by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Roe's "Pop" Doc Wins Top LAIFF Prize
Chris Roe's "Pop and Me," a documentary about fathers and sons, won the
Audience Award at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival -- the event's top
prize. Beginning as the document of a trip taken by Roe and his father
Richard, the project evolved into a collection of over two-dozen interviews
with fathers and sons around the world. The awards were announced at
a ceremony Tuesday night at the Director's Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles.
Filmmaker Ed Radtke, director of "The Dream Catcher," won the festival's
directing award, while the screenwriting prize went to Jaffe Cohen and
Chris Livingston for "Hit and Runaway." Chris Landreth won the Festival's
short film award for "Bingo."
"The Dream Catcher," which is set to screen in New York on Thursday as
part of the IFP's Independent's Night series, follows two teenage runaways
on the road and making their way across the country. The film was
produced by Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and Peter Wentworth, along
with Radtke -- it first screened as a work-in-progress at the 1998 IFFM
and is being repped by Redeemable Features.
"Hit and Runaway," co-written and directed by Chris Livingston, is the story
of two writers -- one a straight Italian Catholic and the other a gay
New York Jew -- working together to write a screenplay.
Also announced at the Festival's closing night event was the recipient of
the Production Grant Program -- Leslie Jordan's "Lost in the Pershing
Point Hotel" will receive numerous products and services, along with a
pre-production cash grant and other promotional support.
[For more information on the LAIFF, visit the official website at:
http://www.laiff.com, or call (323) 937-9155.]
>> Quinn's Unveil "This Is My Father" in NYC
Celebs and execs were out Monday night to support the NYC premiere
of Paul Quinn's directorial debut, "This Is My Father," a film that he made
in collaboration with brothers Aidan (who starred in the movie) and Declan
(who shot it). The screening and after party drew high-profile celebrities,
including Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts,
and Stanley Tucci, who were not suprisingly shadowed by gang of
photographers. A team of Sony Pictures Classics execs, including Co-President
Michael Barker and acquisitions VP Dylan Leiner were also on hand,
along with Barbara Sintes from the SPC acquisitions team.
In "Father," the present day search for one family's roots unveils the
story of star-crossed lovers living in rural World War II era Ireland. The
film, a tear-jerker for many in the audience, was introduced by Barker,
and brothers Aidan and Paul Quinn. While the Sony executive commented
on the moving aspects of the film, and the director expressed relief at
completing a movie that began with an idea over 14 years ago, Aidan
Quinn made brief remarks that concluded, "You enjoy the film, I'm going
to go get drunk and I'll see you later..."
Later, guests joined him for cocktails during a post-screening party at
Alaia on Fifth Avenue.
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