DAILY NEWS: Transgender "Georgie Girl" Finds a Home, "Chocolat" Release, and Showtime Premieres "Daddy and Them"
by Matthew Ross, Brian Brooks and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> “Georgie Girl” Goes to Women Make Movies
(indieWIRE: 06.24.02) — Director Annie Goldson‘s true-life transgendered
story, “Georgie Girl,” has been picked up by non-profit outfit Women Make
Movies, the organization announced last week. The film, shot in New Zealand,
profiles Georgina Beyer, a Maori former sex worker who eventually became the
world’s first known transgendered politician elected to a national office. Beyer was
elected to New Zealand’s parliament in 1999 from a mostly white and
conservative constituency. The film chronicles Beyer’s transformations from
a farm boy to cabaret diva, to grassroots community leader to her
present-day life as a member of parliament.
“Georgie Girl” is currently playing at the IFP/West Los Angeles
International Film Festival in the event’s international program and will
travel the summer fest circuit with screenings at the Frameline San
Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival later this month. “The acquisition of
‘Georgie Girl’ marks an historic moment at Women Make Movies,” said
executive director Debra Zimmerman in a release. “It is the first
documentary in the organization’s vast collection of films and videos by and
abut women to tell the story about the triumph of a male-to-female
Women Make Movies, formed in 1972, is a national media arts organization
that promotes distribution, and exhibition of films made by and about women.
>> Empire, First Run Share Bite of “Chocolat”
(indieWIRE: 06.24.02) — New York-based distributors First Run Features and
Empire Pictures have teamed to jointly release director Claude Chabrol‘s new film, “Merci Pour Le Chocolat.” Starring Isabelle Huppert and Jacques Dutronc, the film tells the story of a world famous concert pianist who re-marries his former wife several years after their first, very brief union. The film took
homen France’s Prix Louis Delluc for best film and the best actress award for
Huppert at the 2000 Montreal Film Festival.
Empire Pictures will oversee the film’s theatrical release this summer and
fall, while First Run will handle the home video release, scheduled for
spring 2003. The deal was negotiated for MK2 by Florence Stern, and for the
U.S. partnership by First Run president Seymour Wishman.
“Merci Pour Le Chocolat” will open theatrically July 31 at the Film Forum in
New York and August 16 at the Royal Theatre in Los Angeles followed by a
national arthouse release. [Matthew Ross]
>> Showtime To Premiere Billy Bob Thornton’s “Daddy and Them”
(indieWIRE: 06.24.02) — Showtime Networks announced that it has acquired
the rights for the U.S. premiere of Miramax Films production “Daddy and
Them,” which was written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Showtime
describes the film as “a darkly comedic southern tale” about the effects on
a poor Arkansas family when one of their own is accused of murder. The cable
network plans to premiere “Daddy and Them” in 2003.
In addition to Thornton, the ensemble cast includes Laura Dern, Diane Ladd,
Kelly Preston, Andy Griffith, Brenda Blethyn, and Jim Varney. Jamie Lee
Curtis and Ben Affleck appear in cameos.
Showtime VP of acquisitions Gary Garfinkel negotiated the deal with
Miramax’s Dan Cohen. Geyer Kosinski and Robert Salerno produced “Daddy and Them,” with Bruce Heller co-producing and Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Jonathan Gordon executive producing. [Wendy Mitchell]