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The official 2016 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL poster was created by Mary Frank and unveiled at the Elena Zang Gallery. “Mary Frank has been described at times as a visual poet, and indeed her artwork for this year’s Woodstock Film Festival poster can be interpreted as an ode to the filmmakers’ creative spirit, spreading its wings and soaring up high,” said Woodstock Film Festival’s cofounder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “We are honored to have the 2016 poster designed by one of today’s most passionate and expressive artists.” Posters are available at WFF Box Office and online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Staff Volunteers Special Thanks Advisory Board WFF: Year-Round Programming About WFF Endorsement About Hudson Valley Film Commission Sponsors Awards Awards Jury Narratives Documentaries Shorts Panels Host Town - Woodstock Host Town - Kingston Host Town - Rhinebeck Host Town - Saugerties Host Town - Rosendale Thirty Mile Map Two Mile Map Ticket Information Schedule at a Glance

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INTRODUCTION

WELCOME TO THE 17TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky, Meira Blaustein and Jennifer Connelly

Jackson Browne and Carlos Varela

Mark Ruffalo

2016 will surely go down as one of the most contentious political years in American history. As we reach the fall and enter the 17th year of the Woodstock Film Festival, I pause to reflect upon the years that have gone by, the changes in our world and how far filmmaking has come during this time. In this spirit, the Woodstock Film Festival welcomes everyone to the place where the thrill of film, the voices of innovative thinkers, and the visions of artists and explorers abound. As in past years, the 2016 film festival has assembled a worldwide, first-class program of some of the most thought-provoking and artistically driven films of this year. In addition to the US, there are films from 21 countries, transporting us in time, place, state of mind, and way of thinking. We hear from more women directors than ever (44 to be exact), and once again we give voice to those struggling for a better reality for themselves or others, achieving miraculous things, celebrating our individual differences, or just plain living life. In other words, a celebration of the human condition in its myriad facets. Thinking about the Woodstock Film Festival in today’s political climate, I believe that what makes it so special is its authenticity. From its genesis back in 1999 to this day, the festival has always been driven by the genuine love of the art of film, the support of independent thinkers and filmmaking, and the familial sense towards the creative and engaged community that it serves. Seventeen years later, the festival still maintains its true, fiercely independent nature and, in part, it is because it has never let go of the fortitude with which it was first created. And we plan to sustain that spirit for years to come. As the festival begins, please join me in welcoming the hundreds of filmmakers and artists who will converge in the Hudson Valley for four magical days of cinema celebration. Take in their work, talk to them, get to know them, and get inspired by them. Show them the great friendliness and hospitality that the Hudson Valley is so known for. And to the filmmakers I say, thank you for coming here this year. We are happy to have you.

Steve Buscemi signs in at WFF

Daniel Day-Lewis and Rebecca Miller

I invite everyone to come to the movies, panels and parties, visit the local galleries, shops and restaurants, artists’ studios and recording studios, enjoy the creeks and lakes, mountains and fields. Get inspired and learn. We encourage you to be adventurous and attend an eclectic mix of films. Check out talented local teenage filmmakers such as Jack Fessenden’s Stray Bullets. Or the shorts by accomplished artists, such as Aaron Schock’s La Laguna, and Richard Edson’s New York Nocturne. Experience the feature narratives, such as the quietly moving My Feral Heart and My First Kiss and the People Involved, or the beautifully nuanced Play the Devil and To Keep the Light, and feature documentaries like the provocative Monster in the Mind and The Confession, or the poignant and inspiring Marathon: The Patriots’ Day Bombing and Freedom Runners. Experience the outlandish, as in Bad Vegan and the Teleportation Machine, the deep and the baffling, as in Little Boxes. As you delve into the wideranging selection, you will witness the exciting talent of directors, screenwriters and actors who are not afraid to reach for the undiscovered and challenge the norms. The outstanding array of films is complemented by a topnotch slate of panels and special talks: an intimate chat with our honorary Trailblazer Award recipient; a dialog with two accomplished female actors; a Master Class with the multi-talented

Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga

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Catherine Hardwicke; some of today’s most sought after producers talking about what it is like to produce an indie film; a frank examination of the state of women directors today, and the fight for gender equality in the Middle East; a storytelling discussion featuring some widely celebrated documentary filmmakers, and the exploration of musical collaboration in film at the BMI panel.

Jay and Mark Duplass

And no Woodstock Film Festival would be complete without music. This year we explore the roots of music with such films as the American Epic trilogy and Two Trains Runnin’, as well as the importance of music to physically and metaphorically sustain life, as in They Played for Their Lives, Junction 48, Stronger Than Bullets, and Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing. We are thrilled to bring you all of this and so much more, not only in the colony of the arts of Woodstock, but in the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Kingston, and Saugerties. This is a region-wide celebration and event. Before I sign off and wish you all a happy festival, I want to thank the countless individuals, organizations and companies who support us and make this festival happen. The hundreds of volunteers, our board of directors and our advisory board, the filmmaking community, as well as the local towns, businesses, individuals and communities, our filmmakers’ hosts, our sponsors and individual contributors and, of course, our staff. There would not be a Woodstock Film Festival without all of you. Thank you!

Atom Egoyan and Guy Maddin

Paul Rudd

And now, welcome to the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival everyone! We are happy you can join us. See you at the movies. Meira Blaustein Co-Founder / Executive Director Patricia Clarkson

PS. Don’t forget to vote on November 8!!! DEDICATION: We would like to dedicate this year’s festival to the legendary Haskell Wexler, two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer, filmmaker and activist. Haskell was a friend of the Woodstock Film Festival since its inception. He visited the festival often and took part in screenings, panels, concerts, and career day events. In 2001, the Woodstock Film Festival launched the Haskell Wexler Cinematography Award, with Haskell himself judging the award. “Professional cinema image taking should integrate, serve, interest, and enhance the story,” Haskell said. “I judge cinematography not just for a story well told, but for what the story is.” In 2008, Haskell received the Woodstock Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. We are grateful for the friendship Haskell has shown us all these years and will always miss him. Haskell passed away on December 27th, 2015. May he rest in peace and his spirit soar.

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STAFF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER ADMIN DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER DEPUTY DIRECTOR OFFICE MANAGER

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FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING Meira Blaustein, Nikki Goldbeck Laurent Rejto, Emily Suttmeier ANIMATION Joy Buran, Noelle Melody SCREENERS Matt Canzonetti, Jon Greenhalgh, Amy Hutchings, Cynthia Kane, Evan Thomas, Reid Antin, Davis Hall, Hank Neimark, Fiona Otway PANELS, JURY & HONORARY AWARDS Meira Blaustein ADDITIONAL PANELS Doreen Ringer Ross (BMI), Jen Heck (Insiders and Outsiders: Feminism in the Middle East) PROGRAMMING CONSULTANTS Janet Grillo, Cynthia Kane FEATURES & DOCUMENTARIES SHORTS

FESTIVAL OPERATIONS Jacob Hutchings Evan Thomas OPERATIONS/TRAFFIC ASSTS Matt de Bara, Brendan Roode VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Lisa Purcell TRANSPO COORDINATOR Natalie Chau ART DEPARTMENT Stacey Anderson, Tim Bruno, Jeremiah Wenutu EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Morgan Malecki COMMUNICATION SERVICES Greg Carttar, Char Harner (3rd St R&D Production Services) PRINT TRAFFICKING COORDINATOR Evan Thomas SPECIAL EVENTS Lauri Andretta, Donna Parisi, Russell Parisi MAVERICK AWARDS PRODUCER Erin Cass TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Jeff Kantor (Canus Major Prods) TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ASSTS Lisa Burklund, Patrick Mullen TECHNICAL-PROJECTIONISTS Alex Donaldson, Dan Hartnett, George Naytowhowcon, Mike O’Brien, Rob Owens, Justin Peone, Arby Schulman, Tim Sullivan TRAILER John Huba VIDEO PREP & PANELS Chad Smith, Jeff Economy YOUTH INITIATIVE COORDINATOR David Nelsen Epstein, Onteora High School AUDIO ENGINEER @ BSP Ron Kuhnke (K-Town Studio) OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

OPERATIONS MANAGER

FESTIVAL SERVICES GUEST RELATIONS DIRECTOR GUEST RELATIONS HOSPITALITY CATERING REGISTRATION BADGEMASTER LEGAL COUNSEL CPA

Nikki Goldbeck Nancy Caigan, Gabrielle Kleinmann, Sue Orlinsky, Barbara Silver Deb Markes Tracy Kamien Sam Kandel Richard J. Goldman, Esq., Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, CPAs, PC

BOX OFFICE BOX OFFICE

Anthony Stracquadanio, Michael Winsor (Managers) Wynn Eggleston, Joan Quigley

PROGRAM GRAPHIC DESIGN (PROGRAM/ADS) PUBLICATION EDITOR BLURB WRITERS DATA SOLUTIONS WEBSITE

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PUBLIC RELATIONS Deborah Medenbach Kaela Garrett Rachel Wells, Sierra Slaughter Gregory Bray PhD, Joe Vlachos, and SUNY New Paltz Students Jack Tumen, Naomi Schmidt Vincent Boucher, Ben Caswell, Catharina Christiana, Matt Dammer, Niaya Delisio, Laurie Feldman, Sylvia Forni, John Mazlish, Laura Revercomb, Angela P. Schapiro, Dale Wolfield

SITE MANAGEMENT BEARSVILLE THEATER UPSTATE FILMS WOODSTOCK WOODSTOCK PLAYHOUSE WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY CENTER KLEINERT/JAMES ART CENTER ROSENDALE THEATRE ORPHEUM THEATER SAUGERTIES UPSTATE FILMS RHINEBECK

Sydelle Freed Sandra Harris Alice K Lotosky Virginia Neidermier Nick Busco Donna & Russell Parisi Charlene Boswell, Marlena Stella TBA TBA

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AWARD TROPHIES

Steve Heller (Fabulous Furniture)

All credits as of September 19

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Claude dal Farra

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VOLUNTEERS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers as of September 19 Norman Aaronson Sandi Albelli Carrie Allmendinger Brittany Amann Pat Angehr Jerilynn Babroff Melvin Babroff David Barr Lyn Bauer Jeff Bauml Frank Beresheim Susan Black Fran Braun Dolores Brink Cristy Budde Saundra Burgess Brittany Bush Renata Butera Kevin Callahan Barbara Cazakoff Dave Channon Janet Chapman Karen Charman Stephanie Chau Tom Cherwin

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Mark Coelho Jay Cohen Kira Daniels Patty Deegan Lynn Dennison Vince Destasio Matt Devlin Jennifer Donadio Kinley Dorji Dorothy Dorozynski Renee Englander Don Ewing Beth Faichney Emily Farrar Erica Fkiaras Clara Flores Reininger Richard Folger Johanna Garcia Melody Grapes Margie Greve Leif Grund Gerald Habib Sara Harman Beverly Harris Sophie Heckelman

Edwina Henderson Jennie Hirsch Jenny Hodes Tommy Hollister Tiffany Hollister Mary Holmes Marcus Jones Kimberly Jorgensen Matthew Kamien Risa Kamien Tracy Kamien Bob Katz Laura Katz Katie Kelley Anne Kelly Lia Klinchik Tris Korol Kim Kross John Kruppa Lou LaConture Jamie Lazan Amanda Lehrer Julie Lennon Elias Levey-Swain Jim Lyons

Marilyn MacClellan Kiana MacClellan Susan Manuel Siena McCabe Kristi McCabe Mike “Chocolate” Mccabe Sue McConekey Jonathan McCormack Nancy McInerney Veronica Medina-Matzner Sandy Mehl Stephen Mihic Val Mihic Eleanor Minsky Julius Minsky Suzanne Modzelewski Andy Mundi Randy Mundi Grace Murphy Susan Nathan Monica Neubauer Julie Nicholls Stela Nikolova Barbara O’Brien Gerald Obourn

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Margo Obourn Roseanne Olszewski Samuel O’Sullivan Joan Ottulich Ron Parker Sarah Perrotta Donna Perry Bridget Peschel Lauren Piperno Laura Quickfoot Gabrielle Raphael Sharon Reich Fern Revzin Scott Ross Dena Roy Greg Safris Isobel Seabrook Phylis Serrur Julie Sheridan Brendan Sheridan Diane Silverberg Linda Sirkin Michael Sofokles Jan Sosnowitz Elizabeth Spencer

Aaron Stewart John Stone Katelyn Sudlik Lauren Swartzmiller Liz Ten Dyke Nicole Terpening Sherry Tesler Teresa Tokarska Michael Tomaszewski Aaron Trummer Barbara Velazquez Kristi Jo Weber-McCabe Cari Weisberg Tom Whigham Chloe White Hawke Whitebay Herb Wilcox Willis Williams Jamey Wolff Lindsey Worker Sue Worthman Anjali Zacharopoulos Laura Zinn Cookie Zucker Marcia Zwilling

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SPECIAL THANKS SPECIAL THANKS

SPECIAL THANKS If we forgot to thank you, please forgive our oversight and know that your help and support is very much appreciated. MOVIE STARS Mark Braunstein Brian S. Devine Stephen Hays

SUPERSTARS Lauri Andretta Joel Bluestein Jonathan Gray

PRODUCERS Jennifer Hicks Ken Herkes Lowell Miller Doreen Ringer-Ross Kathy Ruttenberg

SCREENWRITERS Ron Mann Joan Quigley

CINEMATOGRAPHERS

Jay Taishoff GAFFERS Jeff & Marjorie Bauml Robert L. Seigel, Esq. Bill Topazio, Jennifer Halpern Elena Zang & Alan Hoffman

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS John Bianchi Joni Elenson Randy Greene Ilene Marder Hinchey James Manuel Andrew Mundi Najmuddin Pervez Emily Tannen

SPECIAL THANKS Adam & Daniel Nancy & Steve Abrams Richard Abramowitz Adam’s Fairacre John Amaroso Terry & Mark Antman Tim & Helen Atkinson Declan Baldwin Ikutiel Blaustein Gail Bradney & Lowell Miller Anne & Matt Canzonetti Eric Cerniglia Gary Chetkoff Joan Clancy Gayle Burbank & Kenny Cohen Diane Davis Eric Deising Annie Demosthenes Dietz Stadium Diner Bill Dineen Jen Dragon Wynn Eggleston Joni Elenson Mary Anne & Richard Erickson Barbara Farcher Film Fatales Collective Focus Features Richard Fusco Judy Flynn Fu Works Rebecca Fundis Ruth Garbus Carol & Ron Super Gold

Dan Goldberg Greg Goodman David Goldbeck Harris Goldberg Dick Goldman Marie & Ed Gordon Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development Perry & Martin Granoff Rachelle Gura & Roger Green Jon Greenhalgh Bob Hausman, Woodstock Therapy County Executive Mike Hein Edwina & Marty Henderson Richard & Amy Hutchings Marilyn Janow Jacqueline Kellachan, The Golden Notebook Bryn Kelsey Dede Lieber Steve Lieber Cathy Lewis Bob Malkin Susan Manuel Deb Markes Dan May Katharine McKenna Sarah Mecklem Erin & Martin Mills, White Dove Rockotel Caralee Moor Dr. Bruce Moor Paul Mullen, MD David Nelsen Epstein

Dan Neely & Karen Holden Margo Obourn Nana’s Creative Cafe The Orchard Ric Orlando Darya Panesoff Karen Pignataro, Woodstock Inn on the Millstream Steve & Elise Pittleman Barbara Pokras Leann & Neil Ratner Michele Rejto Bryan Roefs Ed Romanoff Liz Rosen Leah & Dan Rubenstein Ilene & Neil Rubenstein Orin Shands Renata Harris Sparks Judy Steinfeld Joe & Avis Toochin Town of Woodstock Johanna Trimboli Chuck Wagor Cynthia Wade Brigid Walsh Bruce Weiss Bob Wyatt Laurie Ylvisaker Allen & Ellen Zerkin Diana & Dale Ziegenfelder Alice Zou

ADVISORY BOARD Judy Arthur - Publicity/Consultant (Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs)

Ron Mann - Filmmaker (Grass, Going Further, Altman), Distributor (Films We Like)

Signe Baumane - Animator (Rocks in My Pockets)

Stephen Nemeth - Executive Producer / Producer (Magnificent Burden, The Three Hikers, Fields of Fuel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

Joe Berlinger - Filmmaker (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost Trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) Robin Bronk - CEO of The Creative Coalition Vincent D’Onofrio - Actor (Daredevil, Men in Black, Full Metal Jacket) Griffin Dunne - Director/Producer/Actor (Fierce People, Dallas Buyers Club) Leon Gast - Filmmaker ( When We Were Kings, The Grateful Dead) Jonathan Gray - Senior partner at Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP Ethan Hawke - Director/Actor (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Chelsea Walls) Sabine Hoffman - Editor (Elvis & Nixon, The Ballad of Jack and Rose) Gill Holland - Producer, The Group Entertainment (Were the World Mine) Ted Hope - Head of Production, Amazon Original Movies: Amazon Studios, Amazon Studios, Amazon Studio Barbara Kopple - Director (Miss Sharon Jones!, Woodstock: Now & Then, Shut Up & Sing, My Generation, Harlan County USA) Michael Lang - Producer/Promoter (1969, 1995, 1999 Woodstock Festival) Melissa Leo - Actor (The Fixer, The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams, Treme)

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Annie Nocenti - Journalist/Screenwriter/Teacher/Filmmaker Ron Nyswaner - Screenwriter/Director (Homeland, Ray Donovan, She’s The Best Thing In It, Freeheld, Philadelphia) Bill Plympton - Animator (Cop Dog, Cheatin’, Idiots & Angels) Aidan Quinn - Actor/Producer (Elementary, Legends of the Fall) Peter Saraf - Producer, Executive Producer, Big Beach Productions (Our Idiot Brother, Little Miss Sunshine) Liev Schreiber - Actor/Director (Ray Donovan, The Painted Veil) Lori Singer - Actress (Footloose) Dancer, Cellist John Sloss - Attorney/Producer, Sloss Law & Cinetic Media (Boyhood, Bernie, Pieces of April, Far From Heaven) Fisher Stevens - Founding Partner, Greene Street Films, Actor/Producer/Director (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Awake) David Strathairn - Actor (The Debt, Lincoln, Good Night and Good Luck) Christine Vachon - Producer and founder of Killer Films (Kids, I Shot Andy Warhol, Boys Don’t Cry, Far from Heaven)

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WFF YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING WFF PROGRAMMING

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates emerging and established voices in independent film with screenings, panels and concerts throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The Woodstock Film Festival, and the Hudson Valley Film Commission work

The festival is centered in the historic arts colony of Woodstock, as well as the nearby towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Boiceville, Saugerties, and Kingston.

In February, the Woodstock Film Festival showed Janet Grillo’s Jack of the Red Hearts, followed by an in-depth conversation with Grillo.

year round, offering screenings, mixers, economic development initiatives and special events in the Hudson Valley, New York City and elsewhere. Throughout the year, there were a number of exciting new offerings for film lovers.

In March, the festival showed Josh Fox’s How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change, followed by music, dance and an in-depth Q&A with Fox, joined by congressional candidate and climate change activist Zephyr Teachout. Jack of the Red Hearts

Every fall, film and music lovers from around the world gather in Woodstock for an exhilarating variety of films, concerts, celebrity-led seminars, workshops, an awards ceremony and superlative parties. Visitors find themselves in a relaxed, receptive atmosphere surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The range of films presented includes feature narratives, documentaries and shorts, many of which are premieres from the U.S and abroad. Filmmakers often attend and follow up screenings with Q&As. Specialty programming includes Exposure, Films of the Hudson Valley, Focus on Music, LGBTQ, Spotlight on Women, World Cinema, and the Youth Initiative.

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May brought with it the screening of Call Her Applebroog, followed by conversation with filmmaker Beth B. and artist Ida Applebroog.

How to Let Go of the World

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As a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, Woodstock Film Festival’s mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists and culture and inspired learning and diversity. It’s sister organization, the Hudson Valley Film Commission promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.

In April. the festival screened Team Foxcatcher, which was followed by Q&A with director Jon Greenhalgh and former Foxcatcher wrestler Paul Widerman.

Team Foxcatcher

Call Her Applebroog

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In May, the Woodstock Film Festival hosted the 4th Annual TASTE OF WOODSTOCK. The event has become a popular annual spring happening for hundreds of visitors. Almost every restaurant and eatery in Woodstock, as well as some from Kingston and Saugerties, came out to participate with a wide variety of delicious selections. Included were Bistro-to-Go, Bread Alone, Catskill Mountain Pizza Company, Cheese Louise, Cucina, Garden Cafe on the Green, Landau Grill, Lenny Bee Productions, Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant, New World Home Cooking Co., Oriole 9, Peace Love & Cupcakes, Provisions Woodstock, Santa Fe Woodstock, Shindig, Sunflower Cafe, The Green Palate, The Reservoir Inn, The Tea Shop of Woodstock, Woodstock Meats, Woodstock Wine and Liquors, Woodstock Yoga Center, and Yum Yum Noodle Bar.

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In June, The Woodstock Film Festival proudly honored two local luminaries – renowned screenwriter Ron Nyswaner and internationally known tightrope artist Philippe Petit – at its SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK Celebration in a beautiful estate overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir. The SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation, and the river that flows through and connects it. Actor Tim Guinee presented the award to Philippe Petit who accepted the honor with panache, humor, humility, and a movie quiz for those assembled. Actor/director and screenwriter Michael Cristofer presented the award to Ron Nyswaner, whose heartfelt and eloquent acceptance speech was an homage to the region and its rich mix of people. Nyswaner also took the opportunity to call on the assembled guests to join him in supporting the Woodstock Film Festival, especially its LGBT Focus.

Life, Animated

Previous SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK honorees include Michael Lang, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mark Braunstein, and Levon Helm. In June, the festival also screened the award-winning documentary Life, Animated, and followed with a Q&A with director Roger Ross Williams.

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Presentation of the 2016 WFF Poster by Mary Frank (center)

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Spirit of Woodstock Honorees - Philippe Petit and Ron Nys waner

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In July, the Woodstock Film Festival held an art opening of its 2016 poster by renowned artist Mary Frank, hosted by the Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock, NY. August brought with it Kim A. Snyder’s documentary Newtown, produced by Maria Cuomo Cole. The Q&A for the film included both director and producer, as well as three of the parents who lost their young children at the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT. In September, the Woodstock Film Festival Launch Party was hosted for the eighth year at Libation, in New York City’s Lower East Side. It was a rollicking evening, with old film friends, many of the 2016 filmmakers, industry representatives, actors, and signature vodka cocktails courtesy of Ketel One. It was the prelude to the October Festival and by the time the night was over, everyone in attendance was looking forward to meeting again in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

Taste of Woodstock

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ABOUT WFF ABOUT WFF

Programming at the Woodstock Film Festival Kivalina encourages those who use film as a way to explore social, environmental and political themes, while challenging their inherent boundaries. This year’s Exposure Program is a depiction of that goal. We are proud to present a lineup of films that represent the myriad challenges our world faces in these times of uncertainty. This year’s films are the voices of our diverse planet and reveal the heroes who dedicate themselves to changing the worldview against the status quo. Among others, this year’s program includes The Confession, Freedom Runners, Get in The Way, Kivalina, Marathon: Patriot’s Day Bombing, and Women of Maidan. Additional programming, including panels and year-round events, cover a broad range of socioeconomic and political topics. Select participants have included Josh Fox, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Tim Robbins, Arlo Guthrie, and many others.

Focus on Music showcases films American Epic about music and musicians, while at the same time exploring the role that music plays in film. Many of this year’s films emphasize how music can be an important and powerful tool for expression and conflict resolution, among them Stronger Than Bullets and The Promised Band. 2016 Focus on Music feature films include American Epic, Gimme Danger, and Two Trains Running. The BMI Music Panel and concerts play a critical role in Focus on Music programming. Participants over the years have included Jackson Browne, Carlos Varela. Steve Earle, David Broza, Pinetop Perkins, Donovan, Levon Helm, Bernie Worrell, Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer, Mike Gordon & Trey Anastasio of Phish, Kate Pierson, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan, Marshall Crenshaw, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Krishna Das, and others. For the 2016 BMI music panel, Todd and Jedd Wider, Lori Singer and Paul Cantelon talk about their film collaboration, with a performance by Singer and Cantelon.

cy for over a century. In addition to attracting production talent from all over the world, many established and emerging filmmakers have now made the Hudson Valley their home. The 2016 WFF schedule has programmed several locally produced films, including the feature films 11:55, Halfway to Zen, Liner Notes, Little Boxes, My First Kiss and the People Involved, Stray Bullets, Thirsty, and The Ticket.

