Bearsville Theater

18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival (Oct. 12,13,14)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

 
THE LAST PIG
10/12/2017, 1:00PM
Directed by Allison Argo
USA / 2017 / 54 minutes
Q&A Attendees
*subject to change: Allison Argo, Joseph Brunette
SYNOPSIS:
The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential and self-reflective, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season.

 

 

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TO THE EDGE OF THE SKY

10/12/2017, 3:00PM

Directed by Todd Wider and Jedd Wider

USA / 2017 / 121 minutes

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Jedd Wider, Todd Wider, Brian Ariotti

SYNOPSIS:

To the Edge of the Sky is about the heroic and inspirational battle of four American mothers whose sons are diagnosed with the degenerative Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease and the number one genetic killer of boys, as they fight the FDA to gain access to a potentially life-saving drug. The film intimately records the transformation of these four mothers into the country's leading political activists pushing the government to allow access to a drug that may help save their sons' lives and the children of hundreds of other parents.


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13


MY NAME IS PEDRO

10/13/2017, 2:15PM

Directed by Lillian LaSalle

USA / 2017 / 97 minutes

World Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Lillian LaSalle, Jonathan Clasberry, Mark Demolar, Monica Cohen, Jillian Sczesnak, Mary Manhardt

SYNOPSIS:

Who was your most inspirational teacher? For thousands of students in the Bronx and elsewhere, that teacher is a man named Pedro Santana. Yes, we've seen inspiring documentaries about the failings of our public education system before. Yes, we've seen stories of inspirational educators who bravely try to change the system. But if you don't know Pedro.....well, you don't know jack! Pedro may just be the definition of an iconoclast. In a story as uplifting as it is troubling, he is a man who throws a very wide shadow.

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SHORTS: TEEN FILMS

10/13/2017 5:00 PM


Candidate, The

Directed by Parvati Santos

USA / 2016 / 13:23 minutes

Miami SHS

SYNOPSIS:

The intricacies of a student government election.

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Fishing

Directed by Zenona Darrow

USA / 2017 / minutes

Woodstock Day School

SYNOPSIS:

Two friends go fishing. After a successful catch, they cook their meal and try to eat it, but soon, they realize their fish is not actually a fish.

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It Takes A Village

Directed by AJ Opuiyo

USA / 2017 / 9:56 minutes

Spark Media Project

SYNOPSIS:

When the air and water of a village are threatened by a mining company, how can everyone pull together for the greater good, even when jobs are at stake?

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Lyric

Directed by Alex DeRosa

USA / 2017 / 4:10 minutes

Millburn High School

SYNOPSIS:

A hand-drawn animated film about a girl's struggle with depression. The film taps into her mind to show her battle with the monster that torments her. At first, it seems as if there is no escape, but she soon finds the strength she needs to face her inner demon through music.

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Metamorphosis

Directed by Hudson Perrin

USA / 2017 / 2:48 minutes

Woodstock Day School

SYNOPSIS:

After freeing himself from his cocoon like state, a man goes on to live a life of work and heartbreak.

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Pigeonhood

Directed by Partho Gupte

India / 2016 / 5 minutes

Oberoi International

SYNOPSIS:

A film about the life cycle of a little pigeon. The film traces his coming of age and examines his role in shaping a teenagers development. His fear of flying was no different from her fear of exams and somehow, they both crossed those difficult times together.

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Santa Woman

Directed by Ari Williams

USA / 2017 / 5:33 minutes

Spark Media Project

SYNOPSIS:

Santa Claus is coming to town and this young woman who just wants to be Santa.

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Sister

Directed by Benny Rendell

USA / 2017 / 15:43 minutes

Home Schooled

SYNOPSIS:

A tween alien on the run finds sisterhood in a small town in upstate New York; but her outer-space captors are closing in.

In our current moment when immigrants are increasingly feared and shunned, Sister tells the tale of a persecuted girl from another planet whose reception on earth is both surprising and inspiring. Thirteen-year old Benny Rendell’s new short film shows the power of sisterhood and how "others: aren’t so different after all.

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The Raven

Directed by Zack Gibson

USA / 2016 / 5 minutes

Palo Alto High School

SYNOPSIS:

A boy is haunted by the memories of his ex-girlfriend and his best friend.

