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iPOP at the Woodstock Film Festival

iPOP at the Woodstock Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Woodstock is a picturesque laid back town about 100 miles north of NYC in the Catskills, providing a relaxed atmosphere for filmmakers and industry to interact with each other and locals who are ravenous consumers of the arts including film and music. Most of the late night parties were mellow and relaxed where stars including Olympia Dukakis, Lili Taylor, and Liev Schreiber could mix casually with guests. Others who could be spotted at the local haunts were Tim Blake Nelson, composer Elmer Bernstein, Bingham Ray from U.A., the crews from ThinkFilm and Wellspring as well as reps from other NY distributors and hordes of Woodstock Film Festival filmmakers, & a host of others. Many directors traveled up to Woodstock for Q&As including "Mudge Boy" director Michael Burke, "Assisted Living" director Elliot Greenebaum, who won best feature at the fest, Ron Mann for his special screening of "Go Further," including its star Woody Harrelson. Not to be missed as well were the lively characters that give Woodstock its fabled charm in the town square. Peace!!










Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein and head programmer Ryan Werner at the Kodak party for filmmakers held near the town of Woodstock on Friday night of the festival.


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Actress Lili Taylor and director Barbara Hammer at the Kodak party hanging out.


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"A Normal Life" co-directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Hugo Berkeley enjoyed the screenings of their film, calling the audiences in Woodstock, "intelligent." They also managed to find the 'secret' swimming hole for a little dip near town.


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Tony Award winning singer/actress Lillias White sat at the bar during the soiree casually chatting with well wishers and friends. White appears in "Pieces of April," which screened during the festival.


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"Mudge Boy" producer Alison Benson, director Michael Burke and producer Elizabeth W. Alexander outside the Tinker Street Cinema following a screening of their film, which won a special mention at the fest for the lead star, Emile Hirsch.


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Following the screening of his film, "Go Further" by Ron Mann, actor Woody Harrelson joined in for a party for the film at a gallery in the town of Woodstock pushing organic living and serving up organic wine and food.


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Sippin' wine, snackin' on tofu with curry sauce at a party for her film "Shelter Dogs," producer Heidi Reinberg and "Power Trip" director Paul Devlin smile brightly at a gallery in town.


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In town in support of their film, "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music," Dana Dowd (daughter of Tom) and her business partner Cindy look sharp during a Woodstock evening crawl.


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At the festival in support of their films, "The Agronomist," "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," "Bus 174," and "The Event," ThinkFilm's David Finkel, Michael Tuckman and Daniel Katz.


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"Assisted Living" director Elliot Greenebaum, Garret Savage, director of short film, "For Food" and Emily from Cowboy Pictures having some down time at the closing night party prior to the awards ceremony. Greenebaum later won for best feature.


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Reigning over the town's square, Grandpa Woodstock proclaims peace and even provides a sharp rebuke to Fashion Week which was going on 100 miles south in NYC.


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Also in the square, an 'inter-faith' display for peace.


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