DAILY NEWS: AFI Lineup; Gen Art Film Head
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>AFI FEST Unveils Plans for 2000 Film Festival
(indieWIRE/ 10.5.00) — New AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival
Director Christian Gaines and Director of Programming Nancy Collet have unveiled the lineup for the upcoming film festival. Opening the Festival on
October 19th is Joel Coen‘s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?“, while Philip
Kaufman‘s “Quills” will close the event on October 26th. The Festival’s
Centerpiece Gala will be Julian Schnabel‘s “Before Night Falls.”
Having their world premiere’s in the Festival’s “New Directions from
American Independents” section are Tom Edgar’s “Alcatraz Avene,” Stephen D.
Burrows’ “Chump Change,” Vlas Parlapanides’ “Everything for a Reason,” Rob Morrow’s “Maze,” Eugene Jarecki’s “The Opponent,” Thompson Clay’s “Postmark Paradise,” and Olivia Pi-Snyder’s “Something Sweet.” Among the U.S. premieres in the documentary competition are Carol Morley’s “The Alcohol
Years,” Uli Gaulke’s “Havanna Mi Amor,” and Asa Faringer’s “Street Love.”
The International Competition at this year’s festival is loaded with U.S.
premieres, including Reza Parsa’s “Before the Storm,” Jerzy Stuhr’s “The Big
Animal,” Samira Makmalbaf’s “Blackboards,” Silvio Soldini’s “Bread and
Tulips,” Paul McGuigan’s “Gangster No. 1,” Alexey Uchitel’s “His Wife’s
Diary,” Stein Leikanger’s “Odd Little Man,” Milan Cieslar’s “Spring of
Life,” and Patrice LeConte’s “The Widow of St. Pierre.”
Other sections for the festival include a European showcase, short film
programs, a selection of new Asian cinema, a Latin cinema series, and
a screenwriters forum as well as a digital symposium.
In a prepared statement, Festival Director Christian Gaines said, “AFI FEST
is a true international film festival, the only one of its kind in Los
Angeles, with films representing 32 countries. To host filmmakers from
around the globe, and enjoy the movie-going experience with them in the
heart of Hollywood is sure to be a unique and moving experience.”
>> Gen Art Names New Film Division Manager
(indieWIRE/ 10.5.00) — Gen Art, the non-profit organization that showcases
emerging artists, fashion designers and filmmakers, has named Jeff Abramson
its new Film Division Manager.
Abramson, formerly of iFUSE and Miramax, has served on the Gen Art Film Festival’s screening committee and worked as a volunteer. He will oversee
the 6th Gen Art Film Festival, set for May 2001.
The Gen Art Film Festival is known for its signature New York City event,
offering 7 screenings over the course of seven nights, each followed by a
party and catering to a typically younger (and often hipper) Manhattan
audience. The oranization was founded by Ian & Stefan Gerard and Melissa
Neumann in 1993. [Eugene Hernandez]