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HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION

Directed by James Redford

USA / 2017 / 71 minutes

New York Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: James Redford

SYNOPSIS:

CAN we make enough renewable energy to supply the world's needs and replace fossil fuels? HOW will we do that? And, WILL we? In his convivial and earnest drive to understand the issues and solutions, James Redford, co-founder of The Redford Center with his father, Robert Redford, takes us on a country-crossing, three-year odyssey to get real, comprehensible answers to complex questions and technologies. Happening explores the current state of engagement of corporations, governmental departments, communities, entrepreneurs, and activists, with an enlightening look at what is being done to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

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MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED

10/13/2017, 9:15PM

Directed by Windy Borman

USA / 2017 / 85 minutes

East Coast Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Windy Borman

SYNOPSIS:

Women are changing the face of today's fastest growing industry, cannabis. Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition, her own relationship to the plant, and the stereotypes surrounding it. Through a series of empowering and educational interviews with a broad diversity of women leading the industry today, Windy's own assumptions are transformed as she discovers that cannabis liberation intersects with some of the most urgent social justice issues of our time including environmental sustainability, ending the War on Drugs and the prison-industrial complex, and the destructive domination of Big Pharma.


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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14


BEAN

10/14/2017, 11:15AM

Directed by Emilie Bunnell

USA / 2017 / 66 minutes

East Coast Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Emilie Bunnell, Cheryl Horner, Molly McEwan, Lori Interlicchio, Alana Duran

SYNOPSIS:

Lori and Alana matched on Tinder and quickly became best friends and lovers. Soon after, Lori discovered that Alana, a bright and endearing young woman suffering from Lupus, was in kidney failure and facing an uncertain but abbreviated lifetime of nightly dialysis and a myriad of related health issues. When Lori learns she's the perfect kidney donor match, she doesn't hesitate to offer her healthy "bean." If the transplant succeeds, Alana's life expectancy could be doubled or tripled.


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ROLL WITH ME

10/14/2017, 1:30PM

Directed by Lisa France

USA / 2017 / 90 minutes

World Premiere

In English and Arabic with subtitles

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Lisa France, Gabriel Cordell

SYNOPSIS:

When director Lisa France received a call from Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic man looking for someone to document the challenge of his life, she had no idea how much this would change her own life and that of many others. France and her quickly assembled ragtag crew - all with their own issues - filmed Gabriel's attempt to be the first person to roll unassisted on his human-powered wheelchair from Santa Monica, CA to Long Island, NY in 100 days, aiming to set a world record. The undertaking was physically and emotionally arduous, not just for Gabriel, but the entire team, herded in cramped quarters throughout the trip.


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TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: U.S. v. WINDSOR

10/14/2017, 4:00PM

Directed by Donna Zaccaro

USA / 2017 / 63 minutes

World Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Donna Zaccaro

SYNOPSIS:

To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Upon the death of her spouse, Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples — and Edie's spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this disregard for her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government — and won.

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BECOMING WHO I WAS

10/14/2017, 8:30PM

Directed by Moon Chang-Yong and Jin Jeon

South Korea / 2017 / 95 minutes

East Coast Premiere

In Hindi, Ladkahi, and Tibetan with subtitles

SYNOPSIS:

In a sweeping story of a young Buddhist boy who discovers he is the reincarnation of a Tibetan spiritual master, Becoming Who I Was, follows his momentous trek across Asia to rejoin his monastic order. Accompanied by his aging godfather, the documentary captures Padma and Urgyan on their epic journey over eight difficult years, surmounting all odds to pursue his spiritual destiny.


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15


SHORTS: Animation with Joy and Noelle

10/15/2017 11:30 AM


An Exquisite Task

Directed by Beck Underwood

USA / 2017 / 4:45 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Set in an old barn slated for teardown, a vintage doll, a mysterious barn spirit and some mischievous farm critters, come together in this stopmotion short about motherhood, creativity and letting go.


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Cee Cee and the Ex-Calibahhh

Directed by Joy Buran and Noelle Melody

USA / 2017 / 1:26 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Cee Cee and the Ex-Calibahhh is part of the growing collection of very short bedtime stories for adults, called Cee Cee's Bedtime Stories. Recorded at a bar, Cee Cee candidly recalls the days of her wild youth.

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Cop Dog

Directed by Bill Plympton

USA / 2017 / 5:37 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

The sixth film in Bill Plympton's Oscar-nominated Guard Dogseries, in which our plucky hero has a new occupation: patrolling our airports sniffing for illegal drugs. You know that's not going to end well.

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Delicatessen

Directed by Fenglin Chen

USA / 2017 / 4:40 minutes

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SYNOPSIS:

A romantic relationship blossoms between a man and a woman when they first meet in a delicatessen. Their desires get projected onto the foods, turning them alive, into uncanny mutated human limbs and organs. It's a supermarket love story that plays with food as a metaphor of sensual desires.

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First Bloom

Directed by Tingting Liu

China,USA / 2017 / 4:38 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

First Bloom is an original chinoiserie animated short film that tells the story of the budding love between a eunuch servant and a princess in ancient China. Consisting of more than 4000 frames that took more than 3500 hours, First Bloombrings traditional Asian-styled watercolor painting to life.

