DAILY NEWS: IFILM & AMC; Miramax Shuffle; Sundance Lab; New First Look Film
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> IFILM and AMC Unveil Shorts Series to Comply with Recent AMPAS Internet Ruling
(indieWIRE/6.22.00) — Calling it a response to last week’s AMPAS ruling
regarding films that debut on the Internet, IFILM has unveiled plans for a film series in conjunction with AMC Theaters that will showcase short films.
Set to debut next month in Los Angeles, the showcase will give participating
shorts the opportunity to comply with the new AMPAS regulations that forces
films to screen in theaters prior to the Internet in order to be eligible
for Oscar consideration.
“There is no better partner for IFILM or filmmakers than AMC, the leading
motion picture exhibitor in the world,” commented IFILM CEO Kevin Wendle in a prepared statement. “This is about helping filmmakers get a shot at
winning an Oscar. With AMC’s help, we have found a win-win solution that
will result in even broader opportunity for these exciting new filmmakers.”
The new series will screen a program 40 – 55 minutes in length, twice a day
for three days to paying audience, in order to fully comply with AMPAS
regulations. According to the IFILM announcement, former AFI Festival
Director Jon Fitzgerald, now the head of IFILM’s programming department, will select films for the series with AMC film executives. IFILM indicated yesteday that it will encourage submissions for the series from other
web-based film distributors. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Miramax Stabilizes Acquisitions Team After Blum and Israel Departures; Former Miramax Duo Sign Deal Weinsteins
(indieWIRE/6.22.00) — After months and months of speculation, Miramax has
shaken up its acquisitions department after Senior Vice-Presidents of
Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Blum and Amy Israel left the Indiewood studio to form their own company. The new outfit, Blum Israel Productions, has now signed a two-year, non-exclusive first-look pact with Miramax,
according to Variety.
Miramax has named Andrew Herwitz and Agnes Mentre to jointly lead the
department, according to Variety. New York-based Elizabeth Dreyer has been
promoted to the position of V.P. of acquisitions, working with L.A. based
V.P. Matt Brodlie. Teresa Moneo serves as the Senior V.P. in London. In
New York, according to Variety, Andrew Stengel and Jeffrey Tahler have been named Directors of Acquisitions. Among the rest of the Miramax acquisitions
staff are recently promoted Director of Acquisitions Michelle Krumm in Los
Angeles, Manager of Acquisitions Sean McPhillips in New York, and Maeva
Gatineau in London who was promoted to Director of Acquisitions. Director
of Development Jennifer Wachtell will work with Andrew Stengel on book
acquisitions in the development department. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Project Added to Sundance Screenwriters Lab
(indieWIRE/6.22.00) — The Sundance Institute announced yesterday the
addition of a project to is June Screenwriters Lab, running this weekend in
Utah. Julian Crouch, Phelim McDermott and David Kaplan‘s “Shockheaded Peter,” a staging of Heinrich Hoffman‘s children’s book “Struwwelpeter,” will be conceptualized as a film. Crouch is co-creator of the project with Phelim McDermott, David Kaplan is the director. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> First Look Acquires Disney Movie
(indieWIRE/6.22.00) — Overseas Filmgroup announced yesterday that it has
acquired the worldwide rights to Tim Disney‘s “Blessed Art Thou” and it will release the movie theatrically through its First Look Pictures division.
The first feature from Disney, which debuted at Sundance 2000, was
executive produced by Edward R. Pressman.
First Look also acquired the rights to “The Opportunists,” which debuted at
Sundance, it will release that film on August 11, 2000. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> CORRECTION: Holly Willis at RES
Yesterday, indieWIRE mistakenly reported that Holly Willis would continue to
contribute to IFILM in her role as Editor of RES Magazine. In fact, the
“Short Sighted” column created by Willis will remain at IFILM, but she will
not be writing it.