DAILY NEWS: Queer Short Winners; Nisselson Obituary
by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
>> Saks and Walker Selected as Top Queer Short Movie Award Winners
(indieWIRE/07.03.01) — Two filmmakers will split the $10,000 Grand Prize in
the second annual PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards. Judges selected Eva Saks “Family Values” and Aaron Walker‘s “Summer Light” as the top winners in the competition.
Jurors also selected one film from each of five categories, choosing Andy
Abrahams‘ “Casualty” (experimental), Robert Kennedy‘s “Hi I’m Steve” (comedy), Tadeo Garcia‘s “Broken Warning” (drama), Dino Alberto and Dave Hughes‘ “Numb” (animation) and Kevin O’Keefe‘s “Destiny’s Children” (documentary).
“The PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards presents the best GLBT short films
anywhere,” commented PlanetOut.com senior entertainment producer Jenni
Olson in a prepared statement. “We’re thrilled to reward talented queer
short moviemakers resources while offering our customers access to media
they just can’t get in their hometowns.”
Meanwhile, more than a half million site visitors watched and voted online
to select the Audience Awards, choosing Jonathan Wald‘s “Lives of the
Pharaohs” (drama), Afrat Tal‘s “No Backup” (documentary), Antonia Kao‘s “Lullaby” (experimental), Eric Waddell and Jeffrey Wylie‘s “Color Me Gay” (comedy), and Mark Ewert and David Cutler‘s “Piki and Poko: The Adventure Begins!” (animation). [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> Bill Nisselson Receives Posthumous Gotham Award
(indieWIRE/07.03.01) — New York’s independent film community lost one of
its tireless supporters last month. Bill Nisselson, Vice President, Studio
Operations of Sound One, a post-production house in Manhattan, died on June
19 from a heart attack at the age of 56.
As studio manager for the post-house since 1980, Nisselson was well-known
for cutting deals for independent filmmakers and developing relationships
with directors as their careers, in turn, grew. Nisselson oversaw sound
mixing and editing for such auspicious debuts as the Coen brothers‘ “Blood
Simple” and Ang Lee‘s “Pushing Hands,” in addition to working with
a number of Gotham notables such as Woody Allen, Jonathan Demme, Jim
Jarmusch, Spike Lee, and John Sayles, among others. When he passed
away, Nisselson was working on several projects, including InDigEnt‘s DV film slate.
In honor of Nisselson’s work, the Independent Feature Project announced it
would give a special posthumous award to Nisselson at this year’s IFP Gotham
Awards, to be held on October 1. Accepting the Independent Vision Award on
Nisselson’s behalf will be his wife, Susan Diederich.
“Bill’s support of emerging artists endeared him to many,” commented IFP
executive director Michelle Byrd in a prepared statement. “It is individuals
like Bill working within the film community’s infrastructure who have
enabled New York’s independents to see their visions make it onto the
screen. He will be sorely missed.” [Anthony Kaufman]