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Woods Hole Fest Unveils Line up; Kopple to Join as "Filmmaker-in-Residence"

Indiewire By Sophia Savage | Indiewire June 10, 2010 at 8:52AM

Celebrating its 19th year, the Woods Hole Film Festival revealed its lineup for 2010. From July 31st through August 7th, the Cape Cod event will showcase the work of independent New England filmmakers as well as international features, documentaries and shorts. Documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, a two time Academy Award winner, is this year's Filmmaker-in-Residence and will lead a panel discussion and hold a workshop - both on documentary filmmaking. Her films "Harlan County USA" (1976 Oscar winner), "American Dream" (1990 Oscar winner), "Shut Up and Sing" and "Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson," will also be shown in a retrospective.
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Celebrating its 19th year, the Woods Hole Film Festival revealed its lineup for 2010. From July 31st through August 7th, the Cape Cod event will showcase the work of independent New England filmmakers as well as international features, documentaries and shorts. Documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, a two time Academy Award winner, is this year's Filmmaker-in-Residence and will lead a panel discussion and hold a workshop - both on documentary filmmaking. Her films "Harlan County USA" (1976 Oscar winner), "American Dream" (1990 Oscar winner), "Shut Up and Sing" and "Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson," will also be shown in a retrospective.

Of the 100-plus features and shorts, highlights include "Roots in Water" from Domenica Scorcese, "Feed the Fish" from Michael Matzdoff with stars Tony and Michael Shalhoub, bittersweet comedy "Lebanon, PA", "The Fat Boy Chronicles," and the New England premiere of Garth Donovan's "Phillip The Fossil." Appropriate to Woods Hole, the documentary entries are heavy in the music and environment categories. "Miracle in a Box" from Oscar winner John Korty follows a 1927 grand piano's story, while Elizabeth Lawrence's "Roll Out, Cowboy" looks at a North Dakota cowboy on his Dr. Dre-esque musical tour during the '08 elections, and "Do It Again" tracks reporter Geoff Edger's quest to find the living members of the Kinks in hopes of reuniting them. Along the way, "Do It Again" encounters some of their famous fans, including, Sting and Zooey Deschanel.

Additional events include evening parties, a panel discussions with authors discussing their works being made into films, the family friendly Project Greenscreen (a completely renewable-energy-charged outdoor screening), and Kids Day, which features award-winning animated films from across the globe.

Visit the Woods Hole Film Festival's website for more information.

[Editor's Note: "Phillip The Fossil" screened at the Independent Film Festival of Boston in April. iW regrets the error.]