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Woodstock, NY (Sept. 18, 2012) Passionately committed to supporting regional filmmakers and film production, the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival presents an array of features, documentaries, shorts and music videos filmed in the beautiful Hudson Valley area. This year, Hudson Valley feature length docs and narratives steal the show, demonstrating how much the region, including the Hudson Valley Film Commision, bring to the independent film community.



FIRST WINTER directed by Benjamin Dickinson
*In competition for best cinematography and best narrative
*Filmed in Campbell Hall, NY and other locations in Orange County

A record snowstorm strikes while a group of Brooklynites slumber at their farmhouse yoga retreat one winter, blocking roads, shutting off power, and turning the drug, sex, and privileged organic lifestyle they are accustomed to into a back-to-basics fight for survival. Running out of both food and time, the group finds themselves forced to face the harsh realities within themselves and of those around them as alliances crumble, ideals are tested, and they begin to accept their mortality. Filmed in Orange County, with brilliant wintery landscapes and a quiet, realistic approach, First Winter Benjamin Dickinson’s directorial debut, shows what happens when one is pushed to their limit under extraordinary circumstances.

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FRANCINE directed by Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky
East Coast Premiere
*Filmed in Ulster County

Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away others and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world.


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IN OUR NATURE directed by Brian Savelson
East Coast Premiere
*Filmed in Mount Tremper, NY and other locations in Ulster County

Nothing seems more capable of ruining Seth’s romantic weekend with his girlfriend, Andie, than his estranged father and young girlfriend crashing the party. Brian Savelson’s feature debut, In Our Nature is the story of troubled relationship between a father and his son. Seth (Zach Gilford) attempts to reconnect with his distant father, Gil (John Slattery), despite the presence of their respective girlfriends (played by Gabrielle Union and Jena Malone). Meanwhile, the women often find themselves similarly trapped within the issues surfacing between their partners, creating a dynamic and dramatic setting for the film to play its course. Filmed locally in Mt. Tremper, the film casts a beautiful lens on the Hudson Valley’s while also providing humor and drama. Outside the city and immersed in the natural surroundings of a family country house, In Our Nature is a realistic depiction of human nature when there is nothing else to turn to.

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RHYMES WITH BANANA directed by Joseph Muszynski and Peter Hutchings
World Premiere
*Filmed in Kerhonkson, NY and other locations in Ulster County and New York City

When two best friends’ dreams of becoming actors in NYC seem to be going nowhere, they decide to take things to the edge and push them right over. Z and G (Zosia Mamet and Jee Young Han), two wanna-be actresses who can’t catch a break, cope with failure by escaping into an eclectic world of their own making. From emergency preparation drills to people-watching on the stoop of their Brooklyn apartment in Slankets, they march to the strum of their own ukulele. When Ted (Paul Iacono) moves in next door, his sophistication and connections to celebrities lead Z and G to conclude that he must be a talent agent. Lacking other professional options, they decide to take the only reasonable course of action: kidnap him, hold him hostage, and demand acting careers as ransom.


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"DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO..." directed by Jon Bowermaster
World Premiere
*Filmed in Albany, NY and other locations

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 Hudson Valley resident 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 Hudson Valley filmmaker Jon Bowermaster.


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ONCE IN A LULLABY:THE PS 22 CHORUS STORY directed by Jonathan Kalafer
*Edited by Red Hook's own Devin Pickering and scored by Kingston's Danny Pickering

More than a feel good movie about kids and school, Once in a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Documentary, goes to the heart of the purpose of education.

The fifth grade PS 22 Chorus from Staten Island is preparing for a performance at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony. The story is set into motion by PS22 Chorus' vibrant performances on their viral YouTube videos. Driven by the vision and passion of an unconventional music teacher who encourages students to connect to their own spirit and to perform from the inside out, Once in a Lullaby captures the journey of children whose complex life circumstances need the power of music to elevate and focus them at a time when they are making the transition to their middle school years.

Jonathan Kalafer, in his first feature film, wonderfully captures the inside story behind the PS22 Chorus' power to attract its growing internet audience and in the process makes a compelling case for keeping the arts in schools. –Maria Marewski


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BLOOD COUNTRY directed by Jason Fournet
*Filmed in Accord, NY

A determined 12-year-old boy wants his grandfather's respect as a hunter, but accidentally shoots a man in the process and must deal with the consequences in this dark coming-of-age thriller.

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GAGA'S BOY TOY- TOMMY BE directed by Tommy Be

While viewing a broadcast of Lady Gaga's 2010 Grammy acceptance speech, he has a sudden realization that he strongly desires to become romantically and creatively paired with the 'Queen of Pop'. This all stop-motion video was created in front of the camera using transformed Barbie and Ken dolls and crafted sets incorporating found objects and deconstructed toys. It is made entirely of stills shot on a Cannon A3000 PowerShot camera and edited in Sony Vegas HD.

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GLORY DAYS directed by Benjamin Rutkowski
World Premiere
*Filmed in Hudson, NY and other locations in Columbia County

Jack, a recovering alcoholic and divorced father of two, gets the chance to spend some quality time with his children over the weekend. He uses the opportunity to take them on a trip to Upstate New York for a New Years Eve party, where he must confront demons of his past and prove his competence as a father.

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MEET KEVIN directed by Maciek Godlewski
World Premiere
*Filmed in Kingston, NY and other locations in Ulster County and NYC

An exploration into the inner world of art with Hudson Valley artist Kevin Paulsen. Over coffee, Paulsen leads the viewer through an intimate look at his reflections, and reveals the essence of his storytelling.

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World Premiere
*Filmed in Bethel, NY and other locations in Sullivan County

A small rural community of full-timers who fight boredom, isolation, injury, fate and bad luck all in an attempt to destroy the pain. Based on the short story by TC Boyle.

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OVER AND AROUND THE CLOVE- TRUMMORS directed by Randy Bell and Justin Rice
World Premiere
*Filmed in Tannersville, NY and other locations in Greene and Ulster Counties

Music video for Over and Around the Clove by Trummors. Features a mysterious disappearance and seance to bring back a lost band member.

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PERSEPHONE directed by Laurent Rejto
World Premiere
*Filmed in Annandale-on-Hudson, Barrytown and Kingston, NY

Two parents, portrayed by Melissa Leo and Gilles Malkine, cope to control their most beloved daughter (Lindsay Andretta), but she has dreams and aspirations of her own.

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SEAMUS directed by John Huba
World Premiere
*Filmed in Woodstock, NY

Seamus is a short film that takes you into the very engaging world of teenager Seamus Riley. The film captures the random bursts of creativity that define this young man's days, often to the bemusement and puzzlement of those around him.

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The Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its 13th Annual Festival October 10-14, 2012, 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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