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15th Woodstock Film Festival to open with
starring Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel

Woodstock, NY (October, 2014) - The opening night film for the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival has been announced. TWO MEN IN TOWN, directed by Rachid Bouchareb, will screen Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm at the Woodstock Playhouse. For ticket info, visit http://bit.ly/2menintown

After a troubled youth and 18 years in prison, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker) is being released. With the help of an idealistic parole agent (Brenda Blethyn) and his new-found Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses which possess him. However, Bill Agati (Harvey Keitel), the Sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett is released, has other ideas. Convinced that Garnett is unredeemable and is a threat to the security of his county, Agati launches a campaign to return Garnett to prison for life. The film also stars Luis Guzman, Dolores Heredia, Ellen Burstyn, and Hudson Valley resident Tim Guinee. The film is made available courtesy of the Cohen Media Group.

Rachid Bouchareb was born in Paris to an Algerian immigrant family. Themes of cultural identity and clash pervade his body of work, beginning with his first film, Baton Rouge (1985). Bouchareb was first nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1995 with Poussières de vie (Dust of Life), about life in Vietnam after the war. His next film, Little Senegal, a tribute to Sergio Leone westerns and Midnight Cowboy, met with critical and public acclaim. With Indigènes (Days of Glory), Bouchareb was again nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar for his cinematic tribute to the thousands of African soldiers who fought and died to free Nazi-occupied France during World War II. In 2011, Bouchareb received his third Oscar nomination for Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law), a chronicle of three Algerian brothers fighting for their country’s independence after 1945.

Bouchareb's Indigènes (Days of Glory) opened the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival. One of the film's producers', Allen Bain, has been to the Woodstock Film Festival with many films over the years including The Cake Eaters, starring Kristin Stewart, Room, and Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story. In addition to appearing in Two Men in Town, Actor Tim Guinee will screen his directorial debut, One Armed Man at the 2014 WFF and will also appear on the Martha Frankel moderated ACTOR'S DIALOGUE Panel with Bruce Greenwood on Sunday, October 19 at the Kleinert James Art Center.

"Rachid Bouchareb is one of the great living masters of cinematic storytelling," says Guinee. "He has a deep and profound understanding of the human condition, which gives him the authority to work with actors in a way that would mystify 99. 9% of directors. He is also kind, caring and very funny. It has been my joy to make two films with him and I would go anywhere, anytime to do so again. I would walk through fire for him if he asked me."

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About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests," 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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