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Timothy Malcolm

Timothy has been the arts and entertainment editor of the Times Herald-Record, based in Middletown, N.Y., since 2008. He covers a wide array of topics, focusing on performing arts, film and the visual arts.

Susie Essman talks ‘Putzel,’ Hudson Valley

While the movie “Putzel” was entirely shot in New York City, it co-starred “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress and comedienne Susie Essman, who calls upstate New York home. “I live here and my daughter goes to SUNY New Paltz,” said Essman. She explained that the cleverly written film, in the vein of Woody Allen and Neil […]

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Dan Mirvish on ‘Between Us,’ Slamdance and Woodstock

For Dan Mirvish, the Woodstock Film Festival is the way to go. He looked around the Colony Cafe Sunday afternoon, noticed the filmmakers milling about with festival personnel, industry folks and even the press, and made his point: “The sign of a good festival, is everybody is in one place, they see each other and […]

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Iranian filmmaker might have best story of festival

Pouria Heidary Oureh of Iran might have the most amazing story of the Woodstock Film Festival. And we’re not talking about his film. His film is “An Sooye Bonbast (Beyond Dead-end).” It’s part of the Foreign Affairs shorts series, which will be screened at 6 p.m. at the Kleinert-James Center for the Arts. It made […]

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‘Art Machine’ looks at the fragile creative prodigy

A child becomes a phenom in the art world at age 6. So what happens when that child grows into a teenager, a young man who must struggle with personal relationships and philosophy and other people’s wants and needs and demands? This is the story of “Art Machine,” a film by Doug Karr that screened […]

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Is he ‘The World’s Finest Chef’?

When you title a movie “The World’s Finest Chef,” you’d better deliver the goods, and Rasmus Dinesen does exactly that with his film. Dinesen is a recognizable face at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival. Tall and ruggedly handsome with a flowing blond mane, Dinesen is a Danish filmmaker whose previous films include documentaries about an […]

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‘Oma & Bella’ become stars, thanks to granddaughter

“It’s like Andy Warhol said,” Alexa Karolinski said, “You can make anybody famous if you treat them like stars.” Karolinski is director of “Oma & Bella,” a quest to make her grandmother, and her friend, stars. Grandmother, Oma, and friend Bella, have quite a story. They survived the Holocaust and the concentration camps (Oma was […]

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Dave Matthews Band’s Boyd Tinsley talks ‘Faces in the Mirror’

Saturday evening in Woodstock, a giant tour bus pulled into the Colony Cafe parking lot. Inside was Boyd Tinsley, violin player and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. Why was he here? To attend the Rhinebeck screening of his feature “Faces in the Mirror.” The film is Tinsley’s concept; he co-wrote and co-produced. But […]

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Maverick Awards winners

Winners of the annual Woodstock Film Festival awards: Best Feature Narrative: “California Solo” Best Feature Documentary: “Shepard and Dark” Best Animation: “Junkyard” Best Short Narrative: “Curfew” Best Student Short: “Past Due” Best Short Documentary: “El Ultimo Hielero” Best Cinematography: “Nor’easter” Best Editing of Feature Narrative: “California Solo” Best Editing of Feature Documentary: “Shepard and Dark” […]

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‘Putzel’ and the sadness of never leaving home

One of the more stacked casts of the Woodstock Film Festival is in “Putzel,” which makes its world premiere at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse. It stars Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men,” “Up in the Air”) and John Pankow (“Mad About You,” “Episodes”) and is about a man who literally doesn’t leave […]

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Playing pool with the director of ‘Sparrows Dance’

Noah Buschel looked at me. He was standing by the billiard table at the Colony Cafe. It’s a worn thing, small but usable. I said I was on my way out. He pleaded. Well, maybe not pleaded, but he said I could interview me while we played. Well, I thought, I can’t refuse a game […]

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