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Woodstock, NY (September, 2014) - The Woodstock Film Festival will cap off it's 15th Anniversary at the Woodstock Playhouse on October 19 at 7:30 pm with the THE BETTER ANGELS, written and directed by A.J. Edwards.

THE BETTER ANGELS, which takes its name from a line in Abraham Lincoln's first Inaugural Address, tells the story of Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, the hardships that shaped him and the tragedy that marked him forever. Using black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, this film sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history.

The film stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Brit Marling (I Origins, Another Earth), and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, American Beauty), and was produced by Academy AwardŽ Nominee Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, Tree of Life), Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito and Charley Beil. It was filmed in Ulster County during the fall of 2012 and features many area attractions, including the Mohonk Preserve and Ashokan Field Campus. The Hudson Valley Film Commission provided support, including lodging, location, crew and cast referrals.

"I have never had a better filming experience, ever," wrote producer Charley Beil. "The local community and businesses were extremely helpful and accommodating. It was an absolute pleasure."

Writer and director A.J. Edwards was born in northern California and raised in Texas. He has worked extensively with Terrance Malick, first as an editor on The New World, and then as second-unit director and editor on The Tree of Life, To The Wonder, and the forthcoming Knight of Cups. THE BETTER ANGELS is Edwards's first narrative feature film.

Tickets for the closing night film on October 19th are available at http://wff.pointinspace.com/festival2014/details.php?id=24778

THE BETTER ANGELS is distributed by Amplify and will be in theaters 11/17/2014.

This year's festival takes place from October 15-19 in Woodstock, NY and in the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties & Kingston. For more information and full festival schedule, visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

To see the FULL LINEUP release, click here.


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 premieres 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 organization 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 15th Annual Festival October 15-19, 2014, with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, NY and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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