Woodstock Museum Film Festival returns with free films & the theme “Important”

Left on Pearl, a documentary about the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women, will be screened on Saturday night, August 31, at 7:45 p.m.

It begins on Tuesday, August 27 with an imagined biopic of the anonymous Chinese man who stood in front of the tanks in Tienanmen Square in 1989 and ends on Monday, September 2 with a documentary about the roots of Detroit’s blues scene. In between, more than 40 other films in a wide variety of genres will be screened, ranging from shorts running less than five minutes to full-length features. What is it? It’s that other annual film festival in Woodstock: the one that takes place each Labor Day week at the Woodstock Museum.

The theme for the 19th annual Woodstock Museum Film Festival is “Important.” All the film entries are independently produced, and most advance progressive or countercultural points of view. Participating filmmakers, many of them multiple award-winners, come from all over the world; some will be in attendance for talkbacks with the audience. Admission to all screenings is free. Most nights, the shows begin at 6:30 or 7 p.m. and run until about 11; the exception is Labor Day itself, which will feature an all-day short film marathon beginning at 11 a.m. “Refreshments, Outdoor Music and Special Effects” are promised as well.


To see the full Woodstock Museum Film Festival schedule, visit http://woodstockmuseum.com/2019_film_festival.html. The Museum is located at 13 Charles Bach Road in Saugerties.

Woodstock Museum Film Festival, Tuesday-Monday, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, Free, Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Rd., Saugerties, (845) 246-0600, https://filmfreeway.com/woodstockmuseumfilmfestival, http://woodstockmuseum.com/