BUZZ for January 31, 2003: MoMA’s Spring Plans, Screenplays on eBay, and Slamdance on the Road
by Wendy Mitchell
INDUSTRY MOVES: Todd Amorde has been named director of member education for the Screen Actors Guild. He had been director of SAG’s special projects department since 2001.
MO MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art unveiled its film programs through June, to be held at MoMA’s new film HQ, the Gramercy Theatre. Highlights include a program of early Gus Van Sant films (February 6-9), a celebration of the centennial of Vincente Minnelli’s birth (February 6-March 3), a Work in Progress benefit honoring Alexander Payne (February 27-March 1), the first of an annual series of collaborations between the Sundance Institute and MoMA (April 25-May 2), and the ever-popular New Directors/New Films fest (March 26-April 6). Other offerings of note include an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s screen tests (at MoMA QNS from May 1-September 1). The museum will present a selection of Warhol’s 500 screen tests looped on eight screens. Also, MoMA will present a tribute to the Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam Film Festival (May 2-18), and an evening dedicated to the BMW Films series “The Hire” (June 8). MediaScope evenings will be held with “Shemie” Reut, director of festival favorite “Paradox Lake” (February 10), and Miranda July (February 24), Clare Langan (March 10), Piotr Wyrzykowski (March 24), and Nancy Andrews (April 28). For details and information on other programs, visit www.moma.org.
ON THE BUS: Sunday night’s not just for dreading work anymore — John Cameron Mitchell’s next installment of the dance party Shortbus will be this Sunday at Club W. 8th at 40 W. 8th St. in Manhattan. The scene is described as “a sweaty teenage dance party for the socially-challenged.” Film lovers can also appreciate the cause — it’s a benefit to raise legal fees for a guy who was arrested after picketing the closing of an old movie theater.
ON THE AUCTION BLOCK: A struggling screenwriter named Byron Snyder has announced plans to auction off his screenplay “Vegetation” on eBay starting March 1. The author’s website (www.bsplive.com/vegetation.htm) says the script, about an alien plant, “combines the feel and look of the movie ‘Alien’ with the movie, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ along with the flavor of ‘Towering Inferno.’” The opening bid is $25,000. We don’t think we’ll be running up our Visa bills for that one.
SLAMDANCE REDUX: If you missed the warm weather and J.Lo sightings this year in Park City, then you also missed Slamdance. If so, L.A.’s American Cinematheque will screen selected Slamdance winners at the Egyptian Theatre on February 12-13. Screenings will include shorts and feature-length winners, and filmmakers will be in attendance as schedules permit. Slamdance winner screenings will come to New York’s Pioneer Theater starting February 25.
QUOTABLE: “Sundance is weird. The movies are weird — you actually have to think about them when you watch them.” — Britney Spears tells the New York Post’s Page Six about Sundance 2003.