DAILY NEWS: Oscars Moving to February; NAATA Names Yee Honorees; and HBO Takes Doc Series to SF
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> AMPAS Set to Move Oscars to February in 2004; Decision Shaking Up Annual Awards Season
(indieWIRE: 07.22.02) — The annual awards season that often catapults
indie and specialty films to compete with major Hollywood releases
for end of the year kudos is being completely re-defined.
Last week, organizers of the annual Academy Awards confirmed
that the 2004 Oscar ceremony will be moved up to a new late
February date (next year’s event will remain in late March).
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) chief Bruce Davis
called the move a “done deal” in a conversation with Variety last week.
According to reports, AMPAS is eyeing a February 29th day for the
76th Academy Awards.
The news is impacting organizers of other awards programs, many of
which set their clock by the Academy Awards. The British Academy of
Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) will move its 2004 ceremony to February
8th, while Variety reported today that the Screen Actors Guild is
considering at an early February date for its televised ceremony.
Other ceremonies will undoubtedly fall into place ahead of the Oscars,
with the AMPAS awards program seen as the annual conclusion to an awards
season that launches in December with film critics groups best film
honors. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> NAATA Selects James T. Yee Honorees
(indieWIRE: 07.22.02) — The National Asian American Telecommunications
Association (NAATA) has unveiled the honorees for its first James T. Yee
Mentorship program. The awards were created in the name of the
organization’s founding executive director, James Yee.
Selected to receive the awards were Jessica Chen Drammeh for “Anomaly” and Shashwati Talukdar & Shebana Coelho for “Ghosts.” The awards will help the participants further develop their projects and establish access to mentors.
“Each year, NAATA’s Media Fund receives nearly 100 proposals for film and
video productions about Asian Americans,” explained Eddie Wong, executive
director of NAATA, in a prepared statement. “Many of these projects contain
good ideas and show great promise but would benefit from guidance — NAATA
is proud to be able to support filmmakers in a new way while carrying on
[James Yee’s] legacy.”
NAATA, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, provides
support for Asian American film and video projects. It has offered more than
$2 million to over 100 projects since its inception. [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> HBO Announces First Frame by Frame Series in San Francisco
(indieWIRE: 07.22.02) — HBO announced its documentary series, Frame by
Frame, will screen in San Francisco for the first time from August 5 – 12 at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The series, which began in New York will hold its fifth annual event in Gotham this autumn.
Kicking off the event in the Bay Area featuring 26 documentary films are
theme film blocks taking a look at the effects of 9/11 worldwide. Among
the films in the program are Darcy Dennett‘s “Morning: September 11“;
Etienne Sauret‘s “WTC: The First 24 Hours“; James Ronald Whitney‘s “Telling Nicholas” as well as the much heralded “In Memoriam: New York
City, 9/11/01.” The film features clips and photos from 100+ New
Yorkers and independent filmmakers.
Other highlights planned in this year’s Frame by Frame are screenings of
“Murder on a Sunday Morning,” this year’s Oscar-winner for best documentary feature. The event also highlights programs on womanhood and gender-bending and Q & A with a host of award-winning filmmakers. [Brian Brooks]
>> THURSDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Florida Fest Moves, Locarno Lineup, and More Gotham Winners
(indieWIRE: 07.18.02) — After 11 years in its June slot, the Florida Film
Festival is moving its event to the month of March; As the clock strikes
midnight on August 1, the 55th Locarno International Film Festival will begin
with an open-air screening of Oliver Parker’s “The Importance of Being
Earnest”; Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and documentary filmmakers Marco Williams
and Whitney Dow have been added to the list of winners for the 2002 IFP Gotham
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