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Director Biography: Viktor Hertz is a freelance graphic designer from Uppsala, Sweden, born in Uppsala, Sweden. He is now living in Stockholm, working with clients both locally and abroad; some of them include Ray-Ban, Greenpeace, Christie’s and IKEA. He is also working on lots of personal projects, often inspired by pop art culture. His posters are being sold all over the world. Recently, Viktor has also started to write and direct short films. Previous festival screenings (selection) Director Bio: Zahara Jafari was born in 1971 in nagada in Azerbaijan province. she started her career with making short films in the Iranian Youth Cinema Society in 1993 and by working as a script supervisor in the cinema industry. Meanwhile she made several short films including “The Story of a Teacher” which brought her the silver Unica medal in Poland. Director Statemen: I left grad school with some good short films, festival laurels, and even some trophies. I had a feature script that was hot, I got a great casting director, and we were off and running. I locked in two name actors as the leads, had money promised to me, and spent 9 months in holding patterns. After two different financiers backed out, the plug was pulled on my film. I had around $37k left in the bank after spending over $20k in casting and prepro fees on my failed film. I decided I wasn’t going to try and get names, I wasn’t looking for half a mill in budget, I was a filmmaker and I needed to make a film. I wrote a script that came from the bottom of my heart. I’m not sure where exactly, but somewhere buried deep down. I was able to make the film for a production budget of >$50k. I have an incredible cast of actors, some of which rehearsed for months on end. I have an amazing team both above and below the line. This really was a special experience, and many people are very proud for what we were able to accomplish. Our renowned experts and best-selling authors include: Director Biography: TAWNY SORENSEN, a proud New Yorker, received her BA in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School/ New School for Drama. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, she has performed in television and film and on many stages throughout New York City. Upcoming projects include David Spaltro’s feature “Wake-Up in New York” and an outrageously funny web series “This is Gluten Free” in which she has a recurring role. She also recently performed in live performances of Adult Swim’s “The Jack & Triumph Show.” In addition to acting, she began writing in 2008 with her works produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Short Play Lab in New York City. “Covered” is based on a one-minute play she wrote for Spare Change Theatre Company. Her award-winning film “The Cat’s Cradle” is currently playing on the festival circuit. It has received 17 Official Selections, 4 nominations, and 3 wins. Director Biography: Matthew Spaull is an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Film & Animation and Producer at Content Central, a production company based in Rochester, NY. He has been a 6 time Telly award winner, Cine Golden Eagle Finalist, and Student Academy Award Finalist. Director’s Biography: A second year animation student at the University for the Creative Arts, currently living in Farnham, Surrey. Originally from Sunderland, in the North East of England. Specializing in 2D animation using Adobe After Effects. Storyline: China is the name of a young American of Spanish and Chinese origin and photographer by profession. She has recently suffered the loss of her family. Gripped by loneliness, she decides to start on a trip to Spain; a journey that will give back to her the memory of her father. Her escape increasingly brings her closer to nature, to the Spanish people and their land. Her feelings and her gaze also evolve as time goes by. As she gradually matures, she finds herself in a journey where she has to overcome particularly hard times, even coming very close to death. However, she also finds help and understanding which motivate her to overcome her grief and to find her roots. As an artist she initiates a new, more profound path; a gaze that unites her parents and is portrayed in the pictures she takes. If at the beginning of her trip China felt alone for the loss of her family, at the end of it she succeeds in gaining a new family that gives meaning to her life. Director Biography Mercedes Gaspar: In September 2011 the Plataforma de Nuevos Realizadores (New Filmmakers Platform) dedicated a tribute and a book to her filmaking trajectory. She studied Geography and History, Audiovisual Communication with specialization in Image and Sound, Stage Management (RESAD), Filmmaking in the Instituto Oficial de Radio y Televisión, and Music Theory and Piano in the Real Conservatorio de Zaragoza. She has worked as director in Spanish TV (TVE), and invited lecturer in different Universities and Film and TV Institutes. She is producer, writer and director. She writes short stories, poetry, and theater, which she also directs, and has made video art and photography exhibitions in museums and art galleries. She was part of amateur theater groups, and her film career started making movies costumes, and then entering into production equipment and management. Director Biography:
IROQUOIS POWER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Video documentary October 8th at 6PM
Art Society of Kingston (ASK)
97 Broadway, Kingston, NY
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* WISDOM FOR THE FUTURE: The Haudenosaunee aka Iroquois tell us what is needed to prevent extinction. Natural law prevails.
* PRINCIPLES OF THE PEACEMAKER: Chief Jake Swamp opens Woodstock’s 25th Anniversary Festival with a traditional GIVING OF THANKS.
The Iroquois originally thought the whites would become like them.They were disappointed that white men stood for God, Glory & Gold.
* IROQUOIS GOVERNMENT: Comparing Greece and Magna Carta to the Iroquois contributions.
* BOSTON TEA & SOVEREIGNTY: White men dressed as Mohawks protest “taxation without representation”. "Great tree of peace" symbol.
* CONSTITUTIONAL PARADOX: Abigail Adams & Women’s Equality. White America declared manifest destiny.
* DEMOCRACY & COMMUNISM: Iroquois Great Law of Peace integrates of pure Communism & Democracy.
* UNITING OF NATIONS: Honoring Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, is honored at the United Nations. Includes Oren’s powerful oration.

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AUG 29 - TUESDAY
7:30 The Girl Behind the Mirror Animation. Transgender girl is free to be who she is or wants to be by utilizing a mirror to hide her fears.

A transgender girl locks herself in her room for fear of the monsters that threaten her outside, until a new reality appears behind the mirror where these monsters do not exist and she is free to be who she is or who wants to be.

Director Biography
Iuri Moreno owns the production company Caolha Filmes, where he works as executive producer, director and animation scriptwriter. His first animated short film, “The Juggler”, was nominated for the Brazilian Film Academy and selected for more than 220 festivals in 47 countries, with a total of 37 awards won. Iuri currently works as creator, director and head writer of the animation series “347 Mission” and recently released a new short film, The Girl Behind the Mirror, awarded Best Children's Film at the 28th Encounters Film Festival in the United Kingdom , and selected for more than 50 festivals, 7 of them Oscar qualifiers. Iuri is also one of the creators of “Lanterna Mágica – International Animation Festival” and is producing his first feature film, “Armadillo Girl”, in addition to working on other projects of shorts, features and series that are in development.

8PM Once Upon a Time in Jinan: Some Ordinary People Educator in Shandong, China learns that the government declares her business illegal. Her team fights back.

If you have devoted half of your life to a career and suddenly find that the government has declared it illegal, and the large business institution you founded is facing a life-or-death test as a result, what would you do? Lu Yonghua is an ordinary middle-aged woman from Shandong Province, China, and she and her team are experiencing the aforementioned hardship - searching for opportunities to survive in the midst of despair.

Director Biography - Li Qing, a freelance writer. He is now engaged in the Creation and Research Project about Folklore Oral Literature Based on Daily Life, with his studio located in the Caochangdi International Art Village in Beijing, China.

Director Statement
What is history? Is the experience of ordinary people a part of history? In the torrent of time, ordinary people often find themselves involved in significant historical events due to their career choices. One night, their profession may be considered honorable, but the next morning, it could become illegal. Under the rigid policies, the efforts of ordinary people sometimes yield positive results, while at other times, they backfire. In July 2021, after China's education authorities introduced the "double reduction" plan, millions of practitioners in the education and training industry were thrown into professional confusion. Hundreds of thousands of training institutions faced the risk of closure. As a creator, I believe such events should be highlighted. Nearly all those entangled in this event are ordinary people. Clearly, at the national level, this is a significant event in the history of China's education. For the individuals involved, it represents a greater identity crisis in their lives.
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to become involved in this historical event and engage in profound, candid, and effective dialogues with Lu Yonghua, the founder of "Dino Education" from Shandong, China, and her team, as they faced this unprecedented crisis. With the assistance of the PNSO team, we managed to navigate through the most challenging times by undertaking a business transformation. I am thrilled to record these processes and present them in a film to a broader audience.
The lives of ordinary people are also an indispensable part of history. I firmly believe this.

AUG 30 - WEDNESDAY
7:30 Noman Supernatural forces are at play during a livestream occult ritual.

To boost her online popularity, Youtuber Amber and her boyfriend Johnny set up an occult ritual for her upcoming livestream. Little did they know, supernatural forces are at play, leading to deadly results.

Director Biography - Matt Robb

Matt Robb is a South Florida-based actor/filmmaker looking to find and make artistic opportunities within the industry. Credits range from performances in over thirty credited short films, four directed shorts, and seven editor credits. His collaborations include working with both students and independent filmmakers ranging from Miami Dade College, New York Film Academy, and the University of Miami. He is a film graduate with a B.A. in Filmmaking.

Director Statement
In the era of social media, one could be familiar with or follow individuals referred to as social media influencers. These people have developed an online reputation and credibility in specific industry. They’re motivated in increasing their power in attracting and engaging followers, even

rewarded, through the use of product or brand endorsem*nt. And some, by any means necessary. In this film, one shall see the consequences and darker side of escalating such a concept to dire, yet ignorant lengths.

8PM Science for Hire Gary Null exposes a world of pseudo-science and misinformation.

Science for Hire takes us on a journey through the most critical scientific issues that directly affect our health and well-being, shedding light on the hidden secrets of the scientific, pharmaceutical, and military industrial complexes. Following a long history of systemic corruption across medical organizations and schools, scientific publications and federal regulatory agencies, we enter a world where pseudo-science and misinformation rules.

Billions of dollars are spent to manipulate and buy the allegiance of elected officials and the media. Those who speak up against modern science's culture of corruption risk having their careers destroyed. Governments operate in lockstep with the pharmaceutical ambitions to erect an unregulated global regime, a "Great Reset," that will dictate what we can eat, what medical interventions are permitted and banned, and the rewards and punishments that legislate our choices. Science for Hire describes a broken system and offers hard hitting solutions to spark clarion calls to take heed of the realities facing humanity today.

Director Biography - Gary Null, Ph.D.
For more than 35 years Gary Null has been one of the foremost voices of the health movement. He has produced over 70 documentaries. Gary, along with leading experts, has examined a wide range of topics from food production, alternative healing, politics and our economic system. Gary has aired many of his documentaries on PBS.
Gary has continued to be a strong voice for the consumer, standing up against big corporations and big government. He has exposed the massive drugging of children in our schools, investigated industries such as pesticides, herbicides, artificial sweeteners, food irradiation, water fluoridation, unsafe ingredients in vaccines, nuclear power, the FDA, GMO's and the Gulf War Syndrome.

Gary Null has done an original investigative reporting series on a regular basis and has published over 100 original investigative articles. He has also published over 100 books.
He founded the web based Progressive Radio Network, with an average of 180,000 listeners weekly.
He has the longest running health radio program in American history.

AUG 31 - THURSDAY
7:30 Confessions Of A Name Dropper
A Therapist helps middle aged man living life according to other people’s words.

Confessions of A Name Dropper is a dark comedy about a middle aged man named Cutter who lives alone on an island. He lives his life according to other people’s words and ideas that he stubbornly claims are his own. Seeking the help of an expert, if at times difficult therapist, he struggles to come to terms with who he really is and who his real friends are. Or, if he really has any.

Director Biography - Kevin G. Connolly
As an Actor/Director, Kevin G. Connolly (SAG/AFTRA) has worked in television, theater, film and voice-over. Kevin received his training at Second City Chicago and Dartmouth College and continues to train with James DuMont, Larry Moss and Tim Phillips. As an indie singer-songwriter he has released eleven albums (including 'Invisible' in 2020), been voted ‘Best of Boston’ and toured extensively in US and Europe. Confessions of A Name Dropper has been accepted at: Dublin World Film Festival, New Jersey Short Film Festival, Oakland Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Movie Festival, Somerville International Film Festival and The Direct Monthly Festival so far in 2023.

Director Statement
Confessions of A Name Dropper is a post pandemic story about isolation and insulation. Our protagonist lacks the skills and awareness to have real friends and original thought, so he makes them up. The humor lies in his defensiveness and ability to skillfully deflect professional insight, and tenacious rejection of authority.

8PM The Case Young boy escapes war with a dream & a violin case. Music in his heart guides him on his journey. Animation.

In an unknown time and place, a young boy escapes war with nothing but a dream and a violin case. Along the way he meets the beautiful Naila and a group of other travelers. He crosses deserts and seas during a long and dangerous trip. The music in his heart will guide him along the journey to find his path on the other side of the border and destroy prejudice.

Director Biography - Maurizio Forestieri is one of Italy's best known animation director. Two times in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and one time running for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. Maurizio's work has been exposed at the MoMA in NY. He worked with the masters of Italian animation, such as Guido Manuli, Pierluigi De Mas, Giuseppe Laganà, Emanuele Luzzati and Bruno Bozzetto. In the past years, Maurizio directed successful TV series for Kids distributed around the world.

Director Statement
Telling the story of a trip is one of the most common things you can do. But this trip is different: it is a dangerous journey, with no assigned seats, no arrival time and above all the uncertainty of the destination.

9PM The Hidden Court A group of men from Westchester County bond over playing basketball in a hidden outdoor court during lockdown. Q&A

The Hidden Court is a heartwarming documentary about a group of 11 men from Northern Westchester, NY who, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when gyms were closed and rims taken off outdoor courts, found a sense of community and camaraderie by playing 'prohibition basketball' on a hidden outdoor court.
The film follows the men as they bond over their love of the game, providing a much-needed escape from the stress and isolation of the pandemic. The film is a time capsule of life during covid, reminding us and future generations of what life was like in the year 2020. Through their stories, the film explores the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit.

Director Biography - Walter Schloman is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Heritage Media Group, a boutique company that produces video biographies depicting the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. His most recent documentary Ezra: May His Memory Be For A Blessing, delves into the issues of teen suicide and mental health. It is currently playing at festivals and has received numerous awards, including best film at Mental Health and Suicide Awareness film festival in Denver.
Walter has filmed around the world, extensively in South America and Australia. Rock stars such as Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Rob Zombie, and Cyndi Lauper have collaborated with him on long form projects and music videos. From his first experience on an independent film shot on the graffiti strewn dark alleys of New York circa 1983, Walter has been passionate about communicating stories through film and video. For Walter, working on The Hidden Court has been immensely gratifying, not only because it is an uplifting story of the group’s passion for basketball and their camaraderie, but because it is a time-capsule of the Covid World of 2020 - a perfect film to be used in education, sociology, and contemporary issues classes. This merging of individual lives with world events is what continues to drive Walter’s passion for making films.

SEPT 1 - FRIDAY
7:30 Bare Metal
Reducing carbon emissions through digital infrastructure industry’s effort.

Microsoft, Google, META, and AWS are some of the biggest single-power consumers in the world. Along with other digital infrastructure companies’ consumption, they make up 2.4% of the world's energy use. Bare Metal details the digital infrastructure industry's work to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to lower carbon emissions and help save the world.

Director Biography - Brandon Robert Gries, Ryan Freng, John Shoemaker
Brandon Gries is an engineer. He works for an electrical contractor. For 10 years he's built data centers. He's aspired since childhood to be a filmmaker. This is his first film. Only due to the faith, trust, and collaboration with his friends in film, data centers (Google, Microsoft, Equinix) and industry (contractors, concrete, steel, aluminum) was this possible. He learned of your inaugural film contest at Bloomberg Green in New York City, April 2022. His first inspiration was to do a film with my wife Ashley, who works professionally in environmental conservation. He shifted to an even bigger story about his own industry in July 2022 instead. He dedicated this film to her.

Ryan Freng and John Shoemaker are seasoned veterans of the production world, running a commercial agency for 15 years and having produced both long form and short form films. Their previous documentary 'Power in My Hands' tells the personal stories of those majorly impacted by the power of the Rosary. Ryan and John have worked with Brandon for years on promotional work. Learning of Brandon's desire to make movies, John encouraged him to pick a film festival and punch the throttle. This is the result of that collaboration.

Director Statement
Filming occurred 07/20 to 09/14. The result was: 30+ people and hours of interviews, 6 states, funneled into this 10-minute film, a pilot for a docuseries we hope to create. We entered the film to catch industry leaders in their curiosity zone and compel them to act. What kind of positive impact could we have on embodied carbon if the largest companies on earth (digital infrastructure companies representing 30% of global GDP) partnered strategically with the heritage industries that have literally changed the face of the physical earth? How can we collaborate across companies to revamp the supply chain? It will take their collective brainpower, innovation, and coordination to solve the building component of the climate crisis. But is that enough? And can they do it?

8PM Firefly World famous Harlem Globetrotter enthralled fans with his “Curly” Neal inspired dribbling style. Q&A

Tay Fisher’s basketball and life journey is one of determination, inspiration, teamwork, and down right talent - developing into one of the greats in 4-point shooting history during his 10 years on the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. As Firefly he enthralled fans around the world with his "Curly" Neal-inspired one-of-kind dribbling style and infectiously positive attitude. Today, Tay shares the challenges and guidance of his never-give-up story on and off the court, by mentoring kids and holding basketball camps in his hometown.

Director Biography - Christopher Nostrand

Chris Nostrand owns/operates Nostrand Productions LLC, is an award-winning independent filmmaker, and holds part-time faculty positions at both Marist College and SUNY Orange's film production departments. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College and previously earned undergraduate degrees from SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster.

His films have earned over sixty official selections at venues such as DOC NYC, Woodstock Film Festival, GI Film Festival and NewFilmmakers New York. His twenty award wins include a CINE Golden Eagle, x5 Tellys, x3 Communicators, Director’s Choice at Black Maria Film Festival, Best Documentary/Best Cinematography at CUNY Film Festival and Best Historical Documentary at the International Doc Challenge.

9:30 Not on This Land Activist fights 600 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline across W. Virginia, Virginia & N. Carolina via Black & Indigenous communities. Q&A

This film is about the citizen activists who spent 6+ years fighting the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline from destroying ecosystems and harming Black and Indigenous communities across West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. The pipeline, which would have carried frack gas, was seen as a done deal until communities came together across the region to fight it and, against all odds, won the fight. It’s a David & Goliath story that can inspire and inform others who are engaged in protecting their land and water from toxic infrastructure projects.

SEPT 2 - SATURDAY
7:30 A Girl Called Elvis
10 year old dresses as Elvis. When her estranged father, is back in town, she tries to find him. Q&A

A Girl Called Elvis is about two sisters growing closer through a family quest. Ten year old Ellie likes to dress as her idol Elvis Presley, much to the annoyance of her half-sister Carol. When Ellie hears that her estranged father is back in town, she enlists Carol and her boyfriend Dion's help to find him.

Director Biography - Lindsay Christopherson

Lindsay Christopherson has been writing and directing short films since she graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. She has worked in a variety of crewing roles in the film and TV industry in Australia and New Zealand.

Director Statement
A Girl Called Elvis is a project that was made on a tiny budget, which was successfully crowdfunded, and we are thrilled to bring you the resulting film!

8:15 Dear Audrey Canada activist weaves adventures, protests, hippie counter-culture movement with care & loyalty to wife with Alzheimers. Q&A

Acclaimed activist filmmaker Martin Duckworth has devoted his life to peace and justice. But now he’s put down his camera to fight for the most important cause he’s ever faced—caring for his wife, Audrey Schirmer, through the final stages of Alzheimer’s. Martin tirelessly embraces each new chapter with grace and resilience, demonstrating his unconditional loyalty as he finds new reasons to love her each day.
Dear Audrey intricately weaves together the couple’s gritty yet tender reality, and takes us back to their adventures, from the front lines of the anti-Vietnam War protests to the hippie counterculture movement, with excerpts from Martin’s films and Audrey’s stunning photography.

The film is a powerful testament to Martin’s love and devotion, which deepens over the decades.
While Audrey gradually fades away—and as their autistic daughter Jacqueline struggles with her mother’s illness—Martin commits everything he’s got to making their lives creative and meaningful.

Please visit www.dearaudey.ca to find reviews, and video extras.

AWARDS

Winner of the People's Choice Award
Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), 2021

The Best Feature Documentary Award Winner
Indy Film Fest, 2022

The Cercle d’or for Best Feature Documentary Award Winner
Sherbrooke World Film Festival, 2022

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Nomination
Canadian Screen Awards (Canada), 2023

The Excellence in Editing Award Winner
Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2022

The Best Editing Award Winner
Brussels World Film Festival, 2022

Best Original Music in a Feature Length Documentary Nomination
Canadian Screen Awards (Canada), 2023
Composer Walker Grimshaw

Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature Film - Nomination

Canadian Screen Music Awards (Canada), 2022
Composer Walker Grimshaw

REVIEWS

"Truly a rare moment in Cinema... This film is a marvel"
Mélikah Abdelmoumen & Marc Béland, CBC Radio Canada

"An Exquisite Gem. Tenderness, wonder, & dignity...
a beautiful film about beautiful people"
Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

“Anyone who watches Dear Audrey will undoubtedly conclude
that Hayes is a masterful filmmaker”
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

“Touching... luminous... truly magnificent"
Caroline Levesque, CBC Radio Canada

“Dear Audrey, a riveting documentary…
that stands as a powerful paean to passion and perseverance”
Evelyn C White, The Halifax Examiner

"...so many amazing lessons, stories, emotions with pain
and celebration intertwined"
Darren Wiesner, Hollywood North Magazine

“It's impossible to watch this documentary, (a People's Choice Award winner), without being overwhelmed by its sweetness and generosity"
Silvia Galipeau, La Press

“...an at once ethereal reflection on the enduring power of love,
and unblinking revelation of life’s steel-cold realities”
Chris Cook, Gorilla Radio

"Dear Audrey celebrates the very best the human heart has to offer, with such compassion, artistry and grace"
Terre Nash, Oscar-winning director

SEPT 3 - SUNDAY
7:30 The Line Jumper
Comical satire of a pretty woman who works her way into the front of a long coffee line. Q&A

Would YOU jump the line?

The Line Jumper is co-directed by Hugh Oyake Murchison and Rob Underhill.

Hugh Oyake Murchison is a first time filmmaker. He is a second generation American: his mother was Japanese, and his father African American.

Winner!
BEST PRODUCTION, 8th Longleaf Film Festival
BEST COMEDY, 23rd 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival
BEST FILM, Martini Shot Film Series
BEST COMEDY SHORT, 8th Focus International Film Festival
BEST MICRO-SHORT, Spring Lane Film Festival
OPENING SELECTION, 24th Woodstock Museum Film Festival

Director Biography - Rob Underhill, Hugh Oyake Murchison

The Line Jumper is co-Directed by Rob Underhill and Hugh Murchison.

HUGH OYAKE MURCHISON is a first time filmmaker. He is a second generation American: his mother was Japanese, and his father African American. After a lengthy stint in clinical research, Hugh launched a second career as a scriptwriter. He quit medical writing, once he figured out that movies and TV shows were more likely to be made from his scripts than from the technical documents he wrote for FDA drug approval. Film school soon followed, as did co-creating a web series, creating TV pilots and feature-lengths, and marketing his works.

ROB UNDERHILL is a film & media director, producer, cinematographer, editor, writer. His feature films & more than 50 short-films have received over 150 awards, showcased at hundreds of screening engagements worldwide, including CANNES & Academy-qualifying film festivals like ST. LOUIS & SEATTLE. Rob’s work has received rave reviews from top film critics, earned endorsem*nts from major public figures like UN Ambassador Andrew Young & former NC Governor Beverly Perdue, & has been featured on the NPR programs, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio & THE STORY with Dick Gordon. Rob earned a BA in English from NCSU & was honored to accept the invitation to serve as featured speaker at the 2015 NCSU English department graduation commencement. His work has aired on the ASPiRE network, ShortsHD, & other national & international outlets. Carolina STYLE Magazine recognized Rob as one of 25 "Most Stylish People" influencing positive change in the Carolinas. He is a RAWards Indie Art Award recipient for Best Regional Filmmaker. In 2022, he received the QUSAR award for lifetime achievement in filmmaking by the 10th Raleigh Film and Art Festival.
More at www.RobUnderhill.com

8:15 The Battle for Swan Lake Cats, a dog, and a fish perform the classical ballet Swan Lake. Animation.

Cats, a dog, and a fish head perform the classic ballet, Swan Lake.

Director Biography - Joan Carol Gratz

Joan Gratz is an Academy Award winning director of animated short films and commercials. Her films range in content through painterly expressions of poetry, improvised abstraction, and animated social documentary.
The technique she pioneered is “Claypainting.” Working directly before the camera, she applies bits of clay, blends colors and etches fine lines to create a seamless flow of images. Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase won the Oscar in 1992 for Best Animated Short Film.

8:30 Left Alone Rhapsody-The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless Chronicles Leonard Bernstein’s protégé from childhood through 30 year career. Q&A

At 25, Leonard Bernstein protégé, John Bayless, debuted at Carnegie Hall, performing “Rhapsody In Blue” with full orchestra. His jaw-dropping technical prowess at the piano initiated a 30-year-long concert and recording career as a solo pianist, composer, and improvisor. At 54, a left-brain stroke immobilized his dominant right side. The music stopped. John’s magical ‘first act’ disappeared.

Left Alone Rhapsody chronicles John’s rise from four-year-old Texas musical prodigy to international star; John’s fall post-stroke and courageous struggle to transcend paralysis; and John’s determination to re-invent himself as a one-handed musician and storyteller.

As neurologists discuss his brain, rabbis his Jewish conversion, friends the loss of his husband to cancer, and Yamaha’s representatives their Disklavier piano technology which could allow him to play with ‘two hands,’ John embarks on an amazing journey. This is his musical story.

Director Biography - Stewart M. Schulman is a producer, director, writer, and independent filmmaker. He has written the feature screenplays: Both, Sister Bert, La Macha, and Beyond Measure. His earlier 43-minute film version of Beyond Measure has a score by pianist/composer John Bayless, which began their work as collaborators. That film was awarded the Silver Medal at The Houston International Film Festival. Stewart directed a full-length play version of Beyond Measure in its off-Broadway premiere. Stewart recently completed his feature documentary Left Alone Rhapsody - The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless chronicling John’s amazing journey from performing, to paralysis, and back again. Stewart is also producing and directing an inaugural world tour of “John Bayless – One Hand One Heart – My Life & My Music,” a full-length one-man play with music, (co-written with and starring Mr. Bayless), that is part of the documentary. In addition, Stewart produces and directs short documentary and promotional videos for Montclair State University. He did his graduate work at New York University Graduate Film School.
Director Statement
John and I collaborated creatively early in our careers, with him as a composer, and me as a filmmaker. Then, not untypically, our paths diverged, with our work lives taking us on our respective journeys, though our friendship has lasted through the years. Tragically, in his fifties, John’s musical career halted when he suffered a debilitating stroke. Five years ago, when John said he was not only playing the piano again, but recording an album of his greatest hits reimagined for just his left hand alone, and using Yamaha’s Disklavier technology on some cuts to sound like he’s playing with two hands, I blurted out: “John, this is a documentary! We must tell your story!” And a truly amazing journey began—a journey that has taken us around the world collaborating on a film about a man’s art and his courage in the face of great adversity.

SEPT 4 - MONDAY
11:45 The Old Young Crow
An Iranian boy befriends an old Japanese woman at a graveyard in Tokyo. Animation.

An Iranian boy befriends an old Japanese woman at a graveyard in Tokyo.

Director Biography - Liam LoPinto

Liam LoPinto is a filmmaker and animator based out of New York City. He graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts' UGFTV program. He also studied at Waseda University in Tokyo. He attended CalArts' Character Animation program from 2017-2021. He is an assistant manager at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY.

Director Statement
The Old Young Crow tells the story of Mehrdad, a 10 year old Iranian boy who has recently moved to Tokyo. Mehrdad's story is narrated by himself as an old man, recounting one particular event through his own sketchbook. Using a combination of practical effects, animation, live action, and computer generated elements, The Old Young Crow tells a story of loss, immigration, familial love, and the beauty of nature.

12:15. The Sun Rises in the East Chronicles a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens & young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, an epicenter for political contemporaries such as the Black Panther Party. Q&A

The Sun Rises in The East chronicles the birth, rise and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Led by educator and activist Jitu Weusi, The East embodied Black self-determination, building more than a dozen institutions, including its own African-centered school, food co-op, newsmagazine, publisher, record label, restaurant, clothing shop and bookstore. The organization hosted world-famous jazz musicians and poets at its highly sought-after performance venue, and it served as an epicenter for political contemporaries such as the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords and the Congress of Afrikan People, as well as comrades across Africa and the Caribbean. In effect, The East built an independent Black nation in the heart of Central Brooklyn.

The Sun Rises in The East is the first feature-length documentary to explore this inspiring story. The film also examines challenges that led to the organization’s eventual dissolution, including its gender politics, financial struggles and government surveillance. Featuring interviews with leaders of The East, historians and people who grew up in the organization as children, The Sun Rises in The East delivers an exhilarating and compelling vision, showing just how much is possible.

Director Biography - Tayo Giwa

Tayo Giwa is a filmmaker and co-creator of Black-Owned Brooklyn, a publication and Instagram account documenting local Black business, history and culture. His first film, the 2020 documentary short Soul Summit: Doin’ It in the Park, examined Soul Summit, a beloved open-air house music party based in Fort Greene Park. He lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Director Statement
In my home of Central Brooklyn, the legacy of The East is everywhere. But the pan-African cultural organization, which operated in Bedford-Stuyvesant from 1969 to 1986, doesn’t get talked about enough.

Notwithstanding the rapid march of gentrification, you can see The East’s influence in the numerous Black-owned businesses that grace our community (one of the highest concentrations of Black enterprises in the United States). It’s in the constant flashes of red, black and green: wrapped around trees, displayed in flags flying from brownstones, painted on neighborhood playgrounds and fire hydrants. Even the African-centered preschool that my daughter attends, designed to instill her with a positive self-identity, has roots in The East.

The organization arose from New York City’s 1968 community control experiment, in which members of the predominantly Black Central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Ocean Hill-Brownsville were given decision-making power in their children’s education, from school curriculum to the hiring of teachers. For decades, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville movement, with a narrative driven by a largely white teachers union and their campaign of fear, has been framed as a cautionary tale. Black parents and communities seeking a quality education for their children were cast as militant; the fight for community control mischaracterized as antisemitic.

When the experiment was subsequently dismantled, a group of young Black teachers and recent high school graduates formed The East to create their own institutions outside of the system. The Sun Rises in The East was made, in part, to help correct the record.

Through building not only its own school but more than a dozen institutions and businesses, including a food co-op, newspaper, publishing company, jazz cultural center, restaurant, clothing shop and even a farm in Guyana, The East provided an inspiring model for Black self-determination. Their activism was ahead of its time, providing an inspiring model for how ordinary people working together can build longstanding institutions and community for themselves. Their legacy reverberates in present-day Bed-Stuy through the neighborhood’s strong sense of community, unabashed love for our cultures, and Black joy that nourishes me on a daily basis.

As the leaders of The East, along with others from the Civil Rights and Black Power era, grow further into their senior years, there’s an urgency to illuminate all that they created. For The Sun Rises in The East, I sought to capture this story in the voices of the people who lived it. Theirs is a history worthy of reverence and a powerful legacy that should be known far and wide.

1:30 Solitaire As a small town minister’s life crumbles, he finds solace playing solitaire. Q&A.

A small town minister who presides over marriages doomed to fail finds solace in a game solitaire as the rest of his life crumbles. Solitaire is a loving, if imperfect, homage to short story writer Raymond Carver.

2:15 Ali vs. Ali Fulfilling a childhood dream, Iranian man travels to U.S. on a quest to meet his idol Mohammed Ali. Highly entertaining family film of a boxer who stood for peace and refused to fight in Vietnam. Surprise ending. Q&A with award-winning Iranian filmmaker Alireza Rofougaran.

4PM Yellow Dove Aftermath Surreal experiences of this character in his bunker with a world of fantasy. Animation.

The surreal experiences of Yellow Dove in his bunker within the world of Hour Blue

Director Biography - Rony A. Abovitz

Rony has been a technology and visual pioneer for a number of years, creating companies such as Magic Leap and MAKO Surgical. He is applying his blend of tech and creativity in Sun and Thunder, developing the Hour Blue Storyworld and animated films that express that world.

Director Statement
I love imagined worlds and animation. My hope is that each film I create and direct leaves the audience with a sense of new wonder, hope, and the desire to explore and search.

4:10 The Eye Begins in The Hand A tribute to campesino histories in rural California struggling between paying rent & creative endeavors.

The Eye Begins in The Hand (El Ojo Comienza En La Mano) is a tribute to campesino histories in rural CA through the artwork of an artist largely absent from critical conversations on Chicanx art, Ruben A. Sanchez, as well as an unsentimental reckoning with the fate of many cultural workers that struggle between paying rent and/or creative endeavors.

Director Biography - Yehuda Sharim is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and poet. As the son of Persian immigrants to Israel, his work focuses on the relationship between the quotidian and poetic. Sharim’s films have appeared in film festivals, artistic venues, and universities across the world. Oscillating between fiction and documentary filmmaking, his work offers an intimate portrayal of those who refuse to surrender amidst daily devastation and culminating strife, offering a vision for equality and a renewed solidarity in a divisive world. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Program of Global Art Studies, University of California, Merced.

4:25 The Stranger A bizarre dialogue begins in a cowering space between a woman and a handsome stranger.

On that day, as she enters the co-working space where she works, Anna notices the presence of a handsome stranger. A bizarre dialogue begins.

Director Biography - Veig Bassili

Veig graduated with a MA in Film Directing at the "Met Film School" (Ealing Studios London). The experience she gained in directing actors, summoned in her, the desire of a more committed exploration of acting. She then joined the "Cours Florent" in Paris, where she completed the Actor's Training Course.

4:30 Goosed A count has a soirée at his country home. He is interrupted by unwanted guests. He invites them to play a “Game of Goose.”

Clouseau meets Cluedo in GOOSED!, the latest short music film from I fa*gIOLINI, based on the Venetian song IL GIOCA DELL’OCA (1595) by Giovanni Croce. Can you keep your eyes on the prizes?

A forlorn Count is having a soirée at his country house, but it is interrupted by a stream of unwelcome guests, never-the-less he decides to invite them to play a game… they play, the Game of the Goose.

Director Biography - Gregory Browning

Gregory Browning is an award-winning film-maker who has been working in music and the arts for most of his career. He has had the privilege of working across the world and with some of the world’s foremost classical musicians, in drama, documentary and music video. His short documentary ANTI-SOCIAL for BBC Ideas went slightly - and somewhat ironically - viral, while his screen version of HOW LIKE AN ANGEL was premiered at the Lincoln Centre New York as part of Dance On Camera. Gregory is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and best known as producer of celebrated music film THE FULL MONTEVERDI. He is a producer and director at Polyphonic Films Limited.

Director Statement
By Timothy Knapman - Writer

When Robert Holllingworth rang me up and asked me, “Can you write us a ten minute film farce to accompany a 16th century madrigal about people playing a board game?” my first thought was — understandably, I hope — “Umm.”

I’ve been writing bits and bobs for I fa*giolini for many years now, so I had a method for dealing with such requests: panic, hide under the table for 20 minutes and hope that some idea or other presented itself before he rang back. Thankfully, it did. Reading the text of the madrigal, I saw that there were various guests jockeying for position around a powerful nobleman, and that love was in the air. I’m a sucker for PG Wodehouse, Cole Porter and the lighter-than-air musicals of the 1920s and 1930s, with their silly toffs, adventuresses and jewel thieves getting up to romantic mischief in country houses. It didn’t take much to see that the Game of the Goose would fit rather nicely into that world.

I was very lucky in my cast. I fa*giolini are, of course, first rate singers, but they’re also very good actors and (with the wind in the right direction) deft physical comedians; I knew they could do anything I asked of them. What’s so pleasing about the finished film is that they did everything even better than I could have wished. Greg Browning assembled an amazing crew – this film looks beautiful – and, with their help, I fulfilled my ambition to write a farcical musical comedy about silly toffs, adventuresses and jewel thieves, set in a country house.


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SEPT 2 - FRIDAY

6:45PM Opening Ceremony Nathan Koenig & Shelli Lipton

7PM Daughter Father Food Forest When the pandemic forces Katie to make big changes in her life, she moves into her fathers home to start a backyard food forest.

Director Biography - Katie Kamala Haley
I am a graduate of the film program at Palm Beach College-2020. So far I have written, directed and produced 4 short films. To my amazement I have won several film festival awards which I consider to be an honor and a sign that I am progressing along my path.

7:06 Waiting in the Wings How will these two non-profit California theaters survive as they reopen during the Covid 19 pandemic?

A short documentary that follows Five Star Theatricals and Teatro Frida Kahlo, two non-profit theaters in southern California as they attempt to reopen amidst the Covid19 pandemic. With the threat of surging coronavirus cases and bureaucratic hurdles, how will they save the art form that has sustained them both financially and emotionally?

Director Biography - Josie Andrews
Josie Andrews is a third-year MFA candidate at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. A double Trojan, she graduated as the Salutatorian of USC's class of 2018, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies while holding internships at Lionsgate, NBC Universal, London Alley Entertainment, and The Weinstein Company. The New Jersey Native began performing professionally at the age of eight, touring with Broadway musicals and appearing in countless Off-Broadway and regional productions before going on to write and record her own music. By thirteen, she was opening for Radio Disney acts including Raven Symone and the Naked Brothers Band. She is currently completing her thesis film, WANNABE which she wrote, directed, and created original music for to culminate her time at USC.
Director Statement
I fell in love with theatre when I was three years old. Growing up in New Jersey, my parents would take me through the Holland Tunnel every December to see a new show on Broadway. By the time I was eight, I was searching Backstage.com for open calls, begging anyone and everyone in our phonebook to take me and ultimately booking my first national tour. From there on, I was inducted into a diverse community that would raise me to respect, embrace and celebrate so many people different from myself. While the arts at large have served as a space for meaning-making, healing, and joy since the beginning of time, live theatre provides a unique kind of magic that can’t be recreated or replaced. It provides not just a living for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, but a sense of purpose for countless others, myself included.
Facing this dark and uncertain moment in history, laden with death, isolation, and hardship, the future of theatre was the last thing on people’s minds. Some say theatre has been dying a slow death for the past five hundred years. After twenty years of performing for seas of silver-haired patrons, I couldn’t help but wonder who might fill their seats when they were no longer with us. And after eighteen months of Broadway sitting dark, I couldn’t help but fear that this might be the nail in the coffin. But while most wouldn’t give a second thought to theatre’s dwindling place in the world, for some it remains their entire world. This is the story of two communities who lost their work, identities, and purpose in the pandemic and their fight to get it back. This film is an ode to my first love, a celebration of coming back together, and a promise that no matter what tomorrow brings the show will go on.

7:30 Nurture Animation of an infant's first nourishment of milk provides love & sustenance between mother & child.

Director Biography - Ying-Fang Shen
Ying-Fang Shen is a Taiwanese independent filmmaker with advanced training in ink painting and digital art. Her work reflects experiments in painting, illustration, digital filmmaking and animation that are heavily influenced by the handmade aesthetics of traditional East Asian art and Taoist philosophy.

7:40 Town Band A personal tribute to a small town story of a woman’s childhood and vanishing rural life in Sullivan County, NY. Q&A

Director Biography - Alice Elliott
Alice Elliott is an Academy Award nominated documentary director for The Collector of Bedford Street, an advocate for people with disabilities through inclusive media, and Area Head of Documentary Studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
A Guggenheim Fellow award recipient, Ms. Elliott makes training films and branded content that use high quality visuals and people with disabilities to tell their own stories. As a media diversity and accessibility consultant, she develops programs for corporations, governments agencies and non-profits.
She and Emmy Award winner Jason DaSilva are co-directing a feature film, The Dismantled. Her PBS Award winning documentary Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy is now being made into a musical.
Recently she completed Miracle on 42nd Street, a documentary about affordable housing for artists for that won a 2020 NY Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Through her social media presence, she tweets regularly on topical disability news. Currently she is developing an app on the history of disability rights.
Director’s statement: Although I’ve been coming to rural Sullivan County, NY for 37 years, in some ways I’m still an outsider. This is the place where my husband grew up, went to high school and moved away from, only to be drawn back every summer by the beauty, memories, and his small-town heart. I was born in North Carolina and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. My husband and I share a respect for the lessons we learned in these towns and it has been one of the foundations of our marriage. Community, respect, privacy, humor, and self-sufficiency are some of the values we share. My husband always said he learned to get along with everyone because, coming from a small town, you couldn’t afford to go around making enemies. There was nothing disposable about the people you lived near. They were your neighbors and that made them important.
This film is a highly personal tribute to the small town of my childhood and the vanishing rural life some of us remember. As a child, I was also a musician and learned to play the flute. Making music, theatre and film is something I still cling to and pass on. As a teacher at New York University in the Film School, I’m able to continue working with young artists, encouraging them in new story-telling traditions. Art, artists, and community are bound together since the beginning of mankind. They flourish together and make each other possible.

8:15 Searching for Zachary Richard Singer, songwriter, environmentalist with musical roots in Louisiana Cajun culture.

Director Biography - Crocque / Hoffman
After a stint in Fine Arts and English studies. Stéphane Crocquey was for two years a French-language assistant in Dublin and then in London. On his return to France, he was a radio host for the Ferarock network. It was then that he crossed paths with authors passing through Lille and developed his talent as an interview leader in the company of Howard Butten, Michel Onfray, Pascal Brückner, Amélie Nothomb or Charles Aznavour...
At the same time, he scored the music scenes with two rock song groups : Cépheïd's and Vereeck. Caught up by his passion for the image, an audiovisual diploma in his pocket, he freelances and signs many subjects on culture, environmental protection and the social and solidarity economy in the region. Trained in documentary writing by Pictanovo, the image community of the Hauts de France region, he directed in 2013 a documentary on the question of origins in a village in the Pas-de-Calais that hosts a migrant camp. In 2015, he wrote and co-directed the documentary "Les enfants de la dune".
In 2017, he signed the transposition for the web of this walk-movie that goes to meet the inhabitants of the coast of the North Sea. In parallel with his work as an author, he is, since 2018, head of audiovisual projects within Volutes Media

9PM Globes The bond between humans and bees. "We don't live to work. We work to live," says a beekeeper.

While dancing, bees tell each other stories about the world around them. People also claim a role in those stories, sometimes very close and intimate, sometimes distant and on an industrial scale. Nina de Vroome's thoughts also swarm with the bees: from the smallest cell in a honeycomb to the global economy, her essayistic nature documentary Globes charts the bond between humans and bees. As accomplished storytellers, they both give shape to their lives under the sun.

Director Biography - Nina de Vroome
Nina de Vroome (1989) is an independent filmmaker. She studied film at KASK / School of Arts in Ghent. Her graduation work Waves (2013) is a reflection on sound and the way it influences senses of community. In 2016 she completed A Sea Change, a feature documentary film about a maritime boarding school near the Belgian coast. The short documentary A Dog’s Luck (2018) is a portrait of a group of police dogs during their training. Her films were shown at international festivals like Visions du Réel and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is a writer and editor for Sabzian, a Belgian magazine on cinema. As a teacher she is involved in various educational projects. She makes collages and engages in collaborations as a sound engineer and editor.
Director Statement
The title refers to a notion of ‘worlds’, of which the earth comprises many. The documentary considers our globalized economy, but also the landscapes around the beehive. The microlevel is thus always connected to the macro-level, the local to the global. In Globes, bonds are forged between culture and nature and the ways in which the concept of 'ecology' can be given meaning are explored. Through these encounters, the film both wanders and always returns to its core, much like the bees which fly around on the hunt for flowers return to their hives laden with nectar.

