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Panels to include discussions with A-list actors, industry members and
filmmakers on topics ranging from crowdfunding to internet television


• Actor's Dialogue – moderated by Martha Frankel, with actors Andy Garcia and Stephen Dorff

Case Study: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW – with Richard Abramowitz and John Sloss

Crowdfunding: Funding Your Film in the Digital Age – with Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin and campaign leaders

Making Television for the Internet: How Can Content Creators Build Audiences, Have a Solid Distribution Platform, and Develop New Revenue Streams in an Online Industry?- moderated by Kevin McDonough and co-curated by Amanda Warman, with Chase Pierson, Adam Goldman and Steve Menkin

Music In Film – moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross, with filmmaker Mira Nair and film composer Mychael Danna

Talk with Peter Bogdanovich – hosted by Annie Nocenti

Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers – moderated by Jessica Edwards, with Joe Berlinger, Judith Helfland, Ron Mann, Liz Garbus and Barbara Kopple

Turning Your Short Film Into a Feature – moderated by Lydia Dean Pilcher, with filmmakers Rob Meyer and Shawn Christensen

PANEL: Actors Dialogue

Grab a cup of coffee and join a conversation with actors Stephen Dorff and Andy Garcia.

Whether she's one-on-one in an intimate talk, or leading a discussion with a variety of actors, Martha Frankel's entertaining Actors panels are one of the festival's highlights.

Stephen Dorff is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, known for his consistently powerful performances in films such as Somewhere, Public Enemies, The Power of One, Backbeat, I Shot Andy Warhol, Blade, Felon, Shadowboxer, World Trade Center, Cold Creek Manor, Entropy, Black Water Transit, Immortals and Brake, among others.

Andy Garcia was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for his searing performance in Godfather III. Other memorable roles include The Untouchables, When a Man Loves a Woman, Internal Affairs, Ocean's 11, 12, 13, and City Island, which he also produced. He also directed, produced and scored The Lost City. Most recently, Garcia produced and co-stars with Vera Farmiga in At Middleton, which is playing at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival.

PANEL: Case Study- Escape From Tomorrow

A candid discussion of one of this year's most controversial films, exploring its highly unusual provenance as well its unique marketing and distribution approaches.

Escape from Tomorrow was filmed on location at Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission from the Walt Disney Company, which owns and operates both parks. Since Disney has a reputation for being fiercely protective of its intellectual property, filmmaker Randy Moore employed guerrilla techniques to avoid attracting attention, such as keeping scripts on iPhones and shooting on handheld video cameras similar to those used by park visitors. Moore was so determined to keep the project a secret from Disney that he edited it in South Korea.

Many people thought the film would never be shown audience due to the legal issues involved and the negative depiction of the parks. Engage with the team behind PDA - Exit Through the Gift Shop,Senna, The Way - as they take you step by step by step through the exploration of the Fair Use Doctrine and into a national, multi-platform release.


John Sloss is a founding member of Cinetic Media, as well as the Managing Partner of Sloss Law Office, LLP. Sloss has also acted as executive producer for over 35 feature films, including The Fog of War (2004 Academy Award®-winner, Documentary Feature), Pieces of April and Far From Heaven. Sloss serves as a partner in InDigEnt, a low budget production company for high-level filmmaking talent, and recently founded the digital sales initiative Cinetic Rights Management, which launched its branded VOD channel, Cinetic FilmBuff in 2009.

Richard Abramowitz is at the forefront of innovation in the world of distribution and marketing of independent films. His company, Abramorama, is an industry leader in the personalized, focused form of film marketing/distribution that bypasses traditional film studios and their methodology, providing invaluable distribution alternatives to current content makers and owners. His releases in the past few years have included Exit Through the Gift Shop, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Senna, Pearl Jam Twenty and The Way.

PANEL: Keynote Speech by Slava Rubin • How to Crowdfund Your Project

A crash course in crowdfunding, from it origins to its application. Learn how crowdfunding works, including case studies showing how filmmakers and other creatives can avoid the hassle of maxing out credit cards trying to get bank loans and studio help, how crowdfunding can get press and promotion for your project before it launches, and how to engage viewers by offering perks to build relationships with fans and make them feel part of the project.

Find out how Bought the Movie film makers used Indiegogo to raise more than $150,000 to fund their documentary Bought, the hidden story behind vaccines, big pharma and food; how Pure Pwnage, a popular web TV series was able to not only raise funds for the movie, but also get fans of the TV series excited about the film; how the "We Animals" book raised more than $50,000 on Indiegogo and before publication generated consumer interest with 680 contributions; how Angry Video Game Nerd solicited people to be in the end credits for their contributions of $200; and how "We Make Stuff," a book showcasing one hundred artists and innovators exploring the collision of faith and creativity, invited $1,000 contributors to include their logo in the back of the book.