The Woodstock Film Festival is Play the Devil proud to present the World Cinema program to further our commitment to sharing experiences across continents. 2016 highlights include Chile’s Neruda, England’s My Feral Heart, Play the Devil from Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa’s Shepherds & Butchers, Israel’s Junction 48, and from the Faroe Islands, The Islands and the Whales. These films offer a rare opportunity to expand our global consciousness

Focus on Dutch Cinema

The Fury

Netherlands Consulate and the Department of Dutch Culture USA. The program features three outstanding selections from top Dutch filmmakers: Clean Hands by Tjebbo Penning, The Surprise by Mike van Diem and The Fury by Andre van Duren.

The Woodstock Film Festival’s Spotlight The Drowning

LGBTQ FOCUS

on Women in Film & Media initiative highlights exciting new works by some of today’s

Since its inception, Real Boy the Woodstock Film Festival has explored and celebrated LGBTQ voices with an exciting slate of films, concerts and special guests. 2016 highlights include Halfway to Zen, Play the Devil, Real Boy, and Thirsty.

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The Hudson Thirsty Valley and Catskills have been a hotbed of creative energy and artistic vibran-

most talented, established and up-and-coming female directors. The aim is to feature the works of female directors and empower teens and women who want to work in film and media to follow their dreams and carve their path in an industry that is still dominated by men. The initiative includes a panel featuring women directors and a panel Feminism in the Middle East. 2016 highlights include Bette Gordon’s The Drowning, Dorie Barton’s Girl Flu., Amber Tamblyn’s Paint it Black, and Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light.

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ENDORSEMENT

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ABOUT HVFC ABOUT HVFC On location with Super Dark Times

Grips taking a break on One Percent More Humidity

Join us Oct 13-16, 2016, then come back to shoot your next film in the beautiful Mid Hudson Valley & Catskills.

SELECT PROJECTS THAT HAVE SHOT IN THE HUDSON VALLEY  The Ticket

Directed by Ido Fluk

 My First Kiss

Directed by Luigi Campi

 Cold In July, We Are What We Are & Stake Land Directed by Jim Mickle

 Late Phases

Directed by Adrián García Bogliano

 The Better Angels

Directed by A.J. Edwards

 The Sisterhood of Night

Directed by Caryn Waechter

 Our Idiot Brother

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J OIN THE WO ODSTOC K FIL M FE STIVAL IN CELEBRATIN G

TH E 1 7TH ANNUAL M AV E RICK AWARDS CER EMO N Y Saturday, October 15 at Backstage Studio Productions IN KINGSTON

Paul Green and The Internet Trolls at the 2016 maverick awards ceremony

The legendary Paul Green and The Internet Trolls (Jason Bowman, Zach Djanikian, David Jarrett) will be playing music from the greatest movies ever made (and some mediocre ones, too.) Paul Green is best known as the founder of The School of Rock, subject of the documentary Rock School and inspiration for Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s hilarious film School of Rock. The PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY in Saugerties is a performance based, interactive music school, based on a method honed over the past 17 years. In 2016, watch for the opening of The WOODSTOCK MUSIC LAB. For more info, visit www.rockacademy.com

7:00pm: Cocktail party in Gallery 8:15pm: Seating for awards begins 9:00pm: Awards Ceremony All trophies are handcrafted by STEVE HELLER, a self-taught artist who works in wood, found metal and Cadillacs from the 1950s. He shows at his Fabulous Furniture gallery (www.fabulousfurnitureon28.com) in Boiceville, NY.

MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE & BEST NARRATIVE SHORT SPONSORED BY GIGANTIC PICTURES The MAVERICK AWARD sponsored by Gigantic Pictures recognizes the director of the jury’s choice for best feature narrative and best narrative short. Gigantic Pictures is an active producer of low and mid-level budgeted feature films and documentaries. They can take you from idea to delivery, supervising all aspects of the filmmaking process, including budgeting, scheduling, pre-production, production and post-production.

MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SPONSORED BY THE BLUESTEIN FAMILY FOUNDATION The MAVERICK AWARD supported by The Bluestein Family Foundation recognizes the director of the jury’s choice for best documentary feature.

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY ULTRA INDIE AWARD The WFF ULTRA INDIE AWARD is presented to an outstanding film with a budget of less than $200K. The films nominated raise the art of low budget filmmaking to a remarkable level. The award, sponsored by Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, rewards the best of these ultra low budget selections from the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. The winner also receives a Black Magic Design URSA 4K.

WORLD CINEMA AWARD The WORLD CINEMA AWARD recognizes the jury’s choice for best foreign language film made by a director outside the U.S.

ANIMATION AWARD The ANIMATION AWARD is presented for Best Animated Short, and is selected by New York based animation and design duo Joy Buran and Noelle Melody (JOY + NOELLE) and multi-faceted animator Peter Ahern.

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AWARDS HASKELL WEXLER AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Woodstock Film Festival HASKELL WEXLER AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, with support from Panavision, provides film camera equipment rentals to the winner of this esteemed award. Panavision is the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of high precision camera systems, comprised of cameras, lenses and accessories for the motion picture, television series and television commercial markets in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography continues under the guardianship of Wexler’s friend and colleague Ellen Kuras. “One of the most inventive and unique voices in cinema of our time, Haskell was a rebel and advocate of progressive causes who lived his politics through his work, and his work through his spirited beliefs,” wrote Kuras, “We continue to honor Haskell and his work by recognizing filmmakers who reflect his passion.”

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR AWARD SPONSORED BY TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT The TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD, now in its third year, celebrates the Best Female Director of a feature narrative. Tangerine Entertainment is an innovative film production company and community builder focusing on commercially viable, critically acclaimed stories for all audiences, with an emphasis on female filmmakers and strong roles for women. Created and headed by Anne Hubbell and Amy Hobby, Tangerine has a clear and specific agenda aimed at increasing the presence of smart, complex women both behind and in front of the camera.

THE JAMES LYONS EDITING AWARD FOR NARRATIVE & DOC FEATURES SPONSORED BY TECHNICOLOR POSTWORKS NY Originally established by editor Sabine Hoffman, the JAMES LYONS EDITING AWARD was named in honor of the accomplished editor who had a home near Woodstock. James Lyons was best known as a film editor and particularly for his long collaboration with Todd Haynes on the award-winning features Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine (for which he also co-wrote the story) and Far from Heaven. He also edited Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, Jesse Peretz’s First Love, Last Rites and The Chateau, Tom Gilroy’s Spring Forward, Peter Friedman’s Silverlake Life, and more than a half-dozen other features and documentaries. The award is sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY, a cornerstone of the New York film and television industry, providing essential post-production services and expertise to motion picture studios, broadcasters, television producers, and independent filmmakers worldwide.

MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY SPONSORED BY FILMS WE LIKE Films We Like is a Canadian distribution company, founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann. Twelve years and over 162 films later, Films We Like has established itself as a boutique distributor of alternative entertainment.

THE CARPE DIEM ANDRETTA AWARD for living life to it’s fullest honors VINCENT “JAY” ANDRETTA III THE CARPE DIEM ANDRETTA AWARD is presented to a film that best exemplifies living life to the fullest through character and story development in a full length narrative or documentary film. The Carpe Diem Andretta Award honors longtime area resident Vincent “Jay” Andretta III, who passed away in December 2014. The Glenford resident is remembered as a successful businessman, a driven, avid athlete and a loving, dedicated husband, father, son and great friend to many including the Woodstock Film Festival. Jay’s favorite quote was Carpe Diem (Seize the Day). His life was a testament to the phrase.

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DAVID LINDE David Linde is a true visionary who has tirelessly nurtured and furthered the highest quality of film and filmmakers, including such luminaries as Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón. Linde is CEO of Participant Media, a global company dedicated to media that inspires social change and recently won the Best Picture Oscar for Spotlight. Linde joined Participant in late 2015, as the company was releasing twelve major films, including Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation and Bridge of Spies. The upcoming slate includes Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon; J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls; Pablo Larrain’s Neruda; Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans; Denial (starring Rachel Weisz); Middle School, based on James Patterson’s best-sellers, and Alex Gibney’s Zero Days. In addition to feature films, Participant has launched over a dozen original series for its television network Pivot, and created daily content for the digital hub TakePart, which serves millions of socially conscious consumers monthly. Linde’s career spans production, global distribution and building companies from the ground up. At Miramax Films, he had a part in producing such classics as Heavenly Creatures, Bullets Over Broadway and Pulp Fiction. As chairman of Universal Pictures, he championed a broad outlook regarding international productions, animation, and family entertainment and distribution. Linde ran the acclaimed specialty film studio Focus Features and its genre division, Rogue Pictures, formed from Universal’s acquisition of the independent production company Good Machine, which Linde help found. During his tenure at Focus, Linde and co-president James Schamus oversaw a diverse slate that was honored with a historic fifty-three Oscar® nominations and eleven Academy Awards for such films as Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardner and The Pianist. Linde went on to lead Lava Bear Films, a production and financing company he founded with the support of Reliance Entertainment. Linde has been recognized for numerous awards, including The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year, General Electric’s Chairman’s Award for Performance Turnaround, the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the 21st Israel Film Festival – Visionary Award, New York Magazine: Best of the Industry Award, and the Gotham Award for Distinguished Achievement, among others.

PRESENTER Alejandro González Iñárritu Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City, the youngest of seven children to Luz María Iñárritu and Héctor González Gama. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship at the ages of 16 and 18, Iñárritu worked his way across Europe and Africa. He has noted that these early travels as a young man have had a great influence on him as a filmmaker. The settings of his films have often been in the places he visited during this period. Iñárritu, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, won his second consecutive Academy Award IN 2016 for best director for The Revenant, a sprawling tale of revenge and survival, making him one of only three directors to ever win consecutive Oscars and the first to do so in 65 years. In 2015, Iñárritu won three Academy Awards for directing, co-writing and co-producing the dark comedy Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), about an aging cinema superhero launching a Broadway show. Iñárritu also is known for the films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Biutiful, and Babel, which earned seven Academy Award nominations and the best director award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to have been nominated for best director and best producer in the history of the Academy Awards. 16 YEARS - 16 MAVERICKS 

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OREN MOVERMAN Academy Award-nominated Oren Moverman is a prolific writer, director and producer. The Messenger, Moverman’s directorial debut, was the Woodstock Film Festival’s opening night feature in 2009. Co-written with Alessandro Camon and starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, and Samantha Morton, the film was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Screenplay, as well as Best Screenplay and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Since 2010, Moverman’s career as a director has soared. His impressive lineup of films includes Rampart, which he also co-wrote with novelist James Ellroy, starring Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Ben Foster, Ned Beatty, and Steve Buscemi; Time out of Mind, winner of the International Critics Award at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi, and Jena Malone, and most recently, The Dinner, to be released in 2017 by The Orchard, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Adepero Oduye, Chloe Sevigny, and Rebecca Hall. Moverman’s writing credits include Udi Aloni’s Junction 48, winner of the audience award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival and the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival International Award; Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy; Ira Sachs’ Married Life; Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, with an Oscar nomination for Cate Blanchet; Bertha Bay-Sa Pen’s Face, and Alison Maclean’s Jesus’ Son. Moverman was a producer on Joseph Cedar’s upcoming Norman and Ido Fluk’s The Ticket, and executive produced Junction 48, Love and Mercy and Anja Marquardt directorial debut She’s Lost Control. Receiving the Fiercely Independent Award takes Moverman back in time: “I first attended the 10th annual Woodstock Film festival with The Messenger in 2009, and I distinctly remember the feeling I had that night; it was a coming home of sorts to a bastion of independent thinkers and creative artists.”

PRESENTER Ben Foster Ben Foster, who co-starred in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger and Rampart (which he also produced), is a prolific screen, stage and TV actor. He is currently starring in David Mackenzie’s critical smash Hell or High Water. Earlier this year, he directed the music video for Emily Wells’ track “Pack of Nobodies.” He recently played Stanley Kowalski in the Young Vic’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, and shooting the film Hostiles, reteaming with Christian Bale. He will be seen next opposite Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Ron Howard’s Inferno. In the last year, Foster has appeared in The Finest Hours, and as Lance Armstrong in The Program. Other notable credits include his debut film Liberty Heights, Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Alpha Dog, X-Men: The Last Stand, and 3:10 To Yuma. On television, he is known for Freaks & Geeks and Six Feet Under.

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LEON GAST American director, producer, editor, and cinematographer Leon Gast is probably best known for his documentary When We Were Kings, about the epic heavyweight boxing match, “Rumble in the Jungle,” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Gast’s long career is as quirky and colorful as the man himself. Gast was in Kinshasa to create a documentary about a three-day music festival when the Ali-Foreman fight was scheduled. When the music festival went bust, he turned his attention to the fight. Back from Kinshasa, he had 300,000 feet of film but no money to finish the movie. Instead, he earned his way making The Grateful Dead Movie, co–directed with Jerry Garcia, and Hells Angels Forever, about the Hell’s Angels. Finally, in 1989, Gasts’ former lawyer David Sonenberg put up almost $1 million to finish the Ali project. In the end. Gast spent close to two decades on When We Were Kings and was rewarded with the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University and worked for the television series High Adventure with writer and broadcaster Lowell Thomas. During the 1960s, before he became a filmmaker, he was a photographer for Esquire, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. As a documentarian, Gast also directed Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa), Celia Cruz and the Fania Allstars in Africa, B.B. King - Sweet 16 , One Love, Soul Power, and executive produced The Trials of Muhammad Ali. He won Best Director of a Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival for Smash his Camera, about paparazzi Ron Galella, and directed a second film on boxing, Manny, in 2014, about the boxing career of Manny Pacquiao and his rise from poverty to the top of the boxing world. A native of Jersey City, Gast and his wife live in Woodstock, NY - their favorite place in the world.

PRESENTER Barbara Kopple Barbara Kopple has made a cornucopia of celebrated films, including Academy Award winners Harlan County USA and American Dream, as well as The House of Steinbrenner; Woodstock: Now and Then; Shut Up and Sing; A Conversation with Gregory Peck; My Generation; Havoc; Wild Man Blues; Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, for which she won a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction; Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation; the Emmy-nominated documentary Running from Crazy, examining the lives of the three granddaughters of Ernest Hemingway and their journeys through mental illness, and most recently, Miss Sharon Jones!, about the funk-soul-revivalist band Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings as their rise to fame threatens to come to a halt with Sharon’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Kopple and Gast have been friends and colleagues “forever.”

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WILLIAM HORBERG’s producing credits include Searching For Bobby Fischer, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Milk, The Kite Runner, Cold Mountain, and The Quiet American, as well as the upcoming The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, and Crash Pad, starring Domhnall Gleeson. He is currently William Horberg Chair of the Producers Guild of America East, and was previously president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, partner with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, and a Senior VP at Paramount Pictures. MARY STUART MASTERSON lives full-time in the Hudson Valley. Her award-winning career includes roles in the iconic films Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes and Benny and Joon. She has also directed and produced indie films, Mary Stuart Masterson network television and documentary theater. Her return to the arts follows a recent hiatus to “produce” her four young children. She is the founder of Stockade Works, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the further potential of film and tech in the Hudson Valley. JONATHAN GRAY is a practicing attorney concentrating in independent film and television for over two decades and is the founding partner of Jonathan Gray Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, which has provided production counsel services on hundreds of films, including Birth of a Nation, Precious, The Station Agent, Black Swan, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Gray is also an Emmy-nominated producer (Nightingale), and has produced over 40 films. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

EDITING NARRATIVE SABINE HOFFMAN, ACE has edited Rebecca Miller’s Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Maggie’s Plan, Rodney Evan’s Brother to Brother, Richard LaGravenese’s The Last Five Years, and Liza Johnson’s Elvis and Nixon. A consultant and story adviser, she has edited numerous documentaries, Sabine Hoffman including Academy Award–nominated Ferry Tales. Hoffman serves as adjunct professor at Columbia University and is a mentor to many filmmaker organizations, including the IFP, the Sundance Institute and Reel Works. BARBARA POKRAS, ACE is an Emmy awardwinning film editor. She was an adjunct professor in the Cinema Department of the University of Southern California and is a graduate of that Barbara Pokras university. She has edited a wide range of motion picture films and television shows, and began her career with Roger Corman. Pokras is the author of Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz (Syracuse University Press), currently under option. GARY LEVY, ACE’s current project is a narrative feature for acclaimed director Jennifer Fox. His most recent television credit is AMC’s Feed the Beast. Levy edited season seven of Nurse Jakie Gary Levy (ACE Eddy winner). He also worked on multiple seasons of USA’s Royal Pains. Other TV credits: The Office, Happyish, Running Wilde, Life is Wild. Feature credits include Face, Just a Kiss, Mae, Maryan, and Outside Providence.

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LUCAS JOAQUIN is an independent producer at Parts & Labor in NYC and has worked closely with some of the most celebrated directors in American independent cinema. His most recent features are Complete Unknown, starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, and Little Men, directed and co-written with Ira Sachs. He is currently in post-production on the Sundance Institute-developed feature Love After Love, starring Andie McDowell and Chris O’Dowd. LOGAN HILL writes frequently about arts and culture for many of the world’s best media outlets, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Businessweek, and This American Life. When he’s not writing, he often hosts TimesTalks public conversations and reviews films on the TV show Talking Pictures on Demand. ISIL BAGDADI is an indie film producer, distributor and publicist. In 2001, Bagdadi and her business partner Michael Sergio started CAVU Pictures to produce and distribute cutting-edge, critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films. CAVU specializes in theatrical distribution, consulting and publicity services for indie filmmakers. As President of Distribution, Ms.Bagdadi oversees all of CAVU’s marketing, PR and distribution campaigns.

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SHORTS DOCUMENTARY CYNTHIA KANE created DOCday on Sundance Channel, which helped transform the way global documentaries are seen on American television. Through her work at ITVS, she shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media and helped launch Al Jazeera America with such series as Hard Earned, and Albert Mayles’ final work, In Transit, Leon Gast’s Sporting Dreams, Barbara Kopple’s Shelter, and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s Daisy and Max. GENE FISCHER is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. His photo series, Young, Rural and Transgender, was the basis for the short documentary film Passing Ellenville. The follow-up short, All About Amy, screened internationally and won Best Short Documentary at the WFF in 2015. DIANA HOLTZBERG has been working since 2001 with Films Transit International, one of the longest running agencies specializing in the worldwide release of documentaries. She opened East Village Entertainment in 2007 for independent projects. With both companies she acts as sales agent for completed work and on productions as executive producer/creative producer/consultant. Holtzberg has worked on 300 films, won two Emmy Awards and has received two Emmy nominations.

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CINEMATOGRAPHY Academy Award-nominated ELLEN KURAS is one of the most important pioneering filmmakers of the last two decades, known for her visually stunning work in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blow and Summer of Sam. One of the first women invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers, she has worked with directors Ellen Kuras Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Jonathan Demme. Kuras is the unprecedented three-time winner of the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Her directorial debut, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which she shot and produced, was an Academy Award nominee in 2009.

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ULTRA INDIE ALICIA VAN COUVERINGs’ first film as a producer was Lena Dunham’s award-winning Tiny Furniture. She went on to produce Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Jon Watts’ Cop Car, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, and Steve Kessler’s Paul Williams: Still Alive, among others. She is a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine, adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Creative Producing Fellow of the Sundance Institute. JOE AMODEI has been in the film and home entertainment industry for more than forty years. As President of USA Home Entertainment, he released such films as Traffic, Being John Malkovich and Gosford Park into the home entertainment world. Under Amodei’s leadership, Virgil Films and Entertainment has released such award-winning hits as Super Size Me, Restrepo, Bridegroom, and Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which became the most watched doc in CNN history. JANET GRILLO is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and former studio executive (New Line Cinema). She directed the indie features Fly Away and Jack of the Red Hearts, and is an Arts Professor at NYU Tisch Undergrad Film & TV Program.

WENDY LIDELL is Sr. VP, Theatrical/Nontheatrical Distribution & Acquisition at Kino Lorber Inc., a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years with a library of more than 1400 titles. Prior to joining Kino Lorber this year, Lidell was president of International Film Wendy Lidell Circuit, a company she founded in 1987. At Kino Lorber, Lidell has released films by Jia Jiangke, Amos Gitai, Naomi Kawase, and Andrzej Zulawski, among others. CLAUDE DAL FARRA is a French producer and CoPresident of BCDF Pictures, a Hudson Valley-based company that has produced a number of feature films, including Higher Ground, Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, Liberal Arts, Bachelorette, Why Claude Dal Farra Stop Now, and The Outskirts, which is set for wide release this fall. His projects have included Oscarwinning and Oscar-nominated talent (Jane Fonda, Al Pacino, Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg, Vera Farmiga) and other award-winning actors such as Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Olsen and Zac Efron. LORI SINGER is a Golden Globe winning actress who won ’ShoWest Newcomer of the Year’ for her role as Ariel Moore in the film Footloose. She Lori Singer went on to act in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, John Schlesinger’s The Falcon and the Snowman, Warlock, The Man with One Red Shoe, Alan Rudolph’s Trouble in Mind and Equinox, to name a few. In 2015 she was in Almereyda’s Experimenter and in 2017 she’ll appear in James Franco’s film The Institute. Singer starred in the television series Fame and VR5. She is also a concert cellist, performing on film with Yo Yo Ma in Atom Egoyan’s Inspired by Bach, and she plays on stage as a cello soloist with orchestras, most recently Carnegie Hall.

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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS’ directorial debut, Music by Prudence, won the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short. He is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams’ next feature documentary, God Loves Uganda, was shortlisted for a 2014 Academy Award. He has several projects in development, including a feature docu- Roger Ross Williams mentary about the prison industrial complex with CNN Films. His latest film, Life, Animated, won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Directing Award. JULIE GOLDMAN is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. She executive produced Life, Animated and Weiner, as well as Best of Enemies, Julie Goldman The Kill Team and Art and Craft. Goldman produced Gideon’s Army, Manhunt, The Great Invisible, and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Sergio, and Buck. She consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove. NANCY ABRAHAM is Senior VP of Documentary Programming for Home Box Office and is responsible for the development and production of numerous Nancy Abraham award-winning HBO Documentaries. Prior to joining the documentary division in 1995, Abraham was director of film acquisition for HBO, acquiring feature films and other programs for HBO’s international channels. She spent three years in Budapest as Director of Programming for HBO Hungary. Abraham has also worked at Bravo Cable Network in both acquisition and production capacities.

EDITING DOCUMENTARIES Alicia Van Couverings

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Sabine Hoffman, see Editing, Narrative CARLA GUTIERREZ edited Oscar-nominated La Corona for HBO, Emmy-nominated documentary Reportero, broadcast on POV, and Kingdom of Shadows, which premiered at SXSW and opened theatrically in Mexico. Her latest work, When Two Worlds Collide, Carla Gutierrez won World Documentary Special Jury Award for Debut Feature at the Sundance Film Festival. Her work has screened at Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, Full Frame, AFI, and Ambulante. She has been a creative adviser for the Sundance Edit Lab and mentor for Firelight Producers’ Lab. MAKO KAMITSUNA edited Dee Rees’ Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-winner Pariah, Frank Hall Green’s Wildlike, Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia, and Mako Kamitsuna Michael Mann’s Blackhat, among others. A prolific documentary editor, her most recent work, We Are X, won this year’s Sundance Editing Jury Award. She’s currently editing Mudbound, a third feature by Dee Rees, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, and Mary J. Blige.

ANIMATION JOY + NOELLE is NY-based animation and design duo JOY BURAN and NOELLE MELODY. They are illustrators, animators and, as it happens, twins. They studied Media Art at Pratt Institute; their thesis film was their first collaboration. They now direct and animate short films, commercial videos and recently partnered with writer Kelly Sharp, illustrating her children’s books. Joy and Noelle have done animation work for A+E Digital, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, TED, Cartuna, Amazon Studios, and Sesame Studios, among others. In 2015, they designed the Woodstock Film Festival poster. Peter Ahern PETER AHERN graduated Pratt Institute with a BFA in Film and a concentration of Traditional Animation. Joy Buran and Noelle Melody He has a successful career in the commercial world of animation, and several of his independent shorts have screened at festivals worldwide, including Woodstock, SXSW, London Intl. Animation, Tribeca, and Ottawa Intl. Animation. He freelances in NYC, collaborating on projects for such clients as The Walking Dead, Jolly Rancher, the NBA, Sephora, and the X-Games, in addition to contributing episodic content to Nickelodeon, MTV, Fox, and Showtime.

