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WFF Announces PETER BOGDANOVICH As Recipient of

Woodstock, NY (Aug. 22, 2013) – Acclaimed director, actor, producer, film historian and writer Peter Bogdanovich will receive the honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival (WFF). The award will be presented to Bogdanovich on Saturday, October 5 at the annual Maverick Awards Gala at Backstage Studio Productions in his hometown of Kingston, NY. In addition to accepting this honor, Bogdanovich will star in the film Cold Turkey by Will Slocombe, which will make its New York premiere at this year's festival. Bogdanovich will also participate in a special talk separate from the screening.

"To have Peter Bogdanovich come to the Woodstock Film Festival and accept this award at our annual Maverick Awards Gala in Kingston is particularly meaningful, not just to us at the festival but to the local community as well," said Meira Blaustein, co-founder and executive director of the festival. "Peter was born here and, in many ways, this is a special homecoming for one of America's most prolific and influential directors."

The ideal candidate for WFF’s honorary award, Bogdanovich’s achievements are challenging to summarize given the extensive nature of his success and involvement in the entertainment industry. Peter Bogdanovich was part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, which included William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. His most critically acclaimed film is The Last Picture Show (1971). He currently discusses past films and their filmmakers online at Blogdanovich.

After spending most of his teens studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler, and working as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, including the New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals, Bogdanovich at age 20 began directing plays Off-Broadway and in N.Y. summer theater. He also wrote for the Museum of Modern Art a series of three monographs on Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock, the first such retrospective studies of these directors in America. He also began writing a classic series of feature articles and profiles for Esquire, doing the ground-breaking Humphrey Bogart tribute, as well as definitive pieces on James Stewart, Jerry Lewis, and John Ford, among others.

"I am particularly honored to receive the Woodstock Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization that promotes artists and culture, as these pertain to film," said Bogdanovich. "The spirit of Woodstock couldn't be closer to my own sensibilities and I am looking forward to returning to the area where I was born."

One of Bogdanovich’s most recent starring roles is in Will Slocombe’s feature film and Official WFF 2013 Selection, Cold Turkey. The film tells of an eccentric Thanksgiving get-together for the Turner family, presided over by eminent scholar and patriarch, Poppy (Bogdanovich), which turns into a train wreck when his “insane” daughter Nina pays her first visit home after 15 years. A big messy dramedy, the film stars Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines along with Ashton Holmes, Alicia Witt and Sonya Walger.

Boasting a career that has spanned over five decades, Peter Bogdanovich will be honored with WFF’s Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his vast contributions to the directing world as well as his extensive achievements as a film historian, actor, producer, writer and former film critic. The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to honor Bogdanovich with this prestigious award and looks forward to his upcoming appearance at the 14th annual event.

The Maverick Gala will take place on October 5 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston in front of over 500 independent filmmakers, industry professionals and guests in attendance. Bogdanovich will join Mira Nair among this year's notable honorary award recipients. To purchase tickets for this year's Gala event, please click HERE.

This year's festival will take place from October 2-6 in Woodstock, NY and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Saugerties, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. Stay tuned for the announcement of additional honorary award recipients as well as more news on the upcoming festival events and lineup by following WFF on social media as well as keeping up to date with the official website at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.


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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, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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