By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 3, 2009 at 3:56AM
Celebrating its first full decade, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its 10th Anniversary line-up of nearly 100 films, panels, and events, all set to place September 30-October 4 in the arts colony of Woodstock, New York, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.
"As we stand on the cusp of our 10th anniversary, we look back in wonder at all the incredible talents who have come through our doors during these wonderful years," WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein said in a statement. "Each year brings a fresh class of amazing filmmakers who forge new paths and uncover new stories. We are proud to celebrate the extraordinary work of this year's filmmakers and are humbled by their ingenuity and perseverance. Their creativity and dedication illuminates our minds, expands our hearts, and gives us great hope for the future."
From nearly 2000 submissions from around the world, Woodstock's 2009 edition will present 50 premieres, the highest number since the festival's inception in 2000, including 10 World Premieres, 10 U.S. Premieres, 13 East Coast Premieres, and 17 New York Premieres.
"This year we have an exceptionally diverse program, with very high quality films and a number of important premieres, which demonstrates high regard for the Woodstock Film Festival within the industry" said Ryan Werner, WFF's senior programmer, and Vice President of Marketing at IFC Entertainment. "I'm pleased to be involved in the evolution of this very special festival, and look forward to see what we can do with the next ten years."
As previously announced, the festival will open with Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," while Miguel Arteta's "Youth In Revolt" will screen as the festival's centerpiece. The festival's closing night film has yet to be announced.
Other notable additions include Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats," Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's "October Counrty," AJ Schnack's "Convention," Mai Iskander's "Garbage Dreams," and Barbara Kopple's "Woodstock: Now & Then."
The festival also announced that veteran indie producer Ted Hope will be presented the 2009 Trailblazer Award by Christien Vachon at the festival's awards ceremony on Saturday, October 3, joining previously announced honoree Richard Linklater, who will recieve the 2009 Honorary Maverick Award.
A complete list of the Woodstock Film Festival's feature film lineup is available on the next page.
The following is the festival's complete line-up of feature films:
(Untitled) directed by Jonathan Parker
2B directed by Richard Kroehling
Against the Current directed by Peter Callahan
Caprica directed by Jeffrey Reiner
Children of Invention directed by Tze Chun
Dear Lemon Lima directed by Suzi Yoonessi
Don't Let Me Drown directed by Cruz Angeles
Easier with Practice directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
The Eclipse directed by Conor McPherson
Entre Nos directed by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte
Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) directed by Haim Tabakman
Harlem Aria directed by William Jennings
Harmony and Me directed by Bob Byington
Me and Orson Welles directed by Richard Linklater
The Men Who Stare at Goats directed by Grant Heslov
The Messenger directed by Oren Moverman
Motherhood directed by Katherine Dieckmann
The Overbrook Brothers directed by John Bryant
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll directed by Scott D. Rosenbaum
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee directed by Rebecca Miller
Ricky directed by Francois Ozon
Splinterheads directed by Brant Sersen
White On Rice directed by Dave Boyle
Youth in Revolt directed by Miguel Arteta
After the Storm directed by Hilla Medalia
Convention directed by AJ Schnack
Cropsey directed by Joshua Zeman & Barbara Brancaccio
Garbage Dreams, director by Mai Iskander
Junior directed by Jenna Rosher
Mighty Uke directed by Tony Coleman
More Than A Game directed by Kristopher Belman
Neil Young Trunk Show directed by Jonathan Demme
October Country directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher
Racing Dreams directed by Marshall Curry
Shooting Beauty directed by George Kachadorian
The Time of Their Lives directed by Jocelyn Cammack
Those Who Remain directed by Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo
Tiger Next Door directed by Camilla Calamandrei
Trimpin: The Sound of Invention directed by Peter Esmonde
When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors directed by Tom DiCillo
William Kunstler, Disturbing the Universe directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
Without A Home directed by Rachel Fleischer
Woodstock: Now and Then directed by Barbara Kopple.