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CONTENTS 32 11:55 33 Bad Vegan and the Teleportation Machine 34 Blind 35 Burn Country 36 Chronically Metropolitan 37 Clean Hands (Schone Handen) 38 The Drowning 39 The Fury (De Helleveeg) 40 Girl Flu. 41 Green /is/ Gold 42 Halfway 43 Halfway to Zen 44 Junction 48 45 Liner Notes 46 Little Boxes 47 Loving 48 My Feral Heart 49 My First Kiss and the People Involved 50 Neruda 51 Operator 52 Paint it Black 53 Play the Devil 54 Sensitivity Training 55 Shepherds and Butchers 56 Stray Bullets 57 The Surprise (De Surprise) 58 Thirsty 59 The Ticket 60 To Keep the Light 61 Year by the Sea 2016

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11:55 Directed by Ari Issler and Ben Snyder USA / 2015 / 80 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Victor Almanzar Shirley Rumierk Elizabeth Rodriguez Julia Stiles John Leguizamo David Zayas Goya Robles Mike Carlsen PRODUCERS Danny Mendoza Joshua Blum Gia Walsh Kara Baker Matthew Thurm SCREENWRITERS Ari Issler Ben Snyder Victor Almanzar CINEMATOGRAPHER Tim Gillis EDITOR Ray Hubley PRODUCTION DESIGNER Akin McKenzie COMPOSER/MUSIC H. Scott Salinas SOUND DESIGNER Matthew Polis CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Ari Issler, Ben Snyder, Matthew Thurm, Victor Almanzar

Nelson Sanchez is an Afghan War veteran returning to the economically depressed town that left him few options but to enlist after accidentally killing a dealer from a rival gang. But Nelson’s happy homecoming turns bitter when, immediately confronted by his past, he must decide if he will flee or stay and face what’s coming. Victor Almanzar as Sanchez is both authoritative and tragic, and you care about what he’s endured and where he’s heading. A tremendous supporting cast, including such notables as John Leguizamo and Julia Stiles, underpins this gripping story of love, loyalty and revenge. Newburgh, NY, declared one of the state’s most stressed cities in 2004 owing to single mother households, abandoned buildings, unemployment, residents under the poverty line, and adults without a high school diploma, sustains the film’s authenticity. At its core, 11:55 represents people’s daily battle to live safely, securely and in peace in today’s impoverished, under-employed, racially divided environment. – Ben F. Fischer time friends and collaborators, Ari Issler and Ben Snyder are currently BIO Long developing a mini-series for Lionsgate/C4 London, as well as writing a feature film based on the solo shows of John Leguizamo. Issler is a filmmaker and cinematographer who has shot documentaries, feature films, commercials, and music videos over six continents, including the award-winning documentary The Hip Hop Project (Think Films). Snyder is a playwright, educator and member of Labyrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced at Center Stage NY, P.S. 122, The Vineyard Theater, Crossroads Theatre, The Apollo Theater, New York Stage and Film, and at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Snyder was the story consultant for the award-winning documentary The Wolfpack.

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BAD VEGAN AND THE TELEPORTATION MACHINE Directed by Anton Goenechea USA / 2016 / 90 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Brianne Berkson Andy Bean Tamara Tunie Steve Hytner Adam Scarimbolo EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Brianne Berkson PRODUCERS Brianne Berkson Anton Goenechea Paolina Poe-Azcarraga Jay Seals Corbin Bronson SCREENWRITERS Anton Goenechea Brianne Berkson CINEMATOGRAPHER Markus E. Mueller EDITOR Ismael Gomez III PRODUCTION DESIGNER Valeria de Felice COMPOSER/MUSIC John M. Davis CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Anton Goenechea, Brianne Berkson, Jackie Stewart

Bad Vegan and the Teleportation Machine is as outlandish and creative as its title suggests, drawing you in with a well-acted, laugh-out-loud funny script. Featuring an idiosyncratic style and bizarre yet relatable characters, this quirky sci-fi rom-com is true escapism in every sense of the word! Lily is a dreadful standup comic yearning for a glimmer of excitement to shake up her average life. She gets her wish in Spike: a slightly crazy yet charming and attractive scientist who is convinced that he has discovered the secret to human teleportation. Is this guy a con artist, or insane, or both? Lily (and the audience) wonders. Despite everyone telling her that she might just be as crazy as Spike for believing in his antics, Lily willingly disappears further and further down the rabbit hole, demonstrating along the way that sometimes we all just need a little something – or a really big something – to believe in. – Evan Thomas

Goenechea started his career as a writer and script doctor, working with BIO Anton several directors and producers in Spain and Mexico, where he was commissioned to direct the webseries Bitacora, while working as a director of commercials for brands such as Heineken, Indio, Sol, Microsoft, and Cofetel. Upon his arrival in the States, Goenechea wrote and directed Miss Mystery, a short film shown in the Long Beach Film Festival and the Coney Island Film Festival. He has co-written two feature films with Mexican director Humberto Hinojosa: Paraiso Perdido, released in 2016, and Camino a Marte to be released in February 2017. Bad Vegan and the Teleportation Machine is Goenechea’s first feature film as a director and constitutes the best experience of his life. He is currently developing his second film, Callback, and is writing a script for Colombian director Salomon Simhon.

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BLIND Directed by Michael Mailer USA / 2016 / 106 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Demi Moore Alec Baldwin Dylan McDermott Viva Bianca James McCaffrey EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Alec Baldwin Mark Damon Jonathan Gray Alan Helene Scott Kluge David Moscow Alessandro Penazzi Khuloud Kelly Rabadi PRODUCERS Michael Mailer Diane Fisher Pamela Thur Martin Tuchman Jennifer Gelfer SCREENWRITER John Buffalo Mailer based on story by Diane Fisher CINEMATOGRAPHER Michal Dabal EDITOR Jim Mol PRODUCTION DESIGNER Laura Miller SOUND DESIGNER Justin Kaupp CAST

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A best-selling novelist, Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin), loses his wife and his sight in a vicious car crash. Devastated, lonely and bitter, the accomplished writer and professor spends his days trying to cope with his condition. When socialite Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) is forced into community service as a plea bargain for being associated with her husband’s insider trading, their lives intersect. Reading to him weekly in his room at the rehab center, Suzanne concedes the brilliance behind Bill’s angry facade, while in this intimate setting, he must engage with this strong, fiery woman, who is clearly his match. A passionate affair ensues, forcing each to question whether its ever too late to find true love. When Suzanne’s husband is released on a technicality, she must choose between the man she now loves and the one she has built a whole life with. Delivered with authenticity and intensity, Blind is a story that has the ability to connect and move us deeper than we may first expect.

Mailer co-wrote and produced his first feature film, A Fool And His BIO Michael Money, starring Sandra Bullock and George Plimpton, in 1988. Since then he has produced over 20 features, including the critically acclaimed Two Girls and a Guy, starring Robert Downey, Jr, Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner; Black and White, starring Ben Stiller, Brooke Shields, Elijah Wood, and Mike Tyson, and Empire, starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards and Peter Sarsgaard. Other projects include Lost Junction, with Neve Campbell; The Last Producer, with Burt Reynolds, Lauren Holly and Benjamin Bratt, and Harvard Man, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams and Adrien Grenier. Michael Mailer Films was established in 2004 to focus on independent, characterdriven films and larger, concept-oriented studio pictures. Since its formation, MMF has produced six pictures. Among them, the romantic comedies Kettle of Fish, starring Matthew Modine and Gina Gershon and The Golden Boys, starring David Carradine, Rip Torn and Bruce Dern. Additionally, Mailer produced two films released through Sony: the mixed martial arts-urban western Blood and Bone and a remake of Hitchcock’s The Lodger. Mailer’s The Ledge, a suspenseful drama starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, and Charlie Hunnam, debuted in Main Dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC.

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BURN COUNTRY Directed by Ian Olds USA / 2016 / 103 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Dominic Rains Melissa Leo James Franco Rachel Brosnahan Tim Kniffin Thomas Jay Ryan EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS George Rush Michael Roiff Lisa Kleiner Chanoff Gia Walsh Kara Baker Gardner Grout Mary Regency Boies Robert Afshar Alex Witherill Eric Schultz James Franco Vince Jolivette PRODUCERS Caroline von Kuhn Jennifer Glynn SCREENWRITERS Paul Felten Ian Olds CINEMATOGRAPHER Adam Newport-Berra EDITORS Scott Cummings Joe Murphy Ian Olds PRODUCTION DESIGNER Caity Birmingham COMPOSER/MUSIC Jim McHugh SOUND DESIGNERS Michael Lawson Josh Bissett CAST

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Once a fixer for a journalist in Afghanistan, Osam (mysterious, handsome Dominic Rains) finally achieves his dream: U.S. asylum. He lands at the home of the journalist’s mother to find a world-weary cop (a delicious Melissa Leo) in a Northern California town filled with rednecks, artists and next-generation hippies. His promised job turns out to be writing the police blotter for the local newspaper. Undiscouraged, Osman forges ahead. As he penetrates the local subculture, things become downright bizarre, if not dangerous. A man is found dead at the side of a rural road; his new friend and local slacker Lindsay (who fans know as James Franco!) is accused, then disappears. Osman thought he’d seen it all in Afghanistan, but his infiltration here becomes a startling escapade. Veering between suspense and dark comedy, filmmaker Ian Olds draws from his 2009 Emmy-nominated documentary, The Fixer: the Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, about another fixer who tragically didn’t make it out alive. – Cynthia Kane

Olds directs both narrative and documentary work. Credits include the Iraq BIO Ian war doc Occupation: Dreamland (short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and winner of a 2006 Independent Spirit Award), Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (winner of top jury prizes at Tribeca and Madrid and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism), and the experimental narrative Francophrenia. Olds’ short narrative films have played numerous festivals, including Sundance, Los Angeles and Woodstock, where he won best student short for Two Men. Olds was awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant and a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. He received his MFA from Columbia University’s Film Division, was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters’ Lab in 2011. Olds also edited director James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

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CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN Directed by Xavier Manrique USA / 2015 / 90 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Ashley Benson Shiloh Fernandez Mary-Louise Parker Chris Noth Addison Timlin Josh Peck PRODUCERS Jamin O’Brien Daniel L. Blanc Chuy Hernandez SCREENWRITER Nicholas Schutt CINEMATOGRAPHER Scott Miller EDITORS Susan E. Morse Juan Pablo Cadaveira PRODUCTION DESIGNER Lucio Seixas COMPOSER/MUSIC Angelo Milli CAST

A year after having left his home in shame for publishing a story about his girlfriend’s family, a promising young author returns to New York City without warning, intending to reunite with his ex-girlfriend, make peace with his estranged parents and conquer his writer’s block. A big agenda that Chronically Metropolitan handles with razor sharp humor and irony. Shiloh Fernandez as Fenton is a charmer, and Chris Noth as his famous father is the epitome of vanity and debauchery. Meanwhile, his jilted mother (Mary-Louise Parker) is buying pot from his best friend, and his ex is set to marry a successful and pretentious art dealer. Do family bonds get repaired? Does the boy get the girl in the end? The ensemble cast is perfectly on target, making this story fun and at the same time moving and meaningful. – Ben F. Fischer and Svetlana Krotek

Xavier Manrique studied Marketing and Film at The George Washington UniverBIO sity and the New York Film Academy. In addition to directing his own projects, he has produced on-air promos for NBC Universal. In 2007, he produced his first featurelength film with Peruvian director Ricardo de Montreuil. The movie, Mancora, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival For the past eight years, Manrique has been working alongside director David Frankel on several films, including The Big Year, Hope Springs, One Chance, and most recently, Collateral Beauty.

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CLEAN HANDS (SCHONE HANDEN) Directed by Tjebbo Penning NETHERLANDS / 2015 / 109 minutes In Dutch with subtitles MAIN CREDITS

Jeroen van Koningsbrugge Thekla Reuten Cees Geel Teun Kuilboer Angela Schijf EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bernadette Bout PRODUCERS Petra Goedings Maaike Benschop SCREENWRITERS Carl Joos Tjebbo Penning CINEMATOGRAPHER) Danny Elsen EDITOR Philippe Ravoet PRODUCTION DESIGNER Kurt Loyens COMPOSER/MUSIC Han Otten SOUND DESIGNER Alek Goosse CAST

Dutch filmmaker Tjebbo Penning offers up a film that is raw, impeccably paced and, most of all, action packed. Eddie and Sylvia live a picture-perfect life in an upscale neighborhood in Amsterdam. They have two beautiful children, a lavish home and enough money to buy anything that their hearts’ desire. There’s only one problem: their lifestyle was financed by Eddie’s sprawling drug empire and the cops are catching on. Fearing for her family’s safety after living with the guilt of this lifestyle for too long, Sylvia flees with her kids in an attempt to get far away from Eddie and the trouble he attracts, much to his chagrin. Desperately clinging to his old life, Eddie tries to reunite his family at all costs. Are Eddie’s true motivations to keep the family together or has Sylvia merely heard and seen too much? Clean Hands brilliantly showcases a stellar cast and a director at the top of his game. – Evan Thomas

Penning spent the first years after graduating from Amsterdam’s Film BIO Tjebbo Academy directing so much crap that his frustration exploded into a short horror spoof about an inflatable sex doll on a rampage. The Bitch Is Back turned into a film festival hit, as did the more serious follow-up The Oath, winning many awards along the way. In 2001, his feature film debut Morlang hit theaters worldwide. In September of that year Tjebbo moved to New York, experiencing 9/11 from up close. The short film My 9/11 imagines telling this story to his newborn son Milo. Great Kills Road was released in 2010 and marks his first endeavor into low-budget digital filmmaking. His short film The Bricklayer’s Son premiered at the Dutch Film Festival later that year. Schone Handen (Clean Hands), based on a best-selling crime novel, is Tjebbo’s third feature film.

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THE DROWNING Directed by Bette Gordon USA / 2015 / 95 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Josh Charles Julia Stiles Avan Jogia EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Elizabeth Kling Subi Liang Ho-Cheung Pang PRODUCERS Radium Cheung Daniel L. Blanc Jamin O’Brien SCREENWRITERS Frank Pugliese Stephen Molton CINEMATOGRAPHER Radium Cheung EDITOR John David Allen PRODUCTION DESIGNER Rachel Myers COMPOSER/MUSIC Anton Sanko SOUND DESIGNER Eugene Gearty CAST

Coincidence is the crack in human affairs that lets God in, says ex-con Danny Miller, AKA Ian Wilkerson. But is it coincidence when psychologist Tom Seymour saves Danny from drowning, only to find it was his testimony that put the boy in prison for eleven years? Is Danny a handsome devil or an angel in disguise? Lauren, Tom’s artist wife, finds Danny charming, as does Angela, his legal advocate. An erotic thriller with no let up in tension, The Drowning celebrates the genre with an electrifying, chameleon-like performance by Avan Jogia as Danny, spot-on editing, and a score that never lets up. Is Danny a human wrecking ball, infiltrating and taking over lives, or just a damaged kid needing help? Complex, riveting and unafraid to tread deep, murky psychological waters, this is a story of shifting identities that will keep you guessing to the very end. Be prepared to be scared! – Barbara Pokras, ACE

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BIO Variety (1984), a beautifully seductive film about voyeurism and pornography.

Luminous Motion (2000) was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman and stars Deborah Kara Unger in a breathtaking performance. Handsome Harry (2010) opened to rave reviews and features a stellar ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Titus Welliver, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, and Jamey Sheridan. Gordon’s films have been shown in international festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Toronto. She has been the subject of retrospectives at IFC Cinema, Anthology Film Archives and The Walker Art Center.

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THE FURY (DE HELLEVEEG) Directed by Andre van Duren Dutch / 2016 / 117 minutes In Dutch with subtitles MAIN CREDITS

Hannah Hoekstra Frank Lammers PRODUCERS Guurtje Buddenberg Matthijs van Heijningen SCREENWRITER Andre van Duren CINEMATOGRAPHER Theo Bierkens EDITOR Ad Rietvelt PRODUCTION DESIGNER Alfred Schaaf COMPOSERS/MUSIC Good Sounds Jef Richaerts SOUND DESIGNERS Jef Richaerts Marcel Bultman Mereijn van der Heijden CAST

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The Fury is a subtle mystery that intensifies over time, skillfully unfolding through the eyes of a young boy and continuing into manhood. Albert’s “Aunt” Tiny is a beautiful, provocative young woman to whom men are drawn. Although Albert idolizes her, we soon realize that although she seems frivolous and playful, she is more like a wounded bird than the dashing young woman she appears. As we follow Albert’s narrative, with clever time jumps through whole years during which everyone is convincingly transformed, Tiny’s buried rage slowly surfaces. It takes Albert half a lifetime to discover the complexity of Tiny’s existence, and secrets alluded to remain hidden until the last moment. Authentically set in the south of the Netherlands during the fifties and sixties, The Fury exposes the hypocrisy in a provincial family: by the time Tiny’s story comes to light, the family are all old and their lives have passed without anyone acknowledging Tiny’s tragedy. – Monique Ray

van Duren is a Dutch film director who, after five years working as BIO Andre assistant director, started directing himself. His first film was the award-winning TV film Het Verhaal van Kees. He was awarded a Golden Calf for Pleidooi (TV) and Mariken, his first feature film. He won the press award at The Netherlands Film Festival for his TV film Richting Engeland (Heading for England) and it was selected for the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival. Other credits include: Kees de Jongen, based on the novel by Theo Thijssen; De Bende van Oss (The Gang of Oss), nominated for seven Golden Calfs and won Best Music; De Helleveeg, based on the last novel by A.F.Th. van der Heijden, and De Helleveeg (The Fury). He has directed half a dozen shorts, episodes for several TV series, and as commercial director, he was responsible for numerous campaigns for Rabobank, Essent and McDonald’s.

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GIRL FLU. Directed by Dorie Barton USA / 2016 / 94 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Katee Sackhoff Jade Pettyjohn Jeremy Sisto Heather Matarazzo Judy Reyes Diego Josef EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Richard Hull Paul Schiff PRODUCERS David K. Wilson Jay Lowi SCREENWRITER Dorie Barton CINEMATOGRAPHER Alice Brooks EDITOR John Alan Thompson PRODUCTION DESIGNER Alec Contestabile COMPOSER/MUSIC John Ballinger SOUND DESIGNER Sung Rok Choi ANIMATOR Todd Ingalls (opening credits) CAST

Bird, played with outstanding wit by Jade Pettyjohn, has more on her plate than your typical twelve-year-old. On top of looking after her irresponsible stoner mother (convincingly played by Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff), Bird has just moved from her hometown and lost all her friends in the process. She faces merciless bullying at school, has to deal with her first period, and is faced with an unpredictable relationship between her mom and her sympathetic lover, Arlo (Jeremy Sisto, Clueless, Six Feet Under). Girl Flu. explores themes of family and friendship in a story that is fresh and original. Its compassion, spirit and razor-sharp humor encourage us to notice the good in our lives, even when life seems overwhelmed by the bad. – Evan Thomas Writer-director Dorie Barton makes her feature film debut with Girl Flu. She has

BIO spent many years as a story consultant with filmmakers from up-and-coming

writers to industry veterans. As a professional actor, she has been seen in countless television shows from daytime drama to mutli-cam sitcoms and major motion pictures such as Down with Love opposite Ewan MacGregor, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in theater and remains a proud member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.

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GREEN /IS/ GOLD Directed by Ryon Baxter

It’s tough enough being a teenager, but for Mason life is especially complicated.

USA / 2016 / 85 minutes

Assignments are piling up at school and his teacher won’t get off his back, the bullies are merciless and, to top it off, his father has been sent to prison and he’s forced to live with his estranged, reckless, marijuana-dealing older brother. Real-life brothers Ryon and Jimmy Baxter surpass expectations in this riveting drama that, while outwardly is about the drug scene, excels in exploring the relationships between the complex, realistic characters that populate the film. It’s easy to call first time feature writer/ director Ryon Baxter a one man show (he wrote, directed, starred in, produced, and edited the film), but the brilliantly subdued performance by his teenage brother adds substantially to the film’s refreshing realism. The incredible performances are bolstered by an impressive, cautiously optimistic script that pulls you in and pulls no punches. – Evan Thomas

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Jimmy Baxter Ryon Baxter David Fine Anthony Burns Ryon Baxter Ryon Baxter Justin Potter Mike Revolvalcke Ryon Baxter Luca Young Brodie Giles

Baxter is a filmmaker from Sonoma, CA. Green /is/ Gold is Baxter’s first BIO Ryon feature film and had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Fiction Feature Film.

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Ryon Baxter, Jimmy Baxter, Anthony Burns

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HALFWAY Directed by Ben Caird USA / 2016 / 103 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Quinton Aaron Jeffrey DeMunn Amy Pietz Gillian Zinser Marcus Henderson TJ Power Nicole Scimeca EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Tommy Oliver Quinton Aaron Nnamdi Asomugha Jonathan Baker Bonnie Greenberg PRODUCER Jonny Paterson SCREENWRITER Ben Caird CINEMATOGRAPHER Benjamin Thomas EDITOR Karel van Bellingen PRODUCTION DESIGNER Nate Edelman COMPOSER(/MUSIC Miles Mosley SOUND DESIGNER Maiken Hansen CAST

Halfway is a quietly tense drama built around a powerhouse performance by Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side). Aaron plays Byron, a casualty of the failed American prison system, transplanted to rural Wisconsin to work on his white stepbrother’s farm as a means of staying on the straight-and-narrow. Byron’s dark skin and massive physique stand in stark contrast to the conservative locals, but that’s okay; bottlefeeding calves and shoveling shit offer a welcomed respite as he attempts to adapt to life on probation despite pressure from old pals and an unforeseen discovery in his new environment. Writer-director Ben Caird effectively employs a naturalistic style that often leaves us wondering whether we’re watching a documentary. Caird holds his cards close to the vest and allows tensions to simmer just below the surface, slowly revealing an unforgiving world where broken people struggle not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, the deck is stacked against them. – Jon Greenhalgh

Ben Caird completed his diploma in digital filmmaking from London’s SAE

BIO Institute and founded Kino Persona, a company that produced viral media and promotional content for the music industry. Caird enrolled in the world renowned London Film School in 2008. In 2011, he completed his Master of Arts in Filmmaking, graduating as a director with his short film, Drift, which won Best Student Short at the inaugural London Lift-Off Festival. Caird’s next short, Farmhand, was officially selected in the London Short Film Festival and was awarded Best Cinematography at the 2013 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. Caird’s feature debut, Halfway, world premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in competition and won Best Feature at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.

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HALFWAY TO ZEN Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser USA / 2016 / 96 minutes MAIN CREDITS CAST

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John Adams Zelda Adams Robert Lund Toby Poser Claire Denis Toby Poser Toby Poser John Adams Toby Poser John Adams John Adams John Adams Woods Wiser Toby Poser Billy Magee

Ex-con short order cook Nick has a lot on his plate – “Pops,” his fragile live-in father descending into Alzheimers, an ex-wife, Vic, who left him for Frenchwoman Celine, and an eleven-year-old daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a baby and who now identifies as a boy. Eking out a living in a crumbling town where both sides of the tracks are bad, Celine drops a bombshell – Vic has had a small stroke and Nick needs to care for mother and daughter while she’s away on business. Nick embarks on a crash course in fatherhood while facing the loss of his own father. John Adams hits all the right notes as Nick, along with a strong supporting cast. Unhurried dissolves move through time and space, while a tasty montage midway literally keeps the ball rolling. This is a deeply moving film exploring second chances and promises that are hard to keep. – Barbara Pokras, ACE

Adams, Toby Poser and their daughters, Lulu and Zelda, are a filmmaking BIO John family under the creative marquis of Wonder Wheel Productions. They have four features under their belts: Rumblestrips, Knuckle Jack, The Shoot, all earning a hearty reception on the indie festival circuit, including Best in Show and Audience awards, and their latest, Halfway to Zen. For each they’ve employed the same DIY ethic: between the four of them, they write, direct, produce, shoot, edit, and act. Adams serves as DP and also composes the music and edits; Poser produces. When not in front of the camera, they all shoot and record sound – the kids (aged 17 and 12) included. The family lives in Topanga, CA, and the Catskill Mountains of New York, where Adams and Poser are currently at work on their fifth and sixth features.

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JUNCTION 48 Directed by Udi Aloni ISRAEL / 2016 / 96 minutes In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles MAIN CREDITS

Tamer Nafar Samar Qupty Salwa Nakkara Saeed Dassuki Adeeb Safadi EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Moshe Edery Leon Edery Gideon Tadmor Eyal Rimmon Michael Mailis Susan Wrubel James Schamus Oren Moverman PRODUCER(S) David Silber Lawrence Inglee Stefan Arndt Udi Aloni SCREENWRITER Oren Moverman Tamer Nafar CINEMATOGRAPHER Amnon Zalait EDITORS Isaac Sehayek Jay Rabinowitz, ACE PRODUCTION DESIGNER Salim Sh’hade COMPOSERS/MUSIC Tamer Nafar Itamar Ziegler CAST

Q&A participants *subject to change Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Udi Aloni

Astute writer Oren Moverman and artful director Udi Aloni present an Israeli-Palestinian story that transcends politics, encouraging us to forget preconceptions and see the underlying humanity. Kareem (Palestinian hip-hop artist Tamer Nafar) is a young Palestinian from an Arab ghetto outside Tel Aviv who aspires to be the first Arab-Israeli rapper. For Kareem, buddies and girlfriend Manar, music verbalizes their lives. “My songs aren’t political, they just describe the place I come from.” But politics are their everyday existence in a crime-ridden, conservative community where gender expectations, police brutality, government prohibitions, and family are inescapable. Performing in a Jewish club, among Israeli rappers they idolize, is a dream for these musicians. But when Manar’s lyrics incite an attack from a violent nationalistic group, reality intercedes. Unfolding through the filter of Kareem’s experience, Junction 48 is about people trying to function in a confused world without losing their soul, trying to find solace creating music. – Monique Ray

Udi Aloni is an Israeli and American director and writer whose work frequently

BIO explores the interrelationships between art, theory and activism. His films have

been presented in the Berlinale and other major film festivals. His past awards include the Berlinale’s CINEMA Fairbindet Prize. Aloni’s visual art has been presented in leading museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His most recent book is What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters (Columbia University Press, 2011). His recent stage work was Anti-Oedipus at the Schillertag Mannheim 2015. Aloni has mentored young actors from one of the harshest refugee camps in Palestine, helping them reach the world stage.

