DAILY NEWS: No Strike Yet; Rivette at NYFF; Cowboy's "Endurance"
by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
>> SAG/AFTRA Talks with AMPTP Continue Beyond Deadline
(indieWIRE/07.02.01) The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American
Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) continued negotiations
with The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) late
yesterday (Sunday), in pursuit of a deal. The existing agreement between
the organizations expired over the weekend, but it was extended as
Press reports of an imminent deal circulated as talks continued, but at
press time after midnight Eastern time, no agreement had been announced.
The Writers Guild reached an agreement with the AMPTP in May and averted
Discussions affect 13,000 SAG and AFTRA members and any deal would need
to be ratified by the organization’s boards, as well as the membership.
Similarly, any decision to strike would need to determined by member vote.
>> “Who Knows?” at 39th NYFF; Rivette’s Cannes Favorite Opens Fest
(indieWIRE/07.02.01) — Veteran French director Jacque Rivette‘s latest
feature, “Va Savoir” (“Who Knows?”), will launch the 39th New York Film
Festival (Sept. 28 – Oct 4), it was announced by the Film Society of
Lincoln Center. “Jacques Rivette is a filmmaker whose work has received
a warm welcome at the New York Film Festival,” said the Film Society’s
Richard Pena in a prepared statement. “‘La Religieuse,’ ‘L’Amour Fou,’ ‘Celine and Julie Go Boating,’ and ‘La Belle Noiseuse‘ are just some of
the Rivette films that have made their bows in our festival and become
classics in the best sense.” Concluding, Pena heaped on the praise, “
‘Va Savoir’ represents the high point of a great filmmaker’s forty-year
Reviewing the film at its Cannes 2001 world premiere, indieWIRE’s critic
Patrick Z. McGavin concurred, “It seems impossible to over-praise this
beautifully made, sophisticated, and finally, quite staggering film.”
As a result of the prestigious New York Film Festival opening slot,
“Va Savoir” will not screen at any other fall festivals. Following its
NYFF North American premiere, Sony Pictures Classics will distribute
“Va Savoir” theatrically in New York on September 29th, followed by a
nationwide release. [Anthony Kaufman]
For more information on the NYFF and other Film Society programs, visit
their website: http://www.filmlinc.com
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>> “Endurance” Finds a Home at Cowboy
(indieWIRE/07.02.01) George Butler‘s documentary, “The Endurance:
Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition,” has been acquired by
Cowboy Booking, the company announced Friday.
Based on Caroline Alexander‘s best selling book, the movie explores the
story of Sir Ernest Shackleton‘s Antarctic expedition in 1914. The doc,
which has screened at such festivals as Sundance, Santa Barbara, San
Francisco, Telluride and Double Take, will be released in September.
“Over the last few years, I have become more and more fascinated and
obsessed with Shackleton’s adventure,” Cowboy co-president John Vanco
said in a prepared statement, “But nothing else has told the story with
the epic zeal and emotional immediacy as George Butler’s new film.”