NEW YORK — The 2003 Woodstock Film Fest will kick off Sept. 18 with the East Coast preem of first-time helmer Peter Hedges’ “Pieces of April” and a simultaneous screening of John Sayles’ “Casa de los Babys” across the river in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Woody Harrelson will be presented with an honorary Maverick Award Sept. 21 at the closing-night ceremony. Fest will recognize thesp for his environmental activism, as chronicled in Ron Mann’s doc “Go Further,” featuring Harrelson and screening at the fest.
Narrative features in competition include Elliot Greenebaum’s “Assisted Living,” Joe Maggio’s “Milk and Honey,” Alan Mindel’s “Milwaukee, Minnesota” and Michael Burke’s “The Mudge Boy.”
Docu features chosen for competition include John Dullahgan’s “Bukowski: Born Into This,” Rory Kennedy’s “A Boy’s Life,” Dan Klores’ and Ron Berger’s “The Boys of 2nd Street Park” and Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions,” which was picked up by Miramax after winning actress and screenplay kudos at Cannes, will have its U.S. preem.
Also on tap are special screenings of Lone Scherfig’s “Kill Himself,” Liz Garbus’ “Girlhood” and Michael Almereyda’s “This So-Called Disaster.”
As part of fest’s music-centered series, Mark Levin’s “Godfathers and Sons” from Martin Scorsese’s seven-part “Blues Series” will screen, as well as “Bluegrass Journey,” Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer’s profile of the genre’s contemporary scene.
Fest will include several panel discussions and seminars.
Guests expected to attend include Aidan Quinn, Patricia Clarkson, Tim Blake Nelson, Griffin Dunne and Ron Nyswaner.