Sunday, September 24, 2000 at the Tinker Street Cinema
Introduced by Steve Charney
Steve Charney is a nationally
known children's entertainer, magician,
His many books, audio and videotapes have been published with Troll, Metacom, Crown and Scholastic
For over twenty years Steve Charney, with his dummy, Harry, has hosted and written his own radio program "Knock On Wood" a zany comedy show. It has aired on dozens of radio stations around the country.
Steve and Harry perform at festivals, theaters and schools around the world as well. Their off beat comedy featuring magic, music, ventriloquism and verbal mayhem have caused families to shake with laughter for two decades.
Steve has written dozens of songs for "Bear in the Big Blue House" a Jim Henson TV program that airs daily on the Disney Channel.
Worldsound follows the world skipping travels of two rival brothers to a serene, mystical planet. When the "worldsound" or life energy of this planet becomes infected by the boys, the entire planet twists into violence. As the forces of evil converge upon the boys, the introverted younger brother embarks upon the ultimate rite of passage.
Isabel Sanford stars as a homeless woman in this magical tale of a mentally challenged young woman who hides from her parents' incessant arguing by playing and drawing rainbows in her garage. One night, while looking for her cat, she finds a bag lady hiding in the garage and assumes she's found her very own fairy Godmother, a role the bag lady doesn't deny!
AMERICAN SHORTS (Click for full lineup)
Having survived a vicious rape, Marie remains traumatized and tormented by nightmares and panic attacks. She takes in a boarder whose odd behavior is not only unsettling but possibly dangerous.
Two juvenile runaways meet on the highway. Freddy, the older one, is looking for cash from his long lost father in Oklahoma City. Albert, the younger, has fled a juvenile detention facility and is heading for Reno, to find the mom who left him long ago. They do not get along. But together, they get by.
"Excellent. The photography gleams like sunshine on chrome. The kids are beautifully played. Funny and touching."
-Michael Wilmington -- Chicago Tribune
Ed Radtke may be the only independent filmmaker to go from juvenile felon to Guggenhein Fellow. He graduated high school with a GPOA of 1.9 and the by the time he was eighteen, he was a father and a convicted felon.
After completing the first draft of The Dream Catcher in 1994, and began working to make the film a reality. In 1996, he received the last of the major NEA Filmmaking Production grants, an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for the script.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
GENERATION (U.S. PREMIERE)
Introduced by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings)
This extraordinary film by Academy Award-winning director, Barbara Kopple, chronicling one of the mythic cultural events of the century, the Woodstock festivals of of 1969, 1994, and 1999, far surpasses whatever presuppositions you may bring to the theater. As an exploration of cultural memory, it resonates with powerful images of the search by two generations for community amidst nearly anarchic, and vividly disparate, celebrations of music and youth. Replete with incredible performances and brimming with the outrageous acts of self-expression, sexual liberation, and rebellion that have defined the Woodstock experience, My Generation is a film that speaks volumes about generational contrast and change; about peace and love and violence; about commercial exploitation, music and artistry; and about a profound desire for fraternity and self-fulfillment.
-Geoffrey Gilmore, Sundance Film Festival Directortf
Sunday, September 24, 2000 at the Bearsville Theater
KURDS, BAD KURDS
Good Kurds, Bad Kurds focuses on Kurdish immigrants in Santa Barbara, ethnic cleansing in Turkey--a staunch U.S. ally--and the dramatic bid by two political activists to prevent their deportation from the United States.
Human Rights Prize
Sacred sounds was shot in Morocco at the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music. With dynamic musical performances from Islamic, Christian, and Jewish traditions, it explores sacred music through interviews with artists and religious figures, against the exotic backdrop of Fez's colorful street life. Sacred Sounds breaks down cultural, political and religious barricades to celebrate our similarities and our diversities.
and cinema are the three great creations of humanity.
Mike Landry is a
gambler. He has been a gambler ever since he was a little
kid, betting on Sunday football games with his father.
Now, as an adult, Mike is tired of trading in his dreams
for the security of a nine-to-five job. Typical of his
generation, he has big dreams and a short attention span.
Never one to let patience or hard work stand in his way,
Mike seizes on the idea that his burgeoning knowledge of
card-counting might be his quick ticket to fame and
fortune. As he begins to learn increasingly complicated
systems of card-counting, Mike decides to set out on a
bold but somewhat half-baked quest for glory, celebrity,
and lots of money. To insure his place in history Mike
decides to bring along a film crew to document the event.
Alex Cohn (Director/Producer) is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn. Other projects include working as a writer/director with the comedy troupe Scary Little Town, and as a video journalist for New York Times Television on the series "Trauma: Life in the E.R." which appears on The Learning Channel. Alexs short film "The Littlest Circus" will be screening at the New York Underground Festival in March, and he is currently producing "The 60-Second Film Festival" for Charged.com which will take place in New York in April
Mike or Alex
3 SHORT DOCS FROM LES BLANK
GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN
THE MAVERICK AWARDS
Sponsored by Winstar
The Maverick Awards are given in four categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short, and Best Student Film. A special Maverick Award will also be presented to a filmmaker whose body of work demonstrates a commitment to artistry, education, and social responsibility. We are proud to announce that this year's winner is Les Blank whose films on 'Real Food, Roots Music and people full of passion for what they do' exemplify the Maverick spirit.
