Wanna Have Lunch With Oscar Winner Melissa Leo?

October 24th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

Well, you can…

Heck, you could also have a luncheon date with Academy Award-winning actor Timothy Hutton (“Leverage,” “Ordinary People,” “The Falcon and the Snowman”) or comedian/actress/author Susie Essman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).

Or maybe lunch isn’t your thing…

Perhaps you’d rather take a NYC acting class with Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Cell”). Or snag a coveted audition in NYC with A-list casting director Ellen Chenoweth (“No Country for Old Men,” “Gran Torino,” “O Brother Where Art Thou”) for an upcoming film. Or maybe you’d simply like to take home the logo-emblazoned suit that documentary director Morgan Spurlock wore on “Conan” when he was promoting his latest film, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”

All of these once-in-a-lifetime events – and more – are currently up for online auction at Charity Buzz, and all of the proceeds will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival, which just wrapped up its 13th annual edition earlier this month.

The bidding for all of these opportunities ends later today (Wednesday, October 24), so act now…


Concerts at the Woodstock Film Festival, 9/21-25/11

September 19th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

The “fiercely independent” Woodstock Film Festival invades Woodstock and surrounding communities this week, and, yeah, there are gonna lots and films of movies – festures, documentaries and shorts – will be screened throughout the fest. Heck, you might even run into a movie star or two – like Melissa Leo, Ellen Barkin and Mark Ruffalo – as you’re strolling the streets between films.

But it’s Woodstock, so, of course, there’s plenty of music on tap at the Woodstock Film Fest, too. Here’s a round-up of some of the concerts that are being held in conjunction with the fest:

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The 2010 Woodstock Film Festival Winners

October 4th, 2010, 3:00 pm by Greg

On Sunday, the Woodstock Film Festival wrapped up five days and nights of movies, movies and nothing but movies. Here are the festival award winners:

WINNER: “Stranger Things,” directed by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal
Honorable Mention: “3 Backyards,” directed by Eric Mendelsohn

WINNER: “Marwencol,” directed by Jeff Malmberg.

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Woodstock Film Festival Flick o’ the Day

October 1st, 2010, 9:59 am by Greg

“Candy came from out on the island…” Lou Reed sang on his classic “Walk on the Wild Side.”

Director James Rasin peels back the make-up for an up-close and personal look at Andy Warhol actress Candy Darling in his new feature-length documentary “Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol Superstar Candy Darling.”

As part of the Woodstock Film Festival – which runs through Sunday -“Beautiful Darling” will be screened at 10pm tonight at Woodstock Town Hall in Woodstock. Tix are $9. Go here for a complete schedule of today’s film screenings.

Woodstock Film Festival Flick o’ the Day

September 30th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

The Woodstock Film Festival kicks into high gear today with screenings of adventurous, independent films being screened at eight different venues throughout Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and New Paltz.

Our recommended Flick o’ the Day at the fest is Kenneth Bowser’s feature-length documentary, “Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune,” which is being screened at the Woodstock Town Hall at 6pm today. Admission is $10.

Here’s the complete schedule for today’s screenings.

Five Fall Faves: Film

September 21st, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

All this week, we’ll be highlighting some of the fall season’s most promising arts, music and entertainment events around Nippertown. Mark your calendars.

Today’s spotlight is on the visual arts:

Woodstock Film Festival @ various locations in and around Woodstock. Wednesday-Sunday, September 29-October 3. Bunches of bunches of cool movies jammed into five days. Possible highlights: “Arias With a Twist: The Docufantasy,” in which gender-bending cabaret performer Joey Arias meets puppet genius Basil Twist; “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky” by musician-director John Cohen; “Stone” starring Edward Norton and Robert De Niro; “Welcome to the Rileys” starring Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini.

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A Film Festival’s Gotta Do What a Film Festival’s Gotta Do

September 1st, 2010, 1:40 pm by Greg

Yeah, we understand that. Really, we do.

But on Saturday, October 2 at its Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony at Backstage Studios in Kingston, the 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival is bestowing its honorary Excellence in Acting Award to…

Keanu Reeves.

All we can say is…

Woodstock Film Festival to Honor Bruce Beresford

August 2nd, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg

Australian director/writer Bruce Beresford will be honored with the Woodstock Film Festival’s Maverick Award at the festival ceremonies this fall.

A talented director of actors, Beresford has directed six stars in Academy Award nominated performances – Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Tess Harper, Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd. In addition, he has been nominated for two Academy Awards himself both as director (1983’s “Tender Mercies”) and screenwriter (1980’s “Breaker Morant”).

Beresford’s additional films include “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Black Robe,” “Double Jeopardy” and “Evelyn.” He is currently in Ulster County filming his upcoming movie “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” with a cast that includes Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chase Crawford.

The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place throughout the Hudson Valley from September 29-October 3, and Beresford will be presented with the award during the Gala Award Ceremony on Saturday, October 2, at BackStage Productions in Kingston.

The Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to an individual whose life and work is based on creativity, independent vision and social activism. Previous recipients include Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi.

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