Buscemi gets fest kudos, Sloss awarded Trailblazer award
Steve Buscemi will be feted with the honorary Maverick award at the sixth annual Woodstock Film Festival, running in upstate New York Sept. 28-Oct 2.Fest will host 150 screenings, panels and events over its five days, with two films screening opening night: the American bow of Adam Rapp’s directorial debut “Winter Passing,” starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, and Shane Meadows’ “Dead Man’s Shoes,” with Paddy Considine. Closing the festival will be Buscemi’s “Lonesome Jim,” starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler, and the U.S. preem of Atom Egoyan’s Cannes film “Where the Truth Lies,” with Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. “Being Julia” lenser Lajos Koltai’s newest pic, “Fateless,” will have its American preem as the fest’s centerpiece film, screening Oct. 1. Among those also screening are Weinstein Co. acquisition “Transamerica”; “Duane Hopwood,” starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofolo; and Donal Logue’s “Tennis Anyone…?,” as well as docus including “The American Ruling Class,” “Favela Rising” and “New York Doll.” As earlier reported, producer John Sloss will receive the inaugural Honorary Trailblazer Award. Fest will host special screenings of “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The Concert for Bangladesh,” the 1971 benefit concert featuring performances by George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. Event will feature nine panels, including a dialogue with Buscemi and Garofolo, a Music for Film panel with Michael and Kevin Bacon and a Film Story and Screenwriter panel with James Toback and Lewis Lapham, among others. All told, fest will offer nine world and 12 U.S. premieres and expect some 10,000 visitors to the New York towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Hunter and Rosendale.