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LINER NOTES Directed by Gregg Bray USA / 2016 / 82 minutes MAIN CREDITS CAST PRODUCERS SCREENWRITERS CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITOR COMPOSER/MUSIC

Allen Enlow Alyssa Carpenter Gregory Bray Nadine May Lewis John Patrick Bray Gregory Bray Vincent Carnevale Jason Latorre Danny Mark Asis

When Alice’s estranged rock star father, Jake Sampson, turns up dead, she seeks out Jake’s original guitarist, George – a man noticeably absent from her dad’s funeral. Together, Alice and George take a road trip to Montreal to visit Jake’s resting site. Along the way they learn that the past is only as amazing as those who write it down. Based on the stage play published by Next Stage Press.

Bray Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Digital Media Production at BIO Gregory SUNY New Paltz. His media work has been seen in a number of film festivals and have earned numerous awards, including the Cine Golden Eagle. Audio work has appeared on NPR and WAMC Northeast Public Radio. He also works as the videography director for the Woodstock Film Festival, and is on the board of Directors for the Broadcast Education Association.

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LITTLE BOXES Directed by Rob Meyer USA / 2016 / 89 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Melanie Lynskey Nelsan Ellis Armani Jackson Oona Laurence Janeane Garofalo Christine Taylor EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Cary Joji Fukunaga Wyatt Gatling Marc H. Simon PRODUCERS Jared Goldman Jordan Horowitz Ken H. Keller Caron Rudner SCREENWRITER Annie J. Howell CINEMATOGRAPHER Tom Richmond, ASC EDITOR Marc Vives PRODUCTION DESIGNER Neil Patel COMPOSER/MUSIC Kris Bowers SOUND DESIGNER Michael McMenomy CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Annie Howell, Jared Goldman, Nelsan Ellis, Christine Taylor

Interracial families in New York City are commonplace, but when Mack, Gina and 13-year-old Clark uproot their lives to an all-white town outside Seattle, everything familiar becomes uncertain. Neighborly curiosity turns AfricanAmerican father and son into oddities, white mother into a novelty, and they are all forced to figure out how to fit in without trying too hard. While adolescent Clark, with large afro and chill NY vibe, becomes a plaything for his sheltered girly classmates, and Gina delights her cocktail drinking women co-workers, Mack questions the polite facade all around him. Discovering broken appliances and previously hidden defects in their new home becomes an outlet for his frustration, as he tries to guide his family through the seemingly impossible transition. With excellent cast and a series of cunning interactions, Little Boxes cleverly depicts troubling racial dynamics, and exposes society’s hidden forms of racism and the disruptive effect it can have on a black person. – Monique Ray and Sveltana Krotek

Rob Meyer received his MFA from NYU’s graduate film program, where his short BIO thesis film Aquarium, starring Jeremy Allen White, won awards around the world, including one at the Sundance Film Festival. Prior to NYU, he was an associate producer at PBS’s NOVA, HBO Documentary Films and National Geographic, where he worked extensively on Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentaries in Nepal, Antarctica, Alaska, and Egypt. His first narrative feature film, A Birder’s Guide to Everything, featuring Sir Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-MchPhee, screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, was released in 2013 and was described by The New York Times as a smart, likeable, coming of age film ... an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted. Little Boxes is Meyer’s second feature.

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LOVING Directed by Jeff Nichols USA / 2016 / 123 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Joel Edgerton Ruth Negga Marton Csokas Nick Kroll Terri Abney Alano Miller Jon Bass Michael Shannon EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Jack Turner Jared Ian Goldman PRODUCERS Ged Doherty & Colin Firth Nancy Buirski Sarah Green Marc Turtletaub & Peter Saraf SCREENWRITER Jeff Nichols CINEMATOGRAPHER Adam Stone EDITOR Julie Monroe PRODUCTION DESIGNER Chad Keith COMPOSER/MUSIC David Wingo SOUND DESIGNER Pud Cusack CAST

Loving, much admired in Cannes this year, celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who fell in love and were married in 1958. The couple grew up in Central Point, a small Virginia town that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the South. Yet it was Virginia – where they were making their home and starting a family – that first jailed and then banished them. The Lovings relocated to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the urban environment didn’t feel like home. Ultimately, their Virginia roots spurred Mildred to find a way back. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has inspired couples ever since. Loving director/writer Jeff Nichols wrote and directed the internationally BIO acclaimed features Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Special. ”

Shotgun Stories earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination, the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle and Austin Film Festivals, and the International Jury Prize at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival. Following a 2011 Sundance premiere, Take Shelter took multiple honors at the Cannes International Film Festival, including the Critics Week Grand Prize. It was later nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. Nichols was again a Spirit Award nominee for Mud, which world-premiered at Cannes and became one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2013. The cast of Mud shared the Spirit’s Robert Altman Award. In 2016, Midnight Special world-premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nichols is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.

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MY FERAL HEART Directed by Jane Gull UK / 2016 / 83 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Steven Brandon Shana Swash Will Rastall Pixie Le Knot Eileen Pollock Suzanna Hamilton EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Kirsty Bell Gary Phillips Mark Vennis Roger Bassett Neil Fitzgerald Peter O’Neil Kirk Wells Gavin Thain Gareth Stanley Luis Sanchez PRODUCER James Rumsey SCREENWRITER Duncan Paveling CINEMATOGRAPHER Susanne Salavati EDITOR Benjamin Gerstein PRODUCTION DESIGNER Christian Taylor COMPOSER/MUSIC Barrington Pheloung SOUND DESIGNER Christopher Wilson CAST

How do you stop caregiving when its all you’ve ever known? For Luke, a young man with Down’s syndrome with more than his share of charm, the death of his elderly mother brings devastating change. Taken from his home and placed in a residential facility, Luke faces the daunting task of regaining his independence and dignity. What might seem like an insurmountable challenge, and gifted with a big, though damaged heart, Luke wins back his privileges with the help of Eve, a kind aide, and groundskeeper Pete, troubled by his own family secret. Curious and compassionate, Luke stumbles upon a young woman who needs his help and lovingly cares for her in a dilapidated shed. Steven Brandon gives an astonishing performance as Luke and Jane Gull directs with warmth and humor. A beautiful film about living life to the fullest, regardless of limitations, that hits all the right notes! – Barbara Pokras, ACE

Jane Gull is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni whose short films have been

BIO supported by the UK Film Council since 2005. Gull’s refreshing brand of social realism has earned her international recognition. Her film Sunny Boy screened at the 2011 Woodstock FIlm Festival, won Le Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes’ Entr’2 Marches and was acquired by Channel 4 and TV ARTE. Gull’s feature debut, My Feral Heart (Audience Award Winner, Cinequest 2016), had its UK premiere in the Best of British strand at Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.

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MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED Directed by Luigi Campi UK / 2016 / 81 minutes MAIN CREDITS

India Salvor Menuez Robert Beitzel Josh Caras Liza Thorn EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Feliciano Campi Luigi Campi Gerry Kim PRODUCERS Ko-Rely Pi Mayuran Tiruchelvam Andy Nguyen SCREENWRITER Luigi Campi CINEMATOGRAPHER Giacomo Belletti EDITOS Konstantinos Antonopoulos PRODUCTION DESIGNER Charlotte Royer COMPOSERS/MUSIC Bonnie McAlvin SOUND DESIGNERS Nathan Ruyle CAST

Delicate beauty and a fragile soul characterize the nonverbal, yet desperately expressive Sam, a young woman living in a group home for the mentally and physically challenged. Like a butterfly, she floats through the house, existing in her own, world, her only connections. Her only connections fellow housemate Junior and caregiver Lydia. Through the filmmaker’s purposely focused lens, we perceive the world in the way Sam does: as a montage of dreamlike images and sounds When Lydia disappears after a seemingly violent confrontation, My First Kiss and the People Involved becomes a suspenseful search for clues. Sam’s covert hunt reveals a high heel in the trash, blood on the ground: all pointing to one thing. But Sam’s inability to communicate inhibits her from convincing anyone of what she herself is fearfully certain. My First Kiss and the People Involved is a true gem of independent filmmaking, where every glimpse, touch and sound are suggestive, yet things aren’t always what they seem. – Svetlana Krotek a background in acting and visual arts, Luigi Campi writes and directs BIO With fiction films and music videos that play with the medium and explore unique perspectives. Campi is a Columbia University graduate, a Fulbright fellow and a winner of the New Orleans Film Festival with his short film Escape from Planet Tar. He lives in London.

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NERUDA Directed by Pablo Larrain CHILE / 2016 / 108 minutes In Spanish with subtitles MAIN CREDITS

Luis Gnecco Gael Garcia Bernal Mercedes Moran EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Jeff Skoll Jonathan King Marc Simoncini Mariane Hartard Rocio Jadue PRODUCER Juan de Dios Larrain SCREENWRITER Juan de Dios Larrain CINEMATOGRAPHER Sergio Armstrong, ACC EDITOR Herve Schneid, ACE PRODUCTION DESIGNER Estefania Larrain COMPOSER/MUSIC Federico Jusid SOUND DESIGNER Miguel Hormazabal CAST

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Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding, where Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, Canto General. In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself and sets about playing games with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their conflict more dangerous and more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

Larrain was born in Santiago, Chile. He is a founding partner of Fabula, a BIO Pablo production company dedicated to film, television, advertising, and production services. In 2005, Larrain directed his first feature, Fuga. He then directed Tony Manero, which premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Post Mortem is his third feature. It premiered in Official Competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. In 2010, he directed Profugos, HBO’s first-ever series produced in Chile. The following year, Larrain directed No, which also premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Club premiered in Official Competition at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was won the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear; it was also a nominee at the Golden Globes for Best Foreign Language Film. Neruda is his sixth feature. In 2016, Larrain also directed his first English-speaking film, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

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OPERATOR Directed by Logan Kibens USA / 2016 / 90 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Martin Starr Mae Whitman Nat Faxon Cameron Esposito Christine Lahti EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Sharon Greene Andrew Duncan Felipe A. Dieppa PRODUCERS Aaron Cruze Logan Kibens SCREENWRITERS Sharon Greene Logan Kibens CINEMATOGRAPHER Steeven Petitteville EDITOR Logan Kibens PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Paris P. Pickard COMPOSER/MUSIC Sage Lewis SOUND DESIGNER Nathan Ruyle ANIMATOR MK12 CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Logan Kibens, Sharon Greene, Mae Whitman, Martin Starr

Operator is a classic love story, where one partner’s desire for change triggers the other’s fear of separation – but here our adventurous spouse is competing with a perfect artificially intelligent version of herself. Joe is a programmer seeking a voice for a health insurance help line that won’t infuriate callers. Wife Emily, a hotel receptionist who excels at soothing and solving problems, seems the perfect model: by recording and studying her speech patterns, Joe believes he can isolate and automate Emily’s people skills. While Emily (Mae Whitman of Arrested Development in a star-making performance) pursues a career on stage, Joe obsesses over recreating her understanding and empathetic nature. As his mental state declines in her absence, Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Sam and Amira) portrays Joe in a gloriously unhinged tour-de-force, repeatedly listening to her voice: “Joe, I’m with you.” A darkly funny script and powerful acting generate an emotionally engrossing tale of techno-alienation and, ultimately, human warmth. – Evan Thomas

Logan Kibens is a writer/director whose work integrates visual artistry with BIO narrative, character driven storytelling. She is a Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow and recipient of the HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship (working on shows such as True Blood, Entourage and The Newsroom). Logan was selected as one of Film Independent’s Project Involve fellows after completing her CalArts thesis film, Recessive. Her films have screened at museums and festivals, including The Chicago International Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Zinebi, and Redcat, among others. She is an award-winning projection’s designer for theater and dance, with designs at The Goodman, Steppenwolf and The Washington Opera, to name a few. Her original screenplay Operator is supported by the Sundance Institute, Film Independent and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Operator premiered at South By Southwest in 2016 and will be released by The Orchard in Fall 2016.

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PAINT IT BLACK Directed by Amber Tamblyn USA / 2016 / 96 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Alia Shawkat Janet McTeer Alfred Molina Rhys Wakefield Emily Rios EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Janet McTeer PRODUCERS Wren Arthur Amy Hobby Anne Hubbell Amber Tamblyn SCREENWRITERS Ed Dougherty Amber Tamblyn CINEMATOGRAPHER Brian Rigney Hubbard EDITOR Paul Frank PRODUCTION DESIGNER Markus Kirschner COMPOSER/MUSIC Mac McCaughan CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Amber Tamblyn, Alia Shawkat, Wren Arthur

First-time director Amber Tamblyn, an actress herself, understands the importance of performance. In this character-driven drama, two vastly different women share the same unforeseen loss. In their riveting roles, 21-year-old grunge Josie has lost her lover; wealthy, elegant classical pianist, Meredith, has lost her son. In a story that mines the depth of grief, we witness an amazingly wide range of responses: anger, confrontation, deep mourning, anguish, dissipation, manipulation, neediness – all played with such finesse that we feel totally invested in the trials of both women. Watching Josie deal with crushing grief, displacement and hopelessness is heartbreaking. And beneath Meredith’s villainess there is so much raw emotion it’s impossible not to empathize. Cinematography parallels the mood brilliantly, from the tiny, over-decorated, wacky studio where Josie shared her life with Michael, to black and white indulgences of dark fantasy, to the eerie mansion where Meredith lives in sad solitude, we do indeed “paint it black.” But at the last moment, a light begins to shine in. – Ben F. Fischer

Tamblyn is a writer, director and actress from Los Angeles. She has BIO Amber received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in television and film. In television, Tamblyn starred in the cult classic drama Joan of Arcadia, as well as House M.D. Her feature film work includes The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 127 Hours, Django Unchained, and the critically lauded Stephanie Daley, opposite Tilda Swinton. Tamblyn is the author of three books of poetry and prose: Free Stallion (Simon & Schuster), Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) and most recently, the acclaimed best seller Dark Sparkler (Harper Perennial), which explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses and features artwork from such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch, among others. Tamblyn lives in Brooklyn.

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PLAY THE DEVIL Directed by Maria Govan Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas USA / 2016 / 92 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Petrice Jones Gareth Jenkins Akil Nicholas Penelope Spencer Nickolai Salcedo PRODUCER Maria Govan Abigail Hadeed Jonathan Grey Chris Mortimer SCREENWRITER Maria Govan CINEMATOGRAPHER James Wall EDITOR Thomas A. Kreuger PRODUCTION DESIGNER Shannon Alonzo COMPOSER/MUSIC Adam Walters CAST

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LGBTQ FOC US In Play the Devil, Trinidad’s lush beauty, prevailing poverty and pulsating rhythms of Carnival are backdrop to a story where dreams and obsession collide. Gifted 18-year old Gregory is his family’s lone hope for financial success. When he meets James, a powerful, affluent businessman offering friendship and guidance while subtly pursuing the naive young man, his world spins out of control. As James’ persistent advances become more intrusive and menacing, Gregory’s initial compliance changes to rejection and the fallout threatens to ruin his future and expose his dark secrets. On Carnival Monday, when young men cover themselves in blue paint, dress as devils and become lost in the frenzy of drumming and howling in the Jab, a symbolic dance that allows them to flirt with evil for a day, Gregory and James face each other once again. Play the Devil depicts what can happen when the promise of innocence is broken and the spirit of Jab takes hold of us. – Woodstock Film Festival Staff

Maria Govan is a self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in the BIO Bahamas. After working on sets in Hollywood, she returned home and began making small guerilla-style local documentaries, including Junkanoo: The Heartbeat of a People, Where I’m From: HIV and AIDs in the Bahamas, and A Man with a Voice: The Life of Norman Solomon, to name a few. In 2004, she moved to New York and began writing her first narrative film, Rain, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards internationally.

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SENSITIVITY TRAINING Directed by Melissa Finell USA / 2016 / 87 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Anna Lise Phillips Jill Alexander Quinn Marcus Charles Haid Amy Madigan EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Charles Haid PRODUCERS Melissa Finell Megha Kohli SCREENWRITER Melissa Finell CINEMATOGRAPHER Paul Cannon EDITOR David Egan PRODUCTION DESIGNER Richard H. Perry COMPOSERS/MUSIC Paul Chihara Bryson Barnes SOUND DESIGNER David Raines CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Melissa Finell, Anna Lise Phillips

Serena, a workaholic microbiologist on the verge of a scientific discovery, is as abrasive and downright rude in her manner as she is brilliant in her research. When her insults seemingly result in tragedy, Serena is slapped with an ultimatum: submit to intense sensitivity training or we shut your lab down. Reluctantly, Serena allows Caroline, a perpetually chipper sensitivity coach, to shadow her everywhere – the lab, home, even her favorite pastime, the movies. As their relationship vacillates between combative and chummy, each struggles to remain true to her image. Nonetheless, in one another’s presence, they ultimately discover who they really are. With razor sharp, yet humorous dialogue, the characters are so well handled that what could be off-putting is, instead, endearing. While Sensitivity Training portrays two people of opposite temperament who in truth are surprisingly similar, their journey to becoming their true selves is completely universal. – Svetlana Krotek

Finell is an award-winning director and screenwriter based in Los BIO Melissa Angeles. Sensitivity Training is her first feature film and it premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. Her script for the film won an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant and a Samuel Goldwyn writing award. Finell’s short film Disaster Preparadness was a semi-finalist for the Student Academy Awards and aired on PBS stations as part of KQED’s Film School Shorts series. The film premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest, where it was named an Audience Favorite. It also screened at Mill Valley, Cleveland, Frameline, and NewFest, won the Best Short Film Jury Award at the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and was selected for Best of Fest at Outfest and nominated for the Iris Prize. Finell is a graduate of UCLA’s MFA program in Film Directing and a 2014 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow.

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SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS Directed by Oliver Schmitz South Africa / 2016 / 106 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Steve Coogan Garion Dowds Andrea Riseborough EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Robert Naidoo Sudhir Pragjee Sanjeev Singh PRODUCERS Anant Singh Brian Cox SCREENWRITERS Brian Cox CINEMATOGRAPHER Leah Striker EDITOR Megan Gill PRODUCTION DESIGNER Mike Berg COMPOSER/MUSIC Paul Hepker SOUND DESIGNER Nicky De Beer CAST

It’s 1987 in apartheid divided South Africa and 19-year-old Leon, a white death row warder, is on trial for his own life after the seemingly unprovoked gunning down of seven black men. When high-powered lawyer John Weber attempts to defend him, Leon remains taciturn. In a riveting performance, Weber (Philomena star Steve Coogan) painstakingly builds his case, provoking Leon (poignantly played by newcomer Garion Dowds) to relive the darkest hours of the previous two years when, with no training, he cared for the condemned and escorted them to the gallows. Integrating scenes inside the prison that are as horrifying as they are real, and with an inspired courtroom battle against prosecutor Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), we witness, in unprecedented detail, the unfolding of a societal ruthlessness that impacts everyone involved. How, importunes Weber, can we expect a man to come to grips with being both friend (shepherd) and executioner (butcher)? – Ben F. Fischer

Schmitz grew up and studied fine arts in Cape Town, at the same time BIO Oliver joining a collective that ran a nightclub that successfully beat apartheid segregation laws and nurtured a generation of creative and militant youth. In the 1980s he moved between Germany and South Africa, making his first feature, Mapantsula, in 1987. It is the prominent anti-apartheid film of the era and Schmitz wrote a fake script to elude police and censors. Schmitz has made five movies, four of which have screened in Un Certain Regard in Cannes. All but one have focused on South African subject matter. Life, Above All made it onto the Oscar’s shortlist for Best Foreign Film and won the jury prize at the Dubai International Film Festival, also winning the Francois Chalais award at Cannes and the audience award and a Golden Alhambra nomination at the 2011 Granada Film Festival.

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STRAY BULLETS Directed by Jack Fessenden USA / 2016 / 83 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Asa Spurlock Jack Fessenden James Le Gros John Speredakos Larry Fessenden Robert Burke Warren Steve Heller Roger Peltzman Eric Kraus Kevin Corrigan PRODUCERS Larry Fessenden Beck Underwood Jack Fessenden SCREENWRITER Jack Fessenden CINEMATOGRAPHER Larry Fessenden EDITOR Jack Fessenden PRODUCTION DESIGNER Beck Underwood COMPOSER/MUSIC Jack Fessenden SOUND DESIGNER John Moros CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Jack Fessenden

Two Upstate New York teenagers, tasked with cleaning out an abandoned mobile home, would rather be doing anything else. They wander the countryside, practicing favorite movie battles with their beloved paintball guns, unaware they are in for a rude awakening – three petty thieves on the run from Brooklyn mobsters have taken refuge on their turf. Sixteen-year-old director Jack Fessenden makes the leap from student shorts to feature film with this impressive debut that pits slacker teens (played by Fessenden and Asa Ryder Spurlock) against career criminals, all very well portrayed by the ruthless James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Bitter Feast), the bungling John Speredakos (Fantastic Four, Inside Man and The House of the Devil), and the philosophical Larry Fessenden (Glass Eye Pix). A tightly-wound and enigmatic Kevin Corrigan (Dice, The Departed, Goodfellas) brings the hellfire and denouement to Stray Bullets. The film promises to be a career-launcher for the young triple-threat Fessenden, who also composed the film’s original score. – Chris Thomas

Jack Fessenden grew up on the sets of Glass Eye Pix productions, his father’s

BIO indie-horror production company, and helping his mom in her stop-motion

animation studio. Inspired by the creativity around him, Fessenden began making shorts with his friends at age seven. It wasn’t until age thirteen that he started taking film more seriously. His first script, Riding Shotgun, premiered at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival. He followed up with All For One, The Adults and Pranks, the latter two premiering at Woodstock, as well. He finished his first feature, Stray Bullets, in April 2016, at the age of sixteen. Fessenden is very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to make films at such a young age, and can only hope he is making the most of his good fortune.

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THE SURPRISE (DE SURPRISE) Directed by Mike van Diem NETHERLANDS / 2015 / 105 minutes In Dutch, English and French with subtitles MAIN CREDITS

Jeroen van Koningsbrugge Georgina Verbaan Jan Decleir Henry Goodman EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Marianne van Hardeveld Richard Claus PRODUCERS Els Vandevorst Mike van Diem Hans de Weers SCREENWRITER Mike van Diem CINEMATOGRAPHER Rogier Stoffers EDITOR Jessica de Koning PRODUCTION DESIGNER Hubert Pouille COMPOSER/MUSIC Brian Byrne SOUND DESIGNER Herman Piete CAST

From Oscar-winning director Mike van Diem comes the Dutch film The Surprise, a darkly funny action drama about a billionaire who can’t seem to find pleasure in life. Remaining emotionless as his mother dies, Jacob realizes that it is time for a big change. He signs away his estate and pays for a private organization to end his life accidentally, as assisted suicide is illegal. When shopping around for the perfect casket, Jacob meets a like-minded girl on a similar mission. As their budding relationship blossoms, Jacob decides that life is actually worth living. However, the shady organization that he hired is determined to follow through with their contractual agreement at all costs. Deftly humorous, well acted and action packed, The Surprise is exactly that: a black romantic comedy that keeps its audience guessing at every turn in the best possible way. –Evan Thomas

filmmaker Mike van Diem won the 1998 Oscar for best foreign language BIO Dutch film with his debut feature Character. Prior to that, after graduating from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, he won the 1990 Student Academy Award for best foreign student film in the dramatic category with his film Alaska. After years of directing commercials, his romantic black comedy The Surprise marks his return to the big screen.

