As always, subject matter covers the full spectrum, including films of social responsibility, music, documentaries, animation and of course, flat-out entertainment. It’s reported that there were more than 1,500 submissions – from Greenland, London, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, literally from all over the globe – which speaks to the fact that WFF has established itself as one of the foremost regional independent film festivals in the world.
The 2010 lineup has been unveiled, with more than 150 films (of which 60 are premieres), panels, performances and special events – way too many to mention here, but to name a but a few: Henry’s Crime, directed by Malcolm Venville and featuring Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga (Reeves being the recipient of WFF’s Excellence in Acting Award); Lennon NYC, directed by Michael Epstein; and Stone, directed by John Curran and featuring Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton. Music programming is especially outstanding this year, with live performances by the Good Listeners with Adrian Grenier, John Cohen, Sussan Deyhim, Justin Sane (lead singer of Anti-Flag) and the Don’t Go in the Woods Band.
Indeed, films in the music swirl explore biographies, musical styles, historical and cultural influences – many cross-pollinating with political themes as well. The lineup includes Ray Charles’ America, directed by Alexis Manya Spraic; Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune, directed by Kenneth Bowser; Sounds Like a Revolution, directed by Summer Love and Jane Michener; Don’t Quit Your Daydream, directed by Clark Stiles and Merritt Lear; Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky, directed by John Cohen; Neda’s Eyes, directed by Planet Pictures; Don’t Go in the Woods, directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, with musical score by singer/songwriter/producer Sam Bisbee; Rocksteady, directed by Mustapha Khan; Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy, directed by Bobby Sheehan; Five Variations on a Long String, directed by Peter Esmonde; and a special film shot in 1968, possibly the first music video ever: Tarantula, directed by Barry Feinstein.
“We have an extraordinarily diverse program this year that challenges the way we perceive and think about the world,” said Meira Blaustein, WFF co-founder and executive director. “We are proud to present a lineup that explores our innate desire to make personal connections, while reflecting on the cautionary aspects of the changing technological and environmental landscape. We need these talented filmmakers to illuminate the dark waters, helping us see beyond current perceptions and, like so many of our films, find hope and inspiration in the future.”
Screenings and events take place in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Mount Tremper and Kingston. Advance single admission tickets can be purchased beginning Wednesday, September 3 at the secure website www.woodstockfilmfestival.com and in person at the WFF box office located at 13 Rock City Road in the heart of Woodstock.
A full schedule of events is now available on the website and will be published here in the coming weeks. Reserve early! Shows tend to sell out quickly. Ticket prices range from $8 to $75, with panels ranging from $15 to $20. For more information contact the box office at (845) 810-0131.