Local talent shines at Sundance

Above: A Sundance "Meet the Artist" feature with Vera Farmiga, who directed and starred in the Hudson Valley-filmed Higher Ground, and who's also a part-time Catskills resident.

Through the 30th, most of the indie-film world is in Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival, showcasing and celebrating the year's best independent cinema. Woodstock Film Festival cofounder Meira Blaustein is in Sundance this week, and blogging about the festival on the Poughkeepsie Journal's film blog, Peace, Love and Movies. Blaustein points out that there are a lot of films with local connections at Sundance this year:

Some of the highlights include Higher Ground which was shot in the Hudson Valley, directed by and starring the wonderful Vera Farmiga (very excited about going to the premiere Sunday at the Eccles). The comedy My Idiot Brother produced by WFF’s advisory board member and good friend Peter Saraf; Martha Marcy Mary Marlene produced by WFF’s advisory board member and good friend Tedd Hope with sound design by Woodstocker Coll Anderson; Salvation Boulevard based on the novel by Woodstocker Larry Beinhardt and much more. I look forward to seeing them all with the hope of bringing many of them to the Hudson Valley.