About Slava Rubin:

Slavia Rubin
is the CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way that people fund projects that matter to them, and has led the organization to becoming the largest crowdfunding platform in the world. Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has played a crucial role working with the White House and the SEC to finalize the rules and regulations for equity crowdfunding.

About Indiegogo:

Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.

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PANEL: Making Television for the Internet:
How Can Content Creators Build Audiences, Have a Solid Distribution Platform, and Develop New Revenue Streams In an Online Industry?

Co-curated by Amanda Warman. Now that our TVs are connecting to the Internet, Web TV programming is becoming commonplace and TV studios are devoting more resources than ever to creating original online shows. Independent content creators have more opportunities than ever to get in the game, and traditional filmmakers are also making the switch to online, hoping for greater creative freedom. This panel discusses how original online content creators can reach large audiences without the built-in audience that comes with traditional TV distribution?

Moderator: Kevin McDonough is a nationally syndicated columnist and television critic. His column "Tune in Tonight" appears in 60 newspapers nationwide. In addition to his column, McDonough's articles have appeared in Newsday, Huffington Post and the New York Times.


Adam Goldman is an award-winning executive producer and game designer with nearly 20 years as the Brooklyn-based writer and director of The Outs, Papermag's "best web series ever," hailed by Interview Magazine as "the most accurate and essentially human portrayal of young gay men today." He has just wrapped production on his next project, Whatever This Is, which raised $170,000 on Kickstarter and is available at

Steve Menkin is the president of Deliver Your, a digital marketing company and data aggregator that reaches film and entertainment consumers nationwide through multi-channel digital marketing campaigns. Menkin's career spans three decades at the forefront of independent film. He has produced 17 feature films and distributed and marketed well over 150 films across all digital and traditional platforms.

Chase Pierson has been working in the broadcast industry for 13 years as a technology and distribution consultant. Currently he is the VP of Content and Distribution for a company that has quietly become one of the biggest players in the digital revolution in Hollywood, BiteSizeTV.

PANEL: Music in Film

Some of the most rewarding elements in the collaborative art of filmmaking are the continuous relationships spawned between like-spirited artists. This is particularly apparent in the relationship between a director and film composer. How they work together and what makes this dynamic sustain and flourish will be explored in a lively discussion with this year's recipient of the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award, director Mira Nair, and Academy Award®-winning composer Mychael Danna. Some of the films they worked together on include Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair.

Moderator: Doreen Ringer Ross, VP Film/TV Relations at BMI.


Mira Nair is the rare, prolific filmmaker who moves fluidly between Hollywood and independent cinema. After several years of making documentary films, Mira Nair made a stunning entry on the world stage with her first feature, Salaam Bombay! (1988), the first Indian film to win the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Nair used the profits from the film's debut to create the Salaam Baalak Trust for India's street children. In 2012, Mira Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's distinguished honour for work in the arts. Nair's most recent film is The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. She is currently in production of the stage musical of her film, Monsoon Wedding, due to open on Broadway in 2014..

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the transculturally inspired 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi, as well as many award-winning scores for his longtime collaborator, Atom Egoyan. Danna has composed for all of Egoyan's films since 1987's Family Viewing, winning the Genie for their films Exotica, Delicia's Journey, Ararat, and The Sweet Hereafter. Other noted credits include Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as Moneyball, Capote, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monsoon Wedding, Shattered Glass, Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Surf's Up, Water, Antwone Fisher, Being Julia, and Girl, Interrupted.

PANEL: Talk with Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich
American director, writer, actor, producer, film historian and former film critic, Bogdanovich was part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, which included William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. His most critically acclaimed film is The Last Picture Show (1971). He currently discusses past films and their filmmakers online at After spending most of his teens studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler and working as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, including the New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals, Bogdanovich, at age 20, began directing plays Off-Broadway and in NY summer theater. He also wrote a series of three monographs for the Museum of Modern Art on Orson Welles, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, the first such retrospective studies of these directors in America. Other writings include a classic series of feature articles and profiles for Esquire, doing the groundbreaking Humphrey Bogart tribute, as well as definitive pieces on James Stewart, Jerry Lewis and John Ford, among others.

