WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS
SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK
On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 the 5th Annual Spirit of Woodstock will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at a private residence in Woodstock, NY. This event honors individuals who embody the fiercely independent spirit that has made Woodstock famous for over 100 years. Click here for tickets.
This year we will be honoring two incredible individuals. The first, John Hall, will be presented with his award by assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill. The second award, presented by Ulster County and Town of Saugerties Historian Karlyn Elia, will be awarded posthumously to Alf Evers, and will be accepted on his behalf by his son Chris Evers.
The Spirit of Woodstock will be held at a private residence in Woodstock where attendees can stroll the grounds and enjoy cocktails and substantial hors d’oeuvres (catered by Black-Eyed Suzie’s) while mingling with and hearing from the honorees.
Proceeds will go towards the Woodstock Film Festival, which celebrates its 18th year this fall, October 11-15. The funds raised will help bring the high quality films, filmmakers, talent, and other events that draw audiences from around the country and the world to the towns of Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston, Rosendale, and Rhinebeck.
He is best known as a member of the Woodstock-based Orleans, a hit-making pop-rock group with multiple lead singers and hits “Still The One” and “Dance With Me.” He has co-written songs (many with his ex-wife Johanna) for music legends ranging from Janis Joplin (“Half Moon”) and Bonnie Raitt (“Good Enough”) to Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor (“New Star Shining”), and produced Raitt’s album “Takin’ My Time”. He co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy with Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, and with them produced the triple LP “No Nukes”. His songs have been used in films from “Primary Colors” with John Travolta, to “Butter” with Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde.
His environmental concerns led him into community activism. He helped lead the fight against the Greene County Nuclear Plant, and the proposed county dump and incinerator on Saugerties’ Winston Farm. After serving in the Ulster County Legislature and the Saugerties Board of Education, in 2006 John ran for Congress against an entrenched incumbent. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives until January 2011.
Hall still performs solo and with Orleans, and last year released his memoir “Still The One: a Rock’n’Roll Journey to Congress and Back.”
Alf Evers (1905-2004) was a respected historian and author. He resided in Woodstock for the majority of his long life, and made an effort to fully immerse himself in his town. His writings on the Catskills highlight the same qualities the Spirit of Woodstock celebrates: its natural beauty and the unique spirit of the locals. His writings, lectures, and articles focused on artistic subjects with his main works including The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock (1972),Woodstock: History of an American Town (1987) and Kingston: City on the Hudson (2005).
Evers was also a dedicated photographer, and his photographs serve as a time-capsule of how Woodstock has changed over the years. He photographed a variety of subjects from glass work, to early mills, to Catskill resorts.
About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as “A true American Maverick Among Fests” the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The organization is based in THE FILM CENTER, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY.
The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 18th Annual Festival October 11-15, 2017, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Boiceville, Kingston and Rosendale.