D. A Pennebaker (Startup.com, Don't Look Back) will present the award.
Les Blank is a prize-winning independent filmmaker, best known for a series of poetic films that led Time Magazine critic Jay Cocks to write, "I can't believe that anyone interested in movies or America...could watch Blank's work without feeling they'd been granted a casual, soft-spoken revelation." John Rockwell, writing in The New York Times, adds, "Blank is a documentarian of folk cultures who transforms anthropology into art." And Vincent Canby, also in The Times, declared that Blank "is a master of movies about the American idiom... one of our most original filmmakers."
Best Feature, Best Short & Best Student Film award is sponsored by Cineric, Inc.
Best Documentary & Best Short Documentary award is sponsored by Tapehouse, NY
A Torchilght Award will be presented to recognize a feature film by Torlight and Kodak
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
The closing night gala, with special guest, DUSTY TRAILS, will follow the Maverick awards ceremony. Catering will be provided by a variety of Woodstock eateries including
Sunday, September 24, 2000 at the Joyous Lake
3 SHORT DOCS
DEATH OF A CORNER
This heartfelt documentary tells the story of how one offbeat drugstore in Milwaukee was loved by its community yet couldnt survive the 1990s. Through interviews with longtime customers and employees, independent filmmaker Brooke Maroldi expresses the communitys deep sense of loss while articulating broader issues.
As corporate chains and homogenous strip malls spread throughout the world, independent businesses are struggling to survive and many are losing the battle. And as these businesses disappear, we all lose some of the precious connections to others once found in the common details of everyday life.
At times hilarious and other times very moving, "Death of a Corner Drugstore" is a tribute to both individuality and the ways we all need each other.
Over the course of two years, Sean Kaminsky traveled solo with a compact digital video camera and a backpack to visit three fascination alternative communities: the Rainbow Family in Oregon, the Radical Faeries in Tennessee and the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The people he met who opened up and shared their compelling experiences of ritual and community became the documentary "Ritual Nation".
(Michael) Sean Kaminsky is a filmmaker and writer living in New York City. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video production. Since moving to New York he has collaborated in the writing and performance of "The Late Edition" which was performed at the John Houseman theatre. Additionally he has completed four feature length screenplays of which "Looking for Lewis" was workshopped with producer Christine Vachon by Praxis Film Development. His screenplay "Factory" is currently under option. He has also worked on several independent films in a variety of capacities and recently began post-production on a new short, titled "Clean".
An intimate look at residents of the Sunshine Hotel, one of the last remaining flophouses on the Bowery - New York's skid row".
TWILIGHT ZONE MATINEE
THE NIGHT / Denmark
If you're thinking about robbing and killing a lonely old man in his apartment, make you're not the victim.
screenwriter, composer: Asger Thor
Producer: Katia Porter
THE WRAP PARTY/Canada
Actor, Miles Owens wakes at a wrap party, and finds himself face to face with the mysterious, probing Dr. Victor Maas. (24 mins)
Producer: Shawn Tanaka
and Simone Stock
CASHING IN - THE
BROOKLYN BITCH PROJECT
Three actors are sent into the woods of Brooklyn in search of The Legendary Brooklyn Bitch - Maria Delafomagio, a turn of the century hairdresser/prostitute.
A fascinating look into the creation of a song by two brilliantly talented composers/performers, Ricky Bird and Frank Carillo. (30 mins)
September 24, 2000 at UTOPIA STUDIOS
A CONVERSATION WITH ELMER BERNSTEIN
The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to have Mr. Bernstein participate in a special event. Elmer Bernstein, a thirteen time Academy Award nominee, is the preeminent screen composer of our time. His versatility can only be matched by his productivity. Over the past fifty years he has scored over 200 films including Cecil B. DeMille's THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MAGNICENT SEVEN, THE GRIFTERS, NATIONAL LAMPOONS ANIMAL HOUSE, MY LEFT FOOT and most recently, KEEPING THE FAITH.
FROM THE NOVEL TO THE SCREEN
Author Warren Adler (War of the Roses, Random Hearts), Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia), Nisha Ganatra and Zachary Sklar (JFK) will discuss what it takes to adapt a book to film.
INTERNET DOTCOMERS SEMINAR
How has the internet dot.coms
changed the industry and where are they
Erin Heidereich, Director of
In addition to Film Festival events, Woodstock's diverse cultural experiences await visiting filmmakers and audience members. Festival participants will enjoy concerts, good food, browsing Woodstock's unique shops, tubing the Esopus River, hiking or biking through spectacular landscapes, enjoying a luxurious spa or visiting the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, one of a handful of major Tibetan centers in the United States.
Mirabai Books invites filmgoers to join local naturalists on a series of early morning hikes to some of Woodstocks most charming woodlands and inspiring vistas. A different 1 to 2 hour hike will be scheduled for each morning of the Festival. Mirabai will also be providing water and transportation to the hikes starting points. Those seeking a bit of serenity amidst the Festivals hustle and bustle can join renown Rock & Roll chronicler Elliot Landy for meditation in Mirabais Sacred Space Gallery. Landy, the 1969 Woodstock Festival's official photographer, will help guide participants on a journey toward inner peace, balance and clarity. These gatherings will be scheduled in the early evening on each day of the Festival. Participation will be limited to ten people, so interested participants are asked to sign-up beforehand with Mirabai Books (845-679-2100).
Finally, all good film festivals boast their fair share of parties. Ours will be no exception!
A beautiful, celebrated town which has already drawn hundreds of film, literary, and entertainment professionals because of its quiet beauty and stimulating cultural life -- An international slate of films and filmmakers -- Enthusiastic community support -- A luminous Advisory Board -- An experienced, dedicated staff -- With all of this going for it, the Woodstock Film Festival will quickly become one of the brightest jewels on the Film Festival Circuit.
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