FIERCELY INDEPENDENT WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 MAVERICK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
By Marybeth Cale, Living Rhinebeck Magazine and Cale Communications
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Kingston, NY (The Hollywood Times) 10/16/17 – The 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards Ceremony took place last night at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY, where more than 500 filmmakers, film industry members, community leaders, and audience members gathered to recognize the tremendous talent represented through the festival’s lineup of films. Presenters and attendees alike noted the importance and need the world has for independent films which tell stories that may not otherwise be told, but can make a true impact on the world.
Tightrope walker Philippe Petit opened the evening, and introduced community visionary, festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein.
The ceremony continued with music by the Paul Green Rock Academy, recognition of the countless sponsors and volunteers who make the festival possible, and then of course festivities began to honor the tremendous work of producer, talent manager, and film agent Shep Gordon, who was presented with the Trailblazer Award, and actor Bill Pullman, who received the Excellence in Acting Award, among many other honorees (noted below).