A wise mentor once said to Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and celebrated industry talent Peter Bogdanovich that the movies should ‘“begin with a bang and end with a snap.”’ As the 14th Annual Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its second-to-last day with their Maverick Awards Gala hosted at BSP Lounge in Kingston, NY, the applause echoed through the room as winners were announced. Tying the cozy Hudson Valley event of professionals and guests together under the light of rich, ‘fiercely independent’ cinema, the local and film community praised the projects up for recognition. As executive director and co-founder Meira Blaustein said of the works: “Each film has its own unique story and unique way of telling that story.” Keeping to their Woodstock roots in an area where fall rolls in as colorfully as the cinema and people, the Woodstock Film Festival “brings us back to nature,” exclaimed animation juror Signe Baumane. The final screening of the festival will be Jim Mickle’s locally shot rendition of ‘We Are What We Are,’ a story of an exclusively traditional family with a dark and bloody secret, being held late evening October 6 at the Woodstock Playhouse.
Here are the winners of the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival:
- BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE: ‘The Forgotten Kingdom’ (director Andrew Mudge)
- BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: ‘American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs’ (director Grace Lee)
- BEST ANIMATION: ‘Feral’ (director Daniel Sousa)
- BEST SHORT NARRATIVE: ‘The Earth, the Way I Left It’ (director Jeff Pinilla)
- BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM: ‘Above The Sea’ (director Keola Racela)
- BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: ‘Poustinia’ (director Kristian Berg)
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ‘The Forgotten Kingston’ (cinematographer Carlos
- BEST EDITING of a FEATURE NARRATIVE: ‘The Forgotten Kingdom’ (director and editor Andrew Mudge)
- BEST EDITING of a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: ‘The Manor’ (director Shawney Cohen and editor Seth Poulin)
- HONORARY MAVERICK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Peter Bogdanovich
- MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD: Mira Nair (founder of Maisha Film Lab in Eastern Africa)
- TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE FEATURE DIRECTOR: Stacie Passon (director of ‘Concussion’)
To another year at the movies.
Visit the festival at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com.