Channel And Artisan Pitch "Pi" With Contest; Lipsky To Direct Bravo
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz and Eugene Hernandez
Artisan Grabs New Egoyan Film
Representatives for Artisan Entertainment confirmed late yesterday that
the company has acquired the U.S. rights to "Felicia's Journey", the new
film from by filmmaker Atom Egoyan which is set to begin production in
September. The project is Egoyan's follow-up to his acclaimed film, "The
Sweet Hearafter." The film, based on the William Trevor novel, is being
financed and produced by Mel Gibson's and Bruce Davey's Icon Productions.
Artisan indicated that they plan to release the movie in the Fall of 1999.
"It is rare to have such a long-standing relationship with someone like
John Hegeman (executive vice president, theatrical marketing of Artisan),
who has been a strong supporter of mine since we worked together on The
Adjuster," said Egoyan, in a prepared statement yesterday, "I've been
looking forward to the day when I can work with John again, as well as
the whole team at Artisan Entertainment."
Earlier this week, indieWIRE published a conversation with Artisan
Exec VP John Hegeman, discussing the company's acquisition of the new
Ken Loach film, "My Name is Joe," and Bennett Miller's documentary,
"The Cruise," as well as the success of the current Artisan release, "Pi."
The article is available @ indieWIRE.com.
>>Labs Donate $500,000 To Film Preservation
Fifteen film labs and postproduction houses have pledged almost $500,000
over five years to the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF),
according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the goal to aid in the
preservation of historical films that are not protected otherwise. These
"orphan films," usually newsreels, documentaries, ethnic and avant-garde
film are the main priority of the NFPF, accoding to the trade. The NFPF,
a nonprofit organization created by Congress in order to preserve
America's film heritage, will be eligable for federal matching funds in
October 1999. Those companies donating funds and services are
Technicolor Film Services, Deluxe Laboratories, Consolidated Film
Industries, EDS Digital Studios and Foto-Kem Industries, while those
donating services are Chace Productions, Film Technology, WRS Motion
Picture and Video Laboratory, Crest National Laboratory, Pacific
Title/Mirage Studio, NT Audio Laboratory, Four Media Co., Cinetech,
Colorlab (Maryland) and YCM.
>>Sundance Channel And Artisan Pitch "Pi" With Contest
The Sundance Channel is joining newly reborn distributor Artisan
Entertainment in presenting an interesting marketing approach involving
the release of Artisan's latest film, Darren Aronofsky's "Pi."
Filmmakers are being asked to submit an original short film of 10-minute
or less, giving their interpretation of "the chaos they find in their
lives and the answers hidden within," as part of their entry. The
contest, to be judged by Aronofsky, is being supported by an on- and
off-air search, using promo spots on the Channel and their web site
(www.sundancechannel.com). The contest winner will have his/her
work premiered on the Channel. For a complete list of rules and
regulations, applicants should send a stamped S.A.S.E. by August 14th
to: Pi Video Contest, c/o Artisan Entertainment, 2700 Colorado Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404, or check out the Sundance Channel website. Work
must be postmarked by September 14th and submitted by September 20th. In
addition, Sundance Channel affiliated cable companies are promoting free
screenings of "Pi" in the following cities: New York, Seattle,
Philladelphia, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, New Orleans and Palo
Alto, CA and the Channel and Artisan are presenting screenings in 18
other cities, including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta.
>>"Pi" Strong at the Box Office
Darren Aronofsky's Artisan release, "Pi," continues to do big numbers,
raking in $147,608 over the weekend for a whopping $14,761
average on ten screens, according to Showbizdata.com. In fact, "Pi"
outperformed every film except the IMAX film, "Everest" on a per screen
basis. Stratosphere's release, "The Thief," averaged over $5,500
per screen, grossing $34,648 on six screens over the weekend through
its tenth day of release. Sony Pictures Classics Christina Ricci starrer,
"The Opposite of Sex" continued to add to its impressive total, racking
up over $258 grand on 143 screens, bringing its 9 week total to
>> Lipsky To Direct Bravo Marketing
According to Daily Variety, Bravo Networks has announced the hiring of
indie distribution and marketing vet Mark Lipsky as director of consumer
marketing. Lipsky will report to Bravo's VP of marketing and public
relations, Caroline Bock. Lipsky's duties will include the supervision
of consumer marketing and co-branding activities for Bravo and the
Independent Film Channel (IFC). Lipsky was a senior VP of Miramax from
1986-88, overseeing the marketing of films such as Bille August's "Pelle
the Conqueror" (1989's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar), Errol Morris'
"The Thin Blue Line" and Lizzie Borden's "Working Girls". Bravo
Networks, based in Woodbury, NY consists of the IFC, Bravo (the film and
arts channel), World Cinema, Bravo International, IFC Productions and
Next Wave Films.