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2017 Woodstock Film Festival returns October 11 - 15!

Oh boy, it’s going to take a whole lot of popcorn! That’s because the “Fiercely Independent” 18th Woodstock Film Festival has announced their 2017 line-up and it’s ambitious. They’ll showcase 4 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 20 East Coast Premieres and 10 New York Premieres. You can enjoy screenings, panels, concerts, and special events in 5 towns including Rhinebeck. Detailed information about this 18th annual Film feast can be found below. The box office can be reached at 845-810-0131.

Select highlights of this year's festival include:

  • CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Arthur Miller: Writer, directed by Rebecca Miller
  • CENTERPIECE FILMS: Last Flying Flag, directed by Richard Linklater and The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund
  • MAVERICK AWARD recipient Susan Sarandon; They’ll screen BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY, a 2017 film that Sarandon executive produced.
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AWARD recipient Bill Pullman
  • TRAILBLAZER AWARD recipient Shep Gordon, legendary music manager, film producer and culinary arts visionary and subject of the documentary, SUPERMENSCH: The Legend of Shep Gordon, directed by Mike Myers.
  • SELECT ATTENDEES: Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman, Shep Gordon, Giancarlo Esposito, Rory Culkin, Griffin Dunne, Michael Cristofer, Rebecca Miller, William Horberg, Peter Saraf, Lee Aronsohn, Pamela Koffler, Anne Carey, Richard Rowley, Bob Herbert, Jamie Redford, Sam Pollard, Barbara Kopple, Philippe Petit, and many more.
  • SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN IN FILM AND MEDIA will feature 18 female directors who will present their work (a third of the festival’s offerings!) including the World Premiere of Lisa France's Roll With Me.
  • LGBTQ FOCUS will highlight 6 beautiful films, including the East Coast Premiere of Becks, a film directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell.
  • WORLD CINEMA with a special focus on Dutch Cinema, presenting 10 international feature films, including the US Premiere of Waterboys, directed by Robert Jan Westdijk.
  • FOCUS ON MUSIC will spotlight films featuring music of diverse genres, including the New York Premiere of Michael Berry's subway musical, Stuck, featuring performances by Giancarlo Esposito, Ashanti and others.
  • EXPOSURE programming focuses on films that explore and challenge social, political and environmental themes, such as the New York Premiere Jamie Redford's Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.
  • FILMS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY highlight local ties via locations, filmmakers, and/or actors from this creative hub, including The Strange Ones, directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein.

Full festival pass available online

Tickets for the Maverick Awards Ceremony are available online.

The fiercely independent 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival presents an outstanding lineup of films to be shown in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. 

To kick off the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, there’s a live performance by operatic soprano Sarah Joy Miller, star of the short film A Hand of Bridgefollowed by the East Coast premiere of Stuck, a musical narrative about a group of six strangers trapped together on a stalled New York City subway car. The characters confront their assumptions of one another under the scrutinizing eye of a mysterious homeless man played by Giancarlo Esposito. This kickoff begins on Wednesday, October 11 at the Woodstock Playhouse.

The remainder of the films can be found online in the corresponding sections  of NARRATIVE FEATURESDOCUMENTARY FEATURES and SHORTS.

“This year’s lineup is one that challenges our creative and intellectual boundaries and brings important social issues into focus, both locally and globally," said Woodstock Film Festival’s co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "In today's political climate it is particularly important to celebrate our differences and find our commonalities. This year's participating filmmakers have gone above and beyond in capturing diverse moments of humanity that personify fierce independence.” 

The festival presents films selected from 2,000 entries from around the globe. Countries represented include France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA. A majority of the films are screened with the filmmakers and cast/subjects in attendance. 

The Woodstock Film Festival always showcases films shot in the Hudson Valley. These movies include "I Believe in Unicorns," "Little White Lie," "Late Phases" and "The Sisterhood of Night." Locally-produced short films include "The Lipstick Stain," "The Suffering Kind" and "One Armed Man."

Among the films set to be screened are Matthew Broderick in "The American Side" and "Antarctica 3D: On the Edge" by Jon Bowermaster, a Hudson Valley resident known for "Dear Governor Cuomo," a film covering the New York State anti-fracking movement.

Click here to view and download PRE-FESTIVAL PROGRAM

The iconic Woodstock Film Festival was created 2000, and ever since, it’s become one of the foremost regional indie film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide. 

Tickets are available online and by phone, 845-810-0131. The Woodstock Film Festival Box Office at 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock is open thru October 8, Wednesday - Sunday, from 12 noon-6 PM.

  • October 9-14, Daily from 9AM to 7PM
  • October 15,  9AM to 6PM


The Woodstock Film Festival offers you a first look at some of the finest emerging films in the world. Here are the films making their premieres at this year’s festival:

4 World Premieres include the feature films 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music MovieMy Name is PedroRoll With MeTo A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor

5 North American Premieres include the feature films
The Chocolate Case, Cold November; Girl in Flight; The Traveller; Waterboys

1 US Premiere include the feature films Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

20 East Coast Premieres include the feature films Against All Odds- The Fight for a Black Middle Class with Bob HerbertThe Bachelors; The Ballad of Lefty BrownBeanBeauty MarkBecksBecoming Who I WasDon't Come Back from the MoonMary Janes: The Women of WeedNat Bates for MayorThe OrganizerA Real Vermeer; Shingal, Where Are You?; The Song of Sway LakeSubmissionThank You For ComingThey; Time TrapUs And ThemWhat Children Do

10 New York Premieres include the feature films 32 Pills: My Sister's SuicideThe Cycle (America Divided)Happening: A Clean Energy RevolutionHolden OnInfinity BabyLa ChanaThe Light of the MoonStuckA Symphony of Hope; This is Congo

FILM: 'Breaking Bad' actor among Woodstock Film Festival highlights


The 2017 Narrative Features hail from all corners of the world. This year, the festival offers a variety of narratives that are sure to provoke thought and deeply move the audience. Outstanding performances reflect the stories of families dealing with grief and transition; challenge the status quo, and the full range of human experience.

