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Woodstock Museum Hosts 5th Annual Film & Video Festival

Also celebrates 15th anniversary (August 27, 2004)

To commemorate Woodstock Museum's 15th Anniversary there will be non-stop performances of film, dance, music and art this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5, 2004 at the Woodstock Town Hall. And, it's all FREE! Donations and memberships to support of this non-profit museum are always welcome. Great food and refreshments will be available.

The theme for this year is "RESPECT". Video entries come from faraway places including Africa and Australia. Many of these entertaining entries are shorts. Films run all day throughout the Labor Day Weekend with short breaks in between.



LIVE PERFORMANCES AND FILMS

Fri., Sept. 3, 7 PM Opening Ceremony with Rainbow Weaver, Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Using Iroquois protocol, this year's film fest will open with a traditional Iroquois Thanksgiving ceremony. Everyone's inside the circle, no one is left out.

Fri., Sept. 3, 8 PM Our first showing will be by local Woodstock filmmaker, Nathan Koenig of White Buffalo Multimedia, Inc. "Beware of Mankind" (2004) is one man's view on today's world, its environmental degradation and how he feels compelled to feed about 100 large bears in his backyard. Ray Fadden/ Tehanetorens is an Iroquois elder and founder of the Onchiota Museum and keeper of the record belts. His feisty style of talking about corruption in history tells us in no uncertain terms what is important if we are to save this planet. Included in this half hour documentary are scenes from Woodstock Festival, Saugerties 1994 with singer Joanne Shenandoah singing a powerful song at that opening ceremony. This was the song chosen to replace the "Star Spangled Banner" in a contest held several years ago during the Clinton administration. Filmmaker will take Q & A's.

"Beware of Mankind" (2004) is a sequel to "They Lied to You in School," where Ray Fadden compares the credits contributions of all races and discusses the Iroquois Great Law of Peace and it's influence on America's founders. WBAI-FM in New York awarded 200 copies to contributors this year while playing the audio track during the fund drive. "Beware of Mankind" shows Ray on his porch while huge bears roam the background. His biting commentary is accompanied by art and imagery.

Fri., Sept. 3, 9 PM At a time when factory farming is in the headlines for putting the environment and public health at risk, "Peaceable Kingdom" (2004, 74 minutes) takes its audience on an eye-opening journey to the heart of this unfolding national drama. Propelled by the testimony of farmers who have themselves come to question the fundamental assumptions behind their community's way of life, the film delivers a riveting portrait of human and animal lives caught up in an out of control industrial machine. Much more than an exposť, "Peaceable Kingdom" (New Version Release 2004) is about personal redemption, commitment, healing and hope, offering a life-changing vision of a peaceful world that is well within our reach. Kathy Stevens, Dir. Catskill Animal Sanctuary will take Q & A's.

Fri., 11:PM "The Sacred Run," 54-minutes, weaves together the "feather" of ancient Native American wisdom with the "lotus" of Buddhism" and indigenous Japanese traditions showing that all people are one at heart - that we can be united in community while honoring diversity. It is a powerful call for peace and justice. We are each inspired to take our rightful place as a life-supporting species - to help the planet and to live in harmony with each other and with all living beings on Earth which provides for us so bountifully."

Manna Jo Greene
Program Director
Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network
Environmental Director
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Organized by Native American Indian leader, Dennis Banks, The Sacred Run event, has taken place annually in various countries since 1978. It began as an effort to strengthen Native culture and has grown into an international annual event. Indigenous people from Canada, the United States and Japan, joined by individuals from 13 countries, traveled 4,000 km along the Sea of Japan on a spiritual run. The runners carried the simple message, that "All Life is Sacred".

 

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