DAILY NEWS: Trio Reveal Details on "American Dogme Movement"; Also, "Rififi" Strong and Palm Spring Shorts
By Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> InDigEnt Partners Approaching Half-Way Mark, Finishing Features by Linklater, Wagner, Scott, Hawke and Garcia
(indieWIRE/7.25.00) — The New York indie community’s answer to the
Danish Dogme95 movement is reaching its “halfway” point, the partners
confirmed for indieWIRE yesterday, sharing full details about the
first five films in their proposed 10 film slate.
Unveiled exactly one year ago by filmmaker Gary Winick, John Sloss and
IFC Productions, InDigEnt was formed as an outlet for established
directors and notable actors & writers to create low-budget features
using emerging digital technologies. Yesterday, the partners confirmed
the completion of their first four films and the upcoming start of
production on the fifth.
The first four movies in the slate are directed by Richard Linklater,
Bruce Wagner, Campbell Scott, and Ethan Hawke, with a fifth to be
helmed by Rodrigo Garcia.
With budgets of about $150,000 each, the first films in the slate will be ready for their Festival premieres in time for Sundance in January, John Sloss and Gary Winick told indieWIRE yesterday in separate conversations. However, the movies have not yet been submitted or screened for Fest organizers. Reached on the road in Los Angeles late yesterday, Sloss indicated that he is focused on securing a distribution deal for the package. While reluctant to confirm that a deal is imminent, he indicated that a pact could be sealed in the next few weeks, based only on the clip reels that have been shown to some distribution companies.
Sloss and Winick admit that while each movie may not necessarily warrant a theatrical release, the partners are seeking a company that can handle a multiple platform rollout. Winick explained that each film might ultimately pursue find its own release route, rather than as part of an overall slate distribution deal. The movies will ultimately screen together as a series on The Independent Film Channel, according to Winick.
Campbell Scott’s “Final,” nicknamed “InDigEnt 1,” stars Denis Leary
and Hope Davis, it was produced by Mary Francis Budig. Shot last
October, it has locked picture along with Ethan Hawke’s “Last Word
on Paradise” (InDigEnt 2). Hawke’s movie features Kevin Corrigan,
Vincent D’Onofrio, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Sean Leonard, Natasha Richardson, Uma Thurman, Tuesday Weld, Frank Whaley and Steve Zahn. Produced by Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler of Killer Films and based on Nicole Burdette‘s novel “Chelsea Walls,” the film was shot in three weeks on location at the Chelsea Hotel.
Vachon and Koffler also produced Bruce Wagner’s “Women in Film“
(InDigEnt 3) starring Beverly D’Angelo, Portia De Rossi and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Finally, Richard Linklater’s “Tape” (InDigEnt 4) stars Ethan Hawke, with Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman, it is produced by longtime Linklater collaborator Anne Walker of Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction.
Rodrigo Garcia’s “Women Remember Men” (InDigEnt 5) is set to begin
production at the end of next month according to Winick. The movie, which will feature a series of monologues by women, is currently casting.
Winick, who directed “The Tic Code,” which will be released theatrically by Lions Gate next week, also shot a new romantic comedy digitally. Entitled “Sam the Man,” the movie featured Fisher Stevens, Annbella Sciorra, Ron Rifkin, Maria Bello, Rob Morrow, and John Slattery, in a movie that was made entirely on location in New York City for about $60,000. Shortly after shooting last year, he and attorney Sloss began searching for a partner to establish a
slate of low-budget digital movies. The new projects were all shot on PAL, to guarantee a better ultimate transfer to film while Campbell’s movie was shot on the Canon XL-1 digtital camera, the others were shot with the Sony PD-100.
InDigEnt hopes to shoot an additional three movies by January, wrapping up the series with the production of two more next Spring, according to Winick. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> BRIEFLY: Rialto’s “Rififi” Revival Sets Film Forum Record
(indieWIRE/7.25.00) — Rialto Pictures re-release of Jules Dassin‘s
1955 film, “Rififi,” set a house record at New York’s Film Forum over
the weekend, earning $18,000 in a 180-seat theater. The re-release follows a series of annual summer revivals by Rialto: “Contempt” in 1997, “Nights of Cabiria” in 1998, and “Grand Illusion” last summer.
“We’re particularly thrilled about the press and public’s reception for “Rififi,” as this is the least-known of the classics we’ve handled,” commented Rialto co-founder Bruce Goldstein in a prepared statement, “We’re happy to re-establish its reputation as one of the greatest crime thrillers of all.” The movie will open in D.C. next month and in L.A. in October. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> BRIEFLY: Palm Springs Sets Short Slate
(indieWIRE/7.25.00) — The 6th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films will screen 250 films from 24 countries at this year’s event (August 1st