7 p.m. – At Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre.
When Citizen Kane finally opened in May 1941, it was a failure at the box office. Although reviews were favorable, and it was nominated for nine Academy Awards, Welles was booed at that year’s Oscar ceremony, and RKO quietly archived the film. It was only years later, when it was re-released, that Citizen Kane began to garner well-deserved accolades for its pioneering camera and sound work, as well as its complex blend of drama, black comedy, history, biography and even fake-newsreel or “mockumentary” footage that has informed hundreds of films produced since then. It consistently ranks at the top of film critics’ lists, most notably grabbing the No. 1 spot on the American Film Institute’s poll of America’s 100 Greatest Films. Click here for more information.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
6 p.m. – A Meet and Greet with Academy Award winning filmmaker Chuck Workman will be held in the Woodstock Opera House Community Room.
7 p.m. – Screening of Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. At the Woodstock Opera House. Visit the Box Office for ticket information. This new documentary by Workman looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary – the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker.
Click here for the trailer and more information.
9 p.m. – The Orson Welles Centennial Festival Opening Night Gala Party was held at the Old Courthouse Arts Gallery. Coppola Wine was served along with Greenstar Brewery’s “Citizen Welles” IPA beer made special for the Festival!
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Former Chicago Reader film critic,Welles Scholar and author Jonathan Rosenbaum will provide an overview of Orson Welles’ impact on culture. This discussion will include the different views of the scope of Welles America vs. European and the world. This will include an examination of the role of the artist in society. At the conclusion of the keynote Mr. Rosenbaum will be joined by Academy Award winner Chuck Workman for a question-and-answer session. The keynote speech will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Rosebud Theatre (Woodstock VFW) at 240 N. Throop St., Woodstock. Tickets will be sold at the door ($10 for the single program or $15 for all the programs at the Rosebud Theatre that day.
1:30 p.m. – Author James Naremore discusses Welles’ Hollywood-directed film noir movie, “The Stranger” starring Welles, Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young. This movie is inspired by the Woodstock Welles knew. At the Rosebud Theatre (Woodstock VFW).
3 p.m. – Screening of “The Stranger” at the Rosebud Theatre (Woodstock VFW)
7:30 p.m. – Welles’ collaborator and partner, filmmaker and actress Oja Kodar talked with film critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum. Ms. Kodar’s appearance was an exclusive engagement of 2015 Orson Welles’ Centennial celebrations across America. At Off The Rails Banquet Hall, 228 Main Street.
“War of the Worlds” Radio Play
7 p.m. – A. Brad Schwartz discusses his new book: “Broadcast Hysteria” and presents a short documentary. At the Woodstock Opera House Community Room.
8 p.m. – “War of the Worlds” Radio Play, staged by RG Productions at the Woodstock Opera House (Orson Welles Stage). Visit the Box Office for ticket information.
Interested in other War of the Worlds broadcasts? Here’s a link to WKBW Radio (Detroit) 1968 “War of the Worlds” broadcast. Click here to watch this video. How about this classic dramatic presentation brought to you by Studio One, called The Night America Trembled (with Edward R. Murrow). Click here. Don’t miss Radiolab, 2014, War of the Worlds, Live at the FitzGerald Theater. Click here to view.
“Rosebud, the Lives of Orson Welles”
10 a.m. – The Todd School for Boys: Orson Welles Alma Mater. An alumni-hosted panel will discuss the times of the former Todd School and its educational philosophy. (Featuring Todd Tarbox, Leonard Rubin, Caryl Lemanski and others.) At the Woodstock Opera House Community Room.
1 p.m. – Welles Early Childhood: Todd Tarbox discusses his book: Orson Welles and Roger Hill – A Friendship in Three Acts, which was based on audio recordings of conversations between Welles and Hill. Patrick McGilligan discusses his new book: “Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane.” At the Woodstock Opera House Community Room.
3 p.m. – Orson Welles & Restoration: Welles scholar Michael Dawson discusses the restoring of Welles’ films and Citizen Welles: Vol. One: Cradle to Kane – work in progress. At the Woodstock Opera House Community Room.
8 p.m. – “Rosebud, the Lives of Orson Welles,” a one-man play performed by Erik Van Beuzekom. At the Woodstock Opera House (Orson Welles Stage). Visit the Box Office for ticket information. For a preview in the Northwest Herald, click here.
“The Magnificent Ambersons”
7 p.m. – Screening of “The Magnificent Ambersons.” At Off the Rails Banquet Hall, 240 Main Street.
8:45 p.m. – The Magnificent Ambersons: Mutilated Masterpiece. A special presentation by Joseph McBride and Roger Ryan, discussing Welles’ ending and the many changes inflicted on the film. At Off the Rails Banquet Hall. To read “Magnificent Obsession” in Vanity Fair magazine, click here.
Saturday, 23 May 2015
“The Other Side of the Wind
10 -11 a.m. – Orson Welles as Artist & Illustrator: Welles scholar Vincent Longo presents a unique lecture with visuals on Welles’ paintings, etchings, sketchings and doodles. At the Waverly House Banquet Hall, 214 Main Street, Woodstock.
1 p.m. – Discussion of Welles’ unfinished film “The Other Side of the Wind.” Featuring author Josh Karp, Welles scholar Joseph McBride (also a cast member), film writer and producer Michael Ferris, production manager and film producer Larry Jackson, and Welles scholar and film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. At the Waverly House Banquet Hall. To read Josh Karp’s article on the Other Side of the Wind in Vanity Fair Magazine, click here.
4 p.m. A special presentation regarding “The Other Side of the Wind.” At the Waverly House Banquet Hall featuring Josh Karp, Joseph McBride, film writer and producer Michael Ferris, production manager and film producer Larry Jackson and Welles scholar and film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Festival Wrap Party
7:30 p.m. – Join us as we celebrate the successful conclusion of the Orson Welles Centennial Festival with a Festival Wrap Party. Live music by Nicholas Tremulis. At the Rosebud Theatre (Woodstock VFW). Open to the public (suggested donation $10)