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With the holiday season fast approaching, the Woodstock area will be seeing an influx of guests. Many of those guests will be asking what there is available for activities in the area. Union Arena has many Public Skate times available during the holiday season (as well as throughout the fall and winter) and has a few special event Public Skates. Admission to public skating is $6. The Union Arena has many skates for rent, both hockey and figure skates, for an additional $5. There is Public Skating every day: Saturdays 3.50-5.10pm, Sundays 12.30-1.50pm, 1.20-2.40pm Monday through Thursday, and 12.20-1.30 on Fridays.
Inspired by the surrounding countryside, the Woodstock Vermont Film Series transports viewers to distinctive cultures and destinations that share a strong sense of place, deeply felt by local inhabitants and visitors alike.
Through the medium of cinematography, we celebrate the diversity and joy of humanity and the powerful influence of place in our lives.
All films begin at 3:00 p.m.
- USA, 2011
- 88 min., PG
Buck, follows Buck Brannaman – an American cowboy who travels the country “helping horses with people problems” – from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion, and respect. 2011 Sundance Film Festival: US Documentary Audience Award.
The Secret of Roan Inish
- Ireland, 1994
- 103 min., PG
10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland, and learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie – a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, when her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat, some believed he was being raised by the seals. When Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish she takes an active role in uncovering the “secret of Roan Inish.” 1996 Independent Spirit Awards Nominated: Best Feature, Director, Screenplay.
The Last Mountain
- USA, 2011
- 95 min., PG
A town in West Virginia is resisting a major open-pit coal mining operation that will devastate it and its environs and generate significant “downstream” environmental damage. This film poignantly depicts the loss of nature and culture where extensive mining occurs. 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
- UK, 2005
- 90 min.
The unlikely journey of a lock of hair cut from Beethoven’s corpse unravels the mystery of his tortured life and death. Set to a lush score of Beethoven’s most glorious music, the film explores the world of forensic testing, in sharp relief against the romance of 19th-century Vienna and the horrors of 20th-century Nazi Germany. 2005 Gemini Awards: Best Direction, Best Sound, Best Writing.
Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren)
- Norway, 2010
- 90 min.
A group of Norwegian film students set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. The Troll Hunter is a fascinating adaptation of traditional Scandinavian folklore into the modern format of the “found footage” phenomenon. Subtitled. 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival: Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking.
The House of Sand
- Brazil, 2005
- 115 min., R
This Brazilian tale explores the passage of time and prolonged isolation of a mother and daughter relationship over several decades, as they struggle to make lives for themselves and their families in the desert wastes of Northern Brazil. Subtitled. 2006 Sundance Film Festival: Alfred P. Sloan Prize.
The Silent Holy Stones
- China, 2005
- 102 min.
The Silent Holy Stones observes the magnetizing forces of Westernization for a ten-year-old Chinese boy. Called by his elders to train as a Buddhist monk, “Little Lama” spends the majority of his life in the isolated Guwa monastery, until a 48-hour holiday to see his family is the breaking point. A comment on the passing of traditional cultural lifestyles and religious practices within China. 2005 Changchun Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize.
In My Father’s Country
- Australia, 2007
- 80 min.
In remote North East Arnhem Land, Australia, a small homeland community is fighting for its future, as the community elders see their culture in decline. This is the story of a family struggling to mediate the demands of a richly complex traditional culture and a globalised 21st-century world, while hoping to raise their children with the dignity, insight, and self-respect necessary to succeed in both. Subtitled. 2007 Australian Directors Guild Awards: Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.
The Music Tree
- Brazil, 2009
- 78 min.
Found only in the remnants of Brazil’s devastated Atlantic Rainforest, Brazilwood (pernambuco/pau brasil) has been vital in the manufacture of fine violin, cello, and viola bows since the time Mozart was composing his masterpieces. From the search for the wood in the forests of Brazil, to their use by the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, the film explores a path to saving the trees and the music that depends on them. 2009 Festival Internacional De Cinema Do Algarve: Best Documentary Film.
The First Beautiful Thing
- Italy, 2010
- 122 min.
The First Beautiful Thing begins with a summer beauty contest in 1971, when Anna is named “Miss Summer Mama,” much to the chagrin of her son Bruno. Thirty years later, dragged to see his dying mother, Bruno flashes back to his childhood, focusing on a father in conflict and his mother, who struggles to raise Bruno and his sister. Anna enables her family to rise above the rubble with a mixture of fantasy and fortitude. The film is a colorful, cinematic reward of trouble and vulnerability, strength and hope. Subtitled. 2010 Italy Golden Globes: Best Film Director, Best Actress, Best Actor.
- USA, 2007
- 104 min.
As Professor Walter Vale begrudgingly makes his way from his comfort zone in Connecticut to his longtime empty New York City apartment, he discovers that illegal immigrants Tarek and Zainab unknowingly have rented the place. Walter lets them stay until they’ve made other arrangements and it’s not long before he develops an odd-couple friendship with the outgoing Tarek. Suddenly, Vale finds himself sharing his home and his life with other people for the first time since his wife passed away years before. 2007 Academy® Awards: Best Actor Nomination; 26 additional film nominations.
March 31 with Guest Speaker, Grace Guggenheim
The Making of Liberty
- USA, 1986
- 58 min.
The Making of Liberty tells the story of America’s most famous symbol – from its conception by her creator, August Bartholdi, through her construction in 1868 and the restoration for her rededication in New York Harbor on July 4, 1986. It is the story of the building and rebuilding of a monument, which embodies the American experience, as seen through the eyes of artisans and laborers whose tasks are separated by a hundred years, but whose vision transcends time.
Island of Hope, Island of Tears
- USA, 1989
- 28 min.
This film is a tribute to the 18 million men, women, and children who made the torturous journey from the Old to the New World between 1890 and 1920, in the single largest migration in human history. The film tells the immigrants’ stories as they braved the unknown: from the time they left their homelands, their journey across the ocean, to the moment the doors of Ellis Island opened, revealing the great promise of America. 1990 CINE: Golden Eagle Award.
Guest Speaker, Grace Guggenheim has been a producer and executive producer with Washington-based Guggenheim Productions for the past 20 years and has produced numerous documentaries for both television and theatrical release. The Johnstown Flood won an Academy® Award; A Place in the Land and D-Day Remembered were both Academy Award nominees. A graduate of Carleton College, Guggenheim is president of Guggenheim Productions, founded in 1956 by her father, the late filmmaker Charles Guggenheim.