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Photo from Barbara Kopple's
"My Generation" (wff-2000)


In 2003, Woodstock celebrates its one hundred year anniversary as a place of dreams and ideas for art, political philosophy and alternative lifestyles. To honor and build on these traditions, the Woodstock Film Festival is pleased to launch the new program, EXPOSURE, featuring panels, think tanks, live concerts and thought-provoking films from around the world that emphasize social, political and environmental concerns.

True to the spirit of Woodstock, the Film Festival has a record of spotlighting issues and inviting participants with a concern for movies and art that matters. By hosting EXPOSURE in a setting that has a longstanding tradition for social consciousness, the Woodstock Film Festival creates a natural progression by which programming can focus on matters that affect our lives and our world while seeking to heighten awareness.

At this frightening time when the U.S. is on the verge of war, it's more important than ever to stimulate dialogue and positive resolution through the power of film.




Denis Quaid & Julianne Moore in "Far from Heaven"

best doc 2002 - Spellbound

"Why Can't We be a Family Again?"



"Bowling for Columbine"


We wish to congratulate the following films and filmmakers for their recent Oscar nominations.

(U.S Premiered at Woodstock Film Festival)
Actress in a Leading Role - Julianne Moore
Cinematography - Edward Lachman
Music (Score) – Woodstock’s own Elmer Bernstein
This is the fourteenth Academy Award nomination for Elmer Bernstein. He was previously nominated for: “The Age Of Innocence,” “Trading Places,” “Gold,” “True Grit,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Return Of The Seven,” “Hawaii,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Walk On The Wild Side,” “Summer And,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Man With The Golden Arm.”
Writing (Original Screenplay) – Todd Haynes

(winner of best documentary, 2002 Woodstock Film Festival)

Documentary Feature - Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch

(short doc finalist, 2002 Woodstock Film Festival)

Documentary Short Subject - Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel

(honorable mention for cinematography, 2002 Woodstock Film Festival)

Short Film (Live Action) - Dirk Beliën and Anja Daelemans

Congratulations also to advisory board members for the following nods.

Executive Producer John Sloss for “Far from Heaven.”

Executive producer Peter Saraf for “Adaptation” which received nominations for
Actor in a Leading Role - Nicolas Cage, Actor in a Supporting Role - Chris Cooper, Actress in a Supporting Role - Meryl Streep, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Charlie Kaufman.

United Artist President Bingham Ray for “Bowling for Columbine”, which received a nod for best Documentary Feature – Michael Moore and Michael Donovan  


"America So Beautiful"


"The Ballad of Bering Strait"

Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in "Gerry"




Check your local theater for these films which appeared at the Woodstock Film Festival

America So Beautiful opens in Los Angeles. Check americasobeautiful.com for dates and times.“If ever there was a timely movie that struck a chord so well with current events and sentiments and not only illustrated its point, but found that illustration to be one of the most important and pertinent messages of the day, this is it.” (aintitcoolnews.com)

Lee Hirsch’s Amandla, opens February 19th in New York at the Film Forum then nationwide.

Nina Gilden Seavey's  The Ballad of Bering Strait opens February 19th in New York City at Loews State and City Cinemas Village East. The film Opens February 21st in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

The WFF was proud to screen Gus Van Sant’s Gerry in 2002. This breathtaking film starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, opens February 14th in NY at the Angelika Film Center and in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theater.

Coming in March

Down and Out with the Dolls - the dolls which world premiered at the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival are coming to U.S. theaters in March 2003......Ain't rock n roll a bitch!

"Washington Heights"

"King Midas"


Washington Heights (WFF-2002) has been picked up for distribution by MAC Releasing and opens in theaters on May 9th . Read the complete story in indiewire.


So Many Women, So Little Hair (WFF-2002) Jon Rubin’s quest for beauty has its U.S. Television Premiere Valentine’s Day at 9:45 PM on Cinemax.


