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Ilene Marder, Press Director, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 810-0264
Tina Gibbens-Tenneriello, Deputy Press Director, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 810-0264


ROBIN BRONK, CEO of The Creative Coalition,
Pioneering Public Advocate for the Arts

(Woodstock, NY) August 23, 2011:
The Woodstock Film Festival today announced that pioneering arts advocate ROBIN BRONK will be honored as the 2011 Honorary Trailblazer for her accomplishments and tireless commitment in believing in the power of the arts to effect social change.

As the Chief Executive Officer of The Creative Coalition —the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry, Bronk is passionately dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating the entertainment industry and arts community on issues of public importance, particularly the First Amendment, arts in education, and media literacy.

"We are honored to present our Trailblazer Award to Robin Bronk," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WFF. "Her dedication to effecting social change through the arts is admired by many in our industry, and her uncompromising spirit and innovative leadership make her the epitome of a Trailblazer."

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Woodstock Film Festival," said Bronk, who was appointed CEO in April 2010. "For more than twenty years, The Creative Coalition has been at the forefront of public advocacy for arts and entertainment that creates social awareness and change. In accepting this award, it affirms that we are making a difference by creating opportunities where the arts can be used as a means to educate global audiences on important subject matter."

Bronk has exponentially grown The Creative Coalition's operating budget by designing and instituting corporate sponsorship programs and cause marketing opportunities. She created the Spotlight Initiative, a division of The Creative Coalition that produces and supports films with messages important to the domestic and global agendas.

Through this initiative, Bronk created partnerships with leading independent film distributors and producers including HBO, Weinstein Company, Oscilloscope, Focus Features, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Paladin, Participant, Baltimore Films, Abramorama, Incognito, Original Media and Roadside Attractions, among others.

Bronk most recently produced the feature film airing on Showtime, Poliwood, directed by Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson. She is currently producing a documentary on obesity, also with Mr. Levinson. She is an author and public speaker, serves as spokesperson for The Creative Coalition, and is a frequent speaker and communicator on the role of the entertainment industry in public advocacy campaigns.

She has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, People, Boston Globe, The Washington Post; has been a guest on The O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, Scarborough Country, as well as CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, New York 1 and other broadcast outlets, as well as a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

The Honorary Trailblazer Award will be presented Saturday, September 24, at WFF's Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

Other Honorary Award Recipients include Excellence in Acting recipient Ellen Barkin, and Mark Ruffalo, recipient of the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award.

Awards will also be given to filmmakers in various competition categories. Tickets for the Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony will be on sale as of August 31, 2011.

For ticket information, and for the latest WFF program updates, please visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.


About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and 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 Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501 (C)(3) 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.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 12th Annual Festival September 21- 25, 2011, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

P.O Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 - (845) 679-4265
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