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 upwards of 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.

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.

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!

Luke Matheny (God of Love)


“Dystopia”, the first of our featured shorts programs, focuses on modern paranoia and fears surrounding the current informational age in which we live. The program will confront issues including economic crises, technological dependence and post-apocalyptic survival, spanning across generations of struggle and hardships. The films are international in scope but three of the selections were produced locally in the Hudson Valley.


Economics meet religion and philosophy in Kristoffer Rus’ post-apocalyptic short The Big Leap, where three forlorn strangers rendezvous atop a skyscraper in confrontation of their own mortality amidst a major financial crisis. Shot in Poland, this film takes a surprising turn as suicidal tendencies turn to questionable convictions, the only way for the three strangers to come to a conclusion is by taking a big leap into the unknown.


The student Academy Award-winning short film The Compositor is an autobiographical sci-fi fantasy that follows Paul Paxton, a slave artist working in the film industry, who begins to question his own existence and the realities that he is forced to create. The film was created by Pine Bush, NY native John Mattiuzzi, an award-winning filmmaker, actor, artist, and visual effects professional.


It is the year 2021 in The Exit Room, where imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels is forced to contemplate a desperate escape from government execution in order to return to his wife and newborn child. Shot in Dutchess County, The Exit Room is Todd Wiseman Jr.’s fourth short film and his first screening at the Woodstock Film Festival.    


Hunger, a drama/thriller short, follows a family of four as they play a deadly game in which survival trumps the loyalty of blood. Shot in Turkey, this is filmmaker Guclu Aydogdu's first short film after graduating from Bilkent University.

The short film Promised Land, directed by Joe Turner Lin, captures a futuristic time where the fight for survival and the means to survive are on opposing ends.  Shot locally, Promised Land transforms Ulster County into a high intensity, dog eat dog battleground.

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.