King Midas, which world premiered at the 2001 WFF will be available on home video and DVD Tuesday, Feb. 4th. Check your local Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, West Coast Video, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Camelot stores.


United Artists has closed a deal for worldwide rights to  "Pieces of April," one of the hottest titles on the market at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. UA President Bingham Ray announced the deal late Thursday here in Park City.

The competition film, which stars Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke, and Sean Hayes, is an InDigEnt film screening in competition at Sundance. It is

the directorial debut of writer Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "About a Boy"). InDigEnt made news at last year's Sundance with its award wins and sales of "Personal Velocity" to UA and "Tadpole" to Miramax.

Read the Full Story @ indieWIRE.com




"The Quality of Mercy"


Los Angeles and New York (2/6/2003) - The Writers Guild of America, East and west announced the nominations for outstanding achievement in screen during the 2002 season. Noms for best original screenplay include  "Antwone Fisher," "Bowling  for Columbine," "Far From Heaven," "Gangs of New York" and "My Big  Fat Greek Wedding”. Best adapted screenplay contenders include  "About a Boy," "About Schmidt," "Adaptation," "Chicago" and  "The Hours.

Ryan Shore who was honored at the WFF with the first ever Elmer Bernstein Award for best Score (“Cadaverous”) composed the music for "Shadowplay", which recently won First Place at the Student Emmy Awards.  The film also recently won a Student Academy Award in June.  This is the second film Ryan has scored to win both the Student Academy Award and the Student Emmy Award. The first film, "A Letter From the Western Front", was honored with both in 1999.

The scores for these 2 films can be listened to on Ryan’s website at www.ryanshore.com

THE QUALITY OF MERCY, which screened at the 2002 WFF is a quarterfinalist in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival. A clip of “The Quality of Mercy” will be available online at http://www.chryslermdff.com for four weeks between January 16th and February 20th for the View, Vote & Win competition. During this period, you will have the opportunity to select your favorite ten films, determining an Audience Winner.



Woodstock auditions


Susan Leber is currently producing "Down to the Bone" in the Woodstock / Kingston, New York region. The script, which won the Screenwriting Prize at the Nantucket Film Festival and was work shopped at the Sundance Lab tells the story of a woman struggling to balance the needs of her family with her own needs, fears and desires. The Director Debra Granik's short "Snake Feed" (also shot in Ulster County) won the Sundance Jury Prize in 1998. Producer Susan Leber's first film "Margarita Happy Hour" premiered at Sundance and played the Woodstock Film Festival in 2001. Co-producer Anne Rosellini was a programmer at the Seattle film Festival and was director of Acquisitions at Atom Films.

For information about shooting your next film in the Hudson Valley Catkill region, contact the Woodstock Film Commission at 845 679-4265 or visit us online at http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/woodstockfilmcommission.htm


Woodstock Film Festival director of development, Laurent Rejto will be available for contact at South by Southwest from March 7-11. For contact info, check the festival registry .

Rejto recently published the novel "The Reluctant Adventure," now available through Amazon, Farmhouse Films and select bookstores.

"This terrifying war-time tale is told though the eyes of a narrator too young and full of life to be terrified. The Reluctant Adventurer is a story of love, friendship, and adventure; it is warm and humorous and informative and just a bit magical....not unlike the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez."  (Greycore Press)



The 4th annual "Fiercely Independent" Woodstock Film Festival will be held September 17-21 2003 in Woodstock NY and will celebrate new voices of independent filmmakers with great films, seminars, workshops, concerts, parties and good people in a relaxed, receptive community surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.  Early Bird deadline: April 15 2003. Final deadline June 15 2003. Awards are presented for  Best Feature,  Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film,  Best Cinematography (The Haskell Wexler Award), and Best Animation (Awarded by Bill Plympton) Entry fees ranges from $25 - $50. Festival is competitive.

Specialty programming includes: Focus on Music and Exposure - an Exploration of Movies that Matter.

For additional info visit the WFF 2003 entry form

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