The 2011 Woodstock Film Festival - A Taft Street Guide

Posted by Dylan Taft on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 2:13pm.


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The Woodstock Film Festival is an exciting event that showcases not only great films, but also the lovely Hudson Valley region and our thriving community.  The festival will be four days and five nights of films, concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, awards ceremonies, and fantastic parties. With multiple venues not just in Woodstock but all over Ulster County, the Woodstock Film Festival will draw an estimated 12,000 visitors, more than half of whom will be out-of-towners travelling from all parts of the country and the world. This surge in tourists will undoubtedly give a boost to local businesses, in particular the service sector. Often upon arriving in the Woodstock area and seeing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, it is not uncommon for visitors to begin dreaming about owning an Ulster County home. For film lovers, local business owners, visitors & residents, the Woodstock Film Festival is full of fun and opportunities!

Much like the legendary town which bears the name, the Woodstock Film Festival (now in its 12th year) presents a friendly environment, with a focus on creativity and the shared goal of having a good time. Tickets to films run from $10-$20 making it affordable to anyone who wants to experience the buzz and excitement of a festival screening. Different from a typical night at the movies, an official screening will usually have the filmmakers (and sometimes the stars) in attendance to answer questions and interact with the audience after the film. Depending on the nature and content of the film, a festival screening can be at times tense, inspirational, and hilarious. No matter where you may be, chances are there’s a movie or party nearby, due to multiple venues all over Woodstock, the Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale, teen films at Onteora High School, and the awards gala held in Kingston. The festival’s website provides a complete schedule including transportation info to help you get around!

Life Imitating Art

woodstock_film_fest_posterSuch a widespread, star-studded event is great for real estate in our area. Visiting the festival gives you a first-person view of the diverse beauty of the Hudson Valley. Woodstock real estate has always maintained strong home values, and the festival sheds light on some lesser-known but equally charming towns such as Rosendale and Stone Ridge. The area is well represented in the festival, with hometown hero, Oscar-winning Melissa Leo (who owns real estate in Stone Ridge, and was featured in a past blog of ours) as an active participant and panel member. Other films featured in the festival, such as Peace Love & Misunderstanding starring Jane Fonda, were filmed in towns all over Ulster County like Rosendale and Kerhonkson and even featured residents as extras. The term “life imitating art” takes on new meaning around here, where you could very well see a movie star at your gas station, and your neighbor on the movie screen!

Tickets to movies can be bought online and in person at the theatre box offices. Interested in some of these towns? Take a tour down Main Street Woodstock or perhaps Saugerties in our Main Street Series (Stone Ridge coming soon!) As always you can count on Taft Street Realty to be your #1 Ulster County resource!

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