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Adrienne Shelly, Part Deux; Kurosawa Beyond The Grave; Punching The Clown

The Grave; Punching The Clown

Compiled by Kevin Dreyfuss



>> Adrienne Shelly, Part Deux


Adrienne Shelly, actress ("Trust") and writer/director (Phaedra Cinema's
"Sudden Manhattan"), has just wrapped principal photography on her
sophomore feature, "I'll Take You There." The film stars Ally Sheedy
(fresh off an award-winning turn in "High Art") and newcomer Reg Rogers,
with supporting roles played by Shelly and Ben Vereen. Jim Stark
("Mystery Train") produces in association with a German production
company, Hollywood Partners.


>> Kurosawa Beyond The Grave


Takashi Koizumi, longtime assistant director to recently deceased film
legend Akira Kurosawa ("Ran," "Yojimbo," "Rashoman") has announced plans
to make his feature film directorial debut helming an unfinished work
from the great Kurosawa himself, called "Ame Agaru" (After the Rain).
The film deals with a samurai obsessed with material gain, and is
budgeted at $3.8 million, slated to begin production in Kyoto in time to
premiere at this summer's Venice Film Festival on the first anniversary
of Kurosawa's death.


>> Punching The Clown


New York-based Scottish filmmaker Diane Best is set to start production
in February on an unusual feature documentary, "Solo Acts: A Brief
History of Masturbation
," produced by Jan Rofekamp and the production
company Films Transit International. Following on the heels of such
films as "The Celluloid Closet," the documentary will take a humorous
journey through the history of one of the last sexual taboos, utilizing
a variety of medium to explore the historical, political and religious
forces that have influenced the practice and perceptions of solo flying,
so to speak. The filmmakers are still searching for finishing funds,
and also call on anyone who has a good story, film clip or reference of
some sort they think might be a good addition to the film to contact
them. We would post their email addresses, but perhaps that isn't the
wisest idea in the world.


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