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Woodstock Film Festival  & 120dB Films
presents a
Special SNEAK PREVIEW Benefit Screening of

BATTLE IN SEATTLE followed by reception with director Stuart Townsend

(Woodstock, NY) August 28, 2008:  The Woodstock Film Festival in association with 120dB Films will present a special benefit screening of Stuart Townsend's BATTLE IN SEATTLE followed by a Q&A with the director (hosted by Janet Maslin) and a reception at the Jacob Burns Film Center, in Pleasantville, NY, on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm.

BATTLE IN SEATTLE  is a film about the common desire to make a difference in the world, even though the choices made can change lives forever. The film follows the story of a peaceful demonstration to stop the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Meeting in November 1999. The protest quickly escalates into a full-scale riot, and soon a State of Emergency is declared by the Mayor of Seattle. Caught in the crossfire of civil liberties and keeping the peace are Seattle residents, including its beleaguered mayor (Ray Liotta), a riot cop on the streets (Woody Harrelson) and his pregnant wife (Charlize Theron). Among the protesters are Django (Andre Benjamin), Sam (Jennifer Carpenter), Lou (Michelle Rodriguez) and Jay (Martin Henderson).  Each has a unique story, yet   are united in their quest for justice and to be heard.

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Proceeds from the Jacob Burns Film Center screening will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival, one of the foremost regional film festivals in North America, having presented nationally acclaimed, outstanding cinematic programs for the past eight years. The ‘fiercely independent” festival is based in the famous arts colony of Woodstock in the Hudson Valley Catskills, offering year-round film programs, including youth programs and outreach screenings in NYC and other metropolitan areas.

This is the first collaboration between the two film organizations.

The link between the WFF and  the Burns Film Center was sparked by Burns Center member Stephen Hays, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Film Festival.  Hays is the founder of 120dBFilms, a financial services company specializing in gap, finishing and bridge loans to the independent film industry, and saw a common connection between both organizations in their pursuit of excellence in film.

“We are extremely proud to be involved with this program and gratified to be funding the prints and advertising campaign of Battle in Seattlesaid Hays. “After seeing it in Toronto last year, I was thrilled by the subject matter and performances, so I am happy that one year later, we can assist in the theatrical release, and can assist the Woodstock Film Festival in the great work they are doing.”

Laurent Rejto, the co-founder and director of the Woodstock Film Festival, said

“It’s a great feeling to be able to present this high quality film at the Jacob Burns Film Center, as we share the goal of presenting excellent films that may not ordinarily be available; the Hudson Valley is becoming a mecca for independent film and we are glad to be part of the renaissance.”

Rejto is also the founder of the Hudson Valley Film Commission, which creates sustainable economic development by attracting, supporting and promoting regional film production.  Select projects have included National Geographic’s “Human Footprint,” “The Night Listener” and Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” The Woodstock Film Festival a not-for-profit organization 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. Contributions benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Stephen Hays is co-founder and General Partner of Seneca Capital, a $2.5 billion, New York-based hedge fund specializing in arbitrage, distressed securities and event-driven investing (1996-2003), where he remains a Partner and advisor. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Furman Selz, a New York-based investment bank where his focus was proprietary risk arbitrage and special situation investing (1987-1995).

The Jacob Burns Film Center, based in Pleasantville, NY, is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting visual literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community.

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The 9th annual Woodstock Film Festival takes place October 1-5th, 2008. The “fiercely independent” festival in the colony of the arts will include more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events featured at venues in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck and Rosendale. Visit for ticket and more detailed program information.

During the past eight years, the Woodstock Film Festival has established itself as one of the foremost independent film events in the country by premiering exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. WFF’s sister organization, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production throughout the region.


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