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Woodstock, NY (Sept. 20, 2012) – The Exposure category of the Woodstock Film Festival has always been one of the most important parts of the festival lineup. Not for the films' star power or beautifully told stories, but for their ability to relay vital information about current events in our world that need attention. This year's documentaries in Exposure are no exception, allowing us a glimpse into the world of NYC politics, no-fly zones, religion, healthcare and government regulations.



CHASING ICE directed by Jeff Orlowski

Photographer James Balog has been reshaping how we see the environment through his photography for over 30 years, shooting for top magazines like National Geographic. However in 2007 Balog became more directly involved with environmental activism, creating the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) after years of photographing glaciers and witnessing the rapidly vanishing ice sheets across the globe. In Jeff Orlowski’s feature debut, we see in vivid detail the results of the years of photographic research the EIS has compiled, dramatically depicting the effect global warming is having on the world’s biggest glaciers. The EIS team used time-lapse cameras to record the changing Arctic landscape. Beautiful cinematography and magnificent vistas along with Balog’s photography compliment a look into the previously unseen world of glacial melting, including the largest ice calving event ever captured on film. Balog’s work showcases the beauty of glacial ice, and how fleeting its life span may really be.

For schedule and more details, see CHASING ICE


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"DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO..." directed by Jon Bowermaster
World Premiere

On a rainy night in May, a unique coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front door step, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in twenty-four hours, and it was show time. The goal of the extremely varied participants, many of whom had never met before this night, was to explain in clear terms the threats of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using song. The cord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers. New Yorkers Against Fracking. Under the musical direction of Natalie Merchant, the event was filmed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney. The film features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and musicians ranging from Joan Osborne and Citizen Cope to Medeski Martin and Wood and The Felice Brothers. The film was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster. *Screening Thurs. 10/11 Woodstock Playhouse 6:30pm anfollowed by a live performance by Natalie Merchant

For schedule and more details, see "DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO..."

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Dear Governor Cuomo

DINNER AT THE NO-GO'S directed by Marco Antonio Orsini
World Premiere

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to discuss politics and religion at a dinner party. Marco Orsini’s film starts with an intriguing proposition: forget about that. Orsini and producer Biala Mekkaoui take us on an international tour through the State Department's Travel Advisory list, also known as the “No-Go list,” where they film dinner parties and discuss only politics and religion. Invited to the dinners are provocative thinkers, lawyers, investors, artists, religious leaders, politicians, and activists. The filmmakers engage their guests on vital issues and ideas in search of a deeper understanding of the Arab Spring, the 9/11 attacks, two American wars in the Middle East and other pressing concerns. What they find is a series of fascinating conversations steeped in history and rich with emotions, fears and dreams. Along the way they visit Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, before landing at a truly fascinating dinner in Atlanta, Georgia for an all too familiar American perspective. To watch Dinner with the No-Go’s is like being a guest at a one-of-a-kind dinner party, where the main course is conversation. It is a conversation that will continue long after the credits roll – it’s fair to say the future of the world depends on it.

For schedule and more details, see DINNER AT THE NO-GO'S

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FIGHT TO LIVE directed by Barbara Kopple
World Premiere

Fight To Live, a documentary by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, explores the seemingly archaic drug approval process of the Food and Drug Administration. The film follows people suffering from different forms of debilitating, incurable diseases, and the fight they are in to gain access to drugs that may prolong their lives. The drugs they need are not yet FDA approved, and although there is evidence that the medicine is helping those who take it, the FDA makes it nearly impossible for people to obtain drugs that are not approved. Kopple asks the question: Should a person who is dying have the option to take whatever medicine they want, as long as their physician agrees with the decision? Fight To Live shows that when dealing with life-threatening illnesses, gaining access to the best treatments available is half the battle.

For schedule and more details, see FIGHT TO LIVE

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Fight to Live

IDLE THREAT directed by George Pakenham
World Premiere

A self-described vigilante, George Pakenham walks the streets of New York to stop what many see as a victimless crime: idling. What they don’t realize is how they are contributing to the oil crisis, asthma and air pollution through their need for climate control. In order to raise awareness, Pakenham goes door-to-door, that is car door-to-car door explaining to unknowing drivers that they are breaking the law when they idle for more than three minutes. Responses vary from thanks to anger, but Pakenham never wavers. He wants the dangers that idling produces to be recognized as legitimate, and lobbies for the laws that are already in place to be enforced. Directed by Pakenham himself, Idle Threat follows one man’s quest to make the world a better place for everyone to live, and shows that if you try hard enough, one person really can make a difference.

For schedule and more details, see IDLE THREAT

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In Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control - the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the US. - long before the crisis in Boston, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices "heard." Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope - who must operate within the mysterious rules of the roman Curia - as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

For schedule and more details, see MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

WHO CARES ABOUT KELSEY? directed by Dan Habib
World Premiere

Kelsey Carroll has one goal—to graduate from high school—and plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. She failed her freshman year and was suspended for dealing drugs. Who Cares About Kelsey? is the story of Kelsey’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive ‘problem student’ to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, she is helped by a group of educators determined to empower this emotionally disabled teen to take control of her destiny and find the desire to graduate.

For schedule and more details, see WHO CARES ABOUT KELSEY?

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Who Cares About Kelsey?



AMONG GIANTS directed by Chris Cresci, Ben Mullinkosson, Sam Price-Waldman

In the midst of California’s coastal redwood region, Green Diamond Resource Company continues to clear-cut redwood forests, devastating habitats and leaving scars across the land. Farmer, a direct action environmental activist in his late 20s, decides to tree-sit in the McKay Tract -- a 60-acre grove of ancient redwoods that is home to spotted owls, deer, flying squirrels, and countless other life forms. Among Giants begins three years into the McKay tree-sit. Atop his tiny platform a hundred feet up in the ancient redwood canopy, Farmer must battle the elements and avoid isolation as he fights for a sustainable future. The film uses a restrained verite style that reflects the pace of life in the tree village. As Farmer outlasts a vicious storm, counts the rings on a felled tree, and trumps through a recent clear cut, the film asks questions what it means to follow one’s beliefs and make a difference in the world.

For schedule and more details, see AMONG GIANTS

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For fifty-three years, Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador. He is the last of his kind.

For schedule and more details, see EL ULTIMO HIELERO (THE LAST ICE MERCHANT)

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