musician who has an unexpected humanoid fantasy. While viewing a broadcast of Lady Gaga's 2010 Grammy acceptance speech, he has a sudden realization that he strongly desires to become romantically and creatively paired with the 'Queen of Pop'.

LE SOLEIL CHANTE (The Sun Sings)- IGNATUS directed by Delphine Burrus
Ignatus tryciles around in a landscape suggesting a woman's body while singing “the sun sings, the birds shine, the grass smiles and life is green...”

LIVING- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT directed by Nsil, Jason Barry, Tony Reames, Speech Thomas
They won 2 Grammy Awards and countless other accolades. But then - they stopped making music... right? Wrong. America just stopped listening. Arrested Development has been making music for the last twenty years and performing live on almost every continent. And now - they are ready for America to open their ears to the music they are still, and have been, making.

MIRIAM- NORAH JONES directed by Philip Andelman
The eerie Miriam begins with a sweeping shot of a remote lagoon, where Jones sits in a boat singing about a pal who did her wrong.

OVER AND AROUND THE CLOVE- TRUMMORS directed by Randy Bell and Justin Rice
World Premiere
Music video for Over and Around the Clove by Trummors. Features a mysterious disappearance and seance to bring back a lost band member.

POST-WAR BLUES- DAN MANGAN directed by Kevin Eastwood
US Premiere
The official music video for Post-War Blues by Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, Dan Mangan is an homage to the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic, Dr. Strangelove. Like the original film, the video playfully skewers the political tensions of the time. Instead of a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union however, the plot follows a war-mongering air force general who launches a fictitious war 'for the kids' to justify arts funding cuts in favor of ramped-up military spending.

THERE'S ANOTHER SKY- JEREMY BERNSTEIN directed by Antoine Wagner
World Premiere
A day in the life of psychedelic mountain serenity.
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UNTITLED- KILLER MIKE FEAT. SCAR directed by Benjamin Dickinson

A video of Chiaroscurosbased on various paintings from the Italian Renaissance: Carravagio, Titian, and Genteleschi in particular, depicting biblical Renaissance themes mixed with figures from black history.

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ZOE directed by Michael Vincent

Zoe is the story of a relationship that began in Woodstock and tragically ended when a beautiful girl passed away.

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LIVE PERFORMANCES

WEDNESDAY  
David Bromberg in concert at Woodstock Playhouse 7:30pm  
THURSDAY  
Natalie Merchant and Special Guests perform after Dear Governor Cuomo... at Woodstock Playhouse 6:30pm  
Simi Stone at the Colony Cafe Woodstock 9pm  
FRIDAY  
Charles Bradley in concert at Bearsville Theater after Charles Bradley: Soul of America 7:30pm  
Friday Night Filmmakers Party at Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF) featuring The Brandy Knights, Wine Teeth and Lindsey Webster  
SATURDAY  
Paul Green and his Band of Monkeys at Maverick Award Gala, Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston, 9pm  
Aaron Freeman of Ween at the Colony Cafe Woodstock 7:30 & 10pm  
SUNDAY  
Jeremy Berstein in concert at Bearsville Theater 8pm  
   

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The Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its 13th Annual Festival October 10-14, 2012, 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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