DAILY NEWS: Directors' Fortnight Set; Entertaindom Dying?; Atlanta
>> Directors’ Fortnight Sets 2000 Lineup
(indieWIRE/4.26.00) — The lineup for the 2000 Directors’ Fortnight
was announced, offering a lineup of 24 feature films for its event
which runs May 11 – 21 alongside the 53rd Cannes Film Festival.
American entries include Edo Bertoglio‘s “Downtown 81,” Karyn Kusama‘s
“Girlfight,” and Elias Merhige‘s “Shadow of the Vampire.”
While the section is non-competitive, debut features can compete
for the Festival’s Camera d’Or.
THE COMPLETE LINEUP is available now @ indieWIRE.com:
>> Entertaindom Loses Top Executives; Site’s Fate Reportedly
(indieWIRE/4.26.00) — The Industry Standard began writing the
obituary for Warner Bros.’ Entertaindom website yesterday, reporting
that the site’s top three executives — President Jim Moloshok,
Executive VP Jim Banister and VP of Planning, Development and
Administration Jeff Weiner — have left the entertainment destination.
“The future of the entertainment site is now fairly certain,” wrote
The Industry Standard’s Laura Rich, “There is none.”
Rich’s piece summarizes the brief history of the site, which fully
launched last fall as a follow-up to Warner Bros. failed Pathfinder
site. The future of the venture, according to Rich, will depend on
new owner America Online’s decisions for the site. Kevin Tsujihara,
who recently joined as the VP of new media, has assumed Entertaindom’s
“In light of the pending AOL merger, which brings with it a seismic
shift in Time Warner’s digital strategy, we certainly understand their
desire to move on,” Warner Bros. Chief Exec Barry Meyer said in a
statement, according to CNET. The CNET piece added that the three
Entertaindom founders are leaving to “launch their own online
>> Atlanta Fest to Open with “Spring Forward” and Close with
(indieWIRE/4.26.00) — The 24th Atlanta Film & Video Festival has
unveiled the lineup for its 2000 event (running May 13 – 21).
The event will screen 120 animated, narrative, experimental, student
and documentary works during its nine-day run.
The Festival will open with Tom Gilroy‘s “Spring Forward” — star
Liev Schreiber, director Gilroy and producers Jim McKay and Gill
Holland are all expected to be on hand for the kickoff event
(McKay’s “Our Song” will also screen at the Festival). The film
debuted last fall in Toronto and also screened at Sundance. The
Alanta festival will close with screening of David Gordon Green‘s
“George Washington,” a recent hit from this month’s Los Angeles
Independent Film Festival.
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