Park City 98: indieBUZZ ++ 1.20.98
Buzz has a few pickup rumors to report. First of all, “Pi” is apparently in play,
with three major destribs circling. In addition, Buzz hears that “Slam” is close
to being snapped up, with four major destribs, three US and one Canadian,
beating down their door. On a possibly completey unrelated note, that pic’s
rep, John Sloss, has scampered off to LA for a couple of days for meetings.
* * * * *
The day after the private “Kurt and Courtney” screening the film was still a
hot topic of conversation and speculation,with those who haven’t seen it seeking
insight from those who have. If the opinion of some of the indieWIRE crew
reaction is any indication, the film will do well if it can capitalize on the
percieved “controversy” just as it did here in Park City. The concensus
seems to be that as an “experience” or an “event” this one is a sure bet. The
other topic of discussion surrounding the film is whether or not it will get
distribution. Maybe that’s what Nick Broomfield and October Film’s Bingham Ray
were discussing when they were reportedly spotted having coffee on Main St.
* * * * *
Although the current issue of Buzz Magazine calls the Riverhorse Cafe’s Utah
rack of lamb with garlic sauce and mashed potatoes a “must eat,” Paul Schrader
may find that hard to swallow. The writer-director was reportedly dining on the
entree at a Sunday night dinner for the film “Affliction” when he began to choke.
When Schrader’s publicist Susan Jacobs spotted the incident, she sprang into
action. After searching unsuccessfully for a Heimlich Maneuver poster, Jacobs
decided to rely on the CPR training she received years ago. Jacobs wrapped her
arms around Schrader, but couldn’t force the pesky morsel from his clogged
windpipe. A Riverhorse employee called for emergency medical service, but before
they could arrive, the lamb was dislodged.
* * * * *
Up on Main Street, Slamdance action is heating up. With the “Kurt and Courtney”
speculation over, organizers seemed relieved to instead discuss the films that
*are* playing at the festival. Last night’s screening of “20 Dates” attracted a
host of distributors and a packed house. Sources told indieWIRE yesterday that
“Scrapple” and “20 Dates” are also high on the industry radar. Finally, the word
is out about tonight’s surprise screening. indieWIRE has confirmed that the
10:30 p.m. program will begin with the screening of a “lost” television pilot
by South Park co-creator Trey Parker and Jason McHugh. Entitled, “Aaron,” the
show is a live-action musical comedy. Following “Aaron,” Slamdance will offer
a revival screening of last year’s Grand Jury Prize winner (and three time
Spirit Award nominee), “The Bible & Gun Club,” directed by Daniel J. Harris.