DAILY NEWS: DNA Exec; Provincetown Plans; A Correction
by Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Expansion For a Change: DNA Increases New York Presence
(indieWIRE/06.14.01) — Never mind news about layoffs, closures and
downsizing, DNA Studio‘s CEO and founding partner John Moshay announced yesterday that Peter Dawes, Senior VP/New Media and Marketing at USA Films, will join the company to spearhead expansion of its New York offices.
Serving as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Dawes will manage DNA’s
move into multiple platform entertainment and marketing including
interactive television and gaming. Dawes will bring over former employer,
USA to DNA as one of its first clients.
“Peter has a revolutionary vision and his successes are widely recognized
in the industry,” commented Moshay in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled
to have his intelligent leadership for our New York headquarters, and the
wealth of old and new media experience across every marketing discipline
that he brings to DNA.”
DNA is known as a leader in digital media and marketing solutions. The
company has offices in Los Angeles and New York serving clients such as
Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, MGM, Fox Searchlight, Sony Music, Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. [Brian Brooks]
>> 3rd Provincetown Launches with “Southern Comfort,” Honors Hope and Schamus
(indieWIRE/06.14.01) — Opening last night with Kate Davis‘ Sundance doc
favorite “Southern Comfort,” the 3rd annual Provincetown International Film
Festival (June 13 – 17) got underway in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. One week
after Newport, Rhode Island’s popular event, and one week before
Nantucket, the Massachusetts island getaway devoted to screenwriters,
Provincetown is holding its own as a rising regional fest, playing host to
an increasing number of indie film luminaries.
This year’s festival will honor Good Machine producers Ted Hope and James Schmaus with the Filmmaker on the Edge award — the two join the ranks of
previous honorees John Waters and Christine Vachon. Also on hand will be
Rose Troche (“Go Fish“) and Daniel Minahan (“Series 7“) for a Filmmaking Symposium on “How do you keep your work on the edge?” says Provincetown’s Artistic Director, Connie White, a former programmer at the Boston-based repertory and art-house theaters, the Brattle and Coolidge Corner.
The Festival will also tribute documentary legend Albert Maysles and
animation pioneer Faith Hubley with special programs. According to White,
audiences are responding to the veteran’s work, as well as to personal
documentaries in the program; witness the festival’s unique opener,
In its first outings, the festival focused mostly on gay and lesbian
programming to cater to the local population, but says White, “We
intentionally call it Provincetown ‘International.’ We think there’s
a good balance and a good mix.” In addition to gay and lesbian festival
favorites like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Southern Comfort,”
Provincetown’s wide-reaching scope includes such international art house
summer entries as the Oscar-nominated “Himalaya,” Tran Anh Hung‘s “Vertical Ray of the Sun” and festival closer, “The Princess and the Warrior,” from “Run Lola Run” director Tom Tykwer.
Provincetown is currently a curated festival, so they don’t accept
submissions, but this year, two Cape-made films are included in the
line-up, Holly Angell Hardman‘s “Besotted” and David Gluck‘s “How Henry Miller Changed My Life.” White is also proud of a special Youth and
Diversity sidebar, which will screen Jim McKay‘s “Our Song,” Tom Shepard‘s “Scout’s Honor” and the HBO doc, “Hidden Heroes,” with an accompanying panel discussion on youth activism.
As for rival fests Newport and Nantucket, White says, “I don’t feel
like we’re sandwiched; we’re like hopscotch. I haven’t found it a
dilemma; it’s been very cooperative.” “In these resort towns,” she
explains of the crowded festival month, “June is still slow, the weather
is beautiful, there’s rooms in the guest houses, so it’s a perfect way to
jump start the season.” [Anthony Kaufman]
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