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Annie Nocenti is a journalist, writer and filmmaker. Her current short doc, Disarming Falcons is premiering at WFF 2013. Her feature script Taking Chances was produced in 2009. She teaches filmmaking in Finnmark, Norway and at the Cine Institute in Haiti. She received the Humanitarian Award from the Tulsa International Film Festival for her work in Haiti. She was the editor of Scenario, a screenwriting magazine, and her journalism has appeared in Details, Utne, HEEB, Stop Smiling, PRINT, Filmmaker, and more.

PANEL: Tell Me Something • Advice From Documentary Filmmakers

What can you learn from the world's best documentary filmmakers? In the new book Tell Me Something, editor Jessica Edwards has compiled over 50 filmmakers who contribute funny, insightful and inspiring advice on life, relationships and filmmaking. Several filmmakers in the book join Edwards to talk about giving and getting advice and bestow some of the wisdom gathered in the book.


Jessica Edwards
has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer and publicist. Her award-winning short documentary Seltzer Works screened at festivals around the world and aired on the PBS series POV in 2010. Her subsequent films, Fugs and The Landfill, have screened at numerous festivals including Sundance and SXSW. She is the editor of "Tell Me Something," a book of advice from documentary filmmakers.


Joe Berlinger, Academy Award®-nominated and two-time Emmy and Peabody winner Joe has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Films include the landmark documentaries Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. His Amazon oil pollution expose, Crude, recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with Chevron. His Emmy-winning Paradise Lost Trilogy for HBO spawned a worldwide movement to free "The West Memphis Three" from wrongful murder convictions, resulting in the three men walking out of prison in 2011 after 18 years of wrongful incarceration.

Liz Garbus is one of the most celebrated American documentary filmmakers working today. Co-founder and co-president of Moxie Firecracker Films, Garbus' films have won awards worldwide, including multiple Academy Award® nominations and Emmy Award wins. Garbus' latest film, Love, Marilyn featuring the never before- seen writings of Marilyn Monroe, internationally opened as a Gala Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and aired on HBO, summer of 2013.

Judith Helfland is known for her ability to take the dark worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and make them personal, highly charged and entertaining. Her crowd-pleasing toxic comedies Blue Vinyl (co-directed with Daniel B. Gold) and its Peabody Award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with national broadcasts on PBS (POV), HBO and the Sundance Channel. In 2007 she received a United States Artist Fellowship, one of 50 awarded annually to 'America's finest living artists. Most recently, she was awarded a MacArthur grant for Cooked, her current film-in-progess about extreme heat and the politics of disaster. As much a teacher and field-builder as an independent filmmaker, she is the proud Co-Founder of both Working Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award®- winning filmmaker. A director of documentaries, as well as narrative TV and film, her most recent project is the documentary Running from Crazy, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her other films include Harlan County USA, American Dream, The House of Steinbrenner, Woodstock: Now and Then, Shut Up and Sing, and many more.

Ron Mann's latest documentary is Altman, a feature documentary about the American iconoclastic film director Robert Altman, expected to be completed Spring 2014.

PANEL: Turning Your Short Film Into a Feature

For many filmmakers, a short film can serve as a calling card to the film industry that demonstrates creative and technical abilities. In many respects, due to their lack of potential profit, shorts are driven by a purity that feature films can rarely afford. This panel features several filmmakers whose short films success have given them a chance to move into the realm of feature filmmaking. Find out how they made the transition and how the art of filmmaking is affected when success relies on finding distribution and a return on investment.

Lydia Dean Pilcher is the founder of Cine Mosaic and a producer of over 30 features, most recently The Reluctant Fundamentalist, starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber; and Cutie & The Boxer, directed by Zachary Heinzerling. Nominated for five Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, including You Don't Know Jack, (dir: Barry Levinson) starring Al Pacino, Pilcher's producer credits include The Darjeeling Limited, (dir:Wes Anderson); and a long-standing collaboration of ten movies with director Mira Nair.

Rob Meyer is an NYU graduate whose short film, Aquarium, won awards at festivals around the world, including the Diane Sleigman Award for Best Student Short at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. Rob was previously an associate producer at PBS's NOVA, HBO Documentary Films and National Geographic. Based in New York City, Meyer directs commercials and has several projects in development with his writing partner, Luke Matheny, who won the Diane Sleigman Award for Best Student Short at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival before going on to win the 2011 Oscar for best live action short.

Shawn Christensen graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design. After graduating, he formed indie rock band Stellastarr* and, while on tour, wrote and sold many screenplays, including Sidney Hall (Scott Free Productions) and Karma Coalition (Warner Bros.). His latest short film, Curfew, has won over 40 awards in film festivals around the world including the Diane Seligman Award for Best Short at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival and Best Live Action Short Film at the 2013 Academy® Awards.

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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 will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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