DAILY NEWS: Gay Film Awards; Philly Fest Plans
with articles by Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> A Little Glitter for Oscar Weekend; Gay Film Awards Announced
(indieWIRE/03.14.02) — With the annual awards show weekend only one week away,
a new event honoring gay-themed films has been announced that should help kick
off the festivities. On Friday, March 22, two days before the Oscars and one
day prior to the Independent Spirit Awards, the first annual Hollywood Gay
Film Awards will take place at the Gay & Lesbian Center Village Theater, Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood.
Described as “an evening to celebrate the theaters, film festivals,
distributors, filmmakers, financiers and stars who have contributed in
bringing these stories to audiences worldwide,” the awards will be presented
only to films released during 2001. Winners will receive the Glitter Award.
“The name glitter was chosen because we believe that all of these
films, one way or another, have had an impact on peoples lives and deserve an
opportunity to shine,” said executive director Jorge Ameer in a prepared
Indie distributor Hollywood Independents is the presenting sponsor of the
event. Other sponsors include The Advocate, Skyy Vodka, New Times,
Planetout.com, FilmThreat.com, Sockpuppet Enterprises, Hollywood Reporter,
Ringer Video and Advanced Video among others. Voting will be done through
several local, national and international gay and lesbian entertainment
publications. Film/event company A.J. Productions will produce the show.
Nominated films include “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Together,” “The
Closet,” “L.I.E.,” “The Deep End,” and “Trembling Before G-d,” among other titles. [Matthew Ross]
For more information, please call 323-876-0975.
>> Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema Expands Dates
(indieWIRE/03.14.02) — Ducking a trend by many festivals this year toward
downsizing, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema will open next month
with an extra three days in various Philadelphia neighborhoods and more
than 200 features, documentaries, animation and shorts from almost 50
countries. Opening the event Thursday, April 4 is Max L. Raab‘s “Strut,” a
look at local south Philly dancers who compete annually on New Year’s Day in
an eccentric street dance party.
The Festival, produced by the Philadelphia Film Society and presented by TLA
Entertainment Group and International House, also plans a number of special
programming and tributes including a student film festival and “A Festival
of Independents,” featuring regional filmmakers and films opening with the
American premiere of the hip hop crime thriller, “Snipes,” by Rich Murray.
Director John Sayles will receive The American Independents Award and will also be the subject of a four-film retrospective with screenings of “Return
of the Secaucus Seven,” “Lianna,” “The Brother from Another Planet,” and “Matewan” (the fest will host a Q & A with Sayles between screenings of
“Seven” and “Brother”).
Ken Russell will also have a retrospective with “The Devils,” “Tommy,” and the North American premiere of “The Fall of the Louse of Usher” screening, with the director taking part in a Q & A prior to “Louse.” Russell will
receive the TLA Video Phantasmagoria Award. Cannes award-winner and two-time Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh (“An Unmarried Woman“) will receive the Artistic Achievement Award for Acting.
The Festival will feature four Centerpiece screenings including the world
premiere of Kevin Snyder‘s “Emmet’s Mark” starring Scott Wolf, Tim Roth, Gabriel Byrne and Khandi Alexander in the tale about a detective who confronts his own demise while investigating a high-profile murder.
Additionally, 49 works in Contemporary World Cinema as well as films in
categories such as Cinema of the Muslim Worlds, Eastern European Cinema, US
Independents, Documentary Tradition, New Korean Cinema and “Danger After
Dark” will screen. Closing the event April 17 is Peter Care‘s “The Dangerous
Lives of Altar Boys.” [Brian Brooks]