WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL SCORES RAVE REVIEWS FROM FILMMAKERS AND
(Woodstock, NY) 9/24/00: What were Haskell Wexler, D. A. Pennebaker, Les Blank, Barbara Kopple, Elmer Bernstein, Aidan Quinn, David Strathairn, Ron Nyswaner, Zachary Sklar, Leon Gast, Warren Adler,
Stephen Nemith, Eamonn Bowles, Gill Holland, Bruce Malmuth, Martha Frankel, Nancy Abraham, Peter Saraf, and a score of other film world luminaries doing this past weekend?
They were all participating in the First Annual Woodstock Film Festival, which ended its five day run of screenings, seminars, concerts and galas in Woodstock, NY to rave reviews by filmmakers and audiences. Nearly every event was sold out.
As summed up by Tom Hodges, director of the short Last Request: "I've been to film festivals all over the world, and I've never seen such community support for film, not only from the people who volunteered their time and services, but also from all those who came out to see the films and participate in the other events."
"It's a pleasure to bring my film into an envirnment that's not totally about business," said Melissa Painter whose film, "Wildflowers," was co-presented by New York Women in Film and Television to a sold out house.
Stephen Nemeth, President of Rhino Films, hailed the
festival as "unpretentious and genuine", while
Haskell Wexler could be seen dancing the night away at
the innovative Stop Making Sense dance party.
The jurists included:
Other winners included Giuseppe Asarro whose film "A Voice From Heaven" was picked up on the first day of the festival; by Winstar. "The Most beautiful thing is by being at the festival and being the first film at the festival. It is a big success to have secured distribution.
The First Annual Woodstock Film Festival ended on a high note, with filmmakers and industry executives lending praise and pledging support for next year's event. For more information about the WFF, contact co-founders Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto at (845) 679-4265, or go to www.woodstockfilmfestival.com .