Tuesday, October 23, 2007

8th Woodstock Film Festival

Since today I’m in a New York mood let me share with you some information about another NY film festival that was held from October 10 to the 14, 2007. This festival describes itself as “fiercely independent” and like a famous concert that happened many years ago is held in Woodstock and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Hunter and Rosendale. These are the winners.

Honorary Maverick Award: Christine Vachon
Honorary TrailBlazer Award: Ted Sarandos
Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative: AUGUST EVENING by Chris Eska
Audience Award winner for Narrative Feature: THE LIVING WAKE by Sol Tryon
Best Editing for a feature narrative: IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS by Alex Holdridge

Because in this festival there were some not common movies I’m listing all the Narrative Features that were shown.

3 Americas, Cristina Kotz Cornejo, USA and Argentina, 2007
American Fork, Chris Bowman, USA, 2007
August Evening, Chris Eska, USA, 2007 (seems very interesting for the way the movie is done)
The Cake Eaters, Mary Stuart Masterson, USA, 2007 (her directorial debut! could be interesting)
Chicago 10, Brett Morgen, USA, 2007
Choose Connor, Luke Eberl, USA, 2007 (political thriller… hmm!)
Dark Matter, Chen Shi-Zheng, USA, 2007 (Starring Meryl Streep -director is a former opera star in China… interesting, but the story is not that appealing to me Iowa U killings)
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Julian Schnabel, France and USA, 2007
Grace is Gone, James Strouse, USA, 2007 (drama with John Cusack)
The House is Burning, Holger Ernst, Germany and USA, 2006
I’m Not There, Todd Haynes, USA, 2007
In Search of Midnight Kiss, Alex Holdridge, USA, 2007 (shot in b/w candid look at love… hmm)
Lars and the Real Girl, Craig Gillespie, USA, 2007
Let Them Chirp Awhile, Johathan Blitstein, USA, 2007
Liberty Kid, Ilya Chaiken, USA, 2007
The Living Wake, Sol Tryon, USA, 2007 (dark comedy… hmm)
Neal Cassady, Noah Buschel, USA, 2006 (biopic about the Beat Generation launcher)
Reservation Road, Terry George, USA, 2007
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, Tony Stone, USA, 2007 (low budget epic about two Vikings in 1007 AD, sounds very nice!)
Superheroes, Alan Brown, USA, 2007
Trigger Man, Ti West, USA, 2007
Bajo la Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon), Patricia Riggen, USA, 2007 (starring America Ferrera… hmm, drawback: here is Eugenio Derbez)

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As I’m a sixties/seventies consequence (he he) I’m sharing with you the official poster of this festival done by Peter Max… gee, I still remember I was crazy about his work when I was a very, very young! Okay, someone just told me to write here that I attended Woodstock -the concert-... but as many if not all that were there most of the time I was not that conscious, so I tend to forget about it. lol!

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