DAILY NEWS: 7th Art Acquisition; New York Underground Online; Chicago
by Maya Churi and Eugene Hernandez
>> Seventh Art Acquires "The Waiting Game"
Seventh Art Releasing has acquired Ken Liotti's first feature, "The Waiting Game," Acquisitions and Marketing VP Oren Bitan told indieWIRE yesterday. Bitan described the dramatic film as "a fresh and funny look at struggling
actors in New York, celebrating their unemployed status while waiting tables at an upscale eatery."
Bitan indicated that the company will pursue a limited release in January, marketing the launch with promotions in restaurants, hoping to mobilize waiters and actors.
Interesting, Liotti financed the movie online, in part by selling old records he found at a garage sale. He based the story on his experiences working in a New York restaurant. The movie stars Will Arnett ("Sex And The City"), Terumi Mathews ("Madonna-Innocence Lost"), Dwight Ewell ("Chasing Amy"), Eddie Malavarca ("OZ"), and Daniel Riordan ("The Adventures of Captain Z").
>>The NY Underground Film Festival streams their "Best of"
Insound, an independent music and community website and the New York
Underground Film Festival are teaming up to present the best of the festival
online. Under the agreement, Insound will promote, exhibit and distribute
NYUFF participants' works in the new "Cinema" area of the site. NYUFF
director Ed Halter will be working with Insound to create a mix of the
best underground work which will be accessible by streaming the videos over
The site will also offer editorial content provided by various underground
film and video zines and by the end of the year, Insound will add chat
sessions with film directors and archived video interviews. "The New York
Underground Film Festival has established a reputation for spotting talented
new directors since our inception in 1994," states Halter. "Our partnership
with Insound brings the best of the underground film industry together with
the best of the independent music community."
[For more information visit the Insound website at: http://www.insound.com]
>> The Chicago International Children's Film Festival Announces Winners
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival announced the winners of
its 16th annual festival last week at their Gala Awards Ceremony. The
winner of the $2,500 Best of the Fest Prize went to director Paul Sirmons
for his film "The First of May," the film also won the 2nd place prize for a
Live Action Feature Film from the festival's children's jury which is
comprised of 60 members.
Other winners included "Summer's End" by filmmaker Helen Shaver and "Restless Spirits" by David Wellington which won the 1st and 3rd place prizes. The adult jury winners included "The Common Sense of the Widsom Tree" by Roger Blonder and "Patterns" by Kirsten Sheridan and Miriam Cahill. Eleven-year-old jury member Aurora said of the selection process, "We can honestly say that this was one of the most competitive years ever."
[For more information on the Festival call "Kidsfest" at 773.281.9075]