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Chandra Knotts, Deputy Press Director, Chandra@woodstockfilmfestival.com or 845-679-4265



Hudson Valley • Catskills • Woodstock
July 12, 2013

The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce the unveiling of its official 2013 poster art, painted by artist Scott Michael Ackerman. The poster was unveiled at a reception with refreshments onFriday, July 12 between 6-10 pm at THE FILM CENTER, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY. For event photos, click here. Photo credits: Anjali Bermain.

Past poster artists for the Woodstock Film Festival have included Bill Miller, Kathy Ruttenberg, Portia Munson, Milton Glaser, Karen Whitman, Peter Max, Tiziano Magni, Ford Crull, Bill Plympton and several others.

"I've had the pleasure of having my work exhibited in the filmmaker lounge at the Colony Café during the past two Woodstock Film Festivals," said artist Scott Michael Ackerman. " Last year, Timothy Hutton bought two of my pieces. That was a real thrill, but it doesn't top being asked to do the 2013 WFF poster. The painting symbolizes the blossoming of life and reawakening. It's my hope that it's an appropriate metaphor for the blossoming that results from all the amazing filmmakers and talent who manifest the creative, fiercely independent spirit that has come to symbolize the Woodstock Film Festival."

"We are thrilled to welcome Scott onto our roster of artists" said Meira Blaustein, co-founder & executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "The vibrancy, boldness, raw talent and passion that flow from each of his paintings are emblematic of the fiercely independent spirit of the Woodstock Film Festival and of the innovative, passionate and thought provoking filmmakers it supports."

Ackerman has earned his reputation as an "outsider" artist largely due to his DIY-ethic and inventive portrayal of familiar yet fantastical images. "Important elements of the human spirit are highlighted through Scott's paintings," says his representative, Jessica Navarro of 50/50 Art Gallery in Los Angeles. "There is a rawness, there is beauty, there is truth. He finds the perfect balance between heavy and light while exposing the sweet, sweet heart that exists inside the man with that funky beard."

Nina Isabelle, Director of Kingston, NY's Star House Gallery, describes Ackerman as "pulling his art straight out of the mystery realm like it's a wild animal by the tail."

Following the unveiling,the poster will be availble for viewing at THE FILM CENTER at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock, Star House Gallery at 77 Cornell Street in Kingston, Lovebird Studio at 430c Main Street in Rosendale. Signed limited edition prints and posters, as well as t-shirts, hats and commemorative merchandise can be purchased at THE FILM CENTER and on the WFF website.

This year's festival will be held October 2-6 in the arts colony of Woodstock, NY and across the Hudson Valley region, including the historic towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, and Saugerties.

Official WFF 2013 artwork will be unveiled in Woodstock, NY and available here for download on July 12th, 2013
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Artwork photographed by
Chris Hallman / Vela Photographic

WFF Posters 2000-2012

Photo credit: Anjali Bermain

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hi resolution file

Scott Michael Ackerman is considered a self-taught "outsider" artist. His paintings are celebrated for being honest and relatable as well as colorful and aesthetically pleasing. Although he continues to develop as an artist, he still delivers the spiritual and emotional impact that his work is known and loved for.

Mostly painting on found objects, he uses acrylics, house paint, spray paint, oil sticks and ink. Scott has been showing artwork since 2000 and continues to show as much as possible.

Scott has shown in Holland, California, Miami, Hawaii, Virginia, NYC, throughout the Hudson Valley, and will be part of a group show in Germany later this year. His work has been seen on HBO show, "How to Make it in America," artwork for musician Sean Rowes newest album, and has taken part in Sing for Hopes pop up pianos in NYC for the past two years.

To visit his studio (Lovebird Studio) in Rosendale NY, please call 845-594-8033 or email lovebirdstudio@gmail.com


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 14th year, October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.


P.O Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 - (845) 679-4265
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