Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Breaking News: Uma Thurman

This just in. No kidding. Uma Thurman, whose family has had very strong roots in Woodstock for a very long time, will moderate a Woodstock Film Festival panel discussion on Saturday morning, called, "Amazing Women in Film." Here is the tout: "Join us as a diverse group of powerful women discuss their work and the state of the film industry, from the woman's perspective." It's at 10 a.m. Saturday at Utopia Studios, in the same complex as the Bearsville Theater, on Route 212, just a few miles west of downtown Woodstock.

A movie starring Uma, and Minnie Driver, and Anthony Edwards, "Motherhood," has already sold out its 1:45 p.m. screening on Saturday at the Tinker Street Cinema. But tickets are still available for a 5:30 p.m. showing Sunday at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.

Here is the tout from

Eliza wants it all -- motherhood, a writing career, an egalitarian marriage. Her search for identity presents as a faceless woman beginning her day. When finally we meet Eliza “head on,” it’s at high speed, a pace which generally typifies Eliza’s daily life in the West Village walkup she shares with husband Avery (Anthony Edwards) and their two young children. This particular day is fraught with preparations for the party she’s throwing for daughter Clara, about to turn six. A “writing career” translates into a few scattered moments blogging to other mothers, but the blogging also offers the potential to become a paid position if the deadline can be met. The accumulation of minor crises, familiar to any urban dweller, is perfectly expressed by Uman Thurman’s frantic, fragile and frustrated Eliza. Newly separated, very pregnant single mom Sheila (Minnie Driver) serves as witty counterpoint, and Jodie Foster is hilarious in a brief cameo. A wise, warm and gentle comedy, “Motherhood” has much to teach about finding meaning and passion in the shared sacrifices of parenthood. (Barbara Pokras)
Katherine Dieckmann began her career making music videos for such bands as R.E.M., Wilco, Aimee Mann, and Everything but the Girl. She was also the originating director for Nickelodeon's groundbreaking children's serial, "The Adventures of Pete and Pete," which earned her a CableAce nomination. Her first feature was "A Good Baby" (1999), which was developed at the Sundance Institute's Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Her second film was Diggers (2007). Dieckmann is an assistant professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts, where she teaches screenwriting. She lives in New York City and Rensselaerville with her husband and two children.
Cast/Featuring: Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver
Executive Producer(s): Daniel Crown, Peter M. Graham, Stephen Hays, Michael Lesser, John Wells
Producer(s): Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon
Director(s): Katherine Dieckmann
Screenwriter(s): Katherine Dieckmann
Cinematographer(s): Nancy Schreiber
Editor(s): Michael R. Miller
Composer(s)/Music: Joe Henry
Freestyle Releasing

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