  • The Bachelors, directed by Kurt Voelker
  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe
  • Beauty Mark, directed by Harris Doran
  • Becks, directed by Dan Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh
  • Cold November, directed by Karl Jacob
  • Crash Pad, directed by Kevin Tent
  • Don't Come Back From the Moon, directed by Bruce Thierry Cheung
  • Girl in Flight, directed by Sandra Vannucchi
  • Holden On, directed by Tamlin Hall
  • Infinity Baby, directed by Bob Byington
  • Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater
  • The Light of the Moon, directed by Jessica M. Thompson
  • A Real Vermeer, directed by Rudolf van den Berg
  • Revengeance, directed by Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan
  • The Song of Sway Lake, directed by Ari Gold
  • The Sounding, directed by Catherine Eaton
  • The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund
  • The Strange Ones, directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein
  • Stuck, directed by Michael Berry
  • Submission, directed by Richard Levine
  • They, directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
  • Time Trap, directed by Mark Dennis and Ben Foster
  • The Traveller, directed by Hadi Ghandour
  • Us And Them, directed by Joe Martin
  • Waterboys, directed by Robert Jan Westdijk
  • What Children Do, directed by Dean Peterson

Click here to view and download PRE-FESTIVAL PROGRAM


The 2017 documentary features represent diverse voices of culture and span a wide range of topics and issues, from alternative energy, to artificial insemination, LGBTQ, mental health, Tibetan traditions and law. Prepare to have your world view challenged and expanded through these thought-provoking documentaries.

  • 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide, directed by Hope Litoff
  • 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie, directed by Lee Aronsohn
  • Against All Odds- The Fight for a Black Middle Class with Bob Herbert, directed by Bob Herbert
  • Arthur Miller: Writer, directed by Rebecca Miller
  • Bean, directed by Emilie Bunnell
  • Becoming Who I was, directed by Moon Chang-Yong and Jeon Jin
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, directed by Alexandra Dean
  • The Chocolate Case, directed by Benthe Forrer
  • The Cycle (America Divided), directed by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read and Richard Rowley
  • Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, directed by Jamie Redford
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, directed by Griffin Dunne
  • La Chana, directed by Lucija Stojevic
  • The Last Pig, directed by Allison Argo
  • Mary Janes: The Women of Weed, directed by Windy Borman
  • My Name is Pedro, directed by Lillian LaSalle
  • Nat Bates for Mayor, directed by Bradley Berman and Eric Weiss
  • The Organizer, directed by Nick Taylor
  • The Rape of Recy Taylor, directed by Nancy Buirski
  • Roll With Me, directed by Lisa France
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me, directed by Sam Pollard
  • Shingal, Where Are You?, directed by Angelos Rallis
  • Supermensch, directed by Mike Myers, Beth Aala
  • A Symphony of Hope, directed by Brian Weidling
  • Thank You For Coming, directed by Sara Lamm
  • This is Congo, directed by Daniel McCabe
  • This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, directed by Barbara Kopple
  • To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor, directed by Donna Zaccaro
  • To the Edge of the Sky, directed by Jedd Wider and Todd Wider


Every year, the panels allow for informative conversations with top members of the industry. This year, the panel’s lineup includes:

  • Chat with Shep Gordon – Honorary Trailblazer Award Recipient • Hosted by Ed Gerrard
  • Chat with Susan Sarandon – Honorary Maverick Award Recipient• Hosted by Griffin Dunne
  • Music In Film • Moderated by BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross with Christopher Lennertz, Lucas Richman, Brian Weidling, Christopher Scott “Chris” Brooks
  • Actors Dialogue with Bill Pullman • Hosted by Martha Frankel 
  • Chat with Rebecca Miller – Closing Night Film Director  • Hosted by Logan Hill
  • Through Their Lenses: The American Condition • With Richard Rowley, Jamie Redford, Bob Herbert, and Sam Pollard
  • Ask the Producer • With William Horberg, Pamela Koffler, Peter Saraf, Lee Aronsohn and Anne Carey.

Local spotlight: Sean Rappleyea, a Rhinebeck High School alum and now film producer, returns home for his own film’s screening at Upstate Films on Sunday, October 1. See the screening of "Literally, Right Before Aaron," followed by a Q & A session moderated by Vincent Nugent, a Rhinebeck High School English teacher. Rappleyea holds a BA from Florida’s Full Sail University. He started his career on NBC’s "The Blacklist" before becoming associate producer for Rizk Pictures, a New York City indie production company.

"Literally, Right Before Aaron," is written, directed, produced and edited by Ryan Eggold, who plays Tom Keen on "The Blacklist," stars Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard"), Cobie Smulders ("How I met Your Mother," "The Avengers"), Ryan Hansen ("Party Down"), John Cho ("Star Trek") and Kristen Schaal ("Bob's Burgers"). 

Upstate Films is located at 6415 Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck. Call 845-876-2515; visit http://upstatefilms.org/coming-soon/literally-right-before-aaronhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com

Visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com for the full lineup of films and panel discussions, as well as ticket and venue information.





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