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DAILY NEWS: "Accidents" Pact as Fest Wraps; Surveying the Deals in Park City

DAILY NEWS: "Accidents" Pact as Fest Wraps; Surveying the Deals in
Park City

by Eugene Hernandez



(indieWIRE/1.31.2000) -- Sundance 2000 wrapped up over the weekend, capped by
crowded "best of screenings" Sunday in Park City. Winners "Girlfight" and
"Saving Grace" were among the pics that were popular with the mostly local
audiences yesterday. As the biz community headed back to their posts in
New York and Los Angeles, many were surely surveying the Fests active
market place.


Brad Anderson's world premiere "Happy Accidents" is finalizing a deal with
Paramount Classics, while Adam and Kipp Marcus' "Snow Days" is on track
for a pact with an undisclosed buyer. Saturday night's special jury prize
for acting is likely to boost interest in Maggie Greenwald's "Songcatcher."
While the film had been headed towards a deal, expect it to stir interest
among additional distributors.

A few Park City docs made deals. Seventh Art has sealed pacts for top
prize-winner Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman' s "Long Nights Journey
Into Day
" and Anne Makepeace's "Coming into Light: Edward S. Curtis
and the North American Indians
," while Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato's
"The Eyes of Tammy Faye" has been acquired by Lions Gate, according to
Variety. Marc Singer's triple award-winning doc, "Dark Days" is another
hot-property thanks to its Sundance kudos. Seventh Art was working
towards a deal on "Days", but in light of this weekend's prizes watch
for widening interest in the pic. Up at Slamdance, Jason Priestly's
doc, "Barenaked in America," is expected to find a home shortly. Over
at Digidance, Seventh Art screened its recently acquired "Better Living
Through Circuitry
."

On the shorter side of things, Sundance Channel has grabbed a pair of
films: Alexandra Kondracke's "Ice Fishing" and Mike Booth's "Little
Dark Poet
." Seventh Art has signed a deal for Simeon Soffer's "The
Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo
," a follow-up to
the Sundance award winner, "The Farm."

Surveying domestic deals, Sony Classics was hanging in the American
Specttrum section, acquiring Greg Harrison's "Groove" and Ann Hu's
"Shadow Magic," while Miramax was quiet with chief Harvey Weinstein
still recuperating in the hospital. Screen Gems bought Karyn Kusama's
"Girlfight" after a round of successful screenings and Fine Line
acquired Nigel Cole's "Saving Grace." Artisan sat tight with its
deal for Miguel Arteta's "Chuck and Buck" while Lions Gate struck
a deal on "Two Family House."

Blockbuster, best known as the corner video store, was a presence
in Park City as well. Variety today calls the company "the new
gorilla on the block" thanks to its "dream deals" for Isaac H. Eaton's
"Shadow Hours" and Valerie Breiman's "Love and Sex." The pacts put
money towards film's P&A, but left some wondering if chain exclusivity
deals would hurt video accessibility.

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