Spirit of Woodstock

Please join us June 4, 2016 from 5-8pm for the

We are very proud to announce that
the 2016 honorees are
Ron Nyswaner and Philippe Petit

Cocktails and substantial hors d'oeuvres will be served
at a private residence overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir

The SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation, and the river that flows through and connects it. This year we honor two local luminaries who embody these qualities -- Ron Nyswaner and Philippe Petit. Previous honorees include Michael Lang, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mark Braunstein, and Levon Helm. The Spirit of Woodstock Award, is hand-crafted by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture.

Philippe Petit

Ron Nyswaner is a screenwriter, author,
director, producer, and activist who makes his home in Ulster County and Los Angeles.

His screenplays include Philadelphia,
The Painted Veil
, and Soldier’s Girl.
He is also a writer and co-executive producer of
Ray Donovan (Seasons 1 & 2)
Homeland (Season 5 & 6).

In addition to other honors, his documentary, She’s the Best Thing In It, won the audience award at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival.

This year, Ron issued a revised edition of Blue Days, Black Nights: A Memoir of Desire, chronicling a doomed love affair and
his battle with addiction.


Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit has has performed on the
high wire more than 80 times around the world, but he makes his home in Ulster County and New York City. In 1974, Petit mesmerized the world with an illegal high wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of New York City.

His COUP has been the subject of many books
and movies, including the autobiography,
To Reach the Clouds, the Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire, and the Robert Zemeckis’ feature film The Walk.

Philippe Petit is also a magician, street juggler, lecturer, barn builder, and the author of
ten books, with the most recent being
Creativity: The Perfect Crime.

WITHOUT YOU the Woodstock Film Festival cannot continue presenting its annual fall program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities. With the cost of living on the rise, and federal and state financial support to valuable arts organizations such as ours so tight, we rely on you, our friends and patrons, and fundraisers like the SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK to generate support.


*All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law

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2About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" 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 organization is based in THE FILM CENTER, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 17th Annual Festival October 13-16, 2016, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Boiceville, Kingston and Rosendale.