Festival opens with the debut of “Dear Governor Cuomo…,” Jon Bowermaster’s doc about anti-fracking activists (including Mark Ruffalo) in upstate New York, with Ben Lewin’s fest-circuit regular “The Sessions” tapped as the centerpiece. Tom Donahue’s casting doc, “Casting By,” closes the 13th annual fest.
Also among the world premieres on the roster are Barbara Kopple’s health care doc “Fight to Live” and Rasmus Dinesen’s haute-cuisine docu “The World’s Finest Chef.” Additional features joining the slate include the Dustin Hoffman-helmed “Quartet” and Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps.”
Demme takes home Woodstock’s annual Maverick kudo for a career that includes “Silence of the Lambs” and “Rachel Getting Married,” as well as recent doc “I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful,” which screened at the Woodstock festival last year.
Fest runs Oct. 10-14 in Woodstock, N.Y., and in venues in other nearby towns. The award ceremony for Demme is set for Oct. 13.