SEPT 3 - SATURDAY

7PM A Tumba Abierta Animated retrospective of The Beatles myriad transformations.

An introspective fable about a musical and artistic movement, where the figure of Alfredo Calonge (1961-2014), one of the greatest exponents of this genre, being the leitmotiv of the same, and at the same time introduces us to an urban subculture in which a group of multifaceted artists developed; musicians, painters, editors and publishers of fanzines, record labels, recording studios, music venues, promoters, illustrators, or DJs, in addition to the public, who attended all the events and who animated for more than a decade this city, consolidating the bases that led in the mid-nineties to coin the term 'Swinging Barcelona' for that time and that community.

7:20 Digital Champions Leading the Fight Against FGM in Tanzania Gender based violence monitored with smartphone app.
Girls at risk of FGM in Mara, Tanzania live in very remote villages, far from the rule of law. Digital Champions help map these villages to ensure girls can be found quickly, especially in the middle of the night when most calls for urgent help are received, particularly during the “cutting season”. They also educate their communities and report cases of Gender Based Violence using a free smartphone app.
Director Biography - Steven Hervieu
Stephen Hervieu is a producer/director at Tigervision. He has extensive experience producing inspirational video content for a wide range of commercial, government and NGO clients.

Director Statement
I like to give back where I can and am proud to have contributed my services FOC to this very worthwhile campaign.

7:25 Veral Is understanding possible between city slickers & this reclusive community? Urban/rural divide takes a newspaperman to High Plains, CO.Q&A

Haze, “big-city” newspaperman, searches the High Plains for a “country-flavor” story for the Post. The urban/rural divide is palpable the moment he arrives. Is understanding possible between city slickers and this reclusive community? His search leads him to the Veral "Wax" Museum, presided over by solitary teen Alicia. The basem*nt houses the town’s mummified dead, preserved through her forebears' formula, dating from the Homestead Act. Alone in this stark tomb, Alicia seeks to transfigure the irrevocable law of life and death while Haze's deadline hangs in the balance.

Director Biography - Erin Lane Harper
I make films about the High Plains of Colorado where I grew up. My first collaboration was with award-winning (and neighbor across county lines) Colorado author Gregory Hill. In development is EAST OF DENVER, my adaptation of his first novel. VERAL is a short based on one of Hill’s short stories.
These cinematic explorations have inspired my new original work, LAST CHANCE, an episodic fantasy-fable connecting a bloodline of women that spans 150 years within a blasted outpost town on the brutal High Plains. The roots trace back to Native women and ends in the future with their matriarchal revelations to sustain life through preservation on land that is depleted of all its water.
As a one-woman band, I make short observational films about women farmers across the country. I teach film workshops with a rural group of high school women, Las Estrellas, and am developing, with collaborator Erin Greenwell, a four-year cross-country film exchange for youth.
I recently co-directed and edited the feature documentary, MY WILD HEART, worked as a cinematographer with the acclaimed and late filmmaker Barbara Hammer and produced the award-winning Sundance Film, MY BEST DAY, in 2012.

Director Statement
I was always drawn to the young female character in the story of VERAL. I named her Alicia (depending on the geographic origin the name means “truth” or “noble”). Naturally, I compared my life experiences to hers and discovered there were little to no parallels. But I interpreted an attitude that she possessed and that I could relate to, or maybe envied.
When I grew up in Colorado, I remember the heaviness of tragedy that wove throughout local families’ lives, whether it was a horrible farm accident, total-yield-destroying storms, terminal illnesses, or suicide. But the day-to-day wasn’t dismal. Families seemed genuinely happy and functional. I imagine it was because we didn’t speak of these tragedies. Maybe it was a tactic for forgetting and/or for surviving.
I, too, was a happy kid most of the time. But restless. I would act out embellished fantasies of buried stories upon the never-ending stage of a dirt road to an audience of curious (probably uninterested) herds of cattle. Kicks, spins, loud singing, soliloquies – whatever it took to get them to single-file it and nose-up to the barbed wire. This grand theatrical display that expressed all truths to inconversant creatures was a benign way for me to purge my angst. And this front-row performance may have laid the foundation for the superpowers I longed for and would later transpose onto Alicia in her solitary world.
While building up Alicia’s grand-champion-caliber 4-H arts and crafts exhibit (her inherited “wax” museum), I also indulged her stretched reality with a grounded, relatable work ethic. I imagined that she might keep herself busy crafting phenomenal companions (preserving the townsfolk with a family recipe tanning formula)in order to cope with loneliness. She remains content with the world she creates because she has nothing to compare it to, but the darkness has to emerge eventually.
By the end, Alicia’s world, teeming with “life” as she has created it, is exploited by a cheap shot, a push of a shutter button. Haze breaks the rules of the museum by sneaking a photograph of Alicia’s prized collectible, her mother. The resulting bland photographic simulacrum of her tangible life’s work will likely be put on display in a section of a newspaper that will line a cat’s litter box.I conclude by coming back to Alicia, the female character. As one may guess, she does not descend into despair but unleashes a repressed internal state that transcends her creative capabilities.

8:08 Hidden Wounds Compassionate film on importance of mental health for patients & caregivers with CNN anchor Richard Lui, his mom, & others.

It is a film that shows us how mental health is not what we think it is. It is not only the polar extremes of what the movies or media have made it out to be. It often comes in shades of grey and in places we do not expect or notice.
In this raw and inspiring documentary filmed over the course of six years, three families find triumphs when tested challenges of the body and mind like never before.

Director Biography - Richard Lui
Richard Lui is an award-winning veteran network anchor (MSNBC, CNN). He’s produced investigative stories on human trafficking, civil rights, the military, and politics. Lui is an AARP Caregiving Champion, Alzheimer's Association Celebrity Champion, Hidden Heroes ambassador, and BrightFocus ambassador. He is a caregiver for his father.
Director Statement
Seven years ago, I learned my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I knew I may have to leave the career I worked for and loved so much, journalism. But my company did the unexpected. I could work part-time so I could fly from New York to California weekly to care for my Dad.
I am one in three Americans who is touched by caring for an ailing loved one. And I’m part of the half a trillion annual dollars in work me and 53 million others do for loved ones. I'm proud to do it — and I'm proud to share the stories of others doing it, too.

9:45 The Adventures of Saul Bellow Celebrated novelist turns life into art. Features his wives, offspring, Phillip Roth, Salman Rushdie, & other writers.

The film traces Bellow's rise to eminence and examines his many identities: reluctant public intellectual, 'serial husband', father, Chicagoan, Jew and American. Interviews with the novelist's family and friends will shed new light on Bellow's personality and the way he turned life into art.

Director Biography - Asaf Galay
The film's director, Asaf Galay, uses the documentary medium to rethink Jewish and Israeli relationships with modern culture. His recent films include Army Of Lovers in the Holy Land, which follows a Swedish pop singer from his sexually provocative art to his decision to move to Israel; The Hebrew Superhero, which examined the development of comic-books in Israel, and The Muses of Bashevis Singer, his documentary about the female translators who transformed the career of Nobel prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, and which was chosen to open the 2015 New York Jewish Film Festival. Galay also has a film currently in production: Cartooning America, about the Jewish cartoonists who brought us Betty Boop.
Director Statement
I was born in Chicago in 1978. Like Saul Bellow, I too can say, “I am an American, Chicago born.” For me, as for Bellow, that claim would be both the truth and a lie. My family came from Israel to the United States only for a short period of time, while my father completed a PhD at the University of Chicago. Growing up in Israel and moving back to the U.S. in my late thirties, I have always felt both fascinated and alienated by American culture—a contradiction that Bellow vividly explores in his work.
I realized I had to make a film about Bellow while working on my last project, The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer. That film told the story of how Singer used English language translation to transform his Yiddish writing into an American voice. As Singer’s first translator, Bellow was the bridge between the world of Jewish particularity and American, Anglophone universalism. I began to look for the ingredients in Bellow’s work that allowed him to become the missing link between these two worlds.

My affinity for the writer has deepened and developed over the years, stretching beyond questions of Jewish and American identity. I have come to admire the author’s bold insistence on humanism, how he cleaves to unfashionable notions like ‘culture’ and ‘personality.’ At the same time, I am troubled by Bellow’s racist and sexist imagery. I believe that these qualities make his work difficult to teach and study today. In my film, I am determined to let both of these sides of the author come to life. I seek a cinematic language that can bring out all the layers of his work for a new generation—the humorous, the spiritual, the profound, the American, the Jewish, the lowbrow, the highbrow, the just, and the unjust.

SEPT 4 - SUNDAY

7PM East Belfast Boy Street-sharp poet pumps techno and pulverizing moments into cliché-free zone. Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets, His mates, His girl and...The Boys.

Director Biography - Emma Jordan
Prime Cut’s Artistic Director has directed a strong body of critically acclaimed plays for the company, most recently Fionnuala Kennedy’s Removed (Young At Art Belfast Children’s Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Baboro Children’s Festival and IPAY, Philadelphia. Winner Best Theatre Script- Irish Writers Guild Awards and Allianz Arts & Business Creative Communities Award, ), Fintan Brady’s East Belfast Boy (The MAC, Edinburgh Fringe and Island of Ireland Tour 2018-19), Red by John Logan a Prime Cut-Lyric co-production (Winner of 4 Awards at the 2017 Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Director and Best Production. Nominated for Best Director 2017 UK Theatre Awards), Stacey Gregg’s Scorch (winner of 7 international awards including a Scotsman Fringe First, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award and the 2015 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play) Belfast, island of Ireland and UK Tour, the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Sweden and Germany tours. Directing credits also include After Miss Julie (Patrick Marber), God Of Carnage (Yasmina Reza), The Conquest of Happiness (Co-created & directed with Haris Pasovic) I Am My Own Wife [Doug Wright], Blackbird (David Harrower), Shoot The Crow (Owen McCafferty), Scarborough (Fiona Evans), Woman and Scarecrow (Marina Carr), After The End (Denis Kelly).
In 2020-21 in response the ongoing theatre lockdown Emma has directed a series of digital productions for Prime Cut including East Belfast Boy (Edinburgh Fringe and Eastside Arts Festival), Father The Father (The MAC) and Removed (Traverse 3 Online: Edinburgh Festival, SEODA Culture Ireland Showcase and Imaginate Festival 2021). Other digital work includes Wake Cake by Stacey Gregg BBC, and Modern Myths by Clare Dwyer Hogg for the MAC.
Emma has also directed One Good Turn by Una McKevitt for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin as well as Educating Rita, Lovers and A Streetcar Named Desire for the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Lord of The Flies for Sherman Theatre Cardiff and Theatr Clwyd.
In 2014 Emma was the recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Cultural Entrepreneurship Breakthrough Award and the Spirit of Festival Award at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2015. She won the Best Director Award for Red at the 2017 Irish Times Irish Theatre Award and has been nominated consecutively for Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards for Red and Lovers (2017-18) She was nominated for Best Director at the 2020 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for Removed and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Director Statement
East Belfast Boy in its original conception as a stage show was a story that was very close to my heart, I loved the visceral experience of the pumping techno and the open-ended nature of the brilliant script by Fintan Brady. The script invited a choreographic language, multiple ways of exploring Davy’s world through word, movement and music. When the pandemic hit Prime Cut had to put on hold all theatrical endeavours, the live aspect of our work needed to be reassessed and it gave pause to consider what might we make that would be true to our companies ethos but which could reach new audiences. It seemed to me that of all our 30 year catalogue of plays that East Belfast Boy provided the best opportunity to explore what was for us a new medium. It is an experiment - a transference of theatrical aesthetics in digital form - an exploration of movement on camera complemented by voice-over. We learned a tremendous amount, our learning curve was steep with both Ciaran Bagnal and myself experienced theatre-makers but pure rookies in the film making process.We trusted our instincts and with the skill of a great editor Conor Maguire and talented composer Phil Kieron we got East Belfast Boy over the line.

7:30 Over My Dead Body Jewish Persian-American woman and muslim fiancé conflict with parents.

Director Biography - Meital Cohen Navarro
Meital Cohen Navarro is an award-winning filmmaker, whose films often feature notable moments of womanhood from unique and unexpected perspectives.

Her most recent short film, the critically acclaimed Over My Dead Body, which she wrote, directed, produced, and edited, has screened at numerous film festivals in 2021. The film, a devastating drama about a family at war over love versus religious tradition, has been nominated for best-scripted series for the CTA at the Television Academy and nominated at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. As well, won Best Narrative Short at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, The Grand Jury Prize at the Richmond International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Valley Film Festival, the Audience Award at Pittsburgh Shorts, and an Honorable Mention at Dances With Films and many more. as well as receiving nominations at the Atlanta Jewish FF, Cordillera International FF, Julien Dubuque International FF, and the UK Jewish FF.

The prolific Cohen-Navarro is currently filming and in post-production on three new documentaries, with planned debut in late 2023, as well as being in pre-production on a narrative feature film and two new short film projects. Elizabeth’s Survival Story follows Holocaust survivor and artist, Elizabeth Mann, as she is completing her final painting at 95 years old. Elizabeth paints the images and faces she can never forget from what she endured in the concentration camps. The film incorporates Elisabeth’s stories from her time as a teenager in Auschwitz and explores her thoughts on her final painting and how it reflects on the life she lived and the hardships she survived. Cohen-Navarro is currently filming a documentary in The Democratic Republic Of Congo, a story of the African leader who defied all odds by becoming one of the most influential businessmen in Africa, and a beloved politician that changed the face of the Congolese political map with only one goal in mind - to better the lives of his people.

Her past two shorts from 2019 films were, The Cake is about a woman who discovers a 40-year-old secret about her husband and best friend and what happens when she confronts that friend, and In It Together is about two immigrants struggling to maintain their relationship while at the breaking point in their efforts to support themselves.

Cohen-Navarro previously worked at the Israel Broadcasting Authority on documentary TV and feature films and the renowned weekly investigative documentary show “Mabbat-Sheni". Her passion for diverse cultures led her to live in Africa, where she wrote and reported for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. Her stories depicted social conflict, and daily life in countries like DR-Congo, Mozambique and South Africa. Her background in documentaries and journalism imbues her narrative filmmaking with a detail-oriented realism. Her films tell stories of ordinary people and life’s unassuming moments that contain a deeper resonance with a specific focus on the unique challenges that women face in their daily lives.

Cohen-Navarro earned an MFA in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Communication from the Open University of Israel. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Director Statement
“Over My Dead Body”
Director’s Statement
I am a grandchild of Yemenite and Moroccan immigrants who moved to Israel in the early 50’s. As a youth, I felt the clash between the two different worlds, the traditionally conservative world and the modern liberal world. I did not understand the reasons or dynamics or implications of this gap. I simply rebelled against all the traditions and values that informed my parents’ lives. Filmmaking has allowed me to explore the clash between the tradition and the contemporary, the values of each world, and how to demonstrate their effects on individuals.
The move to Los Angeles introduced me, an Israeli Jew, to the Persian Jewish community. Their kindness, warmth, support, and, of course, rich cuisine and hospitality reminded me of where I grew up. The more I associated with the Persian Jewish community, the more I began to ask questions: “Why does the younger generation tend to get married to people within their community, when we’re in such diverse city?”; “Since Jews can marry Jews from any culture, why do most of the younger people within the Los Angeles’ Persian Jewish community tend to marry within their community?” I subsequently learned that the community endeavors to maintains its identity, values, and language through traditional marital practices.
In creating “Over My Dead Body,” I was eager to examine the familiar and often complex elements of my own culture. I decided to go on a journey exploring more details by interviewing members of the Los Angeles Persian Jewish community. I focused on what was considered as socially and religiously taboo and why the younger generations find themselves marrying within their community. My research revealed to me their attitudes toward marriage, tradition, and the meaning of family.
At a certain stage during my many interviews, I did not believe what I was hearing when modern and successful young people who were born here explained why marrying within the community made sense to them. At first, I thought their decisions were arrogant or even racially motivated. As I interviewed more people, however, I began to look at it from a different perspective. The reason for their choices in marriage were rooted in something deeper than I had originally thought, and this revelation touched me profoundly. It also made me understand their worldview. My interviews helped me formulate an authentic Persian Jewish family drama and helped me establish a protagonist based on the personalities I met on my journey and my personal experience.
In this film, I wanted to represent a younger generation trapped within the conservative traditions that the community maintained in its transition to the United States, a country of more freedom and diversity. When I started writing, it was an easy choice for me to present the parents and the family in a rigid manner and make them look like the bad guys and the protagonist as the one who needs to be saved. But as I researched and developed the characters, I began to feel the disappointment of the parents, the brother's desire to protect them, and the pain of the sister who chose the conservative path of her parents rather than to follow her heart. Each member of the family had his or her own reason for why the protagonist should give up her choice. From their point of view, they were trying to protect her and protect the supreme value in Persian Jewish culture: family.
The protagonist, Isfahan, thinks that her parents have softened over the years and that living in the United States might have changed them. She hopes she can live within an American cultural identity, but she finds herself struggling between choosing to please her family and living her own life.
Isfahan, 31, falls in love with a Persian who is Muslim. This is the greatest and most unforgivable taboo in Judaism, especially within the Persian Jewish community.
Even though this story focuses on a Persian Jewish family, the narrative of Isfahan and her family can be considered a universal story that people from different cultural backgrounds can identify with and relate to their own potential personal and/or political conflicts.
The principles and beliefs behind these conflicts are set in stone, but the ending remains open. Should Isfahan go with the love of her life? Or should she choose her family’s traditional values? I needed to represent both sides fairly and sympathetically. My goal was for viewers to understand the parents' point of view but also identify with and understand the difficulty of Isfahan’s dilemma.
I hope the film will help families with generational rifts to understand the other side of their own stories: the parents will see the toll it has on their children through Isfahan’s devastation, and the younger generation will see the parents’ equally heartbreaking cultural challenges.

8:02 Pessoas Photographer & daughter seek unknown woman whose picture he captured in a parade after the death of Fidel Castro.

Arturo travels to Santiago de Cuba just after the death of Fidel Castro to find an unknown woman whom he photographed in the parade on May 1 10 years ago. He is accompanied by his daughter Greta, from whom he has been estranged for some time.

Director Biography - Arturo Dueñas Herrero
Arturo Dueñas (Esguevillas de Esgueva, Valladolid, Spain, 1962). Bachelor of Arts, Qualified in Cinematography and Filmmaking Course at the New York Film Academy. Full member of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain. Actor, director, producer, editor and scriptwriter in several short films, he has produced and directed the feature films Amateurs (Aficionados, 2011), selected and awarded in over 30 international festivals, Corsairs (Corsarios, 2015), Mission: Sahara (Misión: Sáhara, 2016), Built lands (Tierras construidas, 2019) and Pessoas (Pessoas, 2020).

9:23 Taste of the Indigenous Discover the history, tradition, and culture of the Indigenous Native Americans through their food.
Director - Josephine Lilla Bono

9:45 The Coronation In this wordless, experimental film, a powerful goddess meets her match. For mature audience.

Director Biography - Emily Penick
Emily is a writer / director with a background in directing and choreographing stage plays. In NYC, she has worked at Playwrights Horizons, 2nd Stage, New Dramatists, The Tank, and elsewhere, developing new works for both stage and film. Before Covid, Emily was also a member of Frost Productions, responsible for producing large-scale events like the MET Gala, Tonys red carpet, and film premieres. In addition to her own projects, Emily assists Tony-award-winning director and MacAurthur Fellow, David Cromer.
Emily is passionate about creating community, fostering positive change, and sharing career-development resources with young artists. During her time as Literary & Artistic Manager at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Emily lead the charge to make the institution a Deaf-friendly space, managing artistic programming, inclusive casting, meaningful community partnerships, and capital improvements which included the implementation of closed captioning in both main stage spaces. Also at ACT, Emily founded and managed the Kenan Directing Fellowship, which generously supported emerging directors with mentorship and financial resources.
Through her efforts with RED STAGE, which she founded, Emily has produced the world premiere Worse Than Tigers, and commissioned emerging female playwrights. RED STAGE also shares funding and career development opportunities with artists across disciplines, through their resource library at redstage.org.
With over a decade of experience in clown, nouveau vaudeville, and physical theatre, Emily is passionate about stories which showcase either subtlety or overtly, the modern clown. Two of her upcoming short film projects, The Coronation and Cuffing Season, showcase such work. As an educator, Emily has adjudicated new play festivals at universities, taught play submission workshops, taught graduate courses in directing, acting, and movement technique, and guest-directed and choreographed university productions.
Recent directing credits include AN ILIAD (Brick Monkey Theater Company), THE WOLVES (Bucknell University), CORIOLANUS: Fight Like a Bitch (Rebel Kat Productions), A Christmas Carol (ACT- A Contemporary Theatre), the world premiere of Worse Than Tigers (RED STAGE), Gregory Award-winning Romeo & Juliet (Seattle Immersive Theatre), Pilgrims (Forward Flux), Snowglobed (Playing in Progress) and Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s The Other Woman, Wandering and their world premiere of the devised play Pot of Gold. Emily has choreographed at Book-It Repertory Theatre (Slaughterhouse Five), Café Nordo (Don Nordo Del Midwest), ACT Theatre (A Christmas Carol), and for the UMO Ensemble's Resistance Cabaret - Resistance is Fertile!
Emily was born in California, raised in New Jersey, attended Bucknell University, and earned her MFA in Directing from Ohio University.

Director Statement
Emily is a writer / director with a background in directing and choreographing stage plays. Also an intimacy and fight choreographer for both stage and film, Emily believes in the power of physical relationship and non-verbal story-telling. She enjoys deeply collaborative projects which explore the absurdity of the human experience, with all of its humorous, loving, and disturbing connotations. Monty Python meets Pina Bausch.

10PM The 2nd Act A drama based on a true story about a young actor who was sexually assaulted by a talent agent. For mature audience. Q&A

A short film based on a true story about a young actor who is harassed by a talent agent and decides to take matters into his own hands.

Director Biography - Victor Fontoura
VICTOR FONTOURA is a Brazilian queer director, writer, actor and producer based in NYC. He graduated in Theatre Directing from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He studied film at SVA - School of Visual Arts, MNN - Manhattan Neighborhood Network and AIC - Academia Internacional de Cinema. He is an artvist for Human Rights and LGBTQ+ community. "The 2nd Act" is his first film as a director and screenwriter.

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AUG 31 - TUESDAY
2:00 & 8:00PM Opening with Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig

2:30 & 8:30PM Behind My Eyes
September 11, 2001 began as a beautiful summer day, with a pleasant heat, a diaphanous light, and the bustle of thousands of New Yorkers commuting to their activities, to fulfill their civic duty to vote, and to drop off their children in schools and daycare centers in all four counties. It ended with smoke-blackened skies over the iconic World Trade Center skyscrapers being fatally attacked by a terrorist group; plus the anguish of millions not knowing where or how their loved ones were. Iván M. Acosta witnessed it all from his balcony in Hell’s Kitchen in West Manhattan. He took out his Super 8 camera and recorded the worst attack in the history of the city that welcomed him when he emigrated from Cuba. The film remained in storage for almost two decades and today it links together the first-line first responders, and all the people who supported and helped each other. Q&A
Director Biography - Ivan Acosta
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Ivan Acosta Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) is a playwright, composer, film and theater director. In August 1961, he escaped from Cuba with his parents on a boat to Jamaica. In the United States he served 6 years in the army as a paratrooper. He studied film at New York University, and Social Studies and Film Marketing at the New School for Social Research University, and television production at New York TeleVariation TV Academy. He made his debut as a playwright with the Rock and Roll musical, Grito 71, which was also acclaimed by the English language press. In 1976 he wrote and filmed "The Coffin", a 16mm short, and made his debut as a director of fictional feature films in 1985 with “Amigos”, a film that tells the adventures of a Cuban (marielito) in Miami, who entered the United States as part of the exodus that occurred in 1980 from Cuba to this country. However, it is his play El Súper (premiered on November 5, 1977) that gave him celebrity, which is considered the most important theatrical work and film shot by Cubans in exile. It won more than 30 awards in the international arena. He is the founder of the Cuban Cultural Center of New York.
His documentaries has frequently dealt with Cuban musical rhythms, as do his films.

4:00 & 10:00PM The Accident
An accident happened on her way home and disrupted Shuying's then-peaceful life. As the burden from her family collided with her inner moral condemnation, she felt tangled, helpless and painful. Standing on the crossroad, which way will she go?

5:00 & 11:00PM The River Man
Day after day, a simple man punctuates his life between fishing, his garden and his fantasies, when an intruder comes to shake it all up.

Director - MARC DESSUP
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SEPT 1 - WEDNESDAY

2:30 & 8:30PM Infected
"How late is too late?"
A dystopian glimpse into the fall of contemporary western society by Madrid punk band A.C.T., animated and directed by Madrid/Minneapolis artist, Alfonso Cronopio.

Director Biography - Alfonso 'Cronopio' Moreno
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Alfonso is a multifaceted artist from Madrid, Spain, who moved to the US in the XXI century.
He's known for fronting the seminal hardcore punk band TdeK (or TDK) in the 1980s & playing in lesser-known rock bands The Mezquinos and Los Garduños in the 90s. Today he collaborates with Chano & Germán, from the SoMad band NOUS, in A.C.T., when he travels to Madrid to visit family. This video is about the last song they recorded.

2:35 & 8:35PM Formless Form
Our world. Our lives. Both inner and outer are in a state of change. Sometimes imperceptible yet always knowable.
Director Biography - Ben Ridgway
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Ben is a CalArts graduate and a games industry veteran. His career has spanned through both the industry and academia since 1998. While in the games industry he helped create games for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft console systems. More recently he assisted in the production of a virtual reality experience, IO Moon for the Oculus Rift - http://www.headtripgames.com/iomoon/
Ben’s animations have been showcased at film festivals worldwide including Sundance, Cannes, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Anima Mundi. He has been invited numerous times to present at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference. His work has been published in “History of Animation” by Maureen Furniss. Ben has won numerous animation festival awards and has received the Vimeo Staff Pick Award for his films “Cosmic Flower Unfolding”, “Tribocycle”, and “Inner Space Artifacts”.
In addition to creating animated abstract cinematic experiences for the movie screen, Ben uses virtual reality, sculpture, and digital art as part of his growing body of work.
Director Statement
“I am an inner space excavator. My goal is to dig deep into the inner spatial worlds and ideas we engage with in our minds and bring them into physical form. Where words fall short, visual language, sound, and all of the senses can be used to communicate worlds of abstraction in a universally understandable manner."

2:38 & 8:38PM Recycled Verses
Cyclical nature of life, art self-expression.

Randy Kelly is an award-winning film and television director, editor and cameraman based in the Ottawa/Gatineau area in Canada. With over 24 years of experience, Randy has worked on dramatic TV series, lifestyle series, documentaries, short and feature-length films, cinepoems and music videos in both English and French.

Recycled Verses is a cinepoem (video for a spoken word poem) about the cyclical nature of life and art and self-expression.

Director- Randy Kelly
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2:45 & 8:45PM Nine Point Mesa Ranch
West Texas has become a desolate desert. Nine Point Mesa Ranch, a swath of unforgiving territory, drew the interest of Chicago businessman Jon Nau. His vision was to restore the land and build back the wildlife populations. The proficiency of his plan became the litmus test for restoring earth and species including blue quail, bighorn sheep and desert mule deer. These animals now thrive on the high mesa of Terlingua, TX. One man dreamed big dreams and they have come true.
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Philip Wages is an awarding winning director/DP and still photographer. He frequently films commercials, features and documentaries. Currently, Philip is in preproduction for two different movies and in post on another movie expected to premiere later this year. He shot a documentary, "Hear Us", which premiered on PBS throughout the country last year. He also filmed the feature “Still,” which is currently available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Philip has filmed all over the country and the world for major commercial brands. His heart is in telling stories whether in narrative, documentary or photo essay. His naturalistic lighting style lends itself readily to narrative and documentary work.
Philip currently lives in Atlanta, but he is often on the road shooting both motion and stills.

SEPT 2 - THURSDAY
2:30 & 8:30PM
George Floyd: Say Their Names
When will the "last" time be the LAST time? Chris Oledude's single "George Floyd" has now been re-presented in the powerful video, "George Floyd: Say Their Names." America's struggle for equality and fairness throughout law enforcement parallels those struggles faced by minority groups in every society where the majority feels empowered to disregard civil and human rights. The powerful protests that erupted worldwide after George Floyd's murder in May, 2020, are celebrated here. The enduring power of Black women as determined healers of a torn community is celebrated here. The victims had names. We honor their lives by saying their names.
The pressure for change must continue. No justice? No peace!
Director Biography - Christopher R. Owens, Alyssa Dann (Student)
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ALYSSA DANN
Alyssa Dann was a quiet and reserved child raised in a very musical household. Her father is a highly-regarded bass and guitar player and her mother is a singer. For Alyssa, music has always been her voice. She started lessons at the age of five and songwriting by seven. By 13, Alyssa was playing bass on her father’s gigs at clubs in New York City. Fast forward to 2018, and Alyssa, while still in high school, was performing in New York City and Boston and releasing her own recordings.
During high school, Alyssa was introduced to the power of storytelling through film. She directed, filmed, and edited two of her own music videos, and fell in love with video editing. In a "Media as Service" program with Woodstock Travels, she visited India and Nepal, working with NGOs to create promotional content. After high school, she taught video editing and recording media arts to 8th Grade kids -- in her old classroom!
Alyssa's decision to direct and edit “George Floyd: Say Their Names” during her transition to college has opened her eyes and changed her life -- and she is not looking back.
Alyssa recently started attending Sarah Lawrence College (US-NY), Class of 2024, and sees herself majoring in Psychology, Public Health and Music.

CHRISTOPHER R. OWENS / CHRIS OLEDUDE
As a singer-songwriter and performer, Chris Owens has been musically active for nearly 55 of his 62 years. He studied piano, cello, recorder, and African drums, and also sang in numerous choruses. Owens had been in bands and school musicals, but no videos or films.
With a family to support and a career to sustain, Chris Owens put his passion for music aside until his father, Nelson Mandela and family friend Pete Seeger all passed within three months of each other between October, 2013 and January, 2014. As a result, Chris and his two brothers formed OBB - The Owens Brothers Band and started performing original music live. Then, in 2017, Chris' wife was diagnosed with cancer ... and music was again put on hold.
In 2020, a year after Sandra's death and at the start of the COVID pandemic, Chris Owens decided to create the artist known as CHRIS OLEDUDE to serve as the full outlet for his creative energy and the burning desire to speak out during challenging times. Focused on music, Owens never really thought about "videos". He really knew nothing about video production or editing.
Chris Owens founded CESO ENTERPRISES, INC. in May, 2020 to manage the work of CHRIS OLEDUDE and the intellectual property past, present and future from Chris and his two sons.
On June 14, 2020, Owens recorded the vocal tracks for the song "George Floyd". During that session, studio musicians, singers, and the recording engineer's young daughter gathered outdoors around three microphones to record the chants heard in the song. That young woman was Alyssa Dann, then a high school senior, who also served as the "voice over" towards the end of the video. Alyssa is a singer-songwriter herself and was so inspired by the song, that she asked Owens if she could work on a video for the song. And Owens consented.
The result was an inter-generational, cross-cultural, and geographically diverse urban/rural relationship. Owens had worked in local politics for a few years, including campaign management. He had overseen production of some short videotaped candidate messages for voters, but never a musical production. Dann had worked on high school video projects and her own music videos. But this video was much more complex and nearly seven minutes in length.
Between June and October, Owens' company, CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., produced the video, "George Floyd: Say Their Names," with Owens and Dann co-directing and Dann handling the editing. Owens had a small singing role, and singer Wendy Ward had the lead role, along with the community church-based Angels of Transformation Dancers.
The production was "low-budget," technically challenging, and emotionally draining. But, in the end, everyone involved with "George Floyd: Say Their Names" was moved by the experience. Now, audiences are moved as well.
Director Statement
CHRIS OLEDUDE:
The murder of George Floyd focused attention on police brutality against people of color, and racism in general, in a way that few moments have in American history. As an artist, I had to speak out in my way, right away, because I was just as angry as everyone else.
We need stability and a focus on "people first" in order to rejuvenate our nation! If you know economic justice, you will know peace. If you know health care justice, you will know peace. If you know education justice, you will know peace. If you know fair and equal justice under the law, you will know peace. If you know human and civil rights, you will know peace. And, as one of humankind's most powerful communication tools, music brings us closer to feeling these issues in our bones and saving our collective soul.
I was also blessed and honored by the strong interest of the talented Alyssa Dann in making the video. GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES is a unique statement in large part because Ms. Dann brought the energy and perspectives of younger people to the project -- as well as her excellent aesthetic sense.
It is a tribute to her commitment and fortitude that Alyssa was able to complete her good work on her first 'professional' video while simultaneously starting her freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College during the COVID pandemic here in New York State. I don't know if I could have done that.
ALYSSA DANN:
When I was a background vocalist for the Chris Oledude song, "George Floyd," I was caught up in the passionate frustration and determination embedded in the music. In the aftermath of the recording session, I kept visualizing aspects of the song. I knew I wanted to create this video. When I asked Chris for the opportunity to do this, he gave me a strange look, but he agreed right away and we embarked on a wild journey into unknown territory. After all, we are both strong-willed songwriters. What could be more perfect, right?
As we completed "George Floyd: Say Their Names," however, it became so clear that we had created something special -- more of a short film than a simple music video -- more of an "experience" than a "moment." When someone whispered the phrase "film festivals," we paused and agreed to explore some more. Wow! Neither Chris nor I had any idea that there was a world of music video and short film festivals where GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES could be shared. Now, we are truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of these events.

2:55 & 8:55PM Too Late
The protagonist of the animation is a model, actress, star of Andy Warhol's films and his partner, Edie Sedgwick. The main axis of the film, however, is not her relationship with the American artist, but the relationship with her toxic father. Difficult childhood has cast a shadow on her adult life, soaked with alcohol and filled with drugs. The protagonists look like silhouettes cut out of paper or puppets from a shadow theatre; their character traits are embodied by animals, frequently appearing in the film; due to that the story becomes extremely universal. Not only in case of famous people, sometimes it is too late to reverse the fate. "Too Late” - is a tribute to the „Princess of the Underground” for the 50th anniversary of her death.

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Director Biography: Kinga Syrek (born in 1995) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland. She was the recipient of the prestigious “Diamond Grant” in 2019, which is awarded by The Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland for her project “Immersion in an animated film”. In the same year she received a “Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s scholarship for her artistic works. She has created and directed a fully visual first ever animated film about the life of Edie Sedgwick, entitled “Too Late”, which is her debut film.

Director Statement: ”Too Late" is an animated short film based on the life story of Edie Sedgwick - a tribute for the 50th anniversary of her death. The film’s soundtrack was produced by Robert Margouleff - a Grammy Award-winning American record producer and co-producer of „Ciao! Manhattan” (the last Edie Sedgwick’s film).
Edie Sedgwick was one of the greatest of Andy Warhol’s muses, but also, what is the most important, an artist in her own right. Unfortunately, her life’s path was not strewn with roses, even though she did come from a wealthy and historically renowned American family. Her far-too-brief life was beset with chaos, depression, and suffering.
The film not only tells her story with a new and original perspective; it also makes one of Edie’s dreams come true.

3:15 & 9:15PM Anagnorisis
A new doctor has just arrived at a nursing home, where he meets a patient tormented by a past which he cannot remember. This doctor will help him do it, without anticipating the consequences.

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Director Biography: Arturo Dueñas Herrero (Esguevillas de Esgueva, Valladolid, Spain, 1962). Bachelor of Arts, Qualified in Cinematography and Filmmaking Course at the New York Film Academy. Full member of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain. Actor, director, producer, editor and scriptwriter in several short films, he has produced and directed the feature films Amateurs (Aficionados, 2011), selected and awarded in over 30 international festivals, Corsairs (Corsarios, 2015), Mission: Sahara (Misión: Sáhara, 2016), Built lands (Tierras construidas, 2019) and Pessoas: the shortest path (Pessoas: el camino más corto, 2020).

3:30 & 9:30PM Perfect Strangers
Two strangers meet during COVID quarantine


Director Biography: Ana Barredo has always been fascinated by Hollywood, touting that she learned to speak English watching American TV shows, growing up in the Philippines. In 1986, she immigrated to the US with her family.
In 2001, she wrote, directed and produced her first indie feature "A Real Job." This modest $15K-budget movie went on to gain glowing reviews, a Best Director nomination for a 2003 DVD Premiere Award and most importantly, a distribution deal with Image Entertainment and a recent streaming deal with Shout Factory.
Barredo followed it up with a short film titled "The Plight of the Angelenos," which screened in numerous film festivals such as the LA Shorts, Moondance, Oxnard and Rotterdam Film Festivals.
While working as a DVD Special Features Producer, she met Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Zicree. This led to her documentary feature "The Table," which won the Best Feature Award at the SoCal Film Festival and a distribution deal with Cinedigm.

4:00 & 10:00PM Wisdom for the Future
How can we get into sync with nature when powerful corporations rule and natural law has no mercy? Explores Iroquois principles of individual freedom and community consensus. “Wisdom for the Future” is Episode 1 of a 7-part series. Q&A

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Producer/Directors Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig

Director’s Biography: Nathan Koenig combines a broad background in many facets of theatrical and video production: directing, scripting, editing and marketing. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Denison University, where he studied theatre and filmmaking, winning awards for both. He then went to Los Angeles and went from understudy to actor to producer of three successful plays at the Gallery Theatre in West Hollywood. Then he was drafted.

In the 1970's he used Super 8 film and 35mm slides to document West Coast counterculture. He documented the traditional beliefs of indigenous cultures through interviews, photography, film and video. His dedication to the preservation of traditional cultures has given him access to places and individuals not usually within reach of the general public.

In 1972, he founded White Buffalo Multi-Media, Inc. That was when "multimedia" combined performance with films, video, slides and, special effects. Between 1973-74, he managed the WOW Hall, a community performing arts center in Eugene Oregon (formerly a meeting place for Woodsmen of the World). Between 1972-1976, he traveled around the west, doing shows in countercultural and Native American communities. Between 1978 and 1985, the repertoire of multi-media shows were featured at the Mind-Body-Spirit Festivals, Whole Life Expo's and planetariums in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and London. Some titles include: “Ancient Prophecies Future Visions", "The Mystique of Ancient Mexico", "I Am Universe", and "Esoteric Egypt". At the Expos, Koenig alternated his works with other producers of human potential A/V media. In 1987, Abbie Hoffman asked Nathan to direct the light show for the "Great '60s Ball," at the old Fillmore East, where the projection screen was a planetarium dome. Performers included the Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Buffy Sainte Marie and Country Joe.

White Buffalo Multimedia's goal is to edit documentaries from vintage footage gathered over the years and to transform the entire multimedia repertoire into digital formats. These include best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel, human potential pioneer Dr. Jean Houston, Mohawk educator Ray Fadden/Tehanetorens, herbalist Susun Weed, and “Lifestyles of the Solar Famous”. Nathan Koenig and Shelli Lipton are in production on a documentary series "Iroquois Power for the 21st Century" and “Woodstock DownUnder,” a series about Woodstock’s sister city Nimbin, Australia.

From 1985-2005, Nathan founded and directed Upstate Media Enterprises, offering video production services including promotional videos and events. Clients included The American Ballet Theatre, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Ecofest in NYC, Woodstock Youth Theatre, and Catskill Ballet. Mr. Koenig and his partner Shelli Lipton produced 4 years of TV promos for The Clearwater Festival with Pete Seeger. When the festival asked why they videoed 20 hours for a 30 second promo, Nathan replied “Because it’s history. You’ve got Pete Seeger and many activist folk singers empowering the generations.”

Mr. Koenig is co-founder and President of the Woodstock Museum, chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. Woodstock Museum events include workshops on renewable energy resources such as solar hot water and photovoltaics. Also, workshops with Native Americans and Siberian shaman & author Sarangerel, multi-image shows on the 1960s, Woodstock Art Colony, and Sister City exchanges of art and culture with Woodstock New York and Nimbin, Australia. Nathan Koenig and his wife/partner Shelli Lipton are Woodstock Ambassadors and filmmakersover the last two decades. Says Nathan Koenig, “It’s where we go to discover what could’a would’a should’a happened if the 1960s culture had taken root and evolved.”

Director’s Statement: The Iroquois or Haudenasaunee and other native people are like “the canary in the coal mine” They warn us about the current crisis of existence. They advise us to challenge the destruction of our grandchildren. Chief Oren Lyons says, “When we go, you too will go.” This 7-part series reveals the untold story of America's oldest democracy. Exclusively narrated by Iroquois chiefs, clan mothers, and scholars, the story shows the strong Iroquois influence on the U.S. Constitution.

This series shows what was left out by the U.S. founders and must be implemented to reverse the brutal desecration of a failing society. The Haudenosaunee Tree of Peace ceremony is a bridge between people. Since encountering the Iroquois at the end of The Longest Walk in 1978, I have documented their message over the years until it told a story I think we need to know. I could think of no better project than to convey the message of native people who are one with the earth.

Co-Producer Statement: Shelli Lipton is a multimedia artist with a discipline in Journalistic Illustration. Her early career in film followed traditional art studies in New York City: High School of Music & Art which the movie "Fame" was based on; a Saturday high school scholarship program at Pratt Institute; a full talent scholarship to School of Visual Arts where she taught "How to Go Into Business on Little or No Money." Ms. Lipton also founded the Alumni Society. As the first woman art director in a Mad Ad (Madison Ave.) agency, she created one-take thirty second commercials for fashion accounts. Ms. Lipton was the first woman admitted to the Art Director's Club. Her fashion TV spots were praised as ornamental messages. Shelli Lipton was the youngest owner of a recognized advertising agency revamping the National Audubon Society from a bird society to an environmental organization in 1972.

Warner Brothers, Inc. granted Ms. Lipton money to produce a promotional film on "The Children's Art Collection”, a greeting card and licensing business in the 1970s-1980s. That film, “A Purple Tree is Fine with Me”, went on tour in Japan in the early seventies. Later works were documentaries with White Buffalo Multimedia, Inc. starting in the late eighties when Ms. Lipton also founded Woodstock Museum, Inc. is now an international venue for tourists and researchers into the sixties era of consciousness raising, sustainable living and future environmental development.

Often behind a camera, Ms. Lipton takes liberties to experiment as a paintbrush or palette knife. You wouldn't want to hire her as camera one to film a straight documentation. Ms. Lipton says, "for me to communicate as an artist I see process as giving me freedom to create. The camera is just one of many tools. Our brain is the source to play out the vision."

