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Hosts Adam Shartoff and Katy Mejia chat with WFF Alumni and friends of the festival about all things indie film! The WFF podcast is a platform for filmmakers to share their work and love of independent filmmaking. We also publish a select number of the best panels from the festival each year. Every year the podcast is livestreamed for three days from the filmmaker lounge during the festival and we also publish a select number of the best panels from the annual festival. The WFF supports emer ...
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LET'S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode 25 In Episode 25, we talk to director and author Susan Seidelman about the process of crafting her memoir, Desperately Seeking Something, her experiences as a female filmmaker in the ‘80s, and the lasting legacy of her films, including the 1985 cult classic DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Madonna. A graduate of …
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In episode 24, we chat with Director Phil Bertelsen and Producer Lise Yasui about their documentary THE PICTURE TAKER, which explores the complicated life of Civil Rights photographer and FBI informant Ernest Withers. The filmmakers discuss in detail the 15-year journey to make the film, Withers’ complicated legacy, and the importance of exposing g…
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LET'S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #23 In this episode, we talk with Actor/Producer Djaka Souaré and Actor Anthony Lalor about their new short film CUT ME IF YOU CAN, a satire about the racist and sexist tropes we see in horror films. Djaka and Anthony talk about creating black characters in non-stereotypical roles, meeting dream collaborators, and t…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #22 In this episode, we chat with filmmakers Julie Sharbutt and Anastasia Rykova, whose shorts SCAM and THE TALE OF TWO CRUEL RULERS were featured at the 2023 Woodstock Film Festival. Julie Sharbutt is a Genre and Comedy filmmaker and writer based in LA. Her 2023 short film SCAM has screened at Woodstock, Fantaspoa …
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #21 In this episode, we chat with filmmaker and food advocate Oliver English about his recent film, FEEDING TOMORROW. Oliver talks about the impact of his solutions-oriented film, from regenerative farming, growing food on rooftops at Brooklyn Grange, the first farm built inside of a hospital that provides healthy f…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #20 In this episode, we discuss with 2023 WFF filmmaker alumnus Set Hernandez and his close friend, Pedro, the subject of his most recent film, UNSEEN. Together they explore the creative approaches to documentary filmmaking that assist in representing Pedro’s intersectionality as a disabled, immigrant social worker.…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #19 In this episode, writer/director Chelsea Bo and actor Ava Acres talk about making the narrative film NO RIGHT WAY by improvising the script, which brings a totally fresh and new kind of realism to an indie film about single motherhood. Chelsea Bo is a writer/director with a theater and improv background. She gra…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #18 In this episode, we chat with Filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson about their latest award-winning films GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT, the short film BLACK GIRLS PLAY: THE STORY OF HAND GAMES, and the importance of communal viewing and how film festivals contribute to that experience. Pro…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #17 In this episode, we chat with Actor and Director Larry Fessenden about his independent horror films and how they showcase the impending doom of present societal issues. Fessenden is an actor, writer, director, and producer and the head of the NY-based independent production shingle Glass Eye Pix with the mission…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode # 16 In this episode, we chat with Director, Producer, and Screenwriter Yoruba Richen about her work on uncovering never-before-told, or otherwise improperly told, stories through her many films. Yoruba Richen is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on multiple outlets, including Netf…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #15 In this episode, we chat with Director and Cinematographer Stephen Gerard Kelly about his latest film IN THE SHADOW OF BEIRUT. Stephen Gerard Kelly is an Ireland-raised artist with a sensitivity around post-colonial power structures and a background in development and conflict research. He spent five years livin…
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Kim Jackson is a critically acclaimed producer and production manager. Some of her work includes DOWN WITH THE KING (2021), TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN (2018), and BLUE CAPRICE (2013). She currently serves as the VP of development for New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT). Among other things, she is also a co-founder of the crea…
