Dylan Kidd's PS and Brad Anderson's The Machinist are the two opening films at theupcoming fifth annual Woodstock Film Festival, which runs from Oct 13-17 andcloses with Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman.
A total of 120 films willscreen at the five-day event, which is dedicated to the memory of composerElmer Bernstein, who died last month.
Mira Nair, whose latest release Vanity Fair opened recently in the US, will receivethe Maverick Award on Oct 16 in recognition of her "independent vision andsocial activism".
Organisers are promising 12 world premieres, two North Americanpremieres and six US premieres in a selection of screening programmes.
Narrative features in competition include Melissa Painter's Admissions, Debra Granik's Down To The Bone and Brett Leonard's Jailbait, while competition documentaries includeDeborah Koons Garcia's The Future of Food, Christopher Browne's A League of Ordinary Gentlemen, and Nina Davenport's Parallel Lines.
David O Russell's 35-minute Iraq War documentary Soldier's Pay, which has just been picked up by CinemaLibre, will play in the Exposure strand for socially aware pictures, along withOff To War by theRenaud Brothers and William Karel's According To Bush (Le Monde Selon Bush), among others.
Panel discussions feature independent cinema's go-to distributorBob Berney in Film and the Political Equation
Other screening highlights include Jean-Luc Godard's NotreMusique, PrachyaPinkaeqw's Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, and Nimrod Antal's Kontroll.
A recentlyrestored print of Martin Scorsese's The Age Of Innocence will play in special presentation as atribute to Bernstein, who earned an Oscar nomination for his score in 1994.