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presents US Premiere of Jonathan Demme's
I'M CAROLYN PARKER: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful

(Woodstock, NY) SEPT. 12, 2011: Among the many US Premieres slated for the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival – September 21-25 –"I'M CAROLYN PARKER: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful" ranks among the most anticipated. Directed by Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Beloved," "Rachel Getting Married"), depicts the inspiring personal journey of former civil rights activist Carolyn Parker, as she returns to her community's flood devastation after hurricane Katrina and struggles to rebuild her New Orleans home.

"After Carolyn's house was flooded and she endeavored to rebuild her home after the waters subsided, I was privileged to gain her permission to keep track of her progress." Demme stated. "I didn't know at the time that these filming visits would stretch over the next 5 years, including 21 visits. Nor did I realize what an amazing portrait of an "ordinary" American would emerge over time. The film changed from a record of reclaiming her home into a documentary about a truly extraordinary woman."

Jonathan Demme started out with Roger Corman in 1971 and has since has directed and/or produced over 30 movies. New projects in the works include the third installment of his performance trilogy with Neil Young, "Neil Young Life," an animated version of Dave Eggers' book called "Zeitoun The Movie", an adaptation of Michel Faber's novella "The Courage Consort," and 3 forthcoming New Orleans portrait documentaries along the lines of "I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, And The Beautiful." His previous credits include "The Silence of the Lambs," Swimming to Cambodia," "Philadelphia," "Melvin and Howard," Storefront Hitchcock," "The Agronomist," "Something Wild," "Swimming to Cambodia," Rachel Getting Married," "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Truth About Charlie," "Beloved," "Stop Making Sense" and "Haiti, Dreams of Democracy."

"I'M CAROLYN PARKER: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful" will make it's US PREMIERE on September 24, 7:30pm at Upstate Films in WOODSTOCK. A second screening is slated for September 25, 8:45pm at Upstate Films in RHINEBECK.

For tickets and more information visit Woodstock Film Festival website or or call the WFF box office at (845) 810-0131

Other US and North American feature premieres set to screen at the Woodstock Film Festival include "Adventures in Plymptoons!" directed by Alexia Anastasi; "Deaf Jam," directed by Judy Lieff; "Dolphin Boy," directed by Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir; Bruce Beresford's "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" and Nancy Savoca's "Union Square."

World premieres features include "9 Pianos," directed by Gillian Farrell; "A Force of Nature" directed by Barbara Kopple; "Another Kind," directed by Jonathan Blitstein; "Answers to Nothing," directed by Matthew Leutwyler; "Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle," directed by Robbie Gemmel and John Kirby; "Coming Up Roses" directed by Lisa Albright; "Downtown Express," directed by David Grubin; "Fat Cows Lean Cows," directed by Meni Elias; "Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution," directed by Lucy  Winer; "Losers Take All," directed by Alex Steyermark; "Ponies," directed by Nick Sandow and "Taking a Chance on God" directed by Brendan Fay.


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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.

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