and social conscience.
Nair, a director best known for her films "Monsoon Wedding," "Mississippi Masala" and "Vanity Fair," told the elbow-to-elbow crowd at Legends in Woodstock that at age 19, in 1976, she spent her first weekend outside of
her native India - in Woodstock.
seminars, concerts and special events held over the course of the past five days.
"Everyone takes good care of you, and it's really a pleasure. It's beautiful, and I hope the festival has more and more success," said actor, writer and director Peter Riegert, whose directorial debut, "King of the Corner," had its New York premiere at the festival.
"It's very positive," said Riegert, whose film career dates back to 1978, when he appeared in "Animal House."
"Obviously, all festivals share the same thing - that people will collect there if they like movies," Riegert said. "What I like about it (Woodstock) is it's small: It's one road in, and one road out, so you've got to want to
be here. ... People are enthusiastic. They seem to be really excited to be here."
Nyswaner, animator Bill Plympton, and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Bela Fleck, who performed the opening-night concert on Wednesday and was the subject of a music documentary shown at the festival.
Fleck and his brother, filmmaker Sascha Paladino, spent much of the weekend in Woodstock.
"It's beautiful. ... I've been up here a bunch before, but I've never been here for the festival," Fleck said. "It's really fun. People have been treating us very well."
THE FESTIVAL was wrapping up Sunday evening with the presentation of awards for best feature, documentary, shorts, student short, cinematography, animation, short documentary and editing.
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