WFF BLOGS: August 16, 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 and She Won.

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.

She Too
Featuring The Biggest Fear, Care, Cloisters, Keys. Wallet. Phone., Mr. Lamb and Social Butterfly.

"She Too," the fifth of our featured shorts programs, comments on the themes of She Won but focuses more specifically on the hidden, internal struggles of women. "She Too" features three world premieres, two of which that were filmed locally in the Hudson Valley.


Media information induces a father to avenge the rape of his daughter, on two young foreigners. Only the truth that lurks in his daughters memory will reveal a different truth and leave the father in a state of helplessness and defeat.

Director Nicola di Vico was born in Maddaloni, Italy and is currently the Vice President of PromioFilm.


Drea, a 20-something woman living in Brooklyn, struggles to make progress in her own life while being the sole caregiver for her father, who has Alzheimer's. Drea's job is going well and she has a new love interest, but when it comes to helping her father, she is starkly alone.

Care is directed by Brett Wagner and produced by Woodstock Film Festival alum, Mynette Louie. Former WFF volunteer coordinator Lisa Myers, production designed.


THE CLOISTERS • World Premiere
Expressions of inner turmoil caused by love lost come to life in this surreal dreamscape. Emotions powerful enough to affect not only the human condition but the workings of the natural world play out on a hauntingly beautiful remote mountain top. Sometimes the desire to travel through time and space can be powerful enough to manifest the potential.

Filmed locally in the Hudson Valley, The Cloisters is a music video from Yassou Benedict. Director Steve Durand is a music producer, filmmaker and photographer from Montreal.


KEYS. WALLET. PHONE. New York Premiere
A woman seeks peace over breakfast in a café. But peace is not to be found this morning...
Director Juliet Lashinsky-Revene was born in the West Village of NYC and was raised between there and Woodstock, where she spent her summers. She recently graduated with honors from Columbia University's graduate film program where she was awarded the HBO Young Filmmakers Development Award and the IFP Award for her short film Stefan, which screened at WFF in 2011. Keys. Wallet. Phone. is Juliet's thesis film.


MR. LAMB • World Premiere
Myrna, a diner waitress, is in love with her pen pal -- the convicted murderer, Charles Lamb. Myrna is convinced of his innocence and their mutual love. When Mr. Lamb escapes from prison and shows up at Myrna's door, her dreams of romance turn into a violent nightmare – involving a can of chili.

Director Jean Pesce studied at Bard College and is a MFA Candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the Film Division.
Mr. Lamb is Pesce's NYU pre-thesis film. Mr. Lamb was filmed locally in the Hudson Valley


A 30 year-old American woman attends a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there. Director Lauren Wolkstein received an MFA in directing from Columbia University. Her last short film, The Strange Ones, co-directed with Chris Radcliff, screened at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2011.

"There is horror and anxiety in the world and the mundane that we don't always see and realize," said Wolkstein. "Hopefully the audience feels a certain familiarity but also that something is off."

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 (Glory at Sea – Beasts of the Southern Wild), Cary Fukunaga (Victoria Para Chino – Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), Jonas Carpignano, Andrew Okpeaha Maclean (Sikumi – On the Ice), Rob Meyer (Aquarium – A Birders Guide to Everything) and Luke Matheny (God of Love – 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.

A few filmmakers from 2009 shorts program including M<iranda Rhyne
(director, 4th of July Parade), Carlo Mirabella-Davis (director, Knife Point),
Davis Hall (actor, Knife Point) Zachary Sluser (director, Path Lights)
Photo: Michael Mayer

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.