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Woodstock Film Festival Announces DARREN ARONOFSKY
as 2014 Honorary MAVERICK AWARD recipient

Woodstock, NY (August, 2014)Academy Award® Nominated Director DARREN ARONOFSKY will receive the honorary Maverick Award at the 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival. The award will be presented to Aronofsky on Saturday, October 18 at the annual Maverick Awards Ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. Tickets are available online at http://wff.pointinspace.com/events/2014maverickawards.php

"I'm beyond thrilled to present our honorary Maverick Award to director Darren Aronofsky," said Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. "He's truly one of the boldest and most innovative directors of today and we are honored to celebrate his talent this fall."

The Honorary Maverick Award is presented each year to an individual whose life and work is driven by creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Previous recipients include Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, Tony Kaye, Bruce Beresford, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi.

"I want to thank the great town of Woodstock and their film festival for this honor," said Aronofsky. "I look forward to spending some time surrounded by great movies and beautiful nature."

While at the festival Aronofsky will also participate in a special panel conversation with freelance film critic and journalist Logan Hill, who regularly contributes to The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mens Journal, This American Life, and others.

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Born and raised in Brookyln, New York, Arronofsky's impressive filmography includes NOAH, BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, and THE FOUNTAIN. His most recent film NOAH was released to critical acclaim in March 2014 and grossed more than $343M worldwide. Starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth, it is an adaptation of the story of Noah’s ark, which Richard Roeper called “one of the most dazzling and unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on Film.”

Prior to NOAH, Aronofsky directed BLACK SWAN, which won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and received four other nominations, including one for Best Picture. The film received scores of other accolades, appeared on over 200 critical Top Ten lists, and swept the 2011 Independent Spirit Award with wins for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography. The film was also a box office phenomenon grossing $328M worldwide. 

In 2008, Aronofsky directed THE WRESTLER, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, winning the esteemed Golden Lion making it only the third American film in history to win this grand prize. The film was soon after acquired by Fox Searchlight, went on to win Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards and garnered Academy Award nominations for both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.  Golden Globes were given to Mickey for his iconic performance and to Bruce Springsteen for his original track "The Wrestler."

Aronofsky also wrote and directed THE FOUNTAIN, a science-fiction romance starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. MTV’s Kurt Loder called the film “a classic; dazzling and visually intoxicating” and Glenn Kenny from Premiere stated that THE FOUNTAIN, “may well restore your faith in the idea that a movie can take you out of the mundane and into a place of wonderment.”

In 2000, Aronofsky premiered REQUIEM FOR A DREAM at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was named to over 150 Top Ten lists including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and the American Film Institute. The film went on to receive five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including one for Best Director and a win for Best Actress, Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn also received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her unforgettable performance.

Aronofsky's first feature film debut, π (Pi), won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

His successful career in film over the last twenty years makes Aronofsky the Woodstock Film Festival choice for the 2014 Maverick Award. In addition to the Maverick Award he will be receiving, the American Film Institute gave Aronofsky the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, the Stockholm Film Festival presented him the Golden Horse Visionary Award, and he has won three Independent Spirit Awards.The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to honor Aronofsky with this prestigious award and looks forward to his upcoming appearance at the 15th annual event. The Maverick Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 18 at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston in front of over 500 independent filmmakers, industry professionals and guests in attendance.

This year's festival will take place from October 15-19 in Woodstock, NY and in the neighboring towns of Kingston, Saugerties, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of additional honorary award recipients, upcoming festival events and lineup by following WFF on social media or at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.


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 its 15th Anniversary, October 15-19, 2014, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.



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