‘Juliet, Naked’ and ‘Maiden’ doc set for first Northwoods Film Festival

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The first annual Northwoods Film Festival has declared the lineup for its debut edition, which is set to occur Aug. 16 and 17.

The not-for-profit Woodruff, Wis., celebration, which intends to provide local audiences with the chance to see films not typically screened in the local market, will open with director Tom Harper’s Wild Rose, featuring Jessie Buckley as a defiant nation singer who is fresh out of jail yet dedicated to seeking after her fantasy of becoming a music star.

The celebration will likewise screen the documentary Biggest Little Farm, coordinated by John Chester, which chronicles a couple’s journey as they build up a sustainable farm on 200 acres of barren farmland outside of L.A.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd starrer Juliet, Naked will play alongside Sony Picture Classics’ Maiden, a documentary that delineates the genuine story of the 1989 all-female sailboat team as they contend in the overwhelming Whitbread Round the World Race.

Each feature film will be preceded by short movies, for example, Two Balloons, Singularity Stories Volume 1, In This Life and Lavender.

“We are thrilled to announce a dynamic group of films in this year’s lineup bringing together a variety of stories,” said Northwoods Film Festival executive director Bess Donoghue. “Our inaugural slate of films has something special for everybody, including a fun crop of short films that are sure to delight audiences who might not normally have the opportunity to see [them].”

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