DAILY NEWS:SXSW Winners; "Psycho" Continues; LAIFF News; AtomFilms & Oscar
By Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>Wilcha’s “Target” Wins Two at SXSW; “Rollercoaster,” “Wildflowers,” and “Jezebel” Take Top Narrative Awards
(indieWIRE/3.16.2000) — Chris Wilcha‘s documentary, “The Target Shoots
First,” won two awards at the 2000 South by Southwest Film Festival
(SXSW), receiving the documentary feature award and the doc audience
prize. The film won a prize at this weekend’s New York Underground
Film Festival and won two awards at Slamdance 2000.
In the narrative categories, Scott Smith‘s “Rollercoaster” and Melissa
Painter‘s “Wildflowers” tied for the top prize, while Kwyn Bader‘s
“Loving Jezebel” won the narrative audience award. Robinson Devor‘s
“The Woman Chaser” (narrative) and Barry Blaustein‘s “Beyond the Mat“
(doc) won the audience prizes for first film, while Mike Gordon‘s
“Outside Out” won the midnight audience prize and Marc Singer‘s
Sundance award-winner took the award for Senior Programmers’ Pick.
In the short categories, Peter Sollett‘s Sundance award-winner “Five
Feet High and Rising” won the narrative prize and Dennis Karsten‘s
“Kingdom of Poet O” won the doc short award. Wendy Tilby and Amanda
Forbis‘ “When the Day Breaks” was the winner in the animated
category, while Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley‘s “The Drowning
Room” won the experimental short award and Hammer & Tongs‘ “B-line“
by Lamb won the music video award.
>>Pseudo “Psycho” Continues Story Online
(indieWIRE/3.16.2000) — The story of “American Psycho” continues
online beginning, in a series of serialized email messages
supervised by the book’s bestselling author Brett Easton Ellis and
timed to the release of Mary Harron‘s film version.
In conjunction with Pseudo Networks, a promotional site offering
movie outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage will include a collection
of cliff-hanger email messages written from the perspective of lead
character Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale in the upcoming
A company announcement yesterday indicated, “Bateman, a notorious
and controversial symbol of the 1980’s, once again emerges as a
prevalent and brilliant social commentator over a decade later.”
>>LAIFF to Honor mPRm
(indieWIRE/3.16.2000) — The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival has
announced that it will present its 5th Indie Supporter Award to publicist
Mark Pogachefsky and the film division at mPRm Public Relations.
An award for “individuals who have provided an extraordinary contribution
to the independent filmmaking community,” in previous years the prize has
been presented to Robert and Greg Laemmle, Eric Stoltz, Toni Robertson,
and Joe Pierson.
Additionally, the festival announced that it will present a 30th
anniversary screening of Bob Rafelson‘s “Five Easy Pieces.” Rafelson,
and members of the cast and crew will be in attendance to participate in a
Q & A moderated by Curtis Hanson (“Wonder Boys,” “L.A. Confidential“).
>>Atom Films Gearing Up for Oscar Week
(indieWIRE/3.16.2000) — Not only is AtomFilms delivering Oscar nominated
shorts online in advance of the upcoming Academy Awards, but the site has
also announced a clever contest that could give the site national TV
exposure and make the winner $10,000 richer.
Site visitors who sign up at can win ten grand by being the
first person wearing Atom gear to be spotted on TV coverage of the
Oscars. “Get caught on-camera near, or maybe even on the red carpet at
the televised Academy Awards pre-, during and/or post-show
activities – then be the first to prove it and we’ll send you ten
thousand smackers,” the Atom site indicates. Atom is giving a free
AtomFilms hat or t-shirt to 4,000 registrants; participants can
can win by sending the site a tape of their on camera appearance.
Atom is offering full-length downloadable versions of the Oscar
nominated shorts “My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York,”
“Kleingeld,” “Major and Minor Miracles,” and “Humdrum,” as well as
clips from other short film nominees. Additionally, The company
announced that it is releasing a DVD with 7 of this year’s 10 Oscar
nominated narrative shorts. Viewers can pre-order now, it will hit
the streets on April 14th.
Jessica Moore, AtomFilms Promotions Manager, told indieWIRE that
while a high-profile celeb walking down the red carpet would
certainly bring the site attention, the group are hoping that
an emerging filmmaker or younger person will come up with a
unique scheme to get on TV. Of course, they are encouraging
“If you go to jail we will claim not to know anything about you
or this contest,” joked Moore.
[For more information, visit http://www.atomfilms.com