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WFF Audience Award Winners

The winners of the 16th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Audience awards are: Good Ol’ Boy, directed by Frank Lotito, won the audience award for best narrative feature. The film was shot in Kingston and tells the story of an Indian boy who wants to become an all-American good old boy. There was a tie for [...]

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A Kingston Good Ol’ Boy

When Australian comedian and film producer Frank Lotito considered where to set his 1979-era coming of age, American dream story, where did he land? Kingston, NY. “We needed a place that could be Anywhere, USA. It’s a period piece that we wanted to work equally well as the Eastern United States or a little town [...]

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Going Dutch

2015 marks the introduction of the New World Cinema competition category at the Woodstock Film Festival, including a special Focus on Dutch Cinema. The competition is sponsored by the Netherlands Consulate and the Department of Dutch Culture USA and in collaboration with Bruce Weiss (Ironworks Productions) and Andre Naus (Eye International in the Netherlands). “DutchCulture [...]

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2015 WFF Opening day and musical musings

The Woodstock Film Festival launches into full swing today with an opening keynote address by documentary filmmaker Josh Fox (Gasland I and II) at 4 p.m. at the Kleinert James Arts Center on Tinker Street. Topic? “Filmmaking, Human Rights and the Climate.” Later Ron Chapman’s film “The Poet of Havana” screens at 7:30 p.m. at [...]

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Welcome to blog coverage of Woodstock Film Festival’s Sweet 16!

The 2015 Woodstock Film Festival welcomes more than 120 films and their makers from around the world Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 to screen their creations in five communities: Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, Rosendale and Rhinebeck. WFF celebrates 16 years of supporting independent filmmaking on every level, from educating teens, cultivating new filmmakers, bridging the gap [...]

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2014 Woodstock Film Festival Audience Awards

It takes days to count the thousands of torn film ballots each year to determine which films win the audience awards. With the piles neatly collated with nary a hanging chad, here are the audience favorites for this year’s festival: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: AMIRA & SAM, directed by Sean Mullin Honorable Mention: [...]

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2014 Woodstock Film Festival winners!

It’s been a great privilege to witness the creative process of so many talented and accomplished independent filmmakers over the last five days. There are final screenings today in five Hudson Valley towns, but this is my final post for this year’s festival. An array of photos of the filmmaker’s reception and the WFF Awards [...]

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Why Aronofsky is a Maverick

This year’s Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award winner is Academy Award nominated director Darren Aronofsky, who will participate in a one-on-one panel today at 5 p.m. at the Kleinert James Arts Center before heading to the WFF Awards Gala tonight in Kingston. Factors that figured into the selection of Aronofsky for this award go back [...]

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Antarctica here first

Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster is well known for his insightful global explorations into the environment, global warming and the health of the sea. When I first met him years ago in Stone Ridge, he was between stints for National Geographic and methodically exploring each continental coast by kayak. With the whole world as his point of [...]

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Ice Yachts, Catskill Mountains and 12-foot Rabbits

The Hudson Valley Short Documentaries are a breath of fresh air, sip of clean water and tribute to creative spirits that remind us of why living in this part of the state is about as good as it gets. Opening with “Against the Wind” documentary by Tomasz Gubernats and Chris Nostrand, the film captures the [...]

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