2020 Woodstock Film Festival Embraces Hybrid Format

Updated: 9/27/2020

The Woodstock Film Festival 2020 has released the lineup for feature length premieres being showcased at this year’s festival. LOS HERMANOS/THE BROTHERS, WOODSTOCK TUVAN STYLE, ZAPPA, and BEHIND THE STRINGS are four music-related films that will be premiering at the festival. Click on the movie titles below to view a synopses and diretor’s bio for each film.

LOS HERMANOS/THE BROTHERS (Drive-In) – World Premiere with live musical performance!
THE HUMAN FACTOR (Drive-In) – East Coast PremiereWOODSTOCK TUVAN STYLE (Drive-In) – World Premiere
JACINTA (Drive-In) – New York Premiere
LORELEI (Drive-In) – US Premiere
A CALL TO SPY (Drive-In) – New York Premiere
DEAR MR. BRODY (Drive-In) – New York Premiere
THE DRUMMER (Drive-In) – World Premiere
ZAPPA (Drive-In) – New York Premiere
KENNY SHCARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (Drive-In) – East Coast Premiere
WHAT BREAKS THE ICE (Drive-In) – World Premiere
WILDFLOWER (Drive-In) – World Premiere
FREELAND (Drive-In) – New York Premiere
THE SIT IN (Drive-In) – New York Premiere
ASKING FOR IT (Drive-In) – East Coast Premiere
HORSE LATITUDES (Online) – North American Premiere
MODEL (Online) – New York Premiere
PAPER SPIDERS (Online) – New York Premiere
COMING CLEAN (Online) – New York Premiere
BEHIND THE STRINGS (Online) – World Premiere
BARBARA LEE SPEAKS FOR ME (Online) – East Coast Premiere
SURGE (Online) – East Coast Premiere
THE PUSHBACK (Online) – East Coast Premiere

Organizers of the 21st Woodstock Film Festival announced that this year’s festival will be brought to fans through a combination of drive in showings and online viewings. Starting September 30 at 9 a.m. est., the festival will run until October 4 at 11 p.m. est.

A full lineup of films will be featured at the Greenville Drive-In Outdoor Cinema in Greenville along with the Overlook Drive-In in Poughkeepsie. Other area drive-ins are also slated to participate in this year’s film festival along with special events planned for Woodstock itself.

Woodstock Film Festival

The premier independent film festival will be inclusive of those that would prefer to stay at home by offering films for online viewing complete with Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. According to the press release, attendees can also expect a conversation series with members of the film industry. Filmmakers will still be able to attend a modified Maverick Awards ceremony and networking opportunities online.

“We are all going through challenging times, and challenging times call for innovative approaches. I am thankful that recent advances in contemporary technology, along with the reinvigorated nostalgia for the classic American drive-in have made it possible for us to continue supporting outstanding independent cinema, while offering new and returning audiences alike the opportunity to experience excellent films in safety and comfort.”    

Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, changing direction became the only course of action in order to keep everyone involved safe. The Woodstock Film Festival offices have been closed since mid-March and all in person events were cancelled.

The Woodstock Film Festival has continued to provide stellar content, shifting programming to online platforms. Provided to the public free of charge, the spring calendar included; live conversations with industry luminaries, notable directors and actors, as well as a curated selection of films with introductions from their filmmakers.

Individual tickets for films and events at the drive-ins and online will be made available beginning of September, while passes for either the full online film portion of the festival, the full online panel series, or both, are available for purchase now HERE.

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