Bosgang's "Money" Wins Comedy Award; South Park Duo Headed for Sundance
by Eugene Hernandez
The first New York Comedy Film Festival wrapped up last night with a
special awards program held at the famous Caroline's comedy club in
Manhattan. Director Ben Stiller ("The Cable Guy", "Reality Bites") announced
the winners before a standing room only crowd, which included his parents
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
The Best Feature Award went to Jeremiah Bosgang for his film, "Good Money".
The movie, inspired by the filmmaker's adventures in the televisions
industry, features Dick Cavett, the cast of "Seinfeld", Conan O'Brien, Andy
Richter, and the late Brandon Tartikoff. "The 15 Minute Hamlet", directed by
Todd Louiso won the award for Best Short, and "Dirdy Birdy", directed by John
Dilworth, received the Best Animated Short award. The festival's Lifetime
Achievement Award went to Richard Pryor.
Prior to the presentation, a program hosting "South Park" creators Trey
Parker and Matt Stone included a screening of a never before seen episode
of the popular animated television series. During a brief post-screening
Q&A session, the duo reflected on the controversial program and discussed
their first feature, "Orgazmo", which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival
last month and was recently acquired by October Films. The filmmakers
revealed that the film will be screening at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival
prior to its theatrical release.