DAILY NEWS: Cannes Jury, Guggenheim Fellows, and Sundance Channel & Zeitgeist
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Cannes Taps Competition Jury
(indieWIRE/04.18.02) — Next week, organizers of the Cannes Film Festival
will announce the event’s official selection, and this week they have
announced the competition jury.
Jury President David Lynch, winner of the director’s award at the festival
last year along with Joel Coen, will be joined on the 2002 Festival de
Cannes jury by actresses Christine Hakim, Sharon Stone, and Michelle Yeoh, and filmmakers Bille August, Claude Miller, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles and Regis Wargnier.
The jury’s choices will be unveiled on May 26 at the festival’s closing ceremony. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Guggenheim Selects 184 New Fellows To Receive a Total of Nearly $7 Million
(indieWIRE/04.18.02) — The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has
announced the results of its 78th annual U.S. and Canada competition. This
year’s recipients include 184 artists, scholars, and scientists. The group
was selected from 2,800 applicants and was awarded a combinded total of
$6.75 million, according to a foundation announcement.
Rebecca Baron, Elizabeth King, Jim McKay, Pola Rapaport, Sheila M. Sofian, Elisabeth Subrin, and Naomi Uman were selected as 2002 Guggenheim Fellows in Film, while Susan Mogul and Karen Yasinsky were chosen in Video & Audio. Lea Jacobs and Lev Manovitch were chosen in Film, Video and Radio Studies.
While award amounts are not announced, a Guggenheim Foundation
representative indicated that the grant amount averages about $37,000 per
person. There are no specific regulations guiding how the money is to be
used. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Sundance Channel Enters Agreement for Six-Film Package with Zeitgeist
(indieWIRE/ 04.18.02) — Sundance Channel has entered an agreement with
independent film distributor Zeitgeist Films for U.S. television rights to
six of its films, the network announced yesterday. The deal includes French
director Francois Ozon‘s “See the Sea” and “Water Drops on Burning Rocks,” based on a Fassbinder play, in addition to fellow Gaul Agnes Varda‘s much heralded “The Gleaners and I.” Also in the package is Edo Bertoglio and Glenn O’ Brien‘s “Downtown 81,” which stars the late celebrated graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as Alan Miller‘s “The Turandot Project” about the collaborative efforts between world-renowned conductor Zubin Mehta and award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou.
Documentaries included in the agreement are Kim Snyder‘s look at Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome in “I Remember Me” and “The Brandon Teena Story” by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. The latter film inspired the Oscar-winning film “Boys Don’t Cry” by Kimberly Peirce.
The deal between the companies was negotiated by Larry Greenberg, director
of acquisitions for the Sundance Channel and Showtime Networks and Emily
Russo, co-president of Zeitgeist Films. The Sundance Channel operates
separately from the non-profit Sundance Institute, which organizes the
yearly Sundance Film Festival. The network began in 1996 as a venture
between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc., and Universal Studios.