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The Woodstock Film Festival Presents Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
A Tribute Screening to Honor Legendary Filmmaker William Greaves
June 29th, 2013 at 1 p.m. Upstate Films, 132 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY

June 11, 2013 (WOODSTOCK, NY): The Woodstock Film Festival is pleased to announce the upcoming screening of the documentary Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, a film produced, directed and written by Emmy award-winning filmmaker William Greaves. Join us for this documentary, narrated by Sidney Poitier, on the life of Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche: statesman, peace negotiator, leading intellectual and scholar. Greaves himself is partially paralyzed so his wife, Louise, and daughter, Maiya, will lead a discussion of his life and work directly following the screening.

William Greaves began his career in film as early as the 1950s, building his reputation as a producer, director and writer of over two hundred documentary films. Greaves has earned an Emmy and four Emmy nominations, an induction to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, an Indy from the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, the first award for Lifelong Achievement in Film and for Contributions to Black Theater by the National Black Theater and Film Festival and over 70 international film festival awards. Not only successful in filmmaking, Greaves has been a long-time member of The Actors Studio in New York and has taught acting for both film and television. The upcoming screening will be held as a tribute to Greaves’ invaluable accomplishments and contributions to the world of independent film.

The film Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey documents the life and achievements of Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971), United Nations statesman and first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. An African-American who overcame racial prejudice and poverty to become Undersecretary General of the United Nations, Bunche's life offers a unique window on many key issues and historical events that took place during the middle of the 20th century in the United States and the world. Bunche served as one of the leading advocates for the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is known for his legendary peace negotiation and intellect.

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey represents the first time an in-depth documentary film has been produced on the life and legacy of this American legend. Greaves’ documentary has been named both “a captivating portrait” by Geoffrey Gilmore of the Sundance Film Festival and “monumental” by William Sloan of the Museum of Modern Art.

The screening will take place at Upstate Films, 132 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498 on Saturday, June 29th at 1 p.m. Total run time is two hours and tickets can be purchased for $12 online by clicking HERE.

This event is courtesy of Julian Lines, founder of Woodstock’s Pondicherry.

William Greaves at WFF

Donal Logue, William Greaves and Steve Buscemi at WFF

“A stunning film on the career of super diplomat Ralph Bunche is readily winning a place among the great screen biographies.”
-Erik Barnouw, Historian of the Mass Media, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

Screening courtesy of Pondicherry Yoga Arts
Pondicherry is a retail gift shop on the Woodstock Village Green founded by Julian Lines. We sell handicrafts from the international community of Auroville, along with yoga related clothing, props, books and music.
Many of our clothes are made from hemp and organic cotton. We carry beautiful silk and wool scarves from Kashmir and Varanasi, jewelry from Auroville designers, traditional silver from other parts of India and a wide selection of silver rings and hoops.

2About 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 will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Boiceville, Kingston and Rosendale.


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