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13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Wednesday October 10 through Sunday October 14


Woodstock, NY (Sept. 19, 2012) —The 13th Annual fiercely independent Woodstock Film Festival, kicking off Wed. Oct. 10 through Sun. Oct. 14, is unveiling its 2012 line-up of nearly 130 exciting films, panels, performances and special events. Screenings and events will take place in the historic arts colony of Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties and Kingston, in the Hudson Valley Catskills, just two hours from NYC.

"We'll be screening some of this year's best independent films," said Meira Blaustein WFF executive director and co-Founder. "The line-up features a diverse slate of today's most outstanding amd bold voices in filmmaking. We can't wait to share that with our audiences this October."

This year, WFF is proud to showcase a number of premiere films including 19 World Premieres, 6 US Premieres, 3 North American Premieres, 10 East Coast Premieres and 15 New York Premieres (click here for list).

Since its inception in 2000, WFF has firmly established itself as one of the foremost regional independent film festivals, being named by Indiewire as one of the top 50 festivals in the world. This year there was no shortage of fantastic submissions. With nearly 2000 entries spanning the globe, from countries including Russia, Greece, Peru, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Mexico, UK, Greenland, Iceland, Monaco, India, Switzerland, Egypt, Denmark as well as across the United States, veteran, first-time and student filmmakers submitted their work for consideration.

Festival highlights include the opening night film, "DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO..." directed by Jon Bowermaster, the closing night film CASTING BY, directed by Tom Donahue, centerpiece film THE SESSIONS, directed by Ben Lewin. As well as special screenings of DINNER AT THE NO-GO'S, directed by Marco Antonio Orsini; ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS, directed by Jeremy Frindel; QUARTET, directed by Dustin Hoffman; and VAMPS, directed by Amy Heckerling. The MAVERICK AWARD HONOREE will be director JONATHAN DEMME (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Agronomist, Stop Making Sense).

Dinner at the No-Go's vamps The Sessions quartet dear gov One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

Every year, the Woodstock Film Festival dedicates itself to showcasing the best independent films for cinephiles near and far. This year is no exception. Along with the all-around lineup for this year's festival, only a few films are in the 2012 festival competition. Our panel of top-notch jurors – consisting of industry professionals and filmmakers of all varieties, including Timothy Hutton, Barbara Kopple, Lori Singer, Haskell Wexler, Bill Plympton and Johnathan Gray – have their work cut out for them as some of the best of WFF's narrative, documentary, and shorts programs vie for awards. The stand-out short competition includes narrative, documentary and student categories depicting human struggles, foreign uproar, a child's point of view and much more. Join us at this year's Maverick Award Gala to find out who the winners are, Saturday evening, October 13th!
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Acclaimed Director Jonathan Demme will receive the Honorary Maverick Award at the 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. The award gala will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9pm at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston.

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2012 NARRATIVE FEATURES in this year's festival hail from all corners of the world as well as from near by in the Hudson Valley and cover such diverse topics as counter culture lifestyles, family and romantic dramas, self discovery, overcoming personal and mental challenges and magical realism.

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Dear Governor Cuomo

2012 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES represent diverse voices of change and span the spectrum from sex to religion and from from political unrest to personal hopes and dreams.

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The WFF has garnered a reputation for screening some of the most exciting films of the genre! The WFF 2012 Shorts Program includes: A Winter Passing, Animation, Eyes of a Child, Foreign Affairs, Hiccups, Hudson Valley Shorts, Music Videos, Short Docs and Teen Films, as well as shorts shown before features.
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  PANELS: Informative Conversations with Amazing Filmmakers
•FILM & TV: NEW CROSSOVER PARADIGMS BETWEEN THE SILVER AND SMALL SCREEN – moderated by Thelma Adams with Timothy Hutton, Blair Breard, Alexie Gilmore, Amy Heckerling
•MUSIC IN FILM – moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross
•ACTOR'S DIALOGUE – moderated by Martha Frankel, with actor Sally Kirkland
•DISTRIBUTION PARADIGMS –moderated by Scott McCaulay with Danielle DiGiacomo, David Laub, Ron Mann, Richard Abramowitz
•FROM REEL TO REAL: HOW INDEPENDENT FILM IMPACTS OUR WORLD – moderated by Robin L. Bronk with Meera Gandhi, Todd Wider, Heidi Ewing, Jon Bowermaster, Mai Iskander
•PRODUCING IN A MULTI-SCREEN WORLD: CO-PRODUCED BY THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA EAST – moderated by Caitlin Burns with Peter Saraf, Blaine Graboyes, James Percelay
• RAISING FUNDS with Elizabeth Holm, Robert L. Seigel, Steven Hays, Claude Dal Farra
exposure EXPOSURE: FILMS OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Politics, environment, religion, war and peace:
WFF's Exposure program is always at the forefront of showcasing 'movies that matter' and this year promises the same.
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focusonmusic FOCUS ON MUSIC: Outstanding (and often outrageous) films and performances.
What is Woodstock without music? WFF's extremely popular music program consists of insightful music documentaries, groundbreaking music videos, and stunning narratives about musicians' struggles. WFF 2012 holds quite the exciting assortment of music-related films, some with accompanying performances. Click here for detailed list of films.

hvi HUDSON VALLEY FILMS: Passionately committed to supporting regional filmmakers and film production, WFF 2012 presents an array of features, documentaries, shorts and music videos filmed in the beautiful Hudson Valley. This year, Hudson Valley feature length docs and narratives steal the show, demonstrating how much the region, including the Hudson Valley Film Commision, brings to the independent film community. Click here for detailed list of films.

The WFF Box Office will be open Sept. 20-Oct. 14 at 13 Rock City Road, WFF's Film Center, in the heart of Woodstock.
Online sales GO LIVE, Sept. 20 at 12:01am at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2012/films_all.php

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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 organization is based in THE FILM CENTER in Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate 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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