DAILY NEWS: Artisan Acquires Doc; Also, Next Wave's Next
by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE
>> Artisan Acquires Hegedus/Pennebaker Dotcom Doc
(indieWIRE/ 8.4.00) -- "Startup.com," a new documentary by acclaimed
filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker("The War Room"), has been acquired by Artisan Entertainment. The distributor secured a deal which
gives them North American rights to the movie. The film, made with
first-timer Jehane Noujaim, tracks the growth of a startup Internet
company amidst the dotcom boom of the late 20th century.
Artisan, hoping to debut the doc at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and
intends to release the movie shortly thereafter according to a prepared
statement. Artisan Senior VP Patrick Gunn, who was at October with
current Artisan CEO Amir Malin when Pennebaker and Hegedus released
"The War Room," secured the deal with Artisan's Karen Levin and the
film's producer Frazer Pennebaker who repped the filmmakers.
In a prepared statement yesterday, Gunn said, "Artisan has continually
supported the documentary film format first with "The Cruise," then
"Buena Vista Social Club" and now "Startup.com."
Continuing Gunn added, "Startup.com" provides a first hand look at
the playing field that's broken wide open with the emergence of a
new business model, the Internet startup, and gives a never before
seen look at the drama that unfolds as a website is born."
>> BRIEFLY: Next Wave Names New UK Project
(indieWIRE/ 8.4.00) -- Next Wave Films confirmed that it is currently
in production on its first UK digital feature. The movie, entitled
"The Trouble with Men and Women," is currently being shot in London
through Next Wave's Agenda 2000 digital arm. The movie marks the
feature debut for Tony Fisher and is being produced by Christopher
Simon(the two first collaborated on the short film, "To Hell with Love").
"Agenda 2000 was established to enable filmmakers to make exceptional
features less expensively and with greater creative control," commented Next Wave's UK rep Liz Rosenthal in a prepared statement. Next Wave President Peter Broderick added, "The Trouble with Men and Women" is a model digital feature -- a smart script, a great producer-director team, a terrific cast, and the right digital tools." Next Wave, a part of the Independent Film Channel, recently wrapped "Manic" and is in production on "Paper Chasers." [Eugene Hernandez]