Steve McQueen by Barry Feinstein (1963)
The online bidding is coming to a close for the Woodstock Film Festival Not-So-Silent auction. There are some great one-of-a kind artworks, indulgent services, and collectibles including an autographed Robert Deniro Fedora, and an autographed Phish print. Please take a look, and help support the growth of the festival by bidding, and help thank the generous donors by checking out their other wares through our online data links.

All items that reach the minimum bid or higher by July 19th will be awarded on that date so don't wait too long. Check out the goods.

Peter Hedges on the set of "Pieces of April"
Every September, film and music lovers from around the world gather in Woodstock for an exhilarating variety of films, concerts, celebrity-led seminars, workshops, awards ceremony, and fun filled parties.

This year events will also be held in Kingston, Saugerties, Hunter, and Rhinebeck, NY.

Preliminary participants for 2003 include Peter Hedges, Woody Harrelson, Ron Mann, Aidan Quinn, Fisher Stevens, Griffin Dunne, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Bill Plympton, Bingham Ray, Marcia Gay Harden and many others.

Early selections include Peter Hedges' Pieces of April, John Sayles' Casa de Los Babys, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Ron Mann's Go Further, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Tom Dowd and the language of Music, and Godfathers and Sons.

The full schedule will be announced August 19.
For tickets and other info, visit or call (845) 679-4265.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Katie Holmes

The OPENING NIGHT film set for Sept. 18 at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock will be the East Coast premiere of "Pieces of April," written and directed by Peter Hedges, and starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Luke with Sean Hayes, and Oliver Platt.

A special screening of John Sayles "Casa de Los Babys" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, and Lili Taylor will launch Film Festival screenings at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.

On Friday, events kick off at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Theater in Hunter. To celebrate the significance of film preservation, Sony Pictures and Cineric, Inc will screen a recently restored classic film. A reception will follow.

Last year's extraordinary lineup featured some of the most talked about films of the year, including "Far From Heaven," "The Grey Zone," " Personal Velocity," "Gerry," "Blue Car," "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," "Washington Heights," "Amandla," and "Spellbound."

With last years' festival a virtual sell-out, visitors planning to attend, are advised to book early to secure accommodations and festival tickets. To keep updated on films and events or for directions and information about where to stay, visit us at


Documentaries, and shorts are an integral part of the programming. The 2003 Woodstock Film Festival will feature the East Coast premiere of "Go Further," an on-the-road documentary featuring actor & activist Woody Harrelson, and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann.

Described as an Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test on Tofu, "Go Further" follows Harrelson and his modern day merry pranksters, on a consciousness-raising tour extolling sustainable development and conscious living in an environmentally sound world.

Shorts from all over the world run the gamut from live action narratives to animation and music videos. In 2002, we proudly presented the U.S Premiere of "Fait D'hiver," which went on to garner an Oscar nod for best short. Our Animation program, curated by Bill Plympton presents the best (and weirdest) in traditional, computer, and clay animation and this years music videos will feature new work from Blondie and David Johansen.

Continuing an extraordinary lineup of provocative programming EXPOSURE features films from around the world with an emphasis on social, political and environmental matters. Preliminary selections include "The Revolution will not be Televised," "Power Trip," and "A Normal Life."

Focus on Music showcases films about music, and presents workshops with musicians, and composers such as the legendary Elmer Bernstein.

Select films for 2003 include "Tom Dowd & the Language of Music," and Marc Levin's "Godfathers and Sons" ( one of the documentaries in Martin Scorsese's seven-part film series on THE BLUES). The doc features hip hop legend Chuck D of Public Enemy and Marshall Chess, son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy.

Focus on Music also presents concerts. Participating musicians have included Gov't Mule, Phish founders Mike Gordon & Trey Anastasio, Arlo Guthrie, Natalie Merchant, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Marshall Crenshaw, Levon Helm, Graham Parker, Benny Mardones, Happy Traum, Eric Weissberg, Kate Pierson, Sara Lee, & Gail Ann Dorsey.

Stitt, Revene & Osborne

the "SuperScottiscopic" crane

BET's "Strangers" shoots locally - by Bill Stitt, and Larry Revene
On June 10th, the only sunny day in a string of soggy ones, a film crew converged west of Saugerties on route 212 at the historic Snyder farm.

