Woodstock Film Festival 2014: The Biggest Party Yet

10 10 2014


Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. And today brings the annual edition of my post on the Woodstock Film Festival. The 15th annual festival will take place from Oct. 15th to the 19th and will feature a record number of films that have been filmed in the Hudson Valley. And while we still have projects underway in the valley, I will unfortunately miss out on this event as I’m scheduled to work on a feature during the festival. However, I’m confident the staff will still do well and put on a great event.

Wednesday, October 15th

"East Jerusalem/ West Jerusalem." Directed by Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman.

“East Jerusalem/ West Jerusalem.” Directed by Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman.

Opening night usually consists of one screening that is followed by a special event. This year is no different as “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” will kick off the Woodstock Film Festival at the Woodstock Playhouse. Showing at 6pm and 7:30pm, the documentary follows Israeli musician, David Broza. With so much friction between Israelis and Palestinians, Broza put it upon himself to create an album that would utilize the power of music to help bridge the gap between cultural divides. Following the 6pm screening, there will be a Q&A session then a musical performance by David Broza with songs from his album, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.”

Thursday, October 16th

"Late Phases," directed by  Adrián García Bogliano.

“Late Phases,” directed by Adrián García Bogliano. Showing at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on 10/16 @ 7:15pm. Another showing will be at Upstate Films in Woodstock on 10/18 @ 9:30pm.

Now that we’re through opening night, it’s now on to opening day. With more films now showing, one of the films made in the Hudson Valley will finally be seen by the local crowd. Starring Nick Damici, “Late Phases” centers around war veteran, Ambrose Mckinley (Damici). Moving into the community of Crescent Bay, Ambrose eventually finds himself in a terrifying situation as a pattern of violent attacks are discovered to be carried out by beasts that are neither man or animal.

Fun fact to take into account when viewing this film. The crew consisted of Lisa Myers (production designer), Greg Meola (Prop Master), Jesika Farkas (Set Dresser), Emily Carragher (Scripty), Hollis Gilstrap, and many others who live in the Hudson Valley.

Friday, October 17th

"Little White Lie," Directed by Lacy Schwartz.

“Little White Lie,” Directed by Lacy Schwartz. Showing at the Woodstock Playhouse on 10/17 @ 7:45pm. Second screening will be at the Orpheum Theater in Saugerties on 10/18 @ 12pm.

On Friday, another locally produced film to check out is “Little White Lie.” Growing up with a white Jewish family, Lacy faced an identity crisis when it came to understanding her background. Does family of origin or the family that raises us define our identity? In this documentary, Lacy hopes to answer that exact question.

 Saturday, October 18th

"The Sisterhood of Night," directed by Caryn Waechter.

“The Sisterhood of Night,” directed by Caryn Waechter. Showing at the Woodstock Playhouse on 10/18 @ 7pm. Second screening will be at the Rosendale Theater on 10/19 @ 5pm.

Approaching the weekend, you most likely will want to see more of what the festival has to offer. Premiering on this day will be “The Sisterhood of Night.” Shot entirely in Kingston, I was fortunate to be given a few opportunities to work on this film. The movies stars Kal Penn, Kara Hayward, and Georgie Henley as the story centers around a group of girls who form their own secret society within a small town. When the existence of the group is exposed, rumors of what they do sends the town into a frenzy.

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky

Also on the 18th will be the Maverick Awards Gala. Held at the BSP Studio in Kingston, the ceremony will include award winners of the “Best of…” categories as well as honorary recipients. Acclaimed director, Darren Aronofsky, will receive the Honorary Maverick Award and have it presented to him by Jennifer Connelly and Natalie Portman.

Sunday, October 19th

"The Better Angels," directed by A.J. Edwards.

“The Better Angels,” directed by A.J. Edwards.

And here we are. The last day of the Woodstock Film Festival. Closing everything will be “The Better Angels.” Directed by A.J. Edwards, the film centers around the family members who helped shaped Abraham Lincoln into the man he became.

So there you have it. Another brief overview what to see and expect from this upcoming Woodstock Film Festival. Make sure to check out as much as possible and have fun!

tanisha 1

jete 2And before I go, I present two pictures I recently took at Couture Modeling. Both models were shot outside the studio and I was given the challenge of using natural lighting to get good shots. Utilizing only my bounce board for Jete, I was able to get a little bit of fill on her face in the above shot. So I’m happy with the results and I hope you are as well.


Woodstock Film Festival

Couture Modeling




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