An­nual Wood­stock Film Festival un­der­way

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - On­line: wood­stock­film­fes­ti­val.org. Free­man staff

The 18th an­nual Wood­stock Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night and will have dozens of screen­ings and pan­els through Sun­day.

The festival — which also will in­clude panel dis­cus­sions, mu­si­cal per­for­mances and an awards cer­e­mony — takes place at venues in Wood­stock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Sauger­ties and Kingston.

“Last Fly­ing Flag,” di­rected by Richard Lin­klater, and “The Square,” di­rected by Ruben Östlund, are the cen­ter­piece films at the festival. The clos­ing­night film will be “Arthur Miller: Writer,” di­rected by Re­becca Miller.

Among this year’s ex­pected well-known at­ten­dees are Su­san Saran­don, Bill Pull­man, Shep Gor­don, Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito, Rory Culkin, Grif­fin Dunne, Michael Cristofer, Re­becca Miller, Wil­liam Hor­berg, Peter Saraf, Lee Aron­sohn, Pamela Kof­fler, Anne Carey, Richard Row­ley, Bob Her­bert, Jamie Red­ford, Sam Pol­lard, Bar­bara Kop­ple and Philippe Pe­tit, among oth­ers.

Saran­don, Pull­man and Gor­don are among pre-an­nounced award win­ners.

This year’s festival will in­clude films se­lected from more than 2,000 en­tries from around the globe, or­ga­niz­ers said. Coun­tries rep­re­sented in­clude France, Greece, Italy, the Nether­lands, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, the United King­dom and the United States. A ma­jor­ity of the films in the lineup will be screened with the film­mak­ers and cast or sub­jects in at­ten­dance, or­ga­niz­ers said.

Tick­ets will be avail­able at wood­stock­film­fes­ti­val.org or by call­ing (845) 810-0131.

The Wood­stock Film Festival box of­fice, at 13 Rock City Road in Wood­stock, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun­day

The festival pre­vi­ously an­nounced that this year’s Mav­er­ick Award will go to ac­tor, pro­ducer and ac­tivist Saran­don; ac­tor Pull­man will re­ceive the festival’s Ex­cel­lence in Act­ing Award; and the Trail­blazer Award will go to mu­sic man­ager and film pro­ducer Gor­don. The awards will be pre­sented Oct. 14 at BSP on Wall Street in Uptown Kingston.

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