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(Woodstock, NY) SEPT. 13, 2011:

The 12th annual Woodstock Film Festival cinema extravaganza set for Wed. Sept. 21-Sunday Sept. 25 will feature world caliber animation and animators including a fly on the wall view into the wild and wacky world of animator BILL PLYMPTON; an in-depth panel discussion with BLUE SKY STUDIOS and the creators of the "Rio;" an extraordinary program of ANIMATION curated by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane as well as several other animated shorts and trailers.

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE of “Adventures in Plymptoons,” directed by Alexia Anastasio
Two years ago, director Alexia Anastasio trailed Bill Plympton around at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival while making “Adventures in Plymptoons.” Other Interview locations included the Woodstock Artists Cemetery, Steve Heller’s Fabulous Furniture and many other local haunts.  

Two-time Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton is the genius creator of countless hilarious animated features and shorts, and guiding light of WFF’s Animation Program since its inception. For years, he has successfully fended off lucrative offers from Hollywood in order to retain his creative freedom and control as an independent. Generous and mild-mannered in person, Plympton, rather than repressing the wildness of his unconscious mind, lets it all spill out to create films so manic and imaginative, they have probably accounted for a big chunk of the laughter in the world.

By interweaving Plympton’s animations, his personal storytelling and interviews with such luminaries as Terry Gilliam, Keith Carradine, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Martha Plimpton, Matthew Modine, Moby, as well as Plympton’s family and friends, Anastasio has fashioned a film as entertaining and wacky as the animator himself.

“Adventures in Plymptoons” will screen on 9/23, 4pm at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck and on 9/24, 11:45am at the Bearsville Theater.

A rare, IN-DEPTH PANEL with BLUE SKY STUDIOS, the makers of the hit ICE AGE movies and the creators of RIO. The panel will explore the process of making an animated feature – from story development, to sculpting and design, through animation and on to the finished film.

Panel moderator Chris Wedge won an Academy Award in 1998 for his short film "Bunny," and has since directed both "Ice Age" and "Robots." His next Blue Sky feature is "Leafmen." He can also be heard as the "voice" of the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat in "Ice Age" and its sequels. Wedge will be joined by top talents in the animation field, whose work includes such hit films as "Horton Hears a Who!," both "Ice Age" films, "The Emperor's New Groove" and "Rio."

Panelists will include John Donkin, Senior Supervising Animator Galen Chu and Director of Photography and Director Renato Falcã.

This not-to-be-missed panel for animation lovers and filmmakers promises to enlighten and entertain and will take place on 9/25, 12 Noon at Utopia Studios at the Bearsville Complex in Woodstock.

A SPECIAL SCREENING of RIO will precede the panel on 9/25, 10:00am at the Woodstock Playhouse. "RIO," directed by Carlos Saldanha, is the tale Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota. When he meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.

Hudson Valley Families are invited to bring their kids by our box office13 Rock City Rd, Woodstock and select public libraries to color a poster, and receive two FREE tickets to see RIO at the Woodstock Playhouse on Sunday, Sept. 25th at 10:00am.

WFF's ANNUAL ANIMATION PROGRAM is curated by master animators Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane.

"It is our honor to work so closely with Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane. They are among the best of the best in animation today," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "Each year they curate a unique program that features some of the best animation work from around the world." This year's program includes everything from moonshine, bible and bloodshed, tools in the deep, to "Weird Al's" New Song and Video.

This year's Animation Program includes:

"Accumulonimbus" by Andy Kennedy displays natural and manmade objects on a spin cycle accumulate, disintegrate and multiply.
"Après Moi" by Paul Emile Boucher, Thomas Bozovic, Madeleine Charruaud, Dorianne Fibleuil, Benjamin Flouw, Mickaël Riciotti, Antoine Robert. I is another, but it's still me.
"The Backwater Gospel" by Bo Mathorne is Moonshine. Bible. Bloodshed.
"Book Girl & Cabinet Girl" by Jane Wu is a story of how friends are just always there for you.
"The Deep" by Pes. Tools in the deep?
"Enrique Wrecks the World" by David Chai teaches the hard lesson that actions speak louder than birds!
"Giraffe-stronaut" by Jacob Kafka views the world from above.
"Grandpa Looked Like William Powell" by David Levy. Sometimes a memento only reminds you how little you know someone.
"Luminaris" by Juan Pablo Zaramella shows world controlled and timed by light.
"Masks" by Patrick Smith was inspired by music.
"Millhaven" by Bartek Kulas is about fifteen-year-old Loretta who knows we all have to die.
"Place Stamp Here" by Joy Vaccese, Noelle Melody and Kelly Sharp shows how the world disassembles us, and then puts us back together.
"Scarecrow (Espantapájaros)" by Blanca Esteve Stéphant is a black and white poem about a special kind of woman.
"Something Left, Something Taken" by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahatashows that everyone who enters a crime scene leaves something behind and takes something away.
"Suicide: An Excerpt From "Rocks in My Pocket" by Signe Baumane is a personal, humorous and life affirming story.
"TMZ Music Video"was created for "Weird Al's" New Song.

Several other ANIMATED SHORTS were programmed this year as part of the festival including:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg is a poignant, humorous allegory inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton and The Wizard of Oz.
Colwater Jane's "Marionette," by West Shokan's Beck Underwood is a love story about working it out, in stop motion with no strings attached.
"Miss Daisy Cutter," which was created by Laen Sanches for The Veils comes with this apt tagline: If Walt Disney took some bad acid this is what his trip would look like. Don't say you weren't warned.
"Rumbleseat" is Mike Roberts music video for The Sadies and tells the story of a man who awakes to find himself in the back of a demonic hotrod driven by mysterious ghouls, who force him to examine the events that led him to this unfamiliar world.


Mike Roberts also created one of two Animated Trailers based on the 2011 poster artwork by Kathy Ruttenberg. Roberts is a native Toronto animator, designer, illustrator and director. He has created commercial animation and design for clients such as Honda, Ford and Kellogg's, as well as film and television animation for ABC/Disney, Soapnet, HBO Documentary Films, Decode Entertainment, The Juggernaut Productions, and for directors such as Ron Mann and Doug Block. Rumbleseat is his first short film.

Another wonderful trailer was animated by Curious Pictures based on Artwork and concept by Kathy Ruttennerg.

Both trailers will be unveiled during the film festival.


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, 501c3 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.

2011 Sponsors
Gold Sponsors          
120dB Films Markertek.com        
Silver Sponsors          
A&E Indiefilms TIME Magainze        
Superstar Sponsors          
BMI Brooklyn Brewery Ketel One Vodka Lowel Light Metrovision Radio Woodstock
Foundation & Government Support        
Academy Foundation Giving Back Foundation NYSCA Dutchess County Arts Council    



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