Sixth Annual Independents Showcase to Bow 16 Pics at Berlin
by Mark Rabinowitz
The Independents Showcase returns to the Berlin Film Festival for a sixth
year in 1998, giving 16 films their first exposure to the world of film
markets. Organized by Sandy Mandelberger of International Media Resources
(IMR), the Showcase is a method for films to be marketed cooperatively,
sharing the costs associated with advertising, marketing and promotion.
Many of the films in the Showcase are also screening at the upcoming
American Film Market and one, Donna Deitch’s “Angel On My Shoulder,” will
screen in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.
Several of the films taking place in the Showcase have made appearances at
festivals during the past few months, including Darren Stein’s “Sparkler“
(Hamptons International Film Festival), Meg Richman’s “Under Heaven“
(Sundance ’98, to be released Summer ’98 by Banner Entertainment), Tom
Rooney’s “You Are Here” (Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival) and
Mark Jonathan Harris’ “The Long Way Home” (Sundance ’97). Additionally,
Turkey’s submission for the best foreign language Academy Award, “Eskiya
(The Bandit)” by Yuvuz Turgul will screen in the Showcase. “Eskiya” is
Turkey’s most successful film to date.
The rest of the program is as follows:
“All The Rage” (director-Roland Tec), “Back To One” (Tiffany Yeates &
Richard LeMay), “Lover Girl” (Lisa Addari & Joe Syracuse), “Barbecue…A
Love Story (Stacy Kirk), “States of Control” (Zack Winestine), “What’s Your
Sign’ (Jack Gindi), “Loser” (Kirk Harris), “Preposition” (Brad Sanders),
“Family Trees” (Ralph Morang) and “Magenta’s Miracles” (Howard Anderson).
[All films are screening in the Berlin Film Market and info can be obtained
at the Showcase stand #309 in the Festival Cinecenter.]