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Hi Stranger

Directed by Kirsten Lepore

USA / 2017 / 2:45 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This short breaks the fourth wall in an uncomfortable yet hilarious way.

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How to have a Romantic Date - Cartoon Box #4

Directed by Joost Lieuwma

The Netherlands / 2017 / 0:22 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

A woman and a man are having a date. This will be a night that they remember for a very long time.

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In Winter

Directed by Joy Buran and Noelle Melody

USA / 2017 / 4 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

In Winter is an animated music video for the Kingston, NY-based band Matt Pond PA. Based on the Norse mythology of Skadi, a giantess from Thyrmheim, where the snow never melts, and Njord, a god from Noatun, a bright, warm place by the sea.

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KCLOC

Directed by Ninaad Kulkarni

USA / 2017 / 2:50 minutes

School of Visual Arts

SYNOPSIS:

KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary on the perception of time. A selection of brief interviews, provide the voices for ten meticulously designed CGI clock characters, in a variety of real-world settings, as they respond to a single question: "What does time mean to you?"

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Outside Hearing In

Directed by Dylan Reitz and Savannah Winchester

USA / 2016 / 7:05 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Previously content to be on his own, Calvin discovers his ability to hear the soundtracks of lives far beyond his own doorstep. The cacophony of life's sounds is at first unbearable, but when Calvin finds a way to tune into them individually, he begins to find the noises, stories, conversations, and rambling, comforting and familiar. To share his gift, Calvin sets out to build his own radio tower in order to transmit the intangible, with those that need reminders that they are not alone.

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Pittari

Directed by Patrick Smith

USA / 2017 / 4 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Satan's boulder busting destruction is halted by a stubborn foe, testing his shape shifting abilities. Scored to an old phonographic gospel recording, Pittari uses hand drawn imagery to illustrate the relentless resistance to Satan's gritty penetration.

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Portlandia: Squirrels

Directed by Rob Shaw

USA / 2016 / 3:43 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

The Portlandia Rats are back! Once more featuring the voices of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, and brilliantly directed by BENT's one and only Rob Shaw.


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Realm of Deepest Knowing, The

Directed by SeungHee Kim

South Korea / 2017 / 3:30 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

During a struggle. one digs beneath the surface of the other to reach the deepest place of his heart. It lightens up the darkness as they fulfill each other in a sense of oneness.


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The Talk: True Stories About the Birds and the Bees

Directed by Alain Delannoy

Canada / 2016 / 8:50 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

There are things in life you never forget. One of them, like it or not, is "The Talk".

Adults share memories of when their parents first tried to explain sex to them. Using actual recordings of these recollections and a mix of hand drawn images, photographs, computer generated images, as well as stop frame animated toys and props. The memories of several individuals have been thoughtfully recreated in order to best present the awkwardness of one of life's strangest occurrences.

 

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Wednesday with Goddard

Directed by Nicolas Ménard

UK / 2016 / 4:30 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

A personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.

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CYCLE, THE (AMERICA DIVIDED)

10/15/2017, 1:45PM

Directed by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read and Richard Rowley

USA / 2016 / 78 minutes

New York Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Richard Rowley

SYNOPSIS:

"This is our America. And it isn't what we promised." For generations, the daily life of minority citizens has been in a state of crisis. Adapted from the EPIX docu-series and guided by such high-profile correspondents as Norman Lear, Jesse Williams, Common, and Zack Galifianakis, The Cycle examines the pervasive and longstanding structures of racial discrimination in America, reinforced by a political system that disenfranchises poor people and people of color.

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LA CHANA

10/15/2017, 4:00PM

Directed by Lucija Stojevic

Spain / 2016 / 83 minutes

New York Premiere

In Spanish with subtitles

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir, Deirdre Towers

SYNOPSIS:

La Chana was one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative style and breathtaking use of rhythm in the 1960s and 70s. Peter Sellers, with whom she is featured in The Bobo, invited her to Hollywood. Instead, at the peak of her career, she disappeared from the scene.

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40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE

10/15/2017, 6:30PM

Directed by Lee Aronsohn

United States / 2017 / 100 minutes

World Premiere

Q&A Attendees

*subject to change: Lee Aronsohn

SYNOPSIS:

Boulder, Colorado, much like Woodstock, NY, was a mecca for peace, love and music in the 60s and 70s. Fresh out of the Woodstock Concert era, a band of hippies, with a sound reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Grateful Dead, was roaming around Boulder, playing wherever they could and winning a dedicated following. Among those fans was university student Lee Aronsohn, who was deeply affected by the band, tracking them everywhere and memorizing their songs.

 

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