Friday, August 27, 2010

Woodstock Film Festival plans night of fright

Daily Freeman, August 27, 2010

This year’s Woodstock Film Festival will feature two horror films shown at the Emerson Resort & Spa on state Route 28 in Mount Tremper, festival organizers announced on Thursday.

“Don’t Go In the Woods,” a slasher musical directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, and “Bitter Feast,” directed by Joe Maggio and produced by Boiceville resident Larry Fessenden, will be shown simultaneously, starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Emerson.

“Don’t Go In the Woods” is the directorial debut for D’Onofrio, an actor known for his work on the TV show “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and in the films “Men in Black” and “Full Metal Jacket.”

The Oct. 1 event, which will include a pre-screening feast and a post-screening party with the filmmakers, has been dubbed “Fright Night: A Woodstock Film Festival Double Horror Header.”

The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival is scheduled for Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 at venues in Woodstock, Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale.

The festival will comprise more than 150 films, as well as panel discussions, concerts and special events.

The lineup of films is to be announced next week.

DON'T GO IN THE WOODS – described as "Glee" meets "The Blair Witch Project" – is a slasher/musical which cleverly walks an unusual line: always maintaining a sinister and creeping sense of dread, with characters bursting into song at the oddest of times. An indie rock band of five young men heads into the woods for a weekend of creative inspiration away from modern distractions. New songs are sung and written, but female groupies crash the creative jam session, causing distraction. In traditional slasher movie style, characters begin disappearing. The film oozes with thrills and a dark sense of humor, complemented by a solid rock soundtrack. This offbeat horror film explores the lengths that people will go to in order to make their dreams come true, and marks the directorial debut of actor Vincent D'Onofrio.

Woodstock Film Festival sets Fright Night for Oct. 1

Simultaneous screenings will spark a scare out of viewers at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival Fright Night, which is happening Oct. 1, right in the middle of the annual festival.

Screening will be Vincent D'Onofrio's "Don't Go in the Woods" and Joe Maggio's "Bitter Feast." The two films will screen at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper.

Ticket holders for "Don't Go in the Woods" will be treated to a Q&A with D'Onofrio and musician/producer Sam Bisbee, plus a performance by the "Don't Go in the Woods" band. Ticket holders for "Bitter Feast" will get a Q&A with Maggio and producer Larry Fessenden, plus an actual feast prepared by Woodstock's Mary Giuliani Catering, which is preparing a Mario Batali-inspired selection.

The pre-screening for "Bitter Feast" is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Both screenings are at 8 p.m. at the resort, which will be followed by the annual Filmmakers' Party, starting at 10 p.m. Only Fright Night ticket holders and Film Festival filmmakers will receive exclusive entry to the party.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Would someone PLEASE tell the Universe that 'Don't go in the woods' is NOT, repeat NOT, Vincent's 'Directorial Debut'. That would be 'Five Minutes Mr Welles' 5 years ago. Sorry to go on so, but it really winds me up when the media can't be bothered to 'check' their 'facts'!

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