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iPOP at the Woodstock Film Festival

iPOP at the Woodstock Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Filmmakers, industry and the otherwise film addicted turned out for the 5th annual Woodstock Film Festival over the weekend. Among the attendees were filmmaker Mira Nair, who was presented with a Career Achievement Award, presented to her by singer Peter Gabriel (who was there with daughter Anna, maker of a short doc on rocker). Of course, it wouldn't be a film festival without parties, and there were plenty. If that weren't enough, many in the crowd (including a good number of NY film industry members -- and of course iPOP) hung out at Marian's, a local bar that became the unofficial festival late-night romp...and what a r-o-m-p it was...!




Singer Peter Gabriel showed up in Woodstock to hang out at the festival and to present "Monsoon Wedding" director Mira Nair with the festival's annual Honorary Maverick Award on Saturday night. Woodstock itself has its share of distinguished residents and celebs (and other unique individuals), so someone like Gabriel can mix rather informally. During her acceptance speech, Nair thanked the festival and then urged the audience and Americans in general to vote for peace and change (read between the lines, Dump Bush!)


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Actor Sam Rockwell ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind") showed up at the Kodak filmmakers party on Friday night giving iPOP a cute little pose, and unveiling his new 'stache. Rockwell attended Woodstock to participate in the Actors Dialogue with other colleagues including Lily Taylor. He traveled with indieWIRE up to the fest on the train from NYC, but he missed the stop, and had to wait for another south-bound train at the next station, but eventually found his way...


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Filmmaker Sascha Paladino hanging with his brother Bela Fleck at the Kodak party. Sascha directed a short film about his brother, a distinguished banjo player, and double bass virtuoso partner Edgar Meyer. The film, "Obstinato: Making Music for Two" received an enthusiastic Applause at a packed house earlier that night, and we were so very happy to attend the screening, although iPOP got trapped in the rain afterward. Bela and Edgar also played a show at Woodstock the previous night.


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Woodstock festival director Meira Balustein and festival co-programmer Tom Quinn (from Magnolia Pictures) hanging out at the Kodak party Friday night. Bela Fleck also jumped in the picture with the two, but we cropped him out, not that we don't like him, but he already had his picture!


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"Cosmopolitan" director Nisha Ganatra (center) attended the festival along with producer Jen Small and film rep Josh Braun. The trio are pictured here at the festival headquarters tent just outside the main part of the town. Autumn really arrived over the weekend, and the tent was pretty damn cold, although that didn't hinder attendees (or iPOP) from hanging out there and gobbling up some free sandwiches, coffee, and cookies.


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Jem Cohen chose the deep red backdrop of the cinema in Rhinebeck (near Woodstock) for his iPOP photo following the Saturday afternoon screening of his latest film, "Chain." Rhinebeck was quite a change from Woodstock...a little less eccentric, and expensive stores (not to mention cell phone service). We even noticed a white Mustang (with red trim and white interior) with a Bush-Cheney bumper sticker, although most of the election paraphernalia we noticed was still for Kerry-Edwards.


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Chilling out all bundled up at the festival Headquarters are director of the festival crowd-pleaser "Elephant Shoes", Christos Sourligas (right) and the film's costar, Greg Shamie.


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"Trollywood" director Madeleine Farley and producer Houston King (center) came over to introduce themselves at the festival HQ. Naturally, it became a perfect iPOP occasion. Their film, which premiered in Berlin about homelessness with a focus on Hollywood, was a favorite of iW editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez, so here's some iPOP thumbs up... Joining in on the fun is Woodstock programmer Ryan Werner, who was busy at the fest and with his day job at Wellspring. He even managed to travel back to an important NYFF screening 90 miles south in NYC, returning the same day to Woodstock for fest duties. (What a hard worker! No wonder he makes it in iPOP a lot, although not nearly as often as some people say he does).


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Entertainment attorney Steven Beer (center) introduced iPOP to "The Definition of Insanity" directors Robert Margolis (right) and Frank Matter. Beer is also an amateur hockey player, but was missing a game To attend the festival.


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Magnolia Pictures head Eamonn Bowles (right) with Jason Janego, who recently joined the Magnolia team after working at Miramax. The two were hanging out at Marian's, which was frequented by many festival attendees following the official parties. The last night, however, became a bit of a brawl when some locals decided to forgo Woodstock's usual adherence for peace and love, and decided to get drunk and fight. Still, it was a fun night...


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