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2008 Official Woodstock Film Festival Poster Artist, Karen Whitman


(Woodstock, NY) August 13, 2008: A fabulous new poster designed by Woodstock-based artist Karen Whitman was unveiled today for the 9th Annual Woodstock Film Festival running from Wednesday October 1st through Sunday Oct. 5th.

“Since it’s an election year, we decided to create our own political poster. We want people to vote fiercely independent by coming out to the festival from October 1 thru 5 to enjoy the amazing work that will be on display by talented filmmakers from all over the world,” said co-founder Laurent Rejto. “The poster is a cross between the propaganda posters from the twenties and sixties concert posters. But it has a definitive Woodstock touch.”

Karen Whitman, who specializes in linoleum block prints, created the poster using the century old technique known as linoleum cutting. The engraving technique dates back to the end of the 19th century. Linoleum (made from a layer of cork dust mixed with linseed oil, gum, and resin) is hand tooled using chisels and knives. Whitman, using both antique and modern presses, creates prints.

A small run of prints including water-colored versions will be created as a signed limited edition and available through the website at

Karen Whitman specializes in linoleum cuts (linoleum block prints), primarily of New York City. She lived in Manhattan for 18 years, where she studied at the Art Students League and Parsons School of Design. Whitman has a special affinity with the graphic quality and detail of its vibrant streets and massive structures while imbuing them with a warmth and playful accessibility.

She has exhibited extensively throughout the country and has won numerous national awards. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. In 1991 she discovered the art colony of Woodstock, NY and moved there in 1994.

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About the Woodstock Film Festival

The 9th annual Woodstock Film Festival takes place October 1-5th, 2008. The “fiercely independent” event will include more than 150 films, panels, concerts, and special events that will be featured at venues in the historic arts colony of 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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