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FOCUS ON MUSIC

LEGENDARY JAZZ, CROSS-DRESSING MUSICALS AND ONLINE MUSIC VIDEO SELECTION HIGHLIGHT 2013 MUSIC PROGRAMMING

Woodstock, NY (Sept. 3, 2013) – What is Woodstock without music? WFF's extremely popular music program annually consists of insightful music documentaries, groundbreaking music videos, and stunning narratives about musicians' struggles. WFF 2013 features an incredible kick-off screening and live music event as well as several musical performances and an online music video program.

FOCUS ON MUSIC
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SONNY ROLLINS: BEYOND THE NOTES
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Directed by Dick Fontaine
UK / 2012 / 78 minutes
East Coast Premiere

More than forty years ago Dick Fontaine made a film with the brilliant and influential jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who suddenly rejected fame and 'the jazz life' to play alone high above the traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York. Back then the film followed him on his lonely journey to find out why? What was he searching for? Now forty-three years later, in the context of his historic 80th birthday concert and with the help of other jazz legends, including Ornette Coleman, who Sonny invited to celebrate the history of his music with him. "Beyond the Notes" follows Rollins extraordinary journey, still refusing stereotype and compromise and still searching for answers to his music and his life.
Tickets for the event are available HERE.

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THE BEAST AND THE ANGEL
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Directed by Shira Piven
USA / 2012 / 19:46 minutes

"The Beast and the Angel" peers into the transformed life of Wayne Kramer, famed guitarist and founder of the influential American band the MC5. He once lived a life of rock and roll, radical politics and drug and alcohol addiction, doing prison time in his 20's, and finally getting clean at age fifty. Now fourteen years sober, Wayne's belief in service as a healing principle takes shape both through his music and his charity, Jail Guitar Doors, which brings guitars into prisons for inmate rehabilitation.


THE CLOISTERS- YASSOU BENEDICT
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Directed by Steve Durand
USA / 2013 / 3:46 minutes
World Premiere

Expressions of inner turmoil caused by love lost come to life in the surreal dreamscape of this story. Emotions powerful enough to affect not only the human condition but the workings of the natural world play out on a hauntingly beautiful remote mountain top. Sometimes the desire to travel through time and space to revisit or correct a wrong can be powerful enough to manifest that potential.

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THE EARLY BIRDS
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Directed by Lena Beug
USA / 2013 / 3:40 minutes
World Premiere

A magical journey through a normal day turned upside down by the absence of adults.

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SHORTS: MUSIC VIDEOS ONLINE

FOSTER MCGINTY •
CURIOUS PRETENDERS

Directed by Heidi Sjursen and Jeffrey Abell
USA / 2013 / 3:37 minutes

The new music video for the super talented Foster McGinty.

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WALKER LUKENS •
DEAR SOMEONE

Directed by Tetsuo Kamata
Japan / 2013 / 3:38 minutes

Dear Someone from the album by Walker Lukens, released on April 2, 2013.

With amazing pixilation, the filmmaker follows a young man on a journey of introspection after a break up.

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DUCK SAUCE •
IT'S YOU

Directed by Philip Andelman
USA / 2013 / 2:53 minutes

Duck Sauce duo A-Trak and Armand Van Helden seem to have the magic touch as hair comes alive in all shapes and sizes.

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STATE RADIO •
FRECKLED MARY

Directed by Michael Parks Randa
USA / 2012 / 4:44 minutes

The city of Boston's pollution level has reached a record high due to the Mayor's haphazard environmental policies. Rather than correcting the problem, the mayor simply administers gas masks to its citizens as consolation. In an election season, the city is adorned with political billboards vying for the Mayor's re-election. A proletariat anarchist/graffiti artist named Freckled Mary (played by actress Rachel Delante) seeks retribution for the Mayor's callous destruction of the city she loves.

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MAX SCHNEIDER •
NOTHING WITHOUT LOVE

Directed by Daniel Karp
USA / 2013 / 3:50 minutes

The first single from Woodstock native, Max Schneider's, upcoming album. Nothing Without Love is a based on Max coming to grips with his feelings for a girl and the opposing life challenges outside of the relationship that affect it.

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SEFFY DE CICCO AND ADAX •
INCREDIBLE

Directed by Jarek Zabczynski
Italy, USA / 2013 / 4:34 minutes

What's beautiful on the outside isn't always the case. Filmed on location in Torino, Italy, "Incredible" gives you an eye opening glimpse at the other side of the coin you may not always be able to see. Featuring the powerful performances of Eva Squillari and Paolo Giustetto.

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MIK & GILLES •
RAPPIN' FOR GODOT

Directed by Stephen Blauweiss
USA / 2012 / 3:50 minutes

A film by Stephen Blauweiss, written and performed by Mik & Gilles.

