DAILY NEWS: Artisan Offers Free "Ghost Dog" Screening In NYC; Sundance Channel Acquires "The Decalogue," Grants Awarded to Film Archives.
By Mark Rabinowtiz & Maya Churi/indieWIRE
>> Artisan Offers Free Screening To NY'ers Who Viewed Wrong "Ghost Dog" Print
(indieWIRE/3.24.2000) -- In a move no one at indieWIRE can remember having seen before, and one that should give hope to all filmmakers who have been shafted by their
distributor, Artisan Entertainment has offered a free screening of Jim
Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" to anyone who saw the film
in the New York area between March 3-13, 2000. According to an Artisan
prepared statement, due to a lab error, prints were shipped "that were not
in the form that Jarmusch intended." In several key scenes where Ghost Dog,
played by Forrest Whitaker, speaks with Raymond, played by Isaach De
Bankolé, Whitaker speaks in English, while De Bankole speaks French.
Jarmusch intended for these scenes to be subtitled, but the prints were
In the Artisan release, Jarmusch offered his apologies to the film goers
who saw the incorrect version of the film, stating "I would like to express
my sincere regrets to all the movie fans who saw this version, because an
important element of the story was missing from the film." He went on to
add his gratitude to distributor Artisan for "the careful and unusual
attention they've given to correcting this problem, and for doing what they
can to make it up to our audience." To qualify for the screening, audiences
members who saw the film in New York on the stated dates must go to the
offices of The Village Voice (33 Cooper Square) and answer three questions
about the film. [Mark Rabinowitz]
>> Sundance Channel Acquires Television Rights to "The Decalogue"
(indieWIRE/3.23.2000) -- Sundance Channel announced yesterday that they have acquired the
television rights to Polish filmmaker, Krzysztof Kieslowski's legendary
1988-89 series "The Decalogue." Kieslowksi is best known for the
trilogy "Blue," "White" and "Red" and for his film "The Double Life of
Veronique." In the past twelve years the "Decalogue" series, which was
inspired by the Ten Commandments, has only screened at a limited number
of film festivals and in only six U.S. cities on rare occasion. Originally
created for Polish television the film consists of ten films, each 53
to 58 minutes long. The numbered episodes refer to each of the Ten
Commandments and center on a group of people all living in the same
Warsaw apartment complex.
Liz Manne, Executive Vice President, Programming at Sundance Channel
said of the acquisition, "Kieslowski created 'The Decalogue' specifically
for television. It's a genuine masterpiece, and we're proud to bring it
to viewers in the medium for which it was originally intended."
The series will screen as part of the Sundance Channel's May mini-film
festival which will showcase the work of the Polish filmmaker.
>> National Film Preservation Foundation Awards Grants to Film Archives
(indieWIRE/3.23.2000) -- Yesterday the National Film Preservation Foundation announced that it will
be awarding 23 grants to different film archives in 10 states across the
country. The nonprofit and public organizations were offered grants to
help save American films not preserved by commercial interests.
Some of the films set for preservation include the home movies of Ernest
Hemingway, footage of Lakota Sioux life in the 1940s, "The Light in the Dark"
(1922) starring Lon Chaney, actualities of the Alaska Statehood Convention
(1955-56), studies by industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes, portraits of
Appalachian craftsmen, and avant-garde shorts by Hy Hirsh, Gunvor Nelson,
and Ralph Steiner.
This is the third year the NFPF has awarded preservation grants from
$1,000 to $10,000. The money will also be used to make public viewing
copies of films for the communities they are about. Recipients include:
Alaska Film Archives, Anthology Film Archives, George Eastman House
and Pacific Film Archive. [Maya Churi]