Public Programming Archive: 2015 Film

Film at Wassaic

2015 Festival Film Program


The main priorities of our Wassaic Summer Festival Film Program are:

  • to promote a free exchange of ideas between filmmakers, local audiences and emerging artists of every discipline
  • to provide our local and growing community with unfettered access to exceptional independent films
  • to inspire emerging talent to push their new work to greater heights

I’m particularly proud of our 2015 Summer Film Lineup. It includes more feature films, a Guest Conversation with celebrated Independent producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t CryKids, Velvet Goldmine, Still Alice…), two short film programs specially-curated for us by Jason Sondhi (Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week), more filmmaker Q&A’s, two nights of late-night outdoor movie screenings under the stars and, new to the program this year, a first-of-its-kind “Film Workshop.”

My favorite part of programming at Wassaic is engaging with our highly creative audiences. I look forward to seeing you all at the festival.

— Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Director of Film Programming




ART AND CRAFT (Sunday, Q&A with filmmaker Sam Cullman), THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (Friday, Skype Q&A with writer/director Marielle Heller and Saturday, outdoor late-night screening), KRISHA (written and directed by Trey Edward Shults), LIVING STARS (Saturday, Late-Night outdoor feature directed by Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat), SAFE (Saturday, presented by Film Guest Speaker Christine Vachon with Q&A/Conversation to follow), (T)ERROR (Sunday, Q&A with producer Christopher St. John)


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In the twenty years since Christine Vachon co-created KILLER FILMS with Pamela Koffler, she has produced over 65 of the most important independent films in American cinema. Some examples include: Happiness, Kids, Boy’s Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, Still Alice, Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There and so many others…

On Saturday, August 1st, Vachon will visit our Wassaic Summer Festival to screen SAFE, starring Julianne Moore – one of Killer films’ first projects and Todd Haynes’ second feature film (Vachon and Haynes’ collaboration started at Brown University in the mid-1980s and lasts through today. Their newest film Carol won best actress at Cannes and will be released later this year.)

Following the screening, DAVID KAPLAN (producer – It Follows, Obvious Child, Short Term 12) will lead Christine Vachon in a discussion about her career, the past and future of independent cinema, and give our audience a chance to ask questions. Seating is limited. RSVP in advance to attend.


For the second year in a row, Wassaic Film is teaming up with Jason Sondhi of Vimeo Staff Picks and Short Of The Week to bring us two short film programs, hand-selected for our audiences from the best short films around the world.

Short Film screenings will take place on Friday night outdoors and Saturday morning in the Cattle Auction Ring. Jason Sondhi will introduce Friday night’s screening and will be on hand to conduct a Q&A with attending filmmakers on Saturday.


Entrance_to_Auction_RingOur 2015 Summer Festival’s Film Screenings will begin at 6PM on Friday, July 31st in our Cattle Auction Ring with our first-ever “Film Workshop” and end on Sunday, August 2nd at 3:45 PM after our Sunday Documentary Program, which includes back-to-back screenings of Art and Craft and (T)error with filmmakers from both docs attending Q&A’s.
Full Festival Schedule here


Liliana Greenfield-Sanders with Mike Birbiglia // Summer Festival 2012

We’re very proud of all of the filmmakers who have screened in our Summer Festival Programs over the past eight years.

This page is a work-in-progress, as we hope to include news and updates about the amazing things they’ve been doing and working on, but in the meantime…here’s a list.


Check out the 201420132012, and 2011 Film Programs!

Notable Wassaic alumni films include: IT FOLLOWS, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Indie Spirit Award Nominee), SHORT TERM 12 (Indie Spirit Award Winner), GOD OF LOVE (Academy Award winner), THE CHAIR (SXSW Winner) and FISHING WITHOUT NETS (Sundance Winner).


Head of Film at Wassaic: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders
Film Committee: David Kaplan, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Casey Neistat, Rowan Riley
Guest Curator, Short Films: Jason Sondhi
Press: Sara Sampson
Projectionist: Clark Frankel
Thank You!: Camille Bertrand, Cullen Conly, Jack Turner, Logan Steinhardt, Lisa Richie, A24, Sony Pictures Classics, Lauren Haber, Keri Putnam, Rooftop Films, the Number 9 Inn, VER rental house, Charles Vannier, Deon Soogrim, Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Charlotte Caldwell, Sam Cullman, Hannah Cohen, Matt Parker, Kelly Williams, Kate Hurwitz, Oscilliscope, Darren Aranofsky, Marielle Heller, Anne Carey, Stuart Cornfeld.