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2011 Woodstock Film Festival Kick Off Concert Shines in the Dark

Transformer Blow-Out Sparks Black-Out For Festival's First Event,
But Community Spirit Illuminates Intimate, Acoustic, Candle-Lit Cabaret.

Power Finally Restored, Show Switched Back to Main Stage

(Woodstock NY) Sept. 22, 2011: Community spirit, team work and quick thinking turned what could have been a "disaster" into a very special evening, Wednesday night when the Woodstock Film Festival's Kick-off concert went on as scheduled despite a town-wide black-out.

Shortly before WFF's Wednesday night concert at the Bearsville Theater was slated to begin, a blown transformer in downtown Woodstock left the theater, and much of the town in the dark. With more than 100 attendees already lined up, WFF Musical Director Paul Green, WFF Executive Director Meira Blaustein, and festival personel quickly transformed the event into a spontaneous, intimate, acoustic cabaret, with dozens of candle-lit lanterns assembled on a portable stage in the theater's lounge. As enthusiastic concert-goers gathered together around the performers on stage and the first sound of strumming guitars filled the darkened space, young and old cheered and began happily clapping along, officially launching the 12th Annual Festival.

"Thanks to Paul, our incredibly talented musicians and the Woodstock community, the night was magical and a true hallmark of what Woodstock and the festival are all about," said Blaustein, after the lights returned.

After about an hour of candle light performances, the power returned and the show continued on the main stage. The evening's performers included Philippe Quinn and Nellie McKay, The Lori Singer Experience, Tracy Bonham with Jerry Marotta, Bazaar, and Explorer (former star students at Paul Green's School of Rock).

Meanwhile, the other incredible concert event of Wednesday night was unaffected by the black-out as the show began at 10pm. Geen Ween Acoustic (Aaron Freeman and Dave Dreiwitz) played to a packed, sold-out house at Woodstock's Colony Cafe, with many attendees traveling from all over the East Coast to hear the band, which has a wide-spread cult-like following among jam band fans. This was the first of two Gene Ween Acoustic concerts at WFF. The second concert takes place tonight at the Colony Cafe at 10pm, and is expected to sell-out again. There will be a standby line at the door starting an hour before the show.

This unique start to the 12th Annual Woodstock Film Festival heralds exciting events to come over the next 5 days.



The Box Office, located at 13 Rock City Rd, is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6pm through Sept. 17; it will be open every day from 9am-7pm, starting Sept. 18 through the last day of the festival, Sunday, Sept. 25. Ticket prices for WFF events range from $5-$75. Panels are $15. Concerts range from $20-$25. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the Gala Honorary Maverick Awards Ceremony. A limited number of special Full Festival Passes are available for purchase. Single purchase tickets will also be available at each screening and concert venue.

Get your tickets early! Shows tend to sell out quickly.
For more information contact the Box Office at (845) 810-0131.


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.

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 Radio Woodstock
Supporting Sponsors        
Foundation & Government Support      
Academy Foundation Giving Back Foundation NYSCA Dutchess County Arts Council    

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