The elusive humorists Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine present the breakthrough play of Samuel Beckett, as it might be performed by a hapless pair of academic rappers. The entire three-hour play is condensed into four minutes of nonstop hip-hop, with no intermission.

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KILLER MIKE •
REAGAN

Directed by Harry Teitelman and Daniel Garcia
USA / 2012 / 4:09 minutes

A darkly animated accompaniment to the rapper's tirade against political corruption and media debauchery, complete with killer robot and caricatures of recent presidents. Even as illustrations, the depictions of violence and greed pull no punches.

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KYLE MCNEILL•
SUZANNE

Directed by Pele Alexandria Kudren
USA / 2013 / 3:18 minutes

Directed by Pele Kudren, Kyle McNeil's Suzanne (not to be confused with Leonard Cohen's similarly crestfallen but slightly less bitter song of the same name) takes a close look at the paralyzing effects of an ex-girlfriend who just straight effed you up. The video alternates between close-ups of Kyle singing alone in a motel room and grainy shots of him doing other "lone-man-with-his-guitar"-type things like smoking butts by a window sill, pensive face washing, and sulking down forlorn halls.

With a voice that sounds like swallowing a mouthful of tears, Kyle sings, "Suzanne, you made a mess of me / You cut my love and you let it bleed / Oh, Suzanne." Fortunately for this God-awful-sounding ex, Kyle doesn't actually name names -- "Suzanne" is just an alias. --Excerpeted from Rachel Dady's MTV Buzzworthy Blog

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JANINA GAVANKAR •
WAITING FOR GODOT

Directed by Caitlin Pashalek
USA / 2013 / 4:39 minutes

A high-art music video for Janina Gavankar's single Waiting for Godot.

Gavankar plays two sides of the same person, fighting with each other as they find themselves lost in a vast plane.

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS •
SACRILEGE
Directed by Megaforce
USA / 2013 / 4:03 minutes

British actress-model Lily Cole portrays a woman who is condemned for having multiple lovers.

The video was filmed in Rosendale and other parts of the Hudson Valley in early 2013.

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LIVE MUSIC EVENTS

CONNOR KENNEDY AND FRIENDS with SHEAR SHAZAR
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Friday, October 4 at 9pm, Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Co., Kingston

Look forward to some great music from Connor Kennedy and Friends, including Shear Shazar, as they perform on Friday, October 4 at Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Co. at WFF's annual Filmmaker

Local rising superstar Connor Kennedy spent his childhood years collecting classic movie monster memorabilia and working as a stand-in for a CBS soap opera before falling in love with music and taking up the guitar in the third-grade. In his early teens, Connor rose to prominence performing throughout the northeast with Hudson Valley and world-renowned talent. Recently, he shifted his focus to songwriting and his debut record Nothing Lasts: Nothing's Over—a collection of songs that encompass many genres, but create something new entirely— was released on June 29, 2013 at a CD Release Party at Levon Helm Studios. elease Party at Levon Helm Studios.

Jules Shear has recorded almost 20 albums to date. He wrote the Cyndi Lauper hit All Through the Night and the Bangles If She Knew What She Wants. Artist, songwriter Pal Shazar is a founding member of the 1980s New Wave pop group, Slow Children.


THE JD ALLEN TRIO
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Wednesday, October 2 at Woodstock Playhouse, following screening of Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes


The JD Allen Trio will celebrate legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins in kicking off this year's music programming. A live performance on Wednesday, October 2 will follow the feature screening of Dick Fontaine's documentary Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes, a BeBop Productions/BBC Arena joint venture that takes audiences on a 78-minute jazz journey built around Sonny's 80th birthday concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Filmmaker Dick Fontaine and Sonny Rollins will be present at the event and will partake in a Q&A.
Tickets for the event are available HERE.


PAUL GREEN PRESENTS: THE BAND OF MONKEYS

Saturday, October 5 at 7pm, Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston

The legendary Paul Green, and friends, will be playing music from the greatest movies ever made (and some mediocre ones too.)

Paul Green is best known as the founder of The School of Rock, subject of the documentary Rock School and inspiration for Jack Black in Richard Linklater's hilarious film School of Rock.

The new PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY in Saugerties is a performance based, interactive music school, based on a method honed over the past 17 years. For details, visit www.rockacademy.com.



PAUL GREEN PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF ROCKY HORROR

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Saturday, October 5 at 11:30pm, Keegan Ales, Kingston
Paul Green and his crew of amazing musicians and performers will be staging a special late night concert of everyone's favorite cross dressing musical psychodrama, Rocky Horror. In costume, of course.

The audience is encouraged to attend in respectable attire and be quiet during the show. Except the exact opposite of that.


Click here for full online schedule with ticket info (available September 12)
Click here for pre-fest PDF(6mb download available September 2)


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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 will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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