When: Oct. 13-16
Where: Locations throughout Woodstock, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties
The biggest local film festival, with more than 130 films, is also renowned on the international stage. Filmmakers, producers, industry executives and actors gather in Woodstock and Ulster County over a long weekend to celebrate and showcase “fiercely independent” cinema. But this isn’t Sundance - there’s a real earthen, low-stress vibe to the festival that invites all to enjoy inspired work.
Major event: The festival’s annual Maverick Awards (7 p.m. Oct. 15 at BSP Studios, Kingston; tickets $80) will honor industry CEO David Linde (“Spotlight”), director Oren Moverman (“Time Out of Mind”) and director Leon Gast (“When We Were Kings”).
Also: The opening-night film (6 p.m. Oct. 13) is the world premiere of “Blind,” starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore. Baldwin is scheduled to be at the festival. … The centerpiece film is “Loving,” starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. … The festival’s music program includes the state premiere of “American Epic,” which details the birth of modern American music. … The festival also includes a Spotlight on Women, headlined by the North American premiere of “The Drowning,” starring Josh Charles and Julia Stiles. … This year’s festival participants include Melissa Leo, Mary Stuart Masterson, Amber Tamblyn, Karen Allen and Chris Noth. A few major independent releases, a wide array of world cinema, cool concerts and enticing local flavor all have a home at Woodstock.
Quotable: "I couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s lineup. There are defining moments in American and international life that have been captured by the filmmakers, some of whom have risked their lives to bring these images and ideas to audiences,” said festival co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. “Fierce independence is found in every category, but with it there is also tender insight into the human heart.”