The Woods

The Woods Information

The Woods is a 2011 film written and directed by Matthew Lessner. The script was written by Matthew Lessner with contributing writer Adam Mortemore, and additional dialogue by Toby David and Justin Phillips.

The film was co-produced by Matthew Lessner, Jett Steiger and Max Knies, and made history as the first film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival that used Kickstarter for production financing. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Woods premiered in New York at the BAMcinemaFest held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music . The Woods premiered internationally at the Cologne Conference in Cologne, Germany.


The Woods follows a group of young Americans who, disillusioned by the world's many problems, move to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with hopes of creating their own utopian society. Despite their idealistic goals of revolution, the group comes ill prepared for their new life, bringing a wide assortment of consumer electronics, recreational vehicles and snack foods. After catastrophic events in the outside world sever their electricity and Wi-Fi, and their leader's once-inspiring rhetoric fails to hold them together, the group is forced to find a way to live in harmony with the natural world.


  • Toby David as Daniel
  • Justin Phillips as Dean
  • Nicola Persky as Maggie
  • Adam Mortemore as Lucas
  • Brian Woods as Tanner
  • Anne-Sophie as Nadia
  • Lauran Hammersmith as Genevieve
  • Amanda Furches as Annakate
  • Chris Edley as Bryce


The film was filmed over 30 days in Oregon. To make the film, the director and cast lived in a tent-city in the forest.


The film features songs by

  • Dirty Projectors
  • Sun Araw
  • Lucky Dragons
  • Ananda Shankar
  • Indian Jewelry
  • Lydia Ainsworth

Film Festival/ Film Conference Screenings

Date Venue Location Premiere Status
20 January, 2011 Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah USA World Premiere
24 February, 2011 Portland International Film Festival Portland, Oregon USA
26 June, 2011 BAMcinemaFest Brooklyn, New York USA New York Premiere
16 July, 2011 Maine International Film Festival Waterville, Maine USA
26 August, 2011 White Sands International Film Festival Las Cruces, New Mexico USA
26 September, 2011 Cologne Conference Cologne, Germany International Premiere
07 October, 2011 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10 November, 2011 Stockholm International Film Festival Stockholm, Sweden
10 November, 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival Napa, California USA
15 November, 2011 American Film Festival Wroc"?aw, Poland
26 October, 2012 Impakt Festival Utrecht, The Netherlands

University/ College Screenings

Date Institution Location
01 April, 2011 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USA
31 May, 2011 University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois USA

Miscellaneous Screenings

Date Location Event
01 October, 2011 Vienna, Austria WALDflimmern, die 1. Filmschau zum Wald
08 October, 2011 Linz, Austria WALDflimmern, die 1. Filmschau zum Wald
15 October, 2011 Salzburg, Austria WALDflimmern, die 1. Filmschau zum Wald
03 November, 2011 Los Angeles, California USA Downtown Independent, Film Finds
02-08 March, 2012 Brooklyn, New York USA reRun Theater, 1 Week New York Theatrical Release

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