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THIRSTY Directed by Margo Pelletier USA / 2016 / 97 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Scott Townsend Deirdre Lovejoy Cole Canzano Jonny Beauchamp Malina Weissman PRODUCER Lisa Thomas DIRECTOR Margo Pelletier SCREENWRITERS Margo Pelletier Laura Kelber CINEMATOGRAPHER Shawn Greene EDITOR Fabrizio Fama and Margaret Reville PRODUCTION DESIGNER Lex Grey COMPOSER/MUSIC Chris Albert Anderson SOUND DESIGNERS Eric Di Stefano Joe Cantor ANIMATOR Ioana “Alex” Nistor ART DIRECTOR Tim Bruno CAST

Prepare to be dazzled! Thirsty is the compelling story of Scott Townsend a.k.a., Thirsty Burlington, who caught the filmmaker’s eye during Thirsty’s striking performance as Cher. The film lays bare Scott’s life growing up as a girl-boy in Cambridge public housing and eventually becoming a revered drag queen, delighting club-goers with her spot on impersonation of Cher. Using an array of storytelling techniques within a non-linear structure, the film moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences, capturing both the harsh realities of living a life with a slippery gender and the sparkle that Thirsty exudes. Townsend embodies this natural phenomenon of a gender that roams between male and female. “A bouquet from a single stem,” as Thirsty sings. Thirsty asks that we let everyone be beautiful and create the world they want. For Townsend that means, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins, and loved for all that he is.” – Ben F. Fischer working in film, Margo Pelletier spent twenty years as an award-winning BIO Before fine artist, showing her work in galleries and museums in the greater New York area. Prior to her feature directorial debut on the musical film Thirsty, Pelletier was the director, co-producer and editor for the award-winning documentary Freeing Silvia Baraldini. Pelletier also directed and edited the short films Cast To The Wind and Out Of Service. She produced two live programs for the LGBTQ Center in NYC: Celibacy, Our Choice or Not? and Post Queer, Building A Brave New World. Pelletier received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Science and Art and attended the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard and the Institute of Audio Research.

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THE TICKET Directed by Ido Fluk

How does our perception of the world affect those closest to us? The Ticket

USA / 2016 / 97 minutes

immerses us in the life of a man who, blind since childhood, regains his physical vision, only to become metaphorically blinded by his ambition. Like our lead James (Dan Stevens Downton Abbey), the audience is physically blind as the film opens with fleeting glimpses of light. When James wakes to the gift of sight a few minutes in, we are greeted with gorgeous cinematography (as if seeing the world’s beauty for the first time) and a powerhouse performance from our complex, superbly written lead. James’ newfound sight puts him on a slippery slope towards seduction by the material world. The film’s title refers to a story James tells about a man who has longed all his life to win the lottery, but never bought a ticket. In James case, after winning the symbolic lottery, the unintended consequences fall on his wonderful marriage, beloved son, successful career, and life-sustaining friendships. – Evan Thomas

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Dan Stevens Malin Akerman Kerry Bishe Oliver Platt Skylar Gaertner EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Dale A Brown Mark Rodgers Tyler Zacharia Nick Byasse Katie Heidy Lisa Wilson Myles Nystel Frederick Taouil PRODUCERS Lawrence Inglee Oren Moverman William. H. Walton Matthew J Malek Claude Dal Farra SCREENWRITERS Ido Fluk Sharon Mashihi CINEMATOGRAPHER Zack Galler EDITOR Phillip Kimsey PRODUCTION DESIGNER Gino Fortebuono COMPOSER/MUSIC Danny Bensi Saunder Jurriaans CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Ido Fluk, Lawrence Inglee, Sharon Mashihi

Fluk is a writer-director based in New York. After attending New York BIO Ido University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he travelled to Israel to write and direct his debut, the crowd-sourced Israeli road film, Never Too Late. The film went on to premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival, won the Regard D’or at Fribourg Film Festival, and screened around the world, leading Variety to dub Fluk ‘a talent to watch’. The Ticket is his first American film.

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TO KEEP THE LIGHT Directed by Erica Fae USA / 2015 / 85 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Antti Reini Erica Fae David Patrick Kelly Meagen Fay Gabe Fazio Wass Stevens Jarlath Conroy PRODUCERS Jane Applegate Erica Fae SCREENWRITER Erica Fae CINEMATOGRAPHER Wes Cardino EDITOR Sabine Hoffman PRODUCTION DESIGNER Oliver Shuster COMPOSER/MUSIC Caroline Shaw SOUND DESIGNER Ryan Billia CAST

First-time writer-director Erica Faes’ To Keep the Light is a slow-burning drama sparked by the solitary life of a 19th-century Maine lighthouse keeper’s wife struggling to keep things afloat when her husband is incapacitated. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, Abbie is forced to face both her past and her future. In a quietly evocative performance, Fae, who plays the lead, reveals Abbie’s essence through such meticulous body language that her situation is palpable. Her stoicism is artfully reflected by the remote, raw coastline and eerily austere interior shots. Although fictional, Abbie personifies real women who inherited the job from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers. Working in isolation and under extreme conditions, these women were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed. To Keep the Light lays bare the complex inner being of one such woman who is, literally and figuratively, at the edge of society. – Ben F. Fischer

Erica Fae brings stories of powerful, radical women from history onto the stage

BIO and screen. To Keep the Light is her first feature. Her short film, Christine 1403 (on medieval writer Christine de Pizan), screened at festivals worldwide and won her both Best Short and Best Actress prizes. Her play, Take What Is Yours (on suffragist Alice Paul), ran Off-Broadway and was named a Critics Pick in The New York Times and Backstage. As actor, she’s had recurring roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Doll & Em, and has performed in numerous films and plays. She teaches at Yale School of Drama and is in development on a mini-series and her next feature.

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YEAR BY THE SEA Directed by Alexander Janko USA / 2016 / 114 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Karen Allen Yannick Bisson S. Epatha Merkerson Michael Cristofer Celia Imrie EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Cressey Belden PRODUCER Laura Goodenow SCREENWRITER Alexander Janko CINEMATOGRAPHER Bryan Papierski EDITOR Noriko Sakamoto PRODUCTION DESIGNER Jimena Azula COMPOSER/MUSIC Alexander Janko CAST

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Michael Cristofer, Karen Allen, Alexander Janko, Laura Goodenow, Joan Anderson

Change is inevitable – and scary. Without familiar roles, who are we? Where will we find meaning and purpose? After 30 years as a wife and mother, empty-nester Joan Anderson (Karen Allen) asks herself these questions. Her husband (Michael Cristofer) has relocated to Kansas; rather than follow, she retreats to Cape Cod, hoping to jumpstart her writing career and renew her self-esteem. Along the way, she encounters Joan Erikson, wife of the famed psychologist Erik Erikson, who coined the term “Identity Crisis.” The bonding between the women, including Joan’s agent, is momentous. However, the men also struggle with similar issues, including the one thing we all must learn to accept: change. The magnificent Cape Cod National Seashore, whose turning tides unveil the pleasure of life’s natural rhythms and enable Joan to access her true nature, reinforces the message that no matter our age, we can change in meaningful ways, experience new adventures and find happiness – Monique Ray award-winning composer, songwriter and screenplay scribe, Alexander BIO An Janko’s creative repertoire spans the music, literary, stage, TV, and film industries. Classically trained as a cellist, his first single, Omniscient Woman, won Billboard’s Best Original Song competition in 1991. After graduating Princeton University, he moved to Hollywood, where he composed music for more than sixty-five major motion pictures, including award-winners Anastasia, Man on the Moon, 101 Dalmatians, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Janko has authored a one-act stage play and five screenplays, including Year by the Sea (based on Joan Anderson’s trio of best selling memoirs) and Home Town (based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s best seller). Year by the Sea is his directorial debut.

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CONTENTS 64 American Epic 64 American Epic: The Big Bang 65 American Epic: Out of the Many, the One

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66 Circus Kid 67 The Confession 68 Disturbing the Peace 69 Freedom Runners 70 Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis 71 Gimme Danger 72 God Knows Where I Am 73 The Islands and the Whales 74 Kivalina 75 The Last Dalai Lama? 76 Magnificent Burden 77 Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing 78 Monster in the Mind 79 The Promised Band 80 Real Boy 81 Rebel Citizen 82 Stronger than Bullets 83 They Played for Their LivesPERFORMANCE 84 Two Trains Runnin’ 85 Women of Maidan 2016

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AMERICAN EPIC Directed by Bernard MacMahon Narrated By Robert Redford

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the unknown voices of everyday folk. The recordings they made captured the country’s diversity – artistically, ethnically, geographically, and economically. As told by music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses to the era, we travel back in time to the Big Bang of modern popular music, to the first time America heard itself. Everyday Americans heard their own music for the very first time, pure and un- adulterated – this was a democratic revolution that would reverberate around the world. In the words of the film’s narrator, Robert Redford, This is America’s greatest untold story. Over a decade, two filmmakers from the UK, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, along with musician Duke Erikson, have been piecing together the great missing link (until now!) of America’s musical history, crisscrossing the USA in search of the first recorded music artists of the 1920’s and their descendants. This is the first time this story has ever been told, and it’s also the last time this story can be told before everyone who was there is gone. The oldest person interviewed was a 103 year-old Hawaiian musician, with the filmmakers also capturing the last interviews with Robert Lockwood Jr., Homesick James and Honeyboy Edwards. It’s astonishing. American Epic is a trilogy of films that explores how America was democratized by the advent of electrical sound recording in the 1920s. This is what created the Big Bang of Country, the Big Bang of R’n’B, and enabled a raft of other music to be recorded (including Hawaiian and Hopi!) that was a huge influence on musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, to name a few. This trilogy of films are a kaleidoscopic odyssey that shows how America first heard itself: Hopi Native Americans, Cajuns, African Americans, Latinos, and Hawaiians were all given a voice to express their lives and emotions through phonograph records for the first time in history. These deeply emotional stories are told through the voices of the people who were there and are brought to life through ten years of dedicated research, unearthing exceptional never-before-seen film footage, photographs and wonderful, revelatory music.

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From the hills of Appalachia and the streets of Memphis, from the sanctified shout of the gospel church, to the coal mines of West Virginia and the cotton fields of Mississippi, music provided relief from tough lives and hard times. New rhythms were born in the echoes of stomping feet, the bite of pick-axes, and the ambling gait of tired mules. Almost a century later, the quest for singers remembered only as vague names on battered shellac discs brings those stories back to life.

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Featuring: Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal, The Carter Family, the Memphis Jug Band and Charlie Musselwhite, Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Lockwood, Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James, The Rolling Stones, and Howlin Wolf.

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AMERICAN EPIC: Out Of The Many, The One In the second film of the trilogy, the myriad threads of America’s musical tapestry are displayed: Hopi priests travel to Washington to defend

USA / 2016 / 96 minutes ADDITIONAL CREDITS CINEMATOGRAPHERS

Dan Gitlin Gillian McCarthy Brittonya Sanden Karl Steig

their sacred snake dance; an eleven-year-old Hawaiian boy invents the steel guitar; a teenage tejana shakes the border with a ferocious feminist tango learned from a gum wrapper; the fightingest frères on the bayou turn a lament for a pretty blonde into the Cajun national anthem; and a gentle Delta farmer sings a nostalgic song of his hometown in the cold of a New York winter, and inspires the greatest rediscovery of the ’60s folk revival.

Featuring: Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, the Hopi Indian Chanters, Joseph Kekuku, Lydia Mendoza, the Breaux Frres, Cyril Pahinui, and Louis Michot.

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Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Dan Gitlan

AMERICAN EPIC: THE SESSIONS More a musical than a documentary American Epic: The Sessions is a joyful celebration of America’s rich diverse musical heritage. In the

USA / 2016 / 118 minutes ADDITIONAL CREDITS CINEMATOGRAPHERS

Vern Moen

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final film of the trilogy, some of today’s greatest musicians come together to record on the first-ever electrical recording machine from the 1920’s, which was rebuilt especially for the film and is now the only one which exists in the world.

Featuring: The Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye Lavette, Bobby Ingano, Auntie Geri Kuhia, & Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jack White, Jerron Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddons, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

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Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Dan Gitlan

Bernard MacMahon is a British film director and writer living in Santa Monica, California. He is a member of the Directors Guild of

BIO America, the Writers Guild of America, the International Documentary Association, and is a co-founder of Lo-Max Films.

MacMahon is the director, writer and creator of the three films that comprise the critically acclaimed musical documentary trilogy American Epic and The American Epic Sessions. These films have been selected to show at prestigious film festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, BFI London Film Festival, IDFA, Nashville, and Sydney International Film Festival, among others. MacMahon is the co-author of a companion book to the films that will be published by Simon & Schuster and the producer of a series of historic music releases on Sony Music.

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CIRCUS KID Directed by Lorenzo Pisoni USA / 2016 / 69 minutes

Lorenzo Pisoni directs (and stars in) this documentary about the Pickle Family Circus, a family-run enterprise created in the early ’70s that paved the way for the likes of Cirque de Soleil. Lorenzo’s father was co-founder and a prominent

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member, and by age two Lorenzo joined him as a clown, protégé and partner. He grew up living and breathing the lunacy, danger and spirit of homegrown circus life, and the film charms and entertains us with rare archival footage of the vaudevillian-style acts, including some poignant scenes with original Pickle member, Bill Irwin. However, witnessing serious family dysfunction and losing grasp of his childhood in the process, Lorenzo learns it’s not all fun and games. Circus Kid goes deep behind the scenes, exposing both the excitement and aggravation, while delving into the complexities of the father-son relationship. No one could do a better job than Pisoni, whose talents as a performer captivate us with this tale of familial love, loss and redemption. – Woodstock Film Festival Staff

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Daniel Radcliffe Karen Lehner Jon Hamm Jennifer Westfeldt Eden Wurmfeld Sarah Dusseault William Rexer II Lorenzo Pisoni William Rexer II Sarah Devorkin Peter Bufano Christopher White Nate Heller

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Lorenzo Pisoni began performing as a child in his parent’s circus. After leaving

BIO The Pickle Family Circus, he worked in many circuses, including Cirque de Soleil, as a clown, juggler, aerialist, acrobat, and ringmaster. In 1999, he began working as a stage actor in such productions as Last Dance at Manhattan Theatre Club with JoBeth Williams; Henry IV at Lincoln Center with Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke; As You Like It at The Public Theater; Much Ado About Nothing in Central Park with Jimmy Smits, Kristen Johnston and Sam Waterston, and Equus opposite Daniel Radcliffe. His screen career includes The Adjustment Bureau, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Good Wife. Pisoni has collaborated on projects with Alan Arkin, Elaine May, Matthew Broderick, David Arquette, and Bill Irwin, and created a solo show, Humor Abuse, based on his life in the circus with a clown for a father.

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THE CONFESSION Directed by Ashish Ghadiali UK / 2016 / 96 minutes

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Moazaam Begg James Rogan

Moazzam Begg – a Brit of Pakistani origin, suspected of terrorism but never convicted – is handsome, impeccably dressed and extraordinarily articulate as he appears on camera talking to an off-screen interviewer. As his chilling tale unfolds, we progress from childhood studies in a Jewish school to his introduction to Islam, his journey to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and ultimately his detention in Guantanamo, Pakistan, Algeria, and Britain. The recounting of his time in captivity is illuminating and horrifying, his lack of resentment admirable: “I wasn’t anti-State, the State was anti-me.” Nonetheless, Begg uses his story to expose the complicity of western intelligence in the torture of detainees and the perpetuation of terrorism. In this powerful debut feature, director Ashish Ghadiali probes and pushes his subject as he seeks real answers, yet remains a neutral bystander, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions in gauging Begg’s “confession.” Whatever your politics, the film offers a thoughtprovoking new perspective. – Ben F. Fischer

Ashish Ghadiali is a director, writer and cinematographer known for his short

BIO films Encounter, Love

in a Time of Death and Skwobble. Before his career in film, Ghadiali worked with the Freedom Theatre, where he designed and implemented the theatre’s first multimedia program and oversaw the publication of Refuge, a collection of writing and photography by children from Jenin Refugee Camp. In 2010, he became the first MFA graduate of New York University’s Tisch Asia, where he studied film production under Oliver Stone. He has been engaged since in both the Indian and European film industries, and in December 2012, was included in a showcase of emerging UK Talent at BAFTA, London. The Confession is his first feature-length film.

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DISTURBING THE PEACE Directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young USA / 2016 / 86 minutes

Disturbing the Peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. Disturbing the Peace follows

In English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles

former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say ‘enough.’ The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace. While based in the Middle East, Disturbing the Peace evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world.

MAIN CREDITS PRODUCERS CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITOR COMPOSER/MUSIC SOUND DESIGNER

Stephen Apkon Marcina Hale Andrew Young Ori Derdikman Blake Leyh Paul Urmson

Director, producer Stephen Apkon is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He is

BIO the founder and former Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a

non-profit film and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. He is the co-producer of Presenting Princess Shaw, directed by Ido Haar (distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media), producer of I’m Carolyn Parker, directed by Jonathan Demme and Enlistment Days, also directed by Haar, and executive producer of Planetary. Director and cinematographer Andrew Young is an acclaimed filmmaker whose work has received an Academy Award nomination, two Emmy Awards, seven Emmy nominations, and five awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize. He has directed and photographed over a dozen documentaries, including Children of Fate, Cutting Loose, Americanos, The Last Royals, Deadly Messengers, Lives in Hazard, Madagascar: A World Apart, and Glacier Bay: Alaska’s Wild Coast.

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FREEDOM RUNNERS Directed by David Wachsmann ISRAEL, SWEDEN / 2016 / 50 minutes

“The struggle is for recognition, first and foremost.” Embedded deep within us all is the desire to feel like we belong.

In Hebrew with subtitles

Freedom Runners is the poignant story of young African refugees whose families fled their homeland and now live in Israel as non-citizens. Aiming to make a change in their lives and help them to believe in a better future, Rotem Genossar, a charismatic and dedicated teacher, founds a running group as a social activity for the students. Their incredible talents are honed and put on display in large-scale competitions, and despite consistent wins and near-wins and many calling for citizenship for these outstanding students, their path to citizenship remains an uphill battle. Facing countless obstacles as they strive for validation in a world divided by hate and ignorance, Genossar and star runners Rahel and Ramzi win our hearts with their remarkable spirit, determination and self-awareness well beyond their years. – Evan Thomas

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PRODUCERS SCREENWRITER CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITOR COMPOSER/MUSIC

Rahel Gebretsadik Ramzi Abdoul-Jabar Rotem Genossar Gidi Avivi David Wachsmann David Wachsmann David Wachsmann David Reinlib Daphna Keenan

David Wachsmann is a director and actor, known for Freedom Runners, Der

BIO kleine Nazi and Kosnice.

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GET IN THE WAY: The Journey of John Lewis Directed by Kathleen Dowdey USA / 2015 / 60 minutes

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Representative John Lewis Ambassador Andrew Young Rev. C.T. Vivian Juanita Abernathy Bernard Lafayette Charles Floyd Johnson Kathleen Dowdey Donna Brown Guillaume Jim Carr Karen Elizabeth Price Charles Schner Lillian Benson Camara Kambon Rod Munoz Motion Graphics

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Kathleen Dowdey

When Congressman John Lewis advocates “get in the way,” he stands behind his words, whether advancing civil rights in the 1960s or leading a 26-hour sit-in for gun control in the House this past June following the Orlando shootings. Former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an original Freedom Rider and a leader of the Selma march on Bloody Sunday, Lewis has always advocated non-violence. “Non-violence is love in action,” and Lewis still has plenty to spread around. The civil rights icon remains a vital force in the ongoing struggle for justice. We witness his commitment as the film integrates graphic historical footage with recent interviews and issues, never letting us forget the racial oppression still plaguing us. Get in the Way is an illuminating fusion of personal voice, astute observations and edifying moments, as over the decades John Lewis motivates us to speak up and “make some noise.” – Ben F. Fischer award-winning filmmaker, Kathleen Dowdey’s unique portrayal of documenBIO An tary subjects is a refreshing fusion of personalized voice, layered observations and revelatory moments. She is a storyteller attracted to people deeply immersed in their cultures, driven by their history, thrust into change, and struggling to adapt. Her exceptional artistry in Get in the Way has its roots in her early work, including A Celtic Trilogy, a documentary exploration of the renaissance of identity in the Celtic nations, Blue Heaven, a narrative feature that exposes the hidden traumas of domestic violence, and Dawn’s Early Light, a portrait of newspaper editor Ralph McGill, a segregationistturned-advocate of tolerance in a deeply polarized South. As a television writer, director and producer, Dowdey’s work is broadcast on CBS/Paramount, NBC, PBS, The History Channel, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, and others. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Documentary Association.

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GIMME DANGER Directed by Jim Jarmusch USA / 2016 / 108 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Jim Osterberg (Iggy Pop) Ron Asheton Scott Asheton James Williamson Steve Mackay Mike Watt Kathy Asheton Danny Fields EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Serge Lobo Jose Ibanez Jon Kilik PRODUCERS Carter Logan Fernando Sulichin Rob Wilson SCREENWRITER Jim Jarmusch CINEMATOGRAPHER Tom Krueger EDITORS Affonso Goncalves Adam Kurnitz SOUND DESIGNER Robert Hein ANIMATOR James Kerr CAST

“Jarmusch’s sly sense of humor make this doc as fun as it is illuminating.” – Hollywood Reporter Jim Jarmusch’s new film Gimme Danger chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time. Emerging from Ann Arbor, Michigan, amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Gimme Danger presents the context of The Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, and historically. Moreover, the film relates their adventures and misadventures, while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy. in Akron, Ohio, Jim Jarmusch lives and works in New York. His films include BIO Born Permanent Vacation, Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law, Mystery Train, Night on Earth, Dead Man , Year of the Horse, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, The Limits of Control, Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson, Gimme Danger, and the short film Int. Trailer. Night.

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GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM Directed by Todd Wider and Jedd Wider USA / 2016 / 97 minutes MAIN CREDITS CAST PRODUCERS

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Lori Singer Todd Wider Jedd Wider Brian Ariotti Gerardo Puglia Keiko Deguchi Ivor Guest Robert Logan Paul Cantelon Moshe Knoll

On a spring day in 2007, a woman’s body is found in a rural New Hampshire farmhouse; she lay barefoot, shoes neatly set beside her, legs over a heating vent. In a haunting and lyrical unfolding of events, through her final diaries and from those who knew her best, we come to know Linda Bishop, once a vibrant mother, sister and friend, educated, funny, loved. Alternately diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia and a mood disorder – depending on the doctor – Linda always denied she was ill and in the end trusted no one. Gaining freedom after institutionalization, her intended brief stay in the farmhouse turned into four frigid months living on apples and rainwater, reading, writing in notebooks, and waiting for God to save her. Filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider examine the stigma of mental illness and how we as a society might find better ways of protecting those who ultimately cannot help themselves. – Cynthia Kane For over sixteen years, Todd and Jedd Wider have produced numerous critically

BIO and commercially successful documentary films: Kings Point, (2012) nominated for

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an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short; Alex Gibney’s multiple Emmy Awardingwinning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God; the Emmy Award-nominated Semper Fi: Always Faithful, directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon; Gibney’s multiple Emmy Award-nominated Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, 2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary and 2009 Emmy Award Winner for Best Documentary, and his Taxi to the Dark Side; the 2008 Sundance favorite Kicking It, about the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament; the POV film A Dream in Doubt, about the first post 9/11 revenge killing; Morgan Spurlock’s What Would Jesus Buy?, about our obsession with materialism and consumption; Libert’s critically acclaimed Beyond Conviction, about restorative justice and victim-offender mediation, and Paul Cronin’s A Time to Stir, about the 1968 Columbia University student uprisings. In 2011, the Widers were each nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. Their commitment to social justice through film has been and remains informed by their respective professional endeavors.

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THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES Directed by Mike Day UK / 2016 / 81 minutes

What happens when tradition confronts reality? On the Faroe Islands, custom frequently defines culture. Since time immemorial, the Faroese people have hunted pilot

In English, Faroese and Danish with subtitles

whales, considering them a vital food source and an integral part of their cultural identity. Notwithstanding widespread opposition to this practice, the Faroese people continue whaling. Once having one of the highest life expectancies on Earth, the Faroese people are now suffering from the health effects of whaling due to rampant pollution of the Earth’s oceans. A compelling argument is offered from both sides, while the film never forgoes its humanity for a bird’s eye view. Interspersed with mythical parables offering a prescient insight into present day issues, the film features an ominous score and alluring cinematography that dictate the tone of this powerful and poignant documentary. The Islands and the Whales immerses us in a community at a cultural crossroads and illuminates problems that affect us all. – Evan Thomas

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Mike Day Mike Day Mike Day Mary Lampson Nicole Havola Mike Day Claire Ferguson David Charap Antony Partos Mike Sheridan

Mike Day, Scottish director and cinematographer and a 2014 Sundance fellow and

BIO a 2015 recipient of the San Francisco Film Society’s Documentary Film Fund grant, transitioned from a legal career to documentary filmmaking in 2009. His previous film, The Guga Hunters of Ness, also set in the North Atlantic, screened at international festivals, as well as on the BBC.

