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Woodstock Sets Slate for 4th Annual Fest

Woodstock Sets Slate for 4th Annual Fest

Woodstock Sets Slate for 4th Annual Fest

by Eugene Hernandez

Denys Arcand’s “Barbarian Invasions” from Miramax will have its U.S. premiere at the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival. Image courtesy of the festival.

The 2003 Woodstock Film Festival unveiled plans for its fourth annual event on Monday night with a celebration at Manhattan’s Knitting Factory. As previously announced, the festival will kick-off at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woostock on September 18 with a screening of Peter Hedges’ “Pieces of April” from United Artists. At the same time in nearby Rhinebeck, the festival will offer a special screening of John Sayles’ latest, “Casa De Los Babys” from IFC Films. The event will run through September 21st.

“The indie film community has been incredibly responsive to what we’ve accomplished,” said Meira Blaustein, who co-founded the Woodstock Film Festival with her partner Laurent Rejto, in a prepared statement. “We have another solid line-up of extraordinary work by a wide array of filmmakers who are outrageously talented. To showcase all this great work, we’ve expanded into communities with great cinemas and created a series of micro-cinemas along the way.”

Ryan Werner, head of theatrical distribution at Palm Pictures, returned as head programmer of the Woodstock Film Festival this year, selecting a roster of more than 130 films for the event.

Actor Woody Harrelson has been tapped to receive the Honorary Maverick Award in Woodstock this year. The actor is profiled in Ron Mann’s doc “Go Further,” which will have its East Coast premiere at the festival. Notably, Woodstock will feature the U.S. premiere of Denys Arcand’s “Les Invasions Barbares” (Barbarian Invasions) at the 2003 fest, from Miramax. It will also offer the world premiere of Cindy Baer’s “Purgatory House.” Among the movies set for special screenings are Lone Scherfig’s “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself,” which will be released this fall by ThinkFilm, Liz Garbus’ doc “Girlhood,” and Michael Almereyda’s “This So Called Disaster” from IFC Films.

Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stars in John Sayles “Casa De Los Babys” from IFC Films which will screen on the opening night of Woodstock. Image courtesy of the festival.

Among the narrative films in competition are “Assisted Living” by Elliot Greenebaum; “Coney Island Baby” by Amy Hobby (New York premiere); “Crude” by Paxton Winters (East Coast premiere); “Love Object” by Robert Parigi; “Milk and Honey” by Joe Maggio; “Milwaukee, Minnesota” by Alan Mindel, (New York premiere); “The Mudge Boy” by Michael Burke; and “Piggie” by Alison Bagnal, (East Coast premiere). While the documentary features in competition include: “Long Gone” by Jack Cahill and David Eberhardt; “Tom Dowd and the Language of Music” by Mark Moormann (Focus on Music); “Bukowski: Born Into This” by John Dullahgan; “A Boy’s Life” by Rory Kennedy; “The Boys of 2nd Street Park” by Dan Klores and Ron Berger; and “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Kim Bartley & Donnacha O’Briain (East Coast premiere).

The Woodstock’s fest’s special focus on music will include a screening of Marc Levin’s “Godfathers And Sons” from Martin Scorsese’s seven part Blues series. Also screening will be Ruth Oxenberg’s “Bluegrass Journey,” Bill Fishman’s “My Dinner With Jimi,” and Mark Moormann’s “Tom Dowd and the Language of Music,” which was recently acquired by Palm Pictures.

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