Fes­ti­val hon­ors its top films

‘Shep­herds and Butch­ers’ gets two awards at Wood­stock Film Fes­ti­val cer­e­mony

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Free­man staff

KINGSTON >> The film “Shep­herds and Butch­ers” was the big win­ner at the Wood­stock Film Fes­ti­val’s Mav­er­ick Awards cer­e­mony that was to fea­ture pre­sen­ters like di­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu and ac­tor Ben Foster at Back­stage Stu­dio Pro­duc­tions on Wall Street on Satur­day night.

“Shep­herds And Butch­ers,” di­rected by Oliver Sch­mitz won the Best Fea­ture Nar­ra­tive Award and Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy at the Satur­day cer­e­mony.

Also hon­ored was David Linde, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on Iñár­ritu’s Os­car-win­ning film, “Biu­ti­ful.” Linde re­ceived the Trail­blazer Award.

An Academy-Award win­ning di­rec­tor, Iñár­ritu (“The Revenant,” “Bird­man”), was to present Linde with the award for his lead­er­ship as CEO of Par­tic­i­pant Me­dia, which aims to show­case films of so­cial change, ac­cord­ing to the fes­ti­val.

Linde is cred­ited with nur­tur­ing film and film­mak­ers, in­clud­ing Iñár­ritu, Ang Lee, Ro­man Polan­ski, Zhang Yi­mou, and Al­fonso and Jonás Cuarón. Ac­cord­ing to the fes­ti­val, Linde has played a part in “Heav­enly Crea­tures,” “Bul­lets Over Broad­way”, “Pulp Fic­tion,” “Broke­back Moun­tain,” “The Con­stant Gar­dener” and “The Pi­anist.”

Academy Award-nom­i­nated screen­writer Oren Mover­man re­ceived this year’s Fiercely In­de­pen­dent Award. The award was to be pre­sented by Foster, who starred in Mover­man’s 2009 Academy-Award nom­i­nated film “The Mes­sen­ger.” That film opened the film fes­ti­val in 2009, and also starred Woody Har­rel­son and Steve Buscemi, both past fes­ti­val hon­orees.

Mover­man, a writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, went on to di­rect “Ram­part” (also star­ring Foster), “Time out of Mind” and the up­com­ing film star­ring R ichard Gere, “The Din­ner.” Foster is cur­rently star­ring “Hell or High Wa­ter” and is known from

his roles in movies like “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “3:10 to Yuma” and tele­vi­sion shows like “Freaks & Geeks” and HBO’s “Six Feet Un­der.”

He will ap­pear along Tom Hanks and Fe­lic­ity Jones in Ron Howard’s up­com­ing “In­ferno.”

Academy Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­maker and Wood­stock res­i­dent Leon Gast re­ceived

the Life­time Achieve­ment Award. The honor was to be pre­sented by film­maker and di­rec­tor Bar­bara Kop­ple. Gast’s new­est film, “Wood­stock: A Love Poem,” will be the clos­ing night film at 8 p.m. Sun­day at the Wood­stock Play­house. His 1996 doc­u­men­tary, “When We Were Kings” won the Academy Award for Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture.

The films hon­ored at Satur­day’s cere­omny were:

• “Shep­herds and Butch­ers,” di­rected by Oliver Sch­mitz won the Best Fea­ture Nar­ra­tive Award.

• “Stronger Than Bul­lets,” di­rected by Matthew Mil­lan, won Best Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary Award. “Real Boy,” di­rected by Shaleece Haas, re­ceived Hon­or­able Men­tion.

• “Slow Wave,” di­rected by Andy Kennedy, won Best An­i­ma­tion.

• “Graf­fiti,” di­rected by Llius Quilez, won Best Short Nar­ra­tive.

• “La La­guna,” di­rected by Aaron Schoc, won Best Short Doc­u­men­tary.

• Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy went to “Shep­herds and Butch­ers,” with cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Leah Striker.

• “Paint It Black,” edited by Paul Frank, won the Edit­ing Award for Nar­ra­tive Fea­ture. Hon­or­able Men­tion went to “My Feral Heart,” edited by Benjamin Ger­stein.

• “Real Boy,” edited by Andrew Gersh, won the Edit­ing Award for Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture. Hon­or­able Men­tion was pre­sented to “Ki­valina,” di­rected by Gina Abatemarco.

• “Half­way,” di­rected by Ben Caird, won the Ul­tra In­die Award. Hon­or­able

Men­tion was pre­sented to “My First Kiss And The Peo­ple In­volved,” di­rected by Luigi Campi.

• “Neruda,” di­rected by Pablo Lar­rain, won the World Cin­ema Award. Hon­or­able Men­tion went to “Clean Hands” for a per­for­mance by Thekla Reuten.

• Best Fe­male Fea­ture Di­rec­tor was pre­sented to Maria Go­van, of “Play The Devil.”

• Carpe Diem An­dretta Award For Best Film, for liv­ing life to its fullest, in honor of Vin­cent Jay An­dretta

III, was pre­sented by Lauri and Jimmy An­dretta to “A Year By The Sea,” di­rected by Alexander Janko.

The Mav­er­ick Award tro­phies are hand­crafted by Steve Heller of Fab­u­lous Fur­ni­ture in Boiceville.

The 17th an­nual fes­ti­val, which be­gan on Thurs­day and fea­tures screen­ings in Wood­stock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Sauger­ties, ends on Sun­day.

Visit http://www.wood­stock­film­fes­ti­val.com/ for list­ings.


Ac­tress Lori Singer at the Klein­ert James Cen­ter panel, “Mu­sic in Film,” at Satur­day’s 17th an­nual Wood­stock Film Fes­ti­val.

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