DAILY NEWS: Woodstock Fest Plans; Lions Gate Acquisition
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> ‘Fierce Independence’ and “Novocaine” Kick off Woodstock Film Festival
(indieWIRE/08.24.01) — Describing itself as “fiercely independent,” the
Woodstock Film Festival has announced its lineup of over 100 features,
documentaries, and shorts as well as other events taking place in the
legendary town in upstate New York.
David Atkins‘ “Novocaine,” starring Steve Martin, will open the Festival with its New York premiere. “Chelsea Walls,” the directorial debut of Ethan Hawke will have its U.S. debut at the Festival which runs from September
20th through September 23rd. Other highlighted screenings include “Cahoots“
by Dirk Benedict, “Acts of Worship” by Rosemary Rodriguez, Cory McAbee‘s “The American Astronaut,” and the North American premiere of “Down and Out with the Dolls” directed by Kurt Voss.
Also this year, the Festival will honor filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris
Hegedus with the annual Honorary Maverick Award for their work in
documentary filmmaking. The award will be presented on the closing night of
the Festival. Other events scheduled include a program on the history of
American Avant-Garde Cinema presented by director Jonas Mekas. Apropos to
Woodstock’s musical past, the event will host performances by Chris Thomas
King (“O Brother, Where Art Thou“), Marshall Crenshaw, Uncle Funk, Kate Pierson of the B-52s, among others. In addition, music video works by Guy Ritchie, Spike Jonze and Hal Hartley will also be featured.
“As we get ready for the convergence of some of the most talented
independent filmmakers in the world, I can see that our 2001 lineup reflects
the fabric of our times — diverse, creative, strong on content and style,
and always challenging,” commented Festival director Meira Blaustein
at a pre-Fest event at The Knitting Factory in New York City, “This
Festival is creeated by filmmakers for filmmakers. We celebrate the brave
new voices who are re-inventing the world map of independent film.”
>> Lions Gate Gets Nelson’s Next Movie
(indieWIRE/08.24.01) — Lions Gate, which is debuting Tim Blake Nelson‘s
controversial new film, “O,” has announced its acquisition of the director’s
next movie, “The Grey Zone.” The film will have its world premiere next
month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The movie is based on the director’s Off Broadway play of the same name. It
stars Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, and Natasha Lyonne. It was produced by Killer Films‘ Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler with financing from Millenium Films. The company intends to release the movie next year. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Code Red Deal; San Sebastian Films and New This Week
(indieWIRE/08.23.01) — Code Red, the joint venture between Cowboy Booking
International and Antidote Films, has acquired North American rights to
director Shohei Imamura‘s latest film, “Warm Water Under A Red Bridge“;
Twenty-one films are competing in San Sebastian for the biggest Festival
cash prize; And the latest with IFC and IDP.
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