DAILY NEWS: Aspen Winners; More Tribeca Films; Landmark in St. Louis; and Cannes' Camera d'Or at 25
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Aspen Shortsfest Gives Out the Cash for Winners
(indieWIRE/04.16.02) -- One of America's preeminent events dedicated to film
shorts, the Aspen Shortsfest, ended over the weekend with American director
Alice Elliott winning big with three prizes for her film, "The Collector of
Bedford Street." The film is about an unusual community activist in New
York's Greenwich Village named Larry Selman and his bond with members of
that community. Elliott was awarded a total of $3,000, taking the Horizon
Award, best documentary prize and the audience award.
Rene Castillo of Mexico won the animated eye award ($2,000) for the clay
animation short described by Aspen Shortsfest as a "Day of the Dead puppet
Show," while Brazilian duo Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund took best drama award ($2000) for "Golden Gate (Palace II)." The film follows two street
kids living in Rio who conjure up the perfect crime in order to get money to
attend a concert. The most innovative animation prize ($1,000) went to
British director Robert Bradbrook for "Home Road Movies," a true story of a father who wants the family car to make him a 'better parent.' The film uses
a unique combination of computer animation, photographs, and live action footage.
Other prizes went to Mark Harvey's "Voice Within: A Portrait of Ray Adams" (first prize, local filmmaker category); Family drama, "Andy Across the
Water" by Leo Geter (the Ellen prize); "Inja" by Steve Pasvolsky
(best student film); and Philippe Barcinski's "Palindrome" won the most
Innovative live action prize.
Aspen Shortsfest is organized by Aspen Filmfest. The shorts event took
place in the Rocky Mountain resort April 9 through 13, and the film festival
will take place September 25 through 29. [Brian Brooks]
>> Tribeca Sets International Slate and Special Screenings
(indieWIRE/04.16.02) -- Organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival have
unveiled additional lineups for next month's inaugural event. Among the
highlights are 24 movies selected as part of the International Film
Showcase, a section of the festival that was curated by Eamonn Bowles.
Additional special screenings were also announced.
Ten documentaries and 14 narrative films will screen in the
International Film Showcase, including Adrian Grenier's "Shot in the Dark,"
Kristi Jacobson's "American Standoff," Lucy Walker's "Devil's Playground,"
Alexandra Pelosi's "Journey's With George," David Turnley's "La Tropical,"
Thomas Allen Harris' "That's My Face" (E Minha Cara), Paul Justman's
"Standing in the Shadows of Motown," Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein's
"The Kid Stays in the Picture," and John Hyams' "The Specimen."
Narrative films set to screen include Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity,"
Jill Sprecher's "Thirteen Conversations About Just One Thing," Oliver
Parker's "The Importance of Being Earnest," Nicole Holofcener's "Lovely and
Amazing," Petter Naess' "Elling," Zhang Yimou's "Happy Times," Billie
August's "A Song for Martin," Masahiro Shinoda's "Owl's Castle," Peter
Care's "Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," Katherine Lindbergh's "Rain," Kwak Kyung-taek's "Friend," Tim McCann's "Revolution #9," Tom Hunsinger's "Lawless Heart," and Neil Burger's "Interview with the Assassin."
Two studio pictures have been added to the lineup for the event as special
Screenings: Warner Bros. "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," and
the new Christopher Nolan film, "Insomnia."
Additionally, organizers announced that James Ronald Whitney's "Telling
Nicholas" and Deborah Shaffer's "From the Ashes" will screen in the
September 11 program and they also unveiled a selection of titles that
will celebrate 10 years of the monthly First Look screening series. [Eugene
[For more information, please visit the Tribeca Film Festival website.]
>> Landmark Acquires St. Louis' Hi-Pointe Theater
(indieWIRE/04.16.02) -- Landmark Theaters has acquired the Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis, the company announced yesterday. The city's oldest
continuously operating cinema is now Landmark's third theater in the area.
The company also owns the Plaza Frontenac Cinema and the Tivoli. Built in
1922, the Hi-Pointe is located at McCausland and Skinker; it is a 480-seat,
Landmark recently opened the Sunshine Cinema in downtown Manhattan, as well
as the new Regent Theater in Westwood, CA. On May 3, it will unveil the
eight-screen Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda, MD. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Camera d'Or Celebrates 25 Years
(indieWIRE/04.16.02) -- Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Camera d'Or,
the Cannes Film Festival has announced the jury for the annual prize
honoring a first film. This year's group includes a collection of former
jury presidents and award winners. Geraldine Chaplin and Marthe Keller,
presidents of the Camera d'Or jury in '91 and '94, respectively, will be
joined by Bahman Ghobadi, winner of the award in 2000 for "A Time For
Drunken Horses." Also on the jury are Romain Goupali, winner for "Death at 30" in 1982, and Murali Nair, winner of the award for "Throne of Death" in 1999. The group will elect its own jury president.
The Camera d'Or prize is given to the best first film, chosen from the
official selection, the Director's Fortnight section and the International
Critics Week section. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony
on May 26. [Eugene Hernandez]