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'SHORT' IN EVERYTHING BUT CONTENT, WFF UNVEILS 2012 SHORT FILM LINE-UP

Woodstock, NY (Sept. 10, 2012) —The 13th Annual fiercely independent Woodstock Film Festival, kicking off Wed. Oct. 10 through Sun. Oct. 14, has unveiled its 2012 line-up of nearly 130 exciting films, panels, performances and special events. Screenings and events will take place in the historic arts colony of Woodstock, and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties and Kingston, in the Hudson Valley Catskills, just two hours from NYC.

As in previous years,WFF's line-up of short programs holds a little something for everyone and there is no shortage of humor, exposing documentaries, other perspectives and just the right amount of foreign charm.

The WFF Box Office will be open Sept. 21-Oct. 5, Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6p. On October 8-14 the Box Office is open every day from 9a-7p. ONLINE SALES GO LIVE on Sept. 20 at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.
The Box Office is located at 13 Rock City Road, WFF's Film Center, in the heart of Woodstock.

2012 SHORTS PROGRAMS

A WINTER PASSING


AND WINTER SLOW directed by Brian Lannin

Set on a remote frozen lake in the Adirondacks, "And Winter Slow" is the story of Jez, a young woman trying to escape a burdened life of caring for her ailing husband.

winter slow

HATCH directed by Christoher Kuschnig

A newborn's destiny hangs in the balance as grownups come to terms with what they cannot have.

Hatch

JULIA directed by Danielle Krudy
World Premiere

With the murder of Jen's abusive father over with, Jen and her boyfriend figured the most difficult part of the job was behind them. But it's in the killing's aftermath where the real drama of Julia begins: in a gritty, hair-on-end atmosphere ruled by big emotions and sinister deeds. Within a desperate high-stakes reality, we are reminded not to underestimate anything or anyone--not even tiny, 10 year-old Julia...

Julia

UNDER directed by Mark Raso

Sydney, a city girl with an addiction problem, and her country fiancé Tom, take a journey through the wilderness of his youth with the hope that they can start their life together with a clean slate.
*Winner of the 2012 Student Academy Award Gold Medal

Under

EYES OF A CHILD


CURFEW directed by Shawn Christensen

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. The young girl may be just the spark the suicidal Richie needs to bring him back from the edge.

Curfew

THE GLOWING HOURS directed by Paul Young

"The Glowing Hours" follows a young girl, Olivia, through the intimate memories of her past, where she searches for the love of her mother and remembers a timeless promise she once made. As snow begins to fall over Christmas, Olivia arrives at the mysterious place called Stowfield, where she forms an unlikely friendship with the peculiar teenager Spook, both sharing a dream of their mothers as they hang on the cusp of an unknown future.

The Glowing Hours

LUNCH DATE directed by Sasha Collington
New York Premiere

Getting dumped always hurts. Even more so, when your boyfriend has sent his fourteen-year-old brother to break the news.

Lunch Date

THE MAIDEN AND THE PRINCESS directed by Ali Scher

Little Emmy Adams kisses a girl on the playground and is left feeling isolated and alone. The Grand High Council of Fairy Tale Rules and Standards led by Bernard (Julian Sands) sends her a hetero-normative fairy tale to set her down the 'right' path in life. With the help of fairy godmother and rogue fairy tale narrator, Hammond (David Anders), Emmy searches for herself amidst this musical fairytale.

The Maiden and the Princess

HICCUPS


BFF directed by Neil LaBute

Two best friends meet to discuss love and loss over a cup of tea. Things do not go as planned.

BFF

HAPPY HOUR directed by Brian Devine
North American Premiere

Unemployed and recently dumped, Jack is forced to crash with his slovenly buddy Max in the crappiest apartment in NYC. Threatened with eviction, they need to raise cash fast or be put out on the street. The guys take two very different paths trying to put their lives back together, hoping to change their luck in time for Happy Hour.

Happy Hour

THE HICCUP directed by Matt Smukler
New York Premiere

Robert Tully and Michael Severn are fleeing town in a hurry. When their car overheats in front of an old family friend's house, things get rather awkward and take some very unexpected turns.

The Hiccup

LAUNDRY DAY directed by Thayer Radic

Two strangers exchange kind words in a local Laundromat, leading to an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Laundry Day

PAST DUE directed by Denise Plumb
East Coast Premiere

Evelyn's quiet life is turned upside down by the relentless harassment of collection agent Scott Burgess. With nothing left to lose, Evelyn sets out to face the situation head on, and stumbles across a payment plan she can afford.

