Lio Mehiel appears in a still from Mutt by Vuk Lunulov-Klotz, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Inaugural Hudson Film Festival Launches with ‘She Came to Me’ and ‘Mutt’ in New York State

The inaugural Hudson Film Festival will launch August 11-13, 2023 in Hudson, New York with the North American premiere of the Berlinale opener ‘She Came to Me’ Starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei and Anne Hathaway Written and Directed by Rebecca Miller. The film will be distributed later this year by Vertical Entertainment.

The international film festival was co-founded by John Maybee, Sarah Peters and Sonia Marcela Freeman to serve as the flagship of the upcoming Hudson Valley Film Institute, a non-profit educational arts initiative.

Feature lineup includes Sundance-trained trans favorite “Mutt” (winner, Special Jury Award: Acting, 2023 Sundance Film Festival), “Going Varsity in Mariachi” (winner, Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award, 2023 Sundance Film Festival) , and a Berlinale 2023 premiere in the Panorama section, “Perpetrator,” directed by Jennifer Reeder and starring Alicia Silverstone.

Acclaimed short films screened at the festival include the Academy Award nominee “The Flying Sailor,” the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “When You Left Me on That Boulevard,” and the Locarno Film Festival premiere “In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-Weeny Pocket. ”

In a joint statement, the co-founders of the Hudson Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Institute said, “From inception to launch, we have been embraced by Hudson’s vibrant community. It is clear that it is not only our dream to bring the film festival and institute to the city, but it is also the dream of this community. We are honored to build on Hudson’s rich history of film and art and help usher in a new phase of filmmaking and economic growth together with our current and future partners.”

Ticket bundles for all access to the 3-day festival are available now, and tickets for individual screenings will go on sale July 11, 2023 at 9am ET / 6am PT. More details will be available at