Woodstock Museum
19th Annual Film Festival 2018
Labor Day Week:

This Year’s Theme: “IMPACT”

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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 “CLITORISSIMA” - 17th December 2015 “Seriously Deadly Silence” 2015 “Memories of an absent presence” 2013 "Little Vulvah & her clitoral 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 and founder of Woodstock Dreams Media 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 and ecology activist. He is currently organizing a 2019 Woodstock Ecology Festival to help establish a compelling artistic “voice and vision” of ecology


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.

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.


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.

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.


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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Woodstock Museum 18th Annual Film Festival 2017
Labor Day Week:
August 30th – September 4th, 2017
This Year’s Theme: “HOPE”


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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
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CONTACT: Shelli Lipton or Nathan Koenig, 845 246-0600  or email


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.

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

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

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 circumstances 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.

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 Peacocks?  A group of  autistic adults and their dedicated instructors convene everyday to make art.  Q&A

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.




Woodstock Museum 17th Annual Film Festival 2016
Labor Day Week:
August 30th - September 5th 2016
This Year's Theme "REALITY'

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.      


    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.      


    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 Clitorissima    A child’s introduction to clitoris 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      


    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.      


    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?      


    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 incredible 50-year love 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.

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

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 by Anthony Hickox, written and produced by Michel Adam tells 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, sadistic 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.


Anthony Hickox 
Michel Adam


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 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 Clitorissima

A child’s introduction to clitoris awareness through women’s stories and animated art.
A global initiative about CLITORIS AWARENESS made with the mission to normalize & facilitate, the first parent / child conversation about Clitoris & Clitoris 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 
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)
- 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) 
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:2016 0109   profile pic for ffHave 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:02 zhang profileJunjie “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.
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 incredible 50-year love 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 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
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. 
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.





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Handicapped accessible.  



Woodstock Museum 16th Annual Film Festival 2015
Labor Day Weekend:

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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 


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 CLITORAL 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.



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.



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.



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: Tel: (845) 246-0600
Directions at or GPS Woodstock Museum.
All are welcome to bring instruments.
Handicapped accessible.  



Woodstock Museum 15th Annual Film Festival 2014
Labor Day Weekend: August 29th - September 1st




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: Tel: (845) 246-0600
Directions at or GPS Woodstock Museum. All are welcome to bring instruments.
Handicapped accessible.


Contact: Shelli Lipton at 845 246-0600  or


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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 950 AM and
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



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





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.

For more information: Call (845) 246-0600 or visit



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



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


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.


2PM  “Conversation with producers Dennis Watlington & Nina Rosenblum”.  Author, actor, television and film producer/writer Dennis Watlington moved through poverty, addiction and racial barriers onward 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  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


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?


  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 ( 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 (  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

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:





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:


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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:
Send to: Woodstock Museum, PO Box 73, Woodstock, NY 12498 or email:
Woodstock Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational institution
or call 845 246-0600.

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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July 14, 2012 EVENT
Click here for PDF poster download


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, The FDA 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


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

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

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 Burnout Hippie 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 Park Filmmaker 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



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.


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.


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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8 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


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 circumstance 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.


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)


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.



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



Special Events
JULY 2005

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.


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.

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


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

Sun. July 10, 2PM African drumming
dance workshop or watch and swim.

We have extra drums, followed by an African

dinner. $20. Woodstock Museum,

(845) 246-0600


Woodstock Museum. "The Oracle,

Summer of Love", a documentary of that period.

(845) 246-0600

Sat. July 16, 2PM James Krueger, acoustic guitar,

love ballads and laid back swim

music. Underwater speakers. Fundraiser

for the Woodstock Museum. $10.donation.


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.

Dear Friends and Friends of Friends,

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:

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:

Admission is $10. Checks are tax deductible and payable to Tide Foundation/Honor the Earth.


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?

Solar Vacation/Workshop July 4-7

"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: or visit our
website at

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