"Wisdom for the Future" features Iroquois orators and scholars offering solutions to make a better world through a system of government given by "The Peacemaker". America's founders used Iroquois government structure while leaving essential elements out. "I am fully aware that change must take place to prevent extinction. The seven part series is a preparation to bring you into a new paradigm, solving the problem of the power of the people vs. the power of corporate agenda. It's a must see, must learn film series to learn cooperation, not competition and be free people.

SEPT 3 - FRIDAY
2:30 & 8:30PM
I'm So Tired
Comedy about new parents whon attempt to plan their evening...
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2:36 & 8:36PM The Pageant
One person's questioning throws a young couple into a state of crisis.

Director Biography - Kasey O'Brien
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Kasey has worked and trained as an actor both theatrically and on camera. Always fascinated with human stories and a beautiful image, she has begun to tell her own stories through film.
MFA 2020 The New School, New York
from kaseyobriennyc.com

2:45 & 8:45PM Grounders
An inside look at The Prospect Park Women’s Softball League which was formed in 1981 with a radical vision to welcome all women to play regardless of prior experience. It remains a place where women meet across differences of race, economic class, sexual orientation, education, religion, and gender identity to play softball. Q&A

Director - Melanie Hope
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3:50 & 9:50PM Who's a Good Man?
Girl meets boy. Or does she?

Director - Rhonda G. Robinson
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4:00 & 10:00PM Recalling
A young woman named Emma leaves the city for the countryside during a pandemic. She is escaping from the virus, but she is also attempting to leave behind painful memories of her husband, Johnny, who was recently killed by a police officer. Emma arrives in the rural setting of her childhood only to run into Lorenz, a strange vagabond who claims to have access to powerful magic that can help her. Connecting through loss and music, the odd pair overcome their differences to form a unique bond that will alter her life drastically, though not in any way she could have imagined. Q&A

Director Biography: Ariel Glenn and Edoardo Nicholas Bianchi
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Ariel Glenn is originally from a small town near Buffalo, NY. A graduate of the Shakespeare School in ON, Canada, SUNY Fredonia and the Stella Adler Studio, she is currently a stage and film actress based in NYC. Her most recent on-camera credits include the feature length film, Ascension, and the Web Series, the Realm. She originated the role of Dr. Angeri in Goodville at the Hudson Guild Theater, New York Theater Festival, Winterfest 2020 and played Alice in A Sex Thing at HERE Center for the arts. She had begun producing and directing her own work, Recalling being her first film directing credit.
Edoardo Nicholas Bianchi s a bilingual actor, writer and director born in NYC and raised in Milan, Italy from the age of five. After coming back to New York, he was admitted at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio Of Acting where he attended first the Summer Conservatory and then the 2 year Evening Conservatory. Edoardo has also written, produced and directed his own play, Goodville, accepted at the New York Theater Festival, Winterfest 2020. He’s currently working on producing his own short and feature films.

Director Statement: Inspired by the painful events of 2020, this film is an imagining of a world in which trauma caused by brutality and disease could be healed by the magic of strangers.

SEPT 4 - SATURDAY

2:30 & 8:30PM Seeking a Lost Age
Mystical journey to ancient Lemuria with art, montage, sculpture & dance. Q&A’s

Director: Atsuko Mu Yuma (????? is a self-taught multi-media artist from Japan who has lived in New York for 50 years. Yuma earned her degree in design from Musashino Art College in Japan.
For decades, she has been painting oil continuously, performing and has often been told that she is
“Married to Art”
Through her encounters with the eastern and western world, she created natural, spontaneous images and a unique vision of life. Her work is simultaneously futuristic and primitive.
Yuma has exhibited in group shows and solo exhibitions throughout New York, Las Vegas, China,
North Korea, Ecuador and Japan and completed a residency in Morocco.
Most of her creation are based on the harmonic waves of love, strength, great universal power, mystery
of life and death, ancient myth story and culture. Those elements are her impulse of creation.

Statement: I am a Japanese multi-media artist living in New York City for the last 50 years.
My work is an environment warning, a call to us all to recognize the importance of earth and its elements.
Through my creations, I remind people of the peace, unity and beauty of the world.
The universe is a most amazing being with much to teach us and we must maintain this beautiful and powerful earth. These lessons inspire my creation. I will continue to create until the last day of my life.

3:00 & 9:00PM Mississippi Turning
When your state flag contains an emblem that’s been used as a symbol of hate, how do you engage those who consider it part of their heritage? Artist & activist Genesis Be, after her controversial protest against Mississippi's Confederate Heritage Month, heads down to her home state of Mississippi to have an honest discussion with people on both sides of the debate, including her childhood friend, a proud descendant of Confederate soldiers. Q&A

Director Biography - Adam Grannick
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Adam Grannick is a New York-based filmmaker whose projects, ranging from documentary to experimental, have won awards in festivals across the country. “Nashwa,” which he directed,won 1st Place, Women’s Rights category at the 2015 My Hero International Film Festival and won 3rd Prize at the 2015 Reason Media Awards. "American Quartet," which he co-wrote and produced, won 5 awards, including Best Experimental at Coney Island Film Festival.
Director Statement
In a country that's profoundly polarized, is there a more polarizing symbol than the Confederate battle flag? And yet that same symbol, attached to the flag of Mississippi, shows the way to how Americans can converse with one another again. This documentary short demonstrates the purpose -- and promise -- of risking outreach to the other side.

When your state flag features an emblem of hate, how do you engage with those who treasure it as part of their heritage? In 2016, Genesis Be launched a no-holds-barred protest against Confederate Heritage Month. Provocative images from her protest went viral. Death threats poured into her social feeds. But rather than double down in defensiveness, Genesis headed to her home state of Mississippi for an honest dialogue with a childhood friend, the proud descendant of Confederate soldiers. She got more than she bargained for.

By choosing to be vulnerable with each other, the stars of this film reveal a blueprint for how the rest of us can seek common ground even when we stand our ground. Far from compromising their values, these young Mississippians prove that life need not be a zero-sum game and that hearts can change. It turns out that flags do, too.

4:15 & 10:15PM The Album
An independently produced documentary about the record industry, told from the perspective of the art department. With over 40 interviews comprised of 3 generations, top creators of their day talk about the development of the art synonymous with the music you know and love. From Abbey Road, Hotel California, and Dark Side of the Moon to Breakfast in America and Nirvana’s Nevermind, you’ll hear the stories behind the most memorable art in music history. These art directors and photographers shaped pop culture of their day, and reflect on the delicate balance between art and commerce, rebellion and status quo, and the consequences of digital disruption.

Directed by music industry veteran Kevin Hosmann, with 20 gold records to his art directing credit, including NWA’s Straight Outta Compton.
Director Biography - Kevin Hosmann
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I started my career analogue, designing album covers. Twenty-two gold and platinum records later, I found the internet in its infancy. I created the first official Nirvana site for Geffen Records and designed the first Lexus site (the first major automotive site) for Team One the same year. I was at Geocities, the first social network as Art Director for advertising when they were bought out by Yahoo! for 5,700,000,000, we thought at the time there was nothing but up!
Throughout the dot bomb I always searched for the next wave. As an Innovation Creative Director my group continued to create prototypes of the future for AOL, Motorola, Microsoft, and Nickelodeon (among others).
In 2007 I joined Warner Bros. during their digital renaissance where my art department designed (UX and visual) for each of their digital touch points, from front-end to backend.
I continued in advertising as a User Experience Director plotting the consumer’s path to conversion, all the while seeing that digital disruption and the wave it created would continue to play a part in my work and the world around me. Change is constant.

Director Statement: There was an ice breaker at a company I was working at which asked us all to put a Powerpoint presentation together (20 slides on a 5 second timer) to tell us something about ourselves that the group doesn’t know. I was an Art Director in the record industry early in my career. None of the knew that.
I did my presentation on 20 of the gold records I had done, quick stories. What was so cool is that by the end of the presentation everyone was one their feet clapping laughing. They had no idea that this balding middle aged man that the worked with everyday had such a crazy past. And that I had created covers that they collected and listened to as teenagers.
That got me thinking: What if I got together all the art directors and photographers I knew and put the best stories into a documentary? Five years and 50 interviews later, THE ALBUM is a collection of the best “I never knew that” stories about the music industry you’ll ever hear.

SEPT 5 - SUNDAY

2:30 & 8:30PM She Had a Dream: Eula Johnson's Fight to Desegregate
"She Had a Dream" is based on the personal account by Eula Johnson - in her own words - of what it was like organizing the 1961 Fort Lauderdale Beach Wade-Ins 60 years ago this summer. Created as a digital resource to accompany History Fort Lauderdale's educational presentation "Civil Rights in Fort Lauderdale," this film juxtaposes historical events with a powerful message that democracy requires active practice of civil duty.

Director Biography - Janay Joseph
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Janay Joseph is a filmmaker based in South Florida. Her professional interests include historical studies, documentary filmmaking, film studies, and communications. She is a life-long Broward County resident, and hopes to create more films in the future. She is currently studying for her undergraduate degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Director Statement: While updating a K-12 curriculum on Black History as part of a semester-long academic internship with HISTORY Fort Lauderdale, I first learned about Eula Johnson and her work as a Civil Rights activist in Broward County. I decided that for my main internship project I would produce a short documentary project focusing on her work with the Wade-ins.
Act I of the film focuses on both Eula’s background, and the history of Sistrunk. This section also provides context of the legacy of racial discrimination in South Florida. Act II introduces the Wade-ins and the racial backlash of the protests. The risks that Eula Johnson took to stand up for her community and the fearlessness that she brought with it becomes the main focus. The climax of the film details the lawsuit that the city filed against Johnson and the verdict. Act III focuses on both the aftermath of the verdict, and the legacy of Eula Johnson and the Wade-ins from the perspective of today’s social, political and economic realities.
There were several other events that informed the direction of our work as well. After visiting the Old Dillard Museum, Tara and I grabbed lunch at Smitty’s Wings (which were excellent, by the way). Everyone in the neighborhood kept running into each other while they came out to support this new Black owned business. I saw people chatting with their friends, the landscapers, and others in the community. On the walls of the restaurant, I saw a collage of images that detailed the Civil Rights history in South Florida. Suddenly, I realized that they were the same images we had just seen at the museum only an hour before. I found the famous picture of Eula Johnson at the courthouse on the wall, surrounded by a mural of other Civil Rights figures, with Marvin Gaye playing in the background. It was at this moment when I realized the importance of sharing her story and the weight that her legacy continues to have in the Sistrunk community and around the world.

2:45 & 8:45PM The PRATT in the HAT
Beneath the brims of hundreds of colorful hats is a woman who shares her wisdom, humor, and personal experiences about being black in America, then and now. Frances Pratt’s hats make a bold statement as does her southern charm and pithy expressions which she garnered through a lifetime of service to her community fighting for racial equality, voting rights and education. Q&A

Director Biography - Susan Hillary
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Susan Hillary aka Susan Hillary Shapiro has been making independent feature films and documentaries since the 1980s. Some of her films have premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. The documentary “Studio 54” on which she was the archival cinematographer is streaming on Netflix.
Link to Studio 54 film: https://www.netflix.com/title/81004511

Director Statement: I was inspired to create this piece when I spotted Frances across a crowded political event. Pratt was adorned in one of her striking hats and she was a beacon of color in a sea of grey. I asked her if she would allow me to photograph her in her hats. She agreed and I found what lay beneath her large-brimmed bonnets was a woman whose personal insight and firsthand knowledge into racial equality is one that is relevant, now more than ever.

3:30 & 9:30PM The Cost of Denial
From 1981 to 2021, the world has confronted a terrible scourge that has impacted countless individuals with fear, pain and death. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent
on our war against AIDS. The medical industry has focused on antiretroviral drugs to combat the
HIV virus. All efforts to develop a vaccine have failed.
This is the story of the earliest successful treatment for AIDS. If the mainstream scientific community had paid attention, tens of thousands of lives may have been saved. Ignored and forgotten during the AIDS crisis this is the heroic struggle by a small group of physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals who succeeded in treating 1,200 patients with advanced AIDS. Eighteen of these patients reversed all of their AIDS-related conditions, regained full health and converted to HIV negative. In other words, the HIV virus was no longer present in their bodies.
These are the voices revealing the pain, profit and politics of AIDS.
Director - Huw Christi
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SEPT 6 - MONDAY
12:30 & 8:30PM
Bestial's Passage
A Computer generated animation project incorporates motion capture technology and performance data. Conceptually the visual esthetic combines an experimental character design language, geographical terrain data and an overall monochromatic color theme.

12:35 & 8:35PM Peacetime: A Royal Frog
A meditation exercise for kids age 3 to 99 and then some.

Director Biography: A New Jersey native, Steve Moore has enjoyed a 37 year career in the animation industry. You've seen his work in films such as "Despicable Me", "Coraline", and "A Goofy Movie" to name a few. He directed the Oscar nominated short "Redux Riding Hood" as well as the Emmy nominate special "Olive, the Other Reindeer". He is currently a director on the Disney Junior series "Puppy Dog Pals".

Director Statement: I initially created "PeaceTime" as part of a TV series pitch. I was looking to do a show that was calming, but still fun, amid the relentless barrage of high energy programs for kids. After striking out with the studios, I decided to complete it as a short - the first of many such shorts, I hope.

12:40 & 8:40PM Calf Rope
During the summer of '66, a former rodeo champion and cattle auctioneer from Oklahoma bonds tightly with his young grandson from suburban Pennsylvania while teaching him a few tricks from his previous trades. Shot entirely in rural Pennsylvania, Calf Rope captures the intense love that grandparents often share with their grandchildren and the legacy that lives on long after they have gone. Q&A

Director Biography - Bradley Hawkins
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Actor/Director, Bradley Hawkins, made his directorial debut for the big screen in 2015 with his award-winning comedy short, ROLLER COASTER. After starting a career as an actor in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1990s, Hawkins and his family moved to Lancaster, PA where he taught film studies, and humanities courses at the high school level, and directed several stage productions. Now retired from teaching, Hawkins has picked up where he left off 25 years ago, and his recent acting credits include the lead role in LOBSTER CAGE, and supporting roles on television in, COLD CASE, UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, MURDER BOOK, and DEADLINE: CRIME. As a film director, screenwriter, and producer, Hawkins won 10 awards for his comedy short, ROLLER COASTER, and 21 awards for his comedy-fantasy short, FILLING IN.

Director Statement: Loosely based on my childhood memories of the tight bond I had with my Grandad Mac, CALF ROPE focuses on the legacy that he unknowingly left behind that influenced me as to what it means to be the playful, connected, and active grandpa that I strive to be with my own two young grandchildren today. CALF ROPE means more to me on a personal level than any other creative endeavor I’ve ever embarked on. It truly feels like my entire life has led to this moment in time for the purpose of telling this story of the importance of leaving a long-lasting legacy for the generations beyond through the wonder and magic of cinema.

1:40 & 9:40PM 8000 Paperclips
When Israeli artist and TED Fellow, Raffael Lomas turned 50, he knew he wanted his new work to have meaning. So when he learned about a group of South Sudanese children who had been raised in Israel and were then deported to South Sudan, he jumped at the chance to go make art with them and “see what would happen.”
What happened was that over the course of several days during the summer vacation of 2014, Raffael and the students built a house made out of 8000 paper clips – 8000 points of connection - symbolizing the meaning of home. But he also learned the children’s complex stories and heard tales of their arduous journeys – escaping the horrors of war, fleeing militias, crossing borders under fire. The connections he forged with them would mark the beginning of a longer quest to make the “project count.”
Feeling that the children’s deportation was still an open wound, Raffael brought the house sculpture back to Israel to afford the children a way to look back and connect to those they had left behind. With an exhibition of the sculpture in Tel Aviv and a Skype call, the children are able to traverse space and time and connect to the people who had once been part of their home.
That event led to more connections – and Raffael begins to think about how to forge a connection between the Abayudaya, the Jewish community of Uganda, and the South Sudanese refugees who are Christians but once lived in Israel and speak Hebrew. If the refugee students can teach the Jewish children Hebrew, then perhaps they can earn a living? And what else can an art object do for the children? Raffael travels back to Kampala to take the South Sudanese students to meet the Abayudaya and sends the house off on a journey to meet the art world. As the sculpture travels, maybe it can accrue more meaning , create awareness about the plight of refugees, and make their humanity tangible. Maybe it will even sell and imagine what that money could do for the kids!
In a complex and layered story, 8000 Paper Clips explores the value of art, Raffael’s own history with depression and struggle, and what humans need – no matter their national status. It follows a group of extraordinary young people as they overcome adversity and build hope for their future – with the support of a team of people whose hearts they have touched.
When resources are limited and the need is great – what is the real value of art? No matter how much Raffael tortures himself with that question, ultimately it is the children who are best able to answer it. Q&A

Director Biography - Nitsan Tal
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Nitsan Tal was born and raised in Israel, in a Kibbutz.
Her grandfather, an avid amateur photographer, gave her her first SLR camera together with Dark room equipment, and sparked her first interest in photography.
Nitsan studied veterinary medicine in Israel and moved to the U.S. in 1998. The proximity to New York City allowed her to take classes in photography while practicing as a veterinarian. She studied at the New York Institute of Photography and the International Center of Photography.
In 2008 Nitsan established her photography studio in Closter, New Jersey.
Nitsan’s personal work is documentary in style with emphasis on the human condition. She has special interest in the work of nonprofit aid organizations and donates her time and services to NGO’s around the world.
In 2013 Nitsan filmed her first documentary film “It Takes Balls”, the story of an actor who likes to portray women. The film was shown in several festivals in the U.S.
She since completed two more documentary films: “Writers Matter”, about a non profit organization working with inner city school children in Philadelphia, and “8000 Paperclips” about an artist working with refugee children in Uganda.
(Nitsan’s work has been shown in the following venues:
The Center for Cuban Arts NYC
Umbrella Arts NYC
25 CPW Gallery NYC
Scott Hill Gallery Closter New Jersey
Next Gallery NYC
World Affairs Council Global Visions exhibition
Cinemadiverse - Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Big Apple Film Festival
The Three Minutes Theatre, Manchester, UK
New Hope Film Festival
Impact Docs
The New Americans Museum -San Diego
Firstglance Film Festival - Philadelphia
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival)

Director Statement: In November of 2015, I got a text from a friend. Someone is looking for a camera person to document a project in Uganda. Would I be interested?
Two days later I spoke to Raffael, an Israeli artist, on the phone. He told me about his project with a group of deported South Sudanese refugees and sent me a link to a TV program about them. Five minutes into watching the program, I got up to look for a box of tissues.
By the time I learned that there was very little budget for the project and that I wouldn’t be paid, I was already hooked on the story and set on going.

3:20 & 11:20PM The Boy and the Mountain
Hernán is a child who likes to daydream, but in his studies he is not doing well at all. His father constantly urges him to improve, advising him that he must reach very high to succeed in life. Hernán dispenses with his dream, gradually forgetting it to devote himself to his studies. After becoming a successful entrepreneur, Hernán achieves the dream that his father instilled in him, reach high, until one day he realizes that he has not really achieved what he always longed for. Then he makes the crucial decision to fulfill his dream, but fate plays tricks on him. Hernán will have to face a new challenge that will change the meaning of his life.
Director Biography - Santiago Aguilera, Gabriel Monreal
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Since 1996 Santiago is VXF Artist, or Visual Effects Artist6 trained in 3-D modeling, animation & compositing. He is Animation Director for several Audiovisual productions, long & short films, and also TV advertising. "The Boy & the Mountain" is his first film.

3:33 & 11:35PM Duet
Duet is the story of one fateful day in the lives of 8-year-old girls May and Shadmit, who dislike each other but learn that their lives have become oddly intertwined forever.
Duet is a multidisciplinary project, uniquely integrating film and music. The story raises questions about loneliness, regret, subject memory and fate that ties two children together for a lifetime.
Director Biography - Mika Orr
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Mika Orr started her career as a film director at the age of 15. She served as a lead cinematographer for the Israel Air Force’s film unit and was the documentary DP, or Director of Photography, for award winning feature films (“Chronicle of a Kidnap”, “Stains”). Mika was the director of a short documentary BTS of Academy Award winner Natalie Portman's directorial debut as well as for Academy award winner Alexander Dinelaris’s film.
In May 2017, she earned a master's degree with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her short film "Professional Cuddler", was selected for over 35 film festivals and won 7 awards.
In 2008 she established her own production company, Mikooka Productions, and directed hundreds of marketing videos, commercials and documentaries for clients like Google, Coca Cola, Spin Master, Yad Vashem, The European Union, The Israel Museum and Tel Aviv Municipality.
Mika’s latest documentary project #AMiNORMAL is planned to go in production in 2020. It is supported by the French/German channel Arte as well as the Israeli Public Channel. In addition, these days Mika is working on her first feature-length documentary, already fully funded, which will take place in multiple refugee camps around the world.

Director Statement: ‘Duet’ is a semi-autobiographical and very personal project for me.
As a child of divorced parents, I experienced quite a few encounters with new romantic partners of my parents. When I was eight, the girl I hated most in my class moved into our home as a result of her mom and my dad becoming a couple.
That was the inspiration behind the story of ‘Duet’. The gap between reality and fantasy is an area that I enjoy exploring and what gave rise to ‘Duet’ being a love story.
In reality, the fierce hatred between me and the other girl turned into rivalry and mounted difficulties that eventually led to the separation of our parents.
Feelings of guilt and remorse deeply shaded the encounter with her, and it took me many years to realize that these precise feelings sometimes are the ones powerful enough to generate very strong connections between people.
On the other hand, I remember how, as a child, I hoped and fantasized that one day that girl would turn out to be my soulmate later in life. A common fate that bonds two people in an early stage of their lives has always made me very envious and is a notion I explored throughout the film's making. Other topics stemmed from it, such as parental neglect, bonds formedby loneliness, nostalgia, and subjective memory.

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01. "R1514,The Waiting" Overview of refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.

The Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria began at the end of 1975 in one of the toughest places in the world, the Hammada, the devil’s garden. We give an overview of how they live. Thanks to their determination, Sahrawi have made a home under extreme conditions, a desert with frequent sandstorms and temperatures over 50 °C (122 Fahrenheit) in summer, with no water but rare heavy flash rainfalls that flood the camps. With the camp’s 43rd anniversary, we wanted to highlight a situation that began with the decolonization process.

"R1514, the Waiting" starts with a black screen and the sound of sea waves, a reminder of what Sahrawi have lost. Images will show us their hard work in order to live with dignity and the importance of education and the position of women, both key factors in Sahrawi's surviving in such a hard environment.The solution to end the camps should be peaceful and all nations can work toward it.

Director Biography - Salvador Alemany

Salvador Alemany is a news producer at the Catalonian public TV. He has worked on-site during the independence of Kosovo, Ukraine orange revolution, Venezuela coup d’état, and has covered many other breaking news events.

Director Statement

We did two short trips. In the first, the temperature was so high that we had to stay at midday inside the adobe houses and jaimas. I felt constantly the camera at the verge of burning. The second time, we went through a sandstorm. Lenses were affected. Moreover, the battery charger collapsed. Two batteries were damaged. The original project was impossible to fulfill.

But it was not dramatic. We had the joy of living with the Sahrawi, in their homes, eating their food, just being with them. We tell the story of Sahrawi resistance and of women and education as key factors.

02. "Educate Girls" Making education more accessible for girls from India.

In India, the majority of girls do not complete their primary education. "Educate Girls" is working to make education more accessible to girls by partnering with public schools, training local champions for girls’ education, and mobilizing communities to help girls achieve their full potential.

Director Biography - Gabriel Diamond

Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.

Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature "Less", follows and idealistic and troubled man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival.

He shot and acted in "How To Cheat" which premiered at the LA Film Festival, and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.

In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall.

He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.

03. "Human Applications" Reflecting on the algorithmic patterns and architectures behind biological and artificial intelligence.

Are the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence worthy of our fear or celebration as we stride into a more technologically reliant future?

MareNostrum 4, the supercomputer harboured underneath a deconsecrated chapel in Barcelona, provides the perfect backdrop to the opening sequence. In the 19th century, when the church was erected, western societies broadly believed we were originated and governed by a single, divine creator.
In the final sequence we meet our protagonists, a real computer scientist and his two humanoid AI agents (played by actors) in God’s house. They are the conduits for our exploration of a paradoxical world in which it is humans, not God, playing the role of divine creator.
But will our creation, Artificial Intelligence, eventually come to govern us? And does this necessarily have to be a bad thing?

Dialogs are based on interviews with prominent voices in the field of AI (including Chris Boos, (CEO of Arago), Prof. Stuart Russel and Prof. Kevin Warwick (Professor of Robotics and the first ever self-professed human cyborg)

Director Biography - Marina Landia

Marina is a video and performance artist based in Berlin and London. She was a lecturer at the Institute for Art in Context, Berlin University of Arts.
Main focus of her artistic work is on the exploration and critical evaluation of major economic and technological shifts. Her recent project “Regular Crisis: Cantata on the Global Economy" has been presented in different countries and screened at Barbicain, London.

04. "Out Loud" Trans Chorus of Los Angeles makes history with talent extraordinaire.

The documentary film chronicles the ups and downs of the first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles -- the largest group of transgender and gender non-conforming people anywhere in the world who come together regularly to sing. As the choristers gear up for their 2016 public concert debut, they share their inspiring life stories and reveal what it means to be trans in America. This extraordinary chorus makes more than music. It’s making history.

Director Biography - Gail Willumsen

Director-producer-writer Gail Willumsen began her career at National Geographic Television, and went on to produce documentary programs for PBS (NOVA, Nature), Discovery, A&E and other outlets. She has earned two individual Emmys for writing (“Volcano!” for National Geographic Television, and “The Mummy Who Would Be King” for NOVA), an Emmy for producing and directing (“RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge” for WGBH and Vulcan Inc.), and a Peabody award (“Black Sky: a Race for Space” for Discovery ), as well as many other accolades for her work. But the real reward, says Willumsen, “is the work itself: the incredible generosity of strangers who allow us into their lives, and trust us with their amazing stories.” Willumsen is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television with a BA and MFA in film production.

In 1999, Willumsen founded Gemini Productions with producer Jill Shinefield. Gemini’s documentary and non-fiction productions have explored the kaleidoscope of human experience and achievement, from the building of Stonehenge to the marvels of spaceflight, from the burial practices of ancient peoples to the development of advanced medical technologies.

Director Statement

In late 2015, I spotted an article in a local newspaper announcing the creation of the first chorus for transgender and gender-nonconforming people in Los Angeles. This would be a chorus with a mission: to give voice to people who have been too long silenced. It sounded glorious, and it fairly cried out to be documented. With my producing partner Jill Shinefield, I contacted the chorus’ founders and offered to chronicle the first season of this extraordinary project.

We were not the only filmmakers interested in the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and we considered it a great privilege when the chorus opened its doors to us. For half a year, we (myself on camera, Jill recording sound) filmed every weekly rehearsal as the singers were pushed to their limit by chorus founder and artistic director Lindsey Deaton, a trans woman with decades of classical music training. The stakes were high: at the end of the season, the chorus would have their public debut in a performance at UCLA. Over time, outside the rehearsal space, Jill and I would also compile portraits of choristers who shared their personal stories with us. The experience was transformative: it brought me close to some of the bravest, strongest and most self-realized individuals I have ever had the honor to know.

The sad truth is that more Americans claim to have seen a ghost than to have met a transgender person, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. Most people get their information about the trans community from film, television and other media –where trans people are most often depicted as freaks, deviants and criminals. Is it any wonder that trans individuals suffer daily discrimination and harassment, as well as disproportionate rates of violent assault, murder and suicide?

With the advent of stars like Laverne Cox and shows like "Transparent", it seems the tide, ever so slowly, is beginning to turn. I hope that in some small way, our documentary "Out Loud" can add to that momentum. I like to think of "Out Loud" as an invitation to viewers everywhere to get to know a vibrantly diverse group of singers –some younger, some older; some musically trained, some not- all united by a desire to passionately change the way others see the transgender community.

Full disclosure, I don’t identify as LGBT, but I am an ally, close friend, sister, niece, and godmother to many beloved individuals who do. I’ve lived three decades in the rainbow city of West Hollywood, through the AIDS holocaust, and the fight for marriage equality. I marched for trans rights in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. I never want to lose another brilliant friend to HIV. I dream of a day when I won’t worry for my sister’s safety because she is married to a woman. I want to help create a future in which the trans people I have come to cherish can flourish without fear of discrimination or violence. That is the heart and soul behind the making of Out Loud.

05. Survive After a planetary cataclysm, a man struggles to survive.

Director - MARC DESSUP

Screenings & Awards

7th Indian Cine Film Festival-19
Mumbai
India
September 8, 2019
Best sceenplay
Cinekasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival

Philippines
November 25, 2019
Best Actor
Officiel sélection
Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival

Russian Federation
November 25, 2019
Best Actor
Copper Coast International Film Festival
Royaume-Uni
January 15, 2020
Officiel sélection
Direct Monthly Online Film Festiva

United States
February 4, 2020
WINNER OF THE MONTH
Ichill Manila Film Fest
Manille
Philippines
April 11, 2020
Officiel selection
The Scene Festival

United States
Officiel sélection
End of Days Film Festival
Orlando
United States
April 22, 2020
Officiel sélection
Copper Coast International Film Festival
Swansea
Philippines
May 15, 2020
Officiel Selection
Euro Fest" European International Film Festival
Saint Pétersbourg
Russian Federation
May 16, 2020
Best Director

06. "Walter Treppiedi" Con artist keeps tricking people until challenged not to lie for two minutes.

Walter, a con artist, drives around the city with his sick guard dog in the back. Sometimes successful, other times less so, Walter keeps tricking people, until an acquaintance dares him to go two minutes without telling a lie.

Director Biography - Elena Boiuryka

Since her first approach was as an actress studying Strasberg’s Method in 2003 with Francesca de Sapio. She become a member De Fazio's CREASTUDIO, focalising in writing and directing. In 2004 was her debut with Fausto Brizzi "Night before Exams." In 2012, she made her first directorial short "Better You Shut Up". The second,in 2019, is "Walter Treppiedi”. She also collaborates in casting and participated as acting-coach in Daniele Luchetti's films “I Am Tempesta" (2017) and "Moments of Negligible Happiness"(2018).

07. "Uprooting Addiction: Healing From The Ground Up" Six recovering addicts from varying walks of life.

Six recovering addicts from varying walks of life, each affected by childhood trauma, come together to share their stories, emerging from darkness through community, connection, and compassion. Interweaving these stories with up-to-the-minute accounts of collective action from an equally diverse group of activists, officials, volunteers, caregivers, and experts, "Uprooting Addiction" is a mosaic-like portrait of a single community coming together to take on one of the most urgent public health challenges of our times.

Director Biography

Tory Estern Jadow is a 20-year veteran of the New York City film industry. She began her career working crew on feature films, commercials, music videos, and documentaries throughout the '80s and '90s. After receiving an MFA in fiction writing, Jadow moved to Connecticut where she freelances as a director, cinematographer, writer, and editor. "Uprooting Addiction" is her first feature-length project as a director.

08. "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" Music satire on prejudice these days.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a music video that uses social satire to comment on prejudice in the Trump era.

Director Biography

Caeser Pink is a multimedia artist best known for his work with The Imperial Orgy artist collective. Caeser is also the founder of the Arete Living Arts Foundation.

09. Panic Attack! Animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one person's slippery hold on reality.

Director Biography

Eileen O'Meara is an American artist known for her hand-drawn films “Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home” and “That Strange Person”. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Women in Film Foundation’s Hollywood Film & Video Grants.

She has produced and directed commercial animated spots for clients including Warner Home Video, Motown, HBO, and WEA Latina.

Director Statement

“Panic Attack!” is a hand-drawn animation from the point of view of a woman having a panic attack. I wanted the transitions between reality and her imagined fears to be seamless, so there are no edits -- it is one continually transforming drawing.

010. "Duet" Youngster living with uncle thrives on passion for music.

Jacob, a kid with a tragic past is forced to move in with his uncle. Jacob attends a new school where he struggles to fit in until he meets Damien. Damien helps Jacob find his true passion through music and friendship.

Director Biography

John Theissen Jr. is a Long Islander born and raised. Ever since his childhood he was fascinated by film. His favorite movies are "Dark Knight", "Big Lebowski", and "Drive". He won best movie and director at the Scott Bogel Film Festival (2017) which was his first film. John Theissen continues to write, direct, and act in films.

Director Statement

Duet was the first feature film I've directed. This film was a High School project that was for our advanced film class. I consider it my first proud achievement as a filmmaker!

011. "New Hampshire: Live Free and Fly" An aerial tour of the Granite State set to Redbird's Wing by New Hampshire folk singer Bill Staines.

Director Biography - Jen Hosker fell in love with drones while working as an engineer and quickly made the transition from industrial equipment test flights to aerial photography and videography. Her passion led her to start Elevated Optics LLC in 2018. Jen’s favorite part of flying is demonstrating that ordinary locations can be breathtakingly beautiful when captured from the right angle. She can often be found driving around her home state of New Hampshire, looking for interesting locations to fly.

Director Statement

I grew up listening to the music of New Hampshire folk singer Bill Staines on long car rides through the Granite State. His song "Redbird’s Wing" is the embodiment of what flying feels like for me. It is both the ultimate freedom of being airborne as well as the humbling realization of how small we are in nature. I had "Redbird’s Wing" playing in the background one day, while planning my next drone adventure. The combination of the lyrics and the fact that my drone is red inspired this film, capturing the different beautiful locations in my home state to share with others.

012. "Sing You A Brand New Song: The Words & Music of Coleman Mellet" Dizzy Gillespie's daughter & others complete music of jazz guitarist who died in airplane crash.

"Sing You a Brand New Song: The Words and Music of Coleman Mellett" is a testament to the power of love and music. When jazz guitarist Mellett died on February 12, 2009 at the age of 34 in the crash of Continental Airlines Flight #3407 outside Buffalo, he left behind a remarkable legacy of love and of artistic passion. He also left behind a dream in the form of an unfinished album of original songs, many written for his wife, jazz singer Jeanie Bryson. Bryson, the daughter of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie vowed, along with “Coley’s” brother Zeb, to finish the project. Through a combination of painstaking and masterful digital extraction of thousands of musical files, and an all-star cast of musicians who lent their talents and their hearts to the project, they not only brought Coley’s vision to life, they shared with the world an unforgettable love letter of a story that shows how love and music can find light even in the darkest of times.

013. "The Seahorse Trainer" A lonely man's passion for training seahorses.

Enter the surreal and nautical world of Seamour. A lonely old man with a passion for training seahorses. Desperate to have his most prized seahorse perform the highly ambitious “Triple Back Flip”, the final day of training has come, and it’s up to his knowledge, preparation and the seahorse’s determination to see the trick come to life. But when the hourglass turns, Seamour realizes it is even harder than he thought and he must overcome his troubled past before the magic fades or the trick will never be achieved.

Director Biography - Ricardo Bonisoli and Babak Bina are VFX artist based in Vancouver, Canada. They have been part of projects like Star Wars: the last Jedi, Captain Marvel, and Aquaman. In 2017 both decided to dive into the filmmaking world and started directing their first short film "The Seahorse Trainer", a surreal narrative film with over 100 homemade VFX shots. The film premiered at the 45th Seattle International Film Festival (2019) where it received the grand jury award in its category, making the film Oscar qualified for the 2020 edition. The film has also received other awards including "best fantasy film" at Filmquest Festival and most recently, "best VFX" at the SPARK animation festival 2019.

014. "The Extractive Gaze" Nuero-marketers learn to read customer's thoughts.

Neuro-marketers learn to read customers’ thoughts. Our sensitive genetic data go into central data banks available to insurance companies. Software now recognizes us by our gait and our typing pattern as well as world-wide facial recognition. Increasingly, marketers extract data thought to be private or personal, and use it to shape our experience. This film is not limited to straight journalistic reportage. Rather it seeks to generate curiosity and discussion regarding these matters, as well as to entertain.

Director Biography - Steve McGuireis Professor Emeritus at Muskingum University, with a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY/Stony Brook. He is co-author of Community on Land (Rowman and Littlefield) and a Past-President of the Association for Humanist Sociology.

Director Statement - I used to comprehend the subject of this film as "surveillance marketing." Increasingly I'm focusing on the way the marketing apparatus shapes and defines human experience. In producing films, I favor the arty/experimental over the straightforward and non-partisan. And for me sociology and film should aim for discussion rather than proofs designed to end discussion.

015. "Phoney Sights" Satirical critique of current social & political changes in Slovenia, Europe, and the world.

A reflection of contemporary society through modified moving images.

A satiric critique of the current social and political changes that are happening in Slovenia, in Europe and in the World aesthetically explored through (de)formation of landscapes and cityscapes. Phony Sights considers social and political issues, and even science when searching for an answer to the questions: Where are we? and Where are we going?

Director Biography - Ana Čigon (1982) is an artist from Slovenia that creates films, video art and performances. Her projects tackle social issues, such as under-representation of women in history, LGBTIQ+ topics and marginalised social groups, pursuit of happiness, the effects of neo-liberalism on society and such. Her works often contain elements of humour and irony.

She is a winner of OHO Award, finalist for the Slovenia Henkel Award and finalist of Vordemberge Gildewart Foundation Award. Her films have been presented on international film festivals worldwide, for which she received numerous nominations, two audience choice awards and three jury awards.

Director Statement - I feel that important changes happened in the world since the last economic crisis. For a long time I have been wanting to make a project that would reflect this. It seems hard to know which information is important and which is not. News broadcasts and newspapers many times are not helpful either. This experimental film is my attempt to make sense of the current political affairs and construct an imagery that could represent it in a global sense.

016. "Night & Day" Marionette show tales the yarn of an uncle and nephew who never knew they were kin.

Night and Day is a story of two lives, an uncle and his nephew. Neither has ever met. In fact the nephew never knew of his uncle's existence until his own coming out to his family. These two men lived very different lives due to the time periods in which they were born. The story is uniquely told via a puppet stage and marionettes.

017. "Digits of Pi" Transcendental film inspired by Duchamp's "Anemic Cinema."

Pi meets Duchamp in a transcendental film! Inspired by Marcel Duchamp's “Anemic Cinema,” I set out to create a film composed within a circular frame. This circular composition led directly to using the number pi for the underlying structure. Having the digits of pi sung on the soundtrack is an homage to “Einstein on the Beach” by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson.

Director Biography - Tom Bessoir , Joshua Pines - Born in New York City in 1957, Tom Bessoir attended The Bronx High School of Science and studied electrical engineering and mathematics at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While at The Cooper Union, he studied filmmaking with Robert Breer, Joshua Pines, and Sandy Moore.

Tom Bessoir’s experimental films often use mathematics to explore perception and the structure of film. In the arts, Tom Bessoir is best known for "Microfilm" (1979), "Digits of Pi" (2019), and his photography documenting downtown NYC. Tom and Josh met when they were both studying electrical engineering, mathematics and art at The Cooper Union. Recently they co-authored the mathematics paper "Scrabble Seven-letter Words."

018. "Chumbak" Gal uses magnets from junk to fish coins from the sea.

On the verge of losing hope of ever returning home, a young heartbroken girl finds an unorthodox way to make an income; but when she finds out her father is about to go flat-broke she must make ends meet before their fate is sealed in the city.

Director Biography - Tobias Worrall, Isabelle van Hoorn

We are a filmmaking couple from England (Liverpool) and Holland (Amsterdam). We met 13 years ago backpacking in Cambodia. Since then we’ve worked all types of jobs. We taught English in Thailand, planted trees in Canada, and crewed on sailboats in the Pacific. A few years ago we moved to California to study. Tobias studied filmmaking and Isabelle studied Physics. We tend to occupy opposite sides of the brain but come together creatively when we make films. Tobias was granted several scholarships during his film studies and he also received several awards for his short films in different festivals across the state California and in France. The experience we gained while traveling helps us immensely during production. We are used to things not going to plan and we are super adaptable.

Director Statement - The making of our film "Chumbak" took us literally to all extremes. We wanted to challenge ourselves by combining our passion for filmmaking with our desire for adventure and traveling. We completely self funded this film and left for India with just our camera gear and our last bit of money. Before we left we had a rough idea for the narrative for the story, but we wrote the script on location. We got help with the translation as we both don’t speak a word of Hindi and the children actors do not speak any English either.
We traveled to India before and in Varanasi we met some children using magnets from old speakers to fish for coins from the river Ganges. We were told that a lot of pilgrims make wishes by throwing coins in the holy river. To us, symbolically, it was like the children were ‘catching’ the wishes of these people.
Another aspect we really wanted to cover in our film was the contrast of city and jungle. Even though these two locations were 1300km apart from each other, we really wanted to film both, which made logistics and casting very hard. It took us nearly a month to find the younger version of Aarna in the remote villages of Meghalaya.
Trough the process of making this film, we got a unique chance to connect and work with wonderful families from both the jungle and the city and we felt so overwhelmed by all the hospitality that we received along the way. Indians love the art of film and it was such an incredible experience to work together. We learned so much.

019. "The One and Only Jewish Miss America" The surprising story of Bess Myerson, talented beauty queen from the Bronx.

“The One and Only Jewish Miss America” is the surprising story of Bess Myerson, the talented beauty queen from the Bronx, and how she won the world’s most famous beauty pageant 75 years ago, at the tail end of World War II. The film follows Bess, the middle daughter of poor Russian immigrants, from her childhood in a one-bedroom Jewish housing project apartment through the suspense-filled pageant. Impressed by the college-educated musician, the judges chose her in spite of anonymous threatening phone calls and sponsor disapproval of a Jewish pageant winner. On her 1945 Miss America tour, Bess faced antisemitism and closed doors at race-restricted venues which did not allow Jews. It is also a story of courage as her disappointment turned to determination, leading Bess Myerson to start her own tour to teach tolerance at high schools and colleges around the country -- a tour which launched her lifelong passion for justice.

Director Biography - David Arond

Starting as a sound effects editor in Hollywood, David mentored with an award-winning post-production team and discovered the power of sound and music to turn visual imagery into an emotional and visceral experience. David segued into non-fiction, story telling, creating documentaries for PBS, including "Mother of the Year," a MacArthur Foundation Award Winner. Other award-winning include "Houseboat Philosopher" and "Those Who Came Before." His PBS TV work includes producing/directing the weekly series "On The Internet" with Leo LePorte, of Tech TV. David's extensive international film and journalism work includes a stint in Moscow as bureau chief and broadcast journalist for Worldwide Television News, London, and Public Broadcast’s Nightly Business Report, and projects in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Central Asia, and Australia where he worked with some of the world’s top film crews and journalists.

Director Statement - I wanted to release this film on the 75th anniversary of the landmark moment when Bess Myerson, daughter of poor Jewish immigrants, rocked Atlantic City in September 1945 when she was crowned Miss America against all odds. I have been intrigued with the surprising story of how Bess -- a tall skinny girl who grew up thinking she was ugly -- became “The One and Only Jewish Miss America.” The story starts with Bess, growing up speaking Yiddish in the 1920s in the Bronx with her two sisters, gentle father, and very complicated mother who was determined her daughters would be educated and musical. As a concert pianist and one of the few college graduates in the 1945 Miss America pageant, Bess wowed the crowd with her talent and poise. Viewers will see how Bess's background shaped her ambition and her passion for racial and ethnic equality. That childhood -- and the crushing crucible of antisemitism -- made her a leader, both during the pageant and in her later life.

020. "In the Same Direction" Story of a jazz band and what jazz can be today.

From the inception of a musical idea, through the recording process and live performance, this short documentary tells the story of Jeff Pifher and his band "Socrates' Trial", and their idea of what jazz can be today.

Director Biography - Alexander Craven's passion for film began at a young age, watching black & white movies while his grandfather, a jazz musician, practiced every night. His credits include narrative films, commercials, tour management, and helping start a nationwide independent IP-TV network. Heavily influenced by pre-sixties and international cinema, he's interested in cross-genre suspense stories which explore modern identity and relationships.

Director Statement - Music has an intangible quality which is better experienced than explained, and Jazz is by nature improvisational. It can be among the most collaborative of mediums - one in which leaders become followers, and back again. While many documentaries have sought to capture the lifestyle of being a musician, I felt few have shown the moment-to-moment nature of playing in a band. With strong storytelling elements already present in the music of Jeff Pifher and Socrates' Trial, whatever its genre may be, I sought not to explain but to allow the audience to celebrate in this creative musical process. The journey is in the music.

021. "Whale People: Protectors of the Sea" A Native American tribe protects whales and water.

"Whale People: Protectors of the Sea" tells the story of today’s environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.

Killer whales, or orcas, are a “miner’s canary” for the ocean. Their health indicates the health of the seas, the salmon stocks, the ancestral waters and lifeways of coastal Indigenous communities, and the well-being of future generations.

The orca is among the most contaminated and critically endangered marine mammals in the world. From the Lummi Nation to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest are sounding the alarm, exposing the many threats orcas face, from outdated dams and depleted salmon stocks they depend on for food, to toxic pollution, sound pollution, and the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline that would bring 800 new oil tankers annually to the Salish Sea.

This short, experimental film features spectacular underwater footage of the orca, and the voices of Indigenous elders who communicate a message that was at the heart of the totem’s journey: what we do to the waters we do to ourselves. From the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf Coast, fossil fuel pollution and industrial development places at risk our collective natural and cultural heritage. Native communities coast to coast enjoin us all to protect, restore, and pass on to future generations a respect for each other, the sacred waters, and all our relations.

Originally produced for an exhibition featured at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Whale People: Protectors of the Sea was projected as an immersive 90-foot wide floor-to-ceiling video installation. At the center of the installation was a 16 foot, 3,000 pound orca totem carved by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation. Members of the tribe have transported the totem across the country to raise awareness about the plight of killer whale–one of the Lummi’s most revered relations. For the Lummi and many other Coast Salish tribes, killer whales are kin. Qw’e lh’ol mechen, the Lummi word for killer whale, translates to “our people that live under the sea”. In the exhibition, museum visitors were invited to lay hands on the totem, as thousands of others have on its journeys across the country. This festival will be the first occasion to bring this moving short film and the message it carries to a broader audience beyond the museum.

Director Biography - Jason Jones / Not An Alternative, and The Natural History Museum.
Jason Jones has worked as an artist, organizer, curator, and media producer for the last 20 years. He is the co-founder of Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory. Named in The New York Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups, the collective's work has been widely exhibited in museums, including including Guggenheim, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, PS1/MOMA, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Museo del Arte Moderno. Not An Alternative’s latest, ongoing project is The Natural History Museum (NHM, 2014—), a traveling museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature. NHM's pop-up exhibitions and video installations can be seen in a range of venues including art museums, natural history museums, universities, the NHM mobile museum bus, and in the desert under the stars. Jason is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He hails from Canada and is currently based on Vashon Island in Washington State.

022. "Journey to the Moon's Navel" Animation inspired by the Monarch butterflies journey through three countries.

This project was inspired by the Monarca butterfly species which, in order to survive the winter, these insects have to travel through three countries and connects them year after year. Making their departure from the canadian forests, the butterflies travel between two and three months so they can spend winter in the mexican forests to reproduce during spring and continue their life cycle.

Director Biography - Diana Cruz González.
I'm mexican. I studied Fine Arts at Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.
Studied Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School.

​After returning to Mexico, I started an animation studio, IREKANI, with a small crew of talented artists that were part of the development of the studio's first project "Viaje al Ombligo de la Luna" (VAOL) or Journey to the Moon's Navel.
Director Statement

Our studio wants to develop projects concerning cultural, educational and environmental issues that are very important to modern society.

INSPIRATION THROUGH FILM:
What? Woodstock Museum 20th Annual FREE Film Festival
Where? Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Road, Saugerties, N.Y. 12477
When? Labor Day Week, August 27th, 2019 - September 2, 2019
What’s the deal? you can attend FREE screenings & workshops.
What to expect: This year’s theme is “IMPORTANT”.
View and critique films. Meet the filmmakers.
Winners will be announced approximately three weeks before the event.
woodstock museum past special events calendar summer 1995 through 2020 (33)

Woodstock Museum 2019 short blurbs

AUG. 27-TUESDAY

6:30 Opening Ceremony

6:45 Tank Man The man who stood in front of the tanks at Tienanmen Sq. massacre in 1989.

7PM Crazy Against the Nation Activist creatively provokes fascist regime in Slovakia.

8:30 The Drone Sci-fi story of a small quadcopter as its protagonist.

9:00 Crows of the Deser A Hero's Journey through the Armenian Genocide 1915-1919 true story.

AUG. 28-WEDNESDAY

6:30 Eternal Waltz Tarot card reader recognizes true love.

6:45 24-Hour Workday Explores conditions of long hours & wage theft of workers.

7:15 Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion People's army as an act of love to end "War on Terror".

9:30 Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living Rescued wolves & volunteers who keep them alive. Q&A

AUG. 29-THURSDAY

6:30 The Role of a Lifetime A man, a woman, a payback in today's world.

6:45 When All That's Left is Love Determined wife cares for Alzheimer stricken husband.

8:15 The Clinic Experimental study in psilocybin via a skeptical woman. Q&A

9:00 bOObs: The War on Women's Breasts Thermography & ultra sound 95-99% accurate; not invasive. Q&A

AUG. 30-FRIDAY

7PM Pipe Dream Narrative film on early days of Carol Burnett.

7:30 Whisperers and Witnesses: Primate Rescue, A Visual Journey. Two women save gorillas &chimpanzees. Q&A

8:45 The Mamboniks Music & dance from Cuba before Castro's Revolution.

AUG. 31-SATURDAY

7PM Jack is Pretty A little girl strikes out on her own to find happiness amidst bullies. Q&A

7:45 Left on Pearl Occupation takeover by women at Harvard Univ. in the '70s. Q&A

9:30 Renegade Dreamers. Beat poets, music & politics in NYC. Q&A

SEPT. 1-SUNDAY

7PM Embraces & the Touch of Skin Animated poem on the need for hugging and contact.

7:10 Ranting & Raving Comedy. Man is a loser. Worse yet, couple has problem child.

7:50 Brooklyn Roses A feminist mother struggles in the '50s-'60s in working class Brooklyn. Q&A

9:45 The Silent Soldier & the Portrait Stolen portrait from a Count's house returned years later. Q&A

(right side column ) SEPT. 2-MONDAY

11AM Light a Candle Tibetan activists light most candles for world record as a PR event.

11:30 Shaholly Amputee becomes trail blazer model. True story of perseverance.

11:35 The Dachshund in a Picture Frame Artist paints money. It becomes real. She losespainting skill.

12PM In Harmony With Nature Art, music & traditions of Warli Tribe in India.

12:23 Tight Spot. A shoe shiner discovers his client's dark secret. Q&A

1PM Mermaids Mexican wall is brought to a halt. Animation. Q&A

1:20Tana Bana India's traditional textile dying, weaving & embroidery industry.

1:45 My Theatre In f*ckushima, Japan, man inherits old movies & theatre with much success.

2:15 Signature Activism in opposition to a proposed gas pipeline. Q&A

2:35 Too Young for a Memoir. Man plunges into his memory, nostalgia & regret. Animation.

2:40 Here's Your Flag Army officer tells mother an algorithm predicts son will die in battle. Comedy. Q&A

2:50 Fishing with Father Dad & son bond over fishing. Then dad has a stroke.

3:15 Dancer By The Sea Woman living by seaside adopts abandoned baby otter. Animation.

3:25 Anything for the Ones We Love Musical. Indigenous and white man unite fleeing ecological disaster. Q&A

4PM Suncatcher Kara finds her car stolen which is also her Venice, CA home.

4:15 Drums, Lies & Videotapes A spoof on Woodstock hippy drummers. Community effort matters.

4:30 CadenceFemale recruit complains she doesn't like the marching chant. Q&A

4:50 Shine Italian American immigrant explains passion as a shoe repairman.

DINNER BREAK

5:30The Light Bright Man of Rockaway A luthier explains original musical instruments that light up.

5:40 Butterscotch A high end escort meets a brain damaged woman; life changing.

6PM Paradise Boogie Early blues influence from the Black Bottom & Paradise Alley in Detroit.

Long Descriptions

AUG. 27-TUESDAY
6:30 Opening Ceremony

6:45 Tank Man The man who stood in front of the tanks at Tienanmen Sq. massacre in 1989.

Tank Man is the story of the iconic gentleman who stood in front of and stopped a line of tanks after the Tienanmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. All that is know of this man are the images that were recorded of his acts. This film is a speculation of what he went through the day he took his courageous steps 30 years ago.
Director Biography - ROBERT ANTHONY PETERS completed his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow in DC, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. A member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been acting, producing, directing, and writing professionally in theater, film, voiceover, and more for over a decade. His most recognizable film acting roles are in The Pursuit of Happyness and Steve Jobs. He writes and lectures internationally on the relationships between art, law, philosophy, and economics. He records audiobooks, is a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute, is an inaugural member of the FEE Alumni Board, and is vice chair of the board of the Fully Informed Jury Association. He also manages his family’s retail shipping store, Pak Mail in Tucson, AZ. His website is robertanthonypeters.com

7PM Crazy Against the Nation Activist creatively provokes fascist regime in Slovakia.

Our film is a character-driven documentary - a portrait of an exceptional and unconventional artist and political activist Peter Kalmus. The film provides insights into his background, his art, and his life. Peter Kalmus is a unique performance artist, well-known in Slovakia thanks to his political activism. Frustrated with a society that allows communist and fascist supporters to express their adoration of totalitarian murderers openly, without any repercussions, Peter Kalmus exposes uncomfortable truths with his activist art. He strikes out against busts and memorials celebrating representatives from our history of inhumane regimes. He provokes Slovak society to discuss an often ignored bloody past. Actually, he is our local Slovak puss* Riot.
Director Biography - Adam Hanuljak Since the beginning of Hanuljak's professional career he directed three feature films and several short movies. His movie About Young Parents 2 won an audience price at the One World Festival in 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2010 Hanuljak was one of the three founding members of non profit organisation DogDocs, which aims on documentary filmmaking, audio-visual education and dance movies production. Since 2014 is making intern ArtD at the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava. Since 2008 Hanuljak was collaborating with contemporary theatre companies from Slovakia on various video-projections. SELECTED WORKS: 2017 10 years of love - director of documentary movie about parents from 4 EU countries (Slovakia, Czech republic, Finland, Romania), 10 years long-term shooting, comparative-sociological documentary, exploring a topic of parenthood, 95 min. 2014 Parallel lives - director of TV series focused on the role secret police played in the previous regime in 6 east- block countries. 6x 26min. 2010 Protected Territory - director of documentary feature about tour of disabled actors from the Theatre from Passage in USA, 84 min.
Director Statement - Our film is character-driven documentary - a portrait of an outstanding main character, extraordinary artist, political activist Peter Kalmus, colored with his actual life background. Thanks to the refreshing memories, it is possible to reflect society’s current state. Frustrated society in which communist and fascist supporters are allowed to express openly, without any persecution their sympathy towards totalitarian murderers.http://www.kinema.sk/recenzia/38108/pripad-kalmus-pripad-kalmus.htm

8:30 The Drone Sci-fi story of a small quadcopter as its protagonist.

Written by BAFTA Nominee John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan, Hitchco*ck, Carnivale, and many more), The Drone tells a story of DJ - a small quadcopter who is simply trying to fit in.
Director Biography - Wojciech Lorenc is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University. He has worked in the television industry as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. He has won awards internationally and screened his films in over 100 festivals in 15 countries.
Director Statement The need to belong is one of the most basic human needs. The Drone aspires to explore this need through a light-hearted, sweet, sci-fi story featuring a small quadcopter as its protagonist. We hope that the cinema lovers will also enjoy the references to classic sci-fi movies sprinkled throughout. The Drone is a love letter to sci-fi cinema, and an exploration of one of the most fundamental of human needs - the need to belong.
The Drone is a result of a collaboration of a fantastic creative community of the School of Arts and Media at Sam Houston State University lead by the Dean and Executive Producer of this film, Ronald E. Shields. Jean Bodon (Chair of the Department of Mass Communication) came up with the original concept, John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan, Hitchco*ck, Carnivale, SHSU Screenwriting Professor) wrote the script, and numerous faculty and staff members helped make this project a reality. Finally, the SHSU students filled the key crew and cast positions and dedicated countless hours to this massive undertaking.

9:00 Crows of the Desert: A Hero's Journey through the Armenian Genocide. 1915-1919 true story.

•One man's struggle to help save survivors from the 20th Century's first genocide. Risking peril, Levon leads a small group to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Along the way they endure unimaginable hardships, and crossed paths with legendary figures, including Prince Faisal, and Lawrence of Arabia.—M Yagjian
Crows of the Desert – A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide, is a documentary based on the Memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian. It is the incredible true story of one man’s brave struggle to not only stay alive, but to help save his fellow Armenian survivors from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide.
World War One was raging in the Middle East, as Britain’s Lawrence of Arabia fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. Caught up in the chaos, Levon barely escaped with his own life, time and again. Risking extreme peril, he returned to this dangerous realm to lead a small expeditionary group to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Along the way, the rescuers risked their lives countless times, endured unimaginable hardships, and crossed paths with some of the 20th century’s most legendary figures, including Prince Faisal, Lawrence of Arabia, Sarah Aaronsohn and the El-Attraches. The story reveals how people from a variety of different cultures and faiths: Christians, Muslims, Druze and Jews, stepped forward to help the Armenian refugees.
Extraordinarily rare film and photographs as well as recently rediscovered documents have been gathered from archives around the world, to reveal the terror and heroism in this incredible story which took place a century ago in the Syrian desert.
Presented by: TF Educational Foundation
Executive Producer: Paul G. Turpanjian
Produced, Directed & Written by Marta Houske
Music by John Massari
Editors: Chris Toussaint and Brian Denny
A Matrix Communications production
Memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian – Edited by Levon Parian

AUG. 28-WEDNESDAY
6:30 Eternal Waltz Tarot card reader recognizes true love.

An epic short romance about soul recognition and a love that spans lifetimes - from 1887 to the post-apocalyptic future. Eternal Waltz begins at a tarot party where the lady of the house and the handsome butler have to hide their attraction from her philandering, abusive husband who discovers a love note and puts an end to their secret romance. But the tarot card reader recognizes true love and serves as their Cupid. He oversees a waltz between lifetimes and, with the help of a mystical music box, he guides the lovers to find each other again in the post-apocalyptic future.
Nominee - North American Film Awards. Official Selection - European Independent Film Awards, Amsterdam Around International Film Festival, Culver City Film Festival, Feel the Reel International Film Festival, NYC Indie Film Awards, Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival.
Director Biography - Laurie Lamson is a versatile writer and short-form filmmaker. She wrote the screen adaptation of the life and book of musician/youth advocate Buzzy Martin - the film GUITAR MAN has won 9 festival awards including "Best Writer" at CATE.Laurie recently directed and edited an acoustic world music video for Jamaican singer/songwriter Demo Delgado ("Give Thanks For Life/Gratitude) and previously made Demo's “Live and Learn” music video, which won an Accolade award and reached #3 on Tempo Networks (the MTV of the Caribbean.) Laurie wrote, produced and directed a feminine comedy "Family Values In The Goddess Years" that played at a number of festivals and screenings. She was also commissioned to make a tween music video and five mini-documentaries. Her mini-doc poem "Si Se Puede!?" played at two festivals. Director Statement - Eternal Waltz is a project very close to my heart due to the subject matter of love and the undying nature of the human soul and spirit.

6:45 24-Hour Workday Explores conditions of long hours & wage theft of workers.

How can 24-hour workdays exist in the 21st century? 24-HOUR WORKDAY exposes the conditions of long hours and wage theft that working people are currently facing. In the progressive State of New York, many home attendants--mostly immigrants and women--are forced to work grueling 24-hour shifts taking care of seriously-ill patients, with only half of the pay. Worse, they meet with obstacles from the State government which tries to legalize such inhumane practice. These workers come together to demand back pay and change of 24-hour shifts to split shifts, and unite with patients to mount a challenge against this state-sponsored sweatshop.
Director Biography - Zishun Ning A community organizer in Manhattan Chinatown, Zishun Ning uses films to document issues and struggles concerning working people's living and working conditions. He believes in film as a powerful medium to help advance the community's interest.

Director Statement This project started in 2016 shortly the first group of home attendants started their lawsuit for the nonpayment of their 24-hour shifts. They understood that, in order to address the issues of wage theft and long hours, they needed to go beyond their own employer and unite with workers in other home care agencies. Steadily against all odds, other home attendants started to come out and joined the campaign and, with legal breakthroughs in favor of the workers, it got the attention from the State government. In order to suppress the workers' actions and to protect the interest of bosses and insurance companies, the State put out an emergency regulation to legalize the 24-hour workday. It was a wake-up call for the workers, who recognized their common enemy beyond their respective employers; in order to protect their interest and change the inhumane working condition, they need to challenge the State. That was when this project took a major step as more home attendants opened up, not only to share their stories but also to demand the State stop its shameful practice. The campaign grew stronger and the project grew with it.
Without the unity and determination of the home attendants, this film wouldn't have been completed. They are the main creators of this film, and they have inspired so many others, old and young, to organize for their common interest as working people.

7:15 Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion People's army as an act of love to end "War on Terror".

Revolution Selfie expands the horizons of documentary storytelling while broadening our understanding about the lesser-known fronts in the global “War on Terror.” Filmmaker Steven De Castro paints a portrait of the 48 year-old Maoist guerilla army in the Philippine hinterlands. But rather than simply presenting interviews and images in a traditional journalistic manner, this film weaves fantasy elements and web-based camera techniques into the documentary form to disrupt our entire matrix of widely held beliefs underpinning the discussion of terrorism, poverty, and the motivations of the warriors who fight in a peasant revolution.
Director Biography - Steven De Castro is a director, teacher, and cinematographer who is in post production on his film REVOLUTION SELFIE, which was admitted to the prestigious works-in-progress lab at DCTV in New York. He currently is releasing Fred Ho’s Last Year, his first feature film about an avante garde jazz composer and public intellectual who is dying of cancer. When he is not directing his own projects, De Castro works as a cinematographer for other directors in narrative and documentary features and shorts. Before he was a filmmaker, De Castro was a trial lawyer and served as Human Rights Commissioner of Jersey City.

9:30 Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living Rescued wolves & volunteers who keep them alive. Q&A

Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living is the story of rescued wolves on wild lands in Colorado and the volunteers who keep them alive. It is set in the stunningly beautiful hills near the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The refuge itself is an odd place – off the grid, snowed in in winter, run by an often-changing group of young people who strive to have a small footprint on the planet and to nurture themselves as they nurture the wolves. As Will, one of the volunteers, says, “You can be healed in whatever way you need to be.” However, it’s not always easy. The outside world intrudes in unexpected ways, and power dynamics from American society find their way into the refuge, causing confusion and interpersonal struggle.
The film’s characters are diverse: Kia and Nate are a married couple, lapsed Mormons whose foremost values are environmental sustainability and intentional community living. They often travel around the West in their beloved van, working jobs here and there. Rachel, from England, has a traumatic background – a father who died when she was young and a mother who became alcoholic and mentally unstable after his death. Working with wolves is healing Rachel’s wounded childhood, and she finds a sense of belonging and community for the first time among the volunteers at Mission: Wolf. Will is a Yale graduate who had never experienced wilderness before coming to the refuge. He lives in a teepee there and talks about how the other volunteers “literally had to teach me how not to die.” Mike is a former child actor from Hollywood who always had a dream of running a wolf refuge. And Kent is the middle-aged creator of Mission: Wolf, the leader who is trying not to be the leader, as he wants the volunteers to find their own paths in the work and the life at the refuge.
Mission: Wolf is stylistically unusual, a sort of lyrical “tone poem” that is less about vérité storytelling and more about the strange texture of life at the refuge – the bloody knives and butchering of old horses and road kill to feed the wolves; the restaurant fryer fat that volunteers painstakingly convert into fuel for a motley collection of old trucks; the communal kitchen; the wolves howling; visitors who come to interact with the “ambassador” wolves and look through fences at the wilder ones; the volunteers who are allowed only one shower a week unless they have just butchered an animal; the stunning valley and the Sangre de Cristo mountains that define it. Woven into this texture are the character stories, mapped as arcs of change as summer gives way to winter and then returns again. The film will appeal to viewers interested in how wilderness impacts people and people impact wilderness. It’s also deeply about wolves, what’s left of wildness in the West of our country, and how an experiment in living impacts youth who strive to leave mainstream urban life behind.
Director Biography - Gayle Nosal, Beret E. Strong Gayle Nosal believes in collaboration with people and communities featured in her films, and letting stories unfold organically. Her visual style is intimate and textural, incorporating drawings, animation and other creative art forms. Her passion is making documentaries that illuminate the complex lives of underrepresented people and issues in our world today. Her most recent film, Sauti – Voice (sautifilm.org) screened in over 40 festivals around the world and received numerous awards, including Best Female Filmmaker at the 2017 International New York Film Festival and Best First-Time Director at the 2017 Oregon Film Festival. Before entering filmmaking in 2012, Gayle worked in advertising, sales, writing, and teaching.
Beret E. Strong has been making documentaries about social issue and ethnographic topics for more than 20 years. She has directed, produced, and shot award-winning films on several continents, and is the owner of Landlocked Films. With Gayle Nosal, she has been associate producer/director for “Sauti (Voice)”, a coming of age story about East Africa refugee girls, and “Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living”, about rescued wolves in Colorado and the volunteers who care for them. Other documentary films, created in collaboration with John Tweedy, include films on educational rights for children with disabilities (“Song of Our Children”), indigenous culture and history in Micronesia (“Lieweila”), the tragedy of war (“Iwo Jima: Memories in Sand”), and Afro-Bolivians’ dance, song, and resistance to oppression (“Saya”). Beret’s passion is giving voice to people whose voices are too often unheard, and exploring the tensions that arise when very different cultures collide. Trained as a literary scholar and poet before turning to filmmaking, Beret is the author of several books and has taught at the secondary and university levels in the U.S. and overseas.

AUG. 29-THURSDAY
6:30 The Role of a Lifetime A man, a woman, a payback in today's world.

Director Biography - "The role of a lifetime" is Marc Saez second short movie after the 23 awards Winner "Follow the arrow" ( suivez la flèche . Written directed and produced by Marc SAEZ.)
HÉMON. THE SHORT FILM STARTS HIS CAREER WITH 56 AWARDS WON AROUND THE WORLD BETWEEN JANUARY and APRIL 2019. 21 AWARDS FOR HIS LEADING ACTRESS Véronique PICCIOTTO, UNITED KINGDOM, LONDON
GOLD MOVIE AWARDS 1 AWARD WINNER BEST LEADING ACTRESS
CFK FILM AWARDS (SWINDON) 1 AWARD WINNER BEST LEADING ACTRESS
LATITUDE FILM AWARDS 2 AWARDS WINNER 1SILVER AWARD WINNER LEAD ACTRESS 1 BRONZE AWARD WINNER NARRATIVE SHORT
ECOSSE / SCOTLAND
FEEL THE REEL FESTIVAL (GLASGOW) 4 AWARDS WINNER 1 BEST OF THE FEST 1 BEST DIRECTOR 1 BEST ACTRESS 1 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
CANADA (Toronto) ALTFF Alternative Film Festival 1 AWARD WINNER BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA SHORT
CHILE
(SFAAF) SOUTH CINEMATOGRAPHIC ACADEMY FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL 2 AWARDS WINNER and 5 mentions winner
1 AWARD BEST SHORT THRILLER 1 AWARD BEST ART DIRECTION IN A SHORT FILM ( MARC SAEZ)
1 LEAD ACTRESS HONORABLE MENTION Véronique PICCIOTTO 1 SUPPORTING ACTOR HONORABLE MENTION Olivier HÉMON 1 SOUND DESIGN HONORABLE MENTION Daniel ALESSI 1 SOUND DESIGN HONORABLE MENTION Wadi LAADAM 1 CINEMATOGRAPHY HONORABLE MENTION Lamine DIAKITE
SPAIN BARCELONE PLANET FILM AWARDS 2019 1 AWARD WINNER - BEST ACTRESS-
ITALIE ONIROS FILM AWARDS 2019 1 AWARD WINNER - BEST ACTRESS- 1 AWARD WINNER -HONORABLE MENTION - BEST SHORT-
USA
NEW YORK Cinematography film awards 1 AWARD WINNER - BEST ACTRESS
BEST SHORTS FILMS AWARDS 2019 2 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - Short film- AWARD OF EXCELLENCE -LEADING ACTRESS - Véronique PICCIOTTO
INDIE FEST 2019 2 AWARDS WINNER
AWARD OF MERIT - Short film- AWARD OF MERIT -Special Mention- Véronique PICCIOTTO
INDIA
LIAFF 2019 3 AWARDS WINNER
BEST FILM ON WOMEN AWARD OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Short film category OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Leading actress category Véronique PICCIOTTO
CROWN WOOD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4 AWARDS WINNER BEST FILM ON WOMEN BEST LEADING ACTESS AWARD BEST DIRECTOR AWARD BEST SHORT FILM
CULT CRITIC MOVIE AWARDS 2 AWARDS WINNER
BEST ACTESS AWARD BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
FINALIST Véronique PICCIOTTO in BEST ACTRESS CATEGORY FINALIST BEST FILM ON WOMEN
VIRGIN SPRING CINEFEST 3 AWARDS WINNER
SILVER AWARD - BEST SHORT- SILVER AWARD - BEST DIRECTOR- SILVER AWARD - BEST ACTRESS-
PHILIPPINES ASIAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS 1 AWARD WINNER BEST LEADING ACTESS AWARD FINALIST 2020 BEST LEADING ACTESS AWARD BEST DIRECTOR AWARD BEST SHORT FILM
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (in process)
BEST SHORTS 2019 (MELBOURNE-AUSTRALIA) ME MILLEDGEVILLE+ EATONTON film festival (GEORGIE – USA) APHRODITE FILMS AWARDS (New-York) APULIA WEB FEST #FILM FESTIVAL (Italie) NICE FESTIVAL (France) semi finalist NVIFF AWARDS (Amsterdam) semi finalist WORLD PREMIERE FILM AWARDS (Ontario CANADA)
REVIEWS GLASGOW : THE FTRIFF festival https://www.feelthereeliff.com/the-role-of-a-lifetime-review
CULT CRITIC http://hlc-cultcritic.com/the-role-of-a-lifetime/
PRISMA FILM AWARDS https://www.romeprismafilmawards.com/…/the-role-of-a-lifet…/
Before, FOLLOW THE ARROW , SUIVEZ LA FLECHE Marc SAEZ First Short Movie. Written, Directed and Produced by Marc SAEZ won 9 Awards in different American Festivals and a Special Mention In Pontaut Combaut ( France)
WINNER 2 GOLD AWARDS for Best Short & Best Director at the PRESTIGE AWARDS 2013 USA (Eureka) WINNER 3 AWARDS at the BEST SHORTS Festival USA 2012 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for the short film AWARD OF MERIT for Véronique PICCIOTTO (leading actress) AWARD OF MERIT for direction WINNER 1 AWARD "honorable mention" at the LOS ANGELES MOVIE AWARDS II USA 2011 WINNER 2 AWARDS OF MERIT "SHORT FILM" & "DIRECTION" at THE INDIE FEST in La JOLLA CALIFORNIE USA 2012 WINNER MENTION SPECIALE in PONTAULT COMBAULT (France) Official compétition at the AVIGNON film Festival FENETRES SUR COURTS (France) SHORT FILM CORNER 2011 (CANNES, France) 
OFFICIAL SELECTION CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 (cyprus) OFFICIAL SELECTION SIPFF SEXY INTERNATIONAL PARIS FILM FESTIVAL (France) SELECTION FANTASPORTO 2012 (Porto) FESTIVAL "MEME PAS PEUR" de La réunion
3rd place at the BEST SHORT FILM "BACK IN THE BOX" competition 2012 Certificate of Merit 2013 ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Director Statement
THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME / LE RÔLE DE TA VIE (2019) BEST DIRECTOR Award at the CULT CRITIC MOVIE AWARDS 2019

6:45 When All That's Left is Love Determined wife cares for Alzheimer stricken husband.

When All That’s Left is Love is the emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. With unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimer's, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers.
Director Biography Eric Gordon is an award winning director and producer who has exhibited his work at film festivals worldwide. One previous work, a 35mm short film, “Rita, Pigboy and Me” was written by Tom Lazarus (Stigmata) and stars Mel Gorham (Blue in the Face, Smoke, Curdled). The film screened at over 40 festivals worldwide, winning 18 prestigious awards during its run, including Best Director from the Florida Motion Pictures and Television Association (FMPTA). Gordon has worked on major feature films, music videos, serving as both cinematographer and associate producer. His background in documentary film shows his versatility: documentaries shot and edited in Key West and in Calabria, Italy; stateside, he worked on a documentary about a friend in end stages of AIDS and a short, “That Really Cool Car Place on East Pettigrew Street.” Over the past six years, he has produced, shot, and directed the feature length documentary, When All That’s Left Is Love. It is an emotionally gripping film about his aging mother’s determination – against nearly impossible odds - to care for her Alzheimer’s husband at home and by herself. The film gives viewers an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes understanding of a medical dilemma that currently has no cure – but has patients who depend heavily on the heroic tenacity and love of the Alzheimer’s caregivers. Gordon holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Miami, as well as a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (with a focus on documentary marketing and distribution). His non-profit fiscal sponsor is the well-known group, From the Heart Productions.
Director Statement
One day at work my mother called me to tell me my dad was "lost.” This is how I found out that my father had Alzheimer’s. My father finally made his way back home on this particular day, but after this, everything was different. I understood immediately that my parents’ home life had changed and that my mother was not prepared for the changes still to come. I decided to leave the job I had at the time and move into my parents house to help care for my father.
As my father’s health deteriorated, his disease became the family’s disease. Everyone was affected. I was caring for both my father and my mother, who was brought to the brink of exhaustion and frustration by her designated role as caregiver. When the neurologist told us that there was nothing else he could do for my father, we were devastated and desperate for other possibilities. We searched for answers the way many families in this position search. And thankfully, we were fortunate enough to find some. My mom discovered a doctor who was doing a clinical trial for a new Alzheimer’s drug years after our journey with Alzheimer’s began. We visited Dr. David Watson from the Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment Center and this experience, although short-lived for our family, was encouraging and, I think, can give hope to others.
I was my father’s secondary caregiver for years before my filmmaking senses kicked in. I knew I had to pick up a camera and start filming. I just sensed that something was happening that needed to be documented. The access I had gave me something that has never been captured on camera. Ever. And because I was, and had been, a primary caregiver, the community surrounding my father trusted me. The camera just became an extension of my arm -- I documented the heartbreaks and challenges that a caregiver faces every day. I was a caretaker and a “fly on the wall” during the heartbreaks, setbacks, and moments of shared tenderness and small victories that make up the life of a family caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. I didn’t realize the importance of what I was filming until years later when I finally logged the footage.
An epidemic of unprecedented proportions is headed our way as our population continues to age. Most of us are ill prepared for the realities of what dementia-related illness means for our families. I hope that my film can shed light and bring understanding to caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients in order to ensure that, collectively, we are better prepared for the challenges of this overwhelming and life-changing experience.

8:15 The Clinic Experimental study in psilocybin via a skeptical woman. Q&A

A skeptical woman participates in an experimental research study, taking a high dose of psilocybin to face her fears about dying. This short film is inspired by the work of Dr. Bill Richards at John Hopkins School of Medicine, and by Michael Pollan's article "The Trip Treatment."
Director Biography - Jennie Allen is a filmmaker living in New York. Jennie's short films have won awards from the USA Film Festival, the Columbus Film Council, Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, Brooklyn Arts Council, Babelgum, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. They have screened at festivals including Brussels, Woodstock, LA Shorts Fest, have been featured on NYC-TV, Film Shortage, and been distributed through Shorts International. Failing Better Now, a feature film Jennie co-wrote, is available on the Starz network. She wrote the film Dear Chickens (Philip Baker Hall, Kerris Dorsey) with director Mauro Mueller. Her feature Culebra is in development with Fidelio Films. She was a 2016 NYFA fellowship finalist and a recipient of a 2017 Individual Artist grant in Greene County. Jennie received the Lewis Cole Award for Excellence in Screenwriting from Columbia University, along with her M.F.A. She teaches filmmaking alongside at SUNY Stony Brook / Killer Films M.F.A. Film program in New York.
Director Statement
This story was inspired by research studies done at Johns Hopkins, New York University, and in other places around the world, all using rigorous methodology to test the use of entheogens (aka psychedelics) and therapy to help patients suffering from emotional distress at the end of life. These studies have shown strong evidence that the careful use of these drugs can have long lasting therapeutic effects for people facing a terminal illness. Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has provided advisem*nt on this project and I was heavily influenced by the work of his supervisor, Dr. William A. Richards.
As a filmmaker and a Community Hospice volunteer, I am interested in how we approach death. My aim with this film is to create an experience for the audience, to have them identify with this patient as she faces her fear and anger about her death, and ultimately as she comes to some peace with it.
I received an arts grant in Greene County, NY and partnered with Catwalk Institute, an artist residency in Catskill, NY to make the movie. I shot the “trip” all in camera rather than using computer generated visual effects because I wanted the images to come from things that were real in nature, but seen in a new way.

9:00 bOObs: The War on Women's Breasts Thermography & ultra sound 95-99% accurate; not invasive. Q&A

In “bOObs,” we first learn from medical doctors about myths surrounding mammography, such as mammograms are “early detection” and “low radiation”. We hear heart-breaking stories of how this breast cancer diagnostic test helped to tragically change the lives of three female patients. Then we learn the benefits of thermography in conjunction with ultrasound, and how these two painless tests — neither containing radiation — are capable of finding cancer years before a tumor forms, while having up to twice the accuracy of some mammography machines. Finally, we hear from doctors how financial greed played a large part in sending women down this frightful path in the first place.
Director Biography - Megan S. Smith has been involved in the arts since a young girl, growing up in Falls Church, Va. After earning a B.A. in biology at Colorado College, she became a professional musician for a decade with sister Debi, teaming up in the recording studio with Doc and Merle Watson, Sam Bush and Mark O’Connor and landing a deal with Flying Fish/Rounder Records. Smith later took a job as congressional liaison for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory while working on her master’s degree in biology with a specialization in environmental policy. After five years Smith struck out on her own, heading up MSS Consultants, LLC, in Washington, D.C., where she lobbied Congress on biomass energy issues. She also directed the American/National Bioenergy Associations. Smith began writing screenplays on the side, largely about events she witnessed on Capitol Hill. But soon tragedy struck: Her husband — a senior Senate staffer for 36 years — was diagnosed with cancer and died after only two rounds of chemotherapy. To work through her grief, Smith went back to the arts and began painting large acrylics professionally. Following her cathartic tact, she slowly transitioned back into screenplays, writing a light-hearted animation based on environmental issues affecting the world’s ecosystem. Living in an endemic Lyme disease area, Smith was stricken by the spirochete and soon went into chronic Lyme. Eighteen months later, a Johns Hopkins specialist claimed her as incurable — and so her investigation of Lyme disease began. The Washington Post hired Smith to write an article on the inaccuracy of Lyme testing. Concurrently, she wrote a three-part series on Lyme for the Rappahannock News — and was the first to uncover the underreporting of Lyme by doctors to State health agencies across the U.S. The following year, there was a dramatic increase in reported Lyme disease incidence, which has been rising exponentially ever since. Smith found other patients who had cured themselves of Lyme using alternative therapies and was soon on her way to healing. Now convinced that alternative medicine may have extended time with her husband, Smith pondered how she could help others avoid conventional medicine under circ*mstances when the quality of life would be drastically reduced. It was after she ran into a documentary filmmaker that she realized her next calling in life: spreading the word of non-conventional medical therapies via the silver screen. Smith started up WayMark Productions, LLC, teaming up with videographer John M. Kirchner. They traveled the U.S. and abroad filming WayMark’s first short documentary “bOObs” about a safe alternative to mammography, and a second feature documentary on alternative cancer therapies: “A New Standard of Care." Her third project will delve into the tumultuous world of Lyme disease.
Director Statement - When my husband died of lung cancer in 2007, for 6 years I festered over the way he passed until I decided to try and make a difference in the world of cancer, to help people with cancer live longer and better quality lives, and perhaps help them find a cure. And so, I took my Master of Science degree and journalism background and hit the road with a cinematographer, filming doctors, patients and decision makers all over the EU, Mexico and the US. What I discovered was both disturbing and encouraging. Currently, I'm editing a feature documentary on alternative cancer therapies, "A New Standard of Care", but felt the need to put out information on women's breast health in the meantime with the short documentary "bOObs." Hopefully, it will begin a discussion on the world of breast cancer diagnostics -- an area crying out for immediate improvement.

AUG. 30-FRIDAY
7PM Pipe Dream Narrative film on early days of Carol Burnett.

Each year thousands of budding actors take that huge leap of faith and move to L.A. or New York in search of stardom. This is the story of once such actress who, with nothing but her talents and determination, would go from anonymity to Broadway stardom within a few short years. She would later become known as the beloved legend of stage and screen, Carol Burnett.
Director Biography - Chris King is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and three-time NorCal Emmy nominated producer. His screenplays have garnered national attention in The Nicholl Fellowship, the Chesterfield Film Project, Fade In Magazine and HBO’s Project Greenlight. Chris's feature length and short films have played at over 225 film festivals, have been seen in over 90 countries, and have received over 100 awards and nominations. Chris's short film "Birthday" qualified for the Academy Award (Live Action Short) in 2017 and played in over 150 international film festivals. He just completed a short narrative film on the early days of Carol Burnett called "Pipe Dream" and is in development on three more films. Chris and his co-producer/co-writer wife Heather reside in Roseville, California with their two daughters.

Director Statement
"Pipe Dream" is a short film celebrating the amazing life of an entertainment icon. When I was young I was a huge fan of the Carol Burnett show, and when I became a filmmaker later I wondered how Carol got her start. It was inspiring to learn that she didn't climb to fame through nepotism or by being a spoon-fed richie who eased her way into it. Just the opposite. From a dirt poor upbringing to being self-conscious about her appearance to moving to NYC to try and make it, Carol's early life was anything BUT privileged. I wanted to share this brave life of hers with audiences through a short film...if that's even possible. Finding the amazingly talented actress Lisa Ferris to portray Carol was a real blessing.

7:30 Whisperers and Witnesses: Primate Rescue, A Visual Journey Two women save gorillas & chimpanzees. Q&A

In their latest Visual Journey, we travel to Cameroon, with Wendy and Alan Kaplan, to tell the story of two powerful women saving Gorillas and Chimpanzees, and meet some extraordinary people from Cameroon and elsewhere, who are fighting the war against "bushmeat" in Africa. As we experience the commitment of these humans, and our connection to the primates who share 98 percent of our DNA, you will be thinking "how can we not save them"? Because when your eyes meet with theirs, "there is a deep, overwhelming connection" that cannot be explained.

In this segment of “Visual Journeys” Wendy Stuart Kaplan and Alan Kaplan are traveling to Cameroon to explore the story of two extraordinary women, Rachel Hogan, Director of Ape Action Africa and Dr. Sheri Speede, Director of Sanaga Yong Chimpanzee Rescue and the selfless commitment they share.
What makes them extraordinary? Both powerful women are actively saving Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the depths of the Cameroon jungle. Along the way the Kaplans meet some extraordinary people from Cameroon and the surrounding areas, who are fighting an irrefutable war against "bushmeat" in Africa.
As we experience the commitment of these astonishing human-beings, and our connection to the primates, who share 98 percent of our DNA, you’ll be wondering, "How can we not save them?”, “What can we do now before it’s too late?"
When your eyes connect with these formidable primates there is a deep, overwhelming connection that cannot be explained, much like love at first sight. Though, even harder to explain is how we can allow these beautiful creatures to be massacred in the name of profit and greed.
This is the Journey the Kaplans are on. In Whisperers and Witnesses: Primate Rescue, Wendy and Alan are searching for answers, solutions and a way to get this imperative message out and make a ongoing change in the manner our primates are being depleted before they’re extinct altogether.
To Donate: www.apeactionafrica.org & sychimprescue.org
Director Biography - Alan Kaplan has been creating award-winning campaigns for a broad range of international clients for over 30 years. His approach to lifestyle, travel and portrait photography reveals the heart or a photojournalist. His work has a strong sense of emotional authenticity, and is delivered with a graphic sensibility that clears away the clutter and communicates the central message. Further, he has consistently remained capable of communicating a sense of connectedness between human-beings; a secret language or a shared moment that sends a strong message and delivers an advertiser’s objective to potential customers. He believes in asking viewers to imagine themselves as participants in the various shoot scenarios he undertakes and delivers a sense of “character” over a sense of caricature. This is what allows his campaigns to resonate with every consumer that is clients are seeking to connect with. Whatever the demographic his ideas have intrinsic meaning that has a timeless, classic quality. This natural and participatory quality is always achieved through a minimum of direction.
Kaplan says, “I found it much more effective to allow unexpected, serendipitous moments to occur in this way. I’m always looking for those brief seconds that will create a profound “shock of recognition” with that viewer.” Alan Kaplan’s experience as a photographer has taught him that relationships between his subjects are not created instantly, let along for the camera. He wants to see and feel the imagined history in his subjects, as well as anticipate their future experiences. He creates real situations and often casts people who are related or long term friends, so there is boundless potential to produce an infinite variety of emotionally authentic images. He creates real situations and inspires empathy in both his subjects and viewer which is unique to his shooting style.
Director Statement
I found it much more effective to allow unexpected, serendipitous moments to occur in this way. I’m always looking for those brief seconds that will create a profound “shock of recognition” with that viewer.The

8:45 The Mamboniks Music & dance from Cuba before Castro's Revolution.

In the 1950s, when much of America was discovering Elvis and rock-n-roll, New York City swayed to a Latin beat. Manhattan fell for the mambo, the hot new dance from Havana. Like the beatniks of the era, the mambo’s fervent fans earned a hip nickname: the mamboniks. They sparked a dance craze that swept the nation — and the world.
THE MAMBONIKS is the first documentary to tell the story of the musical and dance invasion that came from Cuba in the years before Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Set in Havana, Miami Beach and New York, this fun, upbeat film features a lovable, somewhat zany collection of dancers, musicians, disc jockeys, club owners and record company moguls. We meet the mamboniks, mostly Jewish and Italian dancers now retired in Florida. They’re still hitting the dance floor — in their 70s, 80s and 90s!
In New York during the Fifties, the mambo flourished at the Palladium Ballroom, a Times Square hotspot nicknamed “The Home of the Mambo” that was frequented by Hollywood stars Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando. We hear the story of its impresario Max Hyman, a Manhattan fashion industry titan who was a survivor of the Holocaust. It was an era marked by racial segregation, yet the Palladium was a melting pot, where Whites, African-Americans and Latinos met on the dance floor. The film’s infectious soundtrack draws from the Cuban songbook and features Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, and mambo king Pérez Prado. Blessed with a catchy beat, the mambo pirouetted to prominence in mid-1950s America and a dance craze was born. Life Magazine featured it prominently; it spawned pop hits like Dean Martin’s “Mambo Italiano”; and on network TV, it propelled dancers “Augie & Margo” to fame on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
The film traces the rise and fall of the mambo, whose demise was sparked by revolution and the British invasion. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 cut off all contact with the island. The arrival of the Beatles sealed its fate. But today, the music and dance live on, and we reunite the original mamboniks to tell this surprising, little-known tale. They reveal personal thoughts about the allure of the music, but also on love, friendship, adventure, coming-of-age, and, now in their autumn years, the meaning of a life well-lived.
Director Biography - Lex Gillespie

Lex Gillespie is a three-time Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning public radio and film producer. For the past 25 years, he’s produced documentaries on music, history, the arts and culture. His credits include “The Science Sisters,” the story of four Latina students who competed in Chicago’s Science Fair; “A Kind and Just Parent,” about the creation of the first juvenile court in the US; and “Whole Lotta Shakin,” a 10-hour series on the birth of rock ’n roll.

AUG. 31-SATURDAY
7PM Jack is Pretty A little girl strikes out on her own to find happiness amidst bullies. Q&A

Amid the chaos and instability of growing up with neglectful parents, and enduring the taunting of a bully, a little girl strikes out on her own to find order, happiness, and an understanding of the world around her. As the dangers surrounding her come closing in, her world brightens when she finds the solace of friendship and love with an old, discarded Jack In The Box.
Director Biography - Jarek Zabczynski's professional film career began almost right out of high school, and in the most unexpected of places, the basem*nt of the Pepsi Bottling Group in NY where he directed and produced corporate industrials, training videos, and other marketing and presentation tools. After breaking away from the stronghold of the corporate world, Jarek’s bigger vision, accompanied by his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to create his childhood dream, “Jester Pictures.” He began with a steady stream of graphic design and video production.
Jarek’s networking efforts provided him an opportunity to produce and direct the “Spammy Awards” for Hollywood Producer Don Murphy. Later that year Jarek was awarded with a grand prize for his video submission to a video contest held by Paramount Pictures, gaining him access to Industrial Light and Magic and the team behind that summer’s blockbuster movie “Transformers.”
In 2008 Jarek directed his first music video for NY pop/hip-hop artist, Theory. The video “Change,” went on to win the BET award for “Most Inspirational Music Video for an Independent Artist.” He soon after continued along the music video path collaborating with Island / Def Jam's Chrisette Michele to edit her new music video "Love is You." Later that year Jarek was hired to record a series of live concerts for Broadway’s Adam Pascal of RENT and Aida fame. He then produced and directed Adam’s first music video for his song “Single Drop of You,” which won “Best Music Video” at the Moondance Film Festival in Colorado.
When Theory was ready to make his next video, the choice for Director/Producer was obvious. Jarek’s vision for the song “We’ll Be Alright,” literally took him to new heights, showcasing some aerial views along the Hudson River in NY. The video takes you on a journey through space and time having been the first ever video filmed on the “Walkway over the Hudson,” the world’s longest and highest pedestrian bridge. “We’ll Be Alright” went on win “Best Music Video” at several festivals including The Garden State, Nevada, and Las Vegas Film Festivals.
His next music video endeavors would take him overseas to France, Spain and most recently Italy. Commercially, he would also begin working on several commercials for department store Lord and Taylor and well as public service announcements for the Red Cross, featuring supermodel Niki Taylor. His latest music video project took him to Miami, where he shot and directed “Bajo el Sol” for the artist Monique, from NBC’s The Voice. 
His pursuit of becoming more and more involved in the film industry lead him to finally tackle a series of short films. Teaming up with actor and writer, Ryan Katzer, they chose Jack is Pretty as their first narrative project. When what began as a 6 page concept, blossomed into more of a short feature, with a feature length script already in the works. Proud of their first film together, the duo is currently planning several other shorts, as well as their first feature.
Director Statement
Shoot for the impossible, then do it.

7:45 Left on Pearl Occupation takeover by women at Harvard Univ. in the '70s. Q&A

In 1971 classified ads for employment were still segregated by gender, battered women's shelters did not exist, abortion was illegal, and married women couldn’t open a bank account without their husbands’ permission. LEFT ON PEARL is about the movement that changed all that. This fast-paced 55 minute documentary focuses on a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes and glories - as well as the conflicts and fault lines – of what came to be known as Second Wave feminism. One of the few takeovers by women for women, this radical action proved life-changing for the participants, and led directly to the founding of the longest continuously operating Women's Center in the U.S.
Through extensive TV news coverage from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover), LEFT ON PEARL documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, situating it within the broader political ferment of the time – the anti-war, civil rights, Black Power and gay liberation movements. The film highlights the hilarity and excitement, as well as the challenges and fault-lines within this social movement.
Director Biography - Susie Rivo holds an MFA in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University. Her award-winning short film Amy screened at numerous film festivals, including Sundance and SXSW and was broadcast on several PBS stations. She received a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award for filmmaking. Her work has received support from MassHumanities, the Puffin Foundation, the Tamiment Library at NYU among other foundations.
Director Statement - LEFT ON PEARL captures the moment when a generation of women rose up to resist their second-class status. They identified their subordination not only in society at large, but even within the liberal/radical milieu of the civil rights and antiwar movements. They shared their experiences in small “consciousness raising groups,” which led to activism and resistance.
Many of the basic rights we take for granted today are a direct result of the consciousness-raising, protests, and persistence of second-wave feminists. As a member of "Generation X", I feel deeply grateful to Second Wave feminists. Now, more than ever, we need to pass on inspiring stories of resistance to the generations coming up. Misogyny, racism, hom*ophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and general bullying have become normalized to an alarming degree. The women in LEFT ON PEARL are inspiring, funny, and a testament to the power of organizing.

9:30 Renegade Dreamers Beat poets, music & politics in NYC. Q&A

At a time when political activism is more important than ever, the air in New York City is filled with the sounds of subversive poetry, radical songwriting and calls for social change. Many hip young poets and songwriters have come to New York City, and - consciously following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and other rebels of that era – are using their music and spoken word poetry to challenge the status quo.
RENEGADE DREAMERS interweaves past and present as it provides a look into an artistic/political wave that is happening today - while also paying homage to the legacy of the Beat poets and political folksingers who helped start a movement. Loaded with politics, music and spoken word poetry, the film is entertaining as well as timely.
Director Biography - Karen Kramer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has received wide distribution both domestically and internationally. Her films have been televised on NBC, WNET, The Oprah Show, CNN, WLIW, and dozens of museums and venues overseas. In addition to winning awards at festivals worldwide, they have been screened at such prestigious showcases as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum, and hundreds of others. More than 150 universities show her films on a continual basis. She has lectured and toured extensively with her work - from Europe to Africa to South America.- She lives and works in Greenwich Village, New York.

SEPT. 1-SUNDAY
7PM Embraces & the Touch of Skin Animated poem on the need for hugging and contact; an animated poem about the vital need for embraces and contact with other beings.

Director Biography - Sara Koppel, Copenhagen Denmark www.nakedlovefilm.com Director & Animator Started in the Danish Animation industry as 14 years old. Creator of "Koppel Animation & Naked Love Film" 2002 Made 20 small handdrawn animated independent art film. Currently working on a new 7 minutes Handdrawn Animationfilm: “2nd Day & The End of the World” Filmography: “Embraces & the Touch of Skin” March 2019 “1st day & next minute” November 2017 “cl*tor*ssima” - 17th December 2015 “Seriously Deadly Silence” 2015 “Memories of an absent presence” 2013 "Little Vulvah & her cl*toral awareness" 2013 - Shown at 100 International Festivals & received 9 Awards during 2014. "Naked Love - Ea's garden" 2012 - Shown over 80 International Film Festivals & received 9 International Awards. “Appetizer for Naked Love” 2012 "Walking between each other and it self" 2011 “Moving Women” 2010 “Love Sucks” 2009

7:10 Ranting & Raving Comedy. Man is a loser. Worse yet, couple has problem child.

Cliff Matthews is a schmuck. Everything he touches turns to sh*t. His job sucks, his marriage is failing and all he wants is to write the Great American Novel, but he's stuck in a rabbit hole writing How-To books. Now, his life just got worse when he and his wife get stuck with a problem child they didn't bargain for.This new-age slapstick, complete with laugh track, brings a modern and unique approach to situational comedy as never seen before.
Director Biography - Jay Zellman is a producer/writer/director with over 20 years of experience working with entertainment, marketing and corporate partners. Jay co-created, produced, directed and edited numerous original projects that have been acquired by established reality television production companies Shed Media, T-Group Entertainment, Marc Summers Productions and Dr. Drew Productions. “The Hitch Kings”, about a tow truck company in Queens, New York received a pilot order by TruTV.
In addition to his television projects, Jay is the founder of Corporate Video Concepts, Inc., a video and live event production company based in New York City that creates marketing, communications and entertainment productions for some of America’s most successful brands.
Director Statement - Ranting & Raving is a commentary on the humor found in life’s absurdities, seen through the lens of Cliff Matthews. Cliff represents every man who feels like life is constantly throwing him curve balls - his wife nags him, his career sucks and nothing ever goes his way. Cliff’s life is a slow train wreck developing before our eyes. This show breaks the norms for a modern-day comedy. Although filmed single camera, the show has a studio feel, with laugh track, and straddles the line between drama and comedy. Inspired by the likes of: Modern Family, Married with Children, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this physical comedy brings back old school humor with a twist of modern-day reality.

7:50 Brooklyn Roses A feminist mother struggles in the '50s-'60s in working class Brooklyn. Q&A

In Brooklyn Roses, filmmaker Christine Noschese blends documentary and fiction to re-examine her childhood and her mother’s feminist struggles in the 1950’s and 60’s working class Brooklyn.
When her mother dies, Noschese returns to her childhood home to decide what to keep and what to discard. When her mother was still alive, she shot her narrative film in the same house. Sorting through her mother’s belongings, and props left over from the film, she realizes how her perceptions have changed and that the characterization of her mother in the earlier film did not tell the whole story.
Recording new documentary footage, Noschese deconstructs the fictional narrative and asks compelling questions about narrative and documentary storytelling and each form’s unique capacity to convey truth.
Director Biography - Christine Noschese is a writer, director and producer of both documentary and fictional films. Her film Keep On Steppin’ won Best Short at the Newberry Port Documentary Film Festival. June Roses, a fictional narrative, premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at New Directors/New Films. Her documentary Metropolitan Avenue was broadcast nationally on PBS and other channels, and received the prestigious John Grierson Award for Best Documentary; it was also nominated for a National Emmy for Best Director and over 2,000 copies were distributed by the MacArthur Foundation
Noschese’s work has been supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Council on the Humanities, The Ford Foundation, The Paul Robeson Foundation, and the Women in Film and Television Foundation,
She was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies and received her M.A. from Goddard College in Media Studies. She is a founding member and former director of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, a community-based organization in Brooklyn. Christine is on the faculty of Hofstra University’s School of Communication.
Director Statement - From my first fictional short, Mary Therese, to my feature documentary, Metropolitan Avenue, my stories came from growing up in an Italian American family in a working class neighborhood in Brooklyn. In my films, I love to portray both the humorous and heartbreaking stories from that community. None are as autobiographical as Brooklyn Roses. I originally wrote and directed a feature film about my childhood in the 1950’s, titled June Roses. The ‘50s were a decade I never romanticized. I created the June Roses narrative from memory; my own emotional truths and from stories told to me by my family. As a writer and director, I used my imagination to create scenes that rang true emotionally for me, whether or not they corresponded to actuality. The death of my mother caused me to reexamine the depictions created in the fictional narrative, in particular, those of her. In Brooklyn Roses, I interweave both narrative and documentary footage to re-examine my childhood and my relationship with my mother. The original narrative feature is a coming of age story told during the social upheaval of the 1950’s and 1960’s and set in the working class Brooklyn neighborhood, I grew up in. I witnessed the struggles for women’s liberation play out in my parents’ marriage and my mother’s determination to carve out a different future for her daughter. The documentary footage records me as I sort through my mother’s belongings and also my memories of her. In deciding what to keep or leave behind, I am forced to confront my youthful perceptions and the depiction I created of her in the feature film. What results is an emotional and compelling new understanding of her as a feminist and a revelatory exploration of the relationship between documentary and fictional truth.

9:45 The Silent Soldier & the Portrait Stolen portrait from a Count's house returned years later. Q&A

The Silent Soldier and the Portrait is a documentary about John Waller, one of the last living survivors of the sinking of the troopship Leopoldville on Christmas Eve in 1944. After the sinking, and the loss of 800 men, Waller followed military orders and kept the tragedy a secret. But for seven decades, John Waller, now 94, kept another secret as well, hidden in a drawer. It was a small French portrait, he had “appropriated” when he and a small band of brothers blew up a safe on a French estate during the war. On a mission to do the right thing and salve a guilty conscience, we retrace the journey of a young solider, to make amends. It is a deeply moving portrait of repair, repatriation and second chances.
Director Biography - Garland Waller

Garland Waller is the producer, co-writer, and co-director of The Silent Solider and the Portrait. Her awards include over 5 New England Emmy's, the Grand Prize at the International Film Festival of New York, two Ohio State Awards, a Colorado Film Festival Silver Award, and an American Women in Radio and Television Merit Award. The Silent Soldier and the Portrait is the winner of an Accolade Award, a Finalist in the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, a Semi-Finalist in the Altff Alternative Film Festival, and an Official Selection in the Top Indie Film Awards and the Depth of Field International Film Festival. "Soldier" is also a Selection of the Northeast Mountain Film Festival in Georgia, the ARFF Barcelona International Awards and the Docs Without Borders festivals. She is currently the Director of the TV Graduate Program at Boston University. She has been married to the fabulous Barry Nolan for 15 years and together they wrote and directed this documentary.
Director Statement - This is about as up close and personal as a documentary can be. Yes, it’s about one of the last living survivors of the sinking of the Troopship Leopoldville which was torpedoed by a German U-boat on Christmas Eve, 1944. But what makes it personal is that that survivor is my father. Most Americans knew little or nothing about this major tragedy and the loss of over 800 lives. The military told the men to keep it a secret. My dad did. The Silent Soldier and the Portrait tells that story, but there’s another secret my dad kept from the family and that is central to this documentary. It’s one that involves blowing up a safe in an abandoned estate in France. My dad felt so guilty about this – for over 70 years – and he wanted to return that portrait. I knew I had to help him. I enlisted the help of my award-winning TV reporter husband, Barry Nolan, and together, with my dad, we followed my dad's footsteps - the ones of a young soldier during WWII - to return the portrait and set things right. The result is The Silent Soldier and the Portrait. There’s no question this is a doc about the war, but it’s also a doc about a father-daughter relationship and how it changed and evolved as my father and I worked together to try to set things right.

SEPT. 2-MONDAY
11AM Light a Candle Tibetan activists light most candles for world record as a PR event.

Panchen lama, the second highest spiritual figure for Tibetans after Dalai lama was abducted by the Chinese government in 1995, he was just six years old then. The film follows two young Tibetan activists Tsela and Lobsang, who set out to break the Guinness World Record for most candles lit on a birthday cake. They are third generation of Tibetans in exile (India). Sixty years after Chinese occupation, the Tibet issue spills onto this generation who have not seen their country but identify with it. They team up with monks from Panchen lama’s monastery in exile to attempt this record.
Director Biography - Tenzin Kalden is a second generation Tibetan refugee born and raised in exile (India). He completed his filmmaking degree in 2015. Sine then he has been assisting other filmmakers and trying to make his own films.

Director Statement - Tenzin feels that the narrative of Tibet and Tibetans still mostly lingers around Buddhism or an image of an archaic backward culture. It is important that Tibetans take ownership and put their narrative, perspective and stories out there.

11:30 Shaholly Amputee becomes trail blazer model. True story of perseverance.

Shaholly Ayers, a congenital amputee, was once told that she could never become a model. This emotional film talks about her struggles, and eventual big break that allowed her to live her dream, and change the way people perceive disability. With her unbridled spirit and tenacious attitude, there is no telling what amazing things she may accomplish.
Director Biography - Wojciech Lorenc is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University. He has worked in the television industry as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. He has won awards internationally and screened his films in over 100 festivals in 15 countries.

Director Statement - It was a wonderful experience to work with Shaholly Ayers who made her mark by being the first amputee to walk the runway without a prosthesis. The girl who was once told she could never be a model is now one of the top trail-blazing new faces in the industry. I believe that her story is inspiring to people with disabilities but can also enlighten all of us and change the way we perceive disability and think about inclusion.

11:35 The Dachshund in a Picture Frame Artist paints money. It becomes real. She loses painting skill.

Sometimes greed can lead to the loss of a magical gift. Main idea: One of the most difficult tasks for an artist is to find a balance between creativity and wealth. An artist, is blessed with a magical gift – she can bring paintings to life with the mere touch of her brush. Unfortunately for her, as often happens, this unique ability goes to her head. One day, having accepted money for a future piece, and greedily revelling in her new-found wealth, she touches the banknotes with her brush. The money springs to life, but the paintings fall silent, however hard she tries to make them speak! It’s a punishment: the magical gift is gone, her talent is no more, and her brushes dance as if mocking her. With the commissioned piece ruined, she sits and sobs in despair. Then she hears a whisper: “There’s a chance – give it back, give it back, maybe if you give the money back, your gift will return!”
Director Biography - Tatiana Skorlupkina is a musician, artist, composer, director, animator, and screenwriter, and the creator of a new ‘art of the screen’. Graduated from Glazunov Music Conservatory in Petrozavodsk and the Faculty of Arts and Graphics of Saint-Petersburg Herzen University. Member of Artists’ Union of Russia. Director of Art-studio "Fedor Sever" Her innovative cinematic works lead viewers into a world come alive, where genres are transformed and interwoven; here, images are music, music is images, and literary works both ‘vibrate and narrate’. Themes and characters from individual canvases and films migrate to others, always trying on new roles. The imagination and compositional virtuosity of artist and musician Tatiana Skorlupkina intermingle with the irony and bravery of writer Fedor Sever (Tatiana’s literary pseudonym), resulting in the remarkable creative tandems of her films, animations, and multimedia projects.
Director Statement
It is sense of proportion, a balance between occupied and free space, that creates harmony and a compositional perfection in architecture, sculpture, painting, music, theatre, and cinema… Embracing this concept changes perspectives, and works miracles. © Т.S.

12PM In Harmony With Nature Art, music & traditions of Warli Tribe in India.

Tribal art, dance, music and traditions are important segments of a nation’s cultural diversity. The film is a tribute to Warli, one of the tribes of India. In habitation of this tribe is largely in Dahanu & Talasari talukas of Thane, Nasik and Dhule districts of the state of Maharashtra, Valsad district of state of Gujarat and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

12:23 Tight Spot A shoe shiner discovers his client's dark secret. Q&A

Shining the shoes of a walk-in customer, a shiner discovers his client’s dark secret.
Director Biography - Kevin Haefelin (born 1989 - Geneva Switzerland) is a film director, editor and screenwriter based in New York City. He is a graduate from the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) where he obtained a BFA in film directing in 2011. Haefelin’s thesis film Tirages en série won much critical acclaim and garnered number of awards and nominations worldwide, including nominations for the Leopard of Tomorrow at the 64th Festival del film Locarno, the Max Ophüls Preis and the Golden Palm at the 12th Beverly Hills Film Festival.

His short film Maman was co-produced by academy award nominated producer Max Karli from Rita Productions (My Life as a Zucchini, The Guardians, La rançon de la gloire) and was distributed on DVD as part of the short film collections La Faute a Rousseau which contains films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Alain Tanner, Lionel Baier and Nicolas Philibert. Maman reached more than two million views on Youtube, was broadcasted on the Swiss National Television (RTS) and premiered at the 18th Visions du Réel International Film Festival. Haefelin’s film Le Dernier Cigare starring French actor Didier Flamand was co-produced by the Swiss National Television (RTS), nominated for the Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken and selected as part of the New York City Int. Film Festival. He is currently an MFA candidate in film Directing/Screenwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, where he studies under Professors Amos Gitaï, Ramin Bahrani, Annette Insdorf, Tom Kalin, Eric Mendelsohn.

1PM Mermaids Mexican wall is brought to a halt. Animation. Q&A

Director - Mick Cusimano

1:20 Tana Bana India's traditional textile dying, weaving & embroidery industry.

India has a very old and rich tradition of textiles. Perhaps it is the only region which has greater variety of their fabric and techniques. The film will take you to some of the traditional craftsmen from two vibrant states of India, Gujarat and Rajasthan who have kept the age old tradition of dying, printing, weaving and embroidery skills still alive.

1:45 My Theatre In f*ckushima, Japan, man inherits old movies & theatre with much success.

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The man closed the Cinema 55 years ago. Even so, people are coming. The man also put a fire on the projector today. “I will never let it go!”
Director Biography - Kazuya Ashizawa is a filmmaker living in f*ckushima. He was born and grew up in f*ckushima and he is continuously filming people who are close to him even after the disaster of “f*ckushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station” in 2011.

Director Statement - I’m shooting people close to me. It is my great pleasure to let you know the current f*ckushima (Japan) through my film.

2:15 Signature Activism in opposition to a proposed gas pipeline. Q&A

Can you make a difference? A surfing activist recruits opposition to a proposed gas pipeline next to Rockaway Beach, NYC.
Director Biography Per Anderson studied documentary filmmaking at the University Of Melbourne, Australia. He has worked as a director and producer on several indie features and music videos in NYC.
Director Statement - Put a halt to our dependence on fossil fuels.

Official Selection: Swiss Surf Film Festival (Lucerne CH), Patagonia Bowery (NYC USA), Procida Film Festival (Napoli Italy), Lunigiana Festival (Tuscany Italy), Friday Harbor Film Festival (Seattle USA)
I would like to make more films like "Signature". I feel that it's important to make films with not only a message, but hope. Visit http://nyc.surfrider.org for more info on how to oppose the Williams Pipeline.

2:35 Too Young for a Memoir Man plunges into his memory, nostalgia & regret. Animation.

A man plunges into his reservoir of memory, nostalgia and regret. But he finds love there, and curiosity, and personal expression. Stitched together with layered ink drawings, paintings, paper cutouts, collage and digital manipulation, Too Young for a Memoir lays bare the artist’s halting, anxious, misguided and beautiful search for wholeness.
Director Biography - Case Jernigan grew up by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina. He drew flying heroes and hairy monsters across every school notebook. He studied classical history and painting at William & Mary, The New York Studio School and in Italy, where he promptly and helplessly fell in love with Piero della Francesca, Giotto, Brunelleschi, and his wife, Cassandra. He moved into a cold but light filled studio in East Williamsburg and began to play with paper and ink. A child of the 80’s and 90’s, early influences upon his drawing roared back. History picture books, illustrated Greek mythology classics, retro video games, Saturday morning animation and comic books. He still lives and works in East Williamsburg and makes stop-motion animations, drawings and paper cutout lightboxes about nostalgia, politics, sports and memory.

Director Statement - This short project took shape over many months. I began drawing segments based on childhood memories. As I edited them together, I moved deeper and deeper into my childhood. Gradually I began to see that the work wasn’t about a specific moment from my past, but of course, about who I am now. A chance encounter with a former teacher helped lock in the concept. Stitched together with layered ink drawings, paintings, paper cutouts, collage and digital manipulation, Too Young for a Memoir lays bare an anxious, misguided and beautiful search for wholeness.
Art, animation, sound design and voice by Case Jernigan. Special thanks to Josh Giunta (Love Science Music) for sound assistance.

2:40 Here's Your Flag Army officer tells mother an algorithm predicts son will die in battle. Comedy. Q&A

An Army officer arrives at Mrs. Cavanaugh's door to inform her that a new algorithm predicts that her son Eddie will die in battle. Not “did” die, but “will” die. Since Eddie just enlisted yesterday, she feels this is hardly fair. The officer reminds her that the possibility of death was mentioned in the recruitment contract: “Page 12, in the fine print, at the bottom.” Mrs. Cavanaugh persists until she finds out Eddie will die a hero. “Will he be getting any medals? We can put them with his football trophies!” And then it just gets weird. By the way, there really is such a thing as a “death gratuity” when a loved one dies in battle, and yes, it really is $100,000. This is a comedy. (No, really.)
Director Biography - Jonny Lewis has written and directed 24 short films since 2008. Two of his previous short antiwar comedies, “Gonna Be a Soldier” and the stop-motion animation “G.I. Hospital,” appeared in a total of 80 festivals and won 11 awards. He is now working on several feature film scripts, both comedies and dramas. Jonny is also the Animation Curator of the New York City Independent Film Festival.

Director Statement - Films, both features and shorts, are a great method of social commentary. This film is my way of pointing out the absurdity of encouraging one's son or daughter to enlist in an organization--the U.S. military--whose purpose is to kill people while risking being killed yourself. Agree or disagree, hopefully it will make the viewer laugh, and also maybe think a little bit.

2:50 Fishing with Father Dad & son bond over fishing. Then dad has a stroke.

Satoshi, who is working hard to support his family, suffers a stroke, and loses the use of one side of his body. His family tries to carry on as they previously did, even though Satoshi is let go from his job. Satoshi and his son Hajime always bonded over fishing before his stroke. Hajime, a junior-high school student, loves fishing. He has always preferred fishing over studying, and his test scores reflect it. On a calm summer day, Hajime is fed up with studying and decides he will not go to high school, but instead get a job and work to support his family. Satoshi catches Hajime abandoning his studies to go fishing, which infuriates him so much he snaps Hajime’s fishing rod in half and yells “Never go fishing again!”. Hajime shouts back “Go to hell!”, then storms out of the house. At the pond Hajime lies on the grass. Worrying about his son, Satoshi attempts to follow him, only to fall down and lose consciousness. Hajime finds his father and helps him up. Satoshi reminisces about when his father was alive and three generations went fishing together. Nine-year-old Hajime quickly learned how to pull the fishing lure and caught the most fish. “Love what you do”, says Satoshi. Hajime’s eyes begin to tear up from his father’s encouraging words. Hajime becomes recommitted to studying and his test scores are picking up. While preparing for the entrance exam of his first choice, a less expensive high school, he passes the entrance exam of his safety school which is more expensive. Under financial pressure Hajime does not pay the admission fee of the safety school, but then fails the entrance exam of his first choice school. When Hajime believes that all is lost, and he is resolved to find a blue collar job, his father Satoshi informs him that he secretly paid the fee to the safety school, and Hajime can continue his education. Just as everything is looking up, while Satoshi is taking a walk as part of his physical therapy and rehabilitation, he gets hit by a car and dies. 30 years later, Hajime is dropping a line alone in the pond where he and his father promised to go fishing. Sitting next to him is the vision of his father dropping a line and smiling at him just like old times.
Director Biography - Shigeru Hirai Born in 1965 1990-2016 Businessman 2016-2017 New Cinema Workshop (film school in Tokyo) 2018 "Fishing with Father" (23 min. drama)

Director Statement - After working as a businessman for 26 years, I decided to leave my career and enroll in a filming school to shoot the story of my father who died when I was young. During the years, I didn't even think about my father as I was not able to take in what happened at that time. Now I have a kid of my own, turned about the same age when he died, and feel like I understand my father.

3:15 Dancer By The Sea Woman living by seaside adopts abandoned baby otter. Animation.

An lonely widowed older woman who lives by the sea finds and adopts an abandoned baby otter on her property. The relationship that develops transforms her life.
Director Biography - Barbara Mones is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering, and Director of the Reality Studio, a part of the Reality Lab. She also leads the Facial Expression Research Group ( FERG). She has worked in both academia and industry in the areas of computer graphics and animation production for over thirty years. She was a tenured Associate Professor and the Founder and Director of the Visual Information Technology Graduate program at George Mason University, a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Computer Science at George Washington University, Fellow at the Human Interface Technology Lab at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and worked for the White House and National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Al Gore's GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program. For this she was presented with a NASA Group Achievement award. She designed and wrote training programs for all aspects of the production pipeline at both Pacific Data Images/Dreamworks and Industrial Light and Magic. In her role as faculty, she has directed and produced nineteen animated shorts since 1999. Most recently she is developing curriculum that incorporates the potential of Virtual Reality into storytelling, content development and filmmaking. She has lectured extensively on an international level on topics related to animation and curriculum development. Her films have been shown in theaters and museums internationally including the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater and the Smithsonian Institution. Barbara received her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Thereafter, she studied animation at Sheridan College and received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Director Statement - The animated short submitted ( Dancer By The Sea) was created by a collaborative and interdisciplinary group of students at the University of Washington. For each of the student production team members this was their very first experience creating an animated short film. The location for the story is based on a house that is located on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington state in the US and the student production team travelled to that location several times to get a feel for the geography and the visual character and mood of the area and their story. The story was based on two interactions with sea otters in the wild at a state park and the relationship that developed between the older woman and the otter is a composite of the those experiences. The students captured the sadness and loss of a woman many years their senior and followed her transformation over one year in a sensitive, beautiful and subtle depiction of life changes that are internal. The film screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. Barbara Mones served as the Director and Producer for the film but the film was created by the students and staff in the program.

3:25 Anything for the Ones We Love Musical. Indigenous and white man unite fleeing ecological disaster. Q&A

The indigenous and the white man united by the same fight. A poetic fresco on the state of the planet that depicts the First Nations man fleeing the ecological and humanitarian disaster since the conquest of the Americas. Anything for the Ones We Love is a musical film with INDIGENOUS pianist Salvador Chavajay as the messenger.
Director Biography - Louise Marie Beauchamp is a trained musician, but has a career as a visual designer for television and cinema. Concerned about the environment, in 2012 she founded an organic vegetable farm and since 2005 she has been operating an inn that her and her family built in the middle of a Mayan village in Guatemala.
This short film is her fifth in her career as a director.
Director Statement - I produced this movie not to speak about myself, but to speak about a indigenous classical pianist who want to talk about the situation of his people and the planet.

4PM Suncatcher Kara finds her car stolen which is also her Venice, CA. home.

For months Kira has been living out of her car in Venice, California. Facing a constant struggle to keep her head above water, Kira’s world collapses when she returns home from work one evening to find her car stolen. Vulnerable and alone, Kira must navigate the harrowing uncertainty of a night on the streets. Featuring the world famous poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks in its first cinematic adaptation, Suncatcher is a piercing exploration of mindfulness in the face of crisis. A haunting meditation that captures both the stunning beauty, and perilous isolation, of life on the fringes of Los Angeles’s coastal westside.
Director Biography - Co-founder of Paper Horse Pictures, Parker Croft has been working in film and television for over a decade. He has directed music videos for The All-American Rejects, commercials, and short films like Suncatcher which is set to premiere in 2019. Parker wrote and produced the film Falling Overnight which won fifteen awards at the twenty-six festivals it played. Parker has also appeared in over twenty films and TV shows including: Big Little Lies, American Horror Story, Nip / Tuck, Roadies, Once Upon A Time, and Pitch.

4:15 Drums, Lies & Videotapes A spoof on Woodstock hippy drummers. Community effort matters.

For months Kira has been living out of her car in Venice, California. Facing a constant struggle to keep her head above water, Kira’s world collapses when she returns home from work one evening to find her car stolen. Vulnerable and alone, Kira must navigate the harrowing uncertainty of a night on the streets. Featuring the world famous poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks in its first cinematic adaptation, Suncatcher is a piercing exploration of mindfulness in the face of crisis. A haunting meditation that captures both the stunning beauty, and perilous isolation, of life on the fringes of Los Angeles’s coastal westside.
Director Biography - Co-founder of Paper Horse Pictures, Parker Croft has been working in film and television for over a decade. He has directed music videos for The All-American Rejects, commercials, and short films like Suncatcher which is set to premiere in 2019. Parker wrote and produced the film Falling Overnight which won fifteen awards at the twenty-six festivals it played. Parker has also appeared in over twenty films and TV shows including: Big Little Lies, American Horror Story, Nip / Tuck, Roadies, Once Upon A Time, and Pitch.

4:30 Cadence Female recruit complains she doesn't like the marching chant. Q&A

A young female recruit complains to the major that she doesn’t like the cadence they chant while marching. But her objections are not to the racist and dehumanizing aspects of it.
Director Biography - Jonny Lewis has written and directed 24 short films since 2008. Two of his previous short antiwar comedies, “Gonna Be a Soldier” and the stop-motion animation “G.I. Hospital,” appeared in a total of 80 festivals and won 11 awards. He is now working on several feature film scripts, both comedies and dramas. Jonny is also the Animation Curator of the New York City Independent Film Festival.

Director Statement - With each war, we pick another group of people to demonize. It's hard to kill people unless you can convince yourself they are Evil. My own grandchildren are half Japanese, living in Japan. If this were 1942, they would be my enemy, and if i were in the military, it would be my job to try to kill them. Doesn't make much sense to me.

4:50 Shine Italian American immigrant explains passion as a shoe repairman.

"One man's shoe is another man's dream." An Italian-American immigrant explains his great passion in life – cleaning and repairing the shoes of others. And he’s been doing it for over 70 years.
Director Biography - Rhett Bradbury has had lifelong problem with movies – he can never seem to get enough of them. Not being able to take it anymore he decided to just go and make his own, dammit. Rhett is a first-time filmmaker and professional graphic designer. He received a masters in communication design from Pratt Institute. Rhett looks for ward to crafting his next documentary, as well as yammering on about one of his many short and feature-length film ideas, or anything else about movies, to whomever will listen.

5:30 The Light Bright Man of Rockaway A luthier explains original musical instruments that light up.

Billy Arnold's artistic and electronic talents are highlighted in this short video. As a self-described luthier, he explains how he designs, constructs, and plays his unique musical instruments, which not only illuminate his rare skills but also light up the night.
Director Biography - Lee Quinby, Dan Scarpati Lee Quinby: As Founder of Lucky Find Productions and Co-Founder of the True Delta Project, with an academic background in American Studies, and as a film producer, writer and director, I specialize in human-interest stories that entertain as they educate. Daniel Scarpati: With no connections in the film industry, Daniel has forged his own path as a filmmaker. The 100+ movies he has produced, directed and edited have collectively gained over 2,000,000 views and won awards nationwide. After years of production assistant work on network shows and studio features in New York City, Daniel is now creating content through his own company, Passing Planes Productions.

5:40 Butterscotch A high end escort meets a brain damaged woman; life changing.

A high end escort meets a young woman with brain damage who changes the course of her life. In the heart of Los Angeles, mid 90s, an escort with an enormous debt to serious players, Skye (Andrea Bucko) is stalked by a young woman with brain damage, Ava (Courtney Paige) who offers her a second chance at life. Panthea (Elysia Rotaru) is a raddled Russian madam who raids Skye’s apartment only to find she has nothing. Ace and Dom, Panthea’s right hand men, leave her brutally beaten and barely alive. When Ava finds her, Skye starts to feel the weight of her decisions. The two become friends, but when Ava begins developing a romantic infatuation, it leaves Skye conflicted with her sexuality and life as she knows it.

Director Biography - Courtney Paige made her breakout performance on E!'s hit series, "The Arrangement" in Vancouver, BC. Born and raised in Kelowna, BC Canada, Paige started creating film and television concepts at the age of nine. She went to theatre school, coached CJFL Cheerleading and is the former Miss BC Interior. She has spent ten years studying the craft of acting, doing writing workshops, attending WIFTV events, and learning to produce. Courtney currently resides in Los Angeles working under an 0.1 visa for her extraordinary talent. She is the co founder and CEO of Neon Candy Productions, slated to go to camera on two feature films next year. Courtney and her two business partners have nine feature films and a pilot in development. They intend to make major waves in Hollywood and tell female driven stories based on true events. Butterscotch is Courtney’s directors debut. She wrote the film alongside Andrea Bucko with the intention of hiring someone great. Courtney has always wanted to start directing later down the road, but with such a clear vision in her head on this project, she decided it was time. With a background in photography and acting, she found the transition to be a thrilling one. After directing Butterscotch, Courtney has caught the directors bug and aims to direct her own projects as much as possible moving forward. Paige also hopes to someday be a member of the Actor's Studio, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and own her own studio. She admires and is inspired by Oprah Winfrey's casting journey on "The Color Purple,"Meryl Streep's work ethic and the incredible humanitarian work of Elizabeth Taylor. Courtney Paige has always resonated with Walt Disney who said it best, "We don't make movies to make money, we make movies to make more movies.

Director Statement - I am interested female driven and hard to tell stories. I believe that there is beauty and love in all stories, even the broken ones. Each script I've written has touched my heart in a moving way. I love taking riveting characters and making them as dynamic as possible. I am so inspired by Quentin Tarantino and Derek Cianfrance. I want to leave a mark on the film industry as an edgier female writer/director. I want to use my voice in my art. I want it to mean something.

6PM Paradise Boogie Early blues influence from the Black Bottom & Paradise Alley in Detroit.

Paradise Boogie shines a light on the influence of Detroit's early blues musicians, the neighborhoods of Black Bottom & Paradise Valley and how it all influenced the music makers of today and tomorrow. Detroit's bluesmakers demonstrate the melding of times and sharing of cultures through the blues. Highlighting the alliance of a veteran hall of famer musician and a 10 year old harp player, we honor the past, savor the present and strive toward the future of Detroit blues.
Director Biography - Lisa Hagopian, Eric Harabadian Lisa Hagopian CO-DIRECTOR, CO-PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP, EDITOR spent many hours as a child watching movies on TV after school. What an education in film history - from 1930s gangster flicks, to Gentlemen’s Agreement to musicals and every other genre imaginable. Her mother often took Lisa to the Fisher Theater in Detroit to see the latest Broadway play. Her junior high school would screen films like The Red Bal-loon and Night and Fog every year and it was during this time that she joined the school’s film club. This all led Lisa to a life-long love of film, theater and photography. She really caught the photography bug when she took photojournalism classes at Michigan State University. Video production and film appreciation classes came later. After polishing her skills, Lisa & Eric Harabadian produced a public access TV series called "The Arts Uncovered" . Lisa and Eric completed their first full length documentary "Nothin' but Music" in 2016.
Eric Harabadian CO-DIRECTOR, CO-PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, PUBLICIST, ASSISTANT CAMERA has been a writer for nearly 25 years having been published in Downbeat, Music Connection, & Metro Times just to name a few. He is also an accomplished songwriter/ vocalist/ guitarist and has been the vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Chain Reaction and Alter Ego. Eric started his filmmaking ventures as a pre teen making animated and super 8mm short films for his family and school projects. Shortly thereafter he learned guitar and was off and running with music. In addition to the series “The Arts Uncovered”, Eric volunteered for the Michigan Television Network. Besides music, writing and filmmaking, Eric is also a public relations consultant with Media Stew Public Relations.

Director Statement - “It’s been such an enriching ex-perience for us to produce Para-dise Boogie and bring to light all the talents of Detroit area blues musicians and showcase the Detroit blues legacy. Producing a documentary is a learning ex-perience from start to finish as we learned so much about the talent, dedication and love for the blues in our Detroit community.” Detroit community.

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7 PM 1st Day & Next Minute Animation adventure into a person’s zone of desires where lust and responsibility is divide and demand.

Director Biography - Sara Koppel, Director & Animator Started in the Danish Animation industry as 14 years old. Creator of "Koppel Animation & Naked Love Film" 2002 Made 20 small hand drawn animated independent art film. Currently working on a new 12 minutes Hand drawn Erotic Animation film: “We got lost on the other side of wilderness”
Filmography: “1st day & next minute” November 2017 “cl*tor*sSIMA” - 17th December 2015 “Seriously Deadly Silence” 2015 “Memories of an absent presence” 2013 "Little Vulvah & her cl*toral awareness" 2013 - Shown at 100 International Festivals & received 9 Awards during 2014. "Naked Love - Ea's garden" 2012 - Shown over 80 International Film Festivals & received 9 International Awards. “Appetizer for Naked Love” 2012 "Walking between each other and itself"
2011 “Moving Women” 2010 “Love Sucks” 2009

7:20 The Silent Glow-Recovering the Present
Unusual insight into mindfulness training changes lives of children & teens as learned in programs including the Max-Planck Institute.

New forms of manipulation and the permanent inundation of stimuli from new media environments pose a great risk to children’s mental health. Unnoticed by political institutions, society has long since started to respond. A secular culture of consciousness is arising: meditation and new forms of resilience and mindfulness training have formed part of the curriculum in many of Europe’s schools for some time now. The French Football Federation, for example, was the first governing sports body in the world to include “consciousness” and “self-awareness” as a central component of its training programme.
The film shows the experiences that children and teenagers – many from refugee and migrant families – have had in training programs that combine classical mindfulness meditation, social self-experience and body awareness with schooling in a global perspective and with activism. Can openness, compassion and an ethical attitude in children be increased by mental training? The film also offers unusual insights into current scientific research programs at the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany where one of the world’s largest studies of various forms of mental training was conducted.
A cultural trend, the origins of which lie both in antiquity and Asia's wisdom traditions, is currently enjoying a true renaissance: a new culture of consciousness is emerging in many places across Europe. At the same time, a secular practice of mindfulness without any connection to doctrines of salvation or religious dogmas is finding its way into our education system. The outcome of this development remains open, however. Can the systematic inner development of young people actually enable them to take on responsibility – for their own lives, for society and the world?

Director Biography - Anja Krug-Metzinger was born 1966 in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied Film, Television and Theatrical Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt in addition to German studies and Philosophy. After graduating as a Master of Arts, she worked as a freelance writer and director, among other things in television, for various ARTE documentary productions, as well as for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Today, Anja Krug-Metzinger primarily works as a producer, director and screenwriter. Her films are characterized by philosophical reflection by means of the documentary and aesthetic treatment of a topic, which is often highly relevant to the self-understanding of people in our time. Anja Krug-Metzinger’s documentary films have been shown and distinguished many times at international and national film festivals.

Director Statement Interview with director Anja Krug-Metzinger:
What is going wrong in schools today?
Disputes over educational policy have once again become inflamed, with questions such as: Is it sufficient to evaluate performance solely on measurable results? Do we need a deeper pedagogical reform, and if so, what kind? What type of school education is really contemporary? There are naturally many varying opinions on this topic. One thing is certain however: in the next few decades, our world will change more quickly than ever before in the history of humanity. We face problems like climate change, migratory flows and increasing social inequality, but also the rebuilding of economic structures, the emergence of new, more authoritarian tendencies, the disintegration of social security systems, and the rapidly changing world of work, particularly the rise of artificial intelligence. The challenges for new generations have become radically different, as have those faced by education. With the help of concrete examples, I would like to demonstrate in my film that these current challenges are in part already being met with new ideas at certain forward-thinking educational institutions.
What exactly distinguishes these forward-thinking educational institutions?
In addition to an education, which, as is customary, focuses on the outside world, the children in these schools are learning that a better trained sense of self perception and the cultivation of consciousness in everyday life lead to more truthfulness and an inner sense of honesty with oneself. In addition to the ability to realistically evaluate things in the outside world, these skills are the most important prerequisites for becoming a responsible citizen. This type of school education is entirely new, while at the same time having roots in humanity's oldest teachings of wisdom that are already deeply embedded in human culture: in essence, it concerns the ethics of internal actions. Cicero, for example, said that a love for wisdom is really a cultura animi, the cultivation of the soul, a culture of consciousness. In contrast, the Indian philosophers have always said that a real change in the external world is only possible if you become conscious of your own internal thought processes beforehand and have investigated them in earnest.
Why did you want to make a film about this topic in particular?
I have occupied myself with these questions for some time now, and personally benefit from regularly practicing meditation. I find it remarkable that this movement has now emerged in mainstream society and have researched possible causes for this current development: almost every fifth child in Germany shows signs of school-related stress, such as problems with sleeping, headaches and nausea. Paradoxically, social media also leads to feelings of loneliness and depression. In the meantime, there have been many studies which prove that this so-called mindfulness practice works against worry, depression and stress. As a philosopher of consciousness, my husband Thomas Metzinger, who acted in an advisory capacity during this project, has long been a proponent of introducing secular meditation classes in schools. I was surprised that there has yet to be a film that views this important topic through the lens of the children themselves. My documentary is the result of four years' intensive research and extensive filming at just under ten educational institutions located in Germany, France and Switzerland.
Are teachers not overburdened and under enough stress already, without having to incorporate mindfulness exercises into their lessons?
There is absolutely no question that teachers today are under enormous pressure. However, I would not see this as an additional burden, as ultimately this is something that helps teachers unburden themselves; it is something liberating and beautiful. Many teachers have assured me of this. In fact, studies show that the traditional practice of mindfulness, body scan, or the cultivation of compassion not only have a positive effect on the working and learning environment, but also constitute an effective prevention against burnout for the teachers themselves.
What role does self-optimization play here?
This is precisely what interested me also. What was revealed during the research and the filming was that the children become more in touch with themselves through this practice and thereby gain a better grasp of what could do them good and what would be harmful to them. It is thus conceivable that children who are grounded in this way are less vulnerable to all types of manipulation. It is important that these techniques not fall victim to the context of an exploitative capitalist logic; indeed, the ethical context from which they originate must be preserved. Positive secondary benefits, such as improved concentration, are clearly far from being superficial self-optimization.
Why should children learn to control their emotions?
These exercises primarily help to create a conscious awareness of those processes which previously took place automatically. Children and young people must no longer blindly follow their impulses; control allows them to obtain a greater level of inner freedom. I got the impression that particularly restless children benefited from this. While filming, I was surprised at how enthusiastically the children got involved; many were very keen to take part.
Who initiated this movement in the first place?
It is definitely a movement that comes from "below" and is borne by many thousands of individuals. Educational policy remains idle. If so many teachers, carers and parents had not advocated for this movement, it would not now, after several decades, have emerged into mainstream society. The pioneers of mindfulness for children and young people are in the USA, where countless projects have begun in schools. But "Mindfulness in Schools" has also found its way onto timetables in Britain and the Netherlands, with parliamentary initiatives in many other European countries too. Meanwhile, in sport, there are large-scale programs, which have even been promoted by UEFA, and this has also happened at universities. Furthermore, within the British, Swedish, Dutch, French and Estonian parliaments, implementation of social programs is being considered and some members practice mindfulness themselves. We are now seeing the benefits of what many teachers and parents have long had to fight for. My film shows that society is further ahead in this area than institutions concerned with educational policy.
What was your overall cinematic approach to this very abstract topic?
The film is not concerned with conveying concrete answers, but rather how the children and young people feel and think, and how they themselves are actually developing. My wish was that a partly open style would evolve, which would very naturally be accompanied by music approximating calm. Alongside the visuals and what can be conveyed by speech, I wanted to explore the topic which is navigated in the film itself through a cautious awareness, which time and again turns into deep calm. Beyond words and images, the viewer is thus afforded a genuine, somewhat more intensive entry into the topic. In this sense, it is not the beauty in the young faces, in the scenes of everyday life, or in nature that I am looking for, it is the moments of mindfulness, the instances of wakefulness, preciseness and tranquility within the internal perspective that I am attempting to perceive on an external level.
Do you believe that this movement has promise for the future?
There is a potential that we have too long failed to exploit as a society: through heightened consciousness and self-perception, the young generation could cultivate an internal strength, which would perhaps enable them to set a new course for themselves in the external world

9:05 Tapferkeit A German sniper and a U.S. combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle.

During the WWII North African campaign, a German sniper of the AfrikaKorps and a U.S. Combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle. They must reluctantly join forces to escape a marauding band of desert nomads and the unforgiving desolation of the Sahara desert. During their odyssey, the German relates the destruction of his country due to following their corrupt politicians. He regrets not stopping them before it was too late. It's a specter from the past that sadly parallels many aspects of our society today. The German soon realizes his own government is the real enemy of his people and struggles to find the courage (Tapferkeit) to stop them.

Director Biography Joseph Quinn was born Jan 1, 1966 in Chicago Illinois. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera on multiple feature films and documentaries. Tapferkeit was his directorial debut.

9:30 Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps Local commentator talks to himself as two personalties. Q&A

Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps is Marty Korn’s first film in the “Meeting of the Mind” film series. This innovative series features a single person playing out the various and sundry personae inhabiting one’s individual psyche. Through this dramatic vehicle, the duality and psychic tensions within our minds and lives are compellingly depicted. In “Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps”, the poet Sparrow meets his psychic opposite the “Eminent” Dr. Worraps (Sparrow spelled backwards). Sparrow wrote the script & plays himself as well as Dr. Worraps. The drama, tension and fun unfold as the battle of wits evolves between them.
Sparrow characterizes himself as a “multi-level anarchist anti-poet” who is well known in the Catskills for his one-line letters to the Woodstock Times. He is a regular contributor to the Chronogram. His works have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker and the American Poetry Review. Sparrow is the author of seven books including How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (And Other Helpful Hints). He has run for the Presidency seven times. His most recent book, On certain nights everyone in the USA has the same dream, recounts his 2016 election campaign.

Producer/Director Marty Korn is the producer & host of the podcast/web show Conversations over Cappuccino www.conversationsoc.com and founder of Woodstock Dreams Media www.woodstockdreams.com. Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps is Marty’s first film and marks the start of the innovative “Meeting of the Mind” film series. In addition to film Marty is a stone artist www.martybstone.com and ecology activist. He is currently organizing a 2019 Woodstock Ecology Festival to help establish a compelling artistic “voice and vision” of ecology www.woodstockecology.org.

SEPT 1 SATURDAY

7PM Still I Rise Maya Angelou's poem visualized and set to music to forge unity.

A visual and musical interpretation of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem "Still I Rise." Juxtaposing Angelou's timeless words with imagery of struggle and change from the past to the present, "Still I Rise" prompts us to ask ourselves: What side of the divide do you stand on? Where will you forge common ground?

Director Biography Gabriel Diamond, Patrick Nelson Barnes, Phil Collis

Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.
Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature “Less”, follows and idealistic and troubled a man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival.
He shot and acted in “How To Cheat” which premiered at the LA Film Festival and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.
In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall.
He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.

7:20 Enough White Teacups examines sustainable designs that embrace social, economic & ecological sustainability.

The documentary “Enough White Teacups” highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® (INDEX) and the film explores their history as an international design competition and highlights the most innovative INDEX award winners. Enough White Teacups showcases how design can be used to plan and build affordable housing, to prevent of blindness, to destroy landmines, to deliver vaccines and blood in remote areas, to clean up the oceans and to help prevent infant and mother mortality, among others. “Enough White Teacups” examines sustainable designs/inventions that embrace the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Director Biography Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Associate Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her 2016 film “Klocked: Women with Horsepower” recently won a National Academy of Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter Emmy for Excellence in Journalistic Enterprise. 

“Klocked: Women with Horsepower” was also awarded three national awards including an Award of Excellence Feature Documentary, an Award of Recognition Women Filmmaker from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Winner in the category of Best Sports Documentary at the Louisville International Festival of Film and Winner Best Action Sports Film at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. It has screened at numerous national and international film festivals including the Breckenridge Film Festival, Louisville International Festival of Film, The Motorcycle Film Festival in New York, NY, ACTION! International Film Festival in La Jolla, CA, The Madrid Motorcycle Film Festival in Madrid, Spain, Toronto Motorcycle Film festival among others. “Klocked: Women with Horsepower” began National PBS distribution in October 2016. It was featured for Women’s History Month on KCET, Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco, California. 
Carpenter’s 2014 film, Driven to Ride has telecast 533 times on PBS, played on 222 channels in 93 markets, in 32 states, with a market penetration of 58% of United States households. 64% of Driven to Ride’s broadcasts have been in the top 25 US broadcast markets.

In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire titled “Above the Ashes” was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry.
Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Director Statement
“For a writer, it’s a word. For a composer or a musician it’s a note. For an editor or a filmmaker, it’s a frame.” -Quentin Tarantino
Digital art and especially video, provides valuable contributions to the discourse on political and social issues of our day, and transforms the way people confront those issues. Utilizing the medium of video and installation, I address personal memories, loss and the construction of romantic and social mythologies about women, aging and even everyday heroism. In my work I seek to relate the complexity of human emotions and response. Often using personal narrative and gathered experiences, my work discusses the manifestation of violence, social constraints, personal loss and individual triumphs. Combining techniques of montage and collage, I combine original footage with found footage and dialog. Metaphor and implied meanings are the basis for my image selection and fuels the content of my work. My film and artwork asks the viewer to critically examine humanity and tour de force of life.

8:35 One A traffic stop and police altercation gets a re-do. Q&A

Director Biography - Carlos Carrasco – Director, Producer
Born in Panama City, Panama, Carlos is an actor, director, writer and producer. He has appeared on Broadway, Off‐Broadway and at many of the country’s regional theatres. Mr. Carrasco has co‐starred in the feature films Parker, Speed, Blood In ... Blood Out, One Man’s Hero and HBO’s The Burning Season, with featured appearances in Double Take, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and The Fisher King. He has been a guest on many prime time television series. His directing credits include the award winning documentary Art Galleries and Back Alleys, and the narrative short films Honesty, Pencil, Rose and Let Me Finish,

9:15 Escaping Stars tells a story of a girl whose world falls apart when her lover leaves her. She sinks into madness and loses herself in an imaginary world.

Director Biography
Herbain Laëtitia
Je suis née en région parisienne et dès l’enfance j’ai eu un gout prononcé pour la narration. Je me suis tournée vers une formation de montage après des études de lettres. Mais j’avais besoin de raconter mes propres histoires. J’ai réalisé deux courts métrages : Les suaires de Véronique et Les étoiles fuyantes, tous deux emprunts du même univers assez sombres à l’esthétique travaillée visant à ce que chaque plan soit tant descriptif que narratif.

Translation:
I needed to tell my own stories. I made two short films: ‘Véronique's Shrouds’ and ‘Les étoiles fuyantes', both borrowed from the same rather dark universe, with a worked aesthetic aiming to make each plan both descriptive and narrative.

9:30 At the Park By the Creek A drug peddler must choose to pull out or go deeper into the mud.

When Germany's kid brother disappears and his drug pedaling doofus of a best bud is slowly getting deeper into the misty, small town underworld... he's left to either pull himself up by his bootstraps or fall deeper into the mud. Shot in and around Chicago, IL on a non-existent budget by passionate, diy influenced filmmakers.

Director Biography Ryan Ohm, Jeremy Marsan
Fun is fun, and fun is forever. Without fun, don't make a film - is what they should teach you in film school. Jeremy (Jerry) and Ryan (Reynolds) believe in challenging themselves and simultaneously playing by their own rules when it comes to filmmaking. Thus, obscurity meets originality in their creations... from film to music to late night ramblings over a bonfire, several pulls of whiskey, a 12 case of old style light and a pack of everlasting American Spirit smokes.
Director Statement
Long time creative pals, Jerry & Reynold accidentally set out to make a feature on a shoe string budget in their childhood small town. By accidentally I mean they didn't realize one day of shooting just for the hell of it would evolve into a three year passion project that encapsulated them in the best way possible.

SEPT 2 SUNDAY

7PM Work A young mom questions her choices while raising her daughter on a farm.

Director Biography
Sam Griffith grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a film degree in 2007. After graduation, he moved to California and is now pursuing his own directing projects. He lives with his wife, a screenwriter, in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of LA and is currently developing a feature set in his home state. His favorite cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats. www.samgriffithfilms.com

Director Statement Shared work is intimacy. Intimacy is shared work. That's what the film is about but also what made the film possible: In a beautiful moment of shared work, a small group of people on a farm in Paso Robles, CA made this project a reality. We're so thankful to everyone who worked on it and couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

7:30 Standing Rock Take Me From the River Like minded activists traveled over 800 miles in solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin camp to protect water. Q&A

A glimpse into our future. Like so many others, an overwhelming sense of unfairness being perpetrated led to a small group of like minded activists from "Brew City" (aka Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to travel over 800 miles to Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp where protecting the water interfered with powerful oil interests. Support grew from hundreds to thousands of folks from around the world. From arresting journalists to silence their voices to excessive and violent attacks on the peaceful resisting water protectors, these actions are documented in this raw and emotional film. This journey into water protecting documents the Standing Rock Sioux struggle in North Dakota to protect their water and sacred sites based on Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 and 1868. The story of Standing Rock is our future. How we treat the environment and each other is our destiny.

Director Statement We are nothing without clean water and this issue has the ability to bring us all together. This is a glimpse into our future. Standing Rock was an all out effort to place clean water above the interests of the powerful oil industry. In the end over 850 were arrested during this resistance to protect our water. It was a loss for the environment and humanity as today the oil flows through the pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. Native Americans are leading the important challenges to protect our environment and thanks to the Standing Rock Sioux the wakeup call is being heard as new groups like Water Protectors of Milwaukee are now in many of the cites around the country. #Waterislife

Director Biography
- Denny Rauen
Filmmaker, activist, environmentalist and internationally renown Luthie, Denny Rauen began making short films to bring attention to the many decisions and actions around environmental and health issues. His award winning unvarnished "guerrilla" short films continue to shine a light. "Being there is the best and sometimes the only way to understand an issue", raising social consciousness is the target.

8:30 Malka An art video and song dedicated to refugee children.

Director Biography Stefan Freedman & Lois Cordelia - Growing up in East London, Stefan's grandparents were refugees from Poland and Romania. This is Stefan's first short film, in collaboration with multi-media artist Lois Cordelia.

Director Statement The story untold by a refugee is the one you need to hear. A vital key to understanding. But recalling it is too painful; to find words to express it is impossible. This short video tells the story of a journey into the unknown through the eyes of a child. Fear and hope journey with them.

8:40 Scenes from a Visit An aging dad's artistry is captured in his home. Q&A

After being away for several months, a documentary filmmaker visits the remote home his aging parents bought. During the visit, he comes to realize that the years are catching up to his octogenarian father, an artist with a vivid imagination.

9:20 The Best of All Worlds A true story of a child's life with a heroin addicted mother and their love for each other.

Director Biography
In 2012 Adrian Goiginger founded the film production company “2010 Entertainment”. As director and script writer he was responsible for many short cuts, commercials, image films and music videos. In 2013 he started his studies in directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His debut movie THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS (with the financial support of ORF, SWR, ÖFI, MFG amongst others) had its premiere at the Berlinale 2017.
FILMOGRAPHY 2017 DIE BESTE ALLER WELTEN / THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS (Feature film) 2015 MILLIARDENMARSCH / BILLION WALK (Shortfilm) 2014 KLANG DER STILLE / SOUND OF SILENCE (Shortfilm)

SEPT 3 MONDAY

12PM School Me College for prisoners with its causes and effects.

12:30 21 years-A Folded Flag Son's journey to discover who his father was after Vietnam War. Q&A

50 years ago the small town of Abington, Massachusetts not only lost a Vietnam war hero, but a young child lost his father. Before he went missing in action during a classified mission with his Special Operations Group, Sgt. Richard A. Fitts sent home his Green Beret and a voice recording with a truly special message to those left behind. Decades later his remains were discovered and returned to his hometown for a heroes welcome and funeral where a folded flag was presented to his only son. Now, a half -century later this Special Forces soldier’s story is told through a son’s cathartic journey to discover who his father was.

2:15 My Golden Rule Young spirited woman enters a portal into a post-apocalyptic world.

This film was made as a tribute to the wonders of our earth and the importance of protecting them. Follow a young woman, armed with her banjo and her spirit, as she enters a portal from a post-apocalyptic world into a realm of rhinoceroses, gorillas and ancient trees to recover magical seeds and make the world wild again!

Director Biography - Sally Sherwood
After an experimental childhood filled with many adventures and misadventures, Sally studied Fine Art at UC Santa Cruz. There she studied painting, photography and digital art. This led her on a path to the film industry, where working on big budget Hollywood films, she was able to learn a craft she could apply to her personal projects. Her goal with art and film is to inspire a shift to clean renewable energy, preservation of forests, reforestation, an end to industrial animal abuse, and a general appreciation for the wonders of nature. Her art is a prayer for the planet and a love letter to all that is wild and free. She hopes to remind people of where we came from and where we can go.

Director Statement I started doing art mostly as a form of therapy, to heal from trauma, and to try and create something magical out of something painful. I was fortunate enough to travel to places like India and Brazil and be inspired by everything from ancient cultures to old growth rainforests. Now my art is a prayer for the planet and a love letter to all that is wild and free. I hope to remind people of where we came from and where we can go.

2:20. Major "Doc" Brown Oldest survivor of WWII’s Bataan Death March speaks out. Q&A

The extraordinary, true story of World War II’s oldest survivor of the Bataan Death March, Major Albert N. Brown. This moving biographic documentary exposes the horrors of war and remarkable strength of the American spirit. Produced, directed and edited by JC Barone (40 min.)

Director Biography JC Barone has been an active producer/director/editor for over 20 years. He is a member of the Television Academy and recipient of numerous awards including the Communicator Award of Distinction, the Videographer Award of Distinction, and five Telly Awards.

Director Statement. Five years, a shoestring budget & local talent, it's been a labor of love. Working on this project is an honor. I hope we've done right by Major Brown, an American hero.

3:30 Look Animation explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals.

This short animated film Look explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals. Dare to look and change the world.

Director Biography Meinardas Valkevičius has been interested in animation since childhood. In 2010, he graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts BA Animation coursein Lithuania. During that period, he created many animated films, one of them “The Impossible Moon” has been sent to many global animation festivals.
In 2012, he established animation studio “MeinArt”. The company created various animated films, one of them “Hunt” traveled around the globe to many animation festivals and has been viewed online for more than 2 million times. “MeinArt” and its directors vision is to invest part of its profits to create memorable animated films with a deeper meaning.

3:35 Superhouse Step inside one of the most energy efficient homes in the world.

Matt Bowers designed and built his Honeoye Falls, NY home to the Passive House standard -- ten times tighter than building codes require. Step inside one of the most energy-efficient homes in the world.

3:40 It's the Dystopian Future A giddy jaunt through the future that may come to pass.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 6, 1979, Ben Folstein Is a filmmaker, actor, musician, producer, and carpenter living and working in New York City. He attended film school at College of Santa Fe, after which he moved to San Francisco, California in 2001. There he made about 80 short films, while studying and working with filmmaker Craig Baldwin. Upon moving to New York city in 2006, he turned towards music and performance, playing with his band, Level 2. In 2010, he wrote and produced "Love is like Mud", a puppet rock opera. By 2013, he was working for Sleep No More, and producing a serial science fiction radio drama entitled "Neon Sun". In 2016, he turned his attention to children's education and entertainment. In 2017, his band, Peppermint Teabag, produced their first record.

3:45 Mama Qota Native Peruvians illuminate the importance of lakes in their culture.

Mama Qota is a seventeen minute documentary interviewing Aymaran men (native Peruvians) in their own language (subtitles in English). These community representatives (the women wouldn’t speak on camera) illuminate our understanding of how this culture relates to the lakes in their home land as an extension of thier own bodies, and as a spiritual source as well as ending ground. Marina Morikawa is a modern day environmental scientist who has been miraculously successful cleaning the pollution of these water bodies using natural methods. He is also interviewed, revealing a similar understanding of how we are mirrors of our Earth.

Director Biography Marianne Asher, Rodrigo Otero, Maja Tillman
Rodrigo Otero Heraud was born in 1978. He studied filmmaking at the Lima Film School, and acupuncture at the Nei Jing School. He is also a participatory video facilitator. As an author in cinema, he has produced a variety of genres in short, medium length and one feature film since 1999. His interest in Andean cultures and traditions introduced him to matters such as Andean cosmovision, sacrality of nature, and the spirituality of peoples.

4:15 Smacked! Addiction & Recovery in Rural America A town in the Catskills aid opiod & heroin addicts. Q&A

Addiction is easy. Recovery is not. Rural America has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but hope is alive as well. SMACKED! tells the story of how law enforcement and the health care community are coping with the heroin epidemic that has swept the rural Western Catskill mountains of New York State. The film features stakeholders primarily located in Delaware and Otsego Counties in mid-state New York. Through the creativity of the law enforcement and recovery communities, unique education, awareness and prevention programs have been created despite the scarce availability of funding. By focusing on recovering addicts and health professionals, SMACKED! humanizes the addict and addresses the dangerous stigma around addition and recovery.

Director Biography Award-winning filmmaker, Jessica Vecchione, is the owner of Vecc Videography, a full service video production and marketing company based in Hamden, NY.
With 20 years experience in advertising and marketing, Jessica has carved out a niche for herself in the Catskills, helping non-profits define themselves by telling their stories on film.
In 2009, she made a film called, “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns”, about the growing Hispanic population in a mostly rural mountainous region. The film went on to screen in several film festivals, including the Black Earth Film Festival, where it won first prize in documentary, the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, where it won second prize in documentary, the Boston Latino Film Festival and the Buffalo Niagra Film Festival. In 2011, she made “Robert, Portrait of an Art-er”, a film about an infamous local hermit and stone artist, which also went on to win awards on the film festival circuit


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Independent movies submitted from around the world, music, light shows with Jim C.,
Bonfire and Q&A with many visiting filmmakers on the theme of “Hope”, set under the stars and tents, and simultaneously in two,
air-conditioned, indoor theaters from Wednesday August 30th to Monday September 4th 2017
at
Woodstock Museum,
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Those attending Woodstock Museum tours on weekend afternoons from noon till 4PM are welcome to stay,
picnic and dine at the Woodstock Museum. Café opens 6PM with homemade food refreshments, many of them organic.
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CALENDAR LISTINGS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
7PM “Parade” de Satié Animation mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satié with the music of Parade.

7:30 The Way of My Life After chasing his dream for over 10 years, a musician discovers that he has no talent.

8PM Mining the Unconscious: Jung & the Artist's Journey Artists excavate stories & revelations of transformation & healing born from dreams, myths & archetypes.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31
7PM Super Chef A nerd conquers food allergies when concocting with creativity. Q&A

7:30 Mwah Five pregnant women in a doctor's waiting room. The embryos engage in conversation.

8PM Stone Story looks back on successes, dreams and family bonds of a family raised as hippies. Q&A

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
7PM Roll Call: A Dance Story Ballroom dance students on wheelchairs dance with non-wheel-chaired partners sharing passion & uncanny talent. Q&A

8PM Nocturnality Linda Diamond Dance troupe in a mixed media video from Memory's Labyrinth. Q&A

8:30 Bride of Frankie In this feminist nod to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her lonely creation.

9:00 The Bullish Farmer Investor trades Wall St. for a farm; becomes a lobbyist for GMO labeling, animal rights, crop diversity & organic fertilizers. Q&A

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
7PM Fix Animation for a Danish, hard core punk band.

7:15 Calabash and Durian Explores universality no matter how the world is separated & fragmented via 3 women in distinct worlds & time periods. Q&A

7:45 Woes of a Lotus Dreams & nostalgia collide in a collage. Explores themes on the fleeting nature of time & fragility of life. Q&A

8:30 Search Engines Sanity & relationships are tested when mysterious circ*mstances force a family to survive a holiday without their phones.

10:15 A Whole World for a Little World As a mom conveys a prince & princess story to her child, the unthinkable occurs.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
7PM Shoot Me Nicely Photographer searches for a lucrative celebrity photo to re-launch his career. Q&A

8PM Sacred and Profane Faceless Jacks An experimental, anti-narrative, cinematic tone poem for those of us lost, unsure and comfortable living within the dialectic...

8:15 Coney Island Dreaming A young girl finds respite from the harsh realities of life in magical Coney Island when she finds some lost money. Q&A

8:45 Saving Place, Saving Grace Trappist monastery’s struggle for reformation of their home by embracing an intense sustainability initiative. Q&A

10PM Do You Like Peaco*cks? A group of autistic adults and their dedicated instructors convene everyday to make art. Q&A

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
11AM The Art of Aping Imperialism has left a deep Western imprint on India. Animated satire.

11:06 Gardeners of the Forest How the Chinese market, deforestation, and tourism all play a role in the imminent extinction of elephants in Laos.

11:23 Gonna Be a Soldier Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up but his parents tell him he must be a soldier.

11:30 Close Your Eyes..Well Precocious younger sister fulfills brother's dream of being a concert violinist while living in a Bagdad dumpster.

11:45 Lone Survivor Gravedigger plays dramatic role when his village is going to be flooded by a newly constructed dam.

12:15 Birthday Marine husband is wounded. Wife discovers life is going to be an overwhelming and amazing journey.

12:30 Invisible Walls: Tales of Insecurity Factors that generate invisible walls between people; our different characters share their stories.

12:40 Tokri (The Basket) Two insignificant lives lost and found in time. Animated.

1PM The Mars Interrogation A scientist tries to save this dying planet only to find out that Mars is the problem.

1:30 Tapette Michael is about to move in with his girlfriend but starts to be very anxious about it.

2PM What the Hell! In the middle of the desert, a man and a woman, disagree about what cinema is. Their story unfolds.

2:10 A Meditation: Women the Power Paradigm Six talented women on a quest for professional & artistic fulfillment.

3:30 Doppelganger Man meets prostitute online on condition it's a one time date.

4:15 The Karamazoffs '70s SoHo boom of open studios, conceptual art, happenings, performances & video art includes a group from Barcelona.

AUG 30-TUESDAY
6:30 Opening Ceremony
6:40 We Got Your Back Sure, we all care about the environment.
What if there was a simple service that got your back covered, on a monthly direct debit plan?
6:45 Drifters An Egyptian Orthopedic surgeon enjoys surfing, carpentry with driftwood, music & freedom. Meet his creative friends.
7:40 Fodder We must eat to live. Bon appetite! In our love affair with food, what could possible go wrong?
7:50 Daniel Friederich-Luthier d’Art His unique skills in cabinet making, acoustics, design & guitar playing, he’s thought to be the greatest, classical guitar builder.
9:15 The Ballad of the Dreadnought Featuring the Martin guitar, inspiring worldwide artists for 100 years in bluegrass, country, folk & rock genres.
AUG 31-WEDNESDAY
6:30 Hunting A photographer expects to secretly capture an image; then there is the unexpected.
6:35 AmericaAntiAmerica

Challenges from burning an image of the American flag as opposed to burning a real flag. Q&A.

7:00 Two Blue Lines Examines the political and human rights situation of Palestinian people from the 1930s to the present day.
9:00 Something About Silence A character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending; success predicated upon the impression of failure
9:15 Exodus to Shanghai In 1938 Vienna, Chinese Consul Dr. Ho, issues Exit Visas to 10,000 Jews against the orders of his Nazi superiors.

SEPT 1-THURSDAY

6:30 Save the Bees Nuero-toxic pesticides kill bees. If bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left.
6:45 TWU Local 525 Memorial Beam A journey of a one ton artifact from the World Trade Center 911 tragedy is ceremoniously shipped to Miami.
7:05 As Life Shifts Two boys must cope with the shocking reality of their mother’s terminal illness.
7:30 The Runaway An outlaw is discovered by the law after 30 years. Before his execution, he recounts his experiences. Q&A.
9:45 The Healing Field: Exploring Energy & Consciousness Conventional healthcare is challenged by non-invasive, ancient, healing techniques.

SEPT 2-FRIDAY

6:30 Covered When Anderson buys a new house, he visits Assuring Insurance Co. to make sure that he is covered for everything.
6:45 The American Death A medical system that’s ill-equipped to guide the dying in a culture that doesn't know what to do.
8:00 cl*tor*ssima A child’s introduction to cl*tor*s awareness through women’s stories and animated art.
8:15 Pin Up! The American phenomena of pin up girls and the women who inspired their many types, styles and fashions. Q&A

SEPT 3-SATURDAY

6:30 If These Walls Could Talk Homeless young men cultivate their human assets to make their way in the world of music.
7:00 Lutah a Passion for Architecture A remarkable woman architect who was initially eclipsed by male contemporaries in California.
8:15 Body & Sound Sergio Arturo Calonego plays acoustic guitar showing relationship between musician and musical instrument.
8:20 1984 Riding Into Hell The 1984 rock’n roll scene, world news, politics, celebrities, pop culture and technology.

SEPT 4-SUNDAY

6:30 Sleepwalkers How many of us are truly awake? An animated film about doing exactly what you're told.
6:40 The Lover Memories of a cherished wife reveal an old man’s obsession with their love in realms of delusion.
7:45 The Existential Zombie Existential horror from the zombie-centric perspective.
7:50 Escapes A young woman loses her dad; embarks on a journey revealing the essence of life. Running away isn’t an answer.
9:30 Lizard Brains What if their world had never been the one in which she thought they lived? Do extra-terrestrial’s have an answer?

SEPT 5-MONDAY

12:00 The Leaping Place An elderly woman journeys to a mysterious tree hidden in the depths of an ancient cave.
12:05 Pokey Pokey A father starts a journey to protect his son from seeing filthiness in a crime-ridden city. Animated.
12:14 Bright Spots A poetic portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.
1:00 The Border A devastating nuclear & chemical war divides Britain into the war wasteland in the south & the surviving north.
1:30 Hang on Sloopy:The Movie Ohio State University’s incredible50-yearlove affair with this rock song.
3:00 September Sketch Book Imaginative film using old school animation techniques with sequences of flags from around the world.
3:09 The Nymph Set in an enchanted forest, a hunter is visited by a forest Nymph who lures him deeper into the forest.
3:20 Begone Dull Care Upbeat, animated short with 80's music; a dance of tightly timed abstract paintings and pixel-art.
3:25 The Session Paris, 1899. Pierre-Louis is a talented, young photographer for whom his models are a genuine obsession.
3:45 Hail to the King: 60 years of Destruction Celebrates the great monster, Godzilla. Filmed in Tokyo.

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2016 Woodstock Museum 17th Annual FREE Film Festival

13 Bach Rd., Saugerties, NY


6:30 pm Opening Ceremony
Nathan Koenig, Woodstock Museum President and Shelli Lipton, Woodstock Museum Director
give thanks and highlight the 2016 Film Festival now in its 17th year screening films.
This free festival is a way to continue the Woodstock notion.


TUESDAY - August 30th
6:40 We Got Your Back

Sure, we all care about the environment. What if there was a simple service that got your back covered, on a monthly direct debit plan?
There is so much to feel guilty about nowadays, when you think about it. Sure, we all care about the environment, but honestly, don’t you just want to toss all the junk in the same waste bin, sometimes? What if there was a simple service that got your back covered, on a monthly direct debit plan?

Director Biography: Viktor Hertz is a freelance graphic designer from Uppsala, Sweden, born in Uppsala, Sweden. He is now living in Stockholm, working with clients both locally and abroad; some of them include Ray-Ban, Greenpeace, Christie’s and IKEA. He is also working on lots of personal projects, often inspired by pop art culture. His posters are being sold all over the world. Recently, Viktor has also started to write and direct short films.

Tagline: A clean conscience in a dirty world.
Production notes: Written in two days. Shot in 5 hours. Post-production about 1 month. Self-financed.

Previous festival screenings (selection)

Uppsala International Short Film Festival (2014)
Tampere Film Festival (2015)
DC Independent Film Festival (2015)
Tally Shorts Film Festival (2015)

6:45 Drifters

An Egyptian Orthopedic surgeon enjoys surfing, carpentry with driftwood, music & freedom.
Meet his creative friends.
Story of an orthopedic surgeon from Agami, Egypt and how his close relationship to the sea, philosophy of life, firm principles and passion for woodwork led him to rediscover his true potential away from what most societies call success routes. On his journey he encounters kindred spirits who flock together in pursuit of happiness, freedom and self-expression.
Director Bio:
A passionate documentarian, photographer and actor; Hani R. Eskander worked professionally, in Egypt, as a first assistant director (1st AD) in numerous TV and online advertising campaigns for big brands and later on, post-revolution, he continued working as a 1st AD on TV shows such as “El Bernameg” hosted by Bassem Youssef that aired on “ONTV” and “CBC”, also “Amreeka Bel 3araby”, which he had a double-role as a 1st AD and post-production supervisor, that premiered on “OSN” and later on on “Al Nahar”. He was also the producer for “Ramadan Galak” that aired on “MBC Masr”. Aside from directing, Eskander works as a freelance camera operator. He has dabbled as a director of photography on some online webisodes. He has produced several one-man-show shorts for diverse online videos. This is his first documentary film under his new label Drifter Films. Despite several other documentaries he’s done… Eskander considers this to be his documentary-directing debut.
Director Statement: I still believe in the power of films to inspire, provoke and make a change in the way one thinks and acts. With a low budget and guerilla approach to filmmaking... this film called for itself to be done. I was in Agami, a coastal city off Alexandria, shooting a documentary about the rise and fall of the city, when I met Shahir and found myself inclined to shooting him, his story and his philosophy on life.

7:40 Fodder

Fodder We must eat to live. Bon appetite! In our love affair with food, what could possible go wrong?
­­We must eat to live. There is no other way. So, bon appetit! In the human love affair with food, what could possibly go wrong? How did the simple act of eating to stay alive go so far off the rails?

Director Bio: Jack Ofield is an award-winning animator, filmmaker and graphic designer. He moved from writing and directing plays to a film career at the National Film Board of Canada. He was a series writer-director for ABC and CBS, and produced many programs and series for PBS. His short film showcase, “The Short List,” ran for 17 years on public and cable TV throughout North America, completing its record run in 2010. He was Filmmaker in Residence and ia Emeritus Prof. of Film at San Diego State University, a member of the Directors Guild of America and a Directing Fellow of the American Film Institute.

7:50 Daniel Friederich-Luthier d’Art

has unique skills in cabinet making, acoustics, design & guitar playing; he’s thought to be the greatest, classical guitar builder.
Because of Friederich’s unique skills in cabinet making, as well as his knowledge of acoustics, design, and his guitar playing ability, he is thought to be the greatest, classical guitar builder in history.
Director Bio: While still a student at California State University at Northridge, Jeffrey Cogan, M.A., was honored by being invited to perform for the great Spanish Maestro of the guitar, Andres Segovia. After finishing his studies, he built a career in performing and teaching the guitar at CSUN and at Chapman University.

Director Statement: While visiting the Friederich “atelier” (workshop) in Paris, France, I was able to observe in person, the various processes necessary for the construction of a classical guitar. Because of Friederich’s unique skills in “ebenisterie” (cabinet making), as well as his knowledge of acoustics, design, and his guitar playing ability, he stands alone as the greatest guitar builder in history.
This DVD shows evidence of meticulous documentation, technical designs, measurements, and specifications that he uses in his unique process. These include bracing patterns, weight of all parts and overall weight. He consults these records as he continues to build aesthetically pleasing and fantastic sounding instruments. He is one of the first guitar builders to utilize acoustical measurements in a laboratory environment to aid in the evolution of his craftsmanship.
Although Friederich’s early instruments were inspired by those made by historic builders such as, Rene Lacote, Antonio Torres, Francisco Simplicio and Robert Bouchet, he quickly developed his own style of building that has earned him a coveted place in the history of guitar construction. Friederich speaks of some of these influential men (most of whom have passed on) as though he was in contact with them the previous day. They are never far from his ongoing thoughts of guitar building. His output of guitars now numbers close to 840 instruments.
Sitting for video interviews were performers, Scott Tennant, Gaelle Soleil, Pepe Romero, Alvaro Pierri, David Tannenbaum, Zoran Dukic, Stein-Erik Olsen, and Olivier Chassain.
In addition, I interviewed guitar builders and repairers such as Gregory Byers, Jack Sanders, and Yuris Zeltens.
The entire experience was undeniably educational and affirmed the fact that Daniel Friederich is respected in every corner of the classical guitar world. My hope is that the article and documentary will reach a wider audience so that more than the classical guitar faithful will be able to appreciate a unique figure in instrument building who is something of a national treasure as well as an inspiration to anyone that appreciates the art of fine craftsmanship.

9:15 The Ballad of the Dreadnought

Featuring the Martin guitar, inspiring worldwide artists for 100 years in bluegrass, country, folk & rock genres.
For 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has stood the test of time and survived endlessly evolving musical tastes becoming the musical companion for countless artists throughout music’s history.
The Ballad of the Dreadnought traces the rise of the Martin Dreadnought from selling only a few dozen guitars for its first 20 years to becoming the musical companion played in almost every musical genre in every corner of the world. For 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has stood the test of time and survived endlessly evolving musical tastes becoming the musical companion for countless artists throughout music’s history. From Crosby, Stills and Nash on stage for the first time together at Woodstock with a D-45 to Seth Avett discovering countless songs waiting inside his Martin D-35, these artists will take you along as they lovingly recall moments where they stood proudly alongside their trusted Martin Dreadnoughts.

The story told in Ballad of the Dreadnought is the story of milestones in America’s music; how the Dreadnought helped create bluegrass, how it was an integral to folk and country, how it was played on one of the first rock and roll recordings, how it inspired generations of players and music. You’ll learn that the Dreadnought is a common link in a long chain going back to the twenties and the very birth of the music industry. The character of American music owes much to the Dreadnought.

If you own a Martin Dreadnought, the Ballad of the Dreadnought will deepen and enrich your playing experience. If you’re a music enthusiast, you’ll understand how this special guitar acquired its rightful place in music and you will find yourself seeking one to own. And when you do acquire this iconic guitar, you will know that we made you, we gave you, this.


WEDNESDAY - August 31st
6:30 Hunting

A photographer expects to secretly capture an image; then there is the unexpected.
Hunting for a subject or a moment... moment hunting...the moment that time stands still...the moment of surprise. How do the identities of the hunt and the hunter form and become meaningful?

Director Bio: Zahara Jafari was born in 1971 in nagada in Azerbaijan province. she started her career with making short films in the Iranian Youth Cinema Society in 1993 and by working as a script supervisor in the cinema industry. Meanwhile she made several short films including “The Story of a Teacher” which brought her the silver Unica medal in Poland.

Filmography:
the shoes
A Passage To…
the story of a teacher
Girls in Expectancy
The first Smile After…
Closer Than Me
Touch Of The Rain
Hunting
Unconsciousness With Open Eyes
BUBBLE

6:35 AmericaAntiAmerica

Challenges from burning an image of the American flag as opposed to burning a real flag. Q&A
A short, light philosophical video that asks questions about the meaning and power of imagery, and the nature of patriotic (and anti-patriotic acts). The video asks questions. It’s up to you to answer them. Filmmaker Neil Needleman

7:00 Two Blue Lines

Lines Examines the political and human rights situation of Palestinian people from the 1930s to the present day.
Shot over a period of twenty-five years, Two Blue Lines examines the human and political rights situation of Palestinian people from the 1930s to the present day. By primarily featuring Israelis whose positions run counter to their country’s official policy, Two Blue Lines provides a portrait of the ongoing conflict not often depicted in our mainstream media.
Director Bio: A native of Vermont, Tom Hayes has produced and directed four long form documentaries on international issues. Two Blue Lines is his third film on the human and political rights situation of Palestinians. His first was Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile, narrated by Martin Sheen. He went on to produce People and The Land for the Independent Television Service. Prior to his long engagement in the Holy Land, Hayes produced Refugee Road, a film that followed a Khmer family from a refugee camp on the Cambodian border through their first year of resettlement in the U.S. Hayes holds three regional Emmy awards. His work has been broadcast on PBS, Bravo, RTE Ireland, SBS Australia, and CBC Canada. Hayes worked as a freelancer in film and television for a quarter century prior to accepting a teaching gig in the Film Division at Ohio University where he continues to teach and pursue personal projects.
Director Statement: I came to this topic after working in the refugee camps along the Thai/Cambodian border during the Pol Pot era. When that work was completed I looked around the planet at other refugee communities and stumbled on the granddaddy of them all, the Palestinian refugees. I have subsequently been trotting back and forth to the Middle East for most of my adult life, filming events related to the human and political rights situation of Palestinian human beings. In the course of that work I met and worked with many Israelis. Two Blue Lines is an attempt to provide a conduit for unheard Israeli voices addressing their own narrative of the Palestinian experience.

9:00 Something About Silence

A character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending; success predicated upon the impression of failure.
A mixture of suggestive imagery and affirmations, a melange of the photographic real and the pixel wrangled, and the sense of a character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending… success predicated upon the impression of failure,…which is, now that you are aware, a success.
We could fall headlong into critical theory like a cat in a secondhand bookshop. We can be more prepared, however, with an awareness that text reflects author - even and if that author is a fiction. Paws for thought.
A mixture of, as our narrator puts it, “suggestive imagery and affirmations,” a melange of the photographic real and the pixel wrangled, the smooth rich voice of Erik Hansen and the clear high tones of Donghee Nam and the sense of a character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending. In Patrick Buhr’s film there is a continued implication of things unsaid but these are not shadows cast by accident - in a Q&A at Glasgow’s 2016 Short Film Festival he talked about the YouTube genre of “hypnosis instructional videos”, “especially the bad ones”. He was taken with the concept of the things that one learns about the creators that is unintentional. He also talked about a desire to create a very specific sensation - the notion (and he used the example of watching Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE) that there is something going on that someone understands but not enough for the audience to grasp. One too many clues removed, one dot too few to connect.
Of course, that is the advantage of Q&A, of the presence of author - one can have intent made clear. In text alone, of course, phenomenologically, hermeneutically, one cannot - so one is left with Something About Silence with the successful creation of character from the asides and elisions of the narrator, and with the sense that there is something going on that may not be being conveyed. Which is, now that you are aware, a success. A success predicated upon the impression of failure. Which runs the risk of becoming as circular and hypnotic as any element of the film. Which is, now that you are aware, a success.
“You are here, because you are boring. Let the audio-visual experience sink into your subconscious in order to become more exciting and fashionable.” The journey leads through streets, clothing stores, forests and strange abstract worlds. As time goes on the narrator drifts off in thoughts about his wife, pigeons and insecurities.
Director Bio: Patrick Buhr is a media artist and animation freelancer based in Cologne. He studied philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 2006-2009 and media art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne from 2009-2014. His work revolves around fragmented narration, ambivalent identities, contemplative association in animated short films, drawings.

9:15 Exodus to Shanghai

In 1938 Vienna, Chinese Consul Dr. Ho, issues Exit Visas to 10,000 Jews against the orders of his Nazi superiors.
Exodus to Shanghai, a film byAnthony Hickox, written and produced byMichel Adamtells a story of two brave lovers, Fannia and Bruce, who stand up to the Nazis and fight against evil. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they make their escape to Shanghai on the Orient Express, saving many Jews along the journey.
Together with Dr. Ho, the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938, who helped thousands of Jews to flee Vienna and escape to Shanghai with free Exit Visas, they make their Exodus to Shanghai.
A Dead Nazi is a Good Nazi.
Produced by Michel Adam a fashion TV founder and directed by Anthony Hickox (Waxwork, Hellraiser3...) this upbeat feature film provides a superb symbiosis of action thriller, comedy, romance, adventure, music and high production value.
Using most attractive fashion models and seasoned actors the Exodus story is largely based on the true story of Dr. Feng Shan Ho the Chinese Consul of Vienna issuing 10, 000 exit visas in 1938 to Austrian Jews to leave the Third Reich for Shanghai, an initiative opposed by his Berlin superior who needed arms from Germany.
The narrative involves Dr. Ho, Fannia a beautiful musician falling in love with Bruce the martial arts expert nephew of the Consul, the art gallery owners Morgenstern, sad*stic Gestapo and SS members who were ordered by Hitler to find his drawing of Prince, his favorite shepherd dog, and an assortment of other original characters. Following the maxim that only a good Nazi is a dead Nazi, Dr. Ho’s group and people he had hidden successfully escape on a train from Vienna after killing a large number of Nazis. The film is most enjoyable and appealing in part because of its message that the good side prevails over evil. Before its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and theatrical release it is already streaming on Amazon com.

Director:

Anthony Hickox
Writer:
Michel Adam

Stars:

Yaara Benbenishty, Alexandre Nguyen, Markus von Lingen


THURSDAY - September 1st
6:30 Save the Bees

Nuero-toxic pesticides kill bees. If bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left.
Nuero-toxic pesticides called Neonics play a crucial role in killing bees. They carry the poison back to the hive and kill the rest of the colony. They die in pain. We can help prevent this by supporting ecological, organic farming and challenging those who don’t.
If bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination. No more bees, no more plants. No more bees, no more animals. No more bees, no more man.

6:45 TWU Local 525 Memorial Beam

A journey of a one ton artifact from the World Trade Center 911 tragedy is ceremoniously shipped to Miami.
TWU Local 525 members of Engine 1 Firehouse at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL make an unforgettable journey to escort a World Trade Center beam from NYC to Philadelphia to Miami and back home for installation at their 9/11 firehouse memorial.

7:05 As Life Shifts

Two boys must cope with the shocking reality of their mother’s terminal illness.
As Life Shifts ( ALS -Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or “Lou Gerhig’s Disease) is an emotional tale of suffering, love and hope. Miranda is a single mother of two, struck by a destructive disease that is slowly but surely taking her life. Her two sons are faced with the shocking reality of their mother’s terminal illness.
Director Bio: Daniel Gras Pujalt was born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian/Argentinian family. His mother, Mary Frances Pujalt, is a humanitarian and art lover, and his father, Enrique Amadeo Gras, is an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers for a petroleum company.
He spent his childhood in Lima and Arequipa, two beautiful cities rich in traditions and cultural manifestations. At the age of eight, he and his family moved to Mendoza, Argentina.
From an early age, Daniel was drawn to artistic activities such as drawing, painting and music. Even as a young man in Mendoza, Daniel sensed that the world should consist of something more than the rituals of office life and left on a journey of self-knowledge, traveling throughout South America and Europe The world became for him something mysterious and wonderful, a place where amazing people lived with untold uplifting stories of overcoming difficulties and hope. Inspired by his travels, he studied Portuguese, English, Italian and French.
At the age of twenty he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After great effort, he received a scholarship to the “Federal University of Media Studies in Rio the Janeiro” and graduated with honors. Through these years he participated in numerous audiovisual projects and short films. In 2009, he was hired by Brazil’s largest TV Channel - Rede Globo, where he worked as an Production Design Assistant and Assistant Art Director. Specializing in period projects, most of which were internationally recognized and honored.
In 2013, Daniel Gras Pujalt moved to New York, where he is completing his master in filmmaking at The New School of Public Engagement. As an artist, writer and filmmaker living in New York; Daniel a passionate storyteller continues to dedicate his life’s work to the film and TV industry. His love for history, culture and customs guide many of his projects.

7:30 The Runaway

An outlaw is discovered by the law after 30 years. Before his execution, he recounts his experiences.
A notorious Outlaw is discovered by the law after thirty years in hiding. Just before his execution, he recounts his experience with crime, loss, and love.
Director Bio: Nick DeRuve was born in Schenectady, New York in 1985. He attended Niskayuna high school where he discovered his passion for filmmaking. In 2003 he produced, wrote and directed his first short film which garnered festival laurels. DeRuve pursued filmmaking at Long Island University where he earned a BFA in film. Upon the graduation, DeRuve continued to work in the tri-state area in the Grip & Electric Dept. before deciding to return to school, and pursue an MFA in Filmmaking.
Making the move from New York City to Los Angeles, DeRuve made a silent 16mm short film. Schenectady, New York (2010) made its world premiere at the New York City International Film Festival where it was nominated Best Student film. After a festival run, Schenectady (2010) would receive the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Competition. Soon after, he completed Dr.Thompson (2010) which made it’s world premiere at the Burbank International Film Festival. It was awarded Best Student Film. He continued to work as a Gaffer for independent feature films, and also produce several short films with a variety of directors that garnered festival laurels.
In 2014 DeRuve produced, wrote, and directed his feature film debut, The Runaway (2015). After wrapping production, DeRuve also opened his first stage play, Runaway: The Story of an Outlaw, an adaptation of the feature film. The film would make its world premiere at the Orlando Film Festival (2015) where it received three nominations including Best Picture, and two wins including Best Screenplay (Nick DeRuve) and Best Lead Performance (Richard Hench). As the film continues on the festival circuit it has accumulated thirteen awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, 6 performance awards including Best Ensemble and more.

Director Statemen: I left grad school with some good short films, festival laurels, and even some trophies. I had a feature script that was hot, I got a great casting director, and we were off and running. I locked in two name actors as the leads, had money promised to me, and spent 9 months in holding patterns. After two different financiers backed out, the plug was pulled on my film. I had around $37k left in the bank after spending over $20k in casting and prepro fees on my failed film. I decided I wasn’t going to try and get names, I wasn’t looking for half a mill in budget, I was a filmmaker and I needed to make a film. I wrote a script that came from the bottom of my heart. I’m not sure where exactly, but somewhere buried deep down. I was able to make the film for a production budget of >$50k. I have an incredible cast of actors, some of which rehearsed for months on end. I have an amazing team both above and below the line. This really was a special experience, and many people are very proud for what we were able to accomplish.

9:45 The Healing Field:
Exploring Energy & Consciousness

Conventional healthcare is challenged by non-invasive, ancient, healing techniques.
The Healing Field explores breakthroughs in the fields of energy medicine, quantum physics, DNA and genetics, and the biochemistry of emotions. We see how the old conventional healthcare models, that have relied on surgery and prescription drugs are being challenged by a wave of dramatic, non-invasive mind-body and energy-based healing techniques. While many of these techniques are centuries old, they are now generating worldwide studies with remarkable results. We’ll meet world-class experts, as well as acclaimed mind-body and energy-medicine practitioners, and witness inspiring personal stories. We’ll explore how this quantum shift in understanding is affecting our health, our society, and our future.

Our renowned experts and best-selling authors include:

Bruce Lipton, PhD – Cellular Biologist, pre-eminent scientist in quantum physics, DNA and cell biology, and author of best-sellers, The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution.
Lynne McTaggart – Leading spokesperson on consciousness and the new physics, and award-winning author of six books, including the best-sellers, The Field and The Intention Experiment.
The late, Candace Pert, PhD – World-class neuroscientist and pharmacologist, expert in Mind-body Medicine, and author of The Molecules of Emotion.
Beverly Rubik, PhD – Biophysicist and President of the Institute for Frontier Science in San Francisco, CA.
Hyla Cass, MD – Psychiatrist, leading expert in integrative Medicine, and author of ten popular books, including, Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health.
Ron Lavin, MA – Founder of One Light Healing Touch, an International Energy healing School, has participated in five landmark studies with the National Institutes of Health.
Ken Cohen – Qigong Master, renowned China scholar, health educator, and best-selling author of, The Way of Qigong.
Gerry Epstein, MD – Psychiatrist, leading pioneer in mental Imagery, and author of seven books, including the best-seller, Healing Visualizations.
Penny Price is the producer, director, writer of this documentary. She is an award-winning producer/dir./writer with 30+ years in television. She has worked on many national programs including, Good Morning America and NBC Magazine, where she won MAGGIE and EMMY awards. In 1995 Penny launched Penny Price Media, dedicated to producing uplifting and empowering programming, such as: SHINING SOUL - The Life and Legacy of Helen Keller, which won CHRIS, TELLY, 1ST prize at the Houston and The NY IIF&VFestivals, and aired on PBS; SPLENDORS OF THE SPIRIT which won CHRIS, TELLY, and The IF&V Festival Awards, and aired on PBS; HEALING EXERCISES FOR BODY, MIND & SPIRIT; and A COURSE IN MIRACLES with Marianne Williamson, were both awarded ***Stars by the Video Librarian. Penny has been a life-long explorer of spiritual studies, and mind-body techniques and this exploration has both informed her media career and helped her pursue working with energy medicine.
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FRIDAY - September 2nd
6:30 Covered

When Anderson buys a new house, he visits Assuring Insurance Co. to make sure that he is covered for everything. Q&A

Director Biography: TAWNY SORENSEN, a proud New Yorker, received her BA in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School/ New School for Drama. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, she has performed in television and film and on many stages throughout New York City. Upcoming projects include David Spaltro’s feature “Wake-Up in New York” and an outrageously funny web series “This is Gluten Free” in which she has a recurring role. She also recently performed in live performances of Adult Swim’s “The Jack & Triumph Show.” In addition to acting, she began writing in 2008 with her works produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Short Play Lab in New York City. “Covered” is based on a one-minute play she wrote for Spare Change Theatre Company. Her award-winning film “The Cat’s Cradle” is currently playing on the festival circuit. It has received 17 Official Selections, 4 nominations, and 3 wins.

COLIN FISHER is an actor and writer in New York City. After receiving his MFA in acting from the New School for Drama, he began writing and producing his own content such as the ongoing web series The Agoraphobes and the comedic short But the View, both of which are available at Youtube.com/PopcornApocalypse. Colin continues to act on stage and camera throughout the city, most recently as a young JFK in the new play 28 Marchant Avenue. He lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his wife and sort-of-famous dog.
Director Statement from Tawny Sorensen:
I originally wrote a one-minute play on insurance coverage for Spare Change Theatre Company and recently decided to expand upon the idea. As I began to develop “COVERED” into a short film, I contacted Colin Fisher with whom I have worked in the past. I have never collaboratively written a piece before and Colin was a perfect match for this project. We mashed our comedic minds together and came up with a wonderful satire that deals with the absurdities of insurance. This is a statement about what it is to constantly worry about hypothetical situations. And what happens when these hypotheticals play out, but the coverage we signed up for may not be all that it claimed to be when we signed? We wanted to explore what it means to be covered.

6:45 The American Death

A medical system that’s ill-equipped to guide the dying in a culture that doesn’t know what to do. Q&A
Since the death of her mom, filmmaker Susan Austin has been obsessed by what experts call the Good Death: a gold standard in dying. But this wasn’t Susan’s experience with her mom. So she sets out to interrogate this Good Death and explore the perplexing situation wherein many hope for this idealized death but few experience it. As Susan reflects on her own experience, she comes to appreciate all we’re up again in America: a medical system that often keeps people fighting for their lives, doctors ill-equipped to guide the dying, and a culture that simply doesn’t know what to do. The film leaves viewers wondering what they will do in these situations and lets us off the hook where we might fall short.

8:00 cl*tor*ssima

A child’s introduction to cl*tor*s awareness through women’s stories and animated art.
A global initiative about cl*tor*s AWARENESS made with the mission to normalize & facilitate,the first parent / child conversationabout cl*tor*s & cl*tor*s Awareness through women stories & animated art.

8:15 Pin Up!

The American phenomena of pin up girls and the women who inspired their many types, styles and fashions. Q&A
Contemporary pin up girls, and the women who inspired them. Inspired by the art of Gil Elvgren and Alberto Varga, and the style sense of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page, the pin up is, in the words of art historian Maria Elena Buszek, “a uniquely American phenomena.” The modern pinup is enticing, captivating, independent, and omnipresent–a thoroughly 21st century woman.
Director Biography: Ryan is an award-winning producer with 20+ years experience in television news and documentary film. Her first television job was in Great Falls, Montana where she covered the race for governor and the forest fires during the summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park. Since then she has worked as a show and segment producer for ABC, NBC, A&E, Lifetime and many others. She has developed and produced a wide variety of shows over the years including the first weekend half-hour newscast for the Fox NewsChannel, an award-winning 30-part series for Disney Educational Productions called ABC News Classroom Edition and the documentary Saving Faces for the Discovery Health Channel. Her documentary Backstretch premiered in 2006 and Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II premiered in 2013.
Director Statement: It’s easy to dismiss the pin up. At first blush, she seems like something a bit passé. She’s retro-kitsch icon of another era. Victory rolls. Perfect makeup. A cutesy expression as she poses for the camera, showing a flash of skin.
Dismissing her would be a mistake.
In my two years following this subculture, I’ve met bold, confident and profoundly modern women. In this film, I introduce audiences to pin ups from Colorado and California who find a home in the world. They’re not pining for some “idyllic” yesteryear. They’re using the pin up style as a way to express - and own - their sexuality.
I’ve also discovered an industry set up to support the culture from vintage balls to clothing manufacturers. And contests - lots and lots of pin up contests.
I started on this project looking initially for a film that I could complete on a rather quick timeline. I was working with a woman who wrote a book on the feminist history of the pin up, a book I encountered when researching my last project. I knew there was a rich culture in my home state of Colorado because I had attended a vintage ball here. This was story I sketched out before I even began shooting. And then I met the women involved.
This film is just one element of what has become a much larger project. I’m also working to develop an interactive documentary on the pin up world. I’ve been writing on the modern pin up, and joke that I’m stalking the women via social media, trying to untangle the larger world that I somehow stepped into.
Because even though they may be on display - they’re pin ups, after all - they’re also more than “just” the surface image. There’s a rich charity world that’s part of pin up culture. There’s also a sense of sisterhood where they consciously push against mainstream notions of “sexy.” The pin up doesn’t just ape the styles of a bygone era - she also wants to make their world a better place while at the same time claiming her own role in it. Girl power. Control. Bombshell. Yes, you can look at the pin up. But she’ll tell you she’s the one who’s calling the shots.


SATURDAY - September 3rd
6:30 If These Walls Could Talk

Homeless young men cultivate their human assets to make their way in the world of music.
A young man becomes homeless when his mother becomes terminally ill. With the help of a youth agency he is housed in a shelter where he meets other homeless youth. They discover a strong bond in their love for creating music.

Director Biography: Matthew Spaull is an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Film & Animation and Producer at Content Central, a production company based in Rochester, NY. He has been a 6 time Telly award winner, Cine Golden Eagle Finalist, and Student Academy Award Finalist.

Director Statement: “If These Walls Could Talk” tells the story of four men living in a transitional living center, using what human assets they might possess, to do their best to move forward from homelessness and difficult situations. Based on and inspired by true events, the stars are not actors, but rather transitional young men improvising with me, the director, and in the process finding their very real common bond of music and aspiration. For all of us the process of making this film, which manifested hope, friendship and dreams coming true, was as important as the final product.

7:00 Lutah a Passion for Architecture

A remarkable woman architect who was initially eclipsed by male contemporaries in California.
LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time. Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed.

8:15 Body & Sound

Sergio Arturo Calonego plays acoustic guitar showing relationship between musician and musical instrument.
Audio recording by Dario Ravelli / Suonovio Recording Studio.
Written, directed and produced by Alberto Nacci/ajpstudios
(www.ajp.it)
Winner at Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2016 (Best Music Video)
Winner (Award of Excellence) at INDIEFest Film Awards 2016
Winner at BellinghamMusic Film Fest 2016 (Best Music Video)
Winner at Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2016 (Best Music Video)
OFFICIAL SELECTION
- FILM MIAMI FEST (Miami, USA 2016)
- ALBUQUERQUE Film & Music Festival (USA, 2016)
- BOOMTOWN Music Film Fest (UK, 2016)
- CIMMfest Chicago (USA, 2016)
- ROMA Cinemadoc (Italy, 2016)
- UPIKE Film & Media Art Festival (USA, 2016)
- LOS ANGELES Independent Film Award (USA, 2016)
- TOFF Film Festival (USA, 2016)
- NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (USA, 2016)
- BACKUP_FESTIVAL 2016
- VIENNA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Selected in the following video-art exhibitions:
- Venice Experimental Video and Performanca Art Festival (Italy, 2016)
- It’s Liquid Experimental Cinema and Video Art Festival The Underground Cinema, Kent (UK, 2016)

Director Biography: Born in 1957 at Trapani (Italy), lives and works in Bergamo since 1982. Former professor of Sound Design at Academies of Fine Arts in Bergamo and Brescia, after a long career musician with numerous musical productions and a rich concert activity, he dedicated himself to the production of art and culture documentaries, industrial films and video art works received numerous international awards. His works are appreciated in Italy and abroad and selected some of the most important festivals of film and video art in Europe, USA, Asia. He participated, representing Italy, to EURONIGHT08, an international video art proposed by the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto.
8:20 1984 Riding Into Hell

The 1984 rock’n roll scene, world news, politics, celebrities, pop culture and technology.
In 2010 Childs provided footage and helped famed producer Jeff Krulik to create the prequel to his cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. The subject matter recorded by Childs in 1985 was affectionately call Heavy Metal Picnic and was featured in film festivals around the world.
2011 Childs set out on his own and produced Tension: 25 Years Underground that featured Marty Friedman’s in his first band he joined at age14. The full length documentary went on to play Internationally and won top prizes at several film festivals.
2012 Childs went on to produce the music video Silent Calls by Alloy 20 that went on to win Best Alternative Metal Video at the World Music and International Film Festival.
2013 Childs, a traditional metal fan, teamed up with Steel Assassin after hearing their most recent release WWII: Metal of Honor. He produced two music videos for them: Blitzkrieg Demon and The Wolfpack.
2014 Provided nearly a dozen Ozzy and Randy Rhoads photographs for Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day by Martin Popoff. Also the newly published book Heavy Metal Movies, by Mike McPadden listed both Heavy Metal Picnic and Tension: 25 Years Underground in the top 666 “most heavy metal movies.”
2015 Produced metal documentary1984 Riding Into Hell which examines the year 1984, looking at the rock’n roll scene, world news & politics, celebrities & pop culture and technology.


SUNDAY - September 4th
6:30 Sleepwalkers

How many of us are truly awake? An animated film about doing exactly what you’re told.

Director’s Biography: A second year animation student at the University for the Creative Arts, currently living in Farnham, Surrey. Originally from Sunderland, in the North East of England. Specializing in 2D animation using Adobe After Effects.

6:40 The Lover

Memories of a cherished wife reveal an old man’s obsession with their love in realms of delusion.
An old lover gentleman, Joe receives a ride in order to go back home on time for his perfect wedding anniversary from a good Samaritan, Bob who turns out to be an undercover police officer. Joe enjoys the day with his lover, until Bob fixes and brings him back the car, but he is the last one Joe wants to see at his door. What is Joe hiding? Bob is truly concerned, but his concern could turn Joe’s whole life upside down.

7:45 The Existential Zombie

Existential horror from the zombie-centric perspective.
Director Biography:woodstock museum past special events calendar summer 1995 through 2020 (38)Have been making short films since 2009 with over 40 festival screenings including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Moscow, London, Marbella, Copenhagen, Manaus and more. Currently studying Motion Picture and Television Directing at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA, USA, with pre-production in progress on a feature film.

7:50 Escapes

A young woman loses her dad; embarks on a journey revealing the essence of life. Running away isn’t an answer.

Storyline: China is the name of a young American of Spanish and Chinese origin and photographer by profession. She has recently suffered the loss of her family. Gripped by loneliness, she decides to start on a trip to Spain; a journey that will give back to her the memory of her father. Her escape increasingly brings her closer to nature, to the Spanish people and their land. Her feelings and her gaze also evolve as time goes by. As she gradually matures, she finds herself in a journey where she has to overcome particularly hard times, even coming very close to death. However, she also finds help and understanding which motivate her to overcome her grief and to find her roots. As an artist she initiates a new, more profound path; a gaze that unites her parents and is portrayed in the pictures she takes. If at the beginning of her trip China felt alone for the loss of her family, at the end of it she succeeds in gaining a new family that gives meaning to her life.

Director Biography Mercedes Gaspar: In September 2011 the Plataforma de Nuevos Realizadores (New Filmmakers Platform) dedicated a tribute and a book to her filmaking trajectory. She studied Geography and History, Audiovisual Communication with specialization in Image and Sound, Stage Management (RESAD), Filmmaking in the Instituto Oficial de Radio y Televisión, and Music Theory and Piano in the Real Conservatorio de Zaragoza. She has worked as director in Spanish TV (TVE), and invited lecturer in different Universities and Film and TV Institutes. She is producer, writer and director. She writes short stories, poetry, and theater, which she also directs, and has made video art and photography exhibitions in museums and art galleries. She was part of amateur theater groups, and her film career started making movies costumes, and then entering into production equipment and management.

9:30 Lizard Brains

What if their world had never been the one in which she thought they lived? Do extra-terrestrial’s have an answer?

Anne, in her forties, lives in a vacuum between her mother, for whom the past is waning, and her sister who has just been fired. A conversation with her cousin Christopher will take an unusual turn. What if their world had never been the one in which she thought they lived?


MONDAY - September 5th
12:00 The Leaping Place

An elderly woman journeys to a mysterious tree hidden in the depths of an ancient cave.
An elderly woman journeys to a mysterious tree hidden in the depths of an ancient cave. Her journey takes her through the emotional and psychological growth of overcoming fears and insecurities, while finding peace and acceptance in the unknown.
Director Biography: Michelle Ionescu was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Although a Chicago native, Michelle’s Romanian heritage plays a large role in her personal and creative life. Fascinated by the way animated films visually told stories and captivated audiences; Michelle completed a degree in animation in hopes of doing the same. She wants to create and develop content that can influence and inspire the next generation of creative minds.

12:05 Pokey Pokey

A father starts a journey to protect his son from seeing filthiness in a crime-ridden city. Animated.
Director Biography:woodstock museum past special events calendar summer 1995 through 2020 (39)Junjie “Jake” Zhang is an independent animation artist, illustrator and educator living in LA and Hong Kong. He likes to explore and develop different visual styles to express his artistic opinions and stories. Most of his films are black-humorous, ironic and fantastic, reflecting social and political issues indirectly. Jake Zhang holds a BA in Digital Media from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and a MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from University of Southern California. His films have been awarded and selected in festivals all over the world, including
Domination in 58th CINE Golden Eagle Award (2015), the Best 2D project in The Vision Feast (2016), Storytelling Designation Winner in Adobe Design and Achievement Award (2015), Distinction Award in Athens Animation Festival (2016), Winner in Animaze Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (2016), Official Selection in KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival (2015), Corfu Animation Festival (2015), Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (2015), Animasyros International Animation Festival (2015) and Melbourne International Animation Festival (2014). Currently, Jake lives in Hong Kong, where he is a professor of animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong.
Director Statement: Pokey Pokey is a short animated film that discusses the arising trend of over-protecting children. When it comes to protecting children’s innocence, how far will human go? Since children will eventually grow into adults, and every society will always has its light and shadow, is ‘shield kids away from sex and violence’ really about protecting children’s innocence? Or is it about the fear of children growing up?

12:14 Bright Spots

A poetic portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.
Director Biography: After brief careers as a croupier, archaeological scientist and printing press assistant, Jilli learned how to animate and has been gleefully making things move ever since.She is drawn to places and subjects where art and science collide, and is currently making a suite of animations based on her 2014 residency at Casey Station in Antarctica.
Filmography:
Sticky (19:50 / 2014)
Predator!!! (8:15 / 2012)
Director Statement: 80% of the world’s extinctions have occurred on islands.
In the 1990s, two surfer / biologists decided to do something about that. Today, their company Island Conservation employs dozens of people around the globe, removing feral animals from islands, preventing extinctions and making our world a little more hope-filled. I interviewed their chief scientist under a tree at the IUCN World Parks Congress last year, and the resulting film is part nature documentary, part fairy tale and chock full of blindingly beautiful, big-hearted science.

1:00 The Border

After a devastating global nuclear and chemical war Britain is divided into two: the war wasteland in the south and the surviving north. Thousands of refugees from the south are trying to migrate up north where civilized life is still possible. However, these people are carrying a deadly virus and the military is protecting the north from them. A disciplined captain Thomas has lost everything but his fellow soldiers who have to kill anyone approaching from the south. A new recruit Landon however is unable to do it and Thomas is tasked with toughening him up. One extraordinary day Thomas himself is faced with the dilemma of following his heart or orders.

Director Biography: Norman Tamkivi is an Estonian-born film director and writer based in London. He started making films at the early age of 10. Norman trained in the prestigious London College of Communication BA (Hons) Film and Television course.
His shorts have won several awards at international film festivals. Norman has made numerous short films, music videos, corporate promos and documentaries as well as video clips for Estonian Television. He was also one of the directors of a feature film that got a cinematic release in his native Estonia in 2011. Norman loves to create powerful drama, gripping emotions and stunning imagery.
He excels at directing, cinematography and editing and is also an experienced producer, colorist, photographer and Steadicam operator. Since 2013 Norman has been running his own production company Icicle Studios. He is an energetic and enthusiastic leader who pays a lot of attention to detail.

1:30 Hang on Sloopy:The Movie

Ohio State University’s incredible50-yearlove affair with this rock song.
69-minute “ROCKumentary” about a random rock song that somehow became to the State of Ohio what “Rocky Top” is to Tennessee. Written, produced and directed by Dave Whinham and Brian Grady

3:00 September Sketch Book

Imaginative film using old school animation techniques with sequences of flags from around the world.
September Sketch Book is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.
Director Biography: Artist/Musician/Filmmaker Ronnie Cramer has been active in the arts community for over thirty years. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and other venues across the country, his music has achieved airplay on over 150 radio stations nationwide and his critically-acclaimed films have been screened at festivals around the world. He has also been featured as a guest lecturer on art and media at numerous museums and universities

3:09 The Nymph

Set in an enchanted forest, a hunter is visited by a forest Nymph who lures him deeper into the forest. The Nymph tells the story of how a hunter becomes the hunted.

Director Biography: Damian Byrne is a traditional and digital artist from Dublin, Ireland. Damian initially studied at The Irish School of Animation then completed his studies at the University of Dundee (Scotland) where he received a BA in Animation and Electronic Media. Damian has worked on BBC’s ‘Ripper Street, RTE’s Love/Hate and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as Graphic Artist. The Nymph is Damian’s directorial debut.

3:20 Begone Dull Care

Upbeat, animated short with 80’s music; a dance of tightly timed abstract paintings and pixel-art.
A re-imagining of 1949's "Begone Dull Care", this abstract animated chiptune pixel-art film endeavours to maintain the abstract spontaneity of the original 1949 NFB short, while updating
the music and visuals to fit today's digital age. Created by 20-year animation industry veteran Paul
Johnson between May and October 2015, while on contract in Montreal.

I've been working in animation for 20 years and teaching it p/t for 15. I started making short films in
2013; "Begone Dull Care 2015" is my 3rd completed film.

I composed the audio for "Begone Dull Care 2015" in homage to the Oscar Peterson Trio music from
the original "Begone Dull Care" (1949). I listened to that music approximately 120 times, then
composed a chiptune Milkytracker version. Listening to the chords, I used trial and error to
approximate what I was hearing, and then expanded on the basic structure and rhythms using the
strengths of chiptune. I view this reworking as a necessary update of the original to convey the idea of
abstract visuals timed closely to music to the current audience who may not have the interest or
knowledge to appreciate the version from 66 years ago. I composed the music completely before
starting the image design and animation, and the music remains unchanged from its first version, save
for the opening intro music, which was composed once the film was complete. Please feel free to
contact me at paul_inaflash@hotmail.com if you need further information.
Warm regards,
Director Biography: Paul Johnson has been animating, supervising, and teaching traditional, 2d, and 3d animation since 1995. Paul has taught at Vancouver Film School, VanArts, VCAD, AI Vancouver, Cap University Harbin, Mars Era Beijing, and Think Tank Training Centre. His current independent short film is due in October of 2015, with “The 8-Bit Cup” being recently finished and online at vimeo.com/113990979.
Credit list:
Charming (Theatrical film) (2015)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2012,13,14,15)
Fanboy and ChumChum: Season 2 (TV series) (2011)
Planet Sheen (TV series) (2010)
Neighbors from Hell (TV series) (2010)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 1 (TV series) (2010)
Kung Fu Magoo (Direct-to-video) (2009)
The Adventures of Little Jake and Many Skies (TV interstitials) (2009)
Pearlie (TV series) (2009)
Edgar & Ellen (TV series) (2008)
The Nutty Professor (Direct-to-video) (2007)
Chaotic: Season 1 (TV Series) (2006)
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2005,07)
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman: Season 2 (TV Series) (2005)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Season 2 (TV series) (2004)
The Buzz on Maggie (TV series) (2003)
¡Mucha Lucha!: Season 3 (TV series) (2002)
Return to Never Land (DTV Feature) (2000)
Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (DTV Feature) (1999)
Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (TV special) (1998)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (TV special) (1998)
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (DTV Feature) (1997)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (DTV Feature) (1996)
Tales from the Far Side II (1-hour TV special) (1996)
Kleo the Misfit Unicorn (TV pilot) (1995)
Short films:
”Earth, Video Games, Port Mann Bridge” (2014, 1:47)
”The 8-Bit Cup” (2014, 2:36)
”Begone Dull Care 2015” (2105, 3:48)
Paul is currently Leading Team Leo on Season 4 of TMNT in Vancouver.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0425965/
Director Statement: If it moves you to attentiveness it’s art; otherwise it’s something else.

3:25 The Session

Paris, 1899. Pierre-Louis is a talented, young photographer for whom his models are a genuine obsession. He attempts to seduce sultry Countess.

Director Biography:

Edouard de La Poëze began writing scenarios whilst living in England three years ago. Steeped in mystery and ambiguity, “The Session” is his first short film in which he showcases his love of disturbing and surreal atmospheres.

3:45 Hail to the King: 60 years of Destruction

Celebrates the great monster, Godzilla. Filmed in Tokyo.

Hail to The King: 60 Years of Destruction is an independent crowd-funded documentary that celebrates the sixty-year legacy of the world’s greatest monster, Godzilla. In July of 2014, Kyle Yount, die-hard Godzilla fan and the host of the internet’s longest running pod cast dedicated to the kaiju genre, traveled to Tokyo to film Godzilla and kaiju-related events, locations and to interview cast, crew and fans of the Godzilla series about their passion and experiences with the King of the Monsters.

Directions at http://www.woodstockmuseum.com/directions.html or GPS Woodstock Museum.

Handicapped accessible.

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WOODSTOCK MUSEUM 16TH ANNUAL FREE FILM FESTIVAL

Labor Day Weekend 2015

Opens Friday Sept. 4th at 7PM, each weekend night, and Monday Sept. 7th from 12-6PM.

Woodstock Museum, 13 (Charles) Bach Rd., Saugerties, NY

FRI. SEPT. 4

7PM OPENING CEREMONY featuring live music with Rock‘n Roll Therapist PAUL McMAHON at the outdoor café.

8PM KEEP IT CLEAN A greasy, disgusting salesman dies in a clean freak's home. Then he has to figure out what to do with the body.

8:15 POVERTY, INC. with Gary Null in person. Examines the influence of corporate globalization, exposes the destructive nature of our modern financial system’s predatory policies as U.S. enters Third World status. Q&A

10:40 LITTLE VULVAH AND HER cl*tORAL AWARENESS Animated sexual fantasies rouse the imagination of a young woman. From Denmark.

10:50 A PRIVATE MATTER Reserved, young woman returns to her rural hometown accompanied by her outgoing partner in order to spend the weekend with her conservative family. From Australia.

SAT. SEPT. 5

7PM TO PRISON FOR POVERTY Most people in our jails & prisons do not pose a threat to public safety. They need help. These solutions move us away from obsessive arresting and incarceration.

7:15 MORTAL DILEMMA Drama erupts between three unrepentant men at a West Texas roadside café.

7:30 EARNING THE DAY Visually imaginative comedy takes an entertaining look at self-criticism, and demonstrates the steps we can take to move out of our own morass to feel we have earned our day.

8:15 AMERICAN ROAD Explores the mystique of the road in American culture with artistic, musical and literary resonances. Q&A

10:30 BEES ‘N TREES Armed with a chainsaw and harness, an arborist’s Zen-like approach rescues beehives from urban trees that are on the chopping block.

10:45 PETER YARROW IN HIS LIVING ROOM Intimate concert with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary, his daughter Bethany & her partner Rufus. Special appearance by Woodstock’s Rock ‘n Roll therapist Paul McMahon. Q&A

12:15AM HIDE THE SAUSAGE Eddie "The Sausage" gets released from prison. He must avoid all the wrong people, stay out of sight, make amends with his daughter, and then leave the country.

SUN. SEPT. 6

7PM ALISON & JEREMY is a sensitive portrayal of childhood friends who, like all of us, are seeking unconditional love and acceptance.

7:45 TWO LANDSCAPES A clash between the landscape the eye perceives and the one that’s deeply embedded in the mind. Q&A

7:50 FREEDOM A subtle ode to those whose cups runneth over and over and over and over and over and over and... Q&A

8:15 THE LIFE & TIMES OF THOMAS THUMB JR., unlike any other man, has a giant thumb for a head and he'll do whatever it takes to achieve the American Dream.

8:30 CARNIVAL SURREAL SIDESHOW Comical, animated parody featuring strange and bazaar acts. Cannes award winning animator. Q&A

8:50 YORKVILLE Canada's version of Greenwich Village and Haight-Ashbury, draft dodgers mixed in with musicians, political activists, and curious Canadian as the 1960s counterculture grew.

10:20 TOTAL ANIMAL III Submerged beings plasticized with sensual vibrations are breaking under destructive sounds. These creatures clot together in their oleaginous universe all the way to total annihilation.

10:25 CIRCUS SONG A troupe of traveling performers reminisce and recreate their lives. From Brazil.

10:50 RHYTHMS OF THE BAUL 1000 year old tradition of music, religion and way of life by wandering, mystical minstrels of Bengal.

11:15 WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle blowing was to the detriment of their professional and personal lives. Features Edward Snowden & Daniel Ellsberg.

MON. SEPT 7

12PM SUBSTANCE ABUSE Solutions that are saving lives and money, keeping the public safer, and helping those with drug problems.

12:11 HOMELESSNESS Addresses safety concerns and opens a window of opportunity for those living out on the street.

12:18 IT’S ALL ABOUT BREAKING THE WALL We see a man in a room. He seems tense. Why? Is he waiting for something, that won’t come? Is it her? What are the sheets and pencils for?

12:27 DAUGHTER OF AN OCEAN Remembering the story told by her mother, Suni learns to live her life with freedom, as her mother never did.

12:45 KARMU, A Place in the Sun Auto mechanic by day and urban shaman by night, Karmu welcomed anyone in need into his home, from drug addicts to Harvard professors. Q&A

2PM DANCING WITH THOSE SHOWTOONZ An animated musical parody. Two couples compete for the grand prize. Q&A

2:40 FAREWELL TO FACTORY TOWNS When factories left a typical New England mill town, art was brought in as a replacement. Does it work? Q&A

4:15 POOP ON POVERTY Highlights a challenge faced by 2.5 billion people everyday – access to cooking fuel. It’s also a tribute to human ingenuity– turning animal waste into energy. From India.

4:22 REQUIEM An existential struggle to liberate ourselves from the grasp of matter. Illustrates love & pain, loneliness & connectedness, stagnation & progress. Claymation.

4:28 INTERFACE A self-portrait made of assemblages investigates co-existing multiple digital identities. "The best interface is no interface."

4:32 ANXEYETY Individuals from various backgrounds, gender identities, ages, professions, and levels of social anxiety/disorders are interviewed about eye contact.

4:39 THE GENESIS OF A SCULPTURE The work of art tells his story: of, being an artist, life in the studio, and his destiny.

4:50 I’VE JUST HAD A DREAM Two girls. Two cultures. Two visions. A dream. The only thing that makes them different is how each one dreams.

Directions from Woodstock, NY: Rock City Rd, right on Glasco, left on W.
Saugerties Rd. 4.5 mi. to stop sign. Right then right on Bach Rd.
Take first left fork down a very long driveway.

From Saugerties: N.Y. Thruway 87 Exit 20 Saugerties. 2 mi. on Rte 212 towards Woodstock.
Right in Centerville on Blue Mtn. Rd. Go 1.5 mi. Bear left after Mountain View Deli. Go 1.5 mi.
Left on Bach Rd. First left fork down long driveway.

Full schedule: http://www.woodstockmuseum.org Tel: (845) 246-0600
Directions at http://www.woodstockmuseum.com/directions.html or GPS Woodstock Museum.
All are welcome to bring instruments.
Handicapped accessible.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saugerties, NY

Woodstock Museum 15th Annual FREE Film Festival Labor Day Weekend
Movies, music, light shows with Jim C., bonfire and Q & A with visiting filmmakers on the theme “REAL”, set under the stars and tents and simultaneously in two indoor theaters opens Friday, August 29 at Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Rd., Saugerties, NY 12477. The festival begins with environmental performance artist Benny Zable, Ambassador from Woodstock sister city Nimbin, Australia, and a short documentary about his worldwide protests.

Movies will be shown Fri.-Sun. nights of Labor Day Weekend Aug.29–31st starting at 5:30pm and Monday, Sept.1st from 12:30pm–6pm. Movies were submitted by filmmakers from around the world.
Those attending the Woodstock Museum tours in the afternoons from noon till 4PM are welcome to stay, picnic and dine at the Woodstock Museum café with homemade refreshments, many of them organic, until the film festival begins at 5:30 PM. Accommodations for camping are available.
Full schedule: http://www.woodstockmuseum.org Tel: (845) 246-0600
Directions at http://www.woodstockmuseum.com/directions.html or GPS Woodstock Museum. All are welcome to bring instruments.
Handicapped accessible.

Contact: Shelli Lipton at 845 246-0600 or hello@WoodstockMuseum.org


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DEMOCRACY OR WHAT?

A panel discussion on DEMOCRACY will be the talk of the town, Sat., Oct. 5th, 7-9 pm at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY. Sponsored by Woodstock Museum, New York Council for the Humanities and Birds of a Feather Media, there will be defining and refining of government and issues.

Chosen for diversity and thoughtfulness, panelists Jay Wenk, Joel Tyner, Randi Steele, Irwin Weisberg, Karin Wolf and Nathan Koenig, facilitator will lead us through the lively discussion with audience participation. This is a free event and refreshments will be served.

Jay Wenk is a former "patriotic" Boy Scout, a father, grandfather, cabinet maker, combat Infantry veteran, member of Veterans for Peace, member of Woodstock Town Board, bicyclist, comedy lover, music, theater, dance and film lover, and passionate about the need to get rid of the system we all live with that sucks the life out of people all over the world, and that masquerades as democracy.

Irwin Weisberg is a retired 69 year old with degrees in anthropology and linguistics from Boston University and University of Pennsylvania who was vice-president of Kingston Candy & Tobacco Co., Inc. for 30 years, He founded the Philadelphia Aikikai, the first school of Aikido in Pennsylvania, and did medical research in neuro-otology for two years before going into business. He has edited research papers in science history and faster-than-light physics for 30 years, and is a healer schooled in chiropractic, applied kinesiology, shiatsu and radionics. He has studied twelve languages.

He and his wife live half the year in Olivebridge, New York, and half in Nanning, Guangxi, China. As an American anthropologist, scholar and capitalist, with a Chinese family, living in China, he is uniquely experienced to discuss democracy.

Joel Tyner: FDR-Bernie-Sanders-Paul-Wellstone-Maurice-Hinchey maverick progressive Dutchess County Legislator representing Rhinebeck and Clinton. For 26 years Joel has been working with students of all abilities in public and private schools from the Bronx to Hudson to Woodstock to Millbrook to Kingston to Arlington. He is host of "Common Sense" Saturday mornings 8-11 am on WHVW.com 950 AM and http://www.DutchessDemocracy.blogspot.com

Cofounder of Dutchess Jobs Not Jails, Dutchess Peace Coalition, and Dutchess County Anti-Fracking Coalition; organizer of annual Labor Day Rallies, Martin Luther King marches, and Holiday Interfaith Candlelight Vigils for Economic Justice for the last 19 years in Dutchess County.

Karin A. Wolf is a writer, photographer, and educator who lives in Phoenicia, New York. After 21 years of teaching writing at CUNY, she is currently studying nursing. Karin is passionate about issues involving preventative and natural health care, protection of the environment, the beliefs and rights of indigenous peoples, and the return of political power to the people.

Randi Steele is a broadcast activist. Born in Washington, D.C.; Rome, Italy; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Queens, NY. At age 18, she produced the "Alex Bennett Show", WPLJ, ABC owned FM in NYC six nights a week. Early 1980's:
D.J. WGLI and WNYG on Long Island. 1987 Operations Manager, Program Director Radio NY International, a shipboard radio station anchored off Long Island in international waters and on shortwave 1989-1990 via WWCR, WRNO. 1987-1988 Producer, D.J. 66 WNBC's "The Time Machine", NYC. 1996-1999 Co-Founder Operations Manager WBCQ Shortwave from Northern Maine. Present Woodstock Public Access TV producer and member of its Ad-Hoc Committee.

Nathan Koenig is a documentary filmmaker and Woodstock Museum, president.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Nathan Koenig, 845 246.0600

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Woodstock Museum 14th Annual Film Festival 2013
Labor Day Weekend: August 30 - September 2

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saugerties, NY

Woodstock Museum’s 14th Annual FREE Film Festival takes place Labor Day weekend. Fri., Aug. 30 to Mon., Sept. 2 at Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Rd., West Saugerties, NY. This year’s theme is “Life”.

