FEST: Woodstock Film Festival Kicks Off on Thursday

October 11th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Independent films from all around the world will compete in a dozen categories at the 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival, which launches on Thursday (October 13) and runs through Sunday (October 16).

This year’s world premieres are “Blind,” “Halfway to Zen,” “Magnificent Burden,” “They Played for Their Lives” and “Women of Maidan.” North American premieres are “Clean Hands,” “The Drowning,” “The Fury,” “Stray Bullets,” “Freedom Runners” and “Monster in the Mind.” Films making their U.S. premiere are “Shepherds and Butchers,” “The Confession” and “Stronger Than Bullets.”

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Slated for screening at various locations in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rosendale and surrounding communities, more than 130 narrative features, documentaries, shorts and animations were selected from 2,000 submissions. Countries represented this year are Chile, China, the Faroe Islands, France, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Palestine, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad, Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.

And, as usual, the Woodstock Film Fest boasts a strong selection of films at the intersection of movies and music, including Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger,” his feature documentary chronicling rock proto-punks, the Stooges, which screens at 9pm on Friday at the Rosendale Theatre and at 9:30pm on Saturday at the Woodstock Playhouse.

Winners will be announced at the Maverick Awards Gala on Saturday (October 15) at BSP Lounge in Kingston.

FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, December 31
BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy) and Massry Center for the Arts (Albany), February 24 & 25
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25