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Celebration of Legendary Jazz Musician SONNY ROLLINS
at 2013 Woodstock Film Festival

(Woodstock, NY) August 2013 - The 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce a special kick off screening of Dick Fontaine's feature documentary Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2 at the Woodstock Playhouse. Filmmaker Dick Fontaine and Sonny Rollins will be present at the event and will partake in a Q&A following the screening.

Sonny Rollins is the only remaining jazz legend who played with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane in the Golden Age of Jazz. Nominated for a Grierson Award in the UK, Beyond the Notes celebrates this octogenarian who still plays to sold-out concerts worldwide. Rollins has received a myriad of awards for excellence around the world, culminating in the Kennedy Centre Performing Arts Award he received from President Obama in 2011.

Fontaine's documentary is a BeBop Productions/BBC Arena joint venture that takes audiences on a 78-minute jazz journey built around Sonny's 80th birthday concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where Rollins played along with other jazz legends like Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall and Roy Haynes.

The JD Allen Trio will celebrate legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins with a live performance following the East Coast Premiere screening of Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes. The screening and live music event will both be held on October 2 at the Woodstock Playhouse at 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY. A limited number of tickets are available HERE, priority seating available for $50 and general seating for $35.

As always, stay tuned for upcoming announcements on everything WFF, including other music related events, by following the festival on social media and visiting www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.

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Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes
at Woodstock FIlm Festival
October 2, 2013

Photo by Frank Stewart

About JD Allen:
Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," JD Allen is a bright rising light on today's international jazz scene. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument – the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art - has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world.

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 Woodstock Film Festival celebrates 14th year, October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties