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

SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPT. 24, at Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston, NY

(Woodstock, NY) SEPT. 19, 2011: Cult favorite comedian/actor/sitcom writer/musician Brendon Small will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival's Maverick Awards Gala, Saturday night, Sept. 24, starting at 9pm at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. Best known as the creator of the animated series Home Movies and Metalocalypse, and of the virtual death metal band Dethklok, Small joins a stellar cast of filmmakers and presenters at the WFF Gala, which bestows thirteen awards celebrating excellence in independent film.

"I am a huge supporter of independent film and it's a true honor to be part of the Woodstock Film Festival," said Small.

Small will also participate in WFF's annual Career Day for young people interested in working in film, taking place Friday, Sept. 23 at 8am-2pm at Onteora High School as part of WFF's ongoing Youth Initiative.

Small is co-producer, co-writer, composer, and actor for the popular Adult Swim series Metalocalypse, which premiered on August 6, 2006. The series focuses on a fictional death metal band named Dethklok, and each episode features a song "performed" by the band. In addition to all of the behind-the-scenes work he does for the series, he also provides voice talent for the characters Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles the Drummer, and Nathan Explosion, three of the five members of Dethklok. The song Thunderhorse was also featured on the hit video game Guitar Hero II.

Small was the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for Home Movies, a cartoon initially aired on the UPN television network and then moved to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The show aired in 2004 and ran for four seasons, although the show is periodically rerun on Adult Swim. In the series, he voiced the show's protagonist, 8-year-old aspiring filmmaker "Brendon Small" as well as a number of other characters.

He began his career after being "discovered" by a talent agent while performing stand-up comedy in Boston's Harvard Square, while taking writing and comedy classes at Emerson College.

The 12th Maverick Awards Gala kicks off with a cocktail party at 7pm; doors for the awards ceremony open at 8:15pm, with the ceremony at 9pm.
More than 500 filmmakers, industry members, actors and film lovers will be in attendance.

A limited number of tickets are available. They can be ordered online at WFF MAVERICK AWARDSor at the WFF Box Office at 13 Rock City Road in the heart of Woodstock or by phone at 845 810-0131.



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
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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    

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