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2012 Woodstock Film Festival PANELS

*All ticket prices for panels range from $12-$20 and will take place at Mountain View Studio

Friday 10/12 3pm

Almost every filmmaker uses Facebook fan pages to promote their films, but almost none of them use them effectively. Few know how to build a fan base; even fewer know how to get their fans to react to or even see their posts. Success with Facebook requires creating a certain kind of “content,” and filmmakers and artists have the skills to create it better than others--but only if they understand what they are trying to achieve. This lecture teaches how the Facebook computer algorithm works, and provides the strategies and techniques to make it work for you. Film marketer Reid Rosefelt has worked on hundreds of films, including Stranger Than Paradise, Desperately Seeking Susan, High Art, All About My Mother, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and The Island President. His personal clients have included Errol Morris, Ally Sheedy, Harvey Keitel, IFC, and the Sundance Institute.

Reid Rosefelt
FROM REEL TO REAL: How Independent Films Impact Our World
Saturday 10/13 10am
As more and more independent filmmakers travel the world and delve into global and personal issues that affect our lives, the question is: can their passionate and hard work bring real change? From environmental issues to political, humanitarian and social ones, filmmakers take on the world with the hope to explore, expose and improve. Do they succeed, and how would that success be measured? We have gathered accomplished independent filmmakers who will share their experience, views and visions and will explore how and what it takes to deliver change via film.
Moderated by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition
Panelists: Meera Gandhi, Todd Wider, Rachel Grady, Jon Bowermaster, Mai Iskander
Robin Bronk Meera Ghandi Todd Wider Rachel Grady Jon Bowermaster Mai Iskander
FILM & TELEVISION: The New Crossover Paradigms Between the Silver and Small Screen
Saturday 10/13 12pm
As a growing number of television shows offer new freedom of creative expression and unchartered boundaries as well as higher income and financial stability, more and more actors and filmmakers cross over between film and television, while the creative content on the web seems to explode even further. How far would these trends go and what does that all mean to the future of the moving image? We have assembled a cross section of in front and behind the camera talents who will explore the ins and outs, pros and cons of these disappearing borders and what it will all mean to the future of film as we know it.
Moderated by Thelma Adams
Melissa Leo, Blair Breard, Timothy Hutton, Alexie Gilmore, Amy Heckerling
Thelma Adams Melissa Leo Blair Breard Timothy Hutton Alexie Gilmore Amy Hecklerling
MUSIC IN FILM: Sponsored by BMI
Saturday 10/13 2pm
Join us for BMI’s annual frank and lively discussion about the creative and business aspects of music in film, the composer/director relationship, and the unique concerns of music in new media.
In 2012 BMI will present a case study of the music from the WFF official selection Vamps with director Amy Heckerling, composer David Kitay and actress Mollie Israel from Vamps.

Moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross
Panelists: Amy Heckerling, David Kitay, Lauren Versel, Mollie Israel
Doreen Ringer Ross Amy Heckerling David Kitay Lauren Versel Mollie Israel
Saturday 10/13 4pm
To DYI or not to DYI; to release first on the digital platforms (and if so which?) or to hold on until the right theatrical distributor comes along; these are some of the questions our panel of experts will tackle as film distribution options continue to ebb and flow in todays ever changing landscape.
Moderated by Scott MaCaulay
Panelists: Danielle DiGiacomo, David Laub, Ron Mann, Richard Abramowitz
Scot MaCaulay Danielle DiGiacomo David Lau Ron Mann Richard Abramowitz
Sunday 10/14 10am
Join some of today’s most engaging actors as they chat about their work and their lives.
Moderated by Martha Frankel
Panelists: Sally Kirkland, Brian Geraghty
, John Pankow
Martha Frankel Sally Kirkland Brian Geraghty John Pankow
Sunday 10/14 12pm
If you are about to make your first film or your fifth; whether its low budget or big budget, anywhere you look at it, if you want to make a film you need to raise money for it. How do you start? Where do you go? Should you look into foreign sales and if so, at what point? Should you start a crowdsourcing campaign? Apply for grants? Work on getting talent attached and package it before taking it to potential investors? There are many ways to raise funds these days, and none are easy. Our panel of experts will sift through the diverse options and shed light on which route could work for which project.
Moderated by Dana Offenbach

Panelists: Elisabeth Holm (Kickstarter), Stephen Hays, Robert L. Seigel, Claude dal Farra
Dana Offenbach Elisabeth Holm Stephen Hays Robert L. Seigel Claude dal Farra
PRODUCING IN A MULTI-SCREENED WORLD: Co-produced by the Producer's Guild of America East
Sunday 10/14 2pm
Producers from the worlds of film, games and new media share common approaches to challenges and opportunities creating content for all the ways people watch stories in today's world. Now, like never before, you can realize your idea in the perfect media platform. Profit from insights of Producers Guild of America (PGA) pros who share the secrets of selecting and producing the right platform for your project. Each producer will discuss a similarly sized project (approximately $1MM budget) in a different medium including TV, mobile, film, gaming, viral video, and Alternate Reality Games’s. You will walk away knowing the budgets, tools, metrics, marketing, audience, and business structure of each project. A look into future platform trends will also be shared. Gain an understanding of how formats new and old, individually or mashed up, are creating new opportunities for content creators. This session will be accessible to all audiences, and entertaining in its candor.
Moderated by Caitlin Burns
Panelists: Peter Saraf, Blaine Graboyes, James Percelay
Caitlin Burns Blaine Graboyes James Percelay Peter Saraf

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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 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.

2012 Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
120db bdcf      
Silver Sponsors
aja ketel1 time  
Superstar Sponsors
bmi hendricks hudson    
gigantic metrovision wdst    
Award Sponsors
givingback blue sky filmswelike gigantic  
lowel panavision    
Foundation and State Support
nysca charitable dcac  



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