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BIZ BRIEFS: NYU Collection, Kempner Award, New Yorker Pick-Ups, New Online Mag, Life is Beautiful Re

BIZ BRIEFS: NYU Collection, Kempner Award, New Yorker Pick-Ups, New Online Mag, Life is Beautiful Re

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>> NYU Acquires Everson Collection

The film collection of film historian, teacher and preservationist William
K. Everson has been acquired by New York University’s Tisch School of the
Arts. Consisting of approximately 4,000 film titles and a large number
of related documents dating back to the turn of the century, the collection
of 16mm prints includes American studio releases from the 1920’s and 30’s
and British feature films.

Tisch School of the Arts Dean Mary Schmidt said that the collection will
allow the school, working with the George Eastman House, to create an
Archiving and Film Preservation degree within the Cinema Studies Program.
Eastman House will handle preserving the film portion of the collection.

>> Kempner’s “Greenberg” Doc Awarded Sports Spirit Prize

“The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” a documentary by Aviva Kempner
which will screen at next month’s South by Southwest Film Festival and
the Doubletake Film Festival in April, received the Spirit Award for best
sports documentary this weekend at the International Sports Video and
Film Awards at the Sports Supershow in Atlanta.

>> New Acquisitions Pepper New Yorker Slate

Among the films on art-house distributor New Yorker Films’ has slate for
Spring and Summer are a handful of recent acquisitions and three films by
Iranian filmmakers Mohsen Makhmalbaf (“Gabbeh”) and his daughter, Samira.
Opening this Friday, and nationally through the early Spring is Samira
Makhmalbaf’s “The Apple” which screened at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
and premiered last fall at the New York Film Festival, while her father
Mohsen’s 1974 film “A Moment of Innocence” will be distributed this Summer,
as will his film, “The Silence.”

Set to open in April from New Yorker is Robert Lepage’s “No,” inspired by
his play, and set to debut this Spring is Patrice Toye’s feature film debut
“Rosie” which was Belgium’s entry for this year’s Academy Awards. The
film recently screened in New York City at a recent survey of new Belgium

>> IFC and Centropolis to Launch Online Film Magazine

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) is teaming up with Centropolis Interactive,
the new media arm of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin’s Centropolis
Entertainment, to launch IF Magazine, an e-zine devoted to independent films.
The announcement comes on the heels of the IFC’s establishment of a new media
division that is being headed up by Joe Cantwell.

IF Magazine, which will debut on March 19th, the eve of the IFC’s live Spirit
Awards broadcast, will be managed editorially by Anthony Ferrante who is the
Editor in Chief of Centropolis’ sci-fi e-zine, EON, and former Film Threat
editor Paul Zimmerman. In a prepared statement yesterday, Ferrante said that
the ‘zine will “report extensively on the biggest names, rising stars and
serious innovators,” but will maintain a “humorous and irreverant style.
humorous and irreverent style that will make IF entertaining, as well as
an informative source of news for indie-film enthusiasts.”

>> “Life is Beautiful” Achieves Box-Office Milestones

As it passed the $100 million mark in worldwide grosses, Roberto Benigni’s
Oscar nominated Miramax release, “Life is Beautiful,” has become the top
grossing foreign language film ever in North America. The movie has earned
nearly $22 million domestically, topping the former record held by “The
Postman” (Il Postino).

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