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KIVALINA Directed by Gina Abatemarco USA / 2016 / 64 minutes MAIN CREDITS PRODUCERS CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITOR SOUND DESIGNER

Gina Abatemarco Anne Takahashi Zoe White Nadav Harel Melanie Vi Levy Rotem Lavetter-Dror

Kivalina is a visually stunning meditative journey set in a tiny indigenous village 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Life for these self-proclaimed Eskimos is simple, but certainly not easy – alpha males on skiffs brave turbulent seas to hunt walrus with spears; machete-wielding elders chain-smoke while slicing-and-dicing, divvying up the coveted blubber and distributing it evenly amongst the group. They sing church hymns, play bingo and pray to Jesus about his oceans, which are steadily melting and creeping in all around them. In Kivalina there are no debates about climate change. The evidence is everywhere for anyone who cares to see. Director Gina Abatemarco skillfully crafts a balanced narrative devoid of politics or manipulation. Kivalina doesn’t tell its audience anything, but shows us everything. This is the final frontier: native communities are being cast aside, left on their own to ponder the inevitable. How long before this centuries old village breaks off and quietly disappears into the sea? – Jon Greenhalgh

Gina Abatemarco is a New York-based director and producer who creates

BIO cinematic stories around food, culture and the environment. When not filming, she is active in New York’s sustainable food movement and researches original food cultures. She has cooked at the American Academy in Rome for Alice Waters’ The Rome Sustainable Food Project and has collaborated with Slow Food. She is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts Film & TV Program, where she co-founded the Fusion Film Festival in 2001, the first festival to celebrate female filmmakers at NYU.

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THE LAST DALAI LAMA? Directed by Mickey Lemle USA / 2016 / 90 minutes MAIN CREDITS

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Rinchen Khando Choegyal President George W. Bush Tendzin Choegyal The Very Reverend James Parks Morton EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Dal LaMagna Michael Goodwin PRODUCERS Mickey Lemle Linda Moroney SCREENWRITER Mickey Lemle CINEMATOGRAPHER Buddy Squires EDITORS Don Casper Mickey Lemle COMPOSERS/MUSIC Philip Glass Tenzin Choegyal CAST

In 1991, Mickey Lemle first introduced the wider world to the Dalai Lama through his documentary Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama. Now, as Tenzin Gyatso enters his 8th decade, Mickey revisits his friend to examine the then and now for the Tibetan people and how the science of brain-mind-consciousness fits well within Buddhist psychology. Will he be the last Dalai Lama? As a refugee in Dharamsala, India, he has stated if and when Tibet is free, he would step down as a leader to become a simple Buddhist monk. His Holiness has also said publicly that he will not reincarnate, given that the Chinese government wants to have a say in finding the “unmistaken child” who would become the 15th Dalai Lama. The Last Dalai Lama? gives a rare and intimate look at one of the most beloved sentient beings the world has ever known, with appearances by Philip Glass, former President George W. Bush, and many more. – Cynthia Kane Producer/director Mickey Lemle’s multi-award winning documentaries include:

BIO The Other Side of the Moon, Our Planet Earth, Compassion in Exile: The Story of The 14th Dalai Lama, Hasten Slowly: The Journey of Sir Laurens Vander Post, Ram Dass Fierce Grace, which Newsweek named one of the five best nonfiction films of 2002, and The Last Dalai Lama?. For the past eighteen years, Lemle has been Chairman of the Board of the Tibet Fund. He has been named Cinema’s Soul Man; One of the 40 Artists Who Shake the World by The Utne Reader.

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Mickey Lemle, Linda Mooney, Dal LaMagna, Don Casper SHOWING AT WOODSTOCK PLAYHOUSE

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MAGNIFICENT BURDEN Directed by Rob Nelson USA / 2016 / 87 minutes MAIN CREDITS CAST

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Taylor Stein Andrew Solomon Richard S. Geary C. Frank Bennett Kathryn J. Swoboda Rep. Charles Rangel Rep. Michael McCaul Stephen Nemeth Karin Hayes P.G. Morgan Rob Nelson Taylor Stein Rob Nelson Taylor Stein Karin Hayes Aleksandar Marinovich Sean Murray Rick Larimore mindbomb films Christopher Kirk Syd Garon Alex Verlag; Motion Graphics & Design The String Theory NY John Vondracek Joseph Roeder

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A New York City socialite goes undercover to help the F.B.I. crack a blackmarket baby trafficking ring. Sounds like fodder for a Hollywood blockbuster, but for vivacious bombshell Taylor Stein, that’s just the backstory. After some high-profile legal wrangling, Stein adopts Ren, the adorable baby boy at the center of the scandal, only to find out that he’s suffering from a rare and debilitating genetic condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. At that point Magnificent Burden takes a sharp dramatic turn and Stein reinvents herself as an outspoken advocate, not only for her son, but for all of the children stricken with this heartbreaking disease. Director Rob Nelson skillfully mines beauty from tragedy by unraveling the deep bonds shared between parents and their children when nothing is taken for granted. Magnificent Burden offers viewers a wide range of emotion and a poignant reminder that every day is a gift. – Jon Greenhalgh Magnificent Burden is Rob Nelson’s first film as a director. He first became

BIO nationally known as one of the founders of Lead or Leave, a political action group for young Americans. Lead or Leave was featured on 60 Minutes, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. The New York Times called Nelson “one of the original Generation X spokesmen.’’ After graduating from Stanford Law School and holding an externship in the Clinton White House, Nelson went on to become a television and radio show host, including The Full Nelson on Fox News, The Rob Nelson Show on Fox, and ABC’s The Scholar. Nelson is the author of two books, Revolution X: A Survival Guide for our Generation (co-authored with Jon Cowan and published by Penguin Books) and Last Call: Ten Commonsense Solutions to America’s Biggest Problems, published by Random House.

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MARATHON: The Patriots Day Bombing Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg USA / 2016 / 106 minutes MAIN CREDITS SUPERVISING PRODUCER CAST

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Nancy Abraham Patrick Downes Jessica Kensky Celeste Corcoran Sydney Corcoran JP Norden Sheila Nevins Ricki Stern Annie Sundberg Jake Abraham Jameka Autry Ricki Stern Annie Sundberg Austin de Besche Antonio Rossi Keiko Deguchi Paul Brill

April 15, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts – The winner of the marathon crossed the finish line hours ago, but Boylston Street remains vibrant as friends and families cheer a steady stream of runners coming down the final stretch. Suddenly the unthinkable happens...BOOM! BOOM! Two massive blasts instantaneously transform triumph to tragedy, killing four and leaving a blood-soaked trail of shrapnel and severed limbs in their wake. Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg focus not on the politics or sensationalism, but instead offer a patchwork of deeply moving portraits of the victims struggling to move forward on prosthetic limbs and recreate their lives. When the headlines fade, the real work begins – but how does one put a life back together when it has just been literally blown apart? As the remarkable people in this film and their loved ones rise to the challenge, each, in their own way, is a true testament to the human spirit. – Jon Greenhalgh Emmy-nominated directors, writers and producers Ricki Stern and Annie

BIO Sundberg are known for crafting deft and cinematic journeys through unexpected territory. Each project tracks new landscape – from criminal injustice in the American South, to Darfur, to stand-up comedy and celebrity culture – all centered on unforgettable people and their remarkable experiences. They have been recognized with an Alfred I. duPont Award for broadcast journalism, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Best Female Filmmakers Award-San Diego Film Festival, Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award, and Lena Sharpe/Women in Cinema Persistence of Vision Award-Seattle International Film Festival. Their films include In My Father’s House, Knuckleball!,Burma Soldier, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Devil Came On Horseback, and The Trials of Darryl Hunt.

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, with Boston Marathon bombing survivors Celeste and Sydney Corcoran

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MONSTER IN THE MIND Directed by Jean Carper USA / 2015 / 87 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Jean Carper Dr. Peter Whitehouse Dr. Claudia Kawas Dr. Zaven Khachaturian Dr. Lon White EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Jean Carper Lee Koromvokis PRODUCERS Tilda Swinton Michelle Ngo SCREENWRITER Jean Carper CINEMATOGRAPHERS Ellen Kuras EDITORS Phyllis Housen Christopher Radcliff COMPOSER/MUSIC William Loose CAST

Upon discovering she carries the # 1 gene for Alzheimer’s disease, 80-something veteran CNN journalist Jean Carper embarks on a daring journey to face her worst fears and discover all she can about the condition. Including volunteering herself as a guinea pig for high-tech testing, she examines the irrational fear, drug failures, dangerous misconceptions, and hidden facts about Alzheimer’s disease. Told with surprising humor and creativity, Carper finds things are maybe not as dire as the media makes them out to be. This is an astonishing true tale of a disease shrouded in mystery and branded with an outsized sense of doom and dread reminiscent of the most sensational science fiction, horror and disaster movies. Top Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Peter Whitehouse, from the National Center for Creative Aging, calls this film a “game changer” that will do for Alzheimer’s what An Inconvenient Truth did for global warming. – Cynthia Kane

Jean Carper was CNN’s first medical correspondent and winner of a prestigious

BIO Ace Award for a series on brain cancer. She is the author of twenty-four books,

including New York Times bestsellers Stop Aging Now! and Food Your Miracle Medicine, as well as a former columnist for Gannett’s USA Weekend, with a readership of 50 million. Now, at age 84, Monster in the Mind is her first feature documentary.

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THE PROMISED BAND Directed by Jen Heck Israel, Palestine, USA / 2016 / 90 minutes

Vivacious thirty-three year old Lina Qadri, wife, mother, university teacher, artist, and musician, struggles with life in land-locked Nablus, an isolated West Bank city designated Area A, forbidden to Israelis and nearly as difficult for Palestinians,

In English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles

who are denied access to Israel except by special permit. Enter Jen Heck, a determined reality TV producer and peace activist who hatches a plot to create a fake band, thus allowing some furtive visits between Lina and a gutsy, adventurous group of Israeli women to cross into the forbidden zone. As the group bonds, it becomes apparent that the government imposed separation generates fear and prevents peace. With warmth and compassion, this story explores how barriers to understanding crumble with the healing power of friendship. Are similarities more powerful than differences? While tensions remain, The Promised Band allows a glimpse into what might be a true roadmap to peace. – Barbara Pokras, ACE

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Lina Qadri Jen Heck Viki Auslender Shlomit Ravid Noa Bassel Ian Reinhard Maria De La O. Chris Martin Jen Heck Jen Heck Maria De La O. Martina Radwan Jen Heck Ben Frazer John Dilley Neil Benezra Neil Benezra Chaim Bianco

Jen Heck completed her MFA at Columbia University’s film program in 2009. She

BIO has had work at major film festivals including Sundance, The Hamptons and Palm

Springs, at museums including the Whitney (Biennial 2004) and MoMA, and on networks including MTV, Bravo and VH1. She has won awards at festivals for her short narrative films Airplanes and Salamander, both photographed by Martina Radwan. She currently works as a documentary TV producer and director in New York.

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REAL BOY Directed by Shaleece Haas USA / 2016 / 72 minutes MAIN CREDITS CAST

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PRODUCER CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITOR COMPOSER/MUSIC ANIMATOR

Bennett Wallace Joe Stevens Suzy Reinke Dylan Engle Charlotte Lagarde Shaleece Haas Shaleece Haas Andrew Gersh William Ryan Fritch Molly Schwartz

Real Boy, depicting the coming-of-age of transgender teenager Bennett Wallace, is also about family, both biological and chosen. As we join him in person, Bennett is working to gain the support of his dubious mother, handling past addictions, transitioning alongside his friend Dylan, and forging a friendship with idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician dealing with his own demons. At once humorous, graphic, entertaining, frustrating, and brutally honest, the film struggles with what it’s like to want love from the people you’re closest to, how powerful that feeling is, and how painful it is when something gets in the way. Coming at a time when transgender issues have broken into mainstream culture, Real Boy’s underlying theme of acceptance makes it much more than the story of one transgender teen. – Ben F. Fischer

Shaleece Haas is a documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, California. She is

BIO co-producer of the 2013 documentary The Genius of Marian (PBS/POV), director of the 2010 documentary Old People Driving, and producer of several short films, including City Fish. Haas is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) Fellow, and a member of the Queer Producers Collective. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Haas teaches at the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Real Boy is her first feature documentary.

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REBEL CITIZEN Directed by Pamela Yates USA / 2015 / 76 minutes MAIN CREDITS PRODUCER) EDITORS

Paco de Onis Daniela I. Quiroz Peter Kinoy

Haskell Wexler, two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer, filmmaker and activist, was a dear friend of the Woodstock Film Festival. In 2001, WFF launched the Haskell Wexler Cinematography Award, with Wexler himself judging. In 2008, he received the WFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Rebel Citizen is a revelatory tour of Wexler’s political documentary work, letting the artist/ activist share his vision of how to be a world citizen, and asking, “What does it mean to be a patriot?” He speaks with the clarity and candor of hard-won experience and the wisdom of age. Filmmaker Pamela Yates’ intimate interview style and Wexler’s blunt, sometimes irreverent answers, create fascinating viewing. In this election year, Wexler’s words resonate: “I’m not ready to give our country away to anybody.” The film celebrates not only a remarkable American legend but the spirit of America itself. – Woodstock Film Festival Staff

Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Pennsylvanian Appalachian coal-min-

BIO ing region, but ran away at 16 to live in New York City. She co-founded Skylight

Pictures, a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. Yates’ films have spanned the globe, covering a breadth of human experience. She directed When the Mountains Tremble, about a revolutionary moment in Guatemala, that won the Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival, and a trilogy of films, Living Broke in Boom Times, covering homeless activists’ movement to end poverty. She is currently working on a quartet of films about transitional justice. Yates was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current film, Granito. She executive produced the Academy Award-winning Witness to War, produced the Emmy Award-winning Loss of Innocence and received the Overseas Press Club Award for State of Fear SHOWING AT UPSTATE FILMS WOODSTOCK

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STRONGER THAN BULLETS Directed by Matthew Millan USA / Libya / UK / 2016 / 88 minutes

When filmmaker Matthew Millan was recruited by his friend, a Libyan refugee living for decades in LA, to go with him to Benghazi and document the revolution, he was terrified. Once there, what Millan found amidst the bloody revolution to overthrow

MAIN CREDITS

a 40-year-old dictatorship, was a high octane, defiant music scene and a unified human spirit that was as electrifying as it was inspiring. Hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, and blues take center stage in Stronger Than Bullets, as the musicians become the leading voices and heroes of the revolution, some paying the ultimate price, dying for what they passionately believe in. Guitars and rifles stand side by side during the fighting, the victory and the chaos that follows. And while the musicians, after gaining a brief period of freedom of expression, are forced once again to practice in secret, they continue to believe that strings are stronger than bullets. – Svetlana Krotek

CAST

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PRODUCERS

SCREENWRITERS CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITORS COMPOSERS/MUSIC

SOUND DESIGNER

Masoud Buisir Jasmin Ikanovic MC Swat Malik L Hammuda Abidia Alistair Audsley Hammuda Abidia Haitham Darrat Harold Millan Matthew Millan Alistair Audsley Matthew Millan Doug Blush Matthew Millan Jasmin Ikanovic Alex Rea Erik Niel Jeremy Grody

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Matthew Millan

Matthew Millan boasts a truly unconventional background for a filmmaker. He

BIO graduated from UCSC with a physics degree and worked as an engineer for several years, yet he always found this vocation wanting. So when the opportunity presented itself, he duly quit his job and co-founded 180 Films. Since then, he has built an impressive portfolio, which covers narratives, music videos and documentaries. His work has ushered him to many exotic places, from the snowy peaks of Ladakh, India to the lawless border towns of Northern Vietnam. When the uprising in Libya first erupted, he traveled there to witness the revolution firsthand. And what he saw inspired him to live in Benghazi for a year and document its burgeoning music scene. While there, he also directed the award-winning We Win or We Die, a fast-paced short documentary about the early days of the Libyan revolution.

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THEY PLAYED FOR THEIR LIVES Directed by Nurit Jugend and Aaron I. Butler

Through intimate interviews and live performances, the film artfully portrays how music saved the lives of young musicians. Playing music in the ghettos and

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concentration camps fostered spiritual strength within themselves and others, and often proved a bargaining tool that spared their lives. Chaim recounts saving his father from beatings by teaching an SS officer to play the harmonica. Anita, who played cello in the Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz, was spared inhumane forced labor. Little Hellmuth whistled with the band in exchange for extra food and clothing. Each of these unique stories illustrate the power of music to sustain the human soul. At the end of the war their lives unfold in surprising ways, yet music remains at the core of their memory and legacy. Charcoal illustrations, live piano performance by 106-year old Alice, and a moving reunion of two boys after 66-years of search, make this compelling viewing.

MAIN CREDITS PRODUCERS CO-PRODUCER CINEMATOGRAPHERS

EDITORS ILLUSTRATOR

Nurit Jugend Aaron I. Butler Inbal B. Lessner Rotem Yaron Tamar Ish-Shalom Jared Seltzer Aaron I. Butler Andrew Kimery Ari Binus

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Dr. Nurit Jurend, Frank Grunwald

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Dr. Nurit Jugend is a composer whose works have been published, performed

BIO and broadcast worldwide. She works internationally with leading orchestras and ensembles, such as the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Jugend lectures at Stanford University, national conferences across the US and international events.

FOLLOWING

PERFORMANCE Survivor Frank Grunwald and his grandson John will give a short performance at the Woodstock screening

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TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ Directed by Sam Pollard USA / 2016 / 82 minutes MAIN CREDITS

Common Gary Clark Jr. Buddy Guy Lucinda Williams Chris Thomas King Valerie June North Mississippi Allstars EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Common Derek Dudley PRODUCERS Benjamin Hedin Dava Whisenant SCREENWRITER Benjamin Hedin CINEMATOGRAPHER Natalie Kingston EDITOR Dava Whisenant COMPOSER/MUSIC Christopher North ANIMATOR Apparat Film CAST

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard is the gold-standard in documentary film and Two Trains Runnin’ is no exception. In June 1964, Mississippi was a battleground; the Civil Rights Movement threatened to explode in the faces of crooked cops, while the Ku Klux Klan used violence, murder and intimidation to keep Jim Crow securely in place. Hundreds of white, middle-class college kids mobilized to register black voters in what became known as “Freedom Summer.” Simultaneously, two much smaller groups, unaware of the turmoil and each other, descended upon Mississippi with their own mission – to locate and revive two long-forgotten blues legends. Bolstered by the soulful narration of Common, Pollard’s powerful archival imagery interspersed with poignant animated reenactments transport viewers back to a volatile time when America was dramatically transformed forever. As the audience sways to the soulful plucking of Son House, it’s impossible not to think about this ugly chapter in our history and reflect on what is going on today. – Jon Greenhalgh

Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian.

BIO He produced the HBO documentaries 4 Little Girls and When the Levees Broke, and directed the feature Slavery by Another Name, which premiered at Sundance and subsequently aired on PBS. Pollard has directed several episodes of American Masters for PBS, as well as two episodes of the groundbreaking series Eyes on the Prize. He edited Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Feel Like Going Home – part of The Blues series directed by Martin Scorsese, and dozens of other films. He teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Sam Pollard

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WOMEN OF MAIDAN Directed by Olha Onyshko USA/Ukraine / 2016 / 62 minutes In Ukrainian, Russian with Subtitles MAIN CREDITS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PRODUCERS

SCREENWRITERS

CINEMATOGRAPHERS EDITORS

COMPOSER/MUSIC SOUND DESIGNERS

Olha Onyshko Olha Onyshko Petro Didula Iryna Shust Svitlana Odynets Valentina Podgornaya Olha Onyshko Orysia Pylyshenko Cami Fawzy Petro Didula Olha Onyshko Bohdan Ilchyshyn Karin Hayes Yurko Duda Bohdan Ilchyshyn

Q&A PARTICIPANTS *subject to change Olha Onyshko

On the last Saturday of November 2013, Olha Onyshko received a phone call from her mother in Ukraine who was crying and repeating: “The girls on the square were beaten so badly.” Onyshko left home and family in Bethesda, MD, and The Women of Maidan was spawned. Her deeply moving film bears witness to how ordinary women became the sustaining heart of the fight against the corrupt regime to win a better future for their children. The struggle, now known as the Revolution of Dignity 2013-2014, is a stirring coming together of generations toward a free Ukraine, independent and democratic on paper, but not in real life. With some extraordinary spirited older women and a lot of youthful energy, the relentless, bleak winter, the nonviolent resistance against brutal government forces, the musical pleas for peace, and people’s unconditional ability to bond and endure are palpable. This is Occupy Wall Street on steroids. – Ben F. Fischer

Onyshko is a documentary filmmaker and media producer in the WashingBIO Olha ton, DC-metropolitan area. Onyshko began her career as a broadcast journalist in Lviv, Ukraine, where she was also active in political campaigns for newly independent Ukraine. Then she moved to Kyiv to work on educational campaigns advocating for democracy, market economy and human rights. After moving to the US in 2002, Onyshko turned to documentary filmmaking, hoping to have her voice heard back home. She obtained an MFA at the American University. Her debut documentary, Three Stories of Galicia, depicted humanism in the midst of horrors and atrocities during and after World War II. It screened in twelve countries and caused a stir regarding historic memory and its role in the current events. While she hoped filmmaking would help to get her messages across, she never expected it would send her on a joyful journey of discovering the artist in herself.

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COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK

ANIMATION WITH JOY + NOELLE

 FRI OCT 14  4:30PM

BEARSVILLE THEATER WOODSTOCK  SUN OCT 16  11:30AM

Runtime: 82 minutes + Q&A

The ABC of Travel

WORLD PREMIERE

Directed by Signe Baumane USA / 2016 / 2 minutes Several same-letter families meet in an airport.

Adam

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Directed by Evelyn Jane Ross USA / 2016 / 2:27 minutes RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN She created us. US PREMIERE

Directed by Nic Ho Chun Yu Hong Kong / 2015 / 9:26 minutes A story about self-salvation.

Bone Guitar

Directed by Payton Curtis Canada / 2016 / 1:22 minutes What do you do with a worn out old guitar and a “box ‘o’ bones” skeleton? Music by The Sadies.

Borrowed Time

Directed by Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats USA / 2015 / 6:45 minutes A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.

Directed by Bill Plympton USA / 2016 / 7 minutes Come see the newest Dog short from Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton. Cop Dog follows on the heels of Guard Dog, Guide Dog, Hot Dog, and Horn Dog.

www.plymptoons.com

ed www.evelynjaneross.com

Behind the Schoolbag

Cop Dog

Directed by Taha Neyestani Canada / 2016 / 3:50 minutes SHERIDAN COLLEGE A quiet man comes to life after posing nude.

www.neyestaha.tumblr.com

Filthy but Fine www.goodshortfilms.it

Directed by Arthur Metcalf USA / 2015 / 5:03 minutes A tough night in a tough city.

www.metcalflovesyou.com

Look-See

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Directed by Daniel Savage USA / 2016 / 1 minutes A geometric character interacts with the environment.

Makeshift Satellite

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Directed by Cody Walzel USA / 2015 / 4:32 minutes A trailer park home falls into a sinkhole, and the owner must choose between a life of warm simplicity and rigid luxury.

Cacophony

Directed by Melody Aihsuan Shih USA / 2016 / 2 minutes The harsh sounds of the urban environment are replaced by a serene inner world.

www.somethingsavage.com

www.codywalzel.com

Patti Smith Blank on Blank

www.melodyshih.com

Cookies

Directed by Patrick Smith USA / 2016 / 6:12 minutes “To me, poetry is one of the highest, most abstract, most fulfilling forms of communication. We’ve always needed poets.”

www.blend-films.blogspot.com

Directed by Leah Shore USA/CANADA / 2015 / 0:40 minutes Made with love. www.leahshore.com

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CARBON Runtime: 78 minutes + Q&A

Perched

Directed by Liam Harris UK / 2016 / 10:30 minutes THE NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL A crotchety old man struggles to maintain his equilibrium when an unwelcome seagull rocks his world.

SHORTS

SHORTS COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK  FRI OCT 14  7:00PM  SAT OCT 15  2:15PM

NEW YORK PREMIERE

NEW YORK PREMIERE

www.liamh.co.uk

Perfect Houseguest

Directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter USA / 2015 / 1:35 minutes A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.

Potatoes For Pado

Directed by Joy Buran, Noelle Melody USA / 2016 / 5 minutes A tale of an old chihuahua who learns the power of friendship and potatoes.

www.lanternafilm.com

Black Canaries www.tinyinventions.com

WORLD PREMIERE

www.joyandnoelle.com

The Sea is Blue

Directed by Vincent Peone USA / 2015 / 7:10 minutes A stop motion fable that explains how the ocean got its color.

