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LOCAL HUDSON VALLEY FILMS CONTINUE TO THRIVE AT
14TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

Woodstock, NY (Sept. 3, 2013) Passionately committed to supporting regional filmmakers and film production, the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival presents an array of features, documentaries, shorts and music videos filmed in the beautiful Hudson Valley area. Hudson Valley films demonstrate how much the region, including the Hudson Valley Film Commision, bring to the independent film community.

HUDSON VALLEY NARRATIVES
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Doomsdays
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Directed by Eddie Mullins
USA / 2013 / 91:36 minutes
US Premiere

*In competition for best narrative
*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

Eddie Mullins takes living off of the grid to a whole new level with Doomsdays, a self-proclaimed "pre-apocalyptic comedy" starring Justin Rice and Leo Fitzpatrick as low-budget vandals with little regard for the law. Dirty Fred and Bruho are a tag team of criminal house-hoppers who find themselves with more than they bargained for when a disenchanted teenager and indignant young woman join them in their shenanigans. The pair of newcomers unintentionally reveal to Fred and Bruho that the feeling of family doesn't necessitate a home and the feeling of home doesn't necessitate settling, but that both can be found within the company you keep.

Freeloading through high-end Catskills vacation homes forces the group to acknowledge feelings and morals that they otherwise would have never recognized. Perhaps most importantly, the pair come to recognize that isolating themselves from the death-grip of society does little in the face of compassion and companionship, two side-products of our troubled world that are well worth keeping. –Chandra Knotts

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A Birder's Guide to Everything

Directed by Rob Meyer
USA / 2012 / 90 minutes

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley

David Portnoy is a 15 year-old birding fanatic who has made the discovery of a lifetime…or so he thinks. Now, on the eve of his father's remarriage he sets out with his two best friends on a bizarre road trip to confirm his rare sighting. Nerdy, naive, and totally unequipped to handle the challenges of the real world, the band hold it together through misfortune upon misadventure as well as their own ineptitude. Rob Meyer's feature debut is a unique coming of age comedy featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as David's ornithologist idol. As David begins to come to terms with his father's impending marriage he realizes that there is more to life than his birding obsession. Featuring winning performances by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Kingsley and filmed in the Hudson Valley A Birder's Guide is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy.

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HUDSON VALLEY DOCUMENTARIES

To Be Forever Wild
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Directed by David Becker
USA / 2013 / 70 minutes
Work in Progress

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

"To Be Forever Wild" was created by a group of filmmakers, musicians and artists in New York's Catskill Mountains. Based in a little red cabin perched above a waterfall, the crew spent several weeks exploring the landscapes that are considered to be America's "first wilderness." More than a portrait of a place, the film profiles the people who live in and visit this region, including artists, hikers, scientists, farmers and young people. In the film we see the power of nature to restore, reclaim and provoke our deepest emotions and connections to the world. It's a film that inspires people to reconnect with nature in their own way, wherever they happen to be.

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HUDSON VALLEY SHORTS, and films by filmmakers with local connections

Aerodrome
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Directed by Devin Pickering
USA / 2013 / 18:05 minutes
World Premiere

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley

Set in upstate New York's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, this visually stunning documentary paints an intimate portrait of a group of pilots who not only transcend the sterile world of modern aviation, but stay true to what pioneers held close to their hearts over 100 years ago.

With the oldest flying airplane in North America, and one of the most impressive collections in the world, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is truly a place where history comes to life.

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The Compositor
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Directed by John Mattiuzzi
USA / 2012 / 31:49 minutes
New York Premiere

2013 Student Academy Award Winner

An autobiographical sci-fi fantasy film that follows Paul Paxton, a slave artist working in the film industry, who begins to question his own existence, and the realities that he is forced to create. These questions lead him to anger, and that anger, quickly to rage. With little hope and nothing to lose, Paul rages war against the very same system he is sworn to uphold, in a desperate attempt to free himself from the suffocating grip of physical and psychological slavery.

Director John Mattiuzzi was raised in Pine Shush, New York.

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Disarming Falcons
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Directed by Wendy Johnson and Annie Nocenti
Pakistan / 2013 / 15 minutes
World Premiere

A lyrical, exciting and tender portrait of a falcon hunt in the desert of Pakistan, with an international cast – Qatars, Baloch, Lebanese, Egyptians.... and two American women. Rarely have Western women been invited to hunt with falcons in the Arab world.

