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Angela DeMarta, Deputy Press Director, angela@woodstockfilmfestival.com or 845-679-4265



Directed by Woodstock native Lacey Schwartz, this personal documentary about family secrets and redemption is drawing high praise nationally

Woodstock, NY (August 4, 2014)- Leading up to the official reveal of its full line-up, the Woodstock Film Festival has announced that the NY Premiere of Little White Lie will be part of its 15th Anniversary festival.


organizers today announced the New York premiere of Little White Lie, directed by Woodstock native Lacey Schwartz, to screen at WFF 2014. This very personal documentary, shot in part locally, explores family secrets, denial, and redemption, and will screen during the Festival’s 15th Anniversary, October 15-19, in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Saugerties and Kingston. 

Leading up to the official reveal of the full 15th Anniversary Line-Up, the Woodstock Film Festival has announced that the much anticipated NY Premiere of LITTLE WHITE LIE will be part of its 15th Anniversary.


ahead of the official reveal of its full-festival line up

As a first look to the official reveal of its full fall Line-Up, the Woodstock Film Festival has announced that the much anticipated NY Premiere of LITTLE WHITE LIE will be part of its 15th Anniversary.

During the film's World Premiere in San Francisco last week, The New York Times highlighted Little White Lie on the front page of its Arts Section in an extensive article -  “After the ‘White Lie Implodes, a Rich Narrative Unfurls." 

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different. At age of 18, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney with whom her mother had had an affair. Afraid of losing her relationship with her parents, Lacey does not openly acknowledge her newly discovered black identity with her white family. When her biological father dies shortly before Lacey's 30th birthday, the family secret can stay hidden no longer. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew.

“Having the New York premiere of Little White Lie at the Woodstock Film Festival is truly a dream for me,” said Lacey Schwartz. “I am incredibly proud to be from Woodstock and I am excited to have the opportunity to share the film there this fall.”

In the coming weeks WFF will be revealing highlights of the more than 125 great films, extraordinary panel discussions, and exciting premieres, events and parties, that will celebrate WFF's 15th Anniversary. A limited number of full festival passes are now on sale.

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Lacey Schwartz is the CEO of the production company Truth Aid. She is a director/producer who has worked with a variety of production companies and networks, including MTV, BET and @radical.media. The documentary "Little White Lie" is the first film that Lacey has directed. She also executive produced the narrative film "Difret" which won audience awards at the 2014 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Lacey has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the New York State Bar.



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 premieres 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 organization 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 15th Annual Festival October 15-19, 2014, with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, NY and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.



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