Sisters

La Laguna

Directed by Aaron Schock Mexico/USA / 2016 / 38 minutes In Mayan & Spanish with subtitles

www.work.kneeon.tv

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Directed by David Chontos USA / 2016 / 4:24 minutes Part passion, part love letter, Sisters is a fragment of loss. www.davidchontos.com

Slow Wave

Directed by Andy Kennedy USA / 2016 / 3:33 minutes Sleep disturbances from outside and within.

Set within the rainforests of southern Mexico, La Laguna tells the story of a Mayan boy’s remarkable journey from childhood to adolescence. While Yu’uk and his younger brother José enjoy a childhood of uncommon freedom in the jungle, Yu’uk’s family’s problems begin to mount and leaving his village – and his beloved little brother – may be his family’s only hope. NEW YORK PREMIERE

Water! www.andykennedy.net

There’s Too Many Of These Crows

Directed by Jesse Kreitzer USA / 2016 / 18:18 minutes UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coal mining ancestry, Black Canaries is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty and love.

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Directed by Yi Zhong India / 2016 / 15:54 minutes In Chinese Mandarin and Mongolian with subtitles

A young urban couple move to the Mongolian Grasslands and discover that their well has run dry

Directed by Morgan Miller USA / 2016 / 3:50 minutes A short film about aggression and escalation www.morganmilleronline.com

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COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK  FRI OCT 14  9:15PM  SUN OCT 16  6:00PM

INSTINCT Runtime: 67 minutes + Q&A

JESTS Runtime: 73 63:40 minutes + Q&A Runtime:

NEW YORK PREMIERE

COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK  SAT OCT 15  4:30PM  SUN OCT 16  11:30AM

The Chop

Directed by Lewis Rose UK / 2015 / 17 minutes In this “kosher comedy,” a skilled and charming Jewish butcher must expand his horizons after he loses his job. www.facebook.com/Un-ciel-bleu-presque-parfait-451902841647559

A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky (Un Ciel Bleu Presque Parfait) Directed by Quarxx France / 2016 / 36:22 minutes In French, with subtitles

You might think that Simon lives a monotonous life, but you would be wrong! A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky is an insightful look into mental illness with outlandish Lynchian elements.

Club Policy

Directed by Ryan Dickie and Abigail Horton USA / 2016 / 10 minutes A couple serves up tragedy on the squash court when someone doesn’t abide by club policy.

www.thechopfilm.com

EAST COAST PREMIERE

www.newmedialtd.co

The Dynamic Double Standard

Directed by Luke Patton USA / 2015 / 4:33 minutes Zoey’s first night as a superhero is nearly ruined when she’s given a sexy and impractical uniform.

www.lukecpatton.com

How You Look At It

Nasty

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Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond UK / 2015 / 15:09 minutes Twelve-year old Doug is drawn into the lurid world of VHS horror as he explores the mysterious disappearance of his father. NEW YORK PREMIERE

Directed by Wendy Seyb USA / 2015 / 8:05 minutes A silent comedy about how love at first sight changes a man’s perspective of the world around him.

www.wendyseyb.com

New York Nocturne

Directed by Richard Edson USA / 2015 / 5:38 minutes A man and a woman stalk each other with unexpected intentions.

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Nuts

Directed by Theo Sena USA / 2016 / 4 minutes A man wakes up and fixes a world that isn’t broken.

Rated

www.thequantifiedselfmovie.com

The Quantified Self

Directed by Gleb Osatinski USA / 2016 / 15:30 minutes When well-meaning parents turn the self-tracking into a family religion, the consequences fall outside the quantifiable.

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Directed by John Fortson USA / 2016 / 19:24 minutes What’s so important about a 5 STAR rating? Maggie’s about to find out.

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www.ratedthefilm.com

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OUTSIDERS Runtime: 60 minutes + Q&A

COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK  SAT OCT 15  9:00PM  SUN OCT 16  2:00PM

PASSION Runtime: 60 minutes + Q&A

SHORTS

SHORTS UPSTATE FILMS II RHINEBECK  FRI OCT 14  7:15PM WOODSTOCK PLAYHOUSE  SAT OCT 15  4:15PM

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Afuera

Directed by Steven Liang USA / 2016 / 14 minutes In Spanish with subtitles

UCLA When an undocumented woman is forced to resort to the sex trade to support herself, her boyfriend gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences.

www.stevenliang.com

www.graffitishortfilm.com

Graffiti

Directed by Lluis Quilez SPAIN / 2015 / 30 minutes In an apocalyptic world, one last survivor’s routine is suddenly disrupted by the appearance of graffiti.

For Your Own Safety (Zu Ihrer Eigenen Sicherheit) Directed by Florian Heinzen-Ziob GERMANY / 2016 / 15 minutes In German with subtitles

An airport baggage screener is obsessed with preventing the next terrorist attack, but his colleagues don’t appreciate his commitment.

www.polyphemfilm.de/ foryourownsafety.html

Madhab

Directed by Samay Bhattacharya India / 2016 / 15:54 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE www.prettybird.co/us/talent/creatives/paul-hunter/work/

Shame

In Bengali with subtitles

The trials and tribulations of a beggar after he stumbles upon a thousand rupee note.

www.facebook.com/samtitan13

Directed by Paul Hunter USA / 2015 / 23:46 minutes Jennifer Hudson stars as a backup singer to her philandering, tyrannical husband, Tyrese Gibson. NEW YORK PREMIERE

Porgies & Bass

Directed by Thomas Barnes USA / 2016 / 15:25 minutes When a Latino fisherman gets too close to a local fisherman on a Long Island beach, things are bound to happen. NEW YORK PREMIERE www.hilarybrougher.com

Wake O Wake

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Directed by Hilary Brougher USA / 2015 / 9 minutes A subtle film that evokes small moments of connection and shattering dissolution over the course of a summer afternoon, as a woman (Sarita Choudhury) is forced to confront the fragility of her marriage in the presence of her adolescent step-children.in the presence of her adolescent step-children.

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SHORT DOCS

COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK

 FRI OCT 14  2:15PM  SAT OCT 15  12:00PM

Runtime: 70 minutes + Q&A

Opus 40

Runtime: 63 63:40 minutes + Q&A Runtime: WORLD PREMIERE

Directed by Glenn Schuster and Jason Schuler USA / 2015 / 6 minutes Nearly forty years in the making, Opus 40 is an unfinished, magical labyrinth of swirling ramps, pools and terraces, all hand-crafted from finely fitted stone.

Pickle

Directed by Amy Nicholson USA / 2016 / 15 minutes An ode to man’s capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted existence.

Cuddle Party NEW YORK PREMIERE

www.picklethefish.com

Directed by Alyssa DeRosa, Catherine Kaczor, Alec Cafaro, and Meagan Sullivan USA / 2016 / 14:24 minutes SUNY NEW PALTZ This documentary tells the history behind Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios, through the eyes of architect and acoustician, John Storyk.

Directed by Susan Rockefeller USA, IRAQ / 2015 / 27:36 minutes Soldiers learn that, for those who can find the courage to speak their truths, there are unexpected paths to healing.

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Directed by Matthew Irving Epstein USA / 2016 / 14 MINUTES A bickering couple torment fellow participants as they attend a new-age cuddle therapy workshop.

COMMUNITY CENTER WOODSTOCK  SAT OCT 15  6:45PM  SUN OCT 16  4:00PM NEW YORK PREMIERE

www.babyteethmovie.com

NEW YORK PREMIERE

www.facebook.com/cuddlepartyfilm

The Rain Collector

Directed by Isabella Wing-Davey USA / 2015 / 12:16 minutes Inspired by true events, ‘The Rain Collector’ is about the women who confounded ideas of what was appropriate or expected, and got involved in science in Victorian England. This is the story of Vanessa Kentworth and the rain.

Leonarda

www.theraincollectorfilm.com

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Directed by Luca Brinciotti USA / 2016 / 10:45 minutes NEW YORK PREMIERE

www.strikingachordthemovie.com

Suffering is the Easy Part

Directed by Jaime Ekkens USA / 2015 / 7:30 minutes Overcoming our worst moments to find happiness at the end of a dark journey.

Baby Teeth

Directed by Stephanie Ellis USA / 2015 / 14:22 minutes A new mother, suffering from postpartum depression, makes a desperate call to a friend.

Serendipity: The Genius Behind Electric Lady

Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing

WHISPERS

In Italian, with subtitles

The true story of the infamous female Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli, also known as ‘The Soap-Maker of Correggio.’

The Story

Directed by Carolyn Pender and Cameron Dingwall USA / 2016 / 11:14 minutes A winding trail of clues unravels a tale of tragedy, betrayal and violence in a single, breathtaking shot.

www.facebook.com/ Leonarda-859686300797218

EAST COAST PREMIERE

www.camerondingwall.com

www.jaimeekkens.com

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YOUTH FILMS Runtime: 53 minutes + Q&A Cracked

Directed by Benny Rendell USA / 2016 / 10 minutes The conspiracy theories of a 12-year-old may not be so far-fetched after all.

Day By Day

Directed by Nihal Dantluri USA / 2016 / 5:25 minutes NEUQUA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Luke Sawicki, once a top football prospect for several major Division I schools, is rejected by them because of his two ACL tears. He aims to prove them wrong.

Domar: To Tame

Directed by Benjamin Ades USA / 2015 / 6:47 minutes In Spanish, with subtitles

A portrait of a horse tamer and instructor from Uruguay.

He, She

Directed by Maia Liebeskind USA / 2016 / 3 minutes “He, She” questions the importance of gender roles in American culture and how they affect the outcomes of people’s individual lives through an experimental lens.

SHORTS

SHORTS BEARSVILLE THEATER WOODSTOCK  FRI OCT 14  7:00PM WORLD PREMIERE

www.mirroruptonaturefilms.com

NEW YORK PREMIERE

The Last Night of the World

Directed by Harrison O’Clair USA / 2016 / 9:14 minutes WOODSTOCK DAY SCHOOLS A conversation between a couple on what they believe to be the last night of the world.

www.woodstockdayschool.org

Marquis

Directed by Maya Suchak USA / 2016 / 8:13 minutes YOUTH FX The story of Marquis Dixon who was sentenced to 9 years in state prison for stealing a pair of sneakers.

One Day on Carver St.

Directed by Azure Allen USA / 2015 / 3:38 minutes HOME SCHOOLED In the post-war Jim Crow south, Charlie’s Place was a rare pocket of diversity in a world where the lines between black & white were firmly drawn.

Spiral

Directed by Tatum Lenberg USA / 2016 / 7 minutes SAN FRANCISCO ART & FILM’S FILM WORKSHOP A year-by-year account of Alyssa’s life.

FILM CAREER DAY: YOUTH INITIATIVE

www.youthfx.org

NEW YORK PREMIERE

www.facebook.com/nellaeruzastudio

EAST COAST PREMIERE

www.chaseartfilm.com

ONTEORA HIGH SCHOOL  FRI OCT 14  8:00AM - 2:00PM

Photo: David Rosenberg

Every year, over 150 students from schools throughout the region gather at Onteora High School in Boiceville for Career Day, where students meet with A-list film industry professionals in small groups, ask questions and learn about careers in film and new media. In addition to conve rsations with leading authorities on filmmaking, students are also treated to a film screening, which is followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

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PANELS PANELS

KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER  FRI OCT 14  4:00PM

PRODUCERS ON PRODUCING Moderator What does a producer REALLY do? From finding the financing, to dealing with the day-to-day dramas during the shoot, producing requires enormous talent and high production standards to keep a film from spinning out of control. As George Gallo (Midnight Run) once said: “If every scene is off by an inch, the film misses by a mile.” Producers are in charge of these inches, whether the film is a huge Hollywood production requiring an army of talent and coordination, or a low-budget independent production with a small crew. This panel on the foibles and passions of producing film, featuring some of today’s most sought after producers, promises to be a lively and informative discussion.

Richard Abramowitz is aan innovative leader with more than 35 years of experience in the distribution and marketing of independent films. His company, Abramorama, takes a personalized, focused form of marketing and distribution that bypasses traditional studios. Their focus is on ’tribal’ films, with a specialty in music and social issues. Recent distribution projects include Ron Howard’s celebrated documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years; Laurie Anderson’s acclaimed Heart of a Dog; Banksy’s Spirit Award winner and Academy Award-nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop, and Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award-winning music documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil! 

PANELISTS: William Horberg is a film producer whose company Wonderful Films is located in Kingston, NY. Among his many producing credits are Searching For Bobby Fischer, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Milk, The Kite Runner, Cold Mountain, The Quiet American, Black Nativity, and Disconnect, as well as the upcoming The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, and Crash Pad, starring Domhnall Gleeson. He is currently Chair of the Producers Guild of America East and was previously president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, partner with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella at Mirage Productions, and a Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures. John Sloss is the founder of Cinetic Media, a co-founder of FilmBuff and a co-founder, with director Gary Winick, of the groundbreaking digital production company, InDigEnt. He is the founder of and a partner in the entertainment law firm Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP. And he co-founded Producers Distribution Agency, the theatrical distributor of Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Way, Brooklyn Castle, and Escape From Tomorrow. Through Cinetic Media, Sloss has facilitated the sale and/or financing of well over 400 films. He produced Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe and Academy Award®-winning film, Boyhood. He has also executive produced over 60 films, including Before Midnight, Far From Heaven and

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the Academy Award®-winning The Fog of War and Boys Don’t Cry. An Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Lucy Barzun Donnelly began her producing career with Oscar nominee Pieces of April, which she co-produced with John Lyons and Alexis Alexanian. After founding Locomotive in 2007, Donnelly developed and executive produced Grey Gardens, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore; produced Bag of Hammers, That’s What She Said and Friends with Kids, starring Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott; and executive produced Maggie’s Plan, starring Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig. Locomotive’s recent productions include Look Away, starring Matthew Broderick, Chloë Sevigny and Aidan Turner, which is currently in post-production. Lawrence Inglee is the founder of Blackbird, a film production company based in New York. Films produced since launching the company in 2013 include: 2016 Sundance Best Director, Swiss Army Man; 2016 Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, Junction 48, and The Ticket, starring Dan Stevens, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to forming Blackbird, Inglee served as president of Mosaic Film and of The Mark Gordon Company, where he shepherded international blockbusters, including The Day After Tomorrow and Source Code. One of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch,” Inglee began

his career with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. Other producing credits include four films with writer/director Oren Moverman: The Messenger, Time Out of Mind, Rampart, and The Dinner, adapted from the best-selling novel, starring Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, and Rebecca Hall. Wendy Ettinger has been producing documentaries and narrative films for over 20 years, starting with Academy Award-nominated The War Room. In 2005, with Julie Parker Benello and Judith Helfand, she co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures to fund and mentor women documentary directors whose storytelling catalyzes social change. Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded over $4 million in grants and 5,200 hours of creative mentorship to more over 200 award-winning films and filmmakers – films that have created change at home and globally. This year, C&E supported-films Trapped, Sonita, When Two Worlds Collide, and Cameraperson premiered at Sundance. In 2013, Ettinger co-founded Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund for woman narrative directors. Land Ho premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics; The Invitation and Fresno premiered at SXSW; Lovesong premiered in 2016 at Sundance; Mal Heart will premiere at Toronto this fall.

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MASTER CLASS WITH CATHERINE HARDWICKE FIX IT IN PREP

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Celebrated writer and director Catherine Hardwicke discusses her journey from pre-production to final screening in her ’MasterClass’ presentation. Fix It In Prep details her preparation process for film and television projects with clips, storyboards, shot lists, rehearsal practices, drawings, and more. Catherine Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and awards at numerous other international film festivals. She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, and Lisa Cholodenko. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. In the last two years, Hardwicke has dived into the world of television, directing episodes for AMC and pilots for CBS, MTV and USA, all of which went to series. Her most recent film, Miss You Already, stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, and Jacqueline Bisset.

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MUSIC IN FILM Join BMI’s Charlie Feldman as he chats with filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider, composer Paul Cantelon and narrator / musician Lori Singer about their unique collaboration in God Knows Where I Am, and the powerful role music plays in delivering the special essence of film. Live performance by Cantelon, on grand piano, and Singer, on cello, will follow. PANELISTS: Jedd Wider and Todd Wider have produced numerous critically and commercially successful feature documentary films, including the multiple Primetime Emmy and Peabody Award winning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012), Academy Award nominated 2012 King’s Point (2012), Emmy Award nominated Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011), the multiple Emmy Award nominated Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010), and the 2008 Academy Award, multiple Emmy Award and Peabody Award winner, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007). In 2011, the Widers were nominated for Outstanding Producers of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America.

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Moderator: Charlie Feldman directs BMI’s concert music, musical theater and jazz department’s writer-publisher relations activities. He also fosters many community relationships with outreach to such organizations as Farm Aid, The Songwriters Hall of Fame, The National Endowment For the Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Thelonius Monk Institute, The Recording Academy, T. J. Martell Foundation, and the UJA-Federation’s Music and Entertainment Division, to name a few. Feldman was the music supervisor and executive soundtrack producer of the motion pictures Tender Mercies and Assassination Tango, and was the music consultant on the documentary Only the Strong Survive. In the early 1970s, Feldman was a songwriter signed to Muscle Shoals Sound Publishing Company. Lori Singer is a Golden Globe winning actress who won ’ShoWest Newcomer of the Year’ for her role as Ariel Moore in the film Footloose. She went on to act in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, John Schlesinger’s The Falcon and the Snowman, Warlock, The Man with One Red Shoe, Alan Rudolph’s Trouble in Mind and Equinox, to name a few. In 2015 she was in Almereyda’s Experimenter and in 2017 she’ll appear in James Franco’s film The Institute. Singer starred in the television series Fame and VR5. She is also a concert cellist, performing on film with Yo Yo Ma in Atom Egoyan’s Inspired by Bach, and she plays on stage as a cello soloist with orchestras, most recently Carnegie Hall.

In 2005, Paul Cantelon began his venture into film with Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated. He went on to score such films as the award winning Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007), Sony Pictures’ The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Oliver Stone’s W. (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2010), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011), Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012), Oscar winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s upcoming release Violet & Daisy, and Effie Gray. Cantelon has also recently contributed original music to Jonathan Demme’s interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, entitled: Fear Of Falling.

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WOMEN IN FILM AND MEDIA 2016 is a breakthrough year for women. The U.S. is witnessing the first female presidential candidate for a major party and, in film, two women will be directing high-budget pictures (Patty Jenkins/Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay/ A Wrinkle in Time). With seemingly more women gaining a foothold in a film industry traditionally dominated by men, what is the future likely to hold? Are we finally heading towards gender equality in the entertainment and film world or are we still embedded in the status quo? Hear from some of the women who began their film careers long before it was conventional, illuminating what has changed and what remains the same.

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MODERATOR: Thelma Adams, is a novelist and leading New York-based film critic who chaired the New York Film Critics Circle twice during her 19-year tenure. Her second novel, The Last Woman Standing: A Novel of Mrs. Wyatt Earp, is a Kindle Bestseller. She writes a weekly wide-ranging cultural column for the New York Observer and reviews films for ZEALnyc.com. Previously, she covered the Oscars for Yahoo! Movies for three seasons, interviewing celebrities from Julianne Moore to Joaquin Phoenix to Oprah Winfrey. She was the film critic at Us Weekly (2000 – 2011) and the New York Post (1993 – 2000).

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PANELISTS: Bette Gordon is a director and independent filmmaker best known for her film Variety (1984), a beautifully seductive film about voyeurism and pornography. Luminous in Motion (2000) was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman and stars Deborah Kara Unger in a breathtaking performance. Handsome Harry (2010) opened to rave reviews and features a stellar ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Titus Welliver, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, Jamey Sheridan. Gordon’s films have been shown in international festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Toronto. She has been the subject of retrospectives at IFC Cinema, Anthology Film Archives and The Walker Art Center. Her latest film, The Drowning, is having its North American premiere at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.

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Mary Stuart Masterson lives full-time in the Hudson Valley. Her award-winning career includes roles in the iconic films Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes and Benny and Joon. She has also directed and produced indie films, network television and documentary theater. Her return to the arts follows a recent hiatus to “produce” her four young children. She is the founder of Stockade Works, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the further potential of film and tech in the Hudson Valley. Catherine Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and awards at numerous other international film festivals. She has since become best

known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, and Lisa Cholodenko. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. In the last two years, Hardwicke has dived into the world of television, directing episodes for AMC and pilots for CBS, MTV and USA, all of which went to series. Her most recent film, Miss You Already, stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, and Jacqueline Bisset.

Amber Tamblyn is a writer, director and actress from Los Angeles. She has received Mary Stuart an Emmy, Golden Globe and Masterson Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in television and film. In television, Tamblyn starred in the cult classic drama Joan of Arcadia, as well as House M.D. Her feature film work includes The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 127 Hours, Django Unchained, and the critically lauded Catherine Hardwicke Stephanie Daley, opposite Tilda Swinton. Tamblyn is the author of three books of poetry and prose: Free Stallion (Simon & Schuster), Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) and most recently, the acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler (Harper Perennial), which explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses and features artwork from Amber Tamblyn such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch, among others.

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CHAT WITH TRAILBLAZER Join Logan Hill and Participant Media CEO David Linde in a wide-ranging discussion about telling stories and fostering social change in a rapidly changing media environment. As a veteran of Miramax, a former co-president of Good Machine, a founding co-president of Focus Features, a co-chairman of Universal, and a founder of Lava Bear Films, Linde has supported visionary work by artists such as Ang Lee and Alejandro G. Iñárritu to Zhang Yimou and Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón. This fall alone, Linde will celebrate the release of six films through Participant Media and three through Lava Bear. At Woodstock, he’ll look back on his hugely influential career, as well as forward, sharing insights about his plans for Participant Media to define the next generation of bold, relevant storytelling. 2016 WFF TRAILBLAZER RECIPIENT: INTERVIEWER: Logan Hill writes frequently about arts and culture for many of the world’s best media outlets, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Businessweek, and This American Life. When he’s not writing, he often hosts TimesTalks public conversations and reviews films on the TV show Talking Pictures on Demand. For more information, see loganhill.com.

David Linde is a true visionary who has tirelessly nurtured and furthered the highest quality of film and filmmakers, including such luminaries as Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón. He is CEO of Participant Media, a global company dedicated to media that inspires social change and recently won the Best Picture Oscar for Spotlight. Linde’s career spans production, global distribution and building companies from the ground up, including Miramax Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures (Focus Features’ genre division), and Lava Bear Films. Linde has been recognized for numerous awards, including The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year, General Electric’s Chairman’s Award for Performance Turnaround, the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the 21st Israel Film Festival – Visionary Award, New York Magazine: Best of the Industry Award, and the Gotham Award for Distinguished Achievement, among others.

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ACTORS DIALOGUE Join some of today’s most engaging actors as they chat about their work and their lives PANELISTS:

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Karen Allen is an award-winning film and theatre actor and director. She has starred in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Scrooged, Animal House, The Perfect Storm, The Glass Menagerie, The Wanderers, Shoot the Moon, Until September, A Small Circle of Friends, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt, and most recently A Year By the Sea, as well as many television films and series. Allen has worked as an actor in theatre on and Off Broadway for 30 years and as a director the last 10, with productions of Moonchildren, Extremities, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and the Obie Award-winning Ashville. She has just completed directing her first film, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud, based on a Carson McCullers’ story. Allen is on the faculty of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and a member of the Actor’s Studio.

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Martha Frankel is the Executive Director of Woodstock Bookfest and the host of Woodstock Booktalk. For more info, visit www.marthafrankel.com. Alia Shawkat is best known for her role as Maeby Funke on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning series Arrested Development. She continues to be a highly sought after young actress in both film and television. Shawkat will appear next starring in TBS’ dark comedy series Search Party, which will premiere November 21st. Other recent TV credits include: IFC’s Portlandia, HBO’s Getting On, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and the Emmy-nominated Drunk History. Her career began at age 11 with her feature film debut as a young Iraqi child in David O. Russell’s Three Kings, opposite George Clooney. Additional feature credits include The Intervention, Adam Green’s Aladdin, Green Room, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, The Final Girls, The To-Do List, The Oranges, Whip It, and Amreeka, among others. Off screen, she is a talented jazz singer, pianist and accomplished painter and illustrator.

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TELLING THEIR STORIES Fiction filmmaking begins with a great script; documentary filmmaking begins with a great subject. Spending time with your subject, peeling back the layers to find something close to “truth,” is a complex and rewarding process. With the advent of cheap, light, portable, high-quality cameras and a myriad of new viewing platforms, it is the golden age of documentary filmmaking. A young filmmaker anywhere in the world can pick up a camera, film what they care about, share it with the world, inspire and empower others. Documentary film opens doors into worlds we normally have no access to, opens windows into the hearts and minds of others. As the great documentarian Albert Maysles put it, “As you watch a film, you are, in effect, in the shoes of another individual. What a privilege to have that experience.” The craftsmanship and artistry of documentary directors surprises us in new ways every day, as they weave in animation, humor, experiment with genre, voice, and hybrid forms, giving us new eyes to change the way we see the world. “What’s great about documentary,” said Errol Morris, “is that it can be experimental filmmaking. You have a license to do a lot of diverse things under the umbrella of “documentary.”

