When the first leaves on the trees in the high altitudes of the Catskills begin to burnish with hints of autumn soon to come, a Hudson Valley culture vulture’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of film festivals. The Big One in our region comes to downtown Woodstock (and other area venues) in October, but whetting our appetites over Labor Day weekend is The Other Woodstock Film Festival: the one that the Woodstock Museum puts on.
This year’s Woodstock Museum Film Festival will be its 19th, so if you haven’t discovered it yet, you’re long overdue for a visit. It’s manageably small, the filmmakers are approachable up-and-coming indies and admission is free to both screenings and workshops. Events go on continuously at a single site from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, August 31 to September 2, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, September 3. There are talkbacks with the filmmakers after most screenings, and the general public is invited to critique what you’ve seen.
United by the theme “Impact,” this year’s lineup includes, on Friday, 1st Day & Next Minute, The Silent Glow: Recovering the Present, Tapferkeit and Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps; on Saturday, Still I Rise, Enough White Teacups, One, Escaping Stars and At the Park by the Creek; on Sunday, Work, Standing Rock: Take Me from the River, Malka, Scenes from a Visit and The Best of All Worlds; and on Monday, School Me, 21 Years: A Folded Flag, My Golden Rule, Major “Doc” Brown, Look, Superhouse, It’s the Dystopian Future, Mama Qota and Smacked! Addiction & Recovery in Rural America. To see the full schedule including start times, look at page 3 of this edition of Almanac Weekly or visit https://bit.ly/2PICZRm.
The Woodstock Museum is located at 13 Charles Bach Road in Saugerties. For more info, call (845) 246-0600.