DAILY NEWS: Margaret Mead Sets 25th Lineup; "Final" Release Plans
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> 25th Margaret Mead Fest at the American Natural History Museum
(indieWIRE/ 10.23.01) — New York’s American Natural History Museum is
preparing for its 25th celebration of the Margaret Mead Film & Video
Festival beginning November 2nd and continuing through November 10th.
The festival, founded in 1977 in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret
Mead on her seventy-fifth birthday, was originally intended as a one-time
event, but has since evolved into the premiere festival in the U.S. for
anthropological and ethnographic film and video. Mead has been credited
for recognizing the significance of film for anthropology and field work
in particular. The event reflects her vision by showcasing international
documentaries from an array of filmmakers including indigenous media and
experimental nonfiction. Programming encompasses an array of films from
social scientists, independent film and videomakers, students and more.
This year, in honor of its silver anniversary and the centenary of Margaret
Mead, the Mead Festival will showcase filmmakers with a significant history
in creating documentary in the spirit of the event. Screenings of earlier
work as well as new projects by such notables as Bob Connolly and Robin
Anderson, Victor Kossakovsky, and many more will be highlighted this year
during the Mead fest’s “Spotlight on 25” program.
Other programs scheduled for this year include the “Selections from the
Jakarta International Film Festival” sidebar with work from the 2001 JIFF
by Indonesian, Australian, and American producers as well as “Select Works
from New York Filmmakers,” featuring Stephen Ive‘s “Amato: A Love Affair with Opera,” and “Strange Fruit (A Work in Progress)” by Joel Katz among the highlights.
In addition to the festival at the museum in Manhattan’s Upper West Side
next month, a selection of titles from the event will travel to other parts
of the country in the Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival and
have in recent years been featured overseas as well. [Brian Brooks]
>> Cowboy and Lions Gate to Release “Final”
(indieWIRE/10.23.01) — Cowboy Pictures is on board with Lions Gate to
handle the upcoming release of Campbell Scott‘s InDigEnt movie, “Final.” The film, which stars Hope Davis and Denis Leary, marks Scott’s first solo foray as a director — he previously teamed up with Stanley Tucci to direct “Big Night.”
Lions Gate previously announced its acquisition of the InDigEnt digital film
slate. It will unveil “Final” with Cowboy in December and continue the
release in January and February. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Big Bucks as Hamptons Fest Presents Annual Awards
(indieWIRE/10.22.01) — The Hamptons International Film Festival awarded
its annual Golden Starfish prizes, along with other awards, during a
ceremony hosted by Roger Ebert on Saturday night.