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DAILY NEWS: 2002 No Borders Slate; and Walsh’s “Pipe Dream” Acquired

DAILY NEWS: 2002 No Borders Slate; and Walsh's "Pipe Dream" Acquired

DAILY NEWS: 2002 No Borders Slate; and Walsh's "Pipe Dream" Acquired

by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> IFP/New York Sets No Borders Slate at Trimmed Down IFP Market

(indieWIRE: 08.05.02) — Thirty-six projects are set for the No Borders
International Co-Production Market at this Fall’s IFP Market (Sept. 27 –
Oct. 4, 2002). The lineup marks the announcement of one segment for the
re-defined, smaller IFP Market. In March, IFP/New York Executive Director
Michelle Byrd announced that the annual event would welcome nearly 40% fewer
projects. It will focus on projects in the development stage and favor
works-in-progress. The complete No Borders lineup is available now at

The producer-driven section of the annual event, founded in 1995, this year
includes projects in development from Jay Craven (producer/director,
Disappearances“), Carine Adler (director/co-writer, “Finding Out“),
Jasmine Kosovic (producer, “The Low River“), Matthew Greenfield and Miguel Arteta (producers, “The Motel“), Esther Robinson (director, “The Danny Williams Story“), Barbara Hammer (director/producer, “Resisting Paradise“), Thomas Allen Harris (producer/director, ” The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela), and Alison Maclean (director, “Yes“).

The No Borders Co-Production Market, headed by IFP/New York Associate
Director Colin Stanfield, is a collaboration that brings together a number
of funding and support organizations, including The Film Council, the
Filmstiftung Nordhrhein-Westfalen, Telefilm Canada, Ateliers du Cinema Europeen/ACE, CineMart, The Sundance Institute, and Wallonie Bruxelles Images.

Among the other segments of the annual IFP Market, which kick off with
the IFP Gotham Awards on Sept. 26th, are Emerging Narrative, Spotlight
on Documentaries, and the Film Conference & Expo. This year’s event
will see a significant drop in narrative projects.

“Our goal is to heighten attention around a select group of talented, emerging filmmakers,” commented Patricia Finneran, the new Artistic Director
of the IFP Market, in a prepared statement in March, “Particularly those
still seeking production and completion funding.”


>> Castle Hill Goes for “Pipe Dream”

(indieWIRE: 08.05.02) — Castle Hill Productions has acquired domestic theatrical
rights to John C. Walsh‘s “Pipe Dream” the company’s president of marketing and distribution Mel Maron announced Friday. The romantic comedy written by Walsh Kaplan and Cynthia Kaplan was shot in New York City and features Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker. Castle Hill is planning an October release.

According to a Castle Hill announcement, the film follows a New York plumber
(Donovan) who has a one-night stand with an aspiring screenwriter (Parker).
In order to overcome his perceived lowly status on the social totem pole, he
steals the woman’s script and convinces a casting director friend to arrange
auditions so he can meet women. In the process of auditioning, the plumber’s
‘project’ garners buzz and the woman, though initially outraged, eventually
decide to go with the building momentum.

“Castle Hill is very high on the theatrical prospects for “Pipe Dream,” which
features excellent performances from Mary-Louise Parker and Martin Donovan,”
commented Maron in a prepared statement. “John Walsh directs the film with the
lightest comic touch and a great feel for romance.” The film screened at the
Seattle and Munich film festivals. Walsh’s previous film was “Ed’s Next Move,”
which played at Sundance, Toronto and Seattle. [Brian Brooks]

>> THURSDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: HBO and Newmarket Team Up on “Real Women”; and PBS Expands Independent Lens

(indieWIRE: 07.25.02) — shift in strategy at HBO will bring an acclaimed
festival favorite to movie theaters this fall. Patricia Cardoso’s “Real
Women Have Curves,” one of the cable network’s lower budget, independent-minded
projects, will go ahead in cinemas although, until now, the company was against
making a theatrical deal for the picture. Also in news, the non-fiction program
“Independent Lens,” which was first started by PBS as a 10-week series in 1999,
will now expand to 29 primetime episodes a year as the series is relaunched
with the Independent Television Service.


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