The film is a love letter to the special relationship a falconer has with his falcon. "Disarming Falcons" illuminates the falconers' all-consuming love for his falcon, and its wily and fierce prey-- the Houbara.

Director Annie Nocenti lives part time in Stoneridge, NY.

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Eddie Adams: Saigon '68
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Directed by Douglas Sloan
USA / 2012 / 17 minutes

The story underlying the most influential and electrifying photograph to come out of the Vietnam War – and how the picture transformed the lives of Eddie Adams, who captured the moment on film, and Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the man who pulled the trigger. The film reveals the little known, and very surprising, back-story and follows the complicated, conflicted lives lead by Adams and Loan both before and after the photo transformed world opinion. The film also launches a broader inquiry into our perception and understanding of the visual image. Is there something about that photo – about many such images – we should know other than what we see?

Doug Sloan is a part time Hudson Valley resident.

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The Exit Room
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Directed by Todd Wiseman Jr.
USA / 2012 / 10 minutes

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley

It is 2021, and imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces government execution as he contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and new-born in The Exit Room.

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First Name: Jogger, Last Name: John
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Directed by Kaleigh Griffin
USA / 2013 / 15:24 minutes
World Premiere

*Filmed in Woodstock

Once a successful businessman, John Synan's downward spiral through drugs, poverty and heartache are documented in this short documentary. Jogger John as he's affectionately known, has become a local character known for running and a kind heart. We watch his journey from destitution to serenity as he finds his home in Woodstock, NY.

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In the Blind
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Directed by Davis Hall
USA / 2013 / 17:30 minutes
World Premiere

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

Nick Sandow ("Orange is the New Black," "Third Watch") and Neal Huff ("Moonrise Kingdom," "Meek's Cutoff") are estranged brothers struggling with their father's apparently self-inflicted death. In this adaptation of an Adam LeFevre play, the two must first understand their absent father, then each other, in order to know the truth. Shot almost entirely in a 5' x 10' set, this incredible journey takes place in a small space that resonates.

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KEYS. WALLET. PHONE.
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Directed by Juliet Lashinsky-Revene
USA / 2012 / 11 minutes
New York Premiere

A woman seeks peace over breakfast in a café. But peace is not to be found this morning ...
While growing up, director Juliet Lashinsky-Revene spent summers in Woodstock with her father, cinematographer Larry Revene.

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MOBILE HOMES
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Directed by Vladimir de Fontenay
USA, France / 2012 / 13 minutes
New York Premiere

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

A young mother survives the day to day binds of human trafficking, while her son dreams of finding a permanent home.

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MR. LAMB
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Directed by Jean Pesce
USA / 2013 / 15 minutes
World Premiere

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

Mr. Lamb is Jean Pesce's NYU - Tisch School of the Arts pre-thesis film. It is a dark comedy about a diner waitress named Myrna, who is in love with her pen pal -- the convicted murderer, Charles Lamb. Myrna is convinced of his innocence and their mutual love. When Mr. Lamb escapes from prison and shows up at Myrna's door, her dreams of romance turn into a violent nightmare – involving a can of chili.

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ON THE HOUSE
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Directed by Daniel Serafini-Sauli
USA / 2013 / 5:25 minutes
World Premiere

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

On a cold fall day a beleaguered man goes into a rural pawn shop to purchase a firearm.

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PROMISED LAND
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Directed by Joe Turner Lin
USA / 2013 / 19:17 minutes

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

Three generations of reckless and unsustainable development have transformed the future environment into an almost total wasteland. Refugees from the future have found a way to return to the past, but the impact on present-day resources and fear of these 'immigrants' has led to the formation of citizen watch groups, who are determined to stop these time-travelers at any cost. Jackson, the teenage son of one of these bounty hunters, is enlisted into his first patrol -- eventually forcing him into a brutal choice between his father's principles and his own sense of humanity.

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RELICS
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Directed by Jennie Allen
USA / 2013 / 14 minutes
East Coast Premiere


*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

A vacuum cleaner salesman must decide how far he will go to please his customers.

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WHERE BEASTS DWELL
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Directed by David Kaplan
USA / 2013 / 12 minutes
New York Premiere

*Filmed in the Hudson Valley Catskills

Woodstock artist Kathy Ruttenberg lives and works in the country with her menagerie of animals.

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Several youth films were also filmed in the Hudson Valley. For details, see Youth Films.


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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