Past Due

SHORT DOCS


AMONG GIANTS directed by Chris Cresci, Ben Mullinkosson, Sam Price-Waldman

Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting atop a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy.

Among Giants

THE BRONZER directed by Peyton Wilson

The self-proclaimed last traveling salesman in America, Stue Larkin is anything but your average salesman.

The Bronzer

THE LAST ICE MERCHANT (El Último Hielero) directed by Sandy Patch

For fifty-three years, Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador. He is the last of his kind.

The Last Ice Merchant

MEET KEVIN directed by Maciek Godlewski
World Premiere

Over coffee, artist Kevin Paulsen leads the viewer through an intimate look at his reflections, and reveals the essence of his storytelling.

Meet Kevin

RANDY PARSONS: AMERICAN LUTHIER directed by David Aldrich
New York Premiere

"American Luthier" recounts Parsons' transformation from aspiring musician to guitar-maker. The guitar had been Parsons' identity since he was a child, but after studying classical and jazz guitar in college, he realized that he would never make a living as a musician. So he gave it up -- and then one day he had a vision of how the guitar would come back into his life. Now he's creating instruments that are sought after by musicians such as Jack White and Jimmy Page.

Randy Parsons: American Luthier

SEAMUS directed by John Huba
World Premiere

Seamus is a short film that takes you into the very engaging world of teenager Seamus Riley. The film captures the random bursts of creativity that define this young man's days, often to the bemusement and puzzlement of those around him.

Seamus

FOREIGN AFFAIRS


A CHJÀNA (The Plain) directed by Jonas Carpignano

Inspired by real events and featuring non-actors, "A Chjàna (The Plain)" follows Ayiva, an African migrant worker who seeks to reunite with his best friend in the wake of the most significant race riot in Italian history. The film begins in Calabria, when Ayiva convinces his friend Chico that it is their duty to fight against the oppression they face.

A Chjana

AN SOOYE BONBAST (Beyond Dead-End) directed by Pouria Heidary Oureh
World Premiere

A homeless vagabond becomes obsessed with a pair of shoes.

A Sooy E Bonbast

DETRÁS DEL ESPEJO (Behind the Mirrors) directed by Julio O. Ramos

Inspired by true events, "Detrás del Espejo (Behind the Mirrors)" tells the story of Ernesto, a worker in a fleabag motel in Lima, who earns extra income by sneaking cameras into motel rooms to capture intimate moments.

Behind the Mirrors

MANILA RUNNING directed by Anuj Gulati
East Coast Premiere

Landing in the Philippines for an operation he's a little embarrassed to discuss, Jacques finds himself caught up in an amusing and frantically escalating series of predicaments with no apparent end in sight.

Manila Running

SPAGHETTI FÜR ZWEI (Spaghetti for Two) directed by Mathias Rosenberger and Betina Dubler

A routine stroll turns into an imaginary odyssey full of unscrupulous characters and "Spaghetti for Two."

Sphagetti Fur Zwei

HUDSON VALLEY SHORTS


BLOOD COUNTRY directed by Jason Fournet

A determined 12-year-old boy wants his grandfather's respect as a hunter, but accidentally shoots a man in the process and must deal with the consequences in this dark coming-of-age thriller.

Blood Country

GLORY DAYS directed by Benjamin Rutkowski
World Premiere

Jack, a recovering alcoholic and divorced father of two, gets the chance to spend some quality time with his children over the weekend. He uses the opportunity to take them on a trip to Upstate New York for a New Year's Eve party, where he must confront demons of his past and prove his competence as a father.

Glory Days

MY PAIN IS WORSE THAN YOUR PAIN directed by Adam Hall
World Premiere

A small, rural community of full-timers who fight boredom, isolation, injury, fate and bad luck all in an attempt to destroy the pain. Based on the short story by TC Boyle.

MY Pain is Worse than Your Pain

PERSEPHONE directed by Laurent Rejto
World Premiere

Two parents cope to control their most beloved daughter, but she has dreams and aspirations of her own.

Persephone

MUSIC VIDEOS


A HOUSE A HOME- ALIALUJAH CHOIR directed by Daniel Fickle

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.

A House a Home

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.

