Right here in the little village of Woodstock, NY, a major film festival is now in its 16th year: WoodstockFilmFestival.com. This season, I am happy to report that our 8-minute film, Chimes for Autism: Tyler’s Story, was accepted in the short documentary category and had two sold out screenings during the festival. There were five other great short documentaries shown in the same time slot. I have seen our film dozens of times but this was a new experience to see it on a large theater screen before and after other films.
It held its own beautifully and I was very proud of the message it conveys. We received many compliments after the showing, as people were sincerely moved by young Tyler and our giveback program for this windchime that supports autism research and treatment through the donation of profits from its sale. You can view it at: chimes.com/autism.
While the festival attracts filmmakers, movie stars and audiences from around the globe, there are many films that have a regional relationship such as ours. The movie about Philippe Petit, the man who walked on a wire between the top of the World Trade Center towers, was premiered at the festival this year. Philippe lives in the Woodstock area. This film by director Robert Zemeckis is about to be released throughout the US in commercial theaters. The festival is affiliated with the Hudson Valley Film Commission, which promotes film production in the region. hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org/index.html