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In the 1990s, original storytelling rose on the back of new technology, as VCR and DVD revenue flowed into the recoupment waterfall. Risking $1 million to make and market a new film became a “why not” – Until streaming platforms eclipsed all distribution. Audiences increased while revenues diminished. Today, the monolithic streaming model has prove…
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More and more actors choose to also work behind the camera as directors, and/or producers of narrative films, television series, and experimental shorts, along with other genres and formats. Hear what compels them to work behind the camera, and how different those experiences are. SPEAKERS: Steve Buscemi - Steve Buscemi is an actor, writer, directo…
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In the first of our 2023 Woodstock Film Festival panel series, multiple Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody awards winner and a legend in her field, Sheila Nevins chats with two-time Academy Awards® winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple who leads the conversation. The two talk about their legendary careers, the state of documentary filmmaking now, and their presen…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #10 In this episode, we chat with actor and producer Thomas Sadoski about SAG strikes, independent films, and his work with non-profit organization War Child USA. A 20+ year veteran of the theatre, Tom most recently starred in the award-winning and critically acclaimed revival of Alice Childress’ WEDDING BAND at The…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #9 In this episode, we chat with filmmakers Alex Smith and Tsanavi Spoonhunter about this year's Woodstock Film Festival’s Filmmaker Residency and Tsanavi’s upcoming documentary feature HOLDER OF THE SKY. Alex is a filmmaker and educator and currently serves as the Creative Director for Woodstock’s Filmmaker Residen…
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LET'S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #7 In this episode, the filmmakers discuss their documentary film THE QUIET EPIDEMIC's rallying cry for proper research on Lyme disease. We also highlight Keys’ experience with Lyme and the film's impact at festivals. The film was featured at the Woodstock Film Festival in September 2022. Aside from being the direct…
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LET’S TALK FILM! Podcast Episode #8 This episode features Rick Rowley, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. He is best known for his films DIRTY WARS (2013), DOCUMENTING HATE (2018), and 16 SHOTS (2019). Rowley recently received a Peabody Award for FRONTLINE: Micheal Flynn's Holy War. Rowley’s films highlight his willingness to ta…
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LET'S TALK FILM! EPISODE #1 Meira Blaustein is the Co-Founder / Executive Director / Programmer of the Woodstock Film Festival. The Festival was launched in 2000 and has quickly become one of the most respected and influential regional film festivals in the US. Blaustein has been running it ever since. Submit your film to the Woodstock Film Festiva…
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LET'S TALK FILM! EPISODE #3 Adam Shartoff, founder of Filmwax Radio, musician, and armchair film historian, talks about the spirit of independence, the importance of deep cuts, and providing a platform for lesser-known artists, whether through film, music, or any creative medium. Filmwax Radio Podcast: Website Instagram Topics discussed: Shartoff’s…
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LET'S TALK FILM! EPISODE #4 Harris Doran is an award-winning independent film writer, actor, director, and producer. Some of his work includes BEAUTY MARK (2018), which won Best Ultra Indie Film Award at the Woodstock Film Festival, and the new award-winning film KOKOMO CITY (2023). He shares his experiences at festivals and how they have impacted …
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LET'S TALK FILM! EPISODE #5 In this episode, Edwards-Beal and Youngelson talk about their recent film HERE. IS. BETTER. (2023) regarding cinematography, the special music created for the film, healing from PTSD, and working with veterans. Jack Youngelson is a highly accomplished documentary filmmaker and writer. Sian Edwards-Beal is “an Emmy Award-…
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LET’S TALK FILM! EPISODE #6 James Schamus serves on the negotiating committee of the Writers Guild of America, whose members are currently on strike. He talks about fake unions created by Hollywood, the history of the Writers' Strikes, provides insight into industry practices that prevent career stability for working writers + much more! James Scha…
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LET'S TALK FILM! EPISODE #2 Nancy Buirski, founder of Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, talks about her latest film, DESPERATE SOULS, DARK CITY, AND THE LEGEND OF MIDNIGHT COWBOY. We also get into her work as Director/Producer/Writer OF THE LOVING STORY (2011), the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decisi…
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