The event will be preceeded by a feast and will be followed by a gala filmmakers' party.
"Don't Go in the Woods" is the directorial debut of actor D'Onofrio, best known for his roles in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Full Metal Jacket," (memorable line: "I am in a world of sh*t") "Men In Black" and "The Cell." Musical score by singer-songwriter and producer Sam Bisbee will be shown, appropriately, at the edge of the woods - in the Emerson's outdoor Catamount Pavilion.
The Emerson Great Room will host the macabre cinema of "Bitter Feast", directed by Maggio ("Paper Covers Rock," "Milk and Honey," "Virgil Bliss") and produced by indie horror guru (and long-time Boiceville resident) Larry Fessenden.
D'Onofrio, Bisbee, Maggio and Fessenden will be in attendance for a question-and-answer session after their films. The Q&A for "Don't Go in the Woods" will also include a performance by the band featured in the film.
Woodstock resident Mary Giuliani will create a sumptuous, pre-screening banquet for "Bitter Feast" ticket-holders. She is working closely with chef Mario Batali, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, to create a Batali-inspired menu.
The Woodstock Film Festival describes the films:
Synopsis: DON'T GO IN THE WOODS – described as "Glee" meets "The Blair Witch Project" – is a slasher/musical which cleverly walks an unusual line: always maintaining a sinister and creeping sense of dread, with characters bursting into song at the oddest of times. An indie rock band of five young men heads into the woods for a weekend of creative inspiration away from modern distractions. New songs are sung and written, but female groupies crash the creative jam session, causing distraction. In traditional slasher movie style, characters begin disappearing. The film oozes with thrills and a dark sense of humor, complemented by a solid rock soundtrack. This offbeat horror film explores the lengths that people will go to in order to make their dreams come true, and marks the directorial debut of actor Vincent D'Onofrio.
Tickets are available online and at the Woodstock Film Festival Box Office, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock. Call (845) 810-0131 for more information.
The 11th Woodstock Film Festival runs Sept. 29 through Sunday Oct. 3, and will feature more than 150 films, panels, events and parties in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Kingston.