by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Cannes '99 Going Digital with D.FILM and Wavelength
While George Lucas will be stateside projecting the new "Star Wars" film in
theaters digitally, attendees at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival will be
sampling digitally-projected work at a theater on the Croisette.
D.FILM, the digital film festival, is teaming up with digital distributors
Wavelength Releasing to bring the prestigious festival into the digital
era. The team will offer three days of screenings, including short work as
well as Stefan Avalos & Lance Weiler's "The Last Broadcast." The event, a
part of the Cannes MITIC technology show, will run May 18 - 20 at the
According to organizers, the event will an entirely digital affair, with
portions of the program sent to the Festival by satellite and other work
stored on a new high-def "store-forward" device and then projected
[Submissions for the event are being accepted through April 26th. For more
visit the official website at: http://www.dfilm.com.]
>> Wavelength Unveils Pre and Post Cannes Plans, Including Events in NYC and Europe
In the new issue of RES Magazine, I briefly profiled Wavelength Releasing's
Stefan Avalos, Lance Weiler, Esther Robinson, and David Beard for the
publication's RES 10 section, spotlighting "ten individuals or companies
who have taken digital media to new heights." Unable to discuss the
specifics of her company's plans at the time, Robinson reluctantly left me
with the company line, "We are pursuing opportunities for advanced means of
distribution and content development utilizing new media technologies."
This week, the details of Wavelength's Spring plans were unveiled. Next
month, before taking Avalos and Weiler's "The Last Broadcast" to Cannes,
Wavelength will team with the American Museum of the Moving Image to screen
the feature at the DGA in NYC on May 15th, along with the High Definition
short, "Protest," by S.D. Katz and Pitch Inc. In addition, Wavelength will
host a panel on the future of HD and e-cinema, as well as hi-def
Following the NYC and Cannes events, Wavelength will take their electronic
show on the international road, with screenings in London, Dublin and
>> IFP/North's Over.Byte Event Showcasing Digital Narrative
On the emerging circuit of digital seminars and panel discussions a few
names pop up regularly. Such is the case this weekend in Minneapolis/St.
Paul where locals will have the opportunity to talk with filmmakers Rob
Nilsson, John Corbett, Tommy Pallotta, Todd Verow, Wavelength's Esther
Robinson, and Next Wave Film's Tara Veneruso.
Described as "an overview of digital narrative," the IFP/North's
"Over.Byte" will offer two seminars as well as screenings of shorts --
Pallotta and Bob Sabiston's "Roadhead," Sophie Fiennes' "Lars From 1-10,"
Corbett's "Psychology of Mental Training") and features (Doug Block's "Home
Page," and Verow's "Shucking the Curve").
[For more information, contact the IFP/North at 612.338-0871]
>> IFC Launching Second Primal Screen Tour
The Independent Film Channel is offering free screenings at three New York
city theaters this weekend to kick off "Primal Screen 2: Cult," the
broadcaster's second touring film festival.
Primal Screen will offer John Water's "Polyester" (presented in Odorama),
Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude," and Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"
at the Ziegfield in Manhattan, the Cobble Hill Cinema in Brooklyn, and the
American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. The trio of films will
embark on a tour of Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Colombus, and
Pittsburgh later this year.
[For more information or free tickets, call 800.671-4321.]
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