DAILY NEWS: "Believer" Postponed; SF Film Fest Changes
by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE
>> Showtime Postpones “Believer” Premiere
(indieWIRE/09.25.01) — Showtime has announced that it will postpone the
debut of “The Believer.” It had been scheduled to premiere on the network on
“In order to be sensitive to the current mood of our country, we feel that
it would be appropriate to delay the broadcast to a time when our audience
might be more receptive to this kind of strong drama,” the company said
in a prepared statement.
The Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner stars Ryan Gosling, in a stellar
performance as a Jewish Yeshiva student who transforms into the leader of a
Neo-Nazi skinhead leader. Itz provoked strong reactions at Sundance where
Gosling’s starring role as the film’s lead, Danny Balint, was heralded by
audiences and critics alike. Also featured in the film are Summer Phoenix
(“The Faculty“), Theresa Russell (“Wild Things“) and Billy Zane.
Showtime recently pulled it advertisements for the movie, including one
large billboard near the World Trade Center site, out of respect for the
Following its TV debut, “The Believer” is scheduled for a theatrical release
by Fireworks Pictures, one of the film’s co-financiers. The movie recently
screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Changes at San Francisco’s International Film Festival
(indieWIRE/09.25.01) — The nearly 45 year-old San Francisco International
Film Festival has announced a new programming team, under the direction of
new Executive Director Roxanne Messina Captor.
Carl Spence and Linda Blackaby are on board, with guest programmer Roger Garcia also set to join the group. Captor, a former exec at Turner Network
Television, joined the Festival in January.
Spence served as the associate director for the Seattle International Film
Festival, while Blackaby is best known for her work at the San Francisco
International Asian American Film Festival, as Co-Director of the Hamptons
International Film Festival, and as the Founding Director of the
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. Garcia was a founder of the Hong Kong Film Festival and has worked as a film critic.
Former Festival Associate Director Rachel Rosen recently left to join the
Los Angeles Film Festival, while Film & Video Programmer Doug Jones was also among those who recently left the fest. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Getting Back to Business, Nearly Two Weeks Later
(indieWIRE/09.24.01) — Last Tuesday, a week after the attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (MOFTB) began issuing shooting permits for film and television work only in New York’s outer boroughs. And, last week iW created
the discussion board on the indieWIRE site, offering an opportunity to discuss the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, and readers have weighed in with insightful and often inspiring personal thoughts.”