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A Night at the Awards with Woodstock Film Festival

Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 10th, 2011


A Special Viewing of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards
at the Emerson Resort & Spa

(Woodstock, NY): The Woodstock Film Festival is happy to announce that it will return to the luxurious Emerson Resort & Spa where it will present A NIGHT AT THE AWARDS: a viewing party for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® – Sunday, February 27 at 7pm.

Festivities will be held in the Emerson’s beautiful Phoenix Restaurant and Great Room. The viewing party will be filled with decadent hors d’oeuvres, a delicious buffet and a flowing supply of bubbly.

Much like at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, red carpet fashionistas will be in attendance, so guests may want to know the name of the designer of their gown or suit… Our resident fashionistas are:

  • Hester Mundis — the multi-tasking four-time Emmy nominated author and humorist who was Joan Rivers head writer.
  • Martha Frankel — writer of books, interviewer of celebrities, recovering internet poker addict, lover of ethnic cooking, collector of beach glass.

Party attire is encouraged but not a must. Attendees will be in for a treat with door prizes and red carpet photos and feel like Hollywood has come home to the Catskills.

In addition to great food and fun, the event will honor friends and filmmakers associated with the festival and Hudson Valley. WFF will be rooting for several Oscar Nominees to take home the statue, including:

  • Long-time festival friend Melissa Leo nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Fighter
  • WFF alumnus Debra Granik’s film Winter’s Bone for Best Picture and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  • Best Doc nominee Gasland by Josh Fox, which WFF screened last summer to a sold-out crowd of 600
  • Luke Matheny’s 2010 WFF Best Short winner, God of Love in the Best Short Live Action category
  • Hudson Valley resident Mark Ruffalo up for Best Supporting Actor in The Kids Are All Right
  • Hudson Valley resident Joel Coen is up several Oscars (with brother Ethan) for True Grit
  • Last year at this time, James Franco was starring in a film at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia, Now he’s up for an Oscar for 127 Hours

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this year’s Academy Awards with friends and neighbors,” said Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “With a first class host like the Emerson Resort & Spa to waltz us through this glamorous evening, and so many locals and WFF alumni to root for, this event is sure to be one to remember.”

Tickets for the event start at $75. Please note that only $25 of each ticket goes to the Woodstock Film Festival and is tax deductible. For opportunities to get involved in a more substantive way with this exciting event via individual or company support, additional information and to purchase tickets please visit

Tickets are limited, please get yours early.

About the Woodstock Film Festival:
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. WFF premieres exceptional films; hosts emerging and established filmmakers; presents A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creates stimulating, innovative year-round programming WFF’s sister organization, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production throughout the region.

Created in 2000, WFF is located in the Hudson Valley Catskills, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, just two hours from NYC. The historic arts colony offers a relaxed, receptive atmosphere, which filmmakers consistently cite as perfect for the creative interaction necessary for a great film festival. WFF is a festival for and by filmmakers, and was born through a passion for cinema that could only be the brainchild of active filmmakers and dedicated supporters of ‘fiercely independent’ film.

Hailed by indieWIRE as “A true American Maverick Among Fests,” and one of the TOP 50 film festival in the world, the Woodstock Film Festival has been praised by actor Ethan Hawke as “among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn’t trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking.”

Contact Info:
P.O Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 – (845) 679-4265


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