WFF BLOGS: August 2, 2013 • Hudson Valley Catskills
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The 14th Annual WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL Provides Sneak Peek at 2013 Lineup,
starting with its SHORT FILMS selections as it leads up to 125+ events beginning October 2-6 festival

Leading up to the official reveal of the full festival lineup, WFF is bringing you a bi-weekly sneak peek at the ten unique short film programs that have made the cut for 2013. Check out these special previews to gear up for the full reveal later this season.

Separately, coming announcements will provide special highlights of some of the premieres of the full-length documentaries and narratives from across the country and the globe, as well as special honorary awards, expected appearances and exciting events. The full lineup of over 125 films, panels, concerts and events will be announced at the beginning of September. If you are interested in a full festival pass, they are very limited and online at FULL PASS.


Featuring The Charlatan, In the Blind, Last Remarks, Late Spring, On the House

“Conversations," the second of our featured shorts programs, examines human relationships through the art of dialogue and speech, probing the audience to find a deeper understanding through subtexts and reading between the lines. “Conversations" features two films that were locally produced in the Hudson Valley.


A skittish accountant drives his 1958 Porsche Speedster through an isolated desert canyon with an inscrutable stranger. It is not long before his devious passenger baits him into a joyful indiscretion filled with smoke, mirrors and illusion.

The Charlatan
, a witty and quick period piece, will have its East Coast premiere at this year's festival. Director Alexis Manya Spraic previously took part in the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival where she world premiered her documentary Ray Charles America.


Two estranged brothers embark on a personal journey to understand their absent father, and each other, to finally unveil the truth of their fathers apparently self-inflicted death. This incredible odyssey takes place in a small space that resonates.

Director Davis Hall screened at WFF in 2011 with the NY premiere of his directorial debut Mother's House, with co-star Nick Sandow's feature narrative Ponies world premiering the same year. In the Blind was shot in the Hudson Valley in May 2013 and will make its world premiere at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival.


On the eve of the creation of Pakistan in 1947, the British rulers of the Indian subcontinent prepare to depart the region amidst waves of ethnic violence. A hauntingly sentimental piece, Last Remarks explores the troubles of native servant, Arastu Jan, who finds himself racing against the clock to record the confession of his lifetime.

Last Remarks was a finalist at the 39th Student AcademyAward and will be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival as a New York premiere.


A politically charged drama, Late Spring, follows petty police station clerk Mahmoud, who must suddenly choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help. Directed by narrative and documentary filmmaker Zachary Kerschberg, Late Spring will have its New York premiere at this year's festival. Kerschberg previously world premiered his short film, Angels, which was filmed in the Hudson Valley and screened at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival

Locally filmed in the Hudson Valley town of Port Ewen, this short tells the story of an unconventional exchange between a pawn shop owner and a customer in need of a firearm.

Directed by native New Yorker Daniel Serafini-Sauli, who has been working in the industry for the past fifteen years, On the House will be world premiering at this year's festival.

WFF’s NARRATIVE SHORTS programming has featured an amazing array of emerging filmmakers who have gone on to make feature films. Some of the many filmmakers who have gone on to make inroads in the industry include Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), Jonas Carpignano, Andrew Okpeaha Maclean (On the Ice), Rob Meyer (A Birders Guide to Everything), and Luke Matheny (Lovesick).

Many of these same filmmakers have also received honors at the Woodstock Film Festival (Zeitlin, Fukunaga, Maclean, Meyer, Matheny) with several going on to get Academy Award nods. Luke Matheny won best student film at the 2010 WFF for God of Love prior to winning the 2011 Oscar. Andrew Bowler’s Time Freak was an award finalist at the 2011 WFF prior to receiving a nomination at the 2012 Oscars. Shawn Christensen won best short film at WFF for Curfew prior to winning the 2013 Oscar. Christensen recently wrapped the feature version of the short.

Shawn Christensen (CURFEW) third from left with
Jury members Matt Paker, Bruan Devine and Timothy Hutton

The 2013 selections will also include SHORT DOCS and an ANIMATION PROGRAM curated by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane, and sponsored by Blue Sky Studios.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival shorts program. We already have our favorites for Oscar, let's see if you agree!

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.