Celebrating 14-years of innovative filmmakers and filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 6th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.
The festival which is featuring 25 world premieres, includes such special events such as the Kick-Off Screening with Dick Fontaine's Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes with Sonny Rollins as the special guest and a performance by The JD Allen Trio. In addition, the inaugural keynote speech will be delivered by Slava Rubin, the CEO of Indiegogo.
WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us this morning for a preview.
GHOST The Musical kicks off its National Tour on the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on Saturday, September 14th. The musical features an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.
Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.
Bruce Joel Rubin joins us to talk about his film and his work adapting it for the stage.
The first Beacon Independent Film Festival will be held at University Settlement Camp in Beacon, NY September 13 ̶15. Founded by Beacon resident Terry Nelson, the Beacon Independent Film Festival celebrates filmmaking and the act of watching films with others in your community.
The festival will showcase an array of emerging filmmakers both local and international and offerings will consist of short and feature length independent films that audiences might not otherwise have the opportunity to see.
The festival will open with a screening of “Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm,” and a music video and performance by Stephen Clair Trio. Afore mentioned festival founder, Terry Nelson, joins us to tell us more.
John Badham has directed more than 39 feature-length productions and many television shows over a career that has earned him Academy Award nominations and helped launch John Travolta as a major star.
He has directed everything from action films (Point of No Return, Blue Thunder) to comedies (Short Circuit, WarGames) and dramas (Whose Life Is It Anyway?, American Flyers)—and of course, Saturday Night Fever.
The film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, released last year, stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, a young girl living in a southern Louisiana bayou with her father and with the weight of the universe on her small determined shoulders. The film was directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious. The score is by Zeitlin and Dan Romer.
This gorgeous and fantastical film was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. The film’s aforementioned star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture. Zeitlin was nominated for Best Director - for this, his first full-length feature film; and he and Alibar were nominated for best adapted screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.
This Saturday, August 10th, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will present a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild with live score performed by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. This is one of only two scheduled live-score presentations of the film - the first occurring on the 8th at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park.
Over the past decade, producer Lynda Obst gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.
Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine.
Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA is home to America's longest-running dance festival, is a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Their 81st Season continues in Becket, MA through August 25th.
On July 26, the documentary film about Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still, will air nationally on PBS Great Performances. Director of the film, Ron Honsa filmed interviews and performances at The Pillow over the course of several seasons.
The thesis of Girl Rising is simple: educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change. Every day, millions of girls wake to a world that does not see them. But dollar for dollar, they are the best investment in the developing world.
Girl Rising tells the stories of nine real girls from around the world - girls in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Egypt, Peru, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Sierra Leone. A female writer from each country has written the girl’s story and in the film, each vignette is narrated by an esteemed actress - including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Kerry Washington. That’s 9 countries, 9 girls, 9 writers, and 9 actresses. In between each girl’s story, the filmmakers share statistical information in an engaging manner and those presentations are narrated by Liam Neeson.
The closing night film of the 8th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival is Noah Baumbach’s latest, Frances Ha. It was co-written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig - who stars. Some of the other perfectly cast actors in the modern black-and-white comedy are Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Esper, Michael Zegen, Charlotte D’Amboise, and Grace Gummer.
Noah Baumbach’s previous films include Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg. He worked with Wes Anderson on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Fantastic Mr. Fox and co-wrote the screenplay for the Dreamworks animated film, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
Frances Ha will screen at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday, June 2nd at 7pm. Both Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig will be in attendance for a Q&A moderated by artist and Berkshire resident Gregory Crewdson.
Tom Donahue’s documentary, Casting By, takes us through the last 50 years of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective -- that of the casting director. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped to put an end to the studio system and usher in a new Hollywood. They broke away from traditional typecasting and brought actors like James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Gene Hackman to the screen.
Tom Donahue combines personal narratives from actors, directors, and casting directors with extensive archival material to reconstruct the untold tale of Hollywood’s most invisible and unheralded profession.