“P.O.V.” Docs on DVD, Galway Winners, Rob Zombie’s Latest & More
by Wendy Mitchell
INDUSTRY MOVES: Laura Kern has been named the Managing Editor at Film Comment. She previously worked at Filmmaker magazine and RES. She replaces Elizabeth Helfgott who is joining the Criterion Collection as editorial director.
Steve Menkin has joined City Lights Media Group as VP of production. Menkin had been VP of film for TOKYOPOP and he also has produced feature films including “Only the Strong” and “The Sticky Fingers of Time.”
Kim Turner has been named the VP of sales and strategic marketing at Atlanta’s Cinema Concepts Theatre Service Company. Turner previously ran her own PR firm and consulted for clients such as the Atlanta Film Festival and New Yorker Films.
Randi Minetor has been named the acting executive director of the High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, N.Y. Ruth Cowing, who had been the fest’s director, will now serve as managing director. Catherine Wyler will serve as artistic director for the fourth year.
Madison, Wis.-based Planet Propaganda has launched a new indie film division, P Star Pictures. Planet principal John Besmer will head P Star, which has selected short film “Lifelike” as its first project.
DOCS ON DVD: Docurama has struck a deal with PBS‘ “P.O.V.” series so that filmmakers in the series have the option to distribute their films as Docurama DVDs (following a 45-day online rental window with Netflix). So far, three “P.O.V.” titles for 2004 will be released through Docurama: Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk‘s “Lost Boys of Sudan,” Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini‘s “Farmingville,” and Jesse Moss‘ “Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story.” All three are due on DVD October 31, and each will have bonus materials and features.
GALWAY WINNERS: The 2004 Galway Film Fleadh announced its winners: Lenny Abrahamson‘s “Adam & Paul” (first feature), Robert Quinn‘s “Cinegael Paradiso” (feature doc), Macdara Vallely‘s “The Love Bite” (Irish short), Conor Ryan‘s “Cold Pursuit” (first Irish short animation), Edith Pieperhoff‘s “Skeleton Woman” (Irish short animation), Ken Wardrop‘s “Undressing My Mother” (Irish short doc), and Eilis Kirwan‘s “Nostradamus & Me” (first Irish short).
IFC GETS TWO: IFC Films has acquired two Cannes ’04 competition films, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-ada‘s “Nobody Knows” and Hans Weingartner‘s “The Edukators” from Germany. Celluloid Dreams handled sales on both films.
REJECTED: Lions Gate has wrapped production on “The Devil’s Rejects,” Rob Zombie‘s follow-up to his hit horror film “House of 1000 Corpses.” Zombie wrote and directed the feature, which stars William Forsythe, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Bill Moseley. Lions Gate says the film blends “psychological horror elements with the Western genre to paint a shocking portrait of vigilante justice.” Forsythe plays a sheriff who takes the law into his own hands after his brother’s murder, and a number of characters from “House of 1000 Corpses” make repeat performances. Zombie produced along with Andy Gould, Mike Elliott, Michael Ohoven, and Marco Mehlitz, with Mike Paseornek of Lions Gate serving as executive producer.
HUMANITAS PRIZES: The Humanitas Prize for film and TV, now in its 30th year, has announced its 2004 winners, who will share $115,000 in prize money. The film winners include “Dirty Pretty Things,” written by Steven Knight, which gets $25,000; Tony Kushner‘s “Angels in America,” also garnering $25,000; and Jacob Aaron Estes‘ Sundance feature “Mean Creek,” which won $10,000. Humanitas also announced that it has started a new fundraising campaign to increase prize money for children’s writers.
PENNS GO PLATINUM: The AFI Associates will honor the Penn Family at this year’s Platinum Circle Luncheon, which will be held on October 1. Past honorees have included the Petrie and Fonda families. This year, AFIA will pay tribute to the late Leo Penn, his wife, Eileen, as well as Sean, Robin, Michael, Aimee, and Chris Penn.