Producer/Director Nate Osborne's crew -- technicians both local and from the city -- to make a music video featuring the lead song on the sound track album from his soon-to-be released feature film, "Don't Go to Strangers."

The video is slotted for air time on Black Entertainment Television's newly formatted jazz music video show, and will coincide with the independent release of "Strangers", sometime around September. An independent producer of music as well as film, Osborne has produced a number of music videos for a record company called Full Force.

"I'm telling the story of an urban couple who move to the farm," Osborne said. "She (played by Nicole Guiland) loves it, he (played by Grant (Grant A.N.Gee) can't hack it and goes back to the city. She stays and runs the farm. He returns, hoping this time to stay, and she accepts him."

"I wanted to contrast the funky farm look with the melodious sound of Nicole Guiland's voice," he went on. "And Nicole was very much taken with the concept." "It's completely unexpected," she said, "and, for me, works perfectly."

To playback, Nicole Guiland performs her soulful rendition of the classic Etta Jones hit "Don't Go to Strangers" - the inspiration for Osborne's film. For the full story, visit the bulletin board.


"MAY," which played the 2002 WFF opens
In the style of Brian De Palma's Carrie, and a modern-day tribute to Frankenstein, May is a chilling tale of a young woman's passion and obsession. The subject of constant ridicule from her peers and parents as a young girl, May retreats to a life of seclusion, one in which she believes that her only true friend is the homemade doll given to her by her mother - a doll that she regularly consults for advice. With Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris and James Dural. More available at May the Movie

spellbound MOVIE REVIEW
Law of the letter
"SPELLBOUND," and the glory of getting the last word
by Syd M (from the Woodstock Times)
The venerable George Bernard Shaw, a proponent of simplifying English spelling, once pointed out that "fish" could be spelled "ghoti" in English. With its grammatical exceptions, erratic pronunciations, accursed silent letters, homonyms, and roots in Latin and Greek, the English language truly is a spelling minefield. We don't even spell "phonetic" phonetically. The problem is so serious that there is even a word - orthographer - for that rare bird who spells correctly. For the complete review, click here

After a tipsy one-night stand, two New York neighbors seem to have only their anonymity in common. He's an unnoticed plumber; she's an unproduced scriptwriter. When the plumber pretends to be a film director to get himself noticed, the writer builds on his scam to get her script produced. Both think they are using the other to get what they want. To their surprise, they end up discovering that what they may want is each other. With Martin Donovan, Mary-Louise Parker, Rebecca Gayheart and Kevin Carrol. Produced by Hudson Valley resident Sally Roy.  Available for purchase at Lions Gate.

"The Ballad of Bering Strait" is a cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who came to America to become country music stars. The film documents the band's struggles to survive a tumultuous transition to the American country music scene. It is the story of young adults responding to the twists and turns of the recording industry, the falling apart of their label, rehearsing for their tour, preparing for their debut concert at the Grand Old Opry, charting the course for their career with their managers, and living every-day life on the farm where they reside in rural Tennessee.

The band, with its first album just released and on the heels of a Grammy nomination for its first single, has finally settled into a musical partnership with Universal South. After more than two years in the making, The Ballad of Bering Strait is ultimately about an amazing cultural fusion-coming of age journey in America. For more info, visit Emerging Pictures.

"WEST 47th Street" comes to P.O.V.
The award-winning feature-length documentary, West 47th Street, will make its national television premiere on the highly-acclaimed PBS TV series P.O.V. (Point of View), public television's showcase for independent documentary films on August 19th at 10 pm. (Time may be different in some areas - check local listings).

"West 47th Street" is an intimate cinéma vérité portrait of four people struggling to recover from serious mental illness. They've all come to Fountain House, a renowned rehabilitation center in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Over three years, the film follows Frances, Fitzroy, Zeinab and Tex as they deal with drug regimens, health issues, group homes and work programs with courage and humor. Epic in scope, West 47th Street offers an unprecedented window onto the lives of people who are often feared and ignored, but seldom understood. The film is directed by Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples, and produced by the Peabody Award-winning Lichtenstein Creative Media, creators of public radio's "The Infinite Mind." For more information, visit "West 47th Street".

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