WFF BLOGS: August 20, 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. Past reveals include the programs Conversations, Dystopia, Family, She Won and She Too.

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 such as the kick off event with SONNY ROLLINS: BEYOND THE NOTES. 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 Aerodrome, Disarming Falcons, Eddie Adams: Saigon '68, and First Name: Jogger, Last Name: John.

SHORT DOCS I is the sixth of our featured shorts programs and features four films with local ties to the Hudson Valley, two of which are world premieres.

WFF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS programming has a remarkable track record of programming success, with many of the films garnering awardshere and elsewhere. The DOCUMENTARY SHORTS program at the WFF is an opportunity to see tomorrow's Oscar nominated films and filmmakers today.

In 2003, Ferry Tales, directed by Katja Esson and edited by WFF advisory board member Sabine Hoffman, won an Honorary Mention at WFF and later garnered an Oscar nomination.

In 2007, Salim Baba, directed by Tim Sternberg, won the WFF Maverick Award for Best Short Documentary and then went on to garner an Academy Award nomination in 2008. The Oscar that year went to Cynthia Wade's Freeheld, which also screened at WFF that same year. A feature film based on Freeheld, written by WFF advisory board member Ron Nyswaner and starring Ellen Page, is currently in development.

A still form Cynthia Wade's FREEHELD
King's Point, directed by Sari Gilman, and Mondays at Racine, directed by Cynthia Wade, botht screened at WFF in 2012 and received nominations for 2013 Academy Awards for Best Documentary: Short Subject.


AERODROME • World Premiere
Leave the impersonal skies of modern air travel and enter the world where flight began. Evocative, romantic, and visually breathtaking, Aerodrome takes us for a ride into the skies of history.

Set in upstate New York's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, this documentary paints an intimate portrait of a group of pilots who not only transcend the sterile world of modern aviation, but stay true to what pioneers held close to their hearts over 100 years ago. With the oldest flying airplane in North America, and one of the most impressive collections in the world, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a place where history comes to life.

A native of Red Hook, director Devin Pickering was just 15 years old when his firs two films (Uh-Huh and The Hunt for Bin Laden) debuted at the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival.


A lyrical, exciting and tender portrait of a falcon hunt in the desert of Pakistan, with an international cast – Qatars, Baloch, Lebanese, Egyptians.... and two American women. Rarely have Western women been invited to hunt with falcons in the Arab world.

This film is a love letter to the special relationship a falconer has with his falcon. "Disarming Falcons" illuminates the falconers' all consuming love for his falcon, and its wily and fierce prey-- the Houbarra. Disarming Falcons is a must-see for all bird lovers, naturalists, sports lovers, and those that wish for peace between cultures.

Co-director Annie Nocenti graduated from SUNY New Paltz and lives in Stone Ridge. She has taught "bootcamp filmmaking" in Haiti and to at-risk teenagers in Kingsotn. Nocenti wrote the feature Taking Chances, and writes Catwoman comics for DC Comics.


"Still photographs are the most powerful weapons in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation." -Eddie Adams

In 1968, photojournalist Eddie Adams captured one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War: a pointblank execution of a Vietcong prisoner on a Saigon street. The photo epitomized the horror of wartime brutality and was circulated all over the world, spurring global opposition to the war. This iconic image forever changed the life of the man who took the picture and the life of the man who pulled the trigger.

The picture was in black and white, but the reality behind it was not. Saigon '68 explores the untold story behind this image and raises pertinent questions regarding our lack of visual literacy and the power of images to affect human rights agendas.

Filmmaker Douglas Sloan is a regular contributor to the Woodstock Film Festival. Five of his short films have been screened here.


John Syan was a successful man who once worked for NASA. In the 60's he fell into drugs and became homeless. He entered rehab and emerged clean and sober…and still homeless. One day Jogger rode his bike from NYC to Woodstock. He found the town to be so welcoming that he never left.

First Name: Jogger, Last Name: John is a documentary about an extraordinary man and his symbiotic relationship with the town of Woodstock, NY.

Filmmaker Kaleigh Griffin grew up in Woodstock and Olive, graduating from Onteora High School and then SUNY New Paltz. This film began as her senior thesis project.

The 2013 selections will also include an ANIMATION PROGRAM curated by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane, sponsored by Blue Sky Studios. Stay tuned for more information about the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival shorts programs. 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.