Woodstock to honor Berney, Beresford

Set to receive Trailblazer, Marverick Awards respectively

The Woodstock Film Festival, which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Woodstock, N.Y., will present independent film distributor Bob Berney with its Trailblazer Award and director Bruce Beresford with its Honorary Maverick Award.

Berney has held executive posts at Apparition, Picturehouse, Newmarket Films and IFC Films.
 
"His innovative approach to film marketing and distribution has been admired by many in our industry and his independent and uncompromising spirit make him the epitome of a Trailblazer," WFF co-founder and director Meira Blaustein said.
 
"I'm glad to be thought of as a 'trailblazer' instead of an 'industry vet,' for a change, it's very nice.  I respect the spirit of the Woodstock Film Festival; it's adventuresome programming, not only in film but in music and many other art forms. The sense of community there reminds me of my days in the movie theatre business and the pure joy of experiencing something new through film in a shared environment," Berney said.

Beresford, who is shooting his latest film "Peace, Love & Misunderstand," starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Chase Crawford, in the Woodstock area, has directed such films as "Breaker Morant," "Tender Mercies," "Driving Miss Daisy" and the upcoming "Mao’s Last Dancer."
 
"Throughout his extensive body of work, Beresford has exhibited unique talent, drawing award winning performances from his actors while subtly creating stories filled with humanity, nuances and discontent. His ability to masterfully bring heart, soul, and social critique to all of his work distinguishes him as a true maverick,"  Blaustein said.
 
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