The festival begins with highlights from the past month’s historic journey down the Hudson River to the UN, led by the Iroquois Confederacy of Six Nations and joined along the way on horseback by the Dakota Sioux Unity Riders from Manitoba, Canada. The festival will also feature highlights from museum founders Shelli Lipton and Nathan Koenig’s recent trip to China, Vietnam and Nimbin, Australia, Woodstock’s sister city where the 40th anniversary of their Aquarius Festival took place in May.

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For more information: Call (845) 246-0600 or visit www.WoodstockMuseum.org

FRIDAY AUGUST 30

8PM “Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign (1613-2013)” features short clips with Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons and folk singer Pete Seeger, the Dakota Unity Riders, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Woodstock and our native friends being welcomed by the U.N. Secretary General at the end of their arduous journey down the Hudson River.

9PM “Not Quite Square: owner built houses in Northern Rivers” showcases homes built to reflect alternative lifestyles of the back to the land movement after Nimbin Australia’s 1973 Aquarius Festival. Sharon Shostak.

10PM “Nimbin, AU. 2013 Highlights.” From next generation Permaculture to the Aquarius Masquerade Ball and Mardi Grass Festival, this hippie culture doesn’t wallow in the sixties; it grows. Q&A with Nathan Koenig

SATURDAY AUGUST 31

8PM “Iroquois Power for the 21st Century” introduces the Haudenasaunee Great Law of Peace with Oren Lyons and other wise, native elders from the Six Nation’s Confederacy. Q&A with filmmaker Nathan Koenig

8:45 “Halloween is for the Birds”,Clowns on the Left” and “Human Zoo”, Animated films by Mick Cusimano. Q&A

9:30 “Racing Daylight” Critically acclaimed re-incarnation ghost story, murder mystery and supernatural love story transcending time. Q&A with producer Nicole Quinn

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1

8PM “The Art of Being” A family's spiritual journey in search of the teachings of Indigenous peoples and spiritual masters of the world, revealing answers to the universal questions of life.

8:05 “Bodhi’s Life” A eight year old boy living in the Australian Rainforest near the town of Nimbin, Australia won Nimbin Youth film festival Best Documentary 2013 by Bodhi Dharma.

8:15 “Happy Dance” focuses on the filmmaker’s 9 year old autistic son, immersed in a world of fantasy fascinations, possibly hyper-awareness. Q&A with filmmaker Crisanta de Guzman

8:45 “The Mirror” A woman finds a magic mirror containing famous women facing identity and immortality from Emily Dickinson to Marilyn Monroe. Q&A with filmmaker Crisanta de Guzman

9PM “The David Laflamme Story: Outside the Golden Cage” the life and times of legendary composer/violinist, leader of the iconic 60's San Francisco rock band IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY.


MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2

2PM “Conversation with producers Dennis Watlington & Nina Rosenblum”. Author, actor, television and filmproducer/writerDennis Watlington moved through poverty, addiction and racial barriersonward to the highest achievements in media including an Emmy Award. He is joined by Academy Award nominated producer/director Nina Rosenblum They will speak about their work together on THE UNTOLD WEST: THE BLACK <![if !supportAnnotations]> <![endif]> WEST, TBS, and on many other films that they made together during their twenty year collaboration.

3:15 “The Black West” A history of African-Americans who participated in the development of the Western frontier in the United States in such categories as the explorers, fur traders, early settlers, slaves, cowboys and soldiers. Q&As with Dennis Watlington & Caroline Phipps.

4:30 Snacks, food at Woodstock Museum Café.

5:25 “Manahatta”, the Indian name for the isle of Manhattan, land of many hills. Animation by Jack Feldstein.

5: 30 “Hanoi Hilton” propaganda film shown at the notorious Hanoi prison and caught on a pocket camera by Nathan Koenig.

6:15 “Kumbha Mela” captures many amazing aspects of the great pilgrimage in India that attracts many gurus, yogis and followers every 12 years. Australian filmmaker Geoffrey Cantor.

7:15 “Yangshuo Liu Sanjie Lightshow on the Li River”. This famous staged-show on water has 600 performers on the largest natural stage in the world. The Liu Sanjie (The Three Liu Sisters) was created and choreographed by legendary Chinese director, Zhang Yimou, who also created and directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.

Contact: Shelli Lipton at 845 246-0600 or hello@WoodstockMuseum.org

INSPIRATION THROUGH FILM
What? Woodstock Museum 14th Annual FREE Film &Video Festival
Where? Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Road, Saugerties, NY 12477
When? Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30th, opening ceremony 8PM
What’s the deal? You can attend FREE screenings & workshops.
What to expect: This year’s theme is “LIFE”.
View and critique independent films. Meet the filmmakers.
Enjoy live music. Entries and spectators come from all over the world.

"Woodstock is the most famous small town in the world."

This website also provides direct links for tourists needing overnight accommodations.

CONTACT: Shelli Lipton, Dir. or Nathan Koenig, Pres. 845 246-9995

July 9th Woodstock Museum at 7pm

What Is the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and
What Is Its Significance for the People
of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley?


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Over three hundred people will leave Albany in canoes and kayaks this year
on the Hudson River heading to the United Nations in New York City to commemorate the
400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

This treaty, the first made between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Europeans,
emphasizes that protection of Mother Earth must be recognized as the foundation for peace,
friendship, and respect between the two peoples.

Join us on Tuesday July 9, 2013, at 7pm at the Woodstock Museum in Saugerties, New York, to learn more about the Two Row Wampum Treaty and the historic paddle on the Hudson.

In addition to a traditional Thanksgiving Address and traditional songs, a sequence from the film “Iroquois Power for the 21st Century” will be introduced by filmmaker Nathan Koenig of White Buffalo Multimedia. The film shows how The Great Law of Peace formed the Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy and influenced America’s founders. It is narrated by Haudenasaunee (Iroquois) elders including Chief Jake Swamp, Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Ray Fadden, John Fadden and Alice Papineau.


The film will be followed by a panel discussion that includes local elders and researchers who have been working with the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. The topic of discussion will be the significance of the treaty and the renewal campaign for the people of this area. The panelists include:

  • Dr. Heriberto “Airy” Dixon: Dr. Dixon (Tutelo-Muskoke) is an elder of the Saponi Nation of Ohio. He is also a retired Associate Professor and Lecturer in Native American History at SUNY New Paltz. This author, presenter, researcher, and Seminole reenactor is currently researching Eastern Siouen migration north to Iroquoia and south to the Seminole. Dr. Dixon is also a student of Native American theology.
  • Etaoqua Mahicanu: Etaoqua is the M'hooquethoth (advisor to and spokesperson) for the Sagamore and the People of the M'heakannuck Nations at Nu Schodack, related multi-generational families whose ancestors lived in what is now the northeastern United States prior to the European influx in the 1600s. In the 1920s, Etaoqua's family began returning to the New York City area from Farmington, Connecticut where they had joined relatives as a result of the "Dutch Wars" which began with the Pavonia Massacre in 1643 in what is now Jersey City. The people in Farmington, Connecticut originated with the migration of some Esopus families from the Esopus River and families of the M'hican proper from what was then Nu Schodack and is now Kingston, NY, prior to the peacemaking efforts of the Haudenosaunee. Called Tunxis or Watunxis Esopus in the Treaty of Farmington of 1640, they included families from 34 different nations at that time, including the Six Nations.
  • Rev. James C. Davis: Reverend Davis is an Interfaith Minister, teacher, Earth Activist, and visionary. He is the Environmental Director of the Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources in Woodstock, New York (www.wittenbergcenter.org) and a co-founder of the Earth Reunion Project which works with traditional wisdom keepers of Earth traditions from around the world. For the past 30 years, Jim has pursued mastery of the wisdom of the Earth and of the earth-based traditions. His primary focus has been the Hudson Valley and the Catskill watershed bio-regions, yet he has travelled extensively to explore the shamanic teachings of many traditions and was adopted as an Elder by the Yuin Nation of Australia. Over the past several years, Jim has been the Associate Producer and Director of Video Projects: Wisdom of the Elders Series.
  • Evan Pritchard: Evan Pritchard is a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) and is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture (http://www.wilkesweb.us/algonquin/index.htm). In addition, he is Professor of Native American History at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy. He is the author of Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York, No Word for Time: The Way of the Algonquin People, and Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism among many other books.

For directions to and more information about The Woodstock Museum, go to www.woodstockmuseum.org
This event is free.

Donations for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and the Woodstock Museum are welcome.

Questions can be directed to event organizer Karin A. Wolf at: KarinAWolf4@gmail.com


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Woodstock, NY
Sunday June 30th 2013

“MEMORIALIZING MAX SCHWARTZ, A Celebration of Life”

Happens Sunday June 30th at the Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Rd., Saugerties, NY 12477 at 5:30pm. The event will feature photos, films and video of Max, Janine Pommy Vega and Dan Propper accompanied by Bob Forbes on the upright bass, as well as live performances and by Andy Clausen, Pamela Twining, Shiv Mirabito, Mike Platsky, Dean Schambach, Tom Fletcher and others paying tribute to their departed friend Max, who died of Alzheimer's disease on December 12, 2012. Refreshments will be served.

Max Schwartz, who divided himself between Woodstock and California, has been described as one of the mad poets of San Francisco.
He contributed to the environment that eventually led to poetry slams and even hip-hop. A native of Brooklyn, Max was driven by a relentless desire for world peace and a great appreciation of peoples around the world. Max was a free spirit even as a young boy. In the 1980s and 1990s he traveled the globe, participating in poetry festivals from Yugoslavia to Iraq. In Baghdad before the first Gulf War, Max's poems were translated into Arabic, and he was hailed by all as a great American poet. His travels were well documented in his exquisite photographs, especially headshots of ordinary people. His photographs have been exhibited in the Fletcher Gallery of Woodstock.

Max made many appearances at galleries and coffeehouses on the East and West Coasts, attracting large followings. He was a frequent opener for his friend the legendary Nina Simone at the Village Gate. Max is best remembered as a performance artist. With a strong, earthshaking delivery, his improvisations glorified peace and the need for us to embrace our differences. “He puts real spirit into his work…You feel as if you can step through his photography and his poetry and right into your own experiences” (Ozz;).

Max always had his cameras and lenses around his neck along with a bottle of the hottest cayenne pepper. A strapping man, the fifty or more pounds of paraphernalia left him only while he slept. Before Jim Morrison gained world fame as the lead singer of the Doors he was Max's college roommate. An aspiring filmmaker, Morrison's only surviving film is his documentary starring Max. Max resisted efforts to become rich and famous and preferred a non-materialistic life. He was most at home on the streets, drawing large crowds around him as he spoke in his loud and expansive style. He was truly a poet of the people.

Contact: Nathan Koenig 845 246-0600 or email: nathan@woodstockmuseum.org
Directions: www.woodstockmuseum.org


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Woodstock Museum 14th Annual
Film Festival 2013

Labor Day Weekend: Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Theme: “LIFE”

Early Entry Fee until April 15th:
$10 for ½ hr. or more, $5 for shorts/ 5 shorts $20
Regular Entry Fee
Apr. 16th to June 17th
$20 for ½ hr. or more, $7 for shorts/ 5 shorts $30
Late Entry Fee
June 18th to July 31st.
$40 for ½ hr. or more, $14 for shorts/5 shorts $60
Student Entry Fee: Half price

Completed features, documentaries, shorts and works in progress.
All genres including animation and digital media;
everything must be in English (subtitles okay).
Format: DVD. Supporting materials could include: description of piece,
autobiography, resume and artist’s statement.
Submissions on DVD’s with English Subtitles accepted:
NTSC or PAL
Send to: Woodstock Museum, PO Box 73, Woodstock, NY 12498
http://woodstockmuseum.com/2013_film_festival.htm
www.WoosdstockMuseum.org or email: hello@WoodstockMuseum.org
Woodstock Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational institution
or call 845 246-0600.

INSPIRATION THROUGH FILM
What? Woodstock Museum 14th Annual FREE Film &Video Festival
Where? Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Road, Saugerties, NY 12477
When? Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30th, opening ceremony 8PM
What’s the deal? You can attend FREE screenings & workshops.
What to expect: This year’s theme is “LIFE”.
View and critique independent films. Meet the filmmakers.
Enjoy live music. Entries and spectators come from all over the world.

"Woodstock is the most famous small town in the world."

This website also provides direct links for tourists needing overnight accommodations.

CONTACT: Shelli Lipton, Dir. or Nathan Koenig, Pres. 845 246-9995

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Woodstock, NY
July 14, 2012 EVENT

GARY NULL LIVE WITH FREE FILM SCREENING

Gary Null, health and nutrition expert and activist, award winning talk radio host broadcasting from WBAI New York, documentary filmmaker and investigative reporter, author and film producer on alternative medicine and nutrition will speak, give away free DVDs and show his latest film, “War on Health: The FDA’s Cult of Tyranny” on Saturday July 14th,. At Woodstock Community Center, 55 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY at 7:30 PM. Gerald Celente, CEO of Trends Research Institute, will be joining the discussion.

The film explores the position of the FDA and its role in the current medical paradigm, the current health crisis, and looks at possibilities for a healthier, more holistic health system. Statistical evidence documents hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths from conventional medicine due to the lack of oversight by the FDA.

The FDA is currently trying to remove all of our important supplements,foods and herbs from the market and the public, claiming they are drugs, simply because they have healing effects,TheFDA had begun a war on our health. The American medical system is broken. This film points the way to a new direction that has democracy and the rights of the people at its heart. (USA, 2012, 90 min., color, DVD)

Gary Null holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University.

“The dietary supplement industry is under seige by the FDA. Drug lobbyists do not want the American public to have access to low cost, totally safe supplements that compete with pharmaceuticals.” – from the film “War on Health: The FDA’s Cult of Tyranny”

“If the people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.”
-Thomas Jefferson

This FREE admission event is sponsored by Birds of a Feather Media and Woodstock Museum. Organic refreshments available.

CONTACT: Nathan Koenig 845 246-0600

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Woodstock Museum’s 12th Annual
FREE Film Festival

Woodstock Museum’s 12th Annual FREE Film Festival will be held at the Museum site Sept. 2-5, Labor Day weekend at 13 Bach Rd., Saugerties, NY with movies from alternative filmmakers, music to dance by, outdoor light shows with Jim C., nighttime bocce and a fireside café with homemade sandwiches and desserts. Schedule, directions and more at www.woodstockmuseum.org

Friday Sept. 2

7PM Opening Ceremony Music with Paul McMahon, the rock ‘n roll therapist. Paul improvises songs based on your requests.

7:50PM Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) A glimpse into life on the beach on an island 8 minutes from Mazatlan, Mexico. A travelogue for those who want to live healthy with an internet connection from mid-Nov. to mid-Apr. Affordable rates. Filmmakers Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig.

8PM The Adventures of Joe and Charlie More hilarious true stories about dealing pot and LSD back in the 1960s. Joe was busted and is presently challenging the court system using sovereign rights to defend himself as he has done before. Q & A with Joe Barton.

9:20PM Escape Velocity explores the connection between A.D.D. (Attention
Deficit Disorder) and creativity. Experimental filmmaker Scott Lignon uses
hilarious, self-depreciating examples. Best Animation in International Disability
Festival.

9:45PM Sarangerel Speaks on Mongolian Shamanism. Sarangerel led workshops at Woodstock Museum and is author of Riding Windhorses and Chosen by the Spirits.

Saturday Sept. 3

7PM Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) See Fri. 7:50PM for description.

7:15PM Ancient Prophecies, Future Visions Cultural prophecies of the Hopi, Aztec, Maya, Hindu, Tibetan and Iroquois peoples. Ram Das said: “This is the first time I experienced prophecy as a vehicle for growth.” Q & A with multimedia artist
Nathan Koenig aka “White Buffalo”.

8:30PM Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana Based on the 1925 Nation Magazine’s prize-winning poem by Eli Siegel, the film is a colorful and dramatic montage combining photographs, live-action and computerized special effects to show how a hot afternoon in Montana has something in common with all other things. Filmmaker has won an Emmy and many other awards. Ken Kimmelman.

9PM Paradiso A man in Derry, Ireland decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war – fear. He reunites his former band, the Signetts, hoping to get Protestants and Catholics dancing together Director Alessandro Negrini. Winner of Best documentary and multiple awards.

10:15PM Hofmann’s Potion Long before Timothy Leary urged a generation to "tune in, turn on and drop out," scientists were hailing LSD as a powerful tool to treat alcoholism, drug addiction and schizophrenia. This film tells the fascinating story of LSD, beginning with its discovery in 1943. Directed by Connie Littlefield.

Sunday Sept. 4

7PM Woodstock Peace The Woodstock community gathers on its village green to celebrate a hand-crafted monument engraved in many languages with "May Peace Prevail on Earth." Filmmakers Nathan Koenig & Shelli Lipton.

7:15PM Blossoms of Fire celebrates the lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, whose strong work ethic and fierce independent streak have resulted in powerful women, progressive politics and unusual tolerance of alternative gender roles. Maureen Gosling.

8:30PM Brushstrokes The age old problem of dealing with others. Animation illustrates, through humor and abstraction, the irrationality of prejudice, demonstrating that differences can be merged into peace. Ken Kimmelman

8:40PM Papalotzin Filmmaker and pilot, in an ultra light glider painted like a monarch butterfly, follow the migration of monarchs on the 2,500 mile journey from Canada to Mexico. It’s a poetic, environmental metaphor affecting three nations and all living beings. Director Gregory Allen.

10:20PM Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) A glimpse into life on the beach on an island 8 minutes from Mazatlan, Mexico. A travelogue for those who want to live healthy with an internet connection from mid-Nov. to mid-Apr. Affordable rates. Filmmakers Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig.

10:45PM Clowns on the Left Animated dreams where clowns are everyone everywhere. Catchy mantra catches audience to chime in. Mick Cusimano.

10:50PM When Kiran Met Karen A beautiful actress uses an influential man in her rise to stardom. She then becomes romantically involved with a woman. Award winning film. Manon Singh Katohora.

Monday Sept. 5

2PM Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) ) See Fri. 7:50PM for description.

2:10PM Tao of the Traveler The Seven Keys of Enlightenment. When knowledge as old as time enters her hands, the journey she never intended begins, a vision quest through New Zealand, Australia and India. Director Robin Ramsay.

3:25PM Brothers in Arms Boxhead and Roundhead are a pair of animated innocents living in world of monsters, bad weather, hostile natives, war and just about everything else that makes life hard to enjoy. Elliot Cowan.

3:30PM The Garth Method Unemployed actor Garth Petridis was imprisoned for one of the most unusual crimes in Australian history. Desperate for success, he kidnapped members of the public and forced them to perform in a bizarre comedy. Gregory Pakis.

5PM VW BurnoutHippie John’s VW bus catches fire on the way to a festival. The nostalgic remains are sadly examined with special emphasis of The Grateful Dead. So why are we laughing? Nathan Koenig & John Sekoch.

5:10PM Storm Over Asia­ premieres with new commentary by Sarangerel, this historic film of Mongolian life and its challenges in the early 20th century. Potomok Chingiskhana.

7:30PM Human ParkFilmmaker Mick Cusimano animates dinosaurs and more familiar animals from our kingdom from a reverse viewpoint. The human species becomes zoo exhibits.

7:35PM XX, X1/2 & ? Transvestites, couples, families & employers. Each character has heart & soul. It’s a story of love, compassion & understanding. Filmmaker Jai Young Choi challenges preconceived views about gender.

8:15PM Time After Time A jubilant interpretation of the human spirit, a symphony of images, music and poetry though time and cultures by Mareid Sullivan. An artistic film that captures the beauty of nature in a lyrical way.

For more info: Shelli Lipton, 845 246-9995 or shelli@WoodstockMuseum.org

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FRIDAY

8PM Betty McDonald tribute.

8:10 Spirit of the Trees: Circle of Life (Central U.S. tribes) Narrated by the late actor/musician Floyd Red Crow Westerman, this remarkable journey with Native People gives insight into the traditions of their spiritual practices, foods and medicines, art and music, shelter and land management.

8:40 The Devil An old peasant woman is at death’s door. Refusing to assist her, her son decides to put her in the care of Donna Cesira for a fixed payment. Donna Cesira believes she has struck a good deal, but the days pass and the old woman won’t die… Directed by Andrea Lodovichetti. (Italian w/subtitles.)

8:55 Woodstock Soap Opera: Family Values Highlights from hilarious works of the late Bettye Cheyne aka Dr. Ruthless. Features ”Beluschiesque” improvisations by artist Isaac Abrams. Q&A’s with actors.

10:10: Emergency Broadcast. We’ve all heard and seen when television interrupts a program to test an emergency broadcast signal. Filmmaker Jordan Sloane expands the possibilities.

10:20: Love is the Reason: Remarkable stories of extraordinary courage and grace told by people facing end of life struggles. Produced by Joy Hopkins-Hausman. Q&A’s w/filmmaker Tobe Carey.

11:00 Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) A glimpse into life on the beach on an island 8 minutes from Mazatlan, Mexico. A travelogue for those who want to live cheaply and healthy with an internet connection from mid-Nov. to mid-Apr. $400/month & weekly rates. Filmmakers Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig.

11:10 Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System The true story of the Ashokan Reservoir, the Schoharie Reservoir and the Ten Lost Towns. By Tobe Carey, Robbie Dupree & Artie Traum.

SATURDAY

2:00 Liminal Through the act of writing, a poet conjures the memory of a former lover. He experiences intense disorientation at the border of sleep and waking. He cannot retain the image of her and finally loses her to forces beyond his control. Peter Valente.

2:06 Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) A glimpse into life on the beach on an island 8 minsutes from Mazatlan, Mexico. A travelogue for those who want to live cheaply and healthy with an internet connection from mid-Nov. to mid-Apr. $400 per month & weekly rates. Filmmakers Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig.

2:15 Lands of Our Ancestors Seneca Indians of the Iroquois Confederacy in upstate New York are uprooted and relocated to make way for progress, profoundly effecting the original inhabitants. Produced by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

3:00 Teen Awareness Alchohol Program Teens tend to learn from peers. These reenactments and real life situations can change or prevent alcohol abuse. Q&A’s with the teenage actors and survivors.

3:40 The Fantastical World of ScriptwritingA perceptive, engaging neon animation film on how to write a script. Workshop Sun. 2PM with Australian filmmaker Jack Feldstein. Back by popular demand!

4:15 Linux Workshop Live presentation with Sean Dague. Super-fast, intuitive, open source operating system that powers desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops. Free software.

5:15 The Hemp Solution explores the plant’s fascinating history, thousands of uses and the economic and cultural forces behind its prohibition and its modern potential to solve major environmental problems. Conscious Light Productions. U.S.premiere. Q&A’s with the Australian filmmaker Sol Ramana-Clarke. Music by Shanti.

7:05 Drumming Men A drum circle group forms and goes through its cycle of male bonding and community. Q&A’s with filmmaker & drummers.

8:05 Diamond Dance Company explores "uncharted waters" of music and dance with an eclectic palette that has something for everyone in its range of modern dance explorations. Choreography by Linda Diamond. Music by Tom DeSisto and Bar Scott.

8:50 In the Name of Democracy: America’s Conscience, a Soldier’s Sacrifice After studying the dysfunctional issues of the Iraq war, Lt. Ehren Watada choses dessent, honor and patriotism. Eli Wallach narrates. Award-winning filmmaker Nina Rosenblum.

10:00 We Love You Journey to the Rainbow Gathering in Wyoming, a mystical city of peace and love tempered with federal harrassment co-created once a year. Q&A’s with filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer.

11:00 The Psychedelic Kids or the Adventures of Joe and Charlie, (44 min) a true story about marijuana dealing as told by Joe Barton. (Q&As with Joe?)

12AM Burning in the Sun 26-year-old charmer Daniel Dembele, looking to make his mark on the world, is equal parts West African and European. He starts a local business in Mali, Africa building and selling solar panels to rural customers, 99% of whom live without power.

SUNDAY

2pm Iroquois Story telling for the all ages with very special guest, Mohawk elder Katherine Olan Ionataiewas.

2:40 Walking the Same Land A group of young, Australian aborigines visit a traditional Mohawk Community. Walking a more traditional path helps them survive the modern world. Q&As w/ Mohawk elder Katherine Olan Ionataiewas.

3:40 Scriptwriting Workshop with Jack Feldstein Back by popular demand, Jack is a master at stimulating creative ideas and overcoming writers block.

4:40 Indian Point - Nowhere to Run A provocative film outlining the compelling reasons to shut down and decommision the Indian Point Nuclear power plants which operate within 35 miles of New York City. A film by Tobe Carey.

5:05 For the Next 7 Generations documents the journey of 13 indigenous Grandmothers who form an alliance at the Menla Center near Woodstock and then travel around the world to promote peace and share their indigenous ways of healing. Q&A’s with filmmaker Carole Hart.

6:45 Meeskeit is Yiddish for “beyond ugly”. This is a story of 2 meeskeit’s and the beautiful relationship they never had. Q&As with filmmaker Ira Needleman.

7:10 Fragile Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them…rarely, if ever, do they forgive them…” -Oscar Wilde. A film by Andrea Lodovichetti (Italian w/subtitles)

7:20 Under My Garden Marco, a 10-year old boy with a passion for insects is convinced that his neighbor has killed his wife and has buried her under his garden. He investigates and confides in his little friend Sara. (Italian w/subtitles) Q&As with director Andrea Lodovichetti.

8:00 Teo’s Journey A Mexican boy and his estranged father, recently released from jail and reunited with his son, attempt to cross the U.S. border. When banditos attack, they become separated and the young child journeys on. (Spanish with English subtitles.)

9:40 Woman’s Prison After a young girl’s dad kills her mom and her evangelist uncle commits pedaphelia, she takes revenge and lands in jail where she finds community but not without a price. . Q&As w/Katie Madonna?

11:40 Milestone When a woman is gifted a male prostitute her inner self is released. A short comedy with a big bang. (Q&As??)

11:15 True Light Beaver Film: After the Revolution Woodstock Hippie trips with cameos by Abbie and Anita Hoffman, Paul Krassner. Contains nudity. Tobe Carey.

11:35 Stanley’s House (50 min) Pulitzer Prize winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz, his boyhood home and also filmmaker Tobe Carey’s boyhood home. Readings by Kunitz 3 days before he died at age 100.


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P h o t o E x h i b i t
"Rainbow Dreaming"
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The Hipstory of
Woodstock's Hippie Sister-city
Nimbin, Australia

From The Aquarius Festival
of 1973 to the Present

Saturday October 17th 2pm Open Celebration
Runs Through Sunday October 18th

Then it is off to San Francisco California

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September 4th 5th and 6th, 2009 * Labor Day Weekend
Woodstock Town Hall
* Woodstock, New York.
www.WoodstockMuseum.org or email: hello@WoodstockMuseum.org

Woodstock Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational institution

FRI. SEPT. 48 PM Opening Ceremony Rainbow Weaver, Mohawk Turtle Clan is a traditional Iroquois from the land of "the Peacemaker." No one is left out. Everyone's in the circle.

8:40 Peace Village Decompress your anxiety and stress. Learn how a sanctuary can be a place of calmness and tranquility, where a meditative lifestyle and community activities awaken the inner self.

9 PM Clearwater Nation. Pete Seeger explains Clearwater's next generation legacy project with a master action plan for Hudson River communities. Q & A's w/ filmmaker Pamela Timmins.

9:45 The Patch Adams Story Revolutionary medical doctor, who believes in the healing power of love and attention, founded the Gesundheit Institute. He inspired the film "Patch Adams" starring Robin Williams. Q & A's w/ filmmaker David Lionel.

11:05 Recycle & Reuse for a Greener Apple First in a series of shorts interspersed throughout the festival to remind us that the greatest change we can make for a sustainable future is to become more "green". Q & A's w/Pamela French, Sun. 8:50 PM.

11:15 A Return Home A Navajo woman returns home after years of living away from her culture, community and identity. With her art and patience she learns to bridge the gap.

11:50 Hamptons International Art Fair for a Greener Apple


SAT. SEPT. 5

2 PM The Art of Being follows an Australian family's journey in search of the teachings of indigenous peoples and spiritual masters of the world, revealing answers to the universal questions of life.

2:10 I Covered My Eyes A visual essay reconsidering television newscasts witnessed as a child with an eye toward understanding their effect on the filmmaker's personal and political identity in an increasingly vulnerable world.

2:45 A New Times Square for a Greener Apple

2:50 Woodstock Peace Pole invokes the vision of Peace on Earth from the Woodstock village green with a beautifully crafted monument, engraved with "May Peace Prevail on Earth." in many languages. Q & A's w/filmmakers Shelli Lipton & Nathan Koenig)

2:55 Brothers in Arms Boxhead and Roundhead are a pair of animated innocents living in world of monsters, bad weather, hostile natives, war and just about everything else that makes life hard to enjoy. Q & A's w/filmmaker Elliot Cowan.

3:10 Rooted in Peace Will religious dogma ultimately control the species and bring destruction to the planet or will humankind shift its consciousness toward the desire to live in a world with love and compassion?

3:25 Green School Alliance is Greening Up the Apple

3:30 L'Entarteur A skillful activist Pie Man calculates every move to throw a cream pie in his victim's face, including Bill Gates. Q & A's w/ filmmaker Tim Nicholas.

3:40 Corner Delancy A heart-felt story about a father-son relationship from childhood to Alzeimers. Q & A's w/filmmaker Neil Ira Needleman and artist Herb Rugoff.

4:05 Better Late Than Never A boomer returns to Woodstock with his original '69 festival tickets, a lost soul in search of the Spirit of Woodstock. Q & A's with Mark Malevani and Tom Desisto.

4:30 Chasing God Why do human beings believe in a higher power? Looks at the relevancy of God, the most controversial yet elusive figure in history, subject of hot debate, disagreement, and wars.

5:30 Beatniks Rooster Tales presents a very hip animation on Beatniks, Squares and becoming a big success. Q & A's w/filmmaker Mick Cusimano.

5:50 Life Like Liquid Exploring the creative realms of surfing and sound in harmony. Intuition, chance and circ*mstance improvised on the beautiful, coast of Australia.

6:15 The Fantastical World of Scriptwriting A perceptive, engaging neon animation
film on how to write a script by an Australian filmmaker. Q & A's with Jack Feldstein. Live workshop Sun. 2PM.

7 PM Hey 3D Animated Sci-Fi Fantasy adventure of a little girl with a special pet friend, a huge toad. Israeli music video for the song 'Hey' by Eatliz band.

7:05 Who Are You? Takes a brief look into one man's life as he attempts suicide, but is then graced with an encounter with a heavenly feminine form of the ArchAngel Gabrielle.

7:20 Bonsai "Living in Fear, it's not Living" Mother and child are confronted with an ill-tempered husband/father. Charged with angst.

7:40 Earth Day NYC for a Greener Apple

8 PM Diamond Dance Live modern dance performance with innovative, multicultural, works from enchanted forest to protest: Guernica and Elegia/Protesta to Baez Ballade, a tribute to Joan Baez.

9 PM Twin Lenses Story of twins Kathryn Abbe & Frances McLaughlin-Gill, pioneer fashion photographers, whose images graced the pages of Vogue & Harper's Bazaar; masterpieces of their genre.

9:40 When Kiran Met Karen A beautiful actress uses an influential man in her rise to stardom. She then becomes romantically involved with a woman. Award winning film.

11:25 Lands of Our Ancestors Seneca Indians of the Iroquois Confederacy in upstate New York are uprooted and relocated to make way for progress, profoundly effecting the original inhabitants.

SUN. SEPT. 6

2 PM Scriptwriting Workshop A live presentation by a most entertaining & effective teacher from Australia, Jack Feldstein, who made the film The Fantastical World of Scriptwriting.

3:05 Highline for a Greener Apple

3:15 Frontiers of Dreams and Fears A group of Palestinian children confront the daily reality of growing up in refugee camps. Their hopes, fears and growing activism reflect a new generation of Palestinians living in exile. Q & A's with Jane Tobey.

4:25 Brushstrokes The age old problem of dealing with others. Animation illustrates, through humor and abstraction, the irrationality of prejudice, demonstrating that differences can be merged into peace. Q & A's w/ filmmaker Ken Kimmelman.

4:50 Tao of the Traveler The Seven Keys of Enlightenment. When knowledge as old as time enters her hands, the journey she never intended begins, a vision quest through New Zealand, Australia and India.

5:55 Ski for a Greener Apple

6 PM Woodstock Downunder explores Nimbin, Australia, Woodstock's sister city, an alternative world of free spirits and sustainability in a community that lives the dream down under. Q&As w/ ambassador/filmmakers Nathan Koenig & Shelli Lipton

7:50 Surf for a Greener Apple Meet the filmmaker Pamela French for Q & A's.

8:10 Spiritual Warriors Time-traveling, hair-raising, action adventure around the globe and deep into the soul. Religions divide. Spirituality unites. Do we want to look or keep our heads in the sand? Q & A's w/ filmmaker/actor Jsu Garcia.

10:05 Kuikuro: The Smell of Pequi Fruit Indigenous Amazonian filmmakers re-enact a tale of dangers and pleasures, of sex and betrayal, where men and women, hummingbirds and alligators share their world.

2009 Summer Events
Thursday August 20th 2009

Thirsty Thursday (For Knowledge)
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ACTING IN THE AVANT - GARDE
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CREATING IN COMMUNITY

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How the communal theatre experience of the 60's fostered a sensitivity towards social, political and community awareness, from experimental, Off-Off Broadway, Cafe Theater, touring throughout Europe with new American plays to the Lower East Side Community Garden Movement. Presented by Mari-Claire Charba, Obie Award winning actress, painter, mixed-media Artist, founding member of the internationally acclaimed La Mama Troupe and Creator of the annual Lower East Side Community Garden "Dream Event." A Mixed - Media "Wonder Cabinet" of film, slides and readings.

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Woodstock Museum is honored to host the fascinating Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D. for a lecture and a book signing April 12 at 2pm.
Please share in on this event as we enter an exciting season.

History becomes as fresh as today¹s headlines when veteran women¹s studies professor Sally Roesch Wagner takes the stage or podium. The struggle of social activists to create a just and free society resonates anew, enlightening and inspiring audiences of all ages to carry on the work.

Drawing on her 30-plus-year career as scholar and performer, Dr. Wagner presents a spellbinding new way of looking at history, engaging audiences from kindergarten to senior citizens, in venues ranging from college campuses to state legislatures.

Through years of impeccable research and a dazzling stage presence, Dr. Wagner brings her characters to life with ³as close an approximation as years of study can make possible,² according to the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

³Sisters in Spirit: the Haudenosaunee influence on early American feminists² On the cutting edge of feminist scholarship, Sally Roesch Wagner describes how women of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy inspired the revolutionary vision of early feminists by providing a model of empowered women. At a time when Euro-American women had few rights, Haudenosaunee women possessed decisive political voice, control of their bodies and property, custody of the children they bore, satisfying work and a society virtually free of rape and domestic violence. The thinking of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage became transformed through their involvement with their indigenous neighbors in upstate New York. Wagner's presentation-based upon her book, Sisters in Spirit: The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists-keynoted the 1998 National Women's Studies Association annual convention.

Please pass this on. We need record attendance to get a future Humanity grant. Thank you.

For more, see on Sally, see http://www.nyhistory.com/sallyroeschwagner

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Special Events
JULY 2005

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Sat. July 2, 11 AM on, paint & swim.

Artists willing to paint a 60s spirited theme

on the exterior of a bus that will become

an exhibit. Call Woodstock Museum (845)

246-0600. A preliminary sketch is required.

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Sun. July 3, 11 AM on, paint & swim.

Artists willing to paint a 60s spirited theme

on the exterior of a bus that will become

an exhibit. Call Woodstock Museum (845)

246-0600. A preliminary sketch is required.

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Sat. July 9, 10:30 AM Yoga by the pool.

Beginners welcome. Swim and

exercise in a non-toxic pool cleaned with

hydrogen peroxide and solar collectors.

Refreshments. $12. Woodstock Museum

(845)246-0600

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Sat. July 9, 4PM "Spirit of the Sixties"

Documentary on the '69 Woodstock Festival,

the town of Woodstock and the Woodstock notion

as seen through the media. Sugg. $5.donation

Woodstock Museum, 845-246-0600

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Sun. July 10, 2PM African drumming
and
dance workshop or watch and swim.

We have extra drums, followed by an African

dinner. $20. Woodstock Museum,

(845) 246-0600

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Tues. July 12, 8PM FREE MOVIE NIGHT

Woodstock Museum. "The Oracle,

Summer of Love", a documentary of that period.

(845) 246-0600

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Sat. July 16, 2PM James Krueger, acoustic guitar,

love ballads and laid back swim

music. Underwater speakers. Fundraiser

for the Woodstock Museum. $10.donation.

(845)246-0600

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Sat. July 16, 8PM "In the Moment" A performance

of improvisational sharing of classical and jazz

music with Gus Mancini and poet, Patricia Martin.

$10. Woodstock Museum

(845) 246-0600.

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Dear Friends and Friends of Friends,
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For Immediate Release Contact: Shelli Lipton 845 246.0600
Woodstock, NY Winona LaDuke 612 879.7529

Winona LaDuke will speak at Woodstock Museum
On Saturday, September 6, 2003 Rain or Shine
2:00 to 5:00 pm

Winona LaDuke speaks to raise funds for Wind Turbines on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Honor the Earth's Energy Justice Initiative to support alternative energy-and especially, wind power-in Native America. "Native people have borne the brunt of America's past energy policy, from uranium mining in the southwest to massive hydro-electric projects in the sub-arctic. It is time for energy justice, and it is time for a new energy policy," states two-time Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate LaDuke, who serves as Honor the Earth's Program Director.

People attending the benefit may also benefit from swimming in a non-toxic pool cleaned with hydrogen peroxide which oxygenates the body. Bring your towels. It's a chance to see our PV (photovoltaic) system in action. Solar hot water is also designed to bring self-sufficiency as well as sustainable living. With today's blackouts and energy crisis, this clean, safe technology must be considered. "We will explain how Governor Pataki is helping make New York number one in solar with rebates and low cost loans. One of the Woodstock Museum's greatest mission is to educate people in this area", says Shelli Lipton, Director of the Museum.

Picnic on the museum lawn. Pack it in and pack it out. Movies brought by Winona will be shown in the Woodstock Museum multimedia theater with surround-a-sound and bare feet. We have sandals for those of you who are clueless to shoeless.

Winona LaDuke, is an Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg and is the mother of three children. Winona is the Program Director of Honor the Earth and Founding Director of White Earth Land Recovery Project. Leading Honor the Earth, she provides vision and leadership for the organization's Regranting Program and its Strategic Initiatives. In addition, she has worked for two decades on the land issues of the White Earth Reservation, including litigation, over land rights in the 1980's. In 1989, she received the Reebok Human Rights Award with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time Magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and has also been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the Ann Bancroft Award, MS Woman of the Year Award (with the Indigo Girls in 1997), the Global Green Award, and numerous other honors. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Her books include: Last Standing Woman (fiction), All Our Relations (non-fiction), In the Sugarbush (Children's), and just out, The Winona LaDuke Reader.

With the net proceeds from this event, the Energy Justice Initiative will provide capital and technical support for wind projects on Great Plains reservations while continuing the fight against culturally and ecologically destructive energy projects. Today, presently installed U.S. electrical capacity is at 600 gigawatts of power. The wind potential of 23 Native nations in the Great Plains alone is about 300 gigawatts. "Our communities could power this country with wind. Financing wind energy in the economically poorest communities in the country is Energy Justice," explains LaDuke. Check her website: www.honorearth.org

Directions to Woodstock Museum from Woodstock: Take West Saugerties Rd. to the end (5 miles). At the stop sign make a right. And then another right on Bach Rd. opposite Andrew's Sugar Shack. Go in about 60 ft. and make the left at the Woodstock Museum sign. Directions from other areas: www.WoodstockMuseum.org/directions.html


Admission is $10. Checks are tax deductible and payable to Tide Foundation/Honor the Earth.

WANTED: ASHTRAY PHOTOGRAPHS
with cigarettes burning or cigarette butts for
movie on anti-tobacco.
Call Shelli @ 845 - 246-0600
or send photos by June 15, 2003

This movie was filmed but we would like to know if you want to do this also?
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Solar Vacation/Workshop July 4-7
PAST EVENT

"The sun is our greatest renewable natural resource,”
says Shelli Lipton, director of the Woodstock Museum.
Over the 4th of July weekend, the museum will teach
environmentally committed homeowners, builders,
retirees on fixed income, RV travelers, pool owners,
homesteaders, and other socially conscious people how
to harness solar power. This workshop is a great way
to spend a holiday weekend in the famous tourist town
of Woodstock, New York.

The pre-weekend solar blitz begins on Thursday, July
4th for out of towners who want to tour Woodstock, set
up camping and enjoy swimming at the museum’s pool
(treated with hydrogen peroxide and ionizers, not
chlorine). The official program starts Friday, July
5th at 7:30 P.M with a free film and slide show in the
museum’s air-conditioned amphitheatre, featuring Dr.
Komp’s annual teaching excursions to Nicaragua where
he teaches at the University and supplies villages
with solar electric power.

On Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th from 9-5, the
museum will host a hands-on solar technology workshop.
The first day covers solar hot water applications,
from repair and recycling old solar panels to
demonstrating the museum’s hot water system. The
second day is all about solar electricity. There will
be a tour and demonstration of the museum’s
state-of-the-art 2.5 Kilowatt photovoltaic
installation, built with the additional incentive of a
state mandated rebate program. Participants will
actually construct small panels capable of powering a
boom box or charging batteries. For a nominal
materials fee, you can go home with
the unit you make.

Our guide is the very knowledgeable Richard J. Komp,
Ph.D, returning for the third year. He teaches energy
conservation, non-polluting, renewable, energy sources
and environmentally friendly building practices. He
is author of Practical Photovoltaics (aatec
Publishers, Ann Arbor, MI) and publisher of a
quarterly newsletter, “The Maine Sun” . This seminar
will acquaint you with the many uses and advantages of
solar hot water and electrical applications.

Reservations are required. We accept VISA/MC/DISCOVER
credit cards, checks, money orders and cash.
Reservations are required. The cost for the two day
workshop is $100 per day and includes lunch. Price of
$300 includes all workshops, camping (including July
4th), continental breakfast, lunch and dinner for July
5-7th. $50 additional for spouse and each child. We
encourage families. We accommodate vegans, vegetarians
and meat and potato lovers. Camping includes parking
for RV's or pitching tents on site. We have an outdoor
hot/cold shower. If it rains, we also work outdoors
under the covered first floor of the museum building.
We can pick up people locally in Woodstock,
Saugerties or Kingston. This works well for people
traveling by bus. We’ll provide information on local
motels and Inns upon request.

“This isn’t something new. Even in the ‘70s, the
Carter administration put the solar panels on the roof
of the White House,” says Lipton. “Now it’s like
starting all over again, but it’s not too late. Solar
power works,” says Nathan Koenig, co-founder of the
museum with Lipton,“ and New York is one State that
offers good incentives for installing solar power at
your home or business.”

For information or to register, call (845) 246-0600,
-9995. e-mail: wdstkmus@ulster.net. or visit our
website at http://www.woodstock-museum.org

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Introduction: My name is Carlyn Walter, I am a lively, glamorous, healthy, clean, powerful, calm, combative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.