While ostensibly a film about PTSD, Mending the Line is really a story about finding something to make living worthwhile. John Colter (in a breakout performance by Sinqua Walls) has a seemingly familiar story: a wounded veteran returns to the states still carrying the demons of war, hauntingly disturbed by the everyday expectations of friendships and love interests. However, that tale plays out in truly unexpected fashion as he finds himself in Livingston, Montana, confronted by Ike (Emmy winner Brian Cox/Succession) a surly, headstrong fly-fisherman more than twice his age, and damaged in his own way. While getting treatment for his wounds, both physical and psychological, Colter wants only to re-enlist, to have something to die for. But Ike sees the real challenge as finding something to live for, pushing this compassionate film toward much wider questions of responsibility and forgiveness…and love. – Ben F. Fischer
Livestream your kinky role-play encounters? Forgo “struggling actress” for social media celebrity? Risk it all for a touch more fame? Jess Peters (Dani Barker), “J Peeps” to her growing legion of followers, does just that when she encounters a screenwriter looking for a woman to help him flesh out the female lead of his new movie. In this mind-tease of a psychological thriller, Jess is drawn into a story-within-a-story whose potentially deadly ending may well cross the line between movie role and real life. Barker brings a vibrant but knowingly wary tone to Jess, having previously created and starred in a real-life digital series of her own. And with an assured feature-film directorial debut by Sylvia Caminer, these two women produce a twisty, clever, at times genuinely funny tale that plays out in unexpected ways right down to the final frame. – Charles Blender
When a bitter and frustrated actor loses the gig of a lifetime, he is forced to move back into his childhood home. He then has to choose between continuing to pursue his dream or working a job he doesn’t want. He is empowered when he meets Wild Fall an agoraphobic now living in his old bedroom.
The fiercely independent Woodstock Film Festival returns to venues throughout the bucolic Hudson Valley towns of Woodstock, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties, and online for its 23rd Anniversary, September 28 – October 2, 2022.
Hailed as a “True American Maverick Among Festivals,” and named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, the Woodstock Film Festival continues its tradition of hosting the most talented, emerging and outstanding film professionals in the industry.
This year’s 5-day festival highlights 48 exceptional feature films as well as 98 impressive shorts, intimate filmmaker panel discussions with prominent industry figures, a live musical performance, and a glowing awards ceremony.
This is the first year that short films that win at The Woodstock Film Festival in the categories of Best Short Narrative, Best Animated Short, and Best Short Documentary will automatically be eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award® in their respective categories.