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with special guests
directors Tony Coleman, Margaret Meagher
and renowned ukulele virtuoso James Hill

(Woodstock, NY) May 10, 2010: The Woodstock Film Festival and the Onteora Central School District will co present a special screening of MIGHTY UKE and performance by renowned ukulele virtuoso James Hill, plus local ukelele ensemble We Can Lele, on Monday, May 17, 7pm, at the new Harry Simon Auditorium at ONTEORA HIGH SCHOOL in Boiceville (click here for directions).

The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted to benefit the Onteora High School Film and Broadcasting Program.

“We’re very pleased to present this wonderful film, in the spirit of our continued cooperation with the Woodstock Film Festival and their Youth Career Day,” says Onteora teacher and media lab coordinator David Nelson-Epstein. “The ukelele is dear to our hearts at Onteora; our much-loved student Killian Mansfield, who passed away last summer, gave us the gift of his ukelele playing on his amazing CD, SOMEWHERE ELSE. We’re also thrilled that directors of this wonderful film will be on hand for this screening, which will benefit future local filmmakers who are learning the craft at the Onteora.”

"It's a great pleasure to return to Woodstock, where we launched MIGHTY UKE last fall, said director Tony Coleman by phone from Toronto. "The great spirit of music and community in Woodstock has helped to propel the film all over the world inspiring people to discover their inner music with the humble ukulele."

"We're thrilled that people will have the opportunity to see this wonderful film. Tony and Margaret created an infectious film full of spirit and human expression, "stated Laurent Rejto for the Woodstock FIlm Festival. "It's also great that this will benefit future local filmmakers who are learning the craft at the Onteora Media Lab. Hope everyone will come out. It should be a treat.

Directed by Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher
2009 / 78 Minutes

Mighty Uke travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyo’s highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’s instrument: The Mighty Uke.

Mighty Uke is a visual feast, filmed in vivid HD,counterbalanced by B/W historical footage and original animation, and accompanied by music, played, composed and introduced by the characters themselves.

For additional details, visit MIGHTY UKE ONLINE

Called the “Wayne Gretzky of the ukulele” by Stuart McLean for his genre-bending original ukulele compositions and lightening quick hands, James Hill is never satisfied with knowing “how.” He wants to learn what it is that the ukulele does that no other instrument can, and write and play to these strengths. This sets him free to explore and include any and all musical genres. A little Bluegrass, a little Classical, Spanish, Blues and Jazz, with the odd bit of Asian Folk thrown in, his music is truly original, truly global and tailored to the ukulele.

For additional info about James Hill, visit www.ukulelejames.com

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"offers key music discoveries
every three minutes..."


A sweet, fascinating documentary.

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About the Woodstock Film Festival:

Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests," the Woodstock FIlm Festival has been praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking."

The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 29-October 3, 2010. The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. Celebrating its eleventh year, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres 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©(3) organization whose mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. For more information please call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com



About the Killian Mansfield Foundation:

The Killian Mansfield Foundation is a not for profit entity created to support and promote the use of integrative therapies for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. These innovative therapies reduce debilitating symptoms (such as nausea, stress and fatigue), which exhaust patients and their families. By expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and caregivers, patients and their families can focus on comfort and recovery. The current beneficiary of the Killian Mansfield Foundation is the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, which sustains an excellent Integrative Therapies Program.

For more information, or to make a donation go to the Killian Mansfield Foundation, visit them online and don't forget to vote for daily in May to help them earn a Pepsi Refresh Challenge Grant.


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