Woodstock Film Festival Announces International Screenings


The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) is going global as it gears up for its 13th festival October 10-14. Executive Director and Co-Founder Meira Blaustein is heading to London to bring the Woodstock brand of “Fiercely Independent” cinema across the pond for a special screening event. Co-presented by i-D Magazine and Diesel-UK, two official selections from the 2011 WFF will be shown June 12-13 at the Curzon in Mayfair Cinema, an intimate art house that has played an instrumental role in the progression of the British and international film industry. In other signs of WFF’s international expansion, Blaustein will also serve as Executive Director for the new Cabo International Film Festival, which will be held in association with WFF and have its inaugural run in November 2013.

The invitation-only event at the Curzon, one of the first cinemas to import and show foreign language films in the UK, will include screenings of two films and host their respective filmmakers for Q&A sessions. The first night will present Lisa Albright’s Coming Up Roses starring Bernadette Peters and rising star Rachel Brosnahan, a disturbing yet tender portrait of a domineering theatrical mother who shuttles her teenage daughter across small-town America. The second evening’s film will be Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir’s inspirational documentary Dolphin Boy, which presents the real-life story of a severely traumatized Israeli-Arab teenager whose doctor recommends dolphin therapy as a last ditch approach.

”Partnering with progressive and creative companies like i-D magazine and Diesel UK make it possible for us to venture into London, one of the most important global media centers.” said Blaustein. “This is just one reflection of the continuing evolution for the Woodstock Film Festival and its expanding role as an important platform for independent film.”