Moderator Nancy Abraham is Senior Vice President of Documentary Programming for Home Box Office. She is responsible for the development and production of HBO Documentary Films that have garnered numerous awards over the years, including Primetime Emmy Awards, News and Documentary Emmy Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, the Alfred I. DuPont Award, and the Academy Award. Prior to joining the documentary division in 1995, Abraham was director of film acquisition for HBO, acquiring feature films and other programs for HBO’s international channels, and she spent three years in Budapest as Director of Programming for HBO Hungary. Prior to that, Abraham worked at Bravo Cable Network in both acquisition and production capacities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Vassar College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Panelists: Roger Ross Williams’ directorial debut, Music by Prudence, won the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short. He is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams’ next feature documentary, God Loves Uganda, was shortlisted for a 2014 Academy Award. He has several projects in development, including a feature documentary about the prison industrial complex with CNN Films. His latest film, Life, Animated, won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Directing Award. Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian. He has produced films for HBO and directed several episodes of American Masters for PBS, as well as two installments of Eyes on the Prize. He teaches at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are Emmy-nominated filmmakers known for crafting deft and cinematic journeys through unexpected territory. Each project tracks new landscape – from criminal injustice in the American South, to Darfur, to stand up comedy and celebrity culture – but all are centered on unforgettable people and their remarkable experiences. They have been recognized with a 2008 Alfred I. duPont Award for broadcast journalism, A Lifetime Achievement Award from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Best Female Filmmakers Award-San Diego Film Festival, Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award and Lena Sharpe/Women in Cinema Persistence of Vision Award–Seattle International Film Festival. Their films include In My Father’s House, Knuckleball!, Burma Soldier, Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work, The Emmy-nominated The Devil Came On Horseback and the Emmy nominated The Trials of Darryl Hunt. Their film Marathon: Patriots Day Bombing is screening at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Olha Onyshko is a documentary filmmaker and media producer in the Washington, DC-metropolitan area. Onyshko began her career as a broadcast journalist in Lviv, Ukraine, where Annie Sundberg she was also active in political campaigns for newly independent Ukraine. Later in Kyiv she worked on educational campaigns advocating for democracy, market economy and human rights. After moving to the US in 2002, Onyshko turned to documentary filmmaking. Her debut documentary, Three Stories of Galicia, depicted humanism in the midst of horrors and atrocities during and after World War II. It screened in twelve countries and caused a stir regarding historic memory and its role in the current events. Her film Women of Maidan is screening at the Woodstock Film Festival.

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PANELS INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS: FEMINISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

From the Old Testament to modern times, law and culture in the Middle East has primarily been controlled by men, with women relegated to “outsider” status even when they’re born and raised in the region. Enabled in part by social and media access, a rising tide of feminism is changing the conversation. Women have joined forces with each other, and sometimes with outsiders, to expand the dialogue. In some cases, like in the Woodstock film The Promised Band, outsiders and female insiders joining forces is an effective combination for magnifying the female voice: both groups offer legitimization to each other in the face of active campaigns to minimize and discredit their mutual stories and perspectives. Progress is happening, but there are still many obstacles, including occasional violent opposition. Join our panel of female artists, academics and activists from or working in the region (particularly Israel and Palestine) for a frank conversation about how things have been, and where, with continued accessibility, they may be going.

Moderator Dr. Holly Shaw Director, UN DPI Executive Committee; Vice Chair, UN NGO Committee on Mental Health; Co-Convener, Working Group on Refugee & Immigrant Mental Health; representing The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) to the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI; Associate Professor, Adelphi University, College of Nursing and Public Health.

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Panelists: Martina Radwan is a native German with Syrian roots, now based in NYC. She’s been the cinematographer for awardwinning documentaries and features for over a decade. Saving Face, the 2012 Academy Award Winner for Short Documentary about the fight for justice after women suffer acid attacks in Pakistan, earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in 2013. Her recent work includes The Eagle Huntress, Watchers of the Sky and Through A Lens Darkly. She directed two successful shorts, Spring in Awe, and Aliens Among Us, and is currently directing and producing her first feature-length doc about her involvement with three homeless Mongolian teenagers and the complicated relationship between filmmaker and subjects. Olga M. Davidson earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and is on the faculty of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Boston University, where she has served as Research Fellow since 2009. Previously, she was Chair of the Concentration in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. Since 1999, she has been Chair of the Board, Ilex Foundation. She is the author of Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings and Comparative Literature and Classical Persian Poetry, Bibliotheca Iranica: Intellectual Traditions Series, both of which have been translated into Persian and distributed in Iran. Her articles have appeared in Ferdowsi’s Shâhnâm, The Bulletin of the Asia Institute, Journal of the American Oriental Society and Epic and History.

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Lina Qadri was born in Kuwait from a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father. She studied fine arts and graduated from AN Najah in Nablus City, Palestine. She is a current MA gender and development student at Birzeit University. Viki Ausender was born in Rehovot, Israel, to immigrant parents from the Soviet Union. She received her Masters in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,and currently lives in Tel Aviv, where she serves as the Head of the Capital Markets desk for Calcalist, Israel’s leading economic daily. She is a Captain in reserve for the IDF. Jen Heck completed her MFA at Columbia University’s film program, in 2009. She has had work at major film festivals including Sundance, The Hamptons and Palm Springs, at museums including the Whitney (Biennial 2004, with Eve Sussman) and MoMA, and on networks including MTV, HGTV, Bravo, and VH1. She has won awards at festivals for her short narrative films Airplanes and Salamander, both photographed by Martina Radwan. She currently works as a documentary and reality TV producer/ director in New York.

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WOODSTOCK AREA

Just 90 miles from New York City, Woodstock is a center for the arts, culture and alternative lifestyles, with eclectic shopping and great restaurants. The town - known for its writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, and other creative folk - first gained notoriety in the early 1900s when residents were greeted by the arrival of freethinking bohemians and city dwellers. The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, founded at the turn of the century by artisan philosophers to create a Utopian Society based on the arts and crafts, continues as an active artists’ colony with a year-round presence. Woodstock has a busy and lively town filled with delicious eateries and funky stores. It is a great location to stay, as it is the hub of most festival activities. For LODGING & DINING info, vist our travel info page at woodstockfilmfestival.com

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BEARSVILLE THEATER (films) 261 Tinker Street Woodstock, NY 12498 845.679.4406 www.bearsvilletheater.com

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION & MUSEUM (filmmaker lounge)

UPSTATE FILMS WOODSTOCK (films) 132 Tinker Street Woodstock, NY 12498 845.679.6608 www.upstatefilms.org

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The Woodstock Film Festival is a member of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporate Class Program, which offers discounted rates to visitors. Most importantly, Enterprise RentA-Car has 15 local offices in the Hudson Valley, and will be happy to pick you up from any location when needed! Reservations can be made on their website. Just type in our Corporate ID#-24H6506 to make a reservation. Your three digit pin code is “WOO” or call the National Reservation number at 800.593.0505 with the ID#.

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From NYC & SOUTH: Take the NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) North to Exit 19 (Kingston). Head WEST on Rt. 28 toward Pine Hill. After 5 miles turn RIGHT at the light onto Rt. 375 and go 3 miles into Woodstock! From ALBANY & MASS PIKE: Take NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) South to Exit 20 (Saugerties/Woodstock). Turn LEFT onto Rt. 32, then RIGHT onto Rt. 212. Follow Rt. 212 for 9 miles into Woodstock. Upstate Films Woodstock is located at 132 Tinker Street. The box office is located at 13 Rock City Road. Other venues are located throughout the town (see two mile map pg 105).

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KINGSTON AREA

In Ulster County, Kingston dates back to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. It’s a vibrant city with a rich history and architecture. It was the state’s first capital, and hosts a thriving arts community. The annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards are held at Backstage Studio Productions, a venue that has housed performers, artists, and musicians from all over the world since its opening over 13 years ago. Built in the early 1900s as a vaudeville and movie house, much of the original historical features of the building are still intact.

BSP 323 Wall Street Kingston, NY 12401 845.554.3809 www.bspinfo.net

Just 18 miles from Woodstock, Kingston’s location enables visitors to easily visit both areas during a short stay. For LODGING & DINING info, vist our travel info page at woodstockfilmfestival.com

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The Woodstock Film Festival is a member of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporate Class Program, which offers discounted rates to visitors. Most importantly, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has 15 local offices in the Hudson Valley, and will be happy to pick you up from any location when needed! Reservations can be made on their website. Just type in our Corporate ID#-24H6506 to make a reservation. Your three digit pin code is “WOO” or call the National Reservation number at 800.593.0505 with the ID#.

BY BUS

To Woodstock: Take Trailways from Port Authority to Kingston. This drops you off at the the Trailways bus terminal, 289 Hurley Ave, Kingston, NY 12401, in walking distance from BSP. For schedule, call 800.776.7548 or visit www.trailways.com.

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BY CAR TO BSP 323 WALL STREET, KINGSTON, NY 12401

From Woodstock: Take Rt. 375 towards

Rt. 28. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 28 East. Continue 6 miles. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Washington Ave. Turn left onto N Front Street. Turn right at Green Street. Turn left onto John Street. Turn left at Wall St. BSP Lounge will be on the left. From NYC: Take the NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) North to Exit 19 (Kingston). At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Washington Ave. Turn left onto N Front St. Follow direction as stated above.

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To Rhinecliff/Rhinebeck: Take the

Empire Service Line from Penn Station to Rhinecliff-Kingston. Monday through Friday, the DUCK trolley transports visitors into Rhinebeck. On weekends, a cab is your best bet, and Rhinebeck Taxi is conveniently located at the train station or rent a car from Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, which will meet you at the train station.

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HOST TOWNS - RHINEBECK RHINEBECK

RHINEBECK AREA

Located in Dutchess County, Rhinebeck is easily reachable by car and public transportation and offers relaxed yet sophisticated country living with its myriad of shops, antique stores, restaurants, and cultural venues-including Upstate Films. Since 1972, UPSTATE FILMS, a non profit organization, has demonstrated a commitment to film as a medium of social communication and aesthetic experience. The Hudson River National Historic Landmark District, in which Rhinebeck is located, has been home to scions of business and industry, presidents and statesmen who built their mansions along the Hudson River. Located 18 miles from Woodstock, across the Hudson River, Rhinebeck’s location enables visitors to easily visit both areas during a short stay. For LODGING & DINING info, vist our travel info page at woodstockfilmfestival.com

UPSTATE FILMS I & II 6415 Montgomery St. Rhinebeck, NY 12572 866.FILM.NUT 845.876.2515 www.upstatefilms.org

H o w To G e t To R h i n e b e c k BY CAR: From Woodstock, Ulster County & west side of Hudson River: Take Rt. 375 towards Rt. 28. Turn LEFT onto Rt. 28.

Merge onto US-209 N toward Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Go over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, continue straight to second traffic light. Turn right onto Route 9G. At first light turn right onto Route 9. Go straight into the center of Rhinebeck. Theater is at 6415 Montgomery Street/Route 9 next to Foster’s Coach House Restaurant. From South, also west side of Hudson: Go over the MidHudson Bridge to Route 9 North. Go approx. 12 miles to center of Rhinebeck. Theater is north of traffic light at 6415 Montgomery Street/Route 9 next to Foster’s Coach House Restaurant, across from Rhinebeck Savings Bank.

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BY BUS:

Take the Shortline Bus from Port Authority to Rhinebeck. For schedule call 800.776.7548.

Google: Search for: Upstate Films 6415 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

BY TRAIN: To Rhinecliff/Rhinebeck: Take the Empire Service Line from

Penn Station to Rhinecliff-Kingston. Monday through Friday, the DUCK trolley transports visitors into Rhinebeck. On weekends, a cab is your best bet, and Rhinebeck Taxi is conveniently located at the train station or rent a car from Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, which will meet you at the train station.

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HOST TOWNS - SAUGERTIES SAUGERTIES

SAUGERTIES AREA

In Ulster County, Saugerties is nestled in the Hudson Valley, bordering the Hudson River to the east, and offering views of the Catskill Mountains to the west. The quaint town offers a blend of history, cultural events, arts and has a historic business district with great shops and boutiques.

ORPHEUM THEATER

Saugerties hosted the Woodstock ‘94 music festival, held on the 25th anniversary of the original festival. One of the town’s biggest yearly attractions is HITS – Horseshows In the Sun. It occupies 200 acres of land and has a 10 ring, Olympic-status show facility.

SAUGERTIES PERFORMING ARTS FACTORY

Just 10 miles from Woodstock, Saugerties location enables visitors to easily visit both areas during a short stay. For LODGING & DINING info, vist our travel info page at woodstockfilmfestival.com

Saugerties Performing Arts Factory was created by resurrecting an abandoned industrial complex in Saugerties, NY. With beautiful grounds and 21,000 square feet of interior space, it is a coveted venue for art, music, film, and stage productions.

156 Main Street Saugerties, NY 12477 845.246.6561

169 Ulster Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477 845.246-7723 www.saugerties performingartsfactory.com

H o w To G e t To S a u g e r t i e s BY CAR From Woodstock: Take Route 212 east for ten miles. At light,

turn right on Market Street. Turn left on Main Street and go one and a half block to orpheum Theater.

From NYC: Take the NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) to Exit 20 (Saugerties). Turn onto Route 212 East until Market Street. Turn left on Main Street and go one and a half block to orpheum Theater.

AUTO RENTAL

The Woodstock Film Festival is a member of the Enterprise RentA-Car Corporate Class Program, which offers discounted rates to visitors. Most importantly, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has 15 local offices in the Hudson Valley, and will be happy to pick you up from any location when needed! Reservations can be made on their website. Just type in our Corporate ID#-24H6506 to make a reservation. Your three digit pin code is “WOO” or call the National Reservation number at 800.593.0505 with the ID#.

BY BUS

Take Trailways from Port Authority to Saugerties. (the bus does stop in Kingston first.) For schedule, call 800.776.7548.

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HOST TOWNS - ROSENDALE ROSENDALE

ROSENDALE AREA

Rosendale is a rural community with a population of a little over 6,000 people. It is surrounded by many lovely features like the Rondout Creek and Wallkill River, Joppenburgh Mountain, a portion of the Shawangunk Ridge, The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail & Trestle, The Binnewater Lakes and many charming neighborhoods and villages. Its quaint main street includes delightful eateries, lovely shops and its very own Rosendale Theatre.

ROSENDALE THEATRE 408 Main St, Kingston, NY 12401 845.658.8989 www.rosendaletheatre.org

The Rosendale Theatre Collective is dedicated to preserving the historic Rosendale Theatre and enhancing the cultural life and economic vitality of Rosendale and Ulster County through film, the performing arts, and educational programming. Just 20 miles from Woodstock, Rosendale’s location enables visitors to easily visit both areas during a short stay. For LODGING & DINING info, vist our travel info page at woodstockfilmfestival.com

H o w To G e t To R o s e n d a l e BY CAR: From Woodstock: Take Route 375 to Route 28 East. Go 5 miles

to Roundabout. Take first exit (Washington Avenue). *Go straight on Washington Avenue to end and turn right onto Route 32. Go about 6 miles and turn right (just before bridge) to Main Street in Rosendale. Theater is on right (parking in rear).

From NYC: Take the NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) to Exit 19 (Kingston). Take the second exit (Washington Avenue). Followabove directions*.

AUTO RENTAL

The Woodstock Film Festival is a member of the Enterprise RentA-Car Corporate Class Program, which offers discounted rates to visitors. Most importantly, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has 15 local offices in the Hudson Valley, and will be happy to pick you up from any location when needed! Reservations can be made on their website. Just type in our Corporate ID#-24H6506 to make a reservation. Your three digit pin code is “WOO” or call the National Reservation number at 800.593.0505 with the ID#.

BY BUS

Take Trailways from Port Authority to Rosendale. For schedule, call 800.776.7548.

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PRICES  Tickets ordered online or by phone between September 21 - October 9, WILL BE SHIPPED to the mailing address provided when ordering.  Student and senior discounts are available with ID at the Box Office.  There are NO REFUNDS or EXCHANGES on tickets without exception.  The best way to order tickets and to see updated schedules, film descriptions and other festival information is online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com  PLEASE NOTE: Tickets ordered online or phone between September 2-26, WILL BE SHIPPED by USPS mail to the mailing address provided when ordering.  All online and telephone orders placed after October 9 must be picked up at the BOX OFFICE at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock.

Walk-Up Orders  Tickets for all venues will be available for purchase at the BOX OFFICE a few days prior to online sales.  The Rosendale Theatre and Upstate Films Rhinebeck may have a select number of tickets available for pre-sale. Please contact them directly.

Telephone Orders  The BOX OFFICE is manned by dedicated VOLUNTEERS who are simultaneously filling out Internet and walkup sales. The phones can get very chaotic and they tend to be busy. If you are calling for tickets, please leave a message on our machine and someone will get back to you.  The last day for telephone orders is October 9.

Day of Event  Tickets are available at the BOX OFFICE until four hours prior to the event. All unsold tickets are then available on the STANDBY line at the screening venue on a CASH ONLY basis.

F U L L F E S T I VA L P A S S E S  Full Festival Passes offer the ultimate Woodstock Film Festival experience. A limited number of these passes are offered.  Full Festival Passes include guaranteed admission for the passholder to all screenings and panels, with priority seating up until 15 minutes prior to the event, entry to all parties, plus souvenirs including a commemorative T-shirt, cap and poster.

 Full Festival Passes entitle entry to the Filmmakers’ Lounge.  Full Festival Passes are $750 and can be purchased online or at the BOX OFFICE.  Full Festival Passes are nontransferable and include a picture ID.  Passes must be picked up at Festival Registration at the Colony Cafe. Badge pick-up instructions will be sent after purchase.

PURCHASING & PICKING UP TICKETS Internet Orders www.woodstockfilmfestival.com Box Office Location 13 Rock City Road Woodstock, NY 12498 (Across from the Chamber of Commerce booth) phone 845.810.0131

Box Office Hours September 21 to October 9 Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

October 10-15 9am-7pm Open everyday

October 16 9am-6pm Please note that all events are subject to change. Check the website to:  Confirm venues and times  Find out what is STANDBY  Read updated information about screenings, events and panels For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

I M P O R TA N T D E TA I L S  Pass and ticket holders MUST arrive 15 minutes prior to screenings or panels to guarantee seating. Empty seats will be sold to those in the standby queue.  NOTE: Tickets ordered online or by phone after October 9 must be picked up at the BOX OFFICE at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock. These tickets will NOT be sent to the venue.

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 A STANDBY line will form for all shows. Five minutes prior to show time, available tickets will be sold on a CASH ONLY basis. Standby queues form no earlier than thirty minutes prior to any event.

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 PLEASE leave plenty of time to pick up pre-ordered tickets at the BOX OFFICE or order online by October 9 to receive your tickets by mail.  When planning your festival schedule, please bear in mind that the driving distances from Woodstock to Rosendale and Rhinebeck are 35 minutes; Woodstock to Saugerties is 25 minutes.

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE Wed 10/12

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

SUNY New Paltz CSB Auditorium

8:15 Liner Notes

Thur 10/13

Bearsville Theater

1:00 3:00 5:30 8:15

Kivalina The Islands and the Whales Magnificent Burden The Confession

1:00 3:30 6:00 9:00

Sensitivity Training My Feral Heart Blind - OPENING NIGHT FILM American Epic: The Sessions

1:00 3:30 6:00 8:30

Halfway The Promised Band Play the Devil Green is Gold

WOODSTOCK Playhouse

Upstate Films WOODSTOCK

ROSENDALE Theatre 7:30 Little Boxes

Upstate Films RHINEBECK I 7:00 Year by the Sea

Upstate Films RHINEBECK II 7:30 Circus Kid

Fri 10/14

Bearsville Theater

12:30 Freedom Runners 2:30 Circus Kid 4:30 Bad Vegan and The Teleportation Machine 7:00 SHORTS: Teen Films 9:15 Stronger than Bullets

Kleinert James Art center WOODSTOCK  PANELS 4:00 PANEL: Producers on Producing

WOODSTOCK Playhouse 1:15 3:45 6:30 9:15

The Last Dalai Lama? Year By The Sea Paint it Black Stray Bullets

WOODSTOCK Community Center 2:15 4:30 7:00 9:15

Shorts: Short Docs Shorts: Animation Shorts: Carbon Shorts: Instinct

10:45 1:00 3:45 6:30 9:30

Girl Flu. Halfway to Zen The Surprise The Drowning The Ticket

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THIRSTY FRIDAY October 14 [film starts at 7PM] at SAUGERTIES Performing Arts Factory

P E R F O R M A N C E

THEY PLAYED FOR THEIR LIVES SATURDAY October 15 [film starts at 11AM] at Woodstock Play House

Survivor FRANK GRUNWALD and his grandson JOHN will give a short performance P E R F O R M A N C E

6:00 American Epic: The Big Bang 9:00 American Epic: Out Of The Many, The One

SAUGERTIES Performing Arts Factory 7:00 Thirsty

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PANEL: MUSIC FOR FILM SATURDAY October 15 [Panel starts at 12PM]

1:30 Clean Hands 4:15 My First Kiss and the People Involved 6:30 Disturbing the Peace 9:00 Gimme Danger

Upstate Films RHINEBECK I 1:30 4:00 6:00 8:45

To Keep the Light Get in the Way Marathon Chronically Metropolitan

2:30 4:30 7:15 9:30

Women of Maidan Monster in the Mind SHORTS: Passion Kivalina

at Kleinert James Art Center Live performance by PAUL CANTELON and LORI SINGER 1 7 T H

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MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY SATURDAY October 15 at Backstage Studio Productions

IN KINGSTON

7:00PM: Cocktail party in Gallery 8:15PM: Seating for awards begins 9:00PM: Award Ceremony

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Upstate Films RHINEBECK II

Monster in the Mind Real Boy Marathon Get in the Way 11:15

Kleinert James Art center WOODSTOCK  PANELS 10:00 PANEL: Master Class With Catherine Hardwicke: Fix It in Prep 12:00 PANEL: Music in Film Sponsored by BMI 2:00 PANEL: Women in Film and Media 4:00 PANEL: Chat with Trailblazer David Linde

WOODSTOCK Playhouse 11:00 1:30 4:15 6:30 9:30

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Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES

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They Played for Their Lives Neruda SHORTS: Passion Loving Gimme Danger

WOODSTOCK Community Center 12:00 2:15 4:30 6:45 9:00

Shorts: Short Docs Shorts: Carbon Shorts: Jests Shorts: Whispers Shorts: Outsiders

12:30 3:00 6:15 9:00

Junction 48 The Fury Chronically Metropolitan Operator

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Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES 1:15 4:00 6:30 9:00

The Surprise Magnificent Burden Sensitivity Training Bad Vegan and The Teleportation Machine

ROSENDALE Theatre 1:00 3:15 6:00 8:30

Two Trains Runnin’ Play the Devil Green is Gold American Epic Sessions

1:15 2:45 5:30 8:15

The Promised Band God Knows Where I Am Shepherds and Butchers Burn Country

1:45 3:45 6:15 8:45

Freedom Runners The Islands and the Whales Stronger Than Bullets Girl Flu.

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Bearsville Theater

11:30 2:15 5:00 7:30

SHORTS: Animation God Knows Where I Am Two Train Runnin’ Women of Maidan

Kleinert James Art center WOODSTOCK  PANELS 10:00 PANEL: Actor Dialogue 12:00 PANEL: Telling Their Stories 2:00 PANEL: Insiders And Outsiders: Feminism in the Middle East

WOODSTOCK Playhouse 11:45 2:15 5:15 8:00

Little Boxes Shepherds and Butchers Burn Country CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Upstate Films WOODSTOCK 12:00 Rebel Citizen 2:15 To Keep the Light 4:45 My First Kiss and the People Involved 7:15 Clean Hands

WOODSTOCK Community Center 11:30AM Shorts: 2:00 Shorts: 4:00 Shorts: 6:00 Shorts:

Jests Outsiders Whispers Instinct

Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES 12:30 3:00 5:30 8:00

The Last Dalai Lama? The Drowning Paint it Black The Fury

ROSENDALE Theatre 12:00 11:55 2:30 The Ticket 5:00 Junction 48

Upstate Films RHINEBECK I 1:30 Operator 4:00 My Feral Heart 6:30 Halfway To Zen

Upstate Films RHINEBECK II 2:30 They Played For Their Lives 4:30 Halfway 7:15 Real Boy

Upstate Films RHINEBECK II

BSP KINGSTON 7:00 Maverick Awards Cocktail Party 9:00 Maverick Awards

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