Chaplin Doc, Premiering in Cannes, To Open Silverdocs; Plus Fest and Film News From Cannes and Beyond
by Eugene Hernandez
Following its world premiere in Cannes later this week, Richard Schickel's doc "Charlie: the Life and Art of Charles Chaplin" will make its North American premiere at the inaugural Silverdocs festival in June, the fest announced on Tuesday. AFI and the Discovery Channel are presenting the festival, to be held in Silver Spring, Md. from June 18-22. Schickel will be on hand with Geraldine Chaplin and other guests on June 18 to present "Charlie."
Other programs planned for Silverdocs include a political night on June 19 showing the Joseph Lieberman doc "Only in America," along with Spike Lee's short "We Wuz Robbed" about the 2000 election. A symposium devoted to NFL Films will be held on June 20, and the first Charles Guggenheim Symposium will follow on June 21, including a screening of his film "Berga: Soldiers of Another War." June 22 will bring a community day with screening of a Tony Hawk tour film. Overall, Silverdocs will present more than 70 docs (in and out of competition), selected from 1000+ submissions from 68 countries.
GOLDWYN GETS A MUSICAL
Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced a pre-fest deal for Robert Cary's "Anything But Love." Described as a musical romance, the film was touted in an announcement as "a contemporary love story of a young woman choosing between the life she wants and the dreams she can't live without." It stars Isabel Rose, Cameron Bancroft, Andrew Shepard, and Earth Kitt. It was written by Isabel Rose and Robert Cary and produced by Aimee Schoof and Isen Robbins of Intrinsic Value Films in New York ("XX/XY," "Death of a Dynasty"). The company will release the film in the U.S. this fall.
HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL PLANS
A trio from the Hamptons International Film Festival, executive director Denise Kasell, programming director Rajendra Roy and industry liaison Mark Rabinowitz (a co-founder of indieWIRE), announced the formation of the Travel & Leisure International Forum for this year's Hamptons fest. The news was unveiled to coincide with the fest's party at the Man Ray Villa outside Cannes here on Tuesday afternoon. The new forum will bring a number of international film organizations to the event, including Unifrance, the Export Union of German Film, and the Galway Film Fleadh and Fair. The organizations will present films and also present panel discussions and seminars. Oscar winner "Nowhere in Africa" from Germany was among the foreign-language films that screened in The Hamptons last year.
TELLURIDE FEST'S 30TH
Tom Luddy and Bill Pence from the Telluride Film Festival welcomed festival attendees to the Variety Village on Tuesday for a party to mark the 30th anniversary of the annual Labor Day weekend event in Colorado. The pair announced that famed composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will join them this year as the festival's guest director. Last year's guest director was Alberto Barbera, formerly of the Venice Film Festival. In other Telluride fest news, Ted Turner will receive the Silver Medallion award at the event, while artist Gary Larson, best known for "The Far Side," has been tapped to design the event's poster.
LARRY CLARK'S LATEST
Filmmaker Larry Clark ("Ken Park," "Kids") has signed on to direct "A Good Day to Die." The film will be based on the novel by Jim Harrison with producer Thierry de Ganay handling the film through his Lambart Productions. The film is described in an announcement as "an American take on 'Jules and Jim' (that) chronicles the wild cross-country odyssey of two young men and the woman they both love." The script was written by Adam Davidson and Tom Hedley. Casting for the project is underway and the picture will shoot in the United States.
[Wendy Mitchell contributed to this report.]