This Weekend We’re IRL


WHAT: The Creative Coalition will present “When Real Life Impacts Reel Life,” a moderated panel discussion and luncheon at the Woodstock Film Festival. Panelists include winners of The Creative Coalition’s short film competition to shine light on the untold story of obesity. Winning films include:

[fat] life
Written and Directed by Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Gallo (“Sesame Street,” The Drowsy Chaperone, August Wilson’s Jitney)
A silent musical that celebrates the legacy of physical comedy greats such as Buster Keaton, Jackie Chan, and Carol Burnett with a magnificent score, a diverse cast, and original choreography to craft a love letter to a time when jokes were told without words and playful sound effects, brilliant music, and the audience’s laughter provided the only needed sound.

The Untitled Weight and Comedy Project
Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Kessler (Paul Williams Still Alive, Vegas Vacation)
A raw and intimate look into the lives of comedians who find themselves at the butt of a very specific kind of humor – fat jokes. The film scrutinizes our constantly-reinforced social understanding that fat equals funny, and instead invites viewers to explore the real weight of being overweight.

St. Nick
Written and Directed by Greg DePaul (Bride Wars, Saving Silverman)
It’s Christmas Eve, and Frank, a single father who struggles with obesity, is working overtime. When wealthy, clueless Nick jumps in Frank’s Uber and says something Frank can’t ignore, it’s time for a detour. St. Nick is an homage to the faceless heroes who provided the simple necessities to keep the world functioning during the heart of a devastating pandemic.

You Just Big Boned
Written and Produced by Emmy Award-nominated actor Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “All American: Homecoming”)
Black women have the highest rates of obesity with 4 out of 5 being impacted. In a community that prides itself on being “thick,” a young Black girl wants to free herself from her family’s “big boned” label. Shelly is from the Deep South where fatback, oxtails, and all things greasy are a way of life.

WHO: Emmy Award-nominated Actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”) joins The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk to moderate the panel with Greg DePaul (Bride Wars, Saving Silverman); Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Gallo (“Sesame Street,” The Drowsy Chaperone, August Wilson’s Jitney); Emmy-nominated actor Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “All American: Homecoming”); and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Kessler (Paul Williams Still Alive, Vegas Vacation).

WHAT: Panel/Luncheon

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2021; 12:30 – 2:00 PM EDT

WHERE: Cucina Woodstock
109 Mill Hill Rd
Woodstock, NY 12498

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MORE: The Creative Coalition’s “When Real Life Impacts Reel Life” panel is graciously presented by Novo Nordisk Inc.

THE CREATIVE COALITION is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the entertainment industry dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president.

THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (WFF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that nurtures and supports emerging and established filmmakers, sharing their creative voices through an annual festival and year-round programming to promote culture, diversity, community, educational opportunities, and economic growth.

WFF provides innovative mentoring and inspired educational programs benefitting filmmakers, students and diverse audiences, while serving as a powerful cultural and economic engine for New York’s Hudson Valley and beyond. Such efforts have consistently resulted in the festival being hailed as one of the top regional film festivals worldwide.

The 22nd Annual Woodstock Film Festival will be back in full force this fall, taking place Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2021 at various indoor venues in Woodstock, Kingston, and Saugerties in New York’s Hudson Valley region and online. For more information visit

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