DAILY NEWS: Miramax Acquisitions News; SF Asian Fest Plans
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Ford Joins Mentre Atop Miramax Acquisitions Team
(indieWIRE: 02.26.02) — Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein has announced a promotion at the top of the company’s acquisitions and co-productions
department. Following news late last week of the departure of Andrew
Herwitz, Weinstein announced yesterday that Stuart Ford, senior vice
president of acquisitions and international operations, has been named the
co-head of acquisitions and co-productions.
Ford will work alongside Agnes Mentre as co-head of the department and will
report to her. Mentre, the executive vice president and co-head of
acquisitions and co-productions based in the New York office, reports
directly to Harvey Weinstein.
Last week, Andrew Herwitz announced that he would leave his post as co-head
of the department to start an independent sales company. Herwitz spent six
years at Miramax, with a key focus on film festivals. Herwitz’ new outfit,
dubbed The Film Sales Company, will be based in New York, according to an
announcement, and will represent films hoping to secure North American
Miramax’ acquisitions department is rounded out by senior vice president
Matt Brodlie and vice president Michelle Krumm in Los Angeles and senior
vice president Arianna Bocco, vice president Andrew Stengel, and directors
Sean Mc Phillips and Jeff Tahler in New York. Based in the UK office are
vice presidents Elizabeth Dreyer and Maeva Gatineau, and manager Chiara Trento, with Asian consultant Dede Nickerson in Beijing and Australian
consultant Victoria Treole in Sydney. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> The San Francisco Asian American Festival Unveils Slate; Event is the Largest of its Kind in North America
(indieWIRE/ 02.26.02) — A full slate of dramas, docs, shorts, videos and
other programs are highlights this year for the 20th Anniversary edition of
the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival taking place
March 7 – 17 at venues in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. SFIAAFF
has grown into the largest event of Asian and Asian-American film festivals
in North America.
This year’s fest features 134 films and videos in 38 programs including the
March 7th opener, Justin Lin‘s troubling look at future leaders in “Better
Luck Tomorrow.” Organizers describe the film as a look at “a group
of overachieving high school students who switch their attention from
educational excellence to criminal misconduct.” The film debuted at
Sundance this year and was later acquired by MTV Films.
Also highlighted this year are four feature film directorial debuts including
Helen Lee‘s romantic comedy, “The Art of Woo,” the world premiere of Romeo Candido‘s musical family melodrama, “Lolo’s Child,” Gaurav Seth‘s love story, “A Passage to Ottawa,” and Babak Shokrian‘s recently screened Berlin Film Festival project, “America So Beautiful.” The film focuses on a group of young Iranian immigrants hoping to realize their American dreams, but the take over of the American embassy in Tehran results in a confrontation with a darker side of America.
Other events this year include a retrospective of the festival’s two decades
in addition to revival screenings including Wayne Wang‘s “Chan is Missing,” and “Salaam Mira!: The Short Films of Mira Nair” (“Monsoon Wedding“). The event will close March 14th at the AMC Kabuki 8 with Timothy Linh Bui‘s directorial debut, “Green Dragon,” which takes an emotional look at
Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s.
SFIAFF is presented by the National Asian American Telecommunications
Association (NAATA), an organization formed by Asian Pacific Americans to
challenge what its members viewed as misrepresentation and under
representation in mainstream media. [Brian Brooks]
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