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iW NEWS | “Pride,” “Lucky” and “Genius” to Open 9th Woodstock Film Festival

iW NEWS | "Pride," "Lucky" and "Genius" to Open 9th Woodstock Film Festival

The U.S. premiere of Gavin O’Connor‘s “Pride and Glory,” Mike Leigh‘s “Happy-Go-Lucky” and Marc Abraham‘s “Flash of Genius” will launch the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival October 2nd. Screening at three locations in and near Woodstock, New York, the films are the official openers of the ninth annual event, which will screen 150 films, panels and concerts October 1 – 5. O’Connor’s “Pride and Glory”, starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell is a cop drama screening in Woodstock, while Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” about a free thinking schoolteacher living in North London will screen in nearby Rhinebeck, New York. Opening the WFF in Rosendale, New York is “Flash of Genius,” based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), whose long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, came at a heavy price. “You might say we hit the trifecta of quality films with the diverse slate of our three opening selections, and we are especially pleased to be able to offer the U.S. premiere of ‘Pride and Glory,” commented WFF executive director and co-founder Meira Blaustein in a statement. “For the past several years we have been screening films in Rosendale as well as Woodstock and Rhinebeck, and we have developed a strong following there, so we are delighted to celebrate with a great opening film in Rosendale as well.” [Brian Brooks]

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