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Set to screen at 2011 Woodstock Film Festival

(Woodstock, NY) Sept. 15, 2011:
Nick Sandow makes his directorial feature film debut with "Ponies," based on the play by Mike Batistick. The film screens Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm in at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck with cast and crew in support. A second screening is set for Upstate Films in Woodstock on September 24 at 1:45 at upstate Films in Woodstock.

An actor himself, Sandow masterfully directs amazing performances from extremely talented veterans John Ventimiglia and Kevin Corrigan, as well as newcomers Babs Olusanmokun and Tonye Patano, creating a fascinating character study. Like the thrilling horse races the men wager their meager earnings away on, "Ponies" will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last shot.

"There is nothing better than making a movie with friends you love and respect. It was very important for me to maintain a certain energy happening in front of the camera," Sandow said. "We built the production to optimize shooting time. What was most important to me was what was happening between the people in front of the camera. We shot huge takes. If we worked 12 hour days, the camera was rolling most of that time. We rehearsed for two weeks before shooting. At a certain point I brought in our DP's so they could start to live in this world with us. So, when we began to shoot it was very much like a dance between what was happening on both sides of the camera. I tried to cultivate an experience where anything could happen in any moment. An experience where all of us were after some truth and there was nothing we could do that was wrong."

While searching for their small piece of the American Dream, immigrants Drazen (John Ventimiglia) and Wallace (Kevin Corrigan) get sidetracked by the world of off-track betting, dragging Drazen's cabdriver friend Ken along with them. Though Wallace knows to quit while he's ahead, Drazen can't seem to stop, slowly driving himself into a dangerous addiction, telling himself that if he can just win some more money he can buy his daughter a fancy First Communion dress. Eventually bad luck begins to get the best of him, and one last act of desperation leads to an explosive ending.



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, 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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