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A bigger festival returns on September 28

The “fiercely independent” Woodstock Film Festival returns September 28-October 2 for its 23rd year, and this year’s lineup is to beat. Attendees can expect a cozy fall weekend filled with films, special guests, and an elevated festival experience.

After two years of a scaled-down version due to the pandemic, attendees and filmmakers can look forward to a “full-fledged festival” this year, said Meira Blaustein, one of the festival’s co-founders. This means a program of 48 feature films and 98 short films.

This year’s festival opens with the world premiere of Joshua Caldwell’s ‘Mending the Line’, in which an injured young sailor (Sinqua Walls) forms a fly-fishing bond with a Vietnam veteran (Brian Cox). . The closing film is “Empire of Light”, a love story set in an English seaside town in the 1980s, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward and Colin Firth.

Other headliners include the New York premieres of “Raymond and Ray” (directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke); “The Banshee of Inisherin” by Martin McDonagh (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson); and “Triangle of Sadness” by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund.

Highlights among the documentaries include “The Quiet Epidemic,” about two Lyme disease survivors’ pursuit to understand the tick-borne disease; and “Living In Delusionville,” which follows Ron English, the “Godfather of Street Art,” currently based in the Hudson Valley.

Find the complete list of films and previews here.

This will be the 23rd edition of the festival, with a full slate of films after two years of pandemic restrictions.

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The festival has also taken these two years to develop professionally. This year’s entry list includes Ethan Hawke, Awkwafina and Amanda Seyfried. Additionally, short films that win in the animation, documentary, and storytelling categories are immediately eligible for Oscar nominations.

“I can’t tell you how many people tell me this is the weekend they’re looking forward to the most in the Hudson Valley,” Blaustein said. “There are few events in the year that are highly regarded and have people looking forward to them all year round, and I’m glad to know that the festival is definitely one of them.”

The non-profit Woodstock Film Festival has been celebrating independent films by local and international filmmakers since 2000, when Blaustein and his co-founder Laurent Retjo planned their first festival. Now, with Blaustein at the helm of the ship, the organization also acts as a launchpad for budding filmmakers. Year-round programs, including panels and masterclasses, provide space for creatives to develop and cultivate their skills.

The festival has also been an economic driver for the small town of Woodstock in recent years, attracting thousands of guests. Films screen at the historic Tinker Street Cinema, Bearsville Theatre, Orpheum Theater in Saugerties, Woodstock Playhouse, Rosendale Theater and more, and businesses and establishments across the city kick into high gear for the five-day event. days each fall.

“Every year, without exception, we have all these new people who have never been here before,” Blaustein said. “They come and they fall in love with the area.”

Participants come from far and wide, but while the festival is a nationally recognized event, it is also a catalyst for community engagement. Volunteers and moviegoers from all over the Hudson Valley have joined the team to present films and panels at the festival for years.

“It’s really wonderful for those who live here, because it’s that very special weekend once a year where they get to see all these great movies and meet all these wonderful people,” Blaustein said. “And a lot of those movies that they’ll never get to see anywhere else.”

When: Wednesday September 28 to Sunday October 2

Where: Woodstock, Saugerties and Rosendale; several places

Tickets: Individual screening tickets $15, weekend passes from $450

Information: and 845-810-0131