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DAILY BRIEFS: "Pants on Fire" Acquired; Levinson to Offer Sneak Peak; NYC New Festival Opens with Tr

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE



>> Rocky Collins' "Pants on Fire" Acquired by Shadow

Shadow Distribution has acquired the North American rights to Rocky
Collins
' "Pants on Fire," which bowed at last year's LAIFF, and won the
festival's Best Screenwriting prize. The film also screened at festivals
in London, Ft. Lauderdale, Tokyo and Cairo.

Waterville, Maine-based Shadow, which has also released Ken Loach's "Carla's
Song
" and is handling Paul Wagner's "Windhorse," will open the film in September.
Producer's rep Gary Kauffman of Kauffman & Roban, LLP closed the deal with the
distributor.

>> Levinson to Debut New Work in Progress Doc at First Maryland Film Fest

Filmmaker Barry Levinson will unveil a work in progress screening of "Diner
Guys
," his new documentary, at the opening night of the first Maryland Film
Festival
in Baltimore this Thursday. The movie, which Levinson has been
shooting for decades, documents the filmmaker's group of high school
friends who inspired his 1982 film, "Diner" -- capturing them at reunions,
birthday parties, and other gatherings.

The Maryland Festival, which runs through Sunday, will screen over fifty
films, including the American premieres of Jerzy Hoffman's "With Fire and
Sword
" from Poland, "Top of the Food Chain" by Canadian John Paizs and Ben
Taylor
's "Flesh." A selection of special guests are set to appear,
including B-movie Queen Doris Wishman ("Bad Girls Go to Hell," and "Nude on
the Moon
"), the B-52's singer Fred Schneider who will intro Athens native
Jim Herbert's "Speedy Boys," Giancarlo Esposito who will offer the 10th
Anniversary screening of "Do the Right Thing," and filmmaker Sarah Jacobson
with "Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore."

According to Festival Founder Jed Dietz, a major aspect of the festival is
its focus on film preservation. A portion of each festival ticket sold
will go to preservation and recently restored films will be screened,
including, "All Quiet on the Western Front," the silent classic "Peter Pan"
(1924), "A Hard Day's Night," "Bicycle Thief," "Pastor Hall," and Adolfas
Mekas
' "Hallelujah the Hills" (1963).

[For more information, visit the Maryland Film Festival Website:
http://www.mdfilmfest.com, or call the festival offices at 410.752.8083.]

>> New York's New Festival Opening with Troche and Closing with Fall

Rose Troche's "Bedroom's and Hallways," which premiered at the 1999 Toronto
Film Festival
, will open the 11th New Festival, New York's Lesbian and Gay
Film Festival
on June 3rd, while Jim Fall's "Trick" will close the event on
June 13th. Fall's film was recently named the opener at the San Francisco
International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
, where Troche's movie will also
screen.

The 1999 New Festival will include a retrospective of the work of Pratibha
Parmar
, along with a screening of her new documentary, "Righteous Babes,"
featuring Tori Amos, Sinead O'Connor, and Ani DiFranco. Also on tap for
the event are a number of films that will be co-presented with the Human
Rights Watch International Film Festival
, including Greta Schiller's "The
Man Who Drove with Mandela
," and Ernest Dickerson's "Blind Faith."

[For more information on the Festival, call 212/254-7228]






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