Bird of Flames

BORRANDO LA FRONTERA (ERASING THE BOARDER) directed by Ana Teresa Fernandez
East Coast Premiere

Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez erases the Tijuana/San Diego border.

Borrando La Frontera

BREEZEBLOCKS- Δ(ALT-J) directed by Ellis Bahl

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.

Breezeblocks

FJÖGUR PÍANÓ- 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.

Fjogur Piano

GAGA'S BOY TOY- TOMMY BE directed by Tommy Be

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 be romantically and creatively paired with the "Queen of Pop."

Gaga's Boy Toy

LE SOLEIL CHANTE (THE SUN SINGS) - IGNATUS directed by Delphine Burrus

Ignatus tricycles around in a landscape suggesting a woman's body while singing.

Le Soleil Chante

LIVING- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT directed by Nsil, Jason Berry, Tony Reames, Speech Thomas

They won two Grammy awards and countless other accolades. But then they stopped making music...right? Wrong. Americans just stopped listening. They are ready for America to open their ears to the music they are still and have always been making.

Living

MIRIAM- NORAH JONES directed by Phillip 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.

Miriam

OVER AND AROUND THE CLOVE- TRUMMORS directed by RandyBell and Justin Rice
World Premiere

This music video from Trummors features a mysterious disappearance and a seance to bring back a lost band member.

Over and Around the Clove

POST-WAR BLUES- DAN MANGAN directed by Kevin Eastwood
US Premiere

This video, from Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, is an homage to the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove.

Post-War Blues

UNTITLED- KILLER MIKE FEAT. SCAR directed by Benjamin Dickinson

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

Untitled

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.

 


SCREENING WITH

 

AUNT LOUISA directed by Thomas Woodrow
New York Premiere
Preceeding Exit Elena

Aunt Louisa is about a young man living with his fiancee in Manhattan, who is visited out of the blue by a very weird aunt from the country whom he has not seen for many years. She suggests they go for coffee, during which she informs him simply that 'Moira came back'. Although he at first seems to have no memory of Moira, mention of her name kicks off an odd and confusing trip through the city, out to the country and into his past.

Aunt Louisa

FREE EXPRESSION directed by Martin Lombard and Facundo Lombard
Preceeding World's Finest Chef (Verdens Bedste Kok)

Free Expression is the story of two dancers, twin brothers that have lost their "artistic" identities while searching for self-expression. Keeping hope in what they believe will be the only way for them to get their identities back.

freeexpression

HISTORY OF VIRGINITY directed by Sophie Heller
World Premiere
Preceeding Virgin Tales

Deflowering is a once in a lifetime event that cannot be repeated. Virginity is thus considered a gift, award, barrier or taboo. But it only has meaning amongst humans. We invented and developed it, propagate it through our cultures, religions, legal institutions, through art and scientific work, and we have made it into a patriarchal instrument that defines and controls the social role of women even today. Sophie Haller’s animated short film tells the History of Virginity.

history virginity

KINGS POINT directed by Sari Gilman
Preceeding Mondays at Racine

In the 1970s and 80s, hundreds of thousands of senior citizens migrated from New York City to Kings Point, a typical retirement community, located just outside West Palm Beach, Florida. Lured by blue skies, sunshine, palm trees, and the promise of a rich social life, they bought their way to paradise for just a $1,500 down payment. Now, as an aging community faces its own mortality, paradise has begun to exact a higher price. Through the experiences of six longtime residents, Kings Point captures both the allure and the darker complexities of living in a world where 'nobody gets too close.' Poignant, funny and dark, Kings Point is a deeply empathetic portrait of the last act of the American Dream.

Kings Point

PRACTICE: CHANGE directed by Dina Rudick
New York Premiere
Preceeding One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

Practice: Change is the story of how one woman's idea to bring yoga to some of the biggest slums in the world caught on like wildfire and is transforming lives, communities, and possibly countries. Paige Elenson founded the Africa Yoga Project in 2007 and met a young, traumatized girl named Margaret Njeri, who hails from the slums. Through yoga, Margaret found her way out of a life of abuse, poverty and crime and now supports herself and her family as a yoga teacher. Kenyan yoga teachers now teach more than 4,000 people each week in the slums and beyond in Kenya through the Africa Yoga Project.

Practice: Change

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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 organization is based in THE FILM CENTER in Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate 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.

2012 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors
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Superstar Sponsors
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Signature Sponsors
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Award Sponsors
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Foundation and State Support
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