DAILY NEWS: Cinematheque Showcases Politics; Also, News Recap and a New Hire at sputnik7
by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE
>> As Democrats Gather in L.A., American Cinematheque will Explore American Politics
(indieWIRE/ 8.3.00) --While the Republicans are gathered in Philadelphia
for their convention, the West Coast is preparing for this month's
gathering of Democrats in Los Angeles. Yesterday, The American
Cinematheque unveiled plans for a film series exploring American
politics that will coincide with the upcoming Democratic gathering.
"One of the great myths about American filmmaking is that our movies
aren't political," the Cinematheque explained in a prepared statement
announcing the series. "In truth, almost all American films are
political, from the Westerns of John Ford to the bleak, post-war
noirs of the 1940's and 1950's, to supposedly 'escapist' fantasies
like 'Star Wars' and 'Jurassic Park' (which reflect their culture
and politics as surely as 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington').
Films set to screen include Torrie Rosenzweig's "Smoke and Mirrors:
A History of Denial," John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate,"
D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' "The War Room," Michael Ritchie's
"The Candidate," Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,"
Arthur Dong's "Licensed to Kill," Otto Preminger's "Advise and
Consent," and Alan Pakula's "All the President's Men."
"One of the most famous images in American film, Orson Welles as
Charles Foster Kane standing beneath a massive, demagogue-like
campaign poster, could easily stand in for all the political
campaigns of the past," continued the American Cinematheque's
analysis. "Even when American films aren't trying to be consciously
political, they are -- Paul Brickman's 'Risky Business' was either
the best advertisement, or the best satire, of the Reagan era made
in Hollywood (depending on your point of view)."
Special guests are scheduled to include directors Torrie Rosenzweig
and Arthur Dong, "Manchurian Candidate" screenwriter George Axelrod and actress Tippi Hedren. [Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]
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>> RECAP: Minahan Deal with USA; Tykwer at Sony, Eveo's Advisors and iCAST & Shortbuzz.com
(indieWIRE/8.3.00) -- Yesterday was a big news day, but due to technical difficulties on our end you may have received indieWIRE Daily a bit later than usual. So, to recap, filmmaker Dan Minahan (and producers Blow Up Pictures and Killer Films) sold his new film to USA Films while director Tom Tykwer took his new movie back to Sony Pictures Classics. In other news, Eveo.com announced the high-profile group of indie directors that have joined its advisory committee and iCAST acquired the online entertainment site Shortbuzz.com. The news is available now on the indieWIRE website.
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>> BRIEFLY: Blumenthal Takes Production Slot at sputnik7
(indieWIRE/8.3.00) -- Producer Hank Blumenthal has been named the
Director of Production at sputnik7.com, the streaming site announced
yesterday. In his new role, Blumenthal will oversee content production
for sputnik7 and its partners, RES Media Group and Palm Pictures. Hank
Blumenthal is a well-known producer in the indie community, having
produced Alexandre Rockwell's "In The Soup," John Johnson's "Ratchet," and Dierdre Fishel's "Risk